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Warm weather limits numbers of hunters, harvest
Laurel Outlook    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Recent warm, dry weather kept many hunters out of the field and limited the number of deer harvested in south central Montana. The number of hunters who stopped at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks check stations was the lowest on record for the general big-game hunting season. The number of deer harvested and the percentage of hunters with game also were the lowest since comprehensive counts were started in 2003. More

Avalanche closure aids bighorn sheep
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The U.S. Forest Service is alerting people that the Avalanche Creek area in the Crystal River Valley of Colorado will be closed for the winter starting Nov. 15. The annual closure is designed to reduce disturbances and stress on bighorn sheep while they are in winter range. The closure is on the advice of the Colorado Division of Wildlife. Forest Service Road 310 will be closed to vehicles; the area north of the road is closed to humans, and the entire area is closed to dogs. The closure is in effect until May 1, 2011. More

Antlers in the fall
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It's that time of year when hunting talk across Montana centers around antlers, or "horns." It happens throughout the fall, but in spades during Montana's five-week deer and elk general season. Probably because there are so many people afield now: about 240,000 gun hunters versus maybe 40,000 archers back in September at the peak of archery season. Also, everyone it seems wants a trophy rack to hang on the wall at sometime in his or her life. More

Pennsylvania resident's long hunt brings home 1 for the list
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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

Efforts fail to stop pneumonia outbreak in Montana bighorn herd
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Pneumonia continues to bedevil Montana's bighorn sheep, with a herd near Anaconda becoming the latest victim of the epidemic. More than 300 wild bighorns lived in a 133-square-mile area of the Flint, Anaconda and Pintler mountains. Motorists frequently saw them along Highway 1 between Anaconda and Georgetown Lake. Now, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologist Ray Vinkey hopes a third of the herd might survive the winter. The contagious respiratory disease is almost always fatal to the animal that catches it. It also tends to kill the lambs of surviving herd members for years after an outbreak. More

Don't stop with bucks while hunting
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When deer hunters hear that the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment has allotted 500,000 antlerless permits for private lands in the southern half of the Lower Peninsula, many are outraged because the entire deer herd in that area is about 800,000. But when the 16-day firearms deer season opens Nov. 15, there will be little for those hunters to worry about. Because the DNRE deer managers know that only a quarter of those antlerless permits will be used to take a deer, and even that number hasn't been enough to bring deer numbers in the area down to where they should be. More

Hunting slows down in Montana's Bitterroot Valley
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Hunters struggled a bit to find game in the Bitterroot Valley through the second week of the state's general big-game season. "Things have really slowed down," said Craig Jourdonnais, the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Bitterroot-based biologist. "Unless we get a real significant weather event, this will probably be what we're looking at for a while." More

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New Mexico Wildlife Federation accuses former game commissioner of pay-to-play
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A sportsmen's group is accusing Leo Sims, former New Mexico game commissioner, of abusing his position and connections to have 61 bighorn sheep relocated to state land near his family's ranch and then arranging for a special lease that would allow him to use them for a potentially lucrative hunting and wildlife viewing business. "This is pay-to-play pure and simple," New Mexico Wildlife Federation Executive Director Jeremy Vesbach said. "You've got a major political donor secretly reaping the benefits when public animals were moved to public lands using public resources." More

Parks Canada cameras capture cool wildlife photos
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Parks Canada is giving everyone a chance to see animals in their natural habitat. Twenty-five remote still cameras have been set up in the backcountry of Banff National Park in British Columbia, and some of the cameras are capturing amazing photos. While the images are cool for people to check out online, officials also say their cameras serve an important purpose because it's the least invasive way to monitor wildlife in the park. The pictures help Parks Canada track population numbers of the animals which call the backcountry home.

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