WSF Mountain Minutes
Jun. 16, 2015

Hunters may be tapped to kill off Montana bighorn herd
The Spokesman-Review
Montana officials want to use an aggressive public hunting campaign to kill off a diseased herd of 30-40 bighorn sheep in the Tendoy Mountains southeast of Dillon. State wildlife commissioners recently gave preliminary approval to a plan to remove the Tendoy herd beginning this fall and restock the area with about 50 healthy wild sheep, the Associated Press reports. Over-the-counter hunting licenses would cost $125 for residents and $750 for nonresidents. If hunters do not kill all the sheep, state officials said they would be removed by aerial gunning and other means.More

Access denied: New Mexico gives public-water wading fisherman the boot
Outdoor Life
Pop quiz: If a carpenter in San Juan County, New Mexico, purchases a New Mexico fishing license for $25, and a hedge fund manager from Connecticut purchases a lifestyle ranch on the San Juan River for $6.8 million, which purchaser acquires constitutional protection of his individual rights? Unfortunately, this quiz is not a purely academic exercise. The answers have real-world impacts on New Mexican anglers.More

Gunmaker Colt files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
Colt Defense, the famous American gun manufacturer, has officially filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The Connecticut-based company recently announced the move. Colt, which has supplied the U.S. military, law enforcement officers and the gun-owning public with high-quality firearms for more than a century (albeit under different names), aims to rapidly sell its assets in the United States and Canada.More

Hunters: Conservationists for tomorrow
Hunters understand the important link between hunting and conservation. Without it, many conservation programs would be inadequately funded and many rural communities would be heavily impacted. In fact, hunting may be one of the most important financing tools for governments across the globe to fund sustainable wildlife management.More

New green overpass will let wildlife cross 6 lanes of highway
Good News Network
Why did the wildlife cross the interstate? Because it had a lush landscaped bridge to do so. Recently, Washington State Department of Transportation crews broke ground on the state's first animal overpass, a 150-foot wide-bridge surrounded by native trees and planted with vegetation designed to let bears, elk, otters and even mice pass over the ever-busy I-90 expressway.More

Study shows wildlife density data better predicts conservation success
Point Blue Conservation Science via
A recent study published in the journal Conservation Biology makes a strong case for a new approach to conservation planning that uses much more robust data sets in order to better protect birds, plants and animals. The concept is fairly simple, but won't work unless scientists can agree to share data across studies. More

In Vermont, online hunting permit system made easy
Burlington Free Press
Would-be moose hunters in Vermont have until midnight, June 17, to apply for one of 265 permits that will be awarded by lottery this year. But even if they put it off until the last minute, they still have plenty of time. That's because Vermont has one of the simplest and quickest online permit application systems in the country.More

5 simple tools to find a place to hunt
By John McAdams
Finding a place to hunt can be really tough these days, especially if you aren't fortunate enough to own or lease some high-quality hunting land. However, public land is another good option that doesn't cost much to hunt on. While the quantity and quality of public land varies from state to state, the fact remains that there are millions of acres of land all over the United States on which you can hunt. You've just got to find them first. Read on to find out how to find a place to hunt.More