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Montana won't send bighorn sheep to South Dakota
The Associated Press via Argus Leader
A Montana commission authorized the relocation of 50 wild bighorn sheep from the Missouri River Breaks to an area north of Helena, despite objections from wildlife managers.
Fish, Wildlife and Parks commissioners voted to send the animals to the Highlands area near Butte and the Beartooth Game Range north of Helena, the Helena Independent Record reported.
Bighorn sheep back home on the range in Arizona mountains
Fourteen bighorn sheep ambled out of a trailer into their new home in a southern Arizona mountain range as part of an attempt to bring back an animal that disappeared from the landscape there in the 1990s, wildlife managers said.
The rut kicks in as hunting season reaches final weeks
With the rut in full swing, the annual big game hunting season is counting down in Montana.
The last day to hunt deer and elk is Nov. 30.
The action noticeably picked up in the last week, likely due to the arrival of the rut, when deer begin mating and become less cautious in the outdoors, giving hunters a better chance at harvesting a nice buck.
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Rule changes allow young hunters to chase big game
For the first time this fall, Idahoans as young as 10 and 11 can hunt deer and elk as long as they are mentored and under the close supervision of an adult. Previous regulations required deer and elk hunters to be 12 or older. The change, made by the Legislature and with the support of the Idaho Fish and Game Commission, was done with the idea that parents should be able to decide when their children are ready to hunt, and lowering the age might attract kids to the sport before they are distracted by other activities.
Hunting tip: How to plot your cold bore point of impact
Commonly, hunters won't have the ability to fire one or two fouling shots before heading out on a hunt. Therefore it's important that a hunter understands how his rifle shoots with a "cold bore shot." Both the point of impact — and possibly velocity — may be different with a cold bore than with a barrel that has been warmed and fouled with a series of shots. In this video from the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, you'll learn how to determine your cold bore point of impact for a rifle that just been cleaned, as well as the cold bore POI with a barrel that has already been "fouled in."
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Colorado: Head to Big Thompson Canyon to see the bighorn sheep
There they were, about 100 feet up the steep canyon wall, a small herd of Colorado's state animal.
This is time of year when bighorn sheep rams are in the breeding season, or rut. From November to mid-December, bighorn sheep move down from their higher summer ground to the lower slopes of the Big Thompson Canyon, where the rams do battle for the right to spread their genes among the ewes.
It may not have the notoriety of the elk rut, but the bighorn sheep rut is quite the spectacle, too - if you’re lucky enough to catch the action.
Bowhunting: How to navigate the frost lines
It takes the right combination of commitment and endurance to remain in a deer stand as the temperature drops and the snow flies. It takes more of both to do it during a late bow season. The reward is great hunting. Harsh winter weather challenges deer, too, forcing them to forage extensively for scarce food, offering an unparalleled harvest opportunity for those willing to shake off the chill and confront the problems of cold-weather hunting.
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