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Record bighorn sheep could be a world mark
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For the second time in less than a month, a record bighorn sheep was taken by one of the handful of hunters drawn for 2011-12 season tags in Southern California. Bret Scott, an avid 51-year-old archery hunter from Riverside, Calif., arrowed a giant ram in the wilderness on the backside of San Gorgonio Mountain in the Whitewater-Mission creek drainage on Dec. 20, just four days after the season opened. More

Wild Sheep Foundation to offer live streaming online auctions at 2012 convention
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For the first time, interested bidders from across North America and around the globe can participate in the legendary WSF auctions live online via streaming video on the Wild Sheep Foundation's website. "While the real action and excitement is in the banquet and expo halls, WSF through live streaming video technology will open our Friday and Saturday evening auctions to interested bidders worldwide online for the first time during the 2012 convention in Reno, Nev., Jan. 18-21" President and CEO, Gray N. Thornton announced. More

Russian music and dance ensemble, Barynya, to perform during WSF annual convention
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The Russian music and dance ensemble, Barynya, founded and led by Artistic Director, Mikhail Smirnov, will be the featured entertainment for the Russian Nights International Night Banquet, Auction & Awards event, scheduled for Jan. 19, during the 2012 Wild Sheep Foundation "Sheep Show" Convention in Reno, Nev. Each year, WSF conducts an International Night featuring a sheep and mountain game hunting region of the world. The event includes stunning décor, themed cuisine, authentic themed entertainment and an International Awards program. The 2012 Russian Nights event, sponsored by The Hunting Consortium, is just one of the many exciting evening banquets, breakfasts, luncheons and auctions to be held during the Sheep Show at the Silver Legacy Resort and Casino and Sporting Expo at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. More

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Wolf hunting expanding
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It's been a tough year for the obstructionist organizations that have worked mightily to keep a ban on wolf hunting in the Lower 48 states. First, in August a federal court upheld a budget rider that removed wolf protections in Montana, Idaho and parts of Washington, Oregon and Utah. The provision was inserted by Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, and Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont. It was the first time since passage of the Endangered Species Act in 1973 that Congress forcibly removed protections from a plant or animal. More

NRA raises $200 million as gun lobby toasters burn logo on bread
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A toaster that burns the National Rifle Association's logo onto bread fetched $650 at an auction last month, just one reflection of the money-making power in the gun group's brand. The NRA, which began as a grassroots organization dedicated to teaching marksmanship, enters the 2012 election season as a lobbying, merchandising and marketing machine that brings in more than $200 million a year and intends to help unseat the incumbent president. From 2004 to 2010, the group's revenue from fundraising — including gifts from gun makers who benefit from its political activism — grew twice as fast as its income from members' dues, according to NRA tax returns. More

Montana wildlife officials track pneumonia outbreak in bighorn sheep herd
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Wildlife officials are monitoring bighorn sheep from a southern Park County, Mont., herd that was hit by pneumonia to gauge the risk of a large-scale die-off of the animals. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologist Karen Loveless told the Livingston Enterprise that five sheep from the afflicted herd near Cinnabar Mountain have been killed since early December. Loveless says three of the sheep carried a strain of pneumonia associated with a 2010 outbreak that killed about 600 bighorn sheep in western Montana. More

Retailers surprised but pleased by record gun sales
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On a recent shopping trip at a Fort Worth, Texas, gun store, Bryan Tomlin didn't need a lot of convincing to start packing heat. "We had our house broken into recently," he said. "It was a little bit of a wake-up call." He said thieves burst into his Fort Worth home while he and his wife were gone, just after Thanksgiving. Almost immediately after the break-in, he bought his first handgun. More

The complex sex lives of mountain goats
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A new study of the mating habits of mountain goats reveals the vastly different strategies of males in different populations and could shed light on the unseen impacts of hunting. A Durham University-led research team found that male chamois (a species of wild goat-antelope) adopt different strategies in different populations in order to succeed in the rut; some put a lot of energy in at a young age, while others wait until they are much older. More

Salazar announces recovery of gray wolves in the Western Great Lakes region
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Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar recently announced that gray wolf populations in the Great Lakes region have recovered and no longer require the protection of the Endangered Species Act. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is publishing a final rule in the Federal Register removing wolves in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin as well as portions of adjoining states, from the list of endangered and threatened wildlife and plants. More

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