Mountain Minutes
Aug. 5, 2011

WSF applauds state management for wolves
Wild Sheep Foundation
Cody, Wyo., Aug. 4. The Wild Sheep Foundation, which has shared leadership with other conservation and sportsmen's groups in securing state management for wolves, applauds the two developments that move some Rocky Mountain States closer to management authority once and for all.More

Judge Molloy upholds constitutionality of wolf delisting
Associate Press via The Washington Post
U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy of Montana says precedent by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals required him to rule against a constitutional challenge of the budget provision passed earlier this year. Molloy wrote in his order that without that precedent, he would have found to be unconstitutional the provision that strips wolves of their endangered status in Montana, Idaho and parts of Washington, Oregon and Utah.More

Wyoming, Feds announce plan to end protections for wolves
Fox News
Wyoming and the U.S. Department of Interior have reached an agreement over how to end federal protections for wolves in the state, officials announced. Gov. Matt Mead hailed the agreement, saying wolves have taken a heavy toll on livestock and wildlife in the state since they were reintroduced in the 1990s. Wyoming is the last state in the Northern Rockies that still has federal oversight of its wolf population.More

Wolf compromise only the first step
Billings Gazette
Even with the announcement of a long-awaited agreement on Wyoming's wolf management plan, there are still several steps — and a lot of time — remaining before the animal would come under state control. The agreement, announced by Gov. Matt Mead and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, now has to pass a lengthy federal approval process. Meanwhile, Wyoming lawmakers and officials have to approve the plan, possibly during a special session of the Wyoming Legislature.More

Bighorn lottery makes big bucks for research
Boise Weekly
Idaho Department of Fish and Game recently held a raffle drawing for a bighorn sheep tag, allowing the winner to hunt for a bighorn in any management unit in the state with the exception of the Hells Canyon area. And while only one hunter actually wins the lottery, the raffle managed to raise $54,000—money that will be used by Fish and Game to fund research done at the Wildlife Health Laboratory looking into bighorn sheep diseases.More

Hunting's greatest threats
American Hunter
It's no secret that the hunting lifestyle faces daily attacks from many sides. But which fronts are the most effective at impeding or even ending the pursuit and management of game animals? While some threats are old battles that have raged for decades, others might surprise and even provoke you.More

Congressional Riders would devastate wild bighorn sheep populations
Natural Resource Defense Council via Switchboard
A century ago, wild bighorn sheep thrived in the United States, numbering in the millions. But settlement left the various bighorn populations of the West nearly extinct. By 1960, there were no more than 8,000 bighorns remaining in the United States. A number of factors lead to this precipitous decline, including predation and habitat fragmentation, but contact with domestic grazing sheep was possibly the most harmful to the viability of this iconic species.More

Hunting along the Rocky Mountain Front proves recession-proof
Great Falls Tribune
The Coalition to Protect the Rocky Mountain Front said that based on economic indicators from recent Fish, Wildlife & Parks studies of hunting's impact, the Front needs further legislative protection. Five Montana sportsmen said in a teleconference call that the hunting industry is a rare economic bright spot in the current recession, and called the Front a poster child of this sustainable economic engine.More

Lubbock, Texas, hunter sets state record with 222-pound, 17-point mule deer
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
After more than 70 years of hunting in Texas, Billy Noble bagged the buck of a lifetime. He never imagined that on Nov. 23 he would peer into his scope at a 222-pound 17-point mule deer. It is the largest mule deer killed in Texas and the largest all-around deer killed in District 2 during the 2010 hunting season.More

Win a Ruger M77 Hawkeye
Ammo Land
During the month of August, visit www.NRAhuntersrights.org for a chance to win a Ruger M77 Hawkeye—embellished with the NRA logo in 24k gold. Marrying function with classic style, this Ruger M77 Hawkeye in 7mm-08 Rem. incorporates a 22-inch, high-luster blued barrel; four-round magazine; and upgraded American black walnut stock. Each stock comes with a checkered cut grip and wrap-around checkered fore-end. Other features include integral scope mounts, a three-position safety and the LC6 ("light-crisp") trigger. Overall weight is just seven pounds; length is 42 inches.More