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Amid Deer Hunting Season, Nationwide Ammunition Shortage Impacts Hunters

From Wisconsin to Minnesota, New York, and everywhere in between, it seems the so-called Great American Hunting Ammunition Shortage that started during the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic isn’t going anywhere as hunters continue to grapple with nationwide ammo shortages. In the midst of gun deer season, hunting ammunition is becoming increasingly hard to find due to supply chain disruptions still lingering from the Covid-19 pandemic as well as surging demand for guns and ammo. Gun dealers around the country say they’re struggling to keep shelves stocked as firearms sales climb due to unease from the pandemic, civil unrest, and the 2020 presidential election. Pat Kukull owns Superior Shooters Supply in Superior, Wisconsin, and said this summer they had a shortage of shotgun ammunition for trap shooting, with vendors sending a mere two percent of the usual 500 cases they receive. She said there’s been absolutely nothing for pheasant, grouse, or waterfowl hunters. “Now, we’re moving into rifle season, and we haven’t had any .30-30 shells in a year to speak of, really,” said Kukull.”

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More Bucks Harvested in 2020-2021 Deer Season Than Past Two Decades

2/12/2022

The 2020-2021 deer season was one for the record books. Findings from the most recent National Deer Association Deer Harvest Report found approximately 6.3 million deer harvested across the U.S. last year, making it the best season since 2011 and the highest harvest in 21 years.

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States Begin Testing Deer for Covid, Urge Caution to Hunters

12/6/2021

After Covid-19 was detected in white-tailed deer earlier this year, several states are beginning to test their deer population for the virus. A study by the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service that tested 481 deer in Illinois, Michigan, New York, and Pennsylvania found Covid-19 antibodies in 33% of the samples — during the winter months, that spiked to an 80% positivity rate.

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Amid Deer Hunting Season, Nationwide Ammunition Shortage Impacts Hunters

11/29/2021

From Wisconsin to Minnesota, New York, and everywhere in between, it seems the so-called Great American Hunting Ammunition Shortage that started during the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic isn’t going anywhere as hunters continue to grapple with nationwide ammo shortages. In the midst of gun deer season, hunting ammunition is becoming increasingly hard to find due to supply chain disruptions still lingering from the Covid-19 pandemic as well as surging demand for guns and ammo. Gun dealers around the country say they’re struggling to keep shelves stocked as firearms sales climb due to unease from the pandemic, civil unrest, and the 2020 presidential election. Pat Kukull owns Superior Shooters Supply in Superior, Wisconsin, and said this summer they had a shortage of shotgun ammunition for trap shooting, with vendors sending a mere two percent of the usual 500 cases they receive. She said there’s been absolutely nothing for pheasant, grouse, or waterfowl hunters. “Now, we’re moving into rifle season, and we haven’t had any .30-30 shells in a year to speak of, really,” said Kukull.”

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Department of the Interior Approves Historic Hunting and Fishing Expansion

11/1/2021

If you’re planning a fall, winter, or even spring hunt, you’re in luck. The Department of the Interior has recently approved a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal to expand hunting and sport fishing opportunities across 2.1 million acres, marking the largest expansion of outdoor recreation opportunities on record. What’s more, the expansion will go into effect in time for the upcoming 2021-2022 hunting seasons. Under the historic expansion, seven National Wildlife Reserves (NWR) that were closed to hunting and sport fishing will open for the first time. Additionally, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will open or expand hunting and sport fishing at 81 additional NWRs nationwide, as well as at one unit of the National Fish Hatchery System (NFH). The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also made changes to station-specific regulations that will reduce the burden of regulations on the public. This move will make it easier for hunters and anglers to use Service lands and waters for fishing and hunting. The expansion is part of the Biden Administration’s America the Beautiful initiative to conserve, connect, and restore 30% of U.S. lands and water by 2030.

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A Guide to Choosing Your First Hunting Dog

9/12/2021

Sportsmen and women looking to take their hunting to the next level often rely on man’s best friend to help them sharpen, expand, and improve their hunting skills and game. If you’re ready to find a hunting dog to accompany you on your hunts, you’re in the right place. In this post, we will go over everything you need to know about choosing your first hunting puppy. First and foremost, it’s important to ensure that you are ready to take on the responsibility of owning a gun dog. Your new hunting companion will need your care, love, and attention daily — not just when you’re hunting. Owning a bird-dog also involves all of the same duties as owning a regular dog does — potty training and obedience training, exercising, feeding it, paying for its medical bills, etc.

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COVID-19 Affects New Population — White-Tailed Deer

8/25/2021

As the fall hunting season approaches and the COVID-19 pandemic continues, researchers have found the disease is impacting a new population: white-tailed deer — a species that is found in every U.S. state except Alaska. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), researchers found COVID-19 antibodies in the blood samples of 40% of 385 tested white-tailed deer. They tested the deer in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and New York between January and March 2021. "Given the percentage of samples in this study that had detectable antibodies, as well as the high numbers of white-tailed deer throughout the United States and their close contact with people, it is likely that deer in other states have also been exposed to the virus," a spokesperson for USDA told Nature. These findings exhibit the extent to which white-tailed deer in the wild can catch the deadly disease. They also demonstrated that deer are capable of passing COVID to other deer.

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FWC: Don’t Quit Hunting Just Because It’s Summer, Try Wild Hog Hunting Instead

6/3/2021

(FWC) – If you’re looking for a hunting opportunity this time of year, you might want to consider wild hog hunting. During spring and summer, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission offers public hunting opportunities for wild hogs at 26 wildlife management areas across the state. Wild hog hunting is a good way to sharpen your hunting skills, test new equipment and scout a WMA you might later want to hunt. It’s also a chance to restock your freezer with delicious wild game meat for all those summer cookouts.

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The Ultimate Guide to Hunting Spring Squirrels

6/4/2021

When turkey season is over, most hunters trade their shotguns for fishing rods, or the chance to catch up on chores at home. But the hunting season isn’t over. Most hunters don’t realize that several states allow spring squirrel hunting. It provides some of the most fun and exciting shooting opportunities of the year. If you haven’t tried it, here is how—and where—to pursue spring squirrels.

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Hunters, biologist reflect on spring gobbler season

6/4/2021

Spring gobbler season ended on Monday, but it created lifelong memories for many sportsmen. Michael Richardson of Bens Creek, near Portage, is one hunter who had a season to remember. On May 11, he called in a turkey for his 8-year-old son, Corbin. It was his first turkey, but “he’s hunted hard for turkey since he was 6,” the father said. Hunting is a passion for this family.

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Hunting: What did you do wrong? Figuring that is part of the attraction for turkey hunters

6/2/2021

Sometimes it seems the more we learn the less we know, and that especially applies to turkey hunting. The novice starts out wide-eyed, naive and eager to absorb knowledge. Books, magazines and, to a much lesser extent, social media may provide enough to get you started, but experience is the real teacher, and you can never get enough.

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Alabama opens registration for alligator hunting

6/2/2021

Online registration is now open for the state of Alabama’s regulated alligator hunts. According to the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR), registration was officially opened on June 1 at 8 a.m. and must be completed by July 14. The application fee is $22 and selected hunters are required to have a valid hunting license. The tags are non-transferrable.

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All Is Not As It Appears in the “Professional” Hunter and Influencer World

6/2/2021

As a kid, I would flip through the pages of hunting magazines, devouring story after story. I couldn’t help but dream of becoming an outdoor writer myself. I imagined a carefree lifestyle of unlimited successful hunting—funded by some big-name magazine—as well as a hefty paycheck for my efforts, or at least a blank check to fund the hunting trips.

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Game Commission: Pa. hunting licenses go on sale in June

6/2/2021

Hunters who purchase a general hunting license can apply for antlerless deer licenses. Those purchased licenses will then become effective on July 1. The game commissioners board voted in April to allocate 925,000 antlerless deer licenses across the state, a decrease from 2020-21. According to game commissioners, the change to allow for simultaneous hunting of antlered and antlerless deer across the state through the 14-day firearms season reduced the number of available licenses in many Wildlife Management Units.

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Scouting the hunting area key to having successful hunt

6/2/2021

“I must be living right,” declared my good friend in a text message a week or so after we discussed the negative results of his 2021 Nevada big game tag applications. When someone uses that phrase, what they are really saying is, “Boy am I lucky!” But given that my friend had been unsuccessful in the draw, his declaration left me momentarily confused. How does one feel lucky after that? Then I read what my friend had pasted above his assertion and responded, “Must be!!”

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Hunting camps through the years

6/2/2021

My love for building a cabin back in the woods began at an early age. Two neighbor buddies and I used hatchets to hack down several sweet gum saplings in the patch of woods beside our farm to construct our “cabin.” I remember us taking turns with the dull hatchet to down the saplings. Once on the ground, we cut them into 6-foot lengths and hacked notches in them to construct a very crude (heavy emphasis on crude) cabin. We used that little structure as a headquarters for our squirrel and rabbit hunts and even had a little fire pit outside the cabin door for cooking some simple meals of hot dogs and canned chili.

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What It’s Really Like Hunting for Pythons in the Everglades

5/27/2021

Florida often seems tame, a place of beach resorts, condos and Disney World. But not too far off the beaten path, often in our back yards, the wilder side of the state scampers, slithers and grows. In the new anthology, The Wilder Heart of Florida, 34 writers tell tales of the fragile, beautiful and strange nature around us and why it’s worth protecting. In this reprinted essay, originally titled “Feast of Pythons,” Isaac Eger heads out for a moonlit night of python hunting in the Everglades.

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Deadline approaches for bear, elk hunting permit applications

5/27/2021

hose who want to hunt for black bears or elk in Missouri in the fall are reminded that they must apply for permits by Monday. The Missouri Department of Conservation issued the reminder Thursday. Hunters can apply for permits on the department's website, through the MO Hunting app, through permit vendors or by calling 1-800-392-4115. There is a $10 non-refundable fee for each application. Missouri residents who will be 11 or older by the start of the seasons are eligible to apply for both bear and elk permits.

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Is Ford’s Electric F-150 Lightning a Real Hunting Truck?

5/26/2021

Ford’s F-150 has long been the most popular vehicle in the U.S. The truck just took a huge step forward in terms of zero-emissions transportation with the recent release of the all-electric F-150 Lightning. But how will a truck that can only run 230 miles per charge perform for hunters and anglers?

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CWD has been detected in Warren County. Here's how that will impact deer hunting.

5/26/2021

Chronic Wasting Disease has been found for the first time in northwestern Pennsylvania. The Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday a confirmed positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in a white-tailed deer on a Warren County hunting preserve. Remaining deer were euthanized and all tested negative for the disease. Stephanie Powers, spokesperson, said 15 deer were euthanized. The department has quarantined the preserve for five years. Contact tracing on the deer's origin, such as if it came from another preserve, is underway to determine any further exposure is in progress and may necessitate additional quarantines.

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Hunting Without a Mentor for the First Time Is Hard—So Adjust Your Expectations

5/26/2021

I met Anthony by way of social media, about two months before New York’s 2020 spring turkey season. Someone had told me there wasn’t any public land to hunt near New York City; Anthony told me otherwise.

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GA DNR: Apply For A Georgia Quota Hunt Beginning June 1

5/25/2021

Beginning June 1, hunters can apply electronically for quota hunts including youth, deer, alligator, waterfowl, dove and turkey, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. “Interested in participating in a quota hunt this year? Be sure to take note of quota hunt deadlines and get that application in before that date,” says Tina Johannsen, Assistant Chief of the Game Management Section with the Wildlife Resources Division. “Quota hunts allow for a specific number of hunters are on a particular area and provide for excellent hunt opportunities.”

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Learn to Hunt program opens registration for Field To Fork Deer Hunting Program

5/25/2021

Courses hosted in Adel, Altoona and Council Bluffs The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is offering a six month workshop to teach skills needed to hunt, field dress and cook white-tailed deer to individuals who have little to no archery hunting experience.

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Alligator season nears for Alabama hunters

5/21/2021

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Alligator season is just around the corner. Registration opens next Wednesday, and you’ll have until July 8 to apply. If your name is drawn, you’ll have a week to fill out the online acceptance form before you lose your opportunity. The hunt-- is supposed to help keep Alabama’s gator population under control.

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Cayuga County lawmakers consider lowering big-game hunting age

5/24/2021

The Cayuga County Legislature is taking steps to bring the county into a new state pilot program that would reduce the age when youths can hunt for deer and bears using firearms and crossbows.

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MONTANA CHANGES OUTFITTER HUNTING LICENSE ALLOCATION AND PREFERENCE POINT SYSTEM

5/24/2021

Last week, House Bill 637 was signed into law by Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte, changing how outfitter hunting licenses are allocated and the state’s preference point system. While the original bill, which was sponsored by Rep. Seth Berglee (R-Joliet), basically cleaned up fish and wildlife laws, “clarifying statutes and making minor legal updates,” the lawmaker added a major amendment to the bill the day before the session adjourned, according to the Independent Record.

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Law offers new hunting, fishing license discounts to some nonresident students

5/24/2021

Nonresident students at Montana universities and colleges may qualify for resident rates on hunting and fishing licenses next year under a bill recently signed into law.

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One hunt at a time: Nebraska turkeys deal season-ending loss to overconfident hunter

5/23/2021

ARNOLD, Neb. -- As a turkey hunter, I can relate to the great Arkansas Razorbacks football teams of the 1980s that beat Texas one week and then lost to a church league team the next week. Joe Volpe of Little Rock and I finished our spring turkey season in Nebraska, America's current turkey hunting hot spot. We got the full experience, starting with a two-day hunt on public land followed by two days hunting on private land. Hopefully, we would come home with a couple of fans from the exquisitely beautiful Merriam's wild turkey to add to our wall collections.

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Peace And Quiet: Slow Turkey Hunt Becomes A Natural Experience

5/23/2021

EDEN — It was the last week of the spring turkey season in western Texas and the goal was to simply call an old tom into range and shoot it. I was hunting turkey as late with the theory that being that far north, breeding activity would be later and I would have a chance at a few gobblers still on the prowl.

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Hunting: Legislation seeks to aid deer herd in northern Maine

5/23/2021

While it’s still turkey time and deer season is months away, we’re going to shift gears and look ahead – a little and a long way ahead – at a piece of pending legislation in the state house. If passed by the legislature and signed by the governor, the bill (“An Act To Preserve Deer Habitat”) is a long overdue remedy that could change deer hunting in Maine for the better.

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Missouri Dept. of Conservation: Deadlines near to apply for fall black bear, elk hunting permits

5/23/2021

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KY3/Edited News Releases) - The Missouri Department of Conservation reminds people to apply for fall black bear and elk hunting permits by the end of the month. Those interested in hunting black bears in the state can apply for one of 400 permits being offered by MDC for the state’s first black-bear hunting season this coming fall, Oct. 18–27. The maximum total harvest for the season will be 40 bears.

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Youth hunting education challenge June 5

5/23/2021

Youth Hunter Education Challenge will be 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 5 at Lakeshore Conservation Club, 9911 Cass County Highway 77 across from Mount Ski Gull. This is an event for kids 10 to 18. Stations include shotgun, muzzleloader, .22-caliber, BB gun shooting, archery, fur wildlife identification, map orienteering, and many other events for kids. There will be prizes given out. Food also will be available for purchase

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States Ring in New Year with New Hunting Laws

1/26/2021

The new year is a time for a fresh start and resolutions. It also brings with it new laws and changes to existing laws. When it comes to hunting, each state regulates hunting, and most states make minor tweaks to their hunting laws each year, like offering a new tag or moving a hunting season back two weeks. But, certain states make major changes to hunting policy by allowing new animals to be hunted.

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Hunting During the Pandemic? Expert Advice to Take With You

12/21/2020

The COVID-19 global pandemic has changed just about everything in our daily routines, from the way we go to work, the way our children learn and everything in between.  
 Luckily for hunters, the game has remained relatively unchanged by the global pandemic. In fact, the pandemic is actually causing more people to hunt. 
 But, that doesn’t necessarily mean you can or should carry out your regular hunting routine. In this post, we will go over what hunters and anglers need to know about hunting during COVID-19.

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COVID-19 Triggers Hunting Boom

12/11/2020

COVID-19 has forced us to find hobbies where we can remain socially distant, wear a mask, and be outdoors. Does that sound a lot like hunting to you? You're not wrong or alone. Business is booming for hunting in the wake of the COVID-19 global pandemic. 
 While the pandemic has curtailed many indoor leisure activities and spectator sports, hunters are more fortunate: the great outdoors isn't shuttered by health restrictions.  
Game processors in Michigan and elsewhere say business is promising so far and they expect continued steady customer traffic through the end of the season.

