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Vaccine for bighorn sheep still 10 years away
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A Washington State University researcher said it will take at least 10 years to develop a vaccine that protects bighorn sheep from a disease carried by domestic sheep. That time frame seems to undercut the reasoning behind legislation authored by Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, seeking to delay a U.S. Forest Service plan to reduce domestic sheep grazing on the Payette National Forest and other federal land. More

Mexican Wolves don't belong in Utah's Dixie
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When people say the wolf is at the door, they are typically using a popular idiom to indicate they have fallen on hard times. But that expression could become more than a figure of speech in southern Utah if the Obama administration has its way. More

Poaching cases may be felonies
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Hunters accused of poaching in two separate incidents in the top of Utah last month are likely facing felony charges because of the nature of the crimes. Officials with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources say that, on Sept. 10, a hunter from Willard, Utah, shot three mountain goats near Ben Lomond when his permit allowed him to take only one. More

Colorado biologists boosting bighorn sheep herds
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A herd of bighorn sheep in the Sangre de Cristo mountains of Colorado gained nine new animals recently, as Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologists completed a second translocation of sheep captured in the southern part of the range. The nine bighorn sheep join 13 others that were moved into the mountains of northeastern Saguache County in a similar operation in 2010. More

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Boy with 1 arm proves he's a sure shot as a hunter
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Justin Ristine, 11, might be the best one-armed hunter around. If ability is judged by percentage of shots fired compared to deer taken, he's as good a hunter as there is, one arm or two. On his first hunting trip, he fired one shot and bagged one deer. The buck died instantly. The Marysville, Wash., boy was born with only one arm, his left. He fired the shot from a rifle set on a tripod. More

A stern warning: Never assume your rifle, scope will work
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Now that hunting season is here, many of us are tempted to grab our trusted smokepoles and head for the fields and forests. But what your trusted smokepole may hand you, rather than a dead animal, is a sharp rap in the nuts, metaphorically speaking, of course. You never, ever, assume that a rifle/scope will work. More

FWP delays bighorn sheep reintroduction north of Sula
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An outbreak of pneumonia in the Skalkaho area and some wary sheep in the East Fork have caused Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to push back a planned reintroduction of bighorns into a drainage north of Sula. "We've decided it's not prudent to bring sheep into the Warm Springs drainage right now," said Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Bitterroot-based biologist Craig Jourdonnais. "Right now, there are just too many things we don't know." More

Hunting pre-rut — Rubbing phase bucks
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In much of North America late summer and early fall are the start of the pre-rut and/or rubbing phase for white-tailed deer. As their testosterone levels begin to rise the bucks start rubbing trees and shrubs to remove the dried velvet from their antlers. While many hunters know that bucks begin rubbing at this time, they may not realize that bucks may also begin making scrapes at this time. These early season scrapes often go undetected by hunters, because they are either not looking for them, or they don't recognize them as scrapes. More

Western Montana hunters see mixed bag on big-game season opening weekend
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For the second year in a row, hunters found plenty of opportunity to fill their freezers with elk meat in the Big Hole Valley, but elsewhere in western Montana most critters stayed clear of the bull's-eye on opening weekend of big-game season. In another record-setting opening day, biologists counted 86 elk at the Darby check station over one weekend. More

Bighorn reintroductions on hold after apparent pneumonia deaths
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A possible pneumonia outbreak in bighorn sheep in the Skalkaho area in western Montana is delaying a plan by wildlife biologists to bolster the herd with additional sheep. Craig Jourdonnais of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks tells the Ravalli Republic that six bighorns in the Skalkaho herd have been discovered dead. More

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