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2014 Year in review
As 2014 comes to a close, WSF would like to wish its members, partners, and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the WSF Mountain Minutes a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Tuesday, Jan. 6.



No. 10
'Record' bighorn ram loses 4 inches, top spot

Outdoor Life
From June 17: Four inches. That's a little shorter than your phone, a little longer than your thumb and it's the margin of horn mass that dropped the would-be world-record bighorn ram to No. 5 on the all-time list of trophy heads.
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No. 9
The buck who carried his rival's head

OutdoorHub
From Feb. 25: While it may look like a grisly trophy, the story behind the picture of the antler-locked bucks above is one of survival and endurance. Luke Laha, a wildlife management instructor in Kansas, was asked about how he and his students rescued an antler-locked deer that had been carrying around the head of his rival. So how did this deer come to be wearing such bizarre headgear? Laha said that there was once a body attached to that head, before the coyotes came.
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No. 8
Finally, 4 AR-style rifles chambered for big game hunting

Field & Stream
From July 22: About 150 years ago, a new 15-round Henry repeater brought shock and awe to Civil War battlefields. Today, we refer to that gun's progeny as classic deer rifles. But before hunters would fully embrace the lever gun — first chambered for anemic rimfire rounds — makers had to up the knockdown power. And so it is with today's ARs. The 5.56 (.223) is fun. But now, more manufacturers are offering AR-style rifles chambered in bona fide big-game rounds.
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No. 7
Silver State hunt of a lifetime

WSF
From March 25: No offense, but if you don't put in for a Silver State Tag when the big game application period opens March 24, you must not like hunting very much. The Silver State Tag already allows hunters the chance to hunt one of four premier big game species (mule deer, Rocky Mountain elk, Nelson (desert) bighorn sheep and pronghorn antelope) anywhere in the state, but now you also have the chance to win thousands of dollars of hunting gear as well.
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No. 6
Montana's bighorn dilemma

goHUNT
From Nov. 4: Montana's bighorn sheep management program continues to hit roadblocks caused by disease, domestic sheep and a disappointed wildlife commission. Generally speaking, the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks has been successful in helping bighorn sheep populations expand and increase across the state. The overall bighorn population has grown from an estimated 1,200 animals in 1950 to a current population of about 5,700. This increase is largely attributed to the state's aggressive trap-and-transplant program.
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No. 5
Hunting on public lands at risk: Feds to consider traditional ammo ban

OffGridSurvival.com
From June 24: The U.S. Department of Interior currently is reviewing a plan presented by the Humane Society of the United States to ban traditional lead ammunition on all public lands. The traditional ammo ban would effectively ban hunters from using one-fifth of the total land area in the U.S.
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No. 4
Largest hunter-taken grizzly enters Boone and Crockett records

Boone and Crockett via WSF
From May 6: The largest grizzly bear ever taken by a hunter has been entered into Boone and Crockett records. The big bruin, taken in 2013 near Fairbanks, Alaska, scores 27-6/16. It missed the World's Record mark by 7/16 of an inch but landed a spot as the second-largest grizzly ever recorded. The reigning World's Record is a skull found in Alaska in 1976. Bears are scored based on skull length and width measurements.
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No. 3
Record pronghorn certified by Boone and Crockett

WSF
From Sept. 9: The largest pronghorn ever recorded has been certified by Boone and Crockett Club as a new World's Record. The huge buck, hunted in Socorro County, New Mexico, in 2013, scores 96-4/8 B&C points. The new record breaks a tie between two specimens from Arizona. One was taken in Coconino County in 2000, the other in Mohave County in 2002. Both scored 95 B&C points. Club officials say the difference between these old records and the new — a full inch-and-a-half — is an extraordinary jump. In fact, the margin between the now No. 1- and No. 2-ranked trophies is the largest in Boone and Crockett pronghorn records, which contain more than 3,400 entries.
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No. 2
Biologist manages goat hunting; discovers mystery goats

KCAW-FM
From Jan. 28: On a cloudless September day on Baranof Island Kevin White, a goat researcher from Juneau, and Phil Mooney, Sitka's wildlife management biologist are looking for mountain goats. When the helicopter hovers within 30 feet of the goat, White leans out of the open door, with one foot on the skid, and aims at a dirty spot on the goat's coat the size of a saucer — a natural bullseye of dirt on the otherwise brilliant white coat.
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No. 1
New world-record bighorn ram picked up in Alberta

Outdoor Life
From April 22: A bighorn ram whose horns reportedly surpass the current world-record measurement has been found dead nearly a year after it disappeared from the grounds of the famous Cadomin Mine property in Alberta. The ram was officially scored at 209-1/8 inches net, with only 2/8 inches of deductions. That score exceeds the current world-record bighorn, also from Alberta, which scores 208-3/8. The Boone & Crockett Club announced the official score and indicated plans to convene a full panel to score the ram — a condition required before bestowing world-record status — in the coming weeks.
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