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5 Misconceptions of Cutting Trees

11/21/2020

I don’t know about you, but as soon as I start to talk about cutting down trees… I often receive wide-eyed, doe-eyed looks like I just said I killed Bambi’s mother (which by the way… as a hunter, and venison lover, I totally would have done that too, but that’s beside the point…)

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5 Things To Do To Increase Land Productivity

11/21/2020

You're home for the holidays and have a little bit of time to finally walk and explore your property: to see how things are growing, what's been done and what needs to be done. And I'm sure you're asking yourself... what can I do to my land to make it better... make it more productive... increase revenue opportunities...increase wildlife habitat...

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Hunting and an unbreakable positive attitude keeps this young cancer patient fighting

11/1/2020

It's been a rough two years for 12-year-old Jayden Oakes. His struggle and determination might be hard to detect as he battles life-threatening cancer. Jayden, a native of the small Tehama County community of Rancho Tehama Reserve, was diagnosed with colon cancer in July 2019.

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Hunting booms as a respite from COVID-19

11/1/2020

LANSING — Business is booming for game processors this hunting season. While many indoor leisure activities and spectator sports have been curtailed by the pandemic, hunters are more fortunate: The great outdoors isn’t shuttered by health restrictions.

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Time improves treasured deer-hunting stand

11/1/2020

Some might think it's boring to hunt deer from the same stand year after year, but to me it's utterly fascinating. It helps that I have killed a lot of deer from that stand, but it's interesting how the surrounding woods change every year and how deer respond to the changes.

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Wisconsin hunters exceeded bear harvest quotas in all zones

11/1/2020

Hunters registered 4,129 black bears in the 2020 Wisconsin hunting season, a 12% increase from 2019 and 13% over the intended harvest quota, according to preliminary information released Friday by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

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Hunting: A deer hunt can take on a language of its own

11/1/2020

It is sometimes understandable why non-hunters don’t understand hunters. If you’ve never tried it you can’t really comprehend the experience and the thrill. It can also be quite confusing to the uninitiated when listening to hunter conversations. Sometimes common words can have very different meanings to specialized groups, especially deer hunters.

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HLRBO - Guide to Getting Started in Hunting

10/26/2020

Are you interested in hunting, but you weren't one of the lucky ones who have been hunting for decades with grandpa and dad? Are you looking for a sport you can enjoy and pass down to your kids? Maybe you love being outdoors and are interested in giving hunting a try. No matter the reason, if you are interested in getting your hunting feet wet, you have come to the right place. Maybe you are already a licensed hunter but have a question that you have been too embarrassed to ask. You are in the right place! 
 According to statistics from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 40 percent of the U.S. population, 16 years and older, participated in wildlife-related activities in 2016, including hunting, fishing, and wildlife-watching. 
 People have been hunting, whether for necessity or sport, literally since the beginning of time. There's even a national day for hunting!

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Why You Need Hunting Lease Insurance

10/10/2020

Hunting lease insurance protects the landowner and the hunter from legal liability. It's an inexpensive way to protect your property should any property damage or incidents arise. In our opinion, hunting insurance is a must. You need low-cost insurance for hunting with no membership fees or additional costs — and excellent service. That is what we do thanks to our partnership with Huntinginsurance.com

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Delaware deer hunting evolves with changing land use, technology

10/6/2020

“All I could see was that white tail bouncing away on the other side of the field.” David Pepper is reminiscing about the one that got away, the biggest white-tailed buck he ever saw, on his very first solo buck hunt. The 36-year-old Georgetown hunter took a shot at it and missed. He couldn’t get a new shell in the chamber fast enough. “That’s when I knew I was hooked,” he said. David Pepper with a buck he harvested in 2017. For many, the kill is just one small part of the hunting experience, one they hope to pass on to new generations, despite dwindling hunter numbers.

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A mild duck hunting opener

10/2/2020

Good opener The public landing at Lake Onamia was a busy spot from sun-down Friday evening, Sept. 25, through noon on Sunday, Sept. 27, as dozens of hunting parties descended on this popular lake for the opening of water-fowl season 2020.

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Irondequoit to begin deer management program for bow hunters

10/2/2020

(WHAM) - Starting Monday, October 5, registered bow hunters in Irondequoit will be able to hunt deer to help manage the population in the fall. The annual program run by the Town of Irondequoit will continue for several weeks. Hunters who want to sign up need to pass a proficiency test in order to be authorized by the town. Town officials say the program helps to cut down on the number of deer-related crashes and tick-borne illnesses such as Lyme disease.Irondequoit to begin deer management program for bow hunters

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Archery deer hunting begins Oct. 1

9/30/2020

Archery deer season opens statewide Oct. 1 and is open through Nov. 14, then reopens Dec. 1 through Jan. 1. Remember to be safe while hunting. The DNR says to stay at least 6 feet from those outside your household and wash your hands often. Here are some DNR resources you may find helpful:

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Additional Delaware Hunting Seasons Open in October

9/30/2020

Additional Delaware hunting seasons open in October, including snow goose, duck, other migratory birds and deer firearm seasons. Deer hunting is allowed on all Sundays through Jan. 31, 2021, using only those hunting methods legal for the respective established deer hunting seasons. More information is available at Sunday Deer Hunting. Hunting season dates opening in October: Snow goose: Oct. 1 to Jan. 30, 2021, and on Feb. 6, 2021 Antlerless deer: Oct. 2 to 4, 19, and Oct. 23 to 26 and 30 to 31, including Sundays Muzzleloader deer: Oct. 9 to 18, including Sundays Youth Waterfowl Hunt: Oct. 17 Ducks, coots and mergansers: first season split Oct. 23 to Nov. 3

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The Ultimate Guide to Leasing Hunting Land

9/30/2020

It might still be warm outside right now, but cooler weather is on the way. That means hunting season is right around the corner. Are you getting your hunting gear ready to bag a trophy buck this year? If so, you’re not alone. In fact, millions of hunting will be flooding the woods in search of prime deer habitat. One of the best ways to increase the odds of bagging a big buck is by leasing hunting land. After all, private land gives you a better chance of a successful hunt. Fortunately, you’ve come to the right place for help.

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Hunters, Fishers and their Families Urged to Enjoy Outdoors Saturday for National Hunting and Fishing Day

9/25/2020

What better excuse to grab the fishing pole, head out to your deer stand and get it ready for the upcoming deer season and enjoy the Great Outdoors this weekend than National Hunting Day (9/26)? Though deer season isn’t quite underway yet in every state, National Hunting and Fishing Day is the perfect time to head out to the stand and prepare it for the fast-approaching Opening Day if it hasn’t already started in your state. You can also use the day to do some scouting, set up your deer cameras and check out deer leases if you haven’t already found one.

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Hunters, Fishers and their Families Urged to Enjoy Outdoors Saturday for National Hunting and Fishing Day

9/25/2020

What better excuse to grab the fishing pole, head out to your deer stand and get it ready for the upcoming deer season and enjoy the Great Outdoors this weekend than National Hunting Day (9/26)? Though deer season isn’t quite underway yet in every state, National Hunting and Fishing Day is the perfect time to head out to the stand and prepare it for the fast-approaching Opening Day if it hasn’t already started in your state. You can also use the day to do some scouting, set up your deer cameras and check out deer leases if you haven’t already found one.

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Hunters at Midewin can now go directly to trailhead parking areas and sign in

9/23/2020

Hunters can now go directly to the trailheads and sign in near where they park. Additionally, there is no longer an introductory video. This updated process was introduced in 2019 and will remain in place at Midewin NTP for forthcoming hunting seasons until further notice. Licenses for shotgun and muzzleloader hunting are awarded through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (I-DNR) lottery system. The I-DNR lottery is already complete for the 2020-2021 hunting seasons.

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NATIONAL HUNTING AND FISHING DAY: CELEBRATING MISSISSIPPI’S SPORTSMEN AND WOMEN

9/23/2020

Saturday, September 26 marks our nation’s 48th Annual National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHFD). Formalized by Congress in 1971 and signed as an official Presidential Proclamation by President Richard Nixon in 1972, NHFD is a great opportunity to come together and recognize the historical and ongoing contributions of the original conservationists – hunters and anglers. We were honored by Governor Tate Reeves in signing a proclamation designating Saturday, September 26 as National Hunting and Fishing day in Mississippi.

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Texas to celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day on Sept. 26

9/23/2020

This Saturday, Sept. 26 is National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF), and Texas hunters and anglers are encouraged to invite others to join them in their outdoor adventures. Whether it is a child or grandchild, friend, co-worker, neighbor or someone completely new to hunting and fishing, recreating in the outdoors is a great way to bond over a new activity.

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With Hunting Season Set to Begin, Deer Donation Program Will Repeat This Year

9/23/2020

When deer hunting season on Martha’s Vineyard begins Oct. 5, so will the Island’s increasingly popular venison donation program. Coordinated by Island Grown Initiative in partnership with the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society and the MV Tick-Borne Illness Prevention Program, the system allows hunters to donate surplus meat that will go to feed hungry Islanders.

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Things are very different’ for upcoming deer hunting season

9/23/2020

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. — Deer hunting season begins next week on Thursday October 1. The Department of Natural Resources said it’s going to look a lot different than years past due to COVID-19. “We have restrictions on how many individuals we can hire to operate those check stations,” said Chad Stewart, deer specialist with the DNR. “Furthermore, with the current pandemic going on we have limitations in terms of what we feel is comfortable or safe for not only our staff but for our hunters as well.”

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Hunting, trapping license sales break records

9/17/2020

In-Person Hunter Education Courses Are Resuming, Online Courses Extended The DEC is experiencing record-breaking sales of hunting and trapping licenses for upcoming seasons. Sales for big game hunting and trapping licenses and Deer Management Permits (DMPs) were nearly triple prior years’ sales on opening day, more than double on the second day and nearly double the first two weeks.

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S-R Hunting Outlook 2020: Upland bird hunters have time to kill

9/17/2020

Wingshooters who take advantage of Washington bird-hunting seasons can pursue quarry somewhere in the scablands to forested mountain peaks from Sept. 1 through Jan. 18. That’s five months of sweaty bliss. A bonus to the wingshooting’s wide window of opportunity is the chance for teamwork with a dog. Having a well-trained pointer or flusher adds another dimension to hunting, and perhaps several dimensions if the dog is not well-trained.

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This is hunting: Vital elements define a lifetime journey

9/17/2020

Most of the Beginner's Hunting Series has focused on the tools of hunting, but understanding the essence of hunting is vital. What is hunting? What does it mean to hunt and to be a hunter? What is a hunter's relationship and responsibility to his or her quarry?

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HLRBO / Farm Lease Pro

9/16/2020

“Farm Lease Pro has a large user base of landowners making money off of farm leases, while HLRBO has many landowners who are earning revenue from hunting leases,” says Woodward. “We joined together to provide landowners with another opportunity to monetize their land without selling it, while also helping farmers and hunters find the land they are looking for.” Now, both Farm Lease Pro and HLRBO have an uptick in business, and both farmers and landowners are enjoying revenue from previously untapped revenue streams.

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MDC to offer deer hunting clinic for kids with terminal, chronic illnesses

9/14/2020

UNIONVILLE, Mo. (Edited News Release) - The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), in partnership with Missouri Disabled Sportsmen (MDS) and the Outdoor Dream Foundation (ODF), will offer a unique opportunity for youth with terminal or chronic illnesses to participate in a hunting clinic and mentored deer hunt this fall in northeast Missouri. “This event will connect kids and families suffering from chronic or terminal illness with the outdoors,” said ODF CEO Brad Jones. “The Outdoor Dream Foundation grants adventures to children and youth who face some of life’s toughest challenges.”

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Archery elk season started Saturday, lasts until Sept. 26 for selected hunters

9/14/2020

HARRISBURG, PA – Pennsylvania’s elk hunting season kicked off Saturday, Sept. 12 with the archery elk season, in which 26 hunters selected by lottery will be spread across nine of the 14 Elk Hunt Zones within the state’s elk range. Ten of those hunters are in pursuit of bulls, while 16 are hunting antlerless elk. The season runs until Saturday, Sept. 26.

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Hunting: Maine’s fall turkey hunt has a certain charm

9/14/2020

Last year, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife expanded hunting opportunities and attempted to encourage a larger harvest by opening the fall turkey season two weeks earlier and increasing the bag limit from two to five birds of either sex in some Wildlife Management Districts. Despite this, the total 2019 harvest of 1,980 turkeys was about on par with recent trends. Why?

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DNR Hunting Forecast Predicts Great Conditions for 2020 Deer Seasons

9/14/2020

The DNR says Michigan’s deer herd is in good shape after a mild winter and bountiful summer. They released their annual hunting forecast, and this year’s conditions might just be even better than last year. The season kicked off this weekend with the Liberty Hunt for kids and those with disabilities. The DNR is advising hunters in the Upper Peninsula to look for deer trails near oak groves, as the oaks are producing plenty of acorns this year. The northern Lower Peninsula also looks promising, with plentiful well-developed deer.

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Black Bear Hunting Areas 1 And 2 Close In Bighorns

9/8/2020

Fall black bear hunt season is underway with two areas closing Saturday afternoon when the combined seven female quota for the two areas had been reached. As of Saturday, hunt areas 1 and 2 in the northern Bighorn Mountains are closed, and black bear areas 3 and 4 are within one bear of meeting fall quota, per a Sept. 5 release from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD). The 2020 fall black bear hunting season closes for each hunt area or group of hunt areas when the female mortality limit has been reached or on Oct. 31, whichever comes first, per WGFD, to ensure the bears are not over harvested.

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Georgia's Archery Deer Hunting Season Opens Saturday

9/8/2020

Hunters ready to stock up the freezer with some venison will get to take to the woods beginning this Saturday, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. Last year, nearly 80,000 archery hunters harvested almost 40,000 deer. Statewide, hunters can use archery equipment throughout the entire 2020-2021 deer season.

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Deer waste dumpster program will continue without sponsors this hunting season

9/8/2020

ST. PAUL — One of the programs meant to contain the spread of a fatal disease affecting Minnesota's wild deer population will continue this hunting season but without the sponsors that helped support it in 2019. State Department of Natural Resources officials attribute the change to a difficulty in propping the "Adopt-A-Dumpster" program back up after its tumultuous inaugural year. As a result, the department will cover the cost of the program by itself this fall with plans to bring third-party sponsors back onboard for the fall 2021 hunting season.

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Mentored Hunting Workshops introduce First Time Hunters to the hunting experience

9/8/2020

The workshops will take place at Texas State Parks and Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) throughout the state and participants will have an opportunity to develop the skills needed to be successful in the field and build a foundation for their hunting tradition. These workshops are followed by an actual mentored hunt on the area. This year, TPWD is offering mentored hunting workshops for feral hog at Abilene State Park, white-tailed deer hunts at Inks Lake State Park, an opportunity to learn waterfowl hunting at Purtis Creek State Park, among others.

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The hunting chronicles: Enjoy your season, whatever it may be

9/4/2020

There is a Bugs Bunny cartoon with Bugs and Daffy going back and forth arguing duck season and rabbit season in front of Elmer Fudd. Of course, Bugs tricks Daffy and Elmer blasts his beak around in circles. As I’ve been writing stories and recounting different experiences of my life, I‘ve realized life truly is a series of seasons. In hunting, there is dove season at present. Deer season is starting to get real too. I’ve started getting pictures from friends of bucks on their trail cameras. Anticipation is building. I hope you are getting your work done and getting those pictures to energize your passion.

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DNR anticipates strong hunting season in era of social distancing

9/4/2020

Steve Ellery, president of the Pine River Sportsman Club in St. Clair, is ready for the fall hunting season. Waterfowl hunting is his mainstay, but he also pursues deer, he said "I'm retired now, so I can go anytime," Ellery said. And while he does travel for hunting, about 80 percent of what he does is in or around St. Clair County. He goes to places like Harsens Island, but he will also be headed to the Upper Peninsula for some duck hunting with old friends. "It's going to be good to go back," Ellery said.

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Board approves cat, cougar hunting regs

9/4/2020

As with each wildlife species in Utah, cougars are managed according to guidelines established in a management plan, which includes regulated hunting. DWR biologists make determinations and gather input from hunters, individuals who don’t hunt, and livestock producers who sometimes have sheep killed by cougars. The plan is then finalized and approved by the Utah Wildlife Board.

