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Outdoors in Maine: When hunting, it’s important to know terrain well

Before iPhones, about the only time fellow deer hunters communicated with one another was during the noon break or back at camp after legal shooting hours. Not so today. We text each other during the day at agreed times. It might go like this: “On south side of bog. Good sign.” or “Just jumped a buck. Headed northwest, toward you.”  Continue Reading...

- 1/26/2020

Hunting: Need a Christmas gift for the hunter in your life?

Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? I doubt it; and if you’re shopping for a hunter, it can prove a daunting challenge, what with all the specialized equipment and personal preferences. In an effort to make the process a tiny bit easier, allow me to offer a few suggestions.  Continue Reading...

- 12/22/2019

Rockville OKs managed hunt to control deer population

The city of Rockville, Maryland, has approved a pilot program that will use bow hunters to cull deer at the city’s Redgate Golf Course property on Avery Road. The vote this week to test the pilot program came after decades of study by Rockville. The city has previously debated other strategies, such as using birth control or sterilization. Those methods have been tested in other communities across the country. On Monday, the mayor and city council approved the plan to allow a managed hunt from Sept. 6 to Nov. 20, 2020.  Continue Reading...

- 12/20/2019

Hunting: Deer season may be over, but there are other opportunities

With the end of muzzleloader and expanded archery seasons, deer hunting is now officially over for another year. White-tailed deer are far and away the most popular game species in Maine, and everywhere else they occur, most hunters will put away their guns, bows, ammo and arrows and switch to ice fishing, snowmobiling or other outdoor pursuits. But a few bold lads and lasses will simply switch gear and perpetuate their pursuit of prey and protein.  Continue Reading...

- 12/15/2019

Nebraska’s bighorn sheep hunting season wraps up with two successful hunts

Nebraska’s bighorn sheep hunting season wrapped up this week when the second of the state’s two permit holders found success at Montz Point Wildlife Management Area in Scotts Bluff County.  Continue Reading...

- 12/14/2019

The art and mystery of ducks and geese

We bumped across the harvested cornfield near dawn in mid-November. Four of us sat on variously colored lawn chairs, which cushioned the bumping, in a trailer hooked to an ATV. Prima facie the scene could have been absurdist art. Then Frank Lagodny pointed above the thick ground fog. Mallards, about two dozen, banked overhead in two groups. Mind you, we were heading out to a goose pit to hunt Canada geese, mallards a bonus. There’s a good reason they’re the No. 1 duck for Illinois hunters.  Continue Reading...

- 12/11/2019

Bow hunting for deer may be coming to St. Louis County Parks

CREVE COEUR, Mo. — Deer hunting could soon be allowed in St. Louis County Parks. People could be going for their morning or evening runs at the same time an archery hunt is happening. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a measure to approve bow hunting in St. Louis County Parks was approved by the county council. This would help curb deer overpopulation. Several members of the public mentioned that bow hunting could be dangerous in the parks. The measure has not yet been approved by St. Louis County Executive Sam Page.  Continue Reading...

- 12/11/2019

Stevens Point man bags a 13-point deer, then discovers it's actually a doe

Stevens Point man bags a 13-point deer, then discovers it's actually a doe ROSHOLT - A day that began with a slow-going hunting expedition for Michael Wanta and his father turned into a day they won't forget.  Continue Reading...

- 12/10/2019

That 'one' good Michigan hunting story

It’s hard for me to pick just one story to write about that centers on hunting in Michigan, because there have been so many outstanding experiences to choose from. I know I can speak for a lot of Michiganders when I say we are lucky to live in this state, and to have a plethora of natural resources available to us, essentially at our fingertips.  Continue Reading...

- 12/10/2019

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CHARLESTOWN — Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge will host its fifth annual deer hunting opportunity for youth hunters between Saturday, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec. 22. During this time, the Salt Pond Unit of Ninigret Refuge will be closed to the public, including the parking lots, nature trails, and kayak launch. The refuge closure is to ensure public safety and to increase the chances of a successful hunting opportunity for the participating youth hunters. The nearby trails at Kettle Pond Visitor Center are open to visitors from sunrise to sunset.  Continue Reading...

- 12/9/2019

Triple Trophy: deer hunting’s trifecta

LITTLE ROCK — With the annual white-tailed deer rut beginning to decline across most of the state, many hunters are beginning to trade in their deer rifles for duck guns, but there’s still plenty of time left to claim a spot in Arkansas’s deer hunting honor roll by completing the Triple Trophy Award.  Continue Reading...

- 12/8/2019

Today's Sportsman: Deer hunting? Expect the unexpected

For many deer hunters, the opening day of firearms deer season is the most highly anticipated day of the year. Most hunters would agree that opening day is their best chance to bring home the venison. The increased hunting pressure of opening day is also the signal for deer to go into survival mode and move quickly into their safe areas. Success on opening day is important, as the opening-day harvest numbers account for a large portion of the total annual deer harvest.  Continue Reading...

- 12/8/2019

The Hunting Gear We Loved This Fall Deer, ducks, and other quarry won’t even know you’re there

The Hunting Gear We Loved This Fall Deer, ducks, and other quarry won’t even know you’re there  Continue Reading...

- 12/8/2019

Forest service grants exception for feral swine hunting at Mark Twain National Forest

ROLLA, Mo. -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service says it will close Mark Twain National Forest to feral swine hunting, with a new exception. The Forest Service will allow exceptions for licensed deer or turkey hunters who have valid state deer or turkey hunting permits to also kill feral swine. Hunters must be hunting deer or turkey in compliance with their permit. The decision comes after a 60 day public comment period.  Continue Reading...

- 12/7/2019

10 Affordable DIY Hunting Road Trips for 2020

10 Affordable DIY Hunting Road Trips for 2020 Thinking of hitting the road for a 2020 DIY hunting trip? GearJunkie’s Jace Bauserman has dialed in 10 destinations to put on your list.  Continue Reading...

- 12/7/2019

Missouri hunter bags rare albino deer on last day of hunting season: 'All glory goes to God in this'

A Missouri hunter bagged a rare albino buck on the last day of firearm hunting season — a trophy he attributes to God’s help.  Continue Reading...

- 12/6/2019

Late harvest, wet conditions set up challenging pheasant opener

Pheasant hunting is the one time of the year Gerald Nuhsbaumer and his siblings get together. "My four sisters and their extended families all come back and it ain't so much about shooting pheasants as it is just visiting and being able to see each other when it ain't a funeral," Nuhsbaumer said.  Continue Reading...

- 10/18/2019

Idaho offers private land hunting access

For hunters heading to Idaho, make sure to check out the Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s Access Yes! program providing hunters access to private lands. Access Yes! is a statewide program that creates opportunity for hunters and anglers to access and enjoy private and public land. In 2019, Access Yes! opened 328,066 acres of private land and provided access to 525,115 acres of public land. For more information, idfg.idaho.gov/yes.  Continue Reading...

- 10/18/2019

What It Was Like Hunting Deer at Heinz Wildlife Refuge Last Weekend

You might say that my wife and I were more than a little surprised when our 13-year-old son announced that he wanted to go deer hunting at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, the 1.5-square-mile park adjacent to the Philadelphia airport. You’ve seen the sign for Heinz a million times on I-95. My son, who has lived his entire life in West Philly, doesn’t exactly come off as an outdoors type. And while I can build a pretty damn good campfire without any of that cheating fire-starter crap, that’s about it for my woodsy skills. Actually, as far as my wife and I know, there are no real hunters in our entire family.  Continue Reading...

