WSF Mountain Minutes
Nov. 11, 2014

Sportsmen prevail in Maine bear hunting ban
U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance
In a ballot initiative with national repercussions, Maine voters once again sent an unmistakable message to animal-rights extremists: stay out of our state. For the second time in 10 years, Maine voters resoundingly rejected a ballot initiative backed and bankrolled by the Humane Society of the United States. Throughout the battle on the first question, which would have banned the use of bait, dogs and traps when bear hunting, sportsmen and professional wildlife managers who opposed the initiative continually maintained a double-digit lead in the polls.More

Combat veterans find solace in hunting
USA Today
They cleared roads for troops in Afghanistan until a year ago. Head on a swivel. Inspect every groove in the dirt road. Study every rock. Bomb hunters, they called themselves. Such was the job's importance and risk that regular Army guys called the Reserves in the 402nd Engineer Company of Des Moines, Iowa, something else: "Rock stars," said Patrick Perkins. Perkins recently sat on a pickup truck gate, guzzling a huge can of Monster energy drink. Nick Mason, his brother in arms with the U.S. Army Reserves, put in a big chew of tobacco. They painted their faces and put on camouflage gear. This time, they were hunting deer, not bombs.More

Voters show strong support for America's hunting heritage and 2nd Amendment rights
On Nov. 4, voters in Alabama, Mississippi and Maine came out in full support of protecting America's hunting heritage and Second Amendment rights. The NRA Political Victory Fund led the way to enshrine the Right to Hunt, Fish and Harvest Wildlife in the state constitutions of Alabama and Mississippi and worked with a coalition of sportsmen's groups to protect hunters in Maine from extreme anti-hunting groups who aimed to ban traditional bear hunting methods in the state. More

Iowa: Changes in deer hunting regulations for the 2014-2015 seasons
Outdoor News Daily
If you haven't been out deer hunting yet this fall, it's a good time to take note of the changes in hunting regulations this year. No January antlerless season and antlerless deer quotas were reduced. After several years of a concentrated effort to reduce the size of Iowa's deer herd, management efforts are shifting toward stabilizing the population.More

10-year mule deer restoration project kicks off
Wyoming mule deer are getting a much-needed boost from state wildlife officials. The Bureau of Land Management Pinedale Field Office and Wyoming Game and Fish Department have completed the first portion of one of the most extensive mule deer restoration projects the state has ever seen.More

Research sheds light on buck movements related to hunting
Outdoor News Daily
A recently completed cooperative study between the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Auburn University and Brosnan Forest will help researchers and hunters better understand buck movements and behavior around food plots and deer stands. According to Charles Ruth, deer and turkey program coordinator for DNR, this is one in a series of cooperative studies conducted in South Carolina made possible by revenue associated with deer hunter's participation in antlerless deer tag programs offered by DNR.More

How to protect your hearing while shooting
By John McAdams
A good sense of hearing is important during day-to-day living. However, your hearing is also vulnerable to damage from extremely loud noises, which makes hunters and shooters especially vulnerable to hearing loss. For this reason, it is extremely important that you take appropriate steps to protect your hearing when you are exposed to noisy environments. Luckily, this task is much easier than many people assume. Keep reading, and I'll demonstrate a few of the methods available today to protect your hearing while hunting and shooting.More