WSF Mountain Minutes
Sep. 23, 2014

Louisiana: Special deer hunting season for honorably discharged vets
Outdoor News Daily
Honorably discharged, Louisiana resident veterans will have extra hunting dates on private lands during the 2014-15 Louisiana deer hunting season. Legislative action initiated by Rep. Jeff Thompson, R-Bossier City, during the 2014 Regular Legislative Session, and signed into law by Gov. Bobby Jindal as Act 678, provides a special deer season for Louisiana residents who are honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.More

North Dakota faces bighorn dilemma
The Bismarck Tribune
North Dakota's resident bighorn program suffered another setback in August, the result of a pneumonia outbreak that claimed at least 20 animals after wild sheep came in contact with domestic sheep. It was yet another blow to bighorn efforts in the state since the bighorns were reintroduced in the 1950s.More

Montana: Wolf stamp won't be offered this year
Outdoor News Daily
Proposed administrative rules to establish a voluntary management stamp to enable anyone to make a donation to Montana's wolf program won't be adopted this year, state wildlife officials said. Instead, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will convene a diverse group of representative interests to discuss how to balance the challenges and benefits of creating a new or additional way for those who don't hunt or fish to contribute to wildlife management.More

Idaho: Wolf impact on elk keeps heat on wildlife managers
The Spokesman-Review
Idaho elk hunters have had to adapt to a "new normal" that looks a lot different from boom years of the 1990s, when the harvests topped 25,000 three times — in 1991, '94 and '96. Those were record harvests dating back to 1935. Not coincidentally, the number of Idaho elk hunters also peaked in 1995 at 101,500 hunters. Those peak seasons roughly coincided with the reintroduction of wolves in 1995-96, and the two species have been intertwined ever since.More

Florida looks to expand legal hunting with suppressors
The Truth About Guns
While the United States leads the world in most ways, it has lagged in the adoption of suppressors for guns. In most of gun-averse Europe, mufflers aren't controversial. In Finland, ownership, manufacture, sale, distribution and use of gun mufflers is a constitutional right. On most of the continent, suppressors are easier to acquire than firearms; their use is considered good manners. Not so in the United States.More

Rich Landers: No such thing as unanimous approval of hunting regulations
The Spokesman-Review
Should baiting be allowed for big-game hunting? When should the pheasant season open? Is it time to end the four-point minimum restriction for whitetail bucks in two northeastern Washington units? These are some of the controversial issues Washington state wildlife managers are exploring before regulations are set for the 2015-2017 hunting seasons.More

Hunting mountain sheep is tough
The Jamestown Sun
Hunter Bernie Kuntz writes: September always makes me think of mountain sheep hunting, because this is the time of the year when the high country is at its finest. Most sheep hunting is a tough affair, but what is the most difficult? Hunter Jack O'Connor wrote that hunting desert sheep on foot in Sonora, Arizona, was the most difficult sheep hunting he ever did. The late Danny Nasca, who guided me to my first desert bighorn in Arizona in 1976, once told me that hunting Dall sheep in Alaska was the most arduous sheep hunting he ever had done. More

Nebraska: Bowhunters must be certified
Daily Deal Omaha
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reminds hunters that changes in Nebraska law now require them to be certified in bowhunter education if they hunt big game with a crossbow and are ages 12 through 29.More

10 best amazing American wildlife watching
USA Today
Have all those TV nature shows inspired you to see the real thing? With just a little planning, travelers can quite easily make their way to wildlife hotspots, says Jim Sano, a vice president with the World Wildlife Fund.More

North Dakota: Bighorn mortality slowing, but only time will tell how many die
The Bismarck Tribune via WSF
Every day without a "beep beep beep beep beep" in his earphones is a good day for big game biologist Brett Wiedmann. The beeps are a radio collar mortality signal and they mean yet another of the state's prized bighorn sheep has died.More

New Mexico raises 2015 bighorn sheep tags to all-time high
The New Mexico Game Commission adopted new rules Aug. 28 that provided hunters planning to enter the public drawings for 2015 season bighorn sheep licenses in New Mexico with more opportunities and more choices than ever.More

South Dakota authorities kill 3 lions in September
The Associated Press via Argus Leader
Law enforcement officers in South Dakota have killed three mountain lions so far in September. The Rapid City Journal reports that two of the felines had killed farm animals and the third one wandered near a Black Hills business. The latest lion to be killed died Sept. 11 after it was reportedly killing goats on a ranch in Custer County. Wildlife biologist Steve Griffin said the male lion was about 18 months old.More

Idaho: Hunters, trappers play role in managing Idaho wolves
The Spokesman-Review
Idaho's traditional elk-hunting breadbasket — those mountainous, backcountry units stretching from the Selway country down through the Salmon River country — continues to falter at producing elk. Wolves are part of the problem. Idaho Fish and Game officials say they are trying to help those herds in various ways, including sending a professional hunter into the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness last winter to kill wolves to improve survival of elk in one of the state's worst-hit herds.More

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