WSF Mountain Minutes
Nov. 19, 2014

Updated: Fish and Wildlife Commission votes against South Dakota bighorn sheep transplant
Independent Record
For the second time in a month, the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission denied a state proposal to transfer around 50 bighorn sheep from the Missouri River Breaks to South Dakota. The proposal died on a 2-2 tie vote, with commissioner Larry Wetsit of Wolf Point absent. The proposal would have authorized Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to capture 50 bighorn sheep from Hunting District 482 where biologists have identified a high-population density and related concerns for disease.More

Hunting, fishing could become a Constitutional right in New Jersey
Hunting and fishing could soon be considered Constitutional rights for New Jersey residents if legislation introduced by Assemblyman Sgt. Bob Andrzejczak, D-1 of Cape May, is passed. The proposed resolution would create a constitutional amendment preserving the right of people to fish, hunt, trap and harvest fish and wildlife.More

Famous big game hunter faces onslaught of Internet hate over her latest Facebook post
Independent Journal Review
The anti-hunting crowd doesn't seem to care if hunters are young, or female — they'll apparently go after any person who deigns to enjoy the sport of hunting, and they’'l go after them with violent words and death threats. Eva Shockey is the latest to be attacked online for her hunting prowess. The daughter of Jim Shockey, who hosts a hunting show on the Outdoor Channel, recently nabbed a 510-pound black bear in Hyde County, North Carolina, according to her Facebook page.More

Opening deer hunting weekend marred by deaths of 2 Missouri hunters
The Associated Press via St. Louis Post-Dispatch (poll question required)
Two hunters are dead and one is injured after accidents during the opening weekend of firearm deer season in Missouri. The Missouri Department of Conservation said one person died from a heater explosion in a hunting blind in Ste. Genevieve County. The other hunter fell from a tree stand in Crawford County.More

Idaho fish and game officials: Average year for poaching
Twin Falls Times-News (poll question required)
This year has seen the usual number of poaching cases but much greater public awareness, reports the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. The department created a Facebook page for the Magic Valley about a year ago with information about poaching cases.More

NM studies economic impact of hunting, fishing
Albuquerque Journal
The New Mexico Game and Fish Department says the state's hunters and anglers spend more than $613 million on their recreational activities. The department also says they contribute another $51 million to the state's economy in labor, income and taxes. The dollar figures are highlighted in a study commissioned by the department to determine the amount of participation and subsequent economic impacts hunters and anglers have on the state and on individual counties.More