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2013 Convention 'The Sheep Show ' breaks records on all fronts
WSF
With records broken for the highest amounts bid on auction for special permits, overall attendance and funds raised for wildlife and other mission programs, the 2013 Wild Sheep Foundation Convention and Sporting Expo The Sheep Show held recently at the Grand Sierra Resort & Casino in Reno, Nev., lived up to its billing as the "Premier Mountain Hunting and Conservation Expo in the World!"
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Vehicle-butting bighorn sheep dies in Wyoming
The Associated press via The Oregonian
A bighorn sheep named Bam Bam because of his habit of butting vehicles at a Wyoming park has died with his horns, likely of natural causes. He was the last survivor of the bighorn sheep herd in Sinks Canyon State Park in Wyoming. Bam Bam became a local celebrity of sorts when he began showing up near the park's main road in 2007 and allowed people to pet him. He earned the name Bam Bam because he liked to butt vehicles.
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Bank of America: 'You shouldn't be selling guns on the Internet'
Ammo Land
ASA is a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based manufacturer of custom AR-15 rifles and pistols. And as Joe Sirochman will tell you the first time you meet him, "ASA is an American company making guns for Americans." Sirochman says his company is set up so that customers can come into the showroom to buy a weapon or they can purchase it over the internet. He said that once Democrats began talking gun control in the days after the heinous crime at Sandy Hook Elementary–ASA's online orders jumped exponentially. In one four day period ASA sold the same amount of guns they usually sell in four months.
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Participation in NRA women's program increases by 26 percent in 2012
Outdoor Hub
According to NRA's Women on Target program, participation in the female-focused instructional shooting clinics increased by 26 percent in the 2012. National Women on Target Program Coordinator Diane Danielson believes she knows the reason why. "It's all thanks to word of mouth and the nature of the program," said Danielson. "We're strictly for women, primarily the first time shooter. It's about getting out to shoot and getting over the fear of firing those first shots."
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US gun owners outnumbered hunters by 5-to-1 in 2011
CNS News
In 2011, gun owners in the United States outnumbered hunters by 5-to-1. There were 13.7 million hunters in the United States over age 16 — 12.7 million of whom used rifles, shotguns or handguns for hunting, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. That means hunters constituted only 15.9 to 18.1 percent of the estimated 70-80 million gun owners in the U.S. in 2011 — the latest year for which statistics are available.
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Oregon bighorn auction tag draws record bid
StatesmanJournal.com
Winning bidder Kevin Small of Bakersfield, Calif., paid a record $135,000 for the Oregon bighorn sheep auction tag during the WSF 2013 Sheep Show held Jan. 31 through Feb. 2 in Reno, Nev. The previous record had been $130,000 set in both 2005 and 2011. The lone annual bighorn auction tag is authorized by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission as a fundraiser with the money earmarked solely to support bighorn programs in the state.
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How to plan a hunting trip to Africa
Outdoor Life
John Haughey, a contributor for Outdoor Life, writes: "No longer just a dream, Africa can be a wide-awake experience of a lifetime for North American hunters — far less expensive than a brown bear hunt in Alaska or a trophy-bull chase on an Indian reservation. But as a longtime visitor to Africa, and as an occasional Professional Hunter there, I’ve seen plenty of first-time Americans who didn’t plan adequately. Here are some lessons from their experiences."
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Massachusetts, Connecticut bills would require gun liability insurance
Outdoor Life
Massachusetts and Connecticut lawmakers have introduced legislation that would require state gun owners to purchase firearms liability insurance. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, the bills are the first to propose imposing a mandatory liability insurance requirement on gun owners since a similar measure failed in Illinois in 2009.
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Do whitetails migrate?: Washington study aims to pattern deer movement
Outdoor Life
As whitetail deer continue to expand their range in the West, a study out of Washington state is looking to figure out how far they travel, where they go and where they come from. The study is being conducted by the state Fish and Wildlife department and last year researchers fitted 35 bucks, does and fawns with locating transmitters. Another 35 deer were trapped and tagged this year. In the East and Midwest, rule of thumb says that whitetails have a home range of a few thousand acres. But, researchers in Washington are finding that whitetails will migrate miles from summer to winter habitat.
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Bill would open up recreational fishing, hunting and shooting on federal land
The Examiner
VideoBrief Fishing, hunting and shooting on federal land would become a presumptive allowed activity under legislation introduced in the Senate on Jan. 29. Senators Lisa Murkowski, R-Ark. and Joe Manchin, D-W.V., introduced S.170, which would "recognize the heritage of recreational fishing, hunting and recreational shooting on federal public land and ensure continued opportunities for those activities." The bill was referred to the Committee on Energy & Natural Resources.
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