Monday, March 18, 2019

Survey Shows Severe Decline in Mount San Gorgonio Desert Bighorn Sheep Population

Aerial and ground surveys of Southern California’s Mount San Gorgonio desert bighorn sheep population conducted during early March have confirmed a severe decline in numbers. Biologists from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and partner agencies counted 60 animals, approximately one-third the number counted in the last helicopter survey conducted in March 2016.

Watch video of biologists preparing for the survey at: https://youtu.be/ecdag5Y6d1g




This reduction appears to be consistent with an outbreak of respiratory disease that CDFW has been investigating since December.

“Die-offs of bighorn sheep of this type and magnitude that have occurred in the past have almost always been triggered by contact with domestic sheep or goats,” CDFW Wildlife Biologist Dr. Jeff Villepique said.

In December 2018, multiple reports of dead or dying bighorn sheep in Whitewater Canyon and the Mission Creek drainages were confirmed by biologists working for CDFW. Tissue samples from carcasses were sent to pathologists at the California Animal Health and Food Safety laboratories. The investigation is ongoing, with 21 bighorn carcasses identified thus far.

Administering medical treatment to sick bighorn is not feasible due to many factors, including the remote location, the difficulty of capturing animals and inability to capture and treat the entire herd.

Southern California is home to approximately 4,800 bighorn sheep in 64 herd units. To date, there have been no reports of sheep in nearby herds being affected by the disease.

CDFW is one of several entities involved in managing bighorn sheep in California, and participates in the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Wild Sheep Working Group. The Group has declared respiratory disease to be “the biggest impediment to restoring and sustaining bighorn sheep populations.”

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Media Contacts:
Dr. Jeff Villepique, CDFW Inland Deserts Region, (909) 584-9012
Harry Morse, CDFW Communications, (208) 221-1169

Original PR: https://cdfgnews.wordpress.com/2019/03/15/survey-shows-severe-decline-in-mount-san-gorgonio-desert-bighorn-sheep-population/

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Badlands Rack Attack Episode 8: Your Hunting Gear Questions Answered & A Dance Party

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

.270 Winchester Handload Testing (All Copper Projectiles)

Hunting in California is becoming more challenging every day. As I have transitioned from strictly bow hunting to include hunting with a firearm, I have realized that many hunters need guidance as to what to hunt with in regards to ammunition due to ever changing regulations. I mentioned in a few seminars, and on social media, that I would be testing out some handloads for .270 Winchester using Shooter's World powder (to see how it compared to mainstream powders) and utilizing 130 grain Nosler E-tip, Barnes TSX, and Cutting Edge all copper projectiles. The results of the first tests are posted below. 

Rifle: Remington 710 chambered in .270 Winchester
Optic: Vortex Diamondback HP 4-16x42

I allowed five minutes in between each load to allow the barrel to cool a bit. I ran a dry cleaning patch through the barrel after each load. After each group of 50 rounds, I allowed 45 minutes for the barrel to cool and change targets.

Five rounds of each load at 56°F in the desert. 5-10 mph crosswind east to west.

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Five rounds of each load at 66°F in the desert. 5-10 mph crosswind east to west.


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Five rounds of each load at 66°F in the desert. 5-10 mph crosswind east to west.


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Over 150 rounds were fired during the testing. The rifle was originally sighted in for the Cutting Edge rounds over a year ago. I have chosen the top 3-4 groups (in my opinion) to reload and test for additional accuracy, bullet performance, and velocity. 

Friday, February 1, 2019

Upcoming Archery and Optics Seminars at Bass Pro Shops!

On February 16, 2019 I will be giving two seminars at Bass Pro Shops in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. Both seminars are completely FREE. Yes, I don't charge to share information. My seminars are for all ages, too. Bring the kids, bring your grandparents, or bring that person who wants to learn about hunting but is afraid to ask. I will field questions and help you to the very best of my ability. I have some great giveaways from my sponsors and partners, too. You won't want to miss these!


Introduction to Archery Seminar
February 16, 2019 at 11:00 AM

Topics of Discussion:
  • Mainstream media
  • Where to begin
  • Choosing the right gear
  • Importance of form
  • Pro shops


Scouting & Hunting Optics Seminar
February 16, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Topics of Discussion:
  • Where to begin?
  • Choosing the right Optics
  • Methods and Tactics
Time and in-store location is subject to change. The upstairs conference room is past the shooting range desk, near the restrooms on the right hand side.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers Long Beach Pint Night


Backcountry Hunters & Anglers are having a Long Beach Pint Night a week from today. We will be at Ballast Point on January 7th from 6-9pm. Hope to see you there!! If you would like to have a Pint Night in your area, please email the chapter at California@backcountryhunters.org