- 10/18/2019

Wildlife commission adopts changes to proposed hunting rules: What you need to know

In its September meeting, the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks adopted changes to deer hunting regulations, including a revised deer season in the South Delta Zone. Deer season in the south Delta was previously set from Oct. 15-Jan. 5 for public and private land with a bag limit of two antlerless deer and two bucks. The lower bag limit and fewer days afield were the result of months of flooding in the area that displaced wildlife and left many dead or nutritionally stressed.  Continue Reading...

- 9/28/2019

As nationwide numbers dip, most Utah duck populations healthy heading into hunting season

SALT LAKE CITY — Amid a recent decline in duck populations across the continent, Utah wildlife officials believe the state's duck population, as a whole, is healthy heading into the upcoming waterfowl hunting season.  Continue Reading...

- 9/28/2019

Michigan lawmakers push for moose hunting on Isle Royale National Park

LANSING, MI -- A bipartisan group of Michigan lawmakers argue a limited hunt is the best way to control an “exploding population” of moose at Isle Royale National Park.  Continue Reading...

- 9/28/2019

Idaho Fish and Game commission requests nonresident hunter cap, fee increase

In an effort to address complaints of overcrowding, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission hopes to cap the number of nonresident hunter tags sold while simultaneously increasing nonresident hunter fees. Nonresident hunter fees account for 57% of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s license revenue. “It is obviously a significant part of our portfolio,” said Michael Pearson, the IDFG chief of administration. “So in order to offset the impact of less nonresidents (they’re proposing) a fee increase. So less nonresidents, but each is paying more.”  Continue Reading...

- 9/8/2019

Today's Sportsman: Donnie Simmons — A true advocate of hunter safety and hunting

Each fall the Cold Deer Hunt Club on Mountaindale Road in Mountaindale hosts hunter safety classes that are run with the support of several dedicated club members who all share a common interest in safe and ethical hunting practices. Each traditional classroom course at Cold Deer runs four nights for a total of 12 hours of class time. Hunter safety instruction is an important responsibility, and it is taken very seriously by the volunteer instructors.  Continue Reading...

- 9/8/2019

North Dakota sharptail hunting prospects look favorable

Statistics from the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s spring sharp-tailed grouse census showed a 9 percent increase in the number of male grouse counted on their spring dancing grounds, or leks, compared with last year, the Game and Fish Department said. Hunting season for sharptails, ruffed grouse and Hungarian partridge opens Saturday, Sept. 14 in North Dakota.  Continue Reading...

- 9/8/2019

Most hunting accidents involve falls from tree stands

SOCIAL CIRCLE – Statistics show that more than half of all hunting incidents are due to falls or other safety issues with tree stands. Out of 33 incidents in 2018, 20 were tree stand-use related, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.  Continue Reading...

- 9/8/2019

How to find hunting boots that won’t let you down

I recently began getting hunting catalogs in the mail, which can only mean one thing: Fall is not far away, and it’s time to start thinking about gearing up for the seasons.  Continue Reading...

- 9/8/2019

Double-checking hunting season rules and regulations

I got a call from a good friend of Massachusetts sportsmen, pointing out what seemed to be a new addition to bear hunting regulations. This prompted me to call state Wildlife Black Bear & Furbearer Project Leader Dave Wattles.  Continue Reading...

- 9/8/2019

HLRBO Updated To Allow Listing Videos And A Property Lease Waitlist

HLRBO has updated it's website to now allow videos to be added to your listing. Create a video from your existing pictures or create a video of your property and add it to your HLRBO listing. Property videos are automatically uploaded and promoted on HLRBO's YouTube channel. It's another great way to showcase your property on HLRBO.  Continue Reading...

- 9/6/2019

Texas hunting and fishing licenses go digital

The days of scrambling for your wallet when you spot a Texas Game Warden walking down the pier or toward your deer stand are over. A law that went into effect today allows for Texas anglers and hunters to provide proof that they own a license through their phones, a move that helps modernize an age-old process.  Continue Reading...

- 9/1/2019

Locals open dove hunting season in style at Pyrenees Cafe

The calendar read Sept. 1 but it might as well have been Christmas morning for Bakersfield dove hunters. Yes, the first day of September marks the first day of dove hunting season in California, and in the Central Valley — from Modesto to Fresno, from Kings County to Kern — it’s an annual rite of passage.  Continue Reading...

- 9/1/2019

New Hampshire's fall hunting seasons kicked off Sunday

Sunday marked the first day of New Hampshire’s fall hunting seasons. Black bear and gray squirrel seasons started Sept. 1. Archery seasons for white-tailed deer and turkey are set to begin Sept. 15. Numerous additional opportunities exist for hunters in New Hampshire this fall, including either-sex deer days and lengthened bear seasons in many wildlife management units.  Continue Reading...

- 9/1/2019

Long time hunter, now caregiver, looks for hunting land in the Charlotte area

CHARLOTTE, MI (WILX) -- Joe Thompson is a Navy veteran and has spent a majority his 54 years out in the fields hunting because for him, deer hunting isn't just a season, it's a year round process. "As soon as the season ends, I'm thinking what can I do next year differently to get a bigger buck or be more successful," said Thompson.  Continue Reading...

- 8/16/2019

Local hunters snag 10-foot gator on first day of hunting season

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV)-- The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said there is an estimated 1.3 million alligators living in the wild. The statewide alligator harvest kicked off on Thursday. FWC said it handed out roughly 6,000 permits for the 2019 season. The first day of the harvest in Florida had pouring rain, but that did not dampen the efforts of some.  Continue Reading...

- 8/16/2019

City considers in-town bow hunting, eliminating runoff elections

City considers in-town bow hunting, eliminating runoff elections. The Rapid City Common Council addressed the possibility of eliminating runoff elections and bow hunting deer within city limits. As it stands, 21 permits will go to qualified hunters in the city through a lottery system. Game, Fish and Parks says that the hunting provides recreational opportunities while reducing car accidents and the occasional deer attack. Some residents did express their doubts, believing there are more humane ways to reduce the deer population.  Continue Reading...

- 8/8/2019

How Moon Phases Will Impact Deer Hunting During the Rut this Season

This North Carolina study supported by boots-on-the-ground research can help you choose the best hunting times for the whitetail rut. Multiple scientific studies of whitetail deer have established historical rut activity charts that illustrate one important fact: In any given year, from North Carolina to Kansas to western Canada, 90 percent of all adult does will come into estrous and be bred from approximately November 5 to 20, regardless of moon phase, weather, or other environmental conditions.  Continue Reading...

- 8/8/2019

9 Key Questions to Ask Before Signing a Hunting Lease

Leasing land for hunting is a growing trend, and while we might lament those yonder years when a knock on a farmhouse door was all it took to get a “yes, of course, you can hunt back there,” there’s a lot to be said for joining a modern hunting lease or starting one on your own. But hunting leases come in as many shapes and sizes as 8-point buck racks.  Continue Reading...

- 8/6/2019

NY hunting/trapping licenses for 2019-2020 season on sale

New York State hunting and trapping licenses for the 2019-20 season are now on sale, the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced. “Buying a license helps support DEC’s many important conservation efforts and is the first step before heading out next season to safely and responsibly enjoy this great sport,” DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said in a press release  Continue Reading...

- 8/6/2019

Supporters vow to revive coyote-hunting contest ban proposal

A proposal to ban coyote-hunting contests in Oregon didn’t make it across the finish line during this year’s legislative session but proponents plan to resurrect the bill. Though Senate Bill 723 was approved by the Senate 17-12 despite vociferous opposition from rural lawmakers, it died in the House without a floor vote when the Legislature adjourned  Continue Reading...

- 8/6/2019

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will opens 2019 hunting reservations in late August

As the day approaches when hunters can begin making reservations for the upcoming season through Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the agency is encouraging reservation-seekers to explore its web site ahead of time to learn more about the reservations system and make sure they have no trouble logging into their account.  Continue Reading...

