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Entries for December 2008

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The pheasant season will close at sunset on Sunday, Jan. 4, after a 79-day season.

“Despite some of the weather and crop conditions we had great hunter success,” said Game, Fish and Parks section leader Tom Kirschenmann. “We still have an abundance of pheasants in many areas, and the snow has helped concentrate birds into heavier cover.”

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PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department is sending out two separate surveys to explore participation and activities of hunters in this state.

One survey will be tailored specifically to female deer hunters, asking a randomly selected sample of 2,000 their opinions, attitudes, motivations and constraints to their hunt.

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EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Tom Rodgers, founder of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), passed away Dec. 25 at the Edgefield County Hospital after a long battle with cancer. Rodgers, 64, was survived by his mother, his son Mark and two sisters.

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The Alabama Cooperative Extension System will conduct a seminar on wild turkey biology and management on February 7, 8 a.m.- 4:15 p.m. The seminar will be held at the Autauga County Extension Office located at 2226 Hwy 14 W, Autaugaville, AL.

Speakers will include representatives from the AL Cooperative Extension System, AL Dept. of Conservation & Natural Resources, AL Wildlife Federation, Auburn University School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences, National Wild Turkey Federation, and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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Alabama artists can celebrate the New Year by entering the 2009 Alabama Waterfowl Stamp art contest sponsored by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division. The winning artwork will be featured on the 2010-11 Alabama Waterfowl Stamp, which is required to be purchased when hunting migratory waterfowl. Entries will be accepted from Jan. 1 - Feb. 17, 2009.

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JANUARY DEER HUNT AN ANTLERLESS AFFAIR
Three deer seasons open the New Year's first month

PRATT -- The regular Kansas firearm deer season is over, but many deer hunters still look forward to hunting in January. The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) will conduct a firearm extended whitetail antlerless season Jan.1- 4, 2009 (open for Deer Management Units 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 19 only), a special extended whitetail antlerless season Jan. 5-Jan. 11, 2009 (open north of highways K-9 and US-24 in Units 7 and 8 only), and an archery extended whitetail antlerless season Jan. 5- 31, 2009 (in Unit 19 only).

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Dubuque, Iowa - December 22, 2008 - Pheasants Forever (PF) has announced a one-of-a kind partnership with Diamond Jo Casinos that will create funds for local habitat projects.

Donations to an account created by PF will be funded by a designated group of slot machines located at each of the two Diamond Jo Casino properties in Dubuque and Northwood, Iowa. Whenever a player hits the jackpot on one of the machines in the designated slot bank, Diamond Jo will match the jackpot with an equal donation to the Diamond Conservation Fund. The slot machines have specially designed signage and a conservation theme to promote the program to visitors at each casino.

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PIERRE, S.D –The 2009 mountain lion hunting season will begin on January 1st. The season will have two major several changes, including licensed landowners being able to harvest lions on their own land outside the Black Hills Fire Protection District year round with the 2009 Mountain Lion license. to previous years including a larger quota of lions.

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Helena, Mont. - December 22, 2008 - Starting in March 2009, Montana Pheasants Forever (PF) will be giving away 52 guns - one per week for an entire year - in an effort to increase funding for the organization's upland habitat work in the state. Tickets for the raffle, which is being supported by Sportsman's Warehouse stores, are on sale now for $50 each. Only 1,200 tickets will be sold, or one gun for every 23 tickets sold!

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The Christmas and New Year holiday season is almost here, and for most people that means time off from work to spend with family and friends. For outdoorsmen and women, it is also a special time to go afield in pursuit of their favorite game. Cool weather often makes game easier to hunt and competition for places to hunt is lighter than earlier in the seasons.

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A special late-season deer hunt will be held Dec. 27 through Jan. 11 in Permit Area 101 in northwestern Minnesota, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The hunt is part of the state’s ongoing bovine tuberculosis (TB) surveillance and eradication efforts.

