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As 2010 comes to a close, WSF would like to wish its members, partners, and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the WSF Mountain Minutes a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume next Friday, Jan. 7, 2011.

Deadly pneumonia traced to domestic sheep
American Veterinary Medical Association    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Oct. 29, 2010: New research claims to settle the controversial and long-running debate over whether domestic sheep can infect bighorn sheep with the bacteria that cause fatal respiratory pneumonia. A research team led by Dr. Sri Srikumaran at the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine tagged Mannheimia haemolytica isolated from domestic sheep to show that domestic sheep could transmit the deadly bacteria to bighorn sheep when they were in contact with each other. The four bighorn sheep in the study all died from pneumonia traced back to bacteria originating in the domestic sheep. More

World record deer shot in San Juan, Calif., 42 years ago
San Juan Record    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Oct. 22, 2010: A deer hunter from southeastern Utah discovered recently that he was not only famous but richer because of a lucky shot 42 years ago. A fascinating story for sure. A story which resonates with every person who has ever had a trophy mule deer buck in his sights...especially those who missed. But, to bag the buck with the biggest spread in the history of the world. It's been four decades in the making, but here's the story. More

The 10-step program
Petersen's Rifle Shooter    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Sept. 17, 2010: Originally Craig Boddington was going to write this as a guide to getting a rifle ready for a "big" hunt, but then he got to thinking: Is there any hunt that isn't important? If it isn't important to you, it's very important to the game animal you're pursuing. Boddington thinks these steps are universal in application. The order may vary, as will time spent on each, depending on whether the rifle and load you have chosen are old friends or new acquaintances. More

Pennsylvania resident's long hunt brings home 1 for the list
The Morning Call    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Nov. 12, 2010: Jonathan Warke crawled out on an icy ledge on a piece of snowy shale along a bluff in British Columbia, Canada, with nothing below him but the air revealing a steep drop-off hundreds of feet to the bottom. Below him and out a bit, just about 250 yards away, a stone sheep ram peered up, catching Warke's scent in a swirling wind. As Warke measured his shot before the stone sheep got totally spooked, Shawn Raymond, his guide and outfitter for the trip, crawled on top of the 60-year-old Warke's back and whispered, "You've got to shoot." More

Mountain goat hunting
Outdoor Life    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Nov. 19, 2010: The last time Bob Inman invited Greg Thomas on an adventure, Thompson left his house in Ennis, Mont., at 4:30 a.m. and didn't get home until the next day at the same time. Inman is a wolverine biologist who works for the Wildlife Conservation Society and that time they tracked a female wolverine to her den and unsuccessfully attempted to sedate and implant a transceiver in her kit. They trudged out of the mountains in the dark, beaten and bruised. The memory of that trip was on Thomas' mind when, in October, Inman announced he'd drawn one of Montana's highly coveted mountain goat tags for a unit in southwest Montana's Madison Range. More

A lesson learned in hunting overseas
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From Sept. 17, 2010: Dan Bendelewski did not have a broker, but when he brought his two snow sheep, from Russia, back into Los Angeles, he had all the export paperwork along with a signed document by the Russian veterinary service. He assumed that after clearing customs and having the U.S. Department of Agriculture release the hides, they would follow him back home. Big mistake. More

'Mind-Boggling' Pictures: goats scale dam in Italy
National Geographic    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Nov. 5, 2010: Using moves that would make any rock climber jealous, Alpine ibex cling to a near-vertical rock face of a northern Italian dam in summer 2010. This and other pictures of the goats have been circulating online recently, particularly in emails claiming the animals are bighorn sheep on Wyoming's Buffalo Bill Dam, the rumor-quashing website Snopes reported in September. In truth, Adriano Migliorati snapped the pictures at the 160-foot-tall Cingino Dam, the Italian hiker told National Geographic News via email. The goats are attracted to the dam's salt-crusted stones, according to the U.K.-based Caters news agency. Grazing animals don't get enough of the mineral in their vegetarian diets. More

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Teen bags a once-in-a-lifetime ram on Hart Mountain in Oregon
The Mail Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Sept. 24, 2010: When it comes time every May to apply for the requisite hunting tags, the Scott family of Rogue River, Ore., always tries for that one great fantasy hunt, a California bighorn sheep outing on southeast Oregon's Hart Mountain. With just four tags available, they realize it's about as likely as winning a $10 million lottery. Even so, dad Kevin Scott has put in every year since he was 18 years old. He's now 44. Son Dane Scott, 15, has applied twice. Sure enough, the Cascade Christian High School sophomore drew the coveted tag and filled it brilliantly when he shot a ram that exhibited all the flair Dane Scott could have wanted. In fact, they nicknamed the ram Flare, because the end of one of its horns flicked out like a cowlick. More

Longmont, Colo., teen earns sheep hunting world title
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From Oct. 29, 2010: Before her first sheep hunt, Sara Brandenburg's 65-year-old male guide sized her up and uttered the kind of remark the 16-year-old has come to expect from some hunters. "He looked at me and said, 'Am I gonna have to haul your makeup up the mountain?'" said Brandenburg, a 5-foot, 103-pound brunette who has been hunting since she turned three years old. More

Colorado's amazing rock climbers
The Summit Daily News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
From Oct. 29, 2010: Two different people recently sent the author, Joanne Stolen, amazing pictures that have been all over the Internet of bighorn sheep climbing up and down what seems to be an impossibly steep wall of a dam; a wall that would challenge a rock climber, but they are not using protection like ropes, pieces or harnesses. The claim is that they are climbing the Buffalo Bill Dam in Wyoming, but actually Stolen found that the picture is really of ibex climbing a dam in Italy. In any case Stolen is going to write about the bighorn sheep, which is the state animal of Colorado and are amazing rock climbers. More

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