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Montana Initiative 161 Targets Nonresident Hunters

Next week, Montana residents will vote on Initiative 161 which will have a significant impact on non-resident Montana hunters. Specifically I-161 will abolish all 5,500 guaranteed outfitter-sponsored tags directing them to the general lottery for nonresident big game licenses.

Idaho Governor Rejects ESA Wolf Management

In another salvo of the wolf-wars, Idaho's Governor Otter has ordered state wildlife managers to “relinquish their duty to arrest poachers or to even investigate when wolves are killed illegally.” Under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) Idaho wildlife officials are the “designated agent” for investigating wolf deaths in the state. has a more detailed story about the Governor's orders, specifically: This means Idaho Department of Fish and Game managers will no longer perform statewide monitoring for wolves, conduct investigations into illegal killings, provide law enforcement when wolves are poached or participate in a program that responds to livestock depredations.

Colorado Teen Completes North American Grand Slam

Sara Brandenburg of Berthoud Colorado is the youngest female to complete a Sheep Grand Slam. She wrapped up her Grand Slam on a Stone Sheep hunt at the ripe age of 15 and the entire slam only took one year to complete.

According to the The Longmont Times-Call ( she has future hunting plans as well.

North Dakota Ballot Measure 2 Pits Hunters Against Hunters

In just a few weeks, North Dakota residents will go to the ballot to vote on a total ban on high fence hunting operations. Ballot measure 2 makes the “killing or attempted killing of privately-owned big game species or exotic mammals confined in or released from any man-made enclosure designed to prevent escape” illegal.

The Wall Street Journal is running a solid article on the subject, it can be viewed here.

Remington Fires Back at CNBC

In an hour long documentary titled Remington Under Fire, which began airing last night (October 20th), CNBC levels serious accusations against the Ilion NY company used by hunters for generations.

CNBC Senior Correspondent Scott Cohn contends through a series of documents and expert witnesses that the Remington model 700 trigger mechanism has been defective since its creation in the last 1940's. Perhaps even more serious is the CNBC accusation that Remington has known about the defect and has refused to recall the model 700, affecting over 5 million rifles since the beginning of production. The documentary's website and future air times can be found here:

Welcome to the New BGH Journal Blog

We are excited to announce our new BGH Journal blog. This blog is composed by staff on a regular basis to spotlight news, events, products, and updates to our site. We hope that our new blogging format will be a focus point for discussion on current events and BGH related news. As with the rest of BGH articles, reviews, topics, tips, photos, and stories, registered members will be able to respond and post comments to blog entries.

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