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Kurt Alt joins WSF to build conservation capacity
Following a 32-year career with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, the Wild Sheep Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of Kurt Alt of Bozeman, Montana, as a staff biologist; Alt will join WSF officially on Oct. 1 to serve the Foundation in this new contract position. "Kurt brings a wealth of experience dealing with bighorn sheep and mountain goats over the past 35 years, along with significant management experience and public outreach on a host of other high-profile species, including elk, moose, mule deer, grizzly bears, gray wolves, bald eagles and others" stated Gray N. Thornton, WSF President and CEO. "We are thrilled to bring someone of Kurt's talents and international network of contacts to serve our Foundation, our mission and, most importantly, wild sheep and mountain ungulates throughout North America and globally," Thornton added.
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Boone and Crockett Club, Leupold fund research to establish new poaching deterrents
Boone and Crockett Club
Poaching, the illegal killing of game animals and other wildlife is a serious problem and a crime. The targeting of trophy, big game animals is a growing concern. Protecting, conserving and regulating wildlife is becoming increasingly challenging, especially with the value of trophy animals on the rise and advancements in technology gives poachers an advantage over wildlife resources and enforcement actions. However, a new research program looks to examine the possibility of higher fines as a deterrent to poaching in an effort to curb wildlife crime and more severely punish those who steal valuable conservation resources.
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Hunting Colorado's white ghost of the mountains
Co-founder of Whale Tail Outdoors John Bielak writes: The day after I graduated high school, I headed to Western Colorado to begin an adventure as a mountain guide. I could not think of a better way to start my newfound freedom as an adult than to guide clients up the rugged fourteeners that Colorado is known for. During my two summers as a guide, I learned a lot about the weather, geology and animals that existed above the tree line. To this day, I am addicted to the vast green basins that the high country offers and the abundance of wildlife that exists. I still remember the first mountain goat I encountered like it was yesterday.
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Bighorn sheep die-offs
Daily Record
Contributing columnist Jim Huckabay writes: You probably saw Scott Sandsberry's piece in a recent issue of Daily Record. Sandsberry reports for the Yakima Herald Republic, and we cross paths from time to time with our outdoor writing interests. The piece was about the bighorn lambs dying by the numbers in the Yakima Canyon. You recall that we’ve been here before. The last major die-off was in 2009 and 2010, when a significant number of both adults and youngsters were dying of pneumonia. In spite of the hopes expressed a half-dozen years ago, this repeat is largely the pattern which biologists have come to expect over 60 or 70 years of study. Herd recovery can take decades, if it even happens.
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Ultimate bucket list: The 10 North American hunts you must try
Outdoor Life
Into every life a little rain must fall, so offset it with epic hunting adventures. The North American continent retains wild beasts aplenty in open, wild country like the Mountain Men enjoyed 200 years ago. Towering mountains, gnarly canyons, expansive grasslands and deep forests. More than 440 million acres of public land are open to free exploration, camping and hunting. Why settle for the same 100-acre deer lease year after year? Dream big, lay plans, saddle up and grab your adventure.
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Rams show up on Texas trail cams
Field & Stream
Ten days ago, I set out the feed trough, an old, heavy wooden box I found in the barn. I attached short legs to it with a drill and long screws. Filled with corn, there was no telling what might find it. Whitetails, mule deer, wild hogs — who knows in this part of Texas? So I set it out as a probe, to see what's out there. That remote section of the ranch has bumpy roads, overgrown mesquites, tall grass, cedars and no human pressure. What might be living there? A Booner buck or not even a rabbit? Days later for the second check, 1,600 pictures of grass blowing in the wind, but 90 pictures of something unexpected: a herd of free-ranging, wild aoudad sheep.
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4 pieces of essential deer-hunting gear that won't break the bank
By John McAdams
Having good equipment can sometimes make the difference between success and failure on a hunt. While it's really easy to spend a bunch of money on gear these days, it's not necessary to break the bank to have a successful deer season. Fortunately, there are some useful pieces of deer-hunting gear available for a reasonable amount of money. Here are four that won't cost you a fortune to purchase and can really make your life easier on a deer hunt.
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Mountain hunting: 5 ways to lighten your backcountry pack
Outdoor Life
It's a pretty straightforward concept: The less weight you carry on your back, the farther and harder you'll be able to hunt. However, it never seems that simple when you're staring at a pile of gear that you deem "necessary" and weighs quite a bit more than you anticipated. Here are five ways that shed weight from your pack.
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    American Wildlife Conservation Partnership letter to the major airlines (WSF)
Exotic sheep hunting affordable, fun (The Port Arthur News)
Hunting bans in Africa affect rural residents, create havens for poachers (OutdoorHub)
Idaho considering private hunting bids that would lock up state land (The Spokesman-Review)
The riddle of bighorn pneumonia: Lambs dying again (Yakima Herald-Republic)

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