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SHERIDAN-- Hunters still have big game hunting opportunities this fall. Mild winters combined with good fawn production have produced an overabundance of white-tailed deer in some areas of the Sheridan region.

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15
Casper's Albino Mule Deer Dies
An albino mule deer, well known by Casper residents, has died. The doe was found dead in a resident's backyard on Thanksgiving Day and was reported to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Game Warden John Lund believes the deer died of natural causes

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Wyoming Waterfowl Hunting Could be Good this Year
CHEYENNE-- If the numbers of ducks and geese in the northern marshes and waterways are any indication, waterfowl hunting could be good this year according to Wyoming Game and Fish Department waterfowl biologist Larry Roberts.

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PINEDALE-- Jeremy S. Zumwalt and Gregory L. Carter, both from the Salt Lake City, Utah area, were recently convicted in Sublette County Circuit Court for multiple violations associated with the illegal shooting of a trophy class mule deer buck out of season. Zumwalt was also convicted of interference with a peace officer and reckless driving associated the poaching incident that took place Nov. 16, 2007, near Big Sandy, south of Pinedale. Carter was convicted of taking big game from a vehicle, waste and abandonment and trespassing, in addition to taking an antlered deer during a closed season.

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CODY-- The Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the Shoshone National Forest are urging hunters and other backcountry users to carry bear spray for th...

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CASPER-- Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has been discovered for the first time in elk hunt area 117 and deer hunt area 2 near Sundance.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department Laboratory analyzed a sample from a targeted cow elk from hunt area 117 and the sample tested positive for CWD. The elk was found at Solider Creek, just east of Highway 85 about 5 miles west of the South Dakota border. Elk hunt area 117 has been considered part of the endemic area for deer (hunt area 6) since 2003. "This area has long been positive for deer and we just now found a positive elk in this area," said Hank Edwards, wildlife disease specialist for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

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Budget constraints, low usage force belt-tightening move; target shooting prohibited on rest of wildlife area

On Dec. 15, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) shooting range on the north end of Cheney Reservoir will be closed to the public for the majority of the winter. The official closing dates will be Dec.15 through Feb. 28. The range will re-open to the public on Sunday, March 1. This will be the new annual closed schedule and will typically be the period from the end of the regular firearms deer season to the first weekend day in March.

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KDWP MAINTAINS CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE VIGIL
Testing, public information website part of continued monitoring effort
Deer hunters or anyone with questions about chronic wasting disease (CWD) can find the information they need on the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks website. The website shows locations of positive CWD detections, a list of CWD check stations, and a link to check their CWD test online.

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Five things that hunting has been doing, and can do, for you
Richmond, VA — Recent economic downturns have many people thinking about how to simplify their lives, how to stretch their dollars, put food on the table, let go of stress, and still somehow give to others. Reports on obesity, concerns about what food quality and the footprint we are leaving on the planet, has people wondering what to do. An activity that addresses all that and more is hunting.

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Virginia Wheelin' Sportsmen is sponsoring deer hunts through January 3, 2009 . For details on these and other events and hunt event applications visit the VA NWTF website. Are you interested in volunteering to assist with an event or have a friend that is interested? Visit the Virginia National Wild Turkey Federation website to find numerous links to opportunities and information.

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The Virginia Outdoor Writers Association, Inc. (VOWA) announces its 16th Annual Youth Writing Competition for 2008. The goal of the contest is to reward young people for excellence in communicating their personal experiences in the outdoors. The competition is open to all Virginia students in grades 9 through 12, including home-schooled students.

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Special late-season deer hunt set for Dec 27 to Jan 11 in Permit Area 101 in northwestern Minnesota
A special late-season deer hunt will be held Dec. 27 through Jan. 11 in Permit Area 101 in northwestern Minnesota, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The hunt is part of the state’s ongoing bovine tuberculosis (TB) surveillance and eradication efforts.