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New hunting access areas open for public use

9/4/2020

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Hunters now have an additional 56,000 acres open for public hunting under new hunting access area agreements in eastern Kentucky, according to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. The new areas include locations in Floyd, Knott, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, McCreary, Perry and Pike counties.

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A glimpse of Pa. hunting in the mid-1800s and 1900s

9/3/2020

It’s hunting season again in Pennsylvania. Tuesday marked the statewide start of the mourning dove and resident Canada goose hunts. Squirrel season opens early this year, Sept. 12, and the early archery hunt for antlered and antlerless deer opens Sept. 19 in the wildlife management units surrounding Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. With the resumption of modern hunting, it is interesting to look at how hunting in Pennsylvania used to be by flipping through the pages of a remarkable time capsule from the slowly dwindling hunt camp tradition.

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September is wildlife quota hunt application month

9/3/2020

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ/Press Release) – Applications for public quota hunts on public lands for deer, waterfowl, and pheasants, and statewide for sandhill cranes, will be taken online through the end of September. This year, Kentucky will offer 38 quota deer hunts, pheasant hunts on three wildlife management areas (WMAs) and several waterfowl hunts on WMAs. The sandhill crane quota is for statewide hunting.

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Hunting and fishing license sales climb during pandemic

9/3/2020

Like other outdoor enthusiasts previously reported, Pennsylvania anglers and hunters are turning to their outdoor interests in increasing numbers during the coronavirus pandemic. Fishing and hunting license sales by mid-August were up substantially over the same point last year.

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HLRBO: Building Bridges Between Hunters and Landowners

9/1/2020

When you rent out a traditional hunting lease, you would never expect to really see the hunter much and you definitely wouldn’t expect to build a relationship with them and have them build a literal bridge on your property, but this is exactly what happened with HLBRO customers Everett McGee and Jeffrey Hayter.

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Hunting: A Family Tradition for the Thiels

9/1/2020

Chuck Thiel comes from a long line of hound hunters. His family has been raising and hunting with hound dogs for over 80 years! "My dad was a hound guy, and so was my grandpa and great-grandpa," stated Chuck Thiel.

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Bear hunting season starts Sept. 1

9/1/2020

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Bear hunters in New Hampshire will have new ways to register their kills when the season opens Tuesday. All bear harvests must be reported to state Fish and Game conservation officers within 12 hours. Hunters can call the department Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. to report their kill. And starting this year, they also can fill out an online form to start the process.

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Gerald Almy: New gear unveiled in time for hunting seasons

9/1/2020

Some hunters prefer to stick with the same gun, ammo, and binoculars for many years. Others like to update when finances permit and check out new versions available. For that latter group, here’s a look at some of the newest products being released by hunting gear manufacturers in time for coming fall seasons, ranging from rifles to optics to ammunition.

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Hunting season opens in CT for small game

9/1/2020

Squirrel and early goose hunting season began in Connecticut on Tuesday, Sept. 1, with archery deer season set to start again in two weeks, state officials said. “The leaves are beginning to change, the morning’s have a crisp feeling in the air. You know what that means...” a Facebook post from the state’s Environmental Conservation police said on Monday. “No, not pumpkin spice time, but hunting season is upon us!”

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2020 big game hunting outlook

8/29/2020

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game reports deer and elk hunters should see plenty of game in Idaho during fall hunts as mild winters have helped rebound mule deer herds hit hard in recent years, and Idaho's elk herds continue to soar and harvests have come roaring back over the last six years.

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Bear hunting season starts Sept. 1

8/29/2020

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Bear hunters in New Hampshire will have new ways to register their kills when the season opens Tuesday. All bear harvests must be reported to state Fish and Game conservation officers within 12 hours. Hunters can call the department Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. to report their kill. And starting this year, they also can fill out an online form to start the process. Officials are reminding hunters that with more people enjoying the outdoors because of the coronavirus pandemic, they should be extra careful and consider new, less-crowded locations.

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Vila: Amped up for hunting after getting a taste of fall

8/29/2020

The previous week started off with overwhelming humidity and temperatures approaching the 90-degree mark. However, come Wednesday morning, we experienced a welcomed taste of the upcoming fall season -- my own, and most other hardcore hunters' favorite time of year. Unless you're the sun goddess, lounge out by the pool all day and seriously enjoy soaking up the rays type of person, the recent shift in weather had the feelings of hunting season coursing through your veins.

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Ready or not, fall hunting seasons are upon us

8/29/2020

Apparently pandemics make summers just fly by because, ready or not, fall hunting seasons are already upon us. It starts Tuesday, Sept. 1, with bear, crow and dove seasons in Minnesota and dove, goose and a special teal waterfowl season in Wisconsin. Minnesota deer hunters are reminded they have until Sep. 10 to apply for available antlerless deer permits in areas where those are available.

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Kenneth Kieser: Learning the angles of dove hunting in September

8/29/2020

Dove season opens soon. Are you ready for some shooting action? Doves are unique birds that not only fly fast, an estimated 45-50 mph, but they can change direction in a split second. Violent body maneuvers are a useful survival tool when being chased by birds of prey like the Cooper’s hawk. Perhaps this is why many shots are missed when a hunter jumps up too quickly for a shot. Doves see danger and twist into different angles, creating an exciting hunt

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COVID-19 Changes to Hunting Regulations

8/27/2020

The global pandemic of COVID-19 has completely changed our day-to-day lives, from how we work, go to school, go to appointments and even how we socialize and see our loved ones. As states try to slow the spread of COVID-19 by enacting a wide range of regulations enforcing social distancing, many hunters are left wondering what they will be able to do come deer and other hunting seasons. Below is a list of the latest updates to hunting regulations around the country in the midst of COVID-19.

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Mississippi’s alligator hunting season opens August 28

8/25/2020

(WXXV) — The 2020 Public Waters Alligator Hunting Season opens at 12 p.m. noon on Friday, August 28. The season will be open for 10 days and will close at 12 p.m. noon on Monday, September 7. A total of 986 permits in seven hunting zones across the state were offered in two random drawings. During the June application period, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks (MDWFP) received 5,548 requests for alligator hunting permits.

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Iowa’s Teal Hunting Season Begins September 1st

8/25/2020

Iowa’s 16-day statewide teal-only hunting season begins September 1 and all indicators are pointing towards hunters having a good year in Iowa. “We likely had good production on our marshes this spring. Currently wetland conditions vary across the state with many areas drier than recent years. This is not necessarily bad because teal often select shallow water and mud flats which should be abundant this year. But it is very important that hunters scout prior to hunting,” said Orrin Jones, state waterfowl biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. “Teal are an abundant species that is lightly harvested. They are a fun species to hunt because they decoy fairly easily and often will make a few passes over the marsh, which makes it a good season to bring a young or novice hunter along.”

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KDPWT changes policy for hunting coyotes at night

8/25/2020

Starting next year, hunters can use artificial light and thermal imaging equipment if they plan to hunt coyotes at night. Interested hunters will need to by a Night Vision Equipment Permit at $2.50 to use artificial light, scopes and other equipment that enhance visible light as well as thermal-imaging scopes or other thermal equipment. The policy has several restrictions in addition to the permit: *Activity will be permitted from New Year's Day to March 31 *Use of stated equipment will be permitted for hunting coyotes only. *Use of a vehicle while hunting with stated equipment is prohibited *Use of stated equipment will not be allowed on department lands and waters The recent regulation change followed a 5-2 vote by the Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission.

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2020 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener Postponed

8/25/2020

Governor Tim Walz has announced that this fall’s 10th annual Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener, set to be held in Fairmont, has been postponed to 2021. The annual event’s postponement is a precaution to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Despite the event’s postponement, the governor still plans to participate in his favorite pastime of pheasant hunting, and he urges other Minnesotans who enjoy the sport to do the same when the season opens on Oct. 10.

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Opening day: Dove hunting at Illinois’ public sites will be different with pandemic, but there’s hope

8/25/2020

A very different dove season comes to Illinois’ public sites. Dove hunting opens Tuesday, as usual on Sept. 1. That’s the only usual thing. At least there will be hunting at public sites (with strict protocols). There will be no daily draws and no standbys. Hunting the first five days is by assignment for those who received a permit. Permit-holders should have received a letter with a field/stake assignment and other information. My letter arrived Monday.

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How to Find a Last-Minute Deer Lease

8/21/2020

Deer season this year, like everything else, will undoubtedly be a little different due to the global pandemic of COVID-19. Perhaps restrictions are just now loosening in your area and what you thought was going to be a bust now looks like you will be able to deer hunt after all, but where? Lucky for you, there are some ways to quickly find a last-minute deer lease.

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Youth pheasant hunt offers a special opportunity for kids

8/20/2020

A sharp cackle, a blur of color and sound, a loud bang and the smell of gunsmoke. Once, they were familiar parts of a hunt for a South Asian game species that was more familiar to Pennsylvania hunters than the Eastern wild turkey. For the fourth year, a program to rejuvenate the wild ring-neck pheasant population in the state is also offering the chance to reignite a passion for the bird among young hunters.

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rump officials greenlight hunting expansion at nearly 150 wildlife refuges, fish hatcheries

8/20/2020

The Trump administration on Tuesday opened up or expanded hunting and fishing at nearly 150 national wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries, expanding hunters' ability to kill big game, migratory birds and other animals. The 147 newly opened or expanded hunting sites are scattered across nearly every state and include parts of the Everglades in Florida, the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Texas and the Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge in Kansas.

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Hunting, fishing, dog license buyers warned of scam websites

8/20/2020

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro today warned Pennsylvanians applying for hunting, fishing and pet licenses to be watchful for fraudulent websites posing as official application portals. “Pennsylvanians should stay vigilant for scammers who are fishing for their personal data with these fake application sites,” said Shapiro. “If you find a suspicious website that may be posing as an official Commonwealth agency, I encourage you to reach out and report it to my Office’s Bureau of Consumer Protection.”

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Female hunter receives death threats after modeling for French streaming service specializing in hunting, fishing

8/20/2020

A female hunter is claiming she has received death threats since she became a model for Zone 300, a streaming channel specializing in hunting and fishing content.

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Migratory Game Bird Hunting Seasons 2020-2021 Set to Begin

8/20/2020

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has announced the state’s 2020-2021 migratory game bird hunting seasons. Bag limits, season dates, and shooting hours can be found in the 2020-2021 Maryland Guide to Hunting and Trapping. “The early migratory game bird seasons give Maryland’s hunters an exciting way to kick off the season,” Wildlife and Heritage Director Paul Peditto said. “With all the excellent hunting opportunities Maryland has to offer, we’d like to encourage our sportsmen and women to introduce a young person to the experience of a day afield.”

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Hunting Lease Website HLRBO Facilitates On-Demand Leases for Hunters, Easy Listings for Landowners Looking to Make Extra Cash

8/20/2020

HLRBO calls itself the premier online hunting lease network. A quick browse of the website and you will find it's very similar to VRBO and Airbnb, just for hunters and people with a lot of extra land, looking to make some extra cash. HLRBO is revolutionizing the way that property owners can lease out their land by making the process quick and simple. A landowner is able to make a free listing on the website in five minutes or less, it's then reviewed by the company and once approved is in front of more than 20,000 hunters. There are no fees or commissions and interested hunters can directly contact the landowner with any questions or to lease.

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Hunting Lease Website HLRBO Facilitates On-Demand Leases for Hunters, Easy Listings for Landowners Looking to Make Extra Cash

8/11/2020

HLRBO calls itself the premier online hunting lease network. A quick browse of the website and you will find it’s very similar to VRBO and Airbnb, just for hunters and people with a lot of extra land, looking to make some extra cash. HLRBO is revolutionizing the way that property owners can lease out their land by making the process quick and simple. A landowner is able to make a free listing on the website in five min- utes or less, it’s then reviewed by the company and once approved is in front of more than 20,000 hunters. There are no fees or commissions and interested hunters can directly contact the landowner with any questions or to lease.

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Hunting Lease Website HLRBO Facilitates On-Demand Leases for Hunters, Easy Listings for Landowners Looking to Make Extra Cash

8/10/2020

HLRBO calls itself the premier online hunting lease network. A quick browse of the website and you will find it’s very similar to VRBO and Airbnb, just for hunters and people with a lot of extra land, looking to make some extra cash.HLRBO is revolutionizing the way that property owners can lease out their land by making the process quick and simple. A landowner is able to make a free listing on the website in five minutes or less, it’s then reviewed by the company and once approved is in front of more than 20,000 hunters. There are no fees or commissions and interested hunters can directly contact the landowner with any questions or to lease.

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Summer duck brood survey has promising results; decent fall hunting season shaping up

8/10/2020

Wildlife officials who conducted a duck brood survey this summer expect a fall duck flight from North Dakota that’s up 9% from last year. That means more ducks in the countryside when hunters take to the fields. This year’s regular season opens for residents on Sept. 26 and for nonresidents a week later.

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Everyday Outdoors: Picking an all-around hunting rifle

8/10/2020

Folks often ask me what I recommend as an “all around” hunting rifle. The answer can vary greatly, depending on their definition of “all around.” For many hunters in this neck of the woods, that means a good setup for whitetail deer and possibly black bear, that will also serve them well on a Western hunt for mule deer, antelope, or elk. Some may want to add a trip north for moose to the list of possibilities.

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NY hunting licenses for 2020-21 season on sale Monday, record numbers of new hunters likely

8/20/2020

State hunting and trapping licenses for the 2020-21 seasons go on sale Monday If signups for the new online hunter and bowhunter safety courses offered for the first time this year are any indication, there most likely will be a record number of new hunters out this fall. Nearly 41,000 males and females have taken and passed the two courses in recent months.

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New Mexico Game & Fish: Squirrel Hunting 101

8/10/2020

Have you ever considered small game hunting in New Mexico? Specifically, squirrel hunting? If not, you probably should. Everyone that put in for the big game draw will own a game-hunting license, which includes small game like squirrel. In addition to this license, you will need a habitat stamp and a habitat management and access validation stamp. Altogether, this will cost $25 for a resident adult. These loud aerial acrobats are fun to observe and listen to.

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Waterfowl Hunting Permits Available for Deal Island, Fairmount

8/10/2020

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced a new schedule and process for annual permit-only waterfowl hunting at Deal Island Wildlife Management Area and Fairmount Wildlife Management Area impoundments, located in Somerset County on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The changes are being made to reduce crowding and improve the quality of waterfowl hunting during the regular duck season.

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New Hunting Plan for R.I.’s National Wildlife Refuges Approved

8/7/2020

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has released a final hunting and fishing plan for Rhode Island’s five national wildlife refuges. At two of the refuges, hunting will be allowed for the first time. At the other three, hunting opportunities have been expanded. A draft plan was issued in the spring, and during the 85-day public comment period, 1,641 comments and two petitions were received from the public, according to the federal agency. Fish & Wildlife Service officials said many of the comments reflected an opposition to hunting and fishing in general and in particular on refuge lands.

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Shadow: Technology aids hunting success

8/7/2020

We live in a time and world of growing technology that affects almost all aspects of our lives. These are good things for the most part but sometimes I think maybe technology should take a back seat to good preparation and sound hunting knowledge and practices. Having said that, I must admit that even though I am “technologically challenged” compared to much of the younger generations, I too appreciate and use many of the “modern day” tools in my hunting endeavors.

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Who Wants To Go Goat Hunting In Wyoming?

8/7/2020

Governor Mark Gordon recently gave his support to the Grand Teton National Park’s plan to manage the non-native mountain goat population in the park. By "manage", they mean hunt and reduce the number. “I am delighted that Grand Teton National Park officials have chosen to take a different, more sensible approach to addressing this important wildlife management issue,” Governor Gordon said. Governor Gordon went on to say that he was happy aerial shooting of the goats will stop.

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Randall observes improved hunting conditions

8/7/2020

PARIS – Fishing continues to be a successful venture locally as far as Wilderness Journal TV host Kyle Randall of Paris is concerned. “Things are pretty good,” he said. “Fishing is coming around. The heat wave broke and they’re actually catching some nice salmon. The smallmouth in the Muskegon River are biting real well. I’ve been over to the Saginaw Bay and it’s been a little too warm for walleye. They’re doing some good bow fishing over there.

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Hunting lotteries for some Ottawa County parks

8/7/2020

Lotteries are now open for Ottawa County Parks and Recreation sites, which includes 3,400 acres of select properties. Five of the properties require a special permit, hence the lotteries, which are now open.

