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The art and mystery of ducks and geese

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

- 12/11/2019

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

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

- 12/11/2019

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

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

- 12/10/2019

That 'one' good Michigan hunting story

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

- 12/10/2019

Deer hunters sue Delaware over ban on semi-automatic rifles

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.  Continue Reading...

- 12/10/2019

Triple Trophy: deer hunting’s trifecta

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

- 12/8/2019

Today's Sportsman: Deer hunting? Expect the unexpected

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

- 12/8/2019

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

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

- 12/8/2019

Hunting: Feeling are mixed as deer season draws to close

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.  Continue Reading...

- 12/8/2019

10 Affordable DIY Hunting Road Trips for 2020

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

- 12/7/2019

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

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

- 12/6/2019

Late harvest, wet conditions set up challenging pheasant opener

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

- 10/18/2019

A call to duck hunting

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.  Continue Reading...

- 10/18/2019

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

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

- 10/18/2019

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

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

- 9/28/2019

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

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

- 9/28/2019

Delaware Hunting Photo Contest entries due Jan. 31

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.  Continue Reading...

- 9/28/2019

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

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

- 9/8/2019

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

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

- 9/8/2019

North Dakota sharptail hunting prospects look favorable

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

- 9/8/2019

New rules expand hunting on most national wildlife refuges in Arizona

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.  Continue Reading...

- 9/8/2019

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

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

- 9/8/2019

Double-checking hunting season rules and regulations

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

- 9/8/2019

HLRBO Updated To Allow Listing Videos And A Property Lease Waitlist

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

- 9/6/2019

Canada goose hunting season opens in New York state

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.  Continue Reading...

- 9/1/2019

Locals open dove hunting season in style at Pyrenees Cafe

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

- 9/1/2019

New Hampshire's fall hunting seasons kicked off Sunday

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

- 9/1/2019

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

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

- 8/16/2019

Texas hunters, anglers in for big rule changes

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.  Continue Reading...

- 8/16/2019

City considers in-town bow hunting, eliminating runoff elections

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

- 8/8/2019

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

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

- 8/8/2019

9 Key Questions to Ask Before Signing a Hunting Lease

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

- 8/6/2019

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

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.  Continue Reading...

- 8/6/2019

Supporters vow to revive coyote-hunting contest ban proposal

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

- 8/6/2019

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

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

- 8/6/2018

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

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

- 8/2/2019

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

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.  Continue Reading...

- 8/2/2019

Mauna Kea Hunting Access Restored

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

- 8/2/2019

Massachusetts Public Hunting Land Now Available On HLRBO

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

- 7/31/2019

Want to See Wildlife? Think Like a Hunter

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

- 7/31/2019

CPW contest encourages hunters to mentor a friend

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.”  Continue Reading...

- 7/31/2019

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

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

- 7/31/2019

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

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

- 7/30/2019

Nearly 45K anterless hunting licenses still available in York County

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

- 7/30/2019

Bow hunting inside city limits considered

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.  Continue Reading...

- 7/30/2019

Elk hunting to return to Missouri on limited basis

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

- 7/25/2019

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

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

- 7/25/2019

Applications for refuge hunt permits now open

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

- 7/22/2019

Hunting permits for big game going on sale Aug. 5

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.  Continue Reading...

- 7/22/2019

Bow hunting season announced for Nags Head Woods Preserve

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

- 7/20/2019

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

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

- 7/20/2019

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

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

- 7/13/2019

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

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.  Continue Reading...

- 7/13/2019

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

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

- 7/10/2019

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

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

- 7/10/2019

ODFW proposing changes to 2020 hunting seasons

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

- 7/10/2019

Western hunting outfitters think China is the future of the market

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.  Continue Reading...

- 7/10/2019

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

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

- 7/1/2019

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

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

- 7/1/2019

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

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

- 6/29/2019

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

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.  Continue Reading...

- 6/29/2019

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

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

- 6/23/2019

Sunday hunting could come to Pennsylvania as early as this fall

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

- 6/23/2019

OUR TOP 10 HUNTING LODGES IN THE AMERICAN BACKCOUNTRY

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

- 6/22/2019

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

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.  Continue Reading...

- 6/22/2019

Catahoula Lake appeal heads to Supreme Court

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

- 6/21/2019

Gary Finch Outdoors: Alabama alligator hunt

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

- 6/21/2019

Fish and Wildlife Board declines petition to limit coyote hunting

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

- 6/21/2019

Sunday hunting bill reaches new ground but with changes

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."  Continue Reading...

- 6/20/2019

Hunting Elephants Will Help Them Survive

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

- 6/20/2019

Sharing the tradition of hunting

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

- 6/19/2019

Public invited to comment on big game hunting season structure recommendations

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

- 6/19/2019

WV hunters bagged some big bucks in 2018

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.  Continue Reading...

- 6/19/2019

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

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

- 6/18/2019

2018 Elk Hunt Draws 23K Applicants Hoping For Hunting Permits

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

- 6/18/2019

The 9 Best New Compound Hunting Bows, Tested and Ranked

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

- 6/18/2019

Waiting for hunting seasons

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.  Continue Reading...