- 8/6/2018

HLRBO Completes Addition of All Public Hunting Land in the United States on HLRBO.com

HLRBO has the mission of expanding access to hunting. Pursuant to that mission HLRBO has completed the addition of all public hunting land in the United States onto the internet’s premier hunting network, HLRBO.com. Hunters can now search all available public hunting land from Alaska to Hawaii from California to New York  Continue Reading...

- 8/2/2019

High harvest expected in this year’s deer hunting season

KODIAK — Deer hunting season begins today in Kodiak. Hunters can expect a high harvest this year on the island, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.  Continue Reading...

- 8/2/2019

Mauna Kea Hunting Access Restored

Two days after the Hawaiʻi County Game Management Advisory Commission met in Hilo and discussed concerns related to the closure of Mauna Kea to hunting, the state has changed course. State hunting units A, K, and G, in the Mauna Kea Forest Reserve and Natural Area Reserve will reopen today, the Hawaiʻi Department of Land and Natural Resources announced.  Continue Reading...

- 8/2/2019

Massachusetts Public Hunting Land Now Available On HLRBO

Massachusetts public hunting land is now available on HLRBO! View maps, pictures, descriptions, contact information, write reviews, share with your friends, and much more. With HLRBO’s industry leading search technology it’s now easier than ever to find your next hunting adventure.  Continue Reading...

- 7/31/2019

Want to See Wildlife? Think Like a Hunter

Want to see some animals next time you’re outdoors? Wes Siler and Eric Whiting show you how to adapt knowledge from hunting to general wildlife viewing. These methods work just as well in Yellowstone National Park, where we filmed, as they do anywhere else in the country.  Continue Reading...

- 7/31/2019

Early Canada Goose Season Set

North Dakota’s early Canada goose season dates are set, with bag limits and licensing requirements the same as last year. Opening day for early Canada goose is Aug. 15 in all three zones. Closing dates are Sept. 7 in the Missouri River zone, Sept. 15 in the western zone and Sept. 20 in the eastern zone. Early Canada goose limits are 15 daily and 45 in possession.  Continue Reading...

- 7/31/2019

DNR releases 2019 deer hunting regulations: Here's what's new

There are some changes to be aware of ahead of deer hunting season this year in Minnesota. The Minnesota DNR has released its 2019 regulations handbook ahead of the fall deer season, with hunting licenses due to go on sale this Thursday right here.  Continue Reading...

- 7/31/2019

New law left out of Iowa hunting regulations; Pheasant population survey begins Aug. 1

The printed version of the 2019-20 Iowa Hunting, Trapping and Migratory Game Bird Regulations unintentionally omitted the language from a new state law that allows hunters with a non-ambulatory deer license to hunt during any open season until the license is filled, using the method of take allowed for that season.  Continue Reading...

- 7/30/2019

Nearly 45K anterless hunting licenses still available in York County

York County hunters looking to apply for one of 45,000 unsold licenses for antlerless deer hunting should submit an application and payment by Friday, Aug. 2, said York County Treasurer Barbara Bair. Residents who hold a valid 2019-20 hunting license will be eligible to buy the unsold licenses in the first round sale, which begins Monday, Aug. 5.  Continue Reading...

- 7/30/2019

HLRBO Adds North Dakota and New Mexico Public Land

HLRBO has completed adding new public land to the website. You can now view public listings in the state of North Dakota and public listings in New Mexico. We are working hard to wrap up the final states in our quest to index all public land in the United States. 3 states remain. Tennessee, Colorado and Massachusetts. We hope to have those live in the next couple of weeks.  Continue Reading...

- 7/25/2019

Elk hunting to return to Missouri on limited basis

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Elk hunting could return to Missouri next year but on a very limited scale. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Missouri Department of Conservation suggests in a draft set of rules published this week that it may initially only award five elk hunting permits through a lottery system.  Continue Reading...

- 7/25/2019

If you are a gamebird hunter now is time sharpen your hunting skills

KANSAS CITY, Mo — Even though we are still in the middle of summer it won’t be long before cooler weather and hunting season opens for Missouri gamebird hunting. Dove and teal hunting seasons are quickly approaching and other gamebird seasons will follow as autumn arrives.  Continue Reading...

- 7/25/2019

Applications for refuge hunt permits now open

HARLINGEN — Valley sportsmen and women in the hunt to take big game can now apply for permits for the fall season and hunts for exotics next year at two area wildlife refuges. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department handles applications for Laguna Atascosa and the Lower Rio Grande Valley refuges, where permit holders can take white-tailed deer, nilgai antelope and feral hogs.  Continue Reading...

- 7/22/2019

Sandhill crane hunting returns to Alabama

A new hunting opportunity will be available for Alabama residents beginning in the 2019-20 season according to the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.  Continue Reading...

- 7/20/2019

Bow hunting season announced for Nags Head Woods Preserve

The Nature Conservancy allows bow hunting for white-tailed deer in the Nags Head Woods Preserve and according to THC, the annual hunt is designed to manage the deer herd and to ensure the herd’s health. The regular hunting season runs September 7, 2019 through January 1, 2020.  Continue Reading...

- 7/20/2019

Multi-year effort to increase Colorado public hunting, fishing land approved

Colorado wildlife officials approved a multi-year plan to continue increasing accessible sporting land across the state. Colorado Parks and Wildlife commissioners voted Thursday to add 100,000 more acres to state-owned public land by this fall. Officials say the department pays about $900,000 a year to lease about 485,000 acres already, but has a goal to reach 1 million acres.  Continue Reading...

- 7/20/2019

HLRBO has made it even easier for landowners and hunters to connect with the newly updated HLRBO.COM

HLRBO has made it easier than ever for landowners and hunters to connect. The new HLRBO.COM's revolutionary design and technology makes it easier than ever for hunters to find their perfect hunting adventure while giving landowners the resources and tools they need to get the most from their property. With thousands of listings all over the country HLRBO is the internet's premier hunting network.  Continue Reading...

- 7/13/2019

Deer Hunting Forecast 2019

Hunters often fall into the trap of longing for the good old days, when, according to legend or conventional wisdom, things were supposedly better. One look at America’s current deer hunting scene makes you realize we’re experiencing some pretty good days right now. Coast to coast and border to border, opportunities abound, from tracking big-woods whitetails in the Northeast, glassing for ghost-like mule deer in the Southwest, shivering on a treestand while attempting to ambush a thick-necked Midwest brute, and more.  Continue Reading...

- 7/13/2019

The 25 Best New Guns, Knives, Bows, and Hunting Gear of the Year

The band is back together. After a several-year hiatus, Federal has teamed up with bullet-makers Nosler and Barnes to reintroduce loads with Accu­bond and TSX projectiles. I hunted with the Federal 180-grain Barnes TSX in .30/06 last fall, and it delivered accuracy as fine as ever. More good news: Federal has added loads with bullets from Berger and Hornady too.  Continue Reading...

- 7/10/2019

In Colorado, Most State Trust Land is Closed to Public Hunting. What Gives?

Colorado is a robust hunting state with the largest elk herd in the nation, but hunters there are still scrambling to level the playing field when it comes to accessing nearly 3 million acres of state-owned trust land. The good news is Colorado hunters seem to have an ally in Gov. Jared Polis when it comes to opening more lands to recreation.  Continue Reading...

- 7/10/2019

ODFW proposing changes to 2020 hunting seasons

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is looking to make some changes to the 2020 hunting seasons. Corey Heath, a wildlife biologist with ODFW, said there are 38 pages worth of changes the agency wants to adopt, a few of which would impact hunters here in Central Oregon.  Continue Reading...

