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WSF directs more than $4.371 million towards mission programs
The 2013-14 fiscal year for the Wild Sheep Foundation closed June 30 with WSF directing an incredible $4.371 million to mission programs during the last 12 months focused on our purpose to "put and keep sheep on the mountain." "This is an exceptional accomplishment enabled through our 2014 record convention success, and is due to the generosity of our members, exhibitors, donors, auction buyers and sponsors and the leadership of our board of directors, committees and fine staff. WSF directed nearly one half a million dollars more to mission programs this year over the prior year representing an 11.3 percent increase and the second consecutive year of more than 10 percent mission funding growth" noted WSF President and CEO, Gray N. Thornton.

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Victory in Michigan as Scientific Fish & Wildlife Conservation Act becomes law
Safari Club International congratulates the Michigan House of Representatives for their bipartisan effort passing the citizen-initiated Scientific Fish & Wildlife Conservation Act. With the recent vote, the SFWCA automatically becomes law. "SCI would like to thank the House members for their bipartisan support in protecting science-based conservation in Michigan today by supporting SFWCA," said Merle Shepard, past president of SCI and Michigan resident.
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DuVall joins Wild Sheep Foundation as executive vice president of development
The Wild Sheep Foundation is pleased to announce that Buddy DuVall will join the Wild Sheep Foundation staff serving the Foundation and it's mission as executive vice president of development. The former executive director of the USA Shooting Team Foundation, and a former USA Shooting team member competing in more than 40 World Cup and international competitions, will join the WSF staff team Oct. 1.

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Capitol protest: Wolf hunt law approved by Michigan House after heated debate
Wolf hunting can continue in Michigan's Upper Peninsula — provided the Natural Resource Commission approves a second season. The Republican-led state House recently approved and enacted a citizen-initiated law that will effectively undermine two anti-wolf hunt proposals set to appear on the November ballot.
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NY to allow crossbow hunting this fall
Democrat and Chronicle
Come fall, New York hunters may have a new weapon of choice. The state Department of Environmental Conservation recently approved new rules that will allow crossbow hunting as the season opens up in most parts of the state in October.
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Maine puts bear baiting on the November ballot
The Boston Globe
It's 9:30 p.m., deep in the woods of northern Maine, and about a dozen people are waiting with excitement as Wayne Plummer backs a white pickup truck to the game pole at his hunting lodge on First Roach Pond. It's the first night of Maine's bear hunting season, and in the back of the truck is a black bear, the first kill of the season for the hunters who pay Plummer $2,000 a week to guide them to a clear shot. This year, the demand for spots on Plummer's bear hunts has been extraordinary. That's because many fear it will be "the last bear hunt," or at least the last one where they'll be able to hunt bears the way they've always hunted bears in Maine.
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    How to map your hunting area (Outdoor Life)
Study: Hunting pressure not causing evolution of smaller bighorn sheep in Alberta, Canada (The Canadian Press via CTV News)
Helicopter use to monitor bighorns generates concern (The Arizona Republic)
Shotguns for deer: Will the sabot slug go extinct? (Field & Stream)

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Restrictions affect Pennsylvania deer hunters
Outdoor News Daily
The thousands of Pennsylvania hunters who soon will be heading off to hunt big game in other states can do their share to slow the spread of chronic wasting disease in the Commonwealth. Those who hunt out-of-state are reminded that Pennsylvania prohibits importing specific carcass parts from members of the deer family — including mule deer, elk and moose — from 21 states and two Canadian provinces.
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Hunting club or hunting solo?
Montgomery Advertiser
Hunter and contributing writer Rob Newman writes: As I ponder another outdoor topic on which to write, I try to consider things that will be helpful and educational, but more importantly, fun activities related to the great outdoors. So I want to be writing about the 50 different ways to mow your grass or why you should wear sunscreen while outdoors by the pool, but will focus on the knowledge and success that I have at hunting.
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Antelope Island's visitation numbers increase
Antelope Island visitation is nipping at the heels of Dead Horse Point for the No. 1 visited state park in Utah, while its park revenues for the past fiscal year put it well in the black. "Their revenues exceeded their expenses by $230,893 in fiscal year 2013-2014," Utah Division of Parks and Recreation Finance Manager Scott Strong said of Antelope Island.

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Researchers: Is trophy hunting affecting bighorn sheep evolution?
Trophy hunters prize the Alberta, Canada, bighorn sheep. They aim to adorn their walls with the largest rams' horns they can obtain. In the past thirty years, average horn size has decreased, causing some scientists to believe trophy hunting is creating evolutionary pressure favoring rams with smaller horns.

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Washington, Montana deal with elk disease issues
The Spokesman-Review
Washington and Montana are initiating special programs this summer to deal with serious but different diseases in wild elk. Washington's Fish and Wildlife Commission has approved a rule for hunters in southwestern units to leave the hooves of elk where the animal is killed.

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Hunting: Even with baiting, the bear's only rarely out at the plate
Portland Press Herald
Hunting is a sport, and while the overall objective of rules and regulations includes maintaining healthy, renewable wildlife resources and keeping participants safe, they're also designed to preserve the element of fair chase. Are they succeeding? Let's look at the different types hunting.
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The 10 best horns in the animal world: The definitive list
Modern Farmer
First things first: you will not find the noble moose on this list. It's not because the moose isn't a majestic animal with equally majestic head protuberances; it's because the moose has antlers, not horns. Antlers are made of dead bone, and are shed and regrown again every year. Horns, on the other hand, are live extensions of the skull and stay with the animal for life. Deer and relatives of the deer, like the moose, have antlers; goats and antelope and relatives of the cow have horns. We are aware that this seems like an unnecessarily strict and nerdy distinction, and that the difference between antlers and horns may not make for good party conversation at every party. Our thought is, you should only go to parties where the difference between antlers and horns makes for good party conversation. Now onto the horns.
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