- 6/18/2019

Deer hunting in Little Rock? It’s being studied

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

- 6/17/2019

Never take for granted Maryland's hunting opportunities

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

- 6/17/2019

California hunters face nation’s first lead ammo ban

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

- 6/17/2019

Congratulations to HLRBO April Contest Winner!

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.  Continue Reading...

- 6/15/2019

Application period opens for Arkansas alligator hunting permits

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

- 6/15/2019

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

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

- 6/15/2019

Sunday hunting in Pa.: Both sides are digging in

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

- 6/14/2019

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

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.  Continue Reading...

- 6/14/2019

The Best Arrows for Deer Hunting

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

- 6/13/2019

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

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

- 6/13/2019

Special urban archery hunts to open deer season

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

- 6/13/2019

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

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.  Continue Reading...

- 6/12/2019

Hunting Axis Deer on Lanai Island

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

- 6/11/2019

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

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

- 6/19/2019

The 18 Best New Hunting and Precision Rifles, Tested

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

- 6/11/2019

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

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.  Continue Reading...

- 6/11/2019

East Hampton May Ban Hunting for One Day a Week

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

- 6/9/2019

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

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

- 6/9/2019

Waterfowl seasons announced; camp space still available

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

- 6/8/2019

Robertson: Why hunters quit

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.  Continue Reading...

- 6/8/2019

Oregon Approves New Hunting Measure of Endangered Wolves

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

- 6/8/2019

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

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

- 6/7/2019

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

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

- 6/7/2019

Georgia Waterfowl Hunting Dates Approved For 2019-2020 Season

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”.  Continue Reading...

- 6/6/2019

What Deer Hunters Should Know About the 2019 QDMA Report

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

- 6/6/2019

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

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

- 6/6/2019

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

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

- 6/6/2019

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

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.  Continue Reading...

- 6/5/2019

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

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

- 6/5/2019

Football Players Face Off in an Epic Outdoor Challenge

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

- 6/4/2019

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

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

- 6/4/2019

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

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.  Continue Reading...

- 6/4/2019

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

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

- 6/2/2019

Hunters: The time to get your deer permit is now

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

- 6/2/2019

Experts to weigh in on wolf hunting in Bemidji

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

- 6/2/2019

Good day for toms as Maine turkey hunt ends for spring

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.  Continue Reading...

- 6/2/2019

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

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

- 6/1/2019

Barclay: Downstate hunting ban billI infringes on Upstate

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

- 6/1/2019

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

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

- 6/1/2019

Editorial: Noem's pheasant hunting initiative needs better aim

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.  Continue Reading...

- 5/31/2019

Time to apply for WMA deer hunts

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

- 5/31/2019

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

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

- 5/31/2019

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

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

- 5/31/2019

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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.  Continue Reading...

- 5/31/2019

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

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

- 5/30/2019

Missouri hunting permits could see a price increase

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

- 5/30/2019

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

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

- 5/19/2019

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

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.  Continue Reading...

- 5/29/2019

GET READY: Quota hunt applications accepted beginning June 1

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

- 5/29/2019

Hunting For Hipsters: Preserving Conservation In Kentucky

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

- 5/28/2019

Putting a wrap on WV's spring turkey hunting

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

- 5/28/2019

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

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.  Continue Reading...

- 5/28/2019

Waterfowl hunters have much to learn before going into the field

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

- 5/26/2019

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

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

- 5/26/2019

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

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

- 5/27/2019

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

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.  Continue Reading...

- 5/26/2019

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

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

- 5/26/2019

Entering the gilded age of turkey hunting seems unnecessary

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

- 5/25/2019

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

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

- 5/25/2019

Fight over wolf hunting in Minnesota is heating up again

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.  Continue Reading...

- 5/25/2019

Companion Retriever Hunting Challenge

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

- 5/24/2019

Antler hunters swarm wildlife area by horse, foot and car

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

- 5/24/2019

Further spread of chronic wasting disease alarms hunters, wildlife officials

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

- 5/24/2019

Iowa turkey hunters bag more than 11,000 birds

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.  Continue Reading...

- 5/24/2019

With nothing to lose, these turkey hunters managed a gain

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

- 5/23/2019

Tom Lounsbury: Women discover joy of turkey hunting

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

- 5/23/2019

Deer hunt to continue in Ann Arbor after city council vote

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

- 5/23/2019

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

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?  Continue Reading...

- 5/23/2019

Hunt for second turkey continues

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

- 5/22/2019

Senate rejected a bill that would allow for limited bear hunting

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

- 5/22/2019

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

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

- 5/22/2019

Hunters would be protected from cell phone harassment under House bill

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.  Continue Reading...

- 5/21/2019

Hunting fades away if the young don’t follow

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

- 5/21/2019

Sunday hunting proposal pits Pennsylvania farmers against outdoor enthusiasts

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

- 5/20/2019

21 Ways to Recruit New People into Hunting

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

- 5/20/2019

Deer hunting debate heads to June 5 hearing

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.  Continue Reading...

- 5/20/2019

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

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

- 5/19/2019

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

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

- 5/19/2019

New Wyoming Hunting Group Takes The Old Guard To Task

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

- 5/18/2019

Bait privilege license provides options for hog, deer hunting

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.  Continue Reading...

- 5/18/2019

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