Bighorn sheep depend on public land throughout the West for their survival. They are prized by hunters, who have become among the strongest defenders of keeping public lands under federal ownership.
Bighorn sheep depend on public land throughout the West for their survival. They are prized by hunters, who have become among the strongest defenders of keeping public lands under federal ownership. Idaho Fish and Game
Bighorn sheep depend on public land throughout the West for their survival. They are prized by hunters, who have become among the strongest defenders of keeping public lands under federal ownership. Idaho Fish and Game
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Chaffetz withdraws public land sale bill after outcry from hunters, anglers

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Rocky Barker is the energy and environment reporter for the Idaho Statesman and has been writing about the West since 1985. He is the author of several books, including "Scorched Earth How the Fires of Yellowstone Changed America," "The Flyfisher's Guide to Idaho" and "The Wingshooter's Guide to Idaho."