- 7/10/2019

Lead Ammunition is Now Banned for Hunting Wildlife in California

Beginning July 1, lead ammunition is banned for hunting wildlife anywhere in California. It's the final phasing in of a law California passed in 2013. Governor Jerry Brown signed it in large part to protect the threatened California condor.  Continue Reading...

- 7/1/2019

Coeur d’Alene hunting, fishing program showcases disabled hunters, anglers

Since 2014, Brett Surplus has known he wanted to start a hunting television show. But the Rathdrum resident also knew he didn’t want to follow in the footsteps of the standard hunting television format.  Continue Reading...

- 7/1/2019

Expanded Sunday hunting could come to Pennsylvania as early as this fall

It seems now not a matter of if but when. On June 26, two days before taking their summer break, Pennsylvania state Senators approved an amended Senate Bill 147, perhaps — and as of yet, only perhaps — paving the way for expanded Sunday hunting in Pennsylvania.  Continue Reading...

- 7/1/2019

DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announces hunters harvested 564 wild turkeys during 2019 season

Delaware’s month-long spring wild turkey hunting season, which ended May 11, yielded a harvest of 564 birds, slightly lower than last year’s harvest of 571 birds, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today. Toms (males at least two years of age) accounted for 439 of the harvested birds this year, representing 78 percent of the total harvest.  Continue Reading...

- 6/29/2019

MDC announces initial plan for Missouri elk hunting

MDC hopes to eventually reach a target population of 500 animals and will use hunting to manage herd size and location. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shared its initial plan for a limited elk-hunting season with the Missouri Conservation Commission at the Commission’s public meeting June 28 at MDC headquarters in Jefferson City. The Commission gave its initial approval of the proposed plan, and MDC is asking for public comments.  Continue Reading...

- 6/29/2019

AGFC Foundation hopes to combat declining number of hunting, fishing licenses

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - A decline in the number of hunting and fishing licenses has the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Foundation working to turn that trend around. It's something the foundation has noticed in the last few years. And it's not concentrated in a specific area, but a general decline across Arkansas. Foundation members contribute some of that loss of interest to video games and social media, so their mission is education.  Continue Reading...

- 6/23/2019

Sunday hunting could come to Pennsylvania as early as this fall

It seems not a matter of if, but when. Next week, the state Senate is expected to vote on an amended Senate Bill 147, paving the way for Sunday hunting in Pennsylvania. The original version called for allowing hunting on 14 Sundays, 10 in fall and four in spring. Sen. Dan Laughlin, the Erie County Republican who authored the legislation, said he now will propose three days of Sunday hunting when it comes up for a vote on the Senate floor.  Continue Reading...

- 6/23/2019

OUR TOP 10 HUNTING LODGES IN THE AMERICAN BACKCOUNTRY

Hunting lodges have experienced a renewal in popularity of late, if not because of the activities offered there, then for the amenities and opportunities for outdoor exploration that continue to improve. Families interested in staying at a hunting lodge can expect horseback rides for the kids, swimming pools, and daily activities to keep the whole family entertained.  Continue Reading...

- 6/22/2019

Commission approves mountain lion hunting season for 2020

LINCOLN, Neb. - The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission approved a mountain lion hunting season for 2020 at its meeting Friday in Alma. The season will provide a harvest opportunity for up to eight mountain lions in two sub-units within the Pine Ridge of northwestern Nebraska. The season will allow the population to remain resilient and healthy, while halting growth or moderately reducing the population size. This will initiate a reduction of the population density in the Pine Ridge to one similar to that of other states that allow mountain lion hunting.  Continue Reading...

- 6/22/2019

Catahoula Lake appeal heads to Supreme Court

On Friday, May 31, Louisiana’s attorney general, Jeff Landry, officially filed an appeal with the state supreme court to overturn a previous judicial decision that denies public access to one of the state’s most historic and important waterfowl hunting and research sanctuaries: Catahoula Lake.  Continue Reading...

- 6/21/2019

Gary Finch Outdoors: Alabama alligator hunt

The Alligator Hunt Registration opened in Alabama June 4th and will remain open until July 10th. If you are one of the lucky ones to get a permit, you must attend a class prior to heading out on your hunt. Wildlife Biologist and Alabama Alligator Hunt Coordinator, Chris Nix, took a few minutes to explain the permit selection process as well as his recommendations for success.  Continue Reading...

- 6/21/2019

Fish and Wildlife Board declines petition to limit coyote hunting

The state’s Fish and Wildlife Board voted against a petition Wednesday night to end the open season on coyotes. In Vermont and many other states, there’s an open season on coyotes, meaning anyone with a hunting license can kill them at any time of the year.  Continue Reading...

- 6/21/2019

Iowa City council adds bow hunting to plan for reducing deer population

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa City Council has added bow hunting to its plan for reducing the city's rapidly rising deer population. The Iowa Natural Resources Commission for years approved city plans to contract sharpshooters to trim back the herd. But the city's request for a new hunt by sharpshooters has twice been rejected. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that the commission is concerned that the city plans rely too heavily on sharpshooters and that bow hunting would be more effective.  Continue Reading...

- 6/20/2019

Hunting Elephants Will Help Them Survive

A phone call from home in Botswana awakened me late one night while I was in the U.S. this month on a trade mission. Balisi Sebudubudu, a man from the rural village of Semolale, had been herding cattle when he was attacked and killed by an elephant.  Continue Reading...

- 6/20/2019

Sharing the tradition of hunting

SOUTHSIDE — For about 30 years, three friends have been getting together and going on hunting trips. In February, the group of hunters comprised of Greg Hartley, T.D. Dennis, and Keith Pridemore went rabbit hunting in Southside. Hartley, Dennis, and Pridemore hunted for two hours and 10 minutes and came out with six rabbits caught and caused eight rabbits to “jump” or run out and away from their shelter.  Continue Reading...

- 6/19/2019

Public invited to comment on big game hunting season structure recommendations

The public is invited to comment on Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) staff recommendations and alternatives for the 2020-2024 Big Game Season Structure (BGSS).  Continue Reading...

- 6/19/2019

BIG GAME HUNTING LICENSE DRAW RESULTS TO BE ANNOUNCED JUNE 20

CASPER, Wyo. — Hunters will soon know whether they will receive licenses to go after big game in Wyoming. Draw results for resident elk, deer and antelope licenses and nonresident deer and antelope licences will be announced at 10 am Thursday, June 20. “For hunters, one of the most exciting days of the year is approaching,” the Wyoming Game and Fish Department said. “Everyone who entered the draw will be able to check their results online. Licenses will be mailed to successful applicants by July 31.”  Continue Reading...

- 6/18/2019

Watered down Pa. Sunday hunting bill passes Senate committee: What's next?

Senate Bill 147, which would empower the Game Commission to regulate Sunday hunting, has taken the next step toward lifting the ban on Sunday hunting in Pennsylvania. The bill passed the Appropriations Committee in the state Senate, but did so with some significant changes from the original bill.  Continue Reading...

- 6/18/2019

2018 Elk Hunt Draws 23K Applicants Hoping For Hunting Permits

The number of people applying for a chance to hunt elk in Wisconsin is down this year compared to 2018’s inaugural elk hunting season. The state Department of Natural Resources announced last week that four hunters were picked to receive elk tags after more than 23,000 had applied. That number is down significantly when compared to the more than 38,000 people who applied for a chance to hunt elk near Clam Lake in 2018.  Continue Reading...

- 6/18/2019

The 9 Best New Compound Hunting Bows, Tested and Ranked

After shooting more than 1,000 arrows through 9 new compound hunting bows, we picked a winner. On the one hand, Danny Hin­ton is a stoic guy with an engineering background. On the other, he’s a die-hard bowhunter and the former owner-operator of an archery pro shop.  Continue Reading...

