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From the Field
Wild Sheep Foundation News
March 23rd 2015
Safari Club International has received information about changes in the requirements for hunters who wish to export/bring their firearms and ammunition with them when they travel to hunt outside the United States.  SCI has been researching these new requirements in order to understand exactly why these changes are going into effect and what will be required of our members who wish to travel with their firearms and ammunition to hunt in other countries.  A great deal of confusion still remains, but we are attempting to present members with some of the questions being raised and the answers we have discovered so far.  Please note that the information below is not intended to serve as legal advice.  Before traveling, SCI members are advised to consult directly with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and/or their own legal counsel:

Q: What is now...
From the Field
Wild Sheep Foundation News
March 9th 2015
Bighorn sheep and thinhorn sheep (Ovis canadensis and O. dalli), collectively referred to as wild sheep, are iconic species of western North America. Found in isolated, rugged, and extreme habitats of the continent, wild sheep are vital economic, social, and ecological components of these areas.

The historic distribution of wild sheep in North America extended from Alaska to Mexico and east to the Dakotas, western Nebraska and west Texas. Population estimates of wild sheep ranged from 1.5 to 2 million at the onset of the 19th century (Seton 1909). Unregulated hunting, disease, competition for forage and space with domestic livestock, as well as habitat destruction and fragmentation led to precipitous declines in distribution and abundance through the early 1900s, with extirpations occurring in many regions (Buechner 1960). Wildlife managers have used translocations, habitat...
From the Field
Wild Sheep Foundation News
March 7th 2015
MISSOULA, Mont. – A bighorn sheep killed in a highway collision in Alberta has the largest horns ever recorded for the species. Boone and Crockett Club measurers today certified the specimen as a new World’s Record.

The horns’ final score of 209-4/8 B&C points edged out the previous World’s Record, a ram taken near Luscar Mountain, Alberta, in 2000 that scores 208-3/8.

The new No. 1 ram was hit by a vehicle on a highway west of Longview, Alberta.

A local rancher who knew of the ram and found the animal on his property obtained a possession permit from Alberta Fish & Wildlife. He said, “This ram and a younger ram had lived on the ranch where I worked since 2009. The older ram would go down to the highway a couple times a month, but the younger ram would rarely follow. We always wondered if one of these trips to the...
From the Field
Wild Sheep Foundation News
March 5th 2015
Cody, Wyoming, USA.  March 5, 2015 – After 5 weeks of intense face-to-face discussions, conference call participation, and lengthy email exchanges, the Wild Sheep Foundation (WSF) regrettably reports inability to reach a workable solution with domestic sheep industry representatives from Idaho and elsewhere on future operations of the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station (USSES), headquartered in Dubois, ID.

Following summer and fall 2014 announcements by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack that USSES would be closed, with staff and program funding reallocated to other Agricultural Research Services (ARS) locations, implementation of this closure was postponed in the FY 2015 CROmnibus spending package agreed to by Congress and signed by the President late in 2014.   

When the FY 2016 Administration budget was published in early February 2015, intent to close...