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Decreasing bighorn sheep population prompts parks and wildlife study
KREX-TV
Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials successfully began a new study on the decreasing bighorn sheep population near the Maroon bells — Snowmass Wilderness Area. Parks and Wildlife officials partnered with the U.S. Forest Service to research why bighorn sheep count has decreased over the past 15 years. Wildlife managers captured and placed radio collars on ten bighorn sheep in the Aspen-Snowmass area.
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North Dakota officials move bighorn sheep
Sioux City Journal
North Dakota wildlife officials have moved a dozen bighorn sheep away from a well-traveled highway, with the help of a helicopter. The Grand Forks Herald reports that several sheep in the last few years have been killed by vehicles along Highway 85 in Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Traffic on the highway has increased since the start of the oil boom.
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Fun facts about rams
Live Science
Ram is correct term for the male bighorn sheep. These animals are named for their large, curved horns they use to show dominance. Bighorn sheep are found in North American mountains ranging from Canada to New Mexico. Male bighorns can weigh between 127–316 pounds (58–143 kg) and stand 5 to 6 feet (1.5 to 1.8 m) tall. Rams can be colored light, dark or grayish brown with a white rump. Females or ewes also have horns, but they are of a smaller size. They live in herds spending much of their day grazing.
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Random drawing for Alaska Dall Sheep hunt with Ultima Thule in 2014
California Chapter of Wild Sheep Foundation
Grand prize in this random drawing is a 1x1 fully guided 10-day hunt for Dall sheep with Ultima Thule Outfitters. The hunt will take place on Ultima Thule's exclusive federal concession within Wrangell-St. Elias National Preserve, bordered on one side by Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and on the other by world famous Klane National Reserve in the Youkon. The hunt will take place during available dates in 2014 only. Recent hunts have been 100percent opportunity.
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Deadline nears for 'Big 3' applications
The Bismarck Tribune
The deadline to apply for North Dakota's "Big 3" big game animals — elk, moose and bighorn sheep — is March 27. For moose and elk, the numbers of licenses available for the upcoming seasons are down. For elk, 261 licenses are available statewide, a decrease of 40. For moose, 111 licenses are available for the upcoming season, a decrease of 32.
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Number of US gun makers refusing sales to gov't in 'Firearms Equality Movement' triples in 2 weeks
CNS News
On Feb. 22, "Right Views" reported that a growing number of firearm companies have suspended the sale of guns to states, counties, cities and municipalities that restrict their citizens' rights to own them. In just two weeks, the number of companies participating in what has been named the "Firearms Equality Movement," has more than tripled from 34 companies to 118. The Police Loophole lists every company and links to the statements that each has released regarding their new policies.
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Random drawing for Alaska Dall Sheep hunt
California Chapter of Wild Sheep Foundation
Register to win an Alaska Dall Sheep hunt in 2014. This hunt is a 100 percent donation from Thule Outfitters and will be personally guided by Don Martin a CA WSF Director.

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Officials look at drop in population of bighorns
Aspen Times
The population of Colorado's iconic bighorn sheep herds in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness has plummeted over the past 15 years. Officials from Colorado Parks and Wildlife are trying to determine why.

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Is there a 'best survival gun' for home defense?
Gun Digest
When preparing for emergencies and survival situations, many of us will rely on firearms purchased for other purposes, such as hunting, target or informal recreational shooting, or defense of home or self during "normal" times.

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Colorado Democrats pass most gun-control bills but drop 2 after rape outcry
The Washington Times
Colorado stands to lose its status as a premier hunting and sports-shooting destination if the governor signs gun-control bills now rolling through the state legislature, according to an executive producer for the Outdoor Channel. Michael Bane, an executive producer for four hunting-related shows, said in a letter that the Outdoor Channel will move its production out of Colorado if the bills become law. Other hunting shows, organizations and clubs are also expected to avoid the state, he said.
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Spring turkey hunting 101
North Texas eNews
Luke Clayton, a contributor for the North Texas eNews, writes: "With the spring turkey season a few weeks away, it's time to plan our upcoming hunt, time to break out the old box and slate calls and make sure they are in working order. I have a good buddy that has his 'turkey box' that contains all his turkey hunting gear, everything from chalk for his calls to face mask and camo netting for a quick blind. About this time each March, Bob takes great pleasure in sorting through his gear, replacing what needs replacing and adding new items that he thinks might make him a more effective turkey hunter."
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Simply rigged decoys make duck hunting better
Ramsey Russell Outdoors Blog
There's a lot to be said for the old adage or working smarter, not harder. With the next duck hunting season many months away, there's plenty of time to get decoys rigged. The not so good old days entailed hurriedly wrapping decoy lines around keels with numb fingers. Sometime later, the consequences of badly tangled lines were suffered during a mad scramble to sort them in poor lighting. Inevitably, swarms of ducks flew like crazy at that exact moment, departing unscathed except for the intemperate profanities expressed by whoever was responsible for untangling the mess.
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