WSF Mountain Minutes
Dec. 9, 2011

Big game fund-raising opportunities expected to generate over $300,000 for wildlife conservation
Lake County News
The California Department of Fish and Game recently announced the awarding of annual fund-raising hunt tag opportunities for big game in 2012. In cooperation with several hunting-oriented conservation organizations, DFG will offer 13 big game fund-raising license tags for eight mule or black-tailed deer, two desert bighorn sheep, one Grizzly Island tule elk, one multiple zone elk and one pronghorn antelope.More

ATF used 'Fast and Furious' to make case for gun regulations
CBS News
Documents obtained by CBS News show that the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives discussed using their covert operation "Fast and Furious" to argue for controversial new rules about gun sales. In Fast and Furious, ATF secretly encouraged gun dealers to sell to suspected traffickers for Mexican drug cartels to go after the "big fish."More

Ohio girl, 14, bags a bighorn sheep
Statesman Journal
Trying to fit the hunt of a lifetime for your daughter between the end of softball season and the start of soccer practice probably isn't part of the planning process for a lot of parents. But it proved fortuitous for Shelby Byerly, 14, of Dayton, Ohio, who was drawn for and ended up getting a bighorn sheep. "My dad mostly puts me in for stuff. I don't know why, exactly," Shelby said about Shane Byerly's decision to put in for his daughter's bighorn tag for a hunt in August in the McClellan Unit in eastern/central Oregon.More

Dog shoots man
Deseret News
With a best friend like this, who needs enemies? A Utah hunter is recovering from a birdshot wound in his buttocks caused when his dog stepped on his shotgun. The unnamed man from Brigham City, Utah, was duck hunting with a buddy at the Great Salt Lake. He laid his 12-gauge shotgun on a boat's bow when he got out of the craft. His dog jumped on the bow, stepping on the shotgun, causing the weapon to discharge hitting the man's posterior.More

Bighorn No. 93 is still roaming around Brownlee Dam in Idaho
Idaho Statesman
Brian Debban's email to the editor: Around the last part of July, we encountered a bighorn sheep standing in the road just as you get on top of the Brownlee Dam in Idaho. The tag is marked No. 93. I also saw on The Idaho Statesman website under 2011 Natural Wonders that you have the same sheep pictured. The question is, do they roam from place to place or stick around the same area? Do you know where the picture was taking of the sheep in your article?More

Glacier National Park not taking lead from Olympic National Park on mountain goats
National Parks Traveler
While Olympic National Park is facing a multi-million-dollar lawsuit over the fatal goring of a hiker by a mountain goat and has implemented regulations designed to ward off future run-ins with the goats, at goat-rich Glacier National Park officials are not altering their regulations. While Glacier officials, who have a healthy population of mountain goats, many of which visitors encounter on Logan Pass, are watching the Olympic situation, Superintendent Chas Cartwright says they haven't altered any of their management plans or visitor regulations for wildlife.More

A hunter's perspective on hunting
Lodi News-Sentinel
In recent testimony to Congress, it was reported that sport hunting generates $200 million annually in remote rural areas of southern Africa. And National Geographic reported that hunting is of key importance to conservation in Africa because it creates financial incentives to promote and retain wildlife as a land use. These financial incentives are the reason many species are now thriving. In Kenya, where no financial incentives or hunting are present, wildlife population levels are declining.More

2011 holiday gift guide for shooters
American Rifleman
Shooters can be as difficult to shop for as anyone else. And if you're not into guns and shooting, you just might not know what to get a shooter. The 2011 Holiday Gift Guide can help you find the perfect gift for the shooter on your list.More

Arizona Game and Fish Department unveils HabiMap Arizona
Ammo Land
The Arizona Game and Fish Department has launched an innovative new tool that utilizes the latest mapping technology to put wildlife data at your finger tips. HabiMap Arizona is a user-friendly, web-based data viewer that allows users to visually explore the distribution of the state's wildlife, wildlife conservation potential, and stressors to wildlife. "This is a great example of how technology can be used to assist in transparent wildlife conservation and project planning," said Arizona Game and Fish Department Director Larry Voyles.More

Commission takes a cautious approach to implementing night hunting legislation
White Mountain Independent
The Arizona Game and Fish Commission on Dec. 2 approved rules and commission orders to implement new short-term strategic tools that will allow hunters to help reduce predator numbers to aid struggling pronghorn antelope and bighorn sheep populations in specific game management units. Both votes were passed by a 3-1 margin with one commissioner absent. Arizona now joins 41 other states that allow night hunting of predators.More