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Let the hunting seasons begin

8/7/2020

It seems like we’ve blinked and already it’s August. Squirrel season opened on August 1st. This hunting season extends through Feb. 15, 2021. In counties that are open to firearm deer hunting, squirrel season takes a break and is closed from 20-22 Nov. 20-22 and Dec. 3-6. The daily limit for squirrels is 5, with 10 being the possession limit at any time.

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DNR 'hunt and learn' program teaches hunting skills

7/25/2020

SOCIAL CIRCLE – Georgia Hunt and Learn programs provide an educational experience targeted to those with little to no hunting experience, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. These programs provide a chance to learn about, and to hunt, such species as deer, squirrel, turkey, quail and dove.

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Maryland increases bear hunting permits

7/25/2020

Prompted by a growing population of black bears, the Maryland Wildlife & Heritage Service has bumped up the number of bruin hunting permits for the upcoming season in October. “There will be 950 permits this year,” said Harry Spiker, the agency’s black bear project leader. The 2018 and 2019 seasons each had 800 permits available. Spiker said the bear population continues to expand by 12% annually. “Using several models, we estimate the state’s bear population at 2,500. And that doesn’t count cubs,” he said during a recent telephone interview.

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Pizzimenti’s cable show hits bull’s-eye, teaches local hunting, fishing skills

7/24/2020

Nationally outdoors shows are filled with as much fantasy as hunting and fishing. The shows take place from locations that the average sportsman could never afford to visit. So John Pizzimenti of Somers decided to do something about it — create a TV show with which the average outdoor enthusiast could identify. That’s how the public access show “Otter Creek Outdoors” was born in 2001. The show is produced at the Cox Communications in Enfield and also airs on public access franchises in Manchester, Bolton, and Windsor.

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Illinois hunting: Daily draws? ‘We are working on that right now.’

7/24/2020

Mike Montagano wondered this morning about a rumor that there would be no daily draws for waterfowl hunting at Braidwood Lake and Heidecke Lake. It reminded me check how (or if) the Illinois Department of Natural Resources would even be doing daily draws this year, not just for waterfowl hunting at public sites but also for dove hunting, so I checked with the Springfield office.

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DWR: How to prevent injuries, prepare for safe archery hunt

7/24/2020

The general-season archery bull elk permits (which are unlimited) went on sale online on July 16. That archery hunt and the buck mule deer archery hunt begins Saturday, Aug. 15 and runs until Sept 11. If you will be archery hunting this fall, there are several ways you can prepare for the hunt and stay safe while out in the field.

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Hook & Hunting: New Regulations for Deer Hunting Season

7/24/2020

The Michigan Natural Resources Commission approved a list of new regulations for this year’s deer hunting season. Deer Season The changes are meant to draw in new hunters and offer more flexibility in their pursuit of deer. The biggest change is firearm hunters can use their license to hunt antlerless deer as opposed to only being restricted to archery hunting. There will also be an exemption on antler point restrictions for mentored youths, junior license holders and apprentice license holders for all seasons. This is meant to control the deer population, while encouraging newcomers to hunt.

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DNR: Hunting regulations available

7/24/2020

Hunters, you're all set to plan ahead for the fall! The DNR has released the 2020 Minnesota Hunting and Trapping regulations handbook, now available on the DNR website. Deer hunters this season will generally see more harvest opportunities. Deer hunting regulations and permit area maps are on the DNR deer hunting page. Hunting licenses go on sale Saturday, Aug. 1. You can buy your license at any DNR license agent, by telephone at 888-665-4236, or online at mndnr.gov/buyalicense.

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OUTDOORS Posted July 8 Updated July 8 INCREASE FONT SIZEResize Font Bear hunting petition reignites 20-year-old debate over baiting

7/13/2020

Six years after an initiative to ban bear-baiting by hunters was defeated at the polls for a second time, proponents of that effort are taking a new approach, through the state’s rule-making process. In a virtual public hearing Wednesday, state biologists heard comments on a petition that seeks to establish a bear-baiting season and a limited baiting permit program that would be phased out gradually and eliminated after 2029.

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Outdoors: Knight: Looking ahead to fall hunting season

7/13/2020

With a year like this one you have to look ahead. If you look back all you see in the rearview mirror is a train wreck. Hoping things are going to be better I am jumping ahead to the fall hunting season. There is no doubt it will not be like it was a year ago, but hopefully, by then things will have improved over the first six months of 2020.

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New Hampshire offers apprentice hunting license for fall

7/13/2020

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) Aspiring hunters who couldn’t complete a required education course because of the coronavirus pandemic this spring have another option: an apprentice license.Traditional in-person hunter education courses in New Hampshire have been canceled for the year because of the virus. While the state Fish and Game department has switched to online classes, participants still have to attend an in-person field day. Those slots are filling up fast, but officials say an apprentice license could be another route.

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Governor signs night optics hunting bill; regulations are pending

7/10/2020

Hunting with the aid of energy beams sounds like shore leave recreation on “Star Trek.” But a legislative bill signed into law last week by Gov. Tom Wolf will permit Pennsylvania hunters to advance, not quite that far, into the future.

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Asheville School first landowner in city to hold deer hunt under new firearm ordinance

7/10/2020

Under a newly revised ordinance partly reversing the prohibition on discharging firearms, Asheville School became the first landowner to hold a deer hunt within city limits. The hunt took place July 3 and 5 by licensed hunters with the Weaverville-based nonprofit Backyard Bow Pro, with archery equipment, on the 300-acre campus of the private boarding school in West Asheville, said Christopher Arbor, a humanities and mountaineering instructor at Asheville School.

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Bear hunting petition reignites 20-year-old debate over baiting

7/10/2020

Six years after an initiative to ban bear-baiting by hunters was defeated at the polls for a second time, proponents of that effort are taking a new approach, through the state’s rule-making process. In a virtual public hearing Wednesday, state biologists heard comments on a petition that seeks to establish a bear-baiting season and a limited baiting permit program that would be phased out gradually and eliminated after 2029.

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Whether you're hiking or kayaking, you need a hunting or fishing license to enter CPW wildlife areas

7/10/2020

LOVELAND, Colo. — Going to a lake is a perfect way to cool off on a hot summer day in Colorado, until you're told you're not allowed to be there because you don't have a hunting or fishing license. Colorado Parks and Wildlife District Wildlife Manager for Loveland, Clayton Brossart, says they've seen a dramatic increase in people going to state wildlife areas or state trust lands but not actually hunting or fishing.

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Governor signs night optics hunting bill; regulations are pending

7/10/2020

Hunting with the aid of energy beams sounds like shore leave recreation on “Star Trek.” But a legislative bill signed into law last week by Gov. Tom Wolf will permit Pennsylvania hunters to advance, not quite that far, into the future.

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EXPECT CHANGES TO HUNTING RULES FOR FALL SEASONS BECAUSE OF THE PANDEMIC

7/6/2020

STATEWIDE — The Department of Natural Resources is still allowing you to apply for reserved hunts on public land this year in spite of the coronavirus pandemic. But, Tom Despot with the DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife says to expect a few different rules to be in place for the fall hunting seasons. He tells Indiana Outdoors they are still figuring those rules out.

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Conservation posts fall hunting schedule

7/6/2020

Missouri deer and turkey hunters can get the most current information on upcoming fall hunting from the Missouri Department of Conservation's 2020 Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting & Regulations Information booklet, available where permits are sold and online at

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Register land now for longbow/crossbow deer hunting season; police dispatcher job open

7/6/2020

NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio – Deer season in the western suburbs will begin near the end of September. Landowners who want to make available their land for longbow/crossbow hunting need to register soon. The rules and regulations for deer season are very specific.

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Congratulations to our June Contest Winner Kirk Stueve!

7/4/2020

Congratulations to our June Contest Winner Kirk Stueve!

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A memorable first hunt

7/2/2020

It was a hunt that seven-year-old Kaden Kern will never forget. Kaden on a youth hunt with his dad, Derek, was able to record a turkey with a nine-inch beard for his first-ever turkey during his first-ever youth hunt. “He went out with his dad (Derek Kern) on May 20 and had been out hunting quite a few times prior, so it was fun to see his determination,” Kaden’s Mother Amber Kern said. “He shot his first turkey and it was a really nice one. It had a nine-inch beard. It was pretty special for both dad and Kaden.” Kaden said it was a good time and his favorite thing was how big his turkey was and how it dropped right down after shooting it. He said he loves hunting.

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Hunting, fishing funding mechanism works to maintain opportunities

7/2/2020

Part of North Dakota’s hunter education course is an explanation of license fees and excise taxes, and how these funding sources financially support hunting and fishing in North Dakota. Pretty much everyone who hunts and fishes in North Dakota knows they have to buy a license first, and most of those people understand that license dollars go to the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.

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MDC announces five hunters drawn for elk permits

7/2/2020

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering Missourians the state’s first elk-hunting season in modern history starting this October. For the inaugural season, MDC will issue one permit each to five lucky Missourians randomly drawn from 19,215 permit applications, including 33 for one resident-landowner antlered-elk permit and 19,182 for four general permits.

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7/2/2020

If you are looking for a unique experience in Utah's outdoors, consider applying for permits to hunt greater sage grouse, sandhill crane, swan or sharp-tailed grouse this fall. The application period for these four Utah bird hunts opened on July 1.

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Starting Wednesday, you need a hunting or fishing license to hike in Colorado state wildlife areas

7/1/2020

Hikers exploring Colorado’s designated state wildlife areas will be required to have hunting or fishing licenses as a result of a new policy that goes into effect Wednesday. There are two reasons for the new policy. The management of state wildlife areas is funded through the purchase of hunting and fishing licenses for the purpose of conserving habitats and wildlife-related recreation. State law requires Colorado Parks and Wildlife to separate its funding sources for both wildlife areas and state parks, which are funded by park passes.

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Kansas fishing, hunting license sales spike amid pandemic

7/1/2020

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Kansas Department Of Wildlife is seeing a record amount of interest in hunting and fishing. “We’re about 35,000 fishing license ahead of last year. Last year at this time we had only sold about 87,00 and right now we’re at about 125,000” Doug Negren, director of the Wildlife Department’s Fisheries Division says the increase comes as good news for the department, after they saw much lower numbers last year.

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Hunting Pythons with Science and Speed

7/1/2020

Ian Bartoszek is on a first-name basis with Elvis. The two first met back in January 2013 on the swampy outskirts of Collier County, although he wasn’t exactly the “Love Me Tender” type. This Elvis was a bit more unwieldy, sporting 11 feet of dark, blotchy scales and 50 pounds of muscle. He also became a critical ally in the fight against the burgeoning Burmese python population in South Florida.

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Hunting Or Fishing License Required To Enter State Wildlife Areas

7/1/2020

(CBS4) – As more and more people continue to get outdoors to recreate, there will be a major change starting July 1, 2020 for anyone who wants to access a State Wildlife Area (SWA) or State Trust Land leased by CPW. Any visitor 18 or older will now be required to have a valid hunting or fishing license to be on the land.

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A look at the most popular cartridges for deer hunting

6/30/2020

Whitetail deer are by far the most popular species of big game pursued by North American hunters. When their blacktail and mule deer cousins are factored in, millions of American hunters go afield after deer each fall and winter. Archery hunters make up a significant chunk of that number, but the remainder hunt with an incredible array of different shotguns, handguns, centerfire rifles, and muzzleloaders.

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Bear Hunting Application Period For 2021 Season Opens July 1

6/29/2020

According to the DNR, the application period for the 2021 bear hunting season will open July 1 after the successful completion of legislative review.

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The 8 Best Hunting Guns that Double as Self-Defense Firearms

6/29/2020

Most people don’t need a reminder that the world isn’t always a safe place to live, and the topic of self-defense is as relevant as ever. Although seasoned shooters and outdoorsmen and women tend to roll our eyes at the sudden realization by many that having a gun for protection might not be a bad idea, they need direction and good information. Even among our salty ranks, self-defense continues to be a hot topic alway up for debate.

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The hunting chronicles: A holy antler and cooped up Hutterites

6/26/2020

My first Canadian bear hunt was some kind of fun experience. My ferocious bear guide, Natalie, sure did a good job. One day while we were running bait sites, I yelled for her to stop the four-wheeler. Up in the trees, I saw it. I ran to it, picked it up, held it over my head and declared, “I have found it, the antler of knowledge and wisdom!” You should have seen the look on her face. I had found a big moose shed antler, and I was one excited redneck. I explained to her that you can’t find the antler of knowledge and wisdom and not make a big declaration.

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Fish and Game modifies rules for issuing Unit 23 moose hunting permits

6/26/2020

To curb the spread of COVID-19, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has modified how moose hunters can acquire RM880 moose permits for Unit 23, which comprises the Northwest Arctic. Ordinarily, both local hunters and those flying in from other communities can get a permit from licensed vendors in Kotzebue and surrounding villages. However, many village communities in the region have placed travel restrictions.

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Bear Hunting Application Period For 2021 Season Opens July 1

6/26/2020

MADISON, Wis. – The application period for the 2021 bear hunting season will open July 1 after the successful completion of legislative review. The application deadline remains Dec. 10, 2020. Applicants are reminded to be aware of the new bear management zone boundaries as their usual hunting grounds may change to a new unit beginning in 2021. State wildlife officials do not know precisely how these changes will specifically affect harvest permit wait times, but they expect there will likely be no significant changes across zones A, B, C and D. There will be no zone changes for the upcoming 2020 bear season.

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PICKING THE RIGHT SPOTTING SCOPE FOR YOUR NEXT ARCHERY HUNT

6/23/2020

So much of western spot and stalk bowhunting is about optics. In the wide open spaces we are so fortunate to have out here, sitting back and utilizing our glass pays off huge. It lets us look at a massive amount of country without having to walk it all. On top of that, we can watch animals from afar without disturbing them.

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Deer hunting: Bill to allow air bows during archery season makes its way through Legislature

6/23/2020

Under a bill in the Mississippi Legislature, hunters could be allowed to use air bows during archery season for deer. The biggest question is who will be allowed. House Bill 1309, authored by Rep. Joey Hood, states: "A person exempt from having a hunting license by reason of total service-connected disability, as adjudged by the Veterans Administration, or who has been adjudged to be totally disabled by the Social Security Administration, or who is paraplegic or a multiple amputee, may hunt with an air bow during any open season on deer, turkey, or small game. For the purposes of this section, 'air bow' means a device that uses compressed air to propel arrows."

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ARROWS AND ARROW BUILDING COMPONENTS ADDED TO THE goHUNT GEAR SHOP!

6/23/2020

We are excited to announce that the goHUNT Gear Shop is now carrying everything you need to build your own arrows! Adding this category is a great compliment to the other top of the line gear offerings we carry in our Gear Shop. This new category is specifically catered to the do-it-yourself person who enjoys building their own arrows. We have everything from arrows, fletching jigs, nocks, field points, vanes and much more. See all the options here.

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Wet conditions might lead to prime duck hunting conditions

6/22/2020

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Record-setting wet conditions that hampered hunters in North Dakota last fall might have set the stage for prime duck hunting this fall, wildlife officials say, An annual spring survey by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department estimates 3.98 million breeding ducks in the state, the Bismarck Tribune reported

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ND DUCK HUNTING

6/22/2020

Wildlife officials say record-setting wet conditions that hampered hunters in North Dakota last fall might have set the stage for prime duck hunting this fall. The annual spring survey by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department estimates 3.98 million breeding ducks in the state. The survey gives hunters their first glimpse of how duck numbers might shape up for the fall hunt. The 4 million bird mark hasn't been reached for six years.

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Pennsylvania hunting licenses go on sale

6/22/2020

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Hunting licenses go on sale Monday, June 22, while the 2020-2021 season begins July 1 With expanded Sunday hunting for big game and an archery deer season that reaches deeper than ever into the whitetail rut, 2020 is sure to be a historic year for hunting in Pennsylvania. General hunting licenses and fur taker licenses each continue to cost $20.90 for Pennsylvania residents and $101.90 for non-residents.

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8 of The Hottest New Hunting Cartridges for 2021 and Beyond

6/19/2020

Recent years have seen the introduction of a stunning number of new factory rifle cartridges, with each being heralded as the “The Next Big Thing” for hunting or competitive shooting. This explosion in new-cartridge development was fueled by the phenomenal success of the 6.5 Creedmoor, which led ammomakers to focus on cartridges built around long, heavy-for-caliber, high-B.C. bullets delivering better long-range performance.