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Partners come together to protect one of the Southwest’s most ecologically significant rivers and a vital migratory bird corridor

The Upper San Pedro River, one of the last free-flowing rivers in Arizona, received additional protection last week as 122 acres just north of the United States/Mexico border were acquired by The Nature Conservancy and the Arizona Game and Fish Department with support from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The property is one of the largest privately owned parcels adjacent to this stretch of the river, where groundwater pumping would directly impact the river’s flow.

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Arizona hunters are reminded they can help the Arizona Game and Fish Department monitor for chronic wasting disease this season by bringing in the head of their recently harvested deer or elk for sampling.

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Bird lovers: Forget the turkey—the Mearns’ quail season opened Nov. 28, the day after Thanksgiving.

“This will probably be one of the best Mearns’ seasons in my lifetime,” Randy Babb, an ardent quail hunter and the Information and Education Program Manager for the Game and Fish Department’s Mesa regional office.

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PIERRE, S.D. - Starting this Saturday, South Dakota hunters will get another chance to bag a deer.

The muzzleloader deer season will run December 13, 2008-January 31, 2009. All “any deer” tags will convert to “antlerless deer” after December 31, 2008. Hunters participating in the season must use a muzzleloader with open or peep sites and it must be capable of shooting a .44 caliber bullet or larger.

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PIERRE, S.D. – Applications for South Dakota’s 2008-09 resident big game depredation pool are now available. This is a no-cost, on-line application program only.

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South Dakota Spring Light Goose Season Set
PIERRE, S.D. –Sportsmen will once again get the opportunity to hunt light geese in South Dakota this spring.The South Dakota light goose conservation order will run from February 14 through May 3, 2009, will be open state-wide and will allow hunters a daily limit of 20 geese with no possession limit.

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South Dakota 2009 Spring Turkey Season Set
PIERRE, S.D. – The Game Fish and Parks Commission tackled an issue that has resurfaced at meetings several times over the past decade, and in the end decided “no change”, for the present time, was the best course of action.

The 2009 Spring Turkey season will proceed with hunters still being able to use rifles in most of South Dakota, including the Black Hills.

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A youth hunting program is a highlight of the Governor’s Annual One-Shot Turkey Hunt, held in Butler County April 8-10, 2009, and six youngsters from around the state are selected to participate. Youth participants in this hunt must have successfully completed a state hunter education course, be 12 through 18 years old, have a current Kansas hunting license (if required), and be accompanied by a parent or an adult sponsor who will stay with them except when they are hunting with a guide.

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Trespassers bag nothing but stiff fines, damaged landowner-hunter relations

Firearm deer season is in full swing, and all hunters are reminded that it is illegal to hunt on private land without the owner's permission, posted or not. Whether a "hunter" actually enters private land without permission or shoots onto it from the road or another landowner's property without permission, it is illegal.

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NEW MEXICO For the first time ever, two lucky hunters will have the opportunity to hunt a Gould's wild turkey in New Mexico. The New Mexico Gould's wild turkey population represents the only native population in the United States. Two New Mexico Gould's wild turkey tags are up for grabs one via an online auction that ends March 1, 2009, and the other via a raffle with tickets available at the NWTF New Mexico State Chapter's exhibit hall booth at the NWTF's Convention and Sport Show in Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 19 to Feb. 22, 2009. The raffle drawing will be held on Monday, March 2, 2009.

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The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF)’s Florida State Chapter recently provided more than $70,000 in funding for habitat improvement projects across Florida’s National Forests, as well as 22 state-owned Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), including several State Forests.

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There are plenty of leftover hunt permit-tags for spring javelina, turkey and bear available now by mail application on a first-come, first-served basis from the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

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Minnesota Spring turkey application deadline approaching
Turkey hunters have until Jan. 9 to apply for the 2009 spring hunt, wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

“The spring turkey application deadline tends to sneak up on hunters, so we extended the process this year,” said Bill Penning, DNR farmland wildlife program leader. “Although we’ve allowed additional time, we encourage hunters to apply early and avoid the last-minute rush.”

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