- 6/18/2019

'Git-R-Done': Trump opens 1.4 million federal acres to hunters, anglers

President Trump isn’t much of an outdoorsman, aside from golf. But maybe more than any president since Teddy Roosevelt, he understands the importance of others getting outside to boat, hunt, fish, shoot, and hike and their demands for access to federal lands and waterways.  Continue Reading...

- 6/18/2019

Deer hunting in Little Rock? It’s being studied

City Manager Bruce Moore has distributed to the City Board ways in which the city could allow bow hunting of deer in the city limits to reduce the deer population. The three basic options: 1) change ordinance to allow bow hunting in the city; 2) a “hunt club” format, with a set number of tags in a defined period; and 3) a cooperative program with the Game and Fish Commission and the Arkansas Bowhunters Association in which trained hunters could get a permit and an unlimited bag limit.  Continue Reading...

- 6/17/2019

Never take for granted Maryland's hunting opportunities

In our region we are lucky that most hunting opportunities are simple — if you want to hunt, you just go buy a license or tag. In the western states there are lotteries, limited draws, preference points and bonus points for most big game species and seasons, making it confusing and time consuming.  Continue Reading...

- 6/17/2019

California hunters face nation’s first lead ammo ban

The nation’s first 100% lead ammunition ban for hunters takes effect in two weeks in California. The law shows a will to protect individual animals and birds and is taking effect as a fait accompli among hunters.  Continue Reading...

- 6/17/2019

15 Best Duck and Goose Guns Ever

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and what's beautiful in the duck marsh or goose pit is the gun that works, no matter how harsh the conditions. Picking the 15 best of anything isn't easy, and with waterfowl guns we've got 120 years worth of history to consider, from the Model 1897 Winchester, the first pump for smokeless powder, to the high-tech 3 ½-inch semi-autos of today. The guns on this list have proven their worth over countless sunrises, and they will not fail you. They are not listed in any particular order. —P.B.  Continue Reading...

- 6/15/2019

Application period opens for Arkansas alligator hunting permits

Applications for the 2019 Arkansas alligator season will be available at from 8 a.m., June 15 through midnight, June 30. After a slow start in last year’s hunt, Alligator Zone 2, composed of South Central Arkansas, will again have a private land at-large opportunity for alligator hunters. Zone 2 was closed to all alligator sport hunting from 2007 until last year to help analyze the impact hunting had on alligator populations in the two open zones (southeast and southwest Arkansas). That comparison is no longer needed.  Continue Reading...

- 6/15/2019

Yes, Moose hunting happens outside of Maine. Here are some things to know.

We Mainers love our moose, and a sizeable subsection of us loves our annual moose hunt. But we’re certainly not the only place on the planet that has these gangly critters, and other states, Canadian provinces and countries have different approaches to moose hunting and moose management as a whole.  Continue Reading...

- 6/15/2019

Sunday hunting in Pa.: Both sides are digging in

Social media ran rampant after the Game Commission’s board of directors approved the Saturday after Thanksgiving as the opening day of deer rifle season. That decision quickly transformed into a rumor mill of possibly allowing Sunday hunting in Pennsylvania.  Continue Reading...

- 6/14/2019

Outdoors writers toast O’Connor

The Jack O’Connor Hunting Heritage and Education Center will celebrate its 13th anniversary tonight and on Saturday extend for a second year its public forum of hunting and outdoor writers. The center, essentially a museum that houses many of the late writer’s trophy big game animals, guns and writing memorabilia at Hells Gate State Park near Lewiston, will hold a fundraising banquet at the Red Lion Hotel this evening.  Continue Reading...

- 6/14/2019

The Best Arrows for Deer Hunting

Fill your quiver with the right ammo this season All arrows pretty much look the same, but the similarities end with aesthetics because they certainly don’t offer cookie-cutter performance. Far from it. Arrows vary widely from brand to brand – even batch to batch – and that matters. A lot.  Continue Reading...

- 6/13/2019

Outdoors with dad: How hunting and fishing bond fathers with their children

It wasn’t until I was older that I realized what I really took out of that experience. Little details that went unnoticed to an adolescent are now crystal to an adult. My dad and I woke up before anyone else was awake, we’d eaten breakfast together and then talked about all sorts of scenarios in the car on our way to the woods. I was having so much fun with my dad, and I didn’t even know it. And in the process, I was taking away life lessons.  Continue Reading...

- 6/13/2019

Special urban archery hunts to open deer season

The application period for Arkansas’s special urban bowhunts for the 2019-20 deer hunting season is now open. These hunts, which begin Sept. 1, offer bowhunters in Arkansas an early opportunity to get into the woods to help maintain white-tailed deer populations at levels which reduce conflicts with homeowners and drivers.  Continue Reading...

- 6/13/2019

Pa. Game Commission Has Perks For Residents Who Apply Early For Hunting Licenses

PITTSBURGH (KDKA)– The wait is over, as the firearms deer season approaches, hunting licenses go on sale June 17. For general licenses, Pennsylvania residents pay $20.90 and nonresidents pay $101.90.  Continue Reading...

- 6/12/2019

Hunting Axis Deer on Lanai Island

Hunting Axis Deer on Lanai Island Tourists know this spot as a tropical getaway with fancy resorts. Outdoorsmen know it as a deer-hunting paradise  Continue Reading...

- 6/11/2019

Noem moves Governor's Hunt from Pierre to Sioux Falls to 'attract more business prospects'

The annual Governor's Hunt in Pierre will become a sportsmen's convention open to the public in Sioux Falls beginning next year, Gov. Kristi Noem announced Monday. The 2020 Governor's Hunt and Sportsmen's Showcase will be based at the Sioux Falls Convention Center and will include:  Continue Reading...

- 6/19/2019

The 18 Best New Hunting and Precision Rifles, Tested

We burned thousands of rounds testing the newest hunting rifles, precision rifles, and rimfires. These are our top picks  Continue Reading...

- 6/11/2019

Black-Tailed Deer Season to Open on Kaua‘i

Deer hunters can now apply for permits ahead of the opening of the 2019 black-tailed deer hunting season on Kaua‘i. Rules and conditions regulating game mammal hunting in Title 13, Chapter 123 will be in effect, the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW), announced on June 5, 2019.  Continue Reading...

- 6/9/2019

East Hampton May Ban Hunting for One Day a Week

An organization called the East Hampton Group for Wildlife has proposed that the Town of East Hampton set aside one day a week during the hunting season, either a Saturday or Sunday, when hunting would not be allowed. The forcefulness of the presentation at a town board meeting by many members of this group, including Ron Delsener, the entertainment mogul, has gotten the board’s full attention. Early indications are that at least some of the board members are wishy washy about how they stand. It’s been postponed to a further meeting in June for more discussion.  Continue Reading...

- 6/9/2019

Outdoors in Maine: Keeping a bear-ing on hunting issue

“Did the last bear referendum affect you in any way personally?” she asked. That question was unexpected. It caught me off-guard. A good question, though. It took me back in time to the highly charged bear referendum, when Maine voters decided the fate of recreational bear hunting as we know it.  Continue Reading...

- 6/9/2019

Waterfowl seasons announced; camp space still available

SOCIAL CIRCLE – Waterfowl hunters can begin making season plans now that the 2019-2020 migratory bird season hunting dates and regulations were recently approved by the Board of Natural Resources. “The 2019-2020 waterfowl hunting season has changed compared to previous years,” Greg Balkcom, state waterfowl biologist for the Wildlife Resources Division, said in a news release.  Continue Reading...