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Why a one-time vegan became a hunter

6/19/2020

Hunting may seem like an unexpected pastime for Iowa resident Rachel Vanderwerff. “I did not grow up hunting,” she says. “I was not at all involved in the hunting world.” An environmental consultant, she was vegan for a while because of animal welfare and sustainability concerns. But Vanderwerff missed eating meat. So to obtain it in a way she feels is ethical, she decided to try hunting. And after her first deer hunt, she was hooked.

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Sunday hunting may be in works for NC in 2021

6/19/2020

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is a step closer to implementing Sunday hunting on public game lands. In early June, the state’s wildlife agency convened stakeholders at three virtual focus group meetings to discuss the future of Sunday hunting. The goal of the meetings was intended to frame potential alternatives to open some game lands for Sunday hunting by 2021.

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Hunting License On Sale Starting Monday

6/19/2020

Licenses for the 2020-2021 hunting and furtaking seasons will go on sale Monday. With the purchase of a license, each hunter will also receive a complimentary copy of the Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest. General licenses will- once again- cost $20.90 for Pennsylvania residents and $101.90 for nonresidents. Seniors can grab a one-year license for $13.90 or lifetime licenses are also available for $51.90.

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DEC extends online hunter safety course offering, adds online bowhunting course

6/18/2020

The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced today it was continuing its entirely online hunter education safety course through Aug. 21. Spurred by the success of the totally online offering, DEC also said it was making a totally online bowhunter education course option available beginning July and also copntinuing through Aug. 21.

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Hard work, preparation goes into elk hunt

6/18/2020

While most of us have been more tuned in to big game hunting applications this spring or hitting the water for walleye, the recent stay-at-home order gave me a chance to organize some gear, too. Picking my way through a year of fishing and hunting equipment, my thoughts swirled around one activity: elk hunting. Even as I write this, I am kicking myself for not organizing my elk gear after my last move. It’s easy to understand why, as I have my North Dakota once-in-a-lifetime elk tag in my pocket and know the work that goes into successfully hunting elk. We all have hunting and fishing experiences that feed an aching passion and drive us onward to the next season, and my most recent experience is the fuel for this fall’s fire.

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WYOMING GAME & FISH TO ANNOUNCE BIG GAME HUNTING LICENSE DRAW RESULTS

6/17/2020

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Game & Fish Department say that big game hunting license draw results will tentatively be made available at 10 am Thursday, June 18. People who entered the draw for resident elk, deer and antelope licences or for nonresident deer and antelope licenses will be able to check their results online once those are posted. Licenses will be sent via mail by July 31.

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KDWPT considers allowing lights, night optics for hunting coyotes

6/17/2020

PRATT – Though Kansas coyote hunters can already hunt at night year-round without the aid of lights, a new proposal will be discussed at the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) Commission’s June 25 virtual meeting that would allow the use of lights, night vision, and thermal imaging to hunt coyotes.

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Conservative group sues DNR over hunter safety course policies for COVID-19

6/17/2020

MARATHON COUNTY, Wis. (WSAW) -- The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty filed a lawsuit in Marathon County on Wednesday against the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ hunter education policies in the wake of COVID-19 restrictions. The lawsuit, brought by conservative group WILL on behalf of the hunting advocacy group Hunter Nation, accuses the DNR of illegally canceling in-person hunter education courses based on Governor Tony Evers’ now-overturned Safer at Home order. Citing right-to-hunt state laws and rulemaking procedures, the lawsuit says the DNR has made it impossible for people under 18 to secure hunter safety permits, and difficult at best for individuals over 18.

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Outdoors | Ohio coyote hunting rules unchanged after political dust-up

6/14/2020

Coyotes, not among the more beloved denizens of Ohio’s landscape, apparently will remain under the regulatory domain of the Ohio Division of Wildlife. Who was to be in charge became a matter of concern among some sportsmen’s groups after Rep. Don Jones (R-Freeport), whose legislative district covers Carroll, Harrison, Noble and parts of Belmont and Washington counties, introduced a bill that would further loosen restrictions on the killing of coyotes.

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49 moose hunting permits to be issued for June 19 lottery

6/14/2020

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Winners of this year's New Hampshire Moose Hunt Lottery will be announced on June 19. New Hampshire's Fish and Game Department has moved to a mixed-media communications format for the drawing this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Lottery results will also be available online. Official lists of winners and alternates will be published on the department's website at www.wildnh.com/hunting/moose.html by 12 p.m. that day and on its Facebook page.

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HLRBO Website Updates

6/14/2020

HLRBO has updated its website to allow more extensive updates to your hunting profile. You can let us know where you are looking to hunt, your preferred type of hunting, other outdoor activities you are interested in and much more. Update your hunting profile today on HLRBO. We have also added additional county data to our Lease Finder program. Check out the latest updates to the Lease Finder program and see if your county data is currently available.

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How to Hunt: A Step-by-Step Guide for New Adult Hunters

6/11/2020

There are plenty of reasons to learn to hunt. The most ancient and trendiest modern reason for hunting are actually the same: it’s a great way to secure lean, free-range meat for yourself and your family. Wild game meat reduces your reliance on the commercial food chain and helps you know exactly what you’re eating in our age of processed foods. Hunting is also a great way to learn more about the natural world, and to support wildlife habitat and conservation in the U.S. Best of all? Hunting is fun.

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Nebraska Game and Parks to consider smaller mountain lion hunting season for 2021

6/11/2020

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission could approve the state’s fourth modern mountain lion hunting season at its meeting in Lincoln next week, though the number of animals allowed to be killed would be cut in half. Commission staffers are recommending a 2021 season with a maximum harvest of four cats in the Pine Ridge area of northwest Nebraska, after an eight-animal limit was set for the 2020 season. Hunters ended up killing seven lions between Jan. 1 and April 1, with the largest a male weighing 171 pounds.

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New book celebrates 40 years of moose hunting in Maine

6/11/2020

Roger Lambert has learned that there’s just something special about a Maine moose hunt in his years as a hunter and guide. Part of it, he said, is that when it comes to moose hunting, many believe that the more people you have in your hunting party, the more memorable the hunt will be.

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Study yields options for WV hunting and fishing license restructuring

6/7/2020

ROANOKE — If West Virginia’s natural resource officials ever want to change the state’s hunting and fishing license structure, they now know how much people will be willing to pay. At the May 31 meeting of the state Natural Resources Commission, Division of Natural Resources officials learned the results of a $117,000 study conducted by Southwick Associates, a Florida-based research company. The DNR commissioned the study to learn how hunters and anglers feel about the state’s game and fish regulations, and to get an idea of the privileges they would expect if the state’s hunting- and fishing-license structure needed to be changed.

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California Department of Fish and Wildlife Now Accepting Applications for Deer and Pig Hunting in Western Merced County

6/7/2020

June 7, 2020 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is now accepting applications for a limited number of deer and pig hunting permits for opening weekend of the A Zone general season, Aug. 8–9, 2020. This is not a special hunt, but rather a drawing to control the number of hunters on popular public land during opening weekend.

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Spring turkey hunters register 16% increase in birds

6/7/2020

Hunters registered 44,963 birds during the 2020 Wisconsin spring turkey hunting season, a 16% increase from last year, according to preliminary data released Thursday from the Department of Natural Resources. The kill reverses a downturn over the last two years and was about 8% above the 10-year average.

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2020 Public Alligator Hunting lottery in S.C. to close soon

6/7/2020

If you haven't already applied, there are less than two weeks left to enter the 2020 Public Alligator Hunting season lottery drawing. A $10 nonrefundable application fee is required to apply for the Public Lands Hunt, and a randomized computer drawing based on a preference point system will determine the selection of hunters. Unsuccessful applicants will receive a preference point for use in future alligator lottery hunts.

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Grant Will Help Expand Public Hunting and Fishing Access Opportunities on South Dakota’s Private Lands

6/3/2020

Public access opportunities for hunting and fishing on private lands will be expanded thanks to a grant awarded to the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks. The $2.175 million grant was awarded through the 2020 Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program (VPA-HIP) administered by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and was authorized under the 2018 Farm Bill.

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Amid COVID-19, hunting gains popularity

6/3/2020

Seeking freedom from isolation, residents and nonresidents alike have embraced hunting in the Wood River Valley, reports from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and local retailers indicate.

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MDC considers regulation changes regarding coyote hunting

6/3/2020

The Missouri Department of Conservation is proposing changes to the Wildlife Code of Missouri regarding coyote hunting and feral hog control. MDC is considering the changes in response to citizen requests to the Regulations Committee to use night vision, infrared, thermal imagery equipment or artificial light to hunt coyotes and from landowners to allow their authorized representatives to use night vision, infrared, or thermal imagery equipment without prior approval from a conservation agent to address damage caused by feral hogs.

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Trump Administration Pushes Expanded Hunting, Fishing In Wildlife Refuges

5/31/2020

A proposed rule to open or expand millions of acres of hunting and fishing opportunities in national wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries is open for public comment. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed to open or expand more than 2.3 million acres to hunting and fishing opportunities in 97 national wildlife refuges throughout the nation — eight which have never been opened before.

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Apply for the Arkansas urban archery deer hunt

5/31/2020

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (News release) — If you’re looking for an extra opportunity to put some meat in the freezer this fall, feed needy Arkansans and help control urban deer populations, now is the time to start planning. Registration for the 2020 Arkansas Urban Archery Hunts is open until midnight August 12

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Reminder: Sunday Is The Last Day To Apply For Elk Hunting Permits

5/31/2020

Today is the last day to apply for the Historic Elk Hunting season in Missouri The Department of Conservation says residents at least 11 years of age or older can apply for the hunting permit. Landowners can also apply for their own permit. Once the window closes, the department will evaluate and select those who will be awarded the permit.

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Number of hunters in Michigan, nation are declining

5/31/2020

Alpena – Hunting keeps Alpena County resident Allen Shaw connected to family, as well as the great outdoors. Shaw has been hunting for the last 16 years and remembers hunting with his father and grandfather. Throughout the years, Shaw has hunted deer, bear, turkey, and small game. But, Shaw said, for him, a successful hunt isn’t necessarily one where an animal has been harvested. It’s more about time spent with his family.

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Alligator hunt registration opens June 2; Here’s what you need to know

5/27/2020

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will open online registration for the state’s regulated alligator hunts on June 2 at 8 a.m. There will be 260 Alligator Possession Tags distributed among five hunting zones.

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Want to harvest more mature bucks? Hunt near food plots, not over them

5/26/2020

If you drive long enough on roads in rural Mississippi, sooner or later you'll probably see an elevated hunting stand overlooking a food plot. It's a scene found at most camps across the state, but data suggests it may not be the most productive place to harvest a deer.

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California temporarily authorizes completion of Hunter Education Courses online

5/27/2020

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced last week that the agency is temporarily allowing hunters to complete their education requirements entirely online amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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State loosens cougar hunting restrictions

5/27/2020

Hunters in some areas of Washington state will be able to hunt more cougars after Washington Fish and Wildlife commissioners voted last month to increase limits in 19 areas. The new guidelines will allow more cougars to be hunted in several areas of the state. The goal of the changes was to increase hunter opportunity. Washington state Department of Fish and Wildlife game division manager Anis Aoude said there has been more interactions with people in some areas of the state.

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Texas’ hunters, anglers in for several regulation changes

5/22/2020

A six-week closure of southern flounder season in 2021 highlighted the regulations that were adopted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission on Thursday, but there were many adjustments made that will impact hunters and anglers this year.

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Penn-Trafford freshman Mallory McRae achieves hunting’s rare ‘Triple Trophy’

5/22/2020

Mallory McRae already had done something her dad hasn’t while hunting: kill a bear. But the Penn-Trafford freshman recently achieved a rarity and could be the first female hunter to do it. She killed a bear, a buck and a turkey in the same license year. McRae, 14, achieved the “Triple Trophy” honor after getting her turkey earlier this month in Penn Township

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Trump administration moves to ease rules for hunting bears and wolves on federal lands in Alaska

5/22/2020

Two federal agencies this week took steps to increase hunting and trapping on several national preserves in Alaska and in the popular Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. The moves drew alarm from conservation groups who said the new rules will support extreme measures to kill predators and their young in national preserves in Alaska. They said a proposed rule change would allow brown bear baiting in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge for the first time.

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How to Take Your Father Turkey Hunting

5/20/2020

There’s an old split-rail fence at Mom and Dad’s place that separates the lawn from the horse pasture. I like to lean against it just before dark and owl hoot. Across the pasture, and beyond the creek, is an oak hillside, and in the spring a gobbler roosts there as many nights as not. The acoustics must be perfect because if I hoot from that fence and he’s there, he’ll answer. Tonight, he’s there.

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Illinois turkeys: Harvest numbers for spring hunting up, despite season-long closure of IDNR sites

5/20/2020

Harvest numbers for spring turkey hunting in Illinois were strong in 2020 and ahead of the harvest of last year, even with all Illinois Department of Natural Resources sites being closed the entire season.

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Application process for alligator hunting season begins June 1

5/20/2020

Applications for the 2020 Public Waters Alligator Season will be available from 10 a.m. June 1 through 10 a.m. June 8. There are no changes to the application and drawing process from 2019. A total of 960 permits are available within seven hunting zones for the 10-day season. The 2020 season will open at noon Aug. 28 and continue through noon Sept. 7.

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Hunting for the next generation of conservation stewards

5/20/2020

Millions of acres of natural habitat in the U.S. and the wildlife that inhabit these large swaths of private and public lands depend on people who support a myriad of conservation activities. Recreational hunters are an important group of people whose licenses, taxes and fees directly pay for conservation efforts. However, the number of people who hunt as a sport has steadily declined since the 1980s.

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50 Hunter Stereotypes from Every State

5/18/2020

Every bar has its fly—the hunter who’s never without a drink in hand and a tall tale to tell…about how great of an outdoorsman he is, of course. As hunters, we run across these folks every season. That deer hunter who embodies the local Michigan culture—if you can call it that. That kid turning into another pig-sticking Okie hog hunter. Or the guy wearing Costa sunglasses and Sperry deck shoes, who reminds you of everyone from Dixie you’ve ever met.

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Feds Consider Proposal to Expand Hunting

5/18/2020

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is weighing a proposal to expand hunting on federal land, including parts of the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge and Laguna Atascosa. Under the proposal, hunters would be allowed to harvest turkeys, javelinas, doves and alligators on federal land. Hunters in the Rio Grande Valley, who are currently limited to about 6,000 acres of federal land, would be able to access about 21,000 acres.

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Hunting during closed days on Kauai will be allowed, but only under a permit

5/18/2020

HONOLULU (KHON2) — Hunters on Kauai have been given the green light to apply for special use permits to hunt goats, pigs, and deer on closed hunting days in State Forest Reserves, Natural Area Reserves, and Game Management Areas.

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2020-21 Ohio hunting season approved by wildlife council

5/15/2020

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) — Ohio hunting dates and bag limits for seasons that begin in September have been approved by the Ohio Wildlife Council. “Ohio’s hunting and trapping seasons are developed by wildlife biologists, combining public input with the best science available,” said Division of Wildlife Chief Kendra Wecker. “Our population safeguards are designed to support the important activities of hunting and trapping, while sustaining Ohio’s wildlife. The Buckeye State has some of the best hunting opportunities in the nation, and we are proud to continue serving all Ohioans.”

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Hook & Hunting: Online Hunting Classes

5/15/2020

The Michigan DNR is offering temporary hunter education safety certificates for eligible online students. These temporary certificates are for the select online students who have not been able to attend a field day due to cancellations caused by COVID-19. Field days are the required final step in earning a hunter education safety certificate. Eligible students must have completed the online portion of the training since March 15 or started the program after January 1, 2020.

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Ohio’s 2020-21 hunting seasons approved

5/15/2020

COLUMBUS – Hunting dates and bag limits for seasons that begin in September 2020 were approved by the Ohio Wildlife Council on Wednesday, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. “Ohio’s hunting and trapping seasons are developed by wildlife biologists, combining public input with the best science available,” said Division of Wildlife Chief Kendra Wecker. “Our population safeguards are designed to support the important activities of hunting and trapping, while sustaining Ohio’s wildlife. The Buckeye State has some of the best hunting opportunities in the nation, and we are proud to continue serving all Ohioans.”

