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Reader photo: Rams crazy over ewe

Bighorn rams of the Vulcan Mountain herd in Ferry County, Washington, are very interested in ewes during the first week of November as the rut, a term for the mating season, gets into full swing.

Record $480K bid for bighorn sheep tag — the rest of the story

HUNTING -- The secrecy protecting deep-pocket bidders at trophy big-game hunting tag auctions mysteriously stepped up around 2013 after the record bid was made for a bighorn sheep tag. A February New York Times story -- well worth reading -- on bighorn sheep hunting and...

Wild Sheep Foundation not pushing auction tags

The director of the Wild Sheep Foundation said Tuesday that the chairman of the hunting and conservation group’s board was not speaking for the organization when he lobbied Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter to shake up membership of the state Fish and Game Commission over its opposition to auction tags.

Sullivan bighorn sheep boost to other herds

A small but tenacious herd of Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep in northeastern Washington is being tapped once again to boost a struggling herd elsewhere in the state. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists are attempting to capture two or three rams from the Hall Mountain herd that ranges near Sullivan Lake.

Dreadful news for bighorns

SELAH, Wash. – They looked like they were flying. Against the Yakima River Canyon’s backdrop of rock promontories and steep scree slopes, two coyotes chased a bighorn lamb in a pursuit that was both high drama and inevitably brief.

Disease dooms Tieton bighorns near Yakima

YAKIMA – Five or six years ago, the Tieton bighorn herd included nearly 200 sheep. Now it has fewer than 10 – the same ones drivers occasionally see licking U.S. Highway 12 rumble strips for what’s left of last winter’s salt-based de-icer. Soon enough, those few remaining bighorns will be gone. Either they’ll die on their own or they’ll be shot by agents of the same state wildlife department that put them there in the first place.

Landers: Record bids help all bighorn hunters

A Utah hunter has raised the value of big-game hunting with a record bid of $480,000 for a special Montana bighorn sheep permit. Selling coveted bighorn tags to the rich generates fallout from some hunters who’ve failed for decades to get a permit the regular-guy way – in a lottery drawing.