- 6/8/2019

Turkey hunting still a passion at age 87: Tom Shank's Woods & Waters

Harvesting a spring gobbler is a true trophy in Penns Woods. They are an elusive quarry. Eyesight that is remarkable and hearing that can detect the slightest sound make a mature wild turkey the ultimate in hunting.  Continue Reading...

- 6/8/2019

Oregon Approves New Hunting Measure of Endangered Wolves

SALEM, Ore. (CN) – State officials relaxed rules Friday to make it easier to kill the state’s endangered gray wolves if they are found to have eaten livestock. Under the new rules, the commission can approve wolf kills if a pack is confirmed to have killed livestock twice in nine months.  Continue Reading...

- 6/8/2019

Deadline approaching to enter S.C.’s public alligator hunting season lottery

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WMBF) – There is just over one week left to enter the 2019 public alligator hunting season lottery drawing. According to a press release from the South Carolina Department of Natural of Natural Resources, the application deadline is June 15 at 5 p.m. This year’s public season will begin at 12 p.m., on Sept. 14 and run until 12 p.m. on Oct. 12. If selected, tag fees are $100. Additional fees apply for nonresident applicants, according to DNR.  Continue Reading...

- 6/7/2019

Moose hunt lottery 2019: Many will enter, 49 will win on June 21

CONCORD, NH —The annual drawing to select the lucky hunters who will be offered a permit to hunt moose in New Hampshire this fall will be held on Friday, June 21, at 9 a.m. at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive in Concord. The public and interested media are invited to be on hand to watch the excitement as the names are drawn.  Continue Reading...

- 6/7/2019

Wyoming reels in wolf hunting quotas

Biologists in charge of Canis lupus in Wyoming assessed the fewest wolves since hunting began seven years ago, and in response they are rolling back quotas in almost all areas where the species is carefully managed.  Continue Reading...

- 6/6/2019

What Deer Hunters Should Know About the 2019 QDMA Report

For nearly a decade, the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) has compiled and disseminated some of North America’s finest research on whitetail deer. This year’s Whitetail Report lays a finger squarely on the pulse of America’s deer hunters and provides a long-term look at what’s truly happening in the world of whitetails. Here are a few important figures from the 2019 QDMA Whitetail Report.  Continue Reading...

- 6/6/2019

Pa. Game Commission speaks on how it spends money, doesn't predict hunting fee increase

The results of a three-year audit of the Pennsylvania Game Commission have created polarizing opinions in the outdoor community. The audit showed a $72 million surplus in the Game Commission's game fund. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said it must do a better job at managing its finances and have better oversight. He had 43 recommendations moving forward, the highest, he said, he has ever had for a state agency.  Continue Reading...

- 6/6/2019

Trump administration announces plan for expanded hunting, fishing access across 1.4 million protected acres

In a bid to increase access to public lands, the Interior Department unveiled a proposal for new and expanded hunting and fishing access to 1.4 million acres in 46 states. The plan, announced Wednesday, would open 74 national wildlife refuges and 15 national fish hatcheries operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to outdoor sporting enthusiasts.  Continue Reading...

- 6/6/2019

Kentucky extends crossbow deer hunting season

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission announced Tuesday that crossbow deer hunting season will be extended this year. The new season will run from Sept. 21, 2019, to Jan. 20, 2020.  Continue Reading...

- 6/5/2019

TED NUGENT SAYS HUNTING AND MAKING MUSIC ‘ENHANCE EACH OTHER’

Ted Nugent talked up the experience of killing a buck then proceeding to his studio to make music, saying the two actions were enhancements of each other. He also described Keith Richards as his “nemesis” and Tom Morello as his “blood brother” in a discussion about appreciating artists who don’t agree with his way of life and politics.  Continue Reading...

- 6/5/2019

Football Players Face Off in an Epic Outdoor Challenge

Denver linebacker Von Miller and Kansas City left tackle Eric Fisher are both avid outdoorsmen. So we brought them to New Mexico to go head-to-head in fishing, archery, and cooking. Here's how it went down.  Continue Reading...

- 6/4/2019

Governor Abbott signs bill allowing the hunting of feral hogs without license

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott has given some ammunition to those who are in a battle against Texas' feral hog population. Governor Abbott signed House Bill 317 which allows people to hunt feral hogs without a hunting license. The law, which was authored by Senator Bryan Hughes of Mineloa, was passed unanimously by the House and Senate before going to the governor's desk.  Continue Reading...

- 6/4/2019

Conservationist's View: Thank veterans for privilege of hunting, fishing on public lands

Americans recognize and remember our nation's veterans every year on Armed Forces Day (for those who currently wear the uniform), Memorial Day (for those who made the ultimate sacrifice and never made it out of uniform), and Veterans Day (for those who used to wear the uniform). What's less well known is the key role veterans play in protecting our great public lands' hunting and angling heritage.  Continue Reading...

- 6/2/2019

Fewer Hunters in the US, but Higher Hunting License Sales?

Many of us have heard in hunting circles that the number of hunters now, relative to the ’70s and ’80s, is down quite a bit. Maybe it’s because we are a more wired or “techy” society and fewer of the upcoming generation are willing to venture into the outdoors. No one is sure of the reason, but it’s peculiar that hunting license sales are going up at the same time. Seems like an oxymoron, right? Well, there is an explanation for all of this.  Continue Reading...

- 6/2/2019

Hunters: The time to get your deer permit is now

By Region 8 Newsdesk | June 3, 2019 at 11:16 AM CDT - Updated June 3 at 2:49 PM LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KAIT) -Hunters interested in trying their luck at white-tailed deer in popular public deer-hunting areas in the state listen up. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission opened its annual WMA deer permit hunt application period Monday. AGFC wildlife management offers excellent hunting opportunities, but popular hunting areas can become overcrowded without special restrictions. In many of the most popular areas, AGFC conducts special draw hunts to maintain healthy deer herds.  Continue Reading...

- 6/2/2019

Experts to weigh in on wolf hunting in Bemidji

BEMIDJI — Two regional experts on wolves will discuss the impact of the removal of the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at the Bemidji Public Library. Barry Babcock of Laporte and Robert J. Shimek of the White Earth Reservation will be talking about the removal of the gray wolf and the impacts of a possible recreational hunt season on the population of wolves in Minnesota.  Continue Reading...

- 6/2/2019

Bear hunters hoping for expanded seasons come up empty for now

Maine’s bear hunters were hoping to bag big wins in the legislature this year, but their proposals for an overhaul of the state’s hunting rules will have to wait. State legislators considered a change offered by a pro-hunting group that would have allowed state biologists to adjust the length of the season and the number of animals a hunter can kill.  Continue Reading...

- 6/2/2019

Nearly 200,000 deer killed by hunters in South Carolina in 2018

Deer hunting season is still several months away but hunters are already buzzing about South Carolina’s “most popular, sought after, economically important and controversial game animal” — the white-tailed deer. The S.C. Department of Natural Resources recently released its 2018 Deer Harvest Report, showing a slight increase in the total number of deer killed in the state. The complete report, compiled by wildlife biologists Charles Ruth and Jay Cantrell with the SCDNR’s Big Game Program, can be found at the department’s website, dnr.sc.gov.  Continue Reading...

- 6/1/2019

Barclay: Downstate hunting ban billI infringes on Upstate

PULASKI, NY — Members of the Assembly Majority have proposed a bill that would, once again, place restrictions on hunters and sportsmen across New York. The bill, A.722a, would ban hunting contests, competitions, tournaments or derbies in the state. Those who participate in these activities would be subject to up to a year in jail or fined up to $2,000.  Continue Reading...

- 6/1/2019

DNR board approves bear plan, prohibits hound hunting in central zone

The Natural Resources Board approved an updated Wisconsin black bear management plan with one exception. It prohibited hound hunting in the state's central zone. The 2019-20 plan, replacing guidance drafted in 1980, increases the number of bear management zones from four to six and establishes population objectives defined as cultural carrying capacity rather than numerical targets.  Continue Reading...