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DWR proposes changes to upland game hunting season dates

5/15/2020

The DWR is proposing to slightly change the season dates for several upland game species. The proposed changes would include: Starting the ptarmigan hunting season on Sept. 1 rather than the fourth Saturday in August; extending the sandhill crane hunting season in the East Box Elder area from nine to 60 days (to reduce crop damage and encourage the birds to migrate sooner); holding the youth quail hunt on the last Saturday in October through the following Monday; and extending the youth pheasant season and having it run from the last Saturday in October through the following Thursday.

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L.L. Bean reopens bike, boat, hunting and fishing stores

5/14/2020

FREEPORT (WGME) -- L.L. Bean in Freeport has reopened its Bike, Boat & Ski Store and its Hunting & Fishing Store. The company reopened the stores this week under the orders and guidance given by Governor Janet Mills in March and April, which deemed bike shops, fishing supply stores, and federally licensed firearms dealers essential retailers.

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Minnesota Elk hunters have more choices

5/14/2020

DNR responds to increasing elk population by expanding antlerless hunts The Department of Natural Resources is now accepting applications for elk hunting licenses in northwestern Minnesota for seasons that will be held from late August to early December. This year’s seasons are structured to allow hunters to have more opportunities to harvest antlerless elk. The DNR is offering 44 elk licenses this year; last year there were 27 offered. More seasons and license options are also available this year. The application deadline is June 12.

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Outdoor Journal: Notes on turkey hunting, fishing

5/14/2020

After spending two days turkey hunting with his uncle, recently retired New York State Trooper Mike Galcik of Schuylerville, 14-year-old Michael Schwerd, also from Schuylerville, decided to take a day off.

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These 41 Alabama hunting dogs will amaze you

5/14/2020

Alabama hunters sent in their favorite photos of their hunting dogs to the Best Dogs of the Black Belt Photo Contest. These are some amazing photos of hunting dogs doing their thing. The contest was sponsored by the Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association on their Facebook page. People could vote on their favorite photo. The winner was Steve Hutto of Fitzpatrick, Alabama of his dog "Cash". Hutto has been a dog trainer for over 30 years and "Cash" took the top prize. For more info on the contest visit this link. If you have a nice photo of your hunting dog, send it to me for a future story to [email protected] Now enjoy the photos!

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Turkey hunters bagged 2,659 more birds this spring than last

5/12/2020

Good hunting weather helped turkey hunters bag 2,659 more birds during the 2020 spring turkey season than last spring's season. The Missouri Department of Conservation reports that turkey hunters checked 38,730 birds during Missouri’s 2020 regular spring turkey season, April 20 through May 10. Top harvest counties were Franklin with 899 birds killed, Callaway with 699, and Laclede with 651.

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The Best Outdoor Gear Comes from This Hunting Brand

5/12/2020

Growing up in the Midwest, I always thought of hunting as a lazy man’s sport, one where you were confined to a tree stand or a blind and didn’t move much. But after taking up bowhunting for elk, deer, and antelope over the past two years where I now live, in New Mexico, I realize I couldn’t have been more wrong.

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CPW making more than 200,000 acres available for hunting this fall

5/12/2020

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission has expanded the amount of state trust land open for public access hunting this fall by more than a third with the addition of 210,000 acres. The expansion brings the total enrolled acres to 777,000 in a multi-year effort to reach 1 million acres.

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Haywood deer harvest up, bow hunting on the rise

5/8/2020

Haywood County saw one of the largest increases in deer hunting during the 2019-2020 season compared to other counties in the state. The deer harvest in Haywood County was up 30 percent over the previous year, outpacing the rest of the region and state. The deer harvest was up 13 percent statewide, and up 20 percent in the 17 western counties.

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Turkey hunting a Rim Country tradition

5/8/2020

Springtime in the Arizona high country is when winter is losing its grip, the snow banks are disappearing, and trout fishing becomes the main focus of outdoor enthusiasts. But, there is another group of the hook and bullet fraternity that are wandering the woods, turkey hunters. The spring hunt for the male turkey has long been a tradition throughout our great nation. The wild turkey population is growing in most states and is a definite success story.

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Driftwood Outdoors: Finding a place to hunt before it’s too late

5/8/2020

Turkey season just ended and deer season doesn’t start for five months. This is the window of time you have to find your next great piece of hunting property. It may not happen the first time you ask. You may have to earn it. Five months gives you plenty of time to do so. Free hunting permission is nowhere near as easy to acquire as it once was. A lot of the big parcels and best parcels are being leased these days. That doesn’t mean you still can’t find a great piece of property to hunt that produces quality deer and turkey every year. You just have to adjust your thinking.

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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC HUNTERS GONNA HUNT FOR MEAT ... Amid Shortage Fears

5/8/2020

The broken meat supply chain has most Americans worried, but not hunters who are loading their freezers with game -- and it seems a lot more people want to do the same. We did some digging, and in the past couple months, coinciding with the COVID-19 pandemic ... several Midwestern and East Coast states, where hunting is common, have seen a major increase in demand for licenses to bag open-range game, fish and fowl.

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Muscatatuck proposes updating hunting program

5/6/2020

SEYMOUR, Ind. –Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge is proposing updating its hunting program and seeking public comment on the changes. Draft documents, including the Draft Hunting Plans, Draft Environmental Assessments and Draft Compatibility Determinations for the refuge are available for review and public comments until June 8.

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Hunting Age And Pier Crabbing Information Sought

5/6/2020

Can a 17-Year-Old Hunt Without Supervision? Question: I am 17 years old and have my hunter education certification and license. I am wondering if it is legal for me to hunt by myself with a rifle or shotgun, without adult supervision. (O.R.) Answer: For the most part, yes, it is legal, except for a few apprentice hunts the California Department Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) hosts that require an adult chaperone. Pay attention to the hunt details if you are applying to different apprentice hunts, also known as junior hunts. If there are such restrictions, it will be noted in the application information.

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Colorado mountain lions hit with new hunting plan as people spread

5/4/2020

Mountain lions face an uncertain future under a new state plan to let hunters kill up to 15% a year across western Colorado, and more near subdivisions — rankling animal rights advocates who favor a live-and-let-live approach to wildlife.

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South Carolinians finding coronavirus relief through fishing and hunting

5/4/2020

It appears that the recommendation to remain inside has driven many of us outside. These adventurous forays are not so much to visit the limited number of retailers that remain open for business during the COVID-19 pandemic, but rather those places where maintaining proper social distancing comes easily – namely, the woods and waters of the Upstate.

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Coronavirus: People taking on hunting amid meat shortages in the US

5/4/2020

Some Americans are taking on hunting for the first time amid meat shortages during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report on Sunday. New Mexico resident David Elliot first considered hunting elk back in January to help feed friends and family when the U.S. reported its initial coronavirus case -- despite not owning a rifle or ever hunting large animals before. He received a permit to shoot a female elk and plans to attend a hunt in November.

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Wildlife Commission makes changes to deer, duck hunting seasons

5/4/2020

Hunters will get more opportunities to harvest antlerless deer in the upcoming season and duck seasons now will be the same for most of the state under rules passed Monday by the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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Chattanooga area women took different routes to turkey hunting

4/30/2020

Wild turkeys are among Tennessee's most prized game, but the reasons why these birds are particularly dear to two local ladies are different in each case. Chattanooga's Diane Daniels has long supported conservation and reintroduction efforts that made hunting wild turkeys possible, but only recently did she go turkey hunting herself.

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Proposed state hunting changes heard by Game and Fish Commission

4/30/2020

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission recently heard the first reading of 100 changes to the AGFC Code of Regulations. Although concerns for the current coronavirus emergency prevented the normal formal meeting at one location, a teleconference was held and was made publicly available through the agency’s YouTube page and a special emergency proclamation was issued to carry forward with Wednesday’s meeting.

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Pa. Game Commission boss says hunting in state is ‘as safe as it’s ever been’

4/30/2020

Pennsylvania’s turkey hunters enjoyed a record-setting spring season in 2019. No, we’re not talking about the number of turkeys harvested. We’re talking about hunter safety. For the first time in history, not a single hunting-related shooting incident was recorded during the state spring turkey season, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

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It’s Not Coronavirus Reviving Wildlife, It’s Hunters

4/29/2020

Wildlife is doing just fine with the world on lockdown. That’s what news reports are portraying. All it took was a worldwide pandemic to push humans indoors and turn the world into an inside-out zoo, with humans on exhibit and wild animals roaming empty streets and looking in. Except it’s not quite true. It also denies fundamental truths.

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Turkey season arrives with high hopes for hunters

4/29/2020

The annual Youth Turkey Hunt was held this past weekend. I had anticipated the kids having some success because of the number of turkeys I had been seeing (before the lockdown) and the reports I was getting from hunters and landowners. I have not had a lot of feedback yet on the success of the kids’ weekend, but there were birds taken.

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Deer season 2020: CWD, flooding prompts proposed new rules for parts of Mississippi

4/29/2020

Battling with chronic wasting disease and flooding, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks has proposed changes during its April commission meeting in rules for the 2020-21 deer season. Flooding in the South Delta has been a problem of historic proportions. In 2019, the area was flooded much of the year and animals were seen starving and dying. Among deer, numbers are said to be down and to make the situation worse, fawn recruitment was low.

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Hunting and fishing provide food security in the time of COVID-19

4/29/2020

LIKE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS, Paul Kemper lost his job in early April. Unlike many of his fellow citizens, though, he was not overly worried about food, even as canned goods raced from the shelves and flour became as precious as white gold. Kemper, 26, of Bozeman, Montana, is a hunter, and the “four deer and half an elk” that pack his meat freezer provide peace of mind after his sudden loss of income.

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Hog Hunting In The Time Of Coronavirus

4/27/2020

Preparing for a hog hunt is like preparing for the end of the world. You need a reliable rifle and ammunition, of course, but you also need a bunch of other stuff—a sidearm, maps, binoculars, compass, flashlight, knife, raingear, boots, food and water, two-way radios. Once you’re all geared up, you can’t help but think that if the end came, you’d be ready.

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Big-game hunting season has not been canceled at this time

4/27/2020

There are no plans to close fall hunting seasons or restrict opportunities at this time. Some properties managed by other government agencies are closed to hunting this spring. Big game seasons are still several months away, and we are hopeful that most or all restrictions related to COVID-19 will be lifted by then.

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Hog Hunting In The Time Of Coronavirus

4/27/2020

Preparing for a hog hunt is like preparing for the end of the world. You need a reliable rifle and ammunition, of course, but you also need a bunch of other stuff—a sidearm, maps, binoculars, compass, flashlight, knife, raingear, boots, food and water, two-way radios. Once you’re all geared up, you can’t help but think that if the end came, you’d be ready.

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Monday is youth hunting day for turkey season

4/27/2020

Monday is youth hunting day for turkey season. This year's turkey season opened early, giving youth hunters an extra day to hunt. The regular season for all turkey hunters will now start on Saturday.

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Vermont to issue 55 moose permits for Northeast Kingdom hunt

4/24/2020

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is going to be issuing 55 moose hunting permits for the October season. The department announced Thursday all the permits will be for hunting in an area of the Northeast Kingdom that borders New Hampshire and Quebec. Moose biologist Nick Fortin says the moose density in the area is more than one animal per square mile, a density that supports a higher number of winter ticks. A lottery will be held to see who receives the permits. Five permits will be available to Vermont military veterans, three permits will be available for hunters with a life-threatening illness and three will be auctioned off.

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Grouse Hollow Journal: Mother Nature's beauty makes for turkey hunting memories

4/24/2020

I opened one eye and could make out a blurry red 4:55 on the dresser. Good — not good. My plan was to roll out of my warm bed at 5 a.m. and go out into the cold — and I do mean cold, like 19 degrees, to go hunting a turkey. I started to dress and kept looking at that pile of clothes thinking how cold it was going to be and how tired I still was.

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Changes to Maine’s spring turkey hunting season

4/24/2020

To encourage Mainers to enjoy their outdoor resources and to support a happy, healthy Maine Governor Mills and Commissioner Camuso are enacting the following changes to Maine’s spring turkey hunting season. Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) youth days will be Saturday, April 25 and Monday, April 27. On these days, junior hunters who hold a valid junior hunting license may hunt wild turkeys. Participants may take up to two bearded wild turkeys with a shotgun, bow and arrow, or crossbow, but cannot exceed an individual WMD bag limit.

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Hunting Nutria in the Louisiana Bayou

4/23/2020

I can’t help but be transported back in time the instant Ryan Lambert hands me a .22 rifle and points his 28-foot mothership hunting barge into the bayous off the Mississippi River. Lambert and I have been close buddies for years, chasing redfish, ducks, and even swordfish together from his lodge out of Buras, Louisiana. But now we’re loaded to the teeth on a cold day in February to hunt…swamp rats. I’m having flashbacks to my childhood.

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Join the Hunt: Get Real About Gear

4/23/2020

Henry Ford’s utilitarian Model T pulled Americans into the automotive age. In 1926 it sold, new, for $360. Four years later 24-year-old Bill Weaver introduced hunters to riflescopes, with his $19 Model 330. In 1934 revolver ace Ed McGivern sent five shots from a $30 S&W through a playing card in a half-second thunderclap. The next year, Ben Comfort shot a 1,000-yard score of 100-14V at Wimbledon with a .300 built on a Remington 30-S rifle listing at under $75.

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Edible Mountain - Hunting With Raptors

4/23/2020

Falconry is the oldest form of hunting still in use today. Learn how's it being practiced today in West Virginia from Master Falconer Mick Brown! Harris's hawks like Purdy look amazing, but don't be fooled. These raptors are not pets, and hunting with them is strictly regulated. It takes daily dedication and several years of training to hunt with these amazing creatures.

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Top 5 wild turkey hunting tips as gobbler season approaches

4/23/2020

For home-bound hunters who have contracted cabin fever, Pennsylvania’s spring gobbler season is what the doctor ordered and what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended. With no season changes expected, the May 2-30 hunt will provide exercise, outdoor recreation and for successful hunters, eat-at-home food.

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HLRBO Makes It Easier Than Ever To Enjoy The Great Outdoors

4/23/2020

With the latest updates to HLRBO.com, HLRBO has made it easier than ever for landowners to connect with the perfect hunters for their property. New tools for landowners from custom lease templates for states, to real time pricing information, and how many hunters are looking in a particular state and county. HLRBO provides landowners with the best tools to lease their property.

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Big changes coming to Pennsylvania 2020-21 hunting season

4/22/2020

The 2020-21 hunting season in Pennsylvania will have lots of new wrinkles to it. At its recent meeting, the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s board of directors voted on a series of new measures that expand opportunities to hunt in the next hunting year.

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Hunting applications, fishing licenses in Colorado surge amid pandemic

4/22/2020

The coronavirus pandemic has reinforced Coloradans' love for the outdoors, with parks and open spaces bustling along with backcountry skiing launch points. Apparently, hunters and anglers are ready to get out too. According to data provided to The Gazette, Colorado Parks and Wildlife received 624,104 applications for its annual big game draw. That's up from last year's 609,366.

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State Hunting Licenses, Big Game Drawing Applications Now Available

4/22/2020

California hunters can now purchase hunting licenses for the 2020-21 season, as well as apply for the Big Game Drawing online. Californians have many options to harvest wild protein, and at this time, the current COVID-19 pandemic is not expected to lead to the closure or delay of any hunting seasons.

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Harvest reporting crucial for eastern turkey hunting in Texas

4/22/2020

Rios rule the roost when it comes to Texas turkey hunting. The Rio Grande species is by far the most popular for the state’s hunters.

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Hunters will not need to tag turkeys during Maine spring hunt this year

4/22/2020

Maine’s spring wild turkey season will open early and the required tagging of the big-game bird by hunters will be suspended this hunting season in response to the coronavirus outbreak, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife announced Tuesday.

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Meet the Duck Hunting Queen of Plaquemines Parish

4/22/2020

The Smithsonian Channel partnered up with Sitka gear to produce this awesome video on Albertine Kimble, a duck hunter and conservationist from the Plaquimines Parish in Louisiana. The short film follows Kimble through the marsh and highlights one of the major conservation issues facing our country right now—the degradation of delta wetland habitat at the mouth of the Mississippi River.

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PA Game Commission to consider new hunting policies aimed at limiting the spread of chronic wasting disease

4/14/2020

CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA, (WTAJ)–Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) continues to be a concern for both the Pennsylvania Game Commission and deer/elk hunters. Recently, the PA Game Commission announced some potential plans for new hunting policies that look to slow the spread of the disease. WTAJ looked into different options the PA Game Commission is considering, and how Central PA hunters feel about these drafted policies. The story is below.

