News roundup: June 23-27
In case you missed them, here are some of the breaking news stories from June 23-27th.
Desert bighorn could be new world record
On the second day of his hunt, Brian Benyo released an arrow from 25 yards with his bow that could potentially place him at the top of the record books. Brian was hunting on Tiburon Island in Sonora, Mexico. The ram, which was taken in January 2013, scored 179 2/8” -- 4/8 of an inch more than the current world record desert bighorn sheep, a 178 6/8” ram that was harvested by Jim Hens in 2007 in Hidalgo County, New Mexico. Read the full story here.
Drought continues to parch the west
The most recent drought update from the U.S. Drought Monitor indicates that the western United States is still enduring abnormally dry weather. Though rainfall has brought drought relief to the Midwest, central Plains and southern Florida, drought conditions have persisted or worsened from the west coast into the central and southern Rockies. Read the full story here.
Proposed ban on lead bullets
A proposal presented by animal protection and wildlife conservation groups is currently under review by the U.S. Department of Interior that would require the use of non-lead ammunition when discharging a firearm on public lands. The plan would effectively ban traditional ammo on the more than 160 million acres of federal lands. Read the full story here.
Oregon teen draws sheep tag on first try
A 13-year-old boy, of Mulino, Oregon, drew a tag that most will never in their lifetime. Tanner Nauta drew a highly coveted Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep tag for Lookout Mountain in eastern Oregon. The odds for drawing the tag are less than 1/2 of 1% (0.04%). Jeremy Nauta, the boy’s father, puts the chances in perspective. “I’ve been putting in for this tag since I was 14, and never got it,” he told the Portland Tribune. Read the full story here.