- 6/1/2019

Continue the deer hunt? Public hearing is June 5

Is deer hunting the slaughter of innocents? A time honored tradition connecting today’s suburbanites to more rugged forebears who struggled to tame the wilderness? A sensible response to the proliferation of tick-borne diseases from deer-borne ticks? All of the above?  Continue Reading...

- 5/31/2019

Time to apply for WMA deer hunts

Summer just started, but it's never too early to talk about deer hunting. If you don't have private land to hunt, consider applying for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's wildlife management area-controlled deer hunts.  Continue Reading...

- 5/31/2019

Where have all the hunters gone? Numbers in WNY shrink rapidly

Orchard Park resident Paul Barnas, a hunter for more than 50 years, remembers when he and his brothers would join hundreds of others for the opening day of big game hunting season in small towns through the Southern Tier. "They used to be mobbed," said Barnas, 71, recalling the local bars and restaurants. Nowadays, he might spot a handful of people like him.  Continue Reading...

- 5/31/2019

You say you want to hunt rattlesnakes? Here's where you can do it.

Rattlesnake and copperhead roundups used to be a big deal in Pennsylvania. One of the most popular - and one that hasn't been held for years - was the copperhead roundup at the Indian Steps Museum on the west bank of the Susquehanna River in Lower Chanceford Township. The event routinely attracted snake hunters from all over, but was canceled for a variety of reasons.  Continue Reading...

- 5/31/2019

Learn the 10 Habits of Highly Successful Deer Hunters

Consistently tag larger whitetail bucks using a few tips and tricks from hunters who do it better than anyone  Continue Reading...

- 5/30/2019

Attention Hunters: These Are the Best .22 Rifles of 2019

The question of what is the best .22 rifle is one of those perennial debates that never goes away. Though the humble .22 is often eclipsed by “full-sized” rifles on many review sites and blogs, the truth is that rimfire .22 ammunition is still by far the most fired ammo in America.  Continue Reading...

- 5/30/2019

Missouri hunting permits could see a price increase

Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Conservation is proposing price increases for fishing and hunting permits for people who live outside the state. The MDC says prices haven't been raised in decades, and the increase would help keep up with rising costs. Here's a look at the list of changes.  Continue Reading...

- 5/30/2019

Registration for Alabama’s 2019 gator hunting season starts next week

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will open up online registration for the state’s annual alligator hunt next week. Registration for the regulated alligator hunts opens online at 8 a.m. June 4 and must be completed by 8 a.m. July 10. Selection status will be updated after noon July 10, and hunters have to confirm their acceptance by 8 a.m. July 17.  Continue Reading...

- 5/19/2019

Massive bighorn sheep killed by tribal member snubbed for Idaho state record over hunting dispute

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Fish and Game will not recognize a bighorn sheep killed by a Nez Perce Tribe member as a state record because the agency said the ram was shot in violation of state hunting regulations, even though those regulations don’t apply to tribe members hunting on ancestral lands.  Continue Reading...

- 5/29/2019

GET READY: Quota hunt applications accepted beginning June 1

Beginning June 1, hunters can apply electronically for quota hunts including adult/child, deer, alligator, waterfowl, dove and many others, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.  Continue Reading...

- 5/29/2019

Hunting For Hipsters: Preserving Conservation In Kentucky

Hunting funds conservation in Kentucky and many other states around the country, but younger generations have been slow to adopt the pastime and the future of the sport is staring down a generational cliff.  Continue Reading...

- 5/28/2019

Putting a wrap on WV's spring turkey hunting

At the time of penning this article, I was sitting alongside my son Jack at an airport terminal awaiting a flight back to the West Virginia hills of our home. A glance out the airport window revealed the front range of the Rocky Mountain and most all peaks were covered with snow. The reason for our travels was our annual pilgrimage to chase a game bird - the wild turkey.  Continue Reading...

- 5/28/2019

Will Sunday deer hunting come to Pennsylvania?

A bill that would allow deer hunting on Sundays in Pennsylvania is stalled in the state Senate Appropriations Committee. And although there is little hope of it moving forward this session, those working on it say there is room for compromise.  Continue Reading...

- 5/27/2019

Waterfowl hunters have much to learn before going into the field

Unlike most other game species, waterfowl hunters require more than passing knowledge of their quarry; seasons may be split, both state and federal laws apply, and hunters must be able to accurately identify the particular bird or birds they are attempting to hunt.  Continue Reading...

- 5/26/2019

Wolf hunting, chronic-wasting disease, two-pole fishing, and a new state bumblebee: What lawmakers agreed to, and didn’t

An attempt led by House Democrats to permanently ban wolf hunting passed the House by one vote but failed to gain traction in the Senate and ultimately was not included in legislation to Walz, who had indicated he would sign it. Gray wolves are currently on the federal endangered species list and can’t be killed for any reason other than to protect human life.  Continue Reading...

- 5/26/2019

Grizzlies on the move in Rockies as plans for hunting are in limbo

Grizzly bears are expanding their range in the Northern Rockies, spreading from remote wilderness into farmland amid a legal fight over proposed hunting. New government data from grizzly population monitoring show bruins in the Yellowstone region of Montana, Wyoming and Idaho expanded their range by about 1,500 square miles over the past two years.  Continue Reading...

- 5/27/2019

Turkey season is not a sprint

What a morning it was. The birds were hammering from the roost before dawn and continued gobbling even after fly-down. We shared vocal volleys with two vociferous toms for a lengthy duration but just couldn’t coax them close enough to seal the deal. Off we went to another location where we struck gobbling gold a second time, but again failed to fool our feathered foes into shotgun range.  Continue Reading...

- 5/26/2019

Big changes in store for PA waterfowl hunters for 2019-20 season

Big changes are in store for southeast Pennsylvania – including Lancaster County - waterfowl hunters this fall. Concerned by population declines, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has approved reductions in hunting opportunities for mallards and migratory Canada geese for the 2019-20 season. When it comes to managing migratory waterfowl, the USFWS divides the nation into four major flyways – Atlantic, Mississippi, Central and Pacific.  Continue Reading...

- 5/26/2019

Entering the gilded age of turkey hunting seems unnecessary

Turkey hunters can be like any other breed of outdoorsmen, running the gamut from bare-bones minimalists to gadget-crazed trend setters.  Continue Reading...

- 5/25/2019

Small-Bore Boom: Now is the Time to Buy a New .410 Shotgun

The small-bore shotgun revolution has been televised—or at least videoed and blasted out over social media. A few years back, some Facebook showmen reaped turkeys with .410 pistols. It was little more than a stunt at the time, given the limited reach of standard .410 shotshells. But then early last year, Federal announced production runs of .410 shells loaded with Tungsten Super Shot—a modern alloy that’s denser than lead. Suddenly, all those old .410 single shots stuffed behind truck seats became 40-yard turkey guns.  Continue Reading...

- 5/25/2019

Moose crashes snowy Colorado elopement, provides no objections to the secret union

A couple eloped to Colorado specifically to keep their wedding intimate, but an uninvited guest ending up crashing the private nuptials. On May 20, an Illinois couple said “I do” in Rocky Mountain National Park with only the officiant and wedding photography crew in attendance – before a wild moose arrived to pay her respects, the Denver Post reports.  Continue Reading...

- 5/25/2019

Companion Retriever Hunting Challenge

At 10 a.m., Saturday, Godfrey's Pond on Griswold Road, Stafford, hosts the Companion Retriever Hunting Challenge. The event is open to the public. The event is geared toward "every day" retrievers, dogs who are pets and companions and hunt with their masters as a hobby. All sporting breeds are invited to participate but only retrieving breeds will be scored. Dogs that hold field trial titles and hunt test titles may also participate but these dogs will not be scored.  Continue Reading...