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Washington coronavirus: Can you still go fishing and hunting?

4/14/2020

TRI-CITIES, WA - In accordance with Governor Inslee's extension of the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, all state lands will continue to be closed to the public through May 4. Crews with the Washington State Department of Natural Resource (DNR) protects and manages six million acres of land. DNR not only opens their land for timber and agriculture, but they also open it up to recreation, which includes fishing and hunting.

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Turkey hunters reminded to follow new rules

4/14/2020

The extension of cabin fever brought on by the coronavirus blues has hunters across Pennsylvania looking forward to the start of spring turkey season. Hunting turkeys in Penn’s Woods will be different this year because of COVID-19, particularly during the youth spring turkey hunt on April 25. But Gov. Tom Wolf’s travel restrictions allow for turkey hunting as outdoor recreation.

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Hunting, fishing enthusiasts don't like ban on Illinois public lands

4/14/2020

PEORIA — Joe Genzel and Kelly Presley consider hunting and fishing a solitary pursuit, relatively speaking. Sounds like a perfect hobby in the coronavirus era. Just not on state-owned property. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has closed to the public state parks, fish and wildlife areas, recreational areas and historic sites, in response to the COVID-19 threat.

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DEC offers complete online hunter safety course for limited time only

4/14/2020

The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced it is offering a complete online hunting safety education course for a limited time only. First-time hunters who want to hunt in New York must first earn a hunter education certificate prior to purchasing their first hunting license. The certificate is then good for all future purchases of hunting licenses.

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Advisory council questions effectiveness of grizzly bear hunt in Yellowstone states

4/10/2020

When it comes to grizzly bears in Montana, hunting is more of a sociological and political tool rather than a biological one. That was the takeaway of some Northwest bear experts who appeared before the Grizzly Bear Advisory Council this week as the council took on the issue of hunting.

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Dates finalized for Sunday hunting

4/10/2020

PENNSYLVANIA, USA — The game commission picked November 15 for archery deer season, November 22 for bear hunting, and November 29 for rifle deer season. The decision was finalized on Tuesday. Governor Wolf signed the Sunday hunting bill last year.

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Pa. Game Commission boosts doe hunting licenses for 2020-21 seasons

4/10/2020

The number of antlerless deer licenses to be sold for the 2020-21 hunting seasons were increased to 932,000 by the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners in an online virtual meeting Tuesday.

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Hunting and trapping seasons set for 2020-21

4/9/2020

Hunters and trappers in Pennsylvania face wide-ranging changes in hunting and trapping seasons and bag limits in the upcoming 2020-21 license year, as a result of voting Tuesday by the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners.

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The best hunting blind

4/9/2020

Although you have a few options for creating a camouflaged area for hunting deer, the majority of hunters will want to use a blind. A typical blind is an enclosed area, almost like a big tent with window openings, so the hunters can see the area around the blind and fire their weapons from inside. The exterior of the blind consists of camouflage material in an effort to hide it from the view of skittish deer.

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MDC announces Missouri’s first elk-hunting season coming this fall

4/9/2020

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces it will offer Missourians the state’s first elk-hunting season in modern history starting this fall. At its April 8 meeting, the Missouri Conservation Commission approved the issuance of five permits for hunting bull elk for the 2020 season.

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Trump administration announces plan to open more wildlife refuge land to hunting, fishing

4/9/2020

The Trump administration plans to open 2.3 million acres of land for hunting and fishing at more than 100 national wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries under a proposal unveiled Wednesday that is aimed at giving Americans more recreational access on public lands. The plan earned applause from several hunting and fishing groups, but criticism from one conservation organization that called it “tone deaf” to focus on this during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Idaho Fish and Game Commission Temporarily Suspends Nonresident Hunting and Fishing

4/7/2020

Per a press release from Idaho Fish and Game, some nonresident licenses, permits and tag sales are temporarily suspended by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission (IFGC). At an IFGC meeting on April 4, the IFGC temporarily suspended the sale of several types of nonresident fishing and hunting licenses, tags and permits. This suspension was implemented immediately and will only be repealed per Idaho public-health orders. The regulation was instituted as a supportive measure to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare order to self-quarantine, in response to COVID-19.

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MDC reports young hunters bagged 2,712 turkeys over youth weekend

4/7/2020

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that young turkey hunters in Missouri harvested 2,712 birds over the past youth weekend, April 4 and 5. Top harvest counties were Miller with 74 birds checked, Franklin with 62, and Callaway and Sainte Genevieve with 60 each.

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Washington hunting put on hold State fish and wildlife director delays turkey and bear seasons

4/7/2020

Washington’s spring turkey and bear hunting seasons won’t open next week, and anglers in the state will remain idled as the fight to contain COVID-19 through social distancing and stay-home orders continues. Kelly Susewind, director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife chose, to delay the hunting seasons and keep in place fishing bans until May 4 or “as new information becomes available from public health officials.” The move was made, in part, at the request of officials from rural counties who feared hunters and anglers from metropolitan areas may carry the disease that has sickened more than 1 million people around the globe.

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2019 deer hunting success in North Dakota below threshold for 'good' season

4/7/2020

Deer hunter success in North Dakota last fall fell below the state’s threshold for a “good” season for the 11th consecutive year, though state wildlife officials say it’s a result of changes in the hunting landscape and they’re not concerned. Nearly 58,000 deer hunters killed about 37,250 deer during last fall’s gun season in North Dakota, according to a survey conducted by the state Game and Fish Department.

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Ozark Riverways closes land to feral swine hunting

4/6/2020

Van Buren, MO – Ozark National Scenic Riverways (ONSR) announces the decision to close all fee-owned land within ONSR to feral swine hunting, based on current scientific studies and in support of other state and local land managers, as well as feedback received during a 30-day public comment period.

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HUNTING AND FISHING STILL ALLOWED DURING THE STAY AT HOME ORDER

4/6/2020

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – Turkey season began Saturday and the TWRA is reminding people that hunting and fishing is allowed during the stay at home order. Boating inspector Matt Majors says that it is important to remember social distancing guidelines.

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NSSF: Hunting is the Perfect Social Distance Activity

4/6/2020

Hunting is a perfect opportunity to be outside, alone or in small groups, enjoying nature and perhaps being able to bring home local game meat for yourself or to donate to others.

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Delaware turkey hunting season will open this month with self-serve turkey harvest registration at check stations

4/4/2020

DOVER, Del. – Delaware’s statewide one-day turkey hunt for youth ages 10-15 and for non-ambulatory disabled hunters requiring a wheelchair for mobility will be held Saturday, April 4, followed by the four-week-long spring turkey hunting season from Saturday, April 11 through Saturday, May 9. Hunting hours are a half-hour before sunrise until 1 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with no Sunday hunting. Youth hunters on the one-day turkey hunt must be accompanied by an adult 21 years of age or older who has completed a Delaware-approved turkey hunter safety course and who has a Delaware hunting license or is license-exempt. The accompanying adult may not hunt on the special one-day turkey youth hunt.

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Turkey hunting begins tomorrow, despite statewide stay-at-home order

4/4/2020

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Universities across Kansas have moved their classes, faculty, and staff online, causing them to lose millions of dollars in financial revenue. It seems one of the largest financial impacts comes from refunding students who previously lived on campus for the beginning of the school year. “Like all of the universities in Kansas, I think we’ve taken somewhat of a financial hit with students who have left our residents halls to be home and in safer situation,” said Scott Cason, Chief Communications Officer for Fort Hays State University.

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Spring turkey hunting season begins Saturday

4/4/2020

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Tennessee's 2020 statewide spring turkey hunting season will be held as scheduled and the state's lakes and rivers and access areas controlled by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will remain open, the agency announced on Friday. The spring turkey season begins on Saturday and runs through May 17.

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Shooting down coronavirus rumors: Hunting, fishing still allowed, almost all state parks open

4/4/2020

We’re a few weeks into the coronavirus pandemic, and people are getting a bit stir crazy. April Fool’s Day was this week, so maybe that’s why so many people have been acting a fool. The amount of misinformation I’m seeing on Facebook about hunting and fishing is a bit staggering, and I’ve done my best to correct these rumors whenever I see them. But honestly, there’s only so much Facebook I can take.

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Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources announces new spring hunting guidelines

4/4/2020

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources announced new guidelines for the spring hunting season on Friday afternoon. This specifically applies to non-Kentucky hunters during the 2020 spring turkey season. Non-Kentucky hunters who have already purchased 2020 spring turkey permits must comply with Governor Beshear's order to self-quarantine immediately for 14 days after arriving in Kentucky.

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Lee Metcalf, Swan River refuges propose more hunting, including black bear

4/4/2020

Two national wildlife refuges near Missoula may allow people to hunt more wildlife, including black bear. On Thursday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published potential changes to hunting and fishing opportunities offered on the Lee Metcalf and Swan River national wildlife refuges. The public has until April 30 to comment on the draft changes. If finalized, any changes would likely go into effect before the fall hunting season.

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

1/26/2020

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.”

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

12/22/2019

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.

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Rockville OKs managed hunt to control deer population

12/20/2019

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.

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

12/15/2019

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.

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

12/14/2019

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.

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Plan to manage bear population in Florida could still include hunting

12/12/2019

TALLAHASSEE - Florida wildlife officials Wednesday backed a 10-year plan to manage the state’s growing black bear population, with the plan maintaining hunting as an option. After nearly three hours of comments from activists, most opposed to hunting bears, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission agreed to advance a 209-page staff draft report that primarily stresses using education and non-lethal techniques of managing the animals.

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The art and mystery of ducks and geese

12/11/2019

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.

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

12/11/2019

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.

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

12/10/2019

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.

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That 'one' good Michigan hunting story

12/10/2019

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.

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Deer hunters sue Delaware over ban on semi-automatic rifles

12/10/2019

Delaware’s annual hunting guide contained a surprise this year for deer hunters. The rules limited hunters to single shot rifles, contrary to a 2018 law that does not have such restrictions. In response, two hunting groups and two of their members are suing the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) over the regulation. The lawsuit contends that the rules banning semi-automatic rifles go beyond the law’s restrictions.

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12/9/2019

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.

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Triple Trophy: deer hunting’s trifecta

12/8/2019

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.

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Today's Sportsman: Deer hunting? Expect the unexpected

12/8/2019

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.

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

12/8/2019

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

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Hunting: Feeling are mixed as deer season draws to close

12/8/2019

Hunting: Feeling are mixed as deer season draws to close. Pride, remorse, emptiness and regret are among the emotions as the season ends. It has been your goal, your motivation, the thing that drives you from the warmth and comfort of home day after day through the month of November and into December. Then one day the opportunity presents itself and you make a successful shot. It’s the logical conclusion to all your efforts. It’s validation, a symbol of accomplishment. But it comes with a dear price, for killing a deer is always bittersweet.

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

12/7/2019

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.

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10 Affordable DIY Hunting Road Trips for 2020

12/7/2019

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.

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

12/6/2019

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

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Late harvest, wet conditions set up challenging pheasant opener

10/18/2019

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.

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A call to duck hunting

10/18/2019

Nothing says fall like gray clouds and skeletal trees reflected at dawn in the glassy surface of a remote marsh. Nothing says anticipation like concealed hunters watching a flock of wary ducks slowly descend in tightening circles, grudgingly responding to the blandishments of skilled callers. Nothing says relief like a whispered “take ’em” when the ducks’ final glide path carries them over the decoys.

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Idaho offers private land hunting access

10/18/2019

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.

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

10/18/2019

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.

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

9/28/2019

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.

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

9/28/2019

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.

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Delaware Hunting Photo Contest entries due Jan. 31

9/28/2019

DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife is seeking entries for its annual Delaware Hunting Photo Contest. The contest aims to promote hunting by encouraging hunters to Get Out and Hunt Delaware, and to capture and share photographs of their hunting experiences with that theme. Entries will be accepted through Friday, Jan. 31. The winning photograph will be featured on the cover of the 2020-21 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide, with the top five photographs presented inside the guide.

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Michigan lawmakers push for moose hunting on Isle Royale National Park

9/28/2019

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.

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

9/8/2019

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.”

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

9/8/2019

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.

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North Dakota sharptail hunting prospects look favorable

9/8/2019

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.

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New rules expand hunting on most national wildlife refuges in Arizona

9/8/2019

Hunting groups are applauding new federal rules creating longer seasons, extended hours and expanded methods for hunting and taking different types of game on national wildlife refuges, including those in Arizona. The changes, announced last week by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, affect 1.4 million acres of federal land, more than 800,000 of which are in Arizona where seven of nine national wildlife refuges would be included in the changes.

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Most hunting accidents involve falls from tree stands

9/8/2019

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.

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

9/8/2019

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.

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Double-checking hunting season rules and regulations

9/8/2019

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.

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HLRBO Updated To Allow Listing Videos And A Property Lease Waitlist

9/6/2019

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.

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Canada goose hunting season opens in New York state

9/1/2019

Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos says the September goose hunting season is designed to help reduce the resident Canada goose population, which has expanded to nuisance levels in some areas. New York's population of non-migrating Canada geese has grown from 80,000 in 1995 to more than 340,000 today. Hunting seasons have been liberalized in efforts to curb population growth.

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Texas hunting and fishing licenses go digital

9/1/2019

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.

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Locals open dove hunting season in style at Pyrenees Cafe

9/1/2019

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.

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New Hampshire's fall hunting seasons kicked off Sunday

9/1/2019

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.

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

8/16/2019

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.

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Texas hunters, anglers in for big rule changes

8/16/2019

Texas hunting and fishing licenses for 2019-20 went on sale Thursday, two weeks ahead of the Sept. 1 start of the new license year.

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

8/16/2019

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.

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City considers in-town bow hunting, eliminating runoff elections

8/8/2019

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.

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

8/8/2019

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.

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9 Key Questions to Ask Before Signing a Hunting Lease

8/6/2019

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.

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Idaho Fish and Game seeking public comment on proposed sage-grouse hunting season

8/6/2019

BOISE, Ida. — Idaho Fish and Game officials are asking hunters and other interested parties to review and comment on a proposed sage-grouse hunting season for 2019. The deadline to comment is Monday, August 19th.

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

8/6/2019

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

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Supporters vow to revive coyote-hunting contest ban proposal

8/6/2019

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

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

8/6/2018

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.

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

8/2/2019

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

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Game and Fish set hunting regulations and pronghorn, early goose dates

8/2/2019

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has set regulations for small game, waterfowl and furbearers and has released the dates for pronghorn and early Canada goose hunting.

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High harvest expected in this year’s deer hunting season

8/2/2019

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.

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Mauna Kea Hunting Access Restored

8/2/2019

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.

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Massachusetts Public Hunting Land Now Available On HLRBO

7/31/2019

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.

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Want to See Wildlife? Think Like a Hunter

7/31/2019

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.

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CPW contest encourages hunters to mentor a friend

7/31/2019

Hunters who take a friend along with them and help them learn the ins and outs of the sport can now win some prizes. To encourage hunters to take a friend with them into the field, Colorado Parks and Wildlife created a contest for mentors who pass on their knowledge. “There’s a lot to learn and a lot of regulations as far as going hunting,” Travis Duncan, CPW public information officer, said. “Having a friend who’s into it and knows the niche really helps break down the barriers to get involved.”

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Early Canada Goose Season Set

7/31/2019

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.

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

7/31/2019

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.

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

7/30/2019

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.

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Nearly 45K anterless hunting licenses still available in York County

7/30/2019

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.

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Bow hunting inside city limits considered

7/30/2019

Come September, bow hunting could be permitted within the Rapid City limits. The Legal and Finance Committee on Wednesday will hear a measure that amends a local ordinance to allow bow and arrow use for special permit holders. Permits would be issued through a proposed urban deer hunting program that the city is developing with the state Game, Fish and Parks Department.

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HLRBO Adds North Dakota and New Mexico Public Land

7/25/2019

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.

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Elk hunting to return to Missouri on limited basis

7/25/2019

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.

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

7/25/2019

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.

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Applications for refuge hunt permits now open

7/22/2019

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.

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Hunting permits for big game going on sale Aug. 5

7/22/2019

Permits for big game hunting will go on sale at any Nebraska Game and Parks Commission office or online beginning at 1 p.m. Central on Aug. 5. Residents, nonresidents and eligible landowners may purchase remaining 2019 deer and antelope permits. Residents and eligible landowners may purchase remaining elk permits. These permits will be available through the end of big game seasons. Go online at OutdoorNebraska.org, then click on Buy a Permit, then on Remaining Permits to see a list of available permits.

