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New world record mountain goat
Lone Star Outdoor News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Many Texas hunters travel North each fall to hunt the challenging mountain goat. It looks like British Colombia could be the spot to head to this season. A Rocky Mountain goat taken by a hunter in 2011 in British Columbia is the largest of its species ever recorded, according to the Boone and Crockett Club. Club officials confirmed the goat, a male that scored 57-4/8 Boone and Crockett points, as a new world record. More

Hunters ask for protection from environmentalists
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The U.S. House of Representatives plans to consider the "Sportsmen's Heritage Act of 2012," a package of bills intended to benefit hunters and anglers. The bill seeks to open additional federal land for hunting, allows polar bear trophies to be imported from Canada and removes the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to regulate lead in ammunition. The Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation, a pro-hunting lobby, asked foundation supporters, "Help us overcome the obstacles facing sportsmen and women and further the sporting tradition so that it can be handed down for generations to come." The CSF is characterizing the omnibus bill as "essential to recognizing the importance of, and facilitating the expansion and enhancement of, hunting and recreational fishing and shooting." More

Living with wolves: Wolf hunting in perspective
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The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks believes that in order to maintain a healthy wolf population in Montana, wolves need to be hunted, and the results of the first wolf hunting season may have strengthened that argument. The agency is calling the first-ever wolf hunting season in Montana a success, with 72 wolves harvested and license sales generating more than $325,000 in revenue. But just as important, FWP learned more about Montana's wolves. Carolyn Sime, Gray Wolf Program Coordinator for FWP, explained, "I guess first and foremost, what we did learn is hunting as a management tool really does have the potential to manage wolves as resident wildlife." More


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Mountain lions to blame for thinning deer herds
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Steve Hoek: "I agree that deer are losing the battle for habitat and I agree that we need to change our approach to wildfires and urban encroachment. However, I do not believe this is the primary reason that deer herds are on the decline. Deer herds are suffering from a two-pronged attack — loss of habitat and predation, especially from mountain lions. Both need to be addressed. I used to hunt in the parts of northern California showing the largest decline in deer herds, and there was a decline in the herds long before urban growth." More

North Dakota bighorn sheep herd stabilizes, survey finds
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The bighorn sheep population in southwestern North Dakota has stabilized, thanks to the mild winter. The state Game and Fish Department's annual sheep survey in the southern Badlands found 283 bighorns, the same number as last year and a figure just 3 percent below the five-year average. "We monitored 71 radio-marked bighorns last winter and didn't have a single mortality," Big Game Biologist Brett Wiedmann said. "Although spring lamb production was low in 2011 due to the severity of the 2010-2011 winter, lamb survival through this past winter was exceptional." More

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Coachella Valley Association of Governments wades into Bump and Grind trail debate
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The fight to reopen the top portion of the Bump and Grind trail moves into a new phase as a Coachella Valley Association of Governments committee considers whether to officially support a state law that will overturn the Department of Fish and Game's efforts to keep the trail closed. The valley's two state representatives, Assemblyman Brian Nestande, and Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez, introduced the bill in the Legislature in March and want to build community support for it ahead of hearings in the state Senate. More

Don't wait, Californians, it's time to apply for big-game hunting
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If you hunted any of California's big game last year, you should have received your copy of the "California Big Game Hunting" booklet for 2012 by now. The arrival is highly anticipated by most hunters. Within the 80 pages is a variety of data that many hunters utilize to decide where they might hunt in the next year. There is the deer section with statistics of the previous year's hunt, the number of applications for hunts that may have had a limited number allowed, and what the competition for the available tags might have been. More

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Bighorn sheep viewing site signs upgraded
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The U.S. Forest Service has installed new interpretive signs in Colorado for Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep at the Big Bend Sheep Viewing Site in the Poudre Canyon. Five redesigned panels replaced 20-year-old faded and outdated panels at the site approximately eight miles west of Rustic, Co. This project received funding from the Rocky Mountain Bighorn Society and Wild Sheep Foundation, along with help from the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife. More

America's interest in firearms keeps growing
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Does this sound familiar? The March 2012 National Shooting Sports Foundation's adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System figure of 1,189,152 was an increase of 20.0 percent over the NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 990,840 in March 2011. You should have heard or read something similar before, considering that this newest NICS update represented the 22nd straight month that NSSF-adjusted NICS figures have increased. More

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