- 5/24/2019

Antler hunters swarm wildlife area by horse, foot and car

AUGUSTA, Mont. — Crested by limestone reefs of the Rocky Mountain Front, the gates of the Sun River Wildlife Management Area flew open at noon May 15 and a wave of antler pickers poured through. At the main gate, a 300-vehicle procession that stretched for nearly a mile snaked its way along. From a separate gate, a mix of sprinters and hikers dashed off. And a veritable stampede of horses glided through a depression and onto the open hillside. Augusta-area Game Warden Brady Murphy glanced in his rearview mirror long enough to make sure horse wrecks were at a minimum before flooring his pickup truck to the north.  Continue Reading...

- 5/24/2019

Further spread of chronic wasting disease alarms hunters, wildlife officials

The discovery in March that a rocky mountain elk tested positive for chronic wasting disease in Clark County — the easternmost case ever found in South Dakota — has provided scientists further evidence that the deadly disease is continuing to spread across the state.  Continue Reading...

- 5/24/2019

No changes to hunting seasons

From county commission meetings to the governor’s office, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on a Crow tribal member’s alleged poaching in the Bighorn National Forest has officials and hunters discussing — and mostly guessing about — the ramifications of the decision.  Continue Reading...

- 5/23/2019

With nothing to lose, these turkey hunters managed a gain

Magic and misfortune are no strangers in turkey blinds. The wizardry sometimes involves wildlife encounters: Bald eagles swooping at plastic turkey decoys or even carrying them away. Coyotes or bobcats stalking those fake turkeys. Or long-beards gobbling and strutting in all their glory.  Continue Reading...

- 5/23/2019

Tom Lounsbury: Women discover joy of turkey hunting

The Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) Turkey Hunting Seminar was held at the Cass City DNR Field Office last weekend, for the third annual time in the Thumb area, which offers wonderful turkey hunting opportunities. DNR Wildlife Assistant Ron Sting does an admirable job in putting this free seminar together, and when he announced it online for attendees with a first-come, first-served basis, the available 18 openings immediately filled up, with plenty more ladies waiting in the wings for a possible opening.  Continue Reading...

- 5/23/2019

Deer hunt to continue in Ann Arbor after city council vote

Ann Arbor – Hunting deer in the city of Ann Arbor will continue as part of efforts to control the deer population. WXYZ-TV reports City Council during a meeting that began Monday night rejected an amendment that would have put a stop to the culling of deer. The vote came after supporters and opponents of the hunts involving sharpshooters turned out to voice their opinions on the issue.  Continue Reading...

- 5/23/2019

Hunters will soon get a look at new deer management plans

The statewide management plans for mule deer and white-tailed deer are being revised, and hunters will want to take note of upcoming opportunities to review and comment on the plans and talk to wildlife managers about them. Idaho Department of Fish and Game officials presented drafts of the management plans to the Fish and Game Commission at its May 17 meeting in Grangeville.  Continue Reading...

- 5/22/2019

Hunt for second turkey continues

Since I shot my tom turkey this spring at Schroon Lake in Essex County several weeks ago, I have been working hard for number two. It seems to have rained every day. I have called in several jakes and let them go. I am looking for beard dragger. I know, you don’t eat the beard, but I want a big one. However, I have had some fun on these hunts. The funniest was on a windy and rainy day when I dozed for a half hour. When I opened my eyes, there were five turkeys, three of them were real jakes standing with my two decoys. Never got any answers the rest of that morning.  Continue Reading...

- 5/22/2019

Senate rejected a bill that would allow for limited bear hunting

The state Senate on Tuesday rejected a bill that would have allowed for limited bear-hunting in Connecticut.  Continue Reading...

- 5/22/2019

Moose permit increase approved, but any-deer hunting permits may be reduced

An additional 11 percent of hunters will receive permits for the fall moose hunt this year, but the number of any-deer hunting permits might be reduced by 20 percent because of the high number of does taken last season, state biologists announced Tuesday at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Advisory Council meeting.  Continue Reading...

- 5/22/2019

Alabama nonprofit takes special-needs children on hunting, fishing trips

Kidz Outdoors works around the year to give special-needs children across the country hunting and fishing opportunities they would otherwise not have. The Alabama Power Foundation recently presented the nonprofit with a grant that will help Kidz Outdoors continue its work. Based in Hueytown, Alabama, Kidz Outdoors has sent hundreds of kids on hunting and fishing trips. Other outdoor activities include swimming with dolphins and more.  Continue Reading...

- 5/21/2019

Hunting fades away if the young don’t follow

You could have knocked me over with a feather. That is if I had any feathers. The way this turkey season has gone I didn’t seem to have any feathers, or turkeys. O well, no problem, it was a beautiful spring morning I would just trot back up the hill to where I had my trusty bicycle parked and easily pedal the four miles back to the house. (When you’re fifteen years old that ain’t nothin’) Probably get in some bank fishing on the river this afternoon.  Continue Reading...

- 5/21/2019

Sunday hunting proposal pits Pennsylvania farmers against outdoor enthusiasts

A bill to legalize Sunday hunting in Pennsylvanian is pitting farmers who want to enjoy their land and preserve religious traditions against hunters who say lifting the blue law could be an economic boon for the state.  Continue Reading...

- 5/20/2019

21 Ways to Recruit New People into Hunting

Teaching someone to hunt or fish isn't easy. We're talking about immersing the person into a deep, nuanced passion that could define how they view the natural world around them. The key is to take it one step at a time. So we compiled a list of tips tactics, and ideas on how to be a better hunting and fishing mentor.  Continue Reading...

- 5/20/2019

Shed hunting begins near Augusta

AUGUSTA – Big game season is long over, but that didn’t stop hundreds of sportsmen from hitting the hills near Augusta Wednesday. May 15th is an important day for area outdoorsmen as it’s the day the Sun River Wildlife Management Area opens to the public.  Continue Reading...

- 5/19/2019

Pennsylvania Game Commission hires marketing specialist to inform hunters, unite the ranks

When your company hasn’t been allowed a pay raise in 20 years and has a steadily falling customer base, is now the time to shell out $85,000 for a marketing specialist? The Pennsylvania Game Commission thinks so. The agency recently hired Matt Morrett, a nationally known turkey hunter with branding experience since he was a teen at Central Dauphin High School.  Continue Reading...

- 5/19/2019

Hunting: Getting a turkey in heavily hunted areas often requires a different approach

Preseason scouting is paramount to early season success, but in heavily hunted areas, all that hard effort soon goes by the wayside. Despite weeks of preparation, turkey hunters are forced to “go in cold” in hopes their acumen will carry the day.  Continue Reading...

- 5/19/2019

New Wyoming Hunting Group Takes The Old Guard To Task

Rob Shaul wants to ensure that fair chase is returned front and center to the national conversation around hunting. Shaul lives on the edge of the Gros Ventre Wilderness in the southern half of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. A 5th-generation Wyomingite, hunter, angler and avid outdoorsperson, this graduate of the Coast Guard Academy worked for years as a journalist, publishing and editing the Pinedale Roundup newspaper.  Continue Reading...

- 5/18/2019

Mountain lion hunting season planned for 2020 in northwest Nebraska

On the heels of Nebraska’s second mountain lion hunting season, state officials have started preparing for a third hunt next year. The Game and Parks Commission announced proposed regulation changes for the 2020 season on Friday. A public hearing on the proposal is set for June 21 at a commission meeting in Alma, Nebraska.  Continue Reading...

- 5/18/2019

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