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Sandhill crane hunting returns to Alabama

7/20/2019

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.

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Bow hunting season announced for Nags Head Woods Preserve

7/20/2019

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.

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

7/20/2019

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.

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

7/13/2019

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.

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Special needs kids practice bow hunting at 'Badges and Bullseyes'

7/13/2019

Some kids with special needs from the Merrill area got the chance to experience bow hunting Friday, thanks to a local partnership. The Merrill Police Department and the Parks and Recreation Department worked with Little Lakes Memories to put on 'Badges and Bullseyes.' The event gives kids with special needs the opportunity to head out to the woods and do some target practice. About 14 kids were able to get out in some 'blinds that were set up and a target deer moved around so kids could practice shooting.

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Deer Hunting Forecast 2019

7/13/2019

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.

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

7/10/2019

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.

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

7/10/2019

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.

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ODFW proposing changes to 2020 hunting seasons

7/10/2019

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.

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Western hunting outfitters think China is the future of the market

7/10/2019

Soon after immigrating to Canada in 2002, Chinese entrepreneur Jerry Li hunted for the first time, shooting a black bear in British Columbia. Just three years later, he and his twin brother founded ShooterKing, a high-end hunting clothing brand. And last month, he organized China’s first ever hunting show.

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Lead Ammunition is Now Banned for Hunting Wildlife in California

7/1/2019

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.

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

7/1/2019

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.

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

7/1/2019

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.

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

6/29/2019

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.

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Pa. Sunday hunting bill passes Senate and moves to House, three Sundays specified

6/29/2019

The hotly debated Sunday hunting bill (SB 147) in Pennsylvania has officially passed the state Senate by a vote of 36-14 and will now move to the House of Representatives. The bill would empower the Game Commission to regulate hunting on three Sundays out of the year.

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MDC announces initial plan for Missouri elk hunting

6/29/2019

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.

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

6/23/2019

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.

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Sunday hunting could come to Pennsylvania as early as this fall

6/23/2019

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.

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OUR TOP 10 HUNTING LODGES IN THE AMERICAN BACKCOUNTRY

6/22/2019

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.

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Arizona Game And Fish Votes To Ban Certain Types Of Hunting Contests

6/22/2019

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission on Friday voted to ban hunting contests that charge hunters fees and then award prizes for killing the most of certain types of predatory and fur-bearing animals. Commissioner Kurt Davis, who is an avid hunter, said his vote in favor of the contest ban supports the North American Wildlife Conservation Model created in the mid-1800s, which anglers and hunters advocated to conserve species.

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Commission approves mountain lion hunting season for 2020

6/22/2019

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.

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Catahoula Lake appeal heads to Supreme Court

6/21/2019

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.

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Gary Finch Outdoors: Alabama alligator hunt

6/21/2019

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.

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Fish and Wildlife Board declines petition to limit coyote hunting

6/21/2019

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.

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Sunday hunting bill reaches new ground but with changes

6/20/2019

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) - Senate Bill 147 is out of committee and getting more traction than any other legislation to expand Sunday hunting in Pennsylvania's history. Supporters of Sunday hunting say the latest proposal is bittersweet. They asked for 14 Sundays, but changes to the legislation propose three Sundays. "We're pleased that the opportunity is being presented to hunters," said Kevin Askew, the executive director for Hunters United for Sunday Hunting. "We're disappointed that it's only three days."

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

6/20/2019

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.

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Hunting Elephants Will Help Them Survive

6/20/2019

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.

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Sharing the tradition of hunting

6/19/2019

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.

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Public invited to comment on big game hunting season structure recommendations

6/19/2019

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).

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WV hunters bagged some big bucks in 2018

6/19/2019

West Virginia’s deer hunters didn’t break any records in 2018, but they certainly managed to kill their share of trophy bucks. Eighty-five bucks qualified for inclusion in the West Virginia Big Buck Certification Program, run by the state Division of Natural Resources. The program recognizes firearm kills whose antlers measure at least 140 inches and archery kills whose antlers measure at least 125.

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BIG GAME HUNTING LICENSE DRAW RESULTS TO BE ANNOUNCED JUNE 20

6/18/2019

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.”

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

6/18/2019

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.

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2018 Elk Hunt Draws 23K Applicants Hoping For Hunting Permits

6/18/2019

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.

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The 9 Best New Compound Hunting Bows, Tested and Ranked

6/18/2019

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.

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Waiting for hunting seasons

6/18/2019

From the end of the spring turkey and snow goose seasons until the mid-August early Canada goose opener, North Dakotans find themselves in a stretch of about three months with no gamebird season open.

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

6/18/2019

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.

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Deer hunting in Little Rock? It’s being studied

6/17/2019

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.

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Never take for granted Maryland's hunting opportunities

6/17/2019

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.

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California hunters face nation’s first lead ammo ban

6/17/2019

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.

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Congratulations to HLRBO April Contest Winner!

6/15/2019

Congratulations to HLRBO April contest winner Bryan Carleton and thank you for sending in a photo. We are glad to see you are enjoying the DJI Mavic Pro drone! Thanks again to everyone who entered the contest and we encourage you to please check out the latest contest from HLRBO here https://www.hlrbo.com/contest. We are giving away a Browning Strike Force Gen 5 Trail Camera.

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15 Best Duck and Goose Guns Ever

6/15/2019

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.

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Application period opens for Arkansas alligator hunting permits

6/15/2019

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.

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

6/15/2019

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.

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Sunday hunting in Pa.: Both sides are digging in

6/14/2019

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.

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Pennsylvania: Contact Your Senators in Support of Pro-Hunting Legislation

6/14/2019

Senate Bill 147, sponsored by Senator Dan Laughlin, would expand hunting opportunities for Pennsylvania hunters. This legislation would allow hunters more time to take part in one of America’s oldest traditions. Further, hunters pump millions of dollars into habitat restoration and conservation through Pittman-Robertson funds, and deserve to be able to use them to their fullest extent.

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Outdoors writers toast O’Connor

6/14/2019

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.

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The Best Arrows for Deer Hunting

6/13/2019

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.

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

6/13/2019

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.

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Special urban archery hunts to open deer season

6/13/2019

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.

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Oklahoma black bear hunting area expands from 4 counties to 13; no quota for archery season

6/12/2019

When the hunting season for black bears opens Oct. 1 in Oklahoma, the area available to hunters will have more than doubled in size, and the bag limit will remain the same.

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

6/12/2019

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.

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Hunting Axis Deer on Lanai Island

6/11/2019

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

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

6/19/2019

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:

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The 18 Best New Hunting and Precision Rifles, Tested

6/11/2019

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

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Six notable changes in the 2019-2020 Pa. Hunting and Trapping Digest

6/11/2019

Hunting licenses officially go on sale on June 17, while antlerless applications are being accepted July 8 for Pennsylvania residents and July 15 for nonresidents. The release of those dates means the 2019-2020 hunting season is upon us. And with the start of the hunting season comes the release of the new Pennsylvania Hunting and Trapping Digest.

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Black-Tailed Deer Season to Open on Kaua‘i

6/9/2019

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.

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East Hampton May Ban Hunting for One Day a Week

6/9/2019

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.

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

6/9/2019

“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.

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Waterfowl seasons announced; camp space still available

6/8/2019

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.

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Robertson: Why hunters quit

6/8/2019

My turkey hunting partner, Scott Neely, and I were talking the other day. We hadn’t seen a single hunter in close to two weeks. The only tire tracks on the roads were made by oil workers or loggers. No one was hunting.

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

6/8/2019

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.

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Oregon Approves New Hunting Measure of Endangered Wolves

6/8/2019

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.

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

6/7/2019

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.

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

6/7/2019

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.

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Georgia Waterfowl Hunting Dates Approved For 2019-2020 Season

6/6/2019

The Board of Natural Resources has set the dates for the 2019-2020 migratory bird season and made some changes to the regulations. Duck hunting season will now end on January 31st each year, instead of the last Sunday in January like previous years. There are also changes to bag limits for Mallards and Pintail. Greg Balkcom, state waterfowl biologist for the Wildlife Resource Division says, “the daily bag limit for Mallards dropped to two this year, with no more than one hen, and the Pintail bag limit dropped to one. These bag limit changes are responsive to population levels for these species”.

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Wyoming reels in wolf hunting quotas

6/6/2019

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.

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What Deer Hunters Should Know About the 2019 QDMA Report

6/6/2019

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.

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

6/6/2019

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.

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

6/6/2019

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.

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Rarest of the Rare ‘Pitch Black’ Deer Spotted in Northern Michigan

6/5/2019

A man in Northern Michigan spotted the rarest of the rare deers on his property on May 29—a ‘pitch black’ deer caused by an extremely uncommon genetic mutation. “I see a lot of critters up here but I have never seen nor even heard of one of these. I was taking my trailer back to my pole barn property yesterday and so drove past the driveway in order to back in,” John Roach wrote on Facebook.

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Kentucky extends crossbow deer hunting season

6/5/2019

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.

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

6/5/2019

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.

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Football Players Face Off in an Epic Outdoor Challenge

6/4/2019

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.

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

6/4/2019

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.

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Stop hunting grizzlies? They won’t stop hunting us!

6/4/2019

Gather round children, your humble outdoor scribe is once again trying to fulfill his duties by keeping you up to date in the outdoor world. Like me, you would probably rather hear about my latest failure at turkey hunting, or maybe some new shotgun I could tell you about.

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

6/2/2019

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.

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

6/2/2019

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.

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Hunters: The time to get your deer permit is now

6/2/2019

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.

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Experts to weigh in on wolf hunting in Bemidji

6/2/2019

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.

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Good day for toms as Maine turkey hunt ends for spring

6/2/2019

AUGUSTA, MAINE — Maine's season for hunting wild turkeys in the spring has ended for the year. The Pine Tree State allows hunters to pursue the birds in spring and fall to help control their population. Wild turkeys were once rare in Maine, but the population rebounded after years of conservation efforts.

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Bear hunters hoping for expanded seasons come up empty for now

6/2/2019

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.

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

6/1/2019

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.

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Barclay: Downstate hunting ban billI infringes on Upstate

6/1/2019

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.

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

6/1/2019

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.

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Editorial: Noem's pheasant hunting initiative needs better aim

5/31/2019

In a general sense, it’s encouraging to see Gov. Kristi Noem aggressively address the issue of South Dakota’s pheasant population as it pertains to hunting and the state’s economy. Bagging birds is big business, as evidenced by the more than $130 million spent annually by out-of-state sportsmen, helping to make tourism one of the state’s most vital industries.

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Continue the deer hunt? Public hearing is June 5

5/31/2019

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?

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Time to apply for WMA deer hunts

5/31/2019

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.

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

5/31/2019

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.

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

5/31/2019

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.

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5/31/2019

FERNANDINA BEACH, FL. — -(AmmoLand.com)- Spending in the overall hunting and shooting sports market grew 11% in 2018, according to a new market size report now available from Southwick Associates. Despite well-publicized decreases in the firearm and ammunition categories, 2018 sales for accessories and support equipment grew, driving the overall market to a total of $21.3 billion in retail sales.

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Learn the 10 Habits of Highly Successful Deer Hunters

5/30/2019

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

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

5/30/2019

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.

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Missouri hunting permits could see a price increase

5/30/2019

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.

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

5/19/2019

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.

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Maine to issue more moose hunt permits for 2nd straight year

5/29/2019

SCARBOROUGH, Maine — The state with the largest moose population in the 48 contiguous United States is set to issue more hunting permits for the giant animals this year. A spokesman for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife says an advisory council has signed off on a permit increase of more than 10 percent. That will raise the total permits to 2,820.

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

5/29/2019

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.

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GET READY: Quota hunt applications accepted beginning June 1

5/29/2019

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.

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Hunting For Hipsters: Preserving Conservation In Kentucky

5/28/2019

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.

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Putting a wrap on WV's spring turkey hunting

5/28/2019

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.

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Should polar bear hunting be legal? It’s complicated.

5/28/2019

Countries around the world agree that polar bears are in trouble: They’re considered threatened in the United States, of special concern in Canada, and vulnerable internationally. Yet in much of their icy habitat, it’s perfectly legal to pick up a gun and shoot one.

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Will Sunday deer hunting come to Pennsylvania?

5/27/2019

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.

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Waterfowl hunters have much to learn before going into the field

5/26/2019

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.

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

5/26/2019

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.

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

5/27/2019

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.

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TWRA announces chronic wasting disease unit in West TN; hunting seasons extended

5/26/2019

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has announced the creation of a new chronic wasting disease deer hunting unit in response to the disease being found last year in three West Tennessee counties.

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Turkey season is not a sprint

5/26/2019

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.

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

5/26/2019

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.

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Entering the gilded age of turkey hunting seems unnecessary

5/25/2019

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

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

5/25/2019

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.

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Fight over wolf hunting in Minnesota is heating up again

5/25/2019

The last time the federal government removed endangered species protections for wolves in Minnesota, the state held recreational hunts aimed in part at culling the population. The open seasons between 2012 and 2014 were controversial, yet backed by both Democratic and Republican leaders, including DFL Gov. Mark Dayton.

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

5/25/2019

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.

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Companion Retriever Hunting Challenge

5/24/2019

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.

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Antler hunters swarm wildlife area by horse, foot and car

5/24/2019

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.

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Further spread of chronic wasting disease alarms hunters, wildlife officials

5/24/2019

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.

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Iowa turkey hunters bag more than 11,000 birds

5/24/2019

Des Moines, IA. — Turkey hunters reported harvesting nearly 11,400 Iowa birds this spring through the mandatory registration system, which is about 300 birds fewer than were harvested in 2018. Iowa’s spring turkey seasons began April 5 with the youth season and ended on May 12. Hunters purchased 47,400 spring turkey tags.

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No changes to hunting seasons

5/23/2019

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.

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With nothing to lose, these turkey hunters managed a gain

5/23/2019

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.

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Tom Lounsbury: Women discover joy of turkey hunting

5/23/2019

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.

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Deer hunt to continue in Ann Arbor after city council vote

5/23/2019

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.

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Here Is How to Pick the Best 'Survival' Rifle (For Hunting or Self Defense)

5/23/2019

Proper planning is what separates true survivors from the rest. If a survival scenario were to arise, such as after a natural disaster or economic collapse, are you prepared to care for your family? Having the best survival rifle on hand can help you weather the storm. But how do you choose the right one for your situation?

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Hunters will soon get a look at new deer management plans

5/22/2019

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.

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Hunt for second turkey continues

5/22/2019

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.

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Senate rejected a bill that would allow for limited bear hunting

5/22/2019

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

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

5/22/2019

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.

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Hunters would be protected from cell phone harassment under House bill

5/21/2019

LANSING, MI -- Hunters and fishermen would be protected from harassment from people recording their activity under a bill pending in the Michigan House. House Bill 4340, sponsored by state Rep. John Reilly, R-Oakland Township, would amend the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act to make it illegal to record someone who is lawfully taking an animal or fish.

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

5/21/2019

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.

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Hunting fades away if the young don’t follow

5/21/2019

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.

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Sunday hunting proposal pits Pennsylvania farmers against outdoor enthusiasts

5/20/2019

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.

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21 Ways to Recruit New People into Hunting

5/20/2019

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.

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Deer hunting debate heads to June 5 hearing

5/20/2019

Deer hunting, which appears to have dramatically reduced car-deer road accidents in Ridgefield, will be up for debate by townspeople on June 5. The number of deer killed by hunters in Ridgefield was at 123 in 1996, peaked at 336 in 2009, and had fallen back down to 153 in 2018, according to state figures presented to the selectmen by the town deer committee.

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Shed hunting begins near Augusta

5/19/2019

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.

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

5/19/2019

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.

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

5/19/2019

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.

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New Wyoming Hunting Group Takes The Old Guard To Task

5/18/2019

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.

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Bait privilege license provides options for hog, deer hunting

5/18/2019

The Alabama legislature recently passed legislation that allows hunters on privately owned or leased land to purchase a bait privilege license that makes it legal to hunt feral pigs (year-round during daylight hours only) and white-tailed deer (during the deer-hunting season only) with the aid of bait.

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Mountain lion hunting season planned for 2020 in northwest Nebraska

5/18/2019

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.

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