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Ohio's popular white-tailed deer archery hunting season starts Saturday, Sept. 28, and is open through Feb. 2, 2014, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Approximately 205,000 bowhunters will participate in one of the longest deer hunting seasons in the nation.

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The Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center has selected the National Rifle Association to continue its 65-year tradition of hosting a sport show in Harrisburg, PA, starting in 2014.

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The 2012 deer season ended with a total harvest of 21,365 deer, representing an increase of 13% over the 2011 harvest of 18,839. Increases in the harvest were seen in all wildlife management districts.

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At its regular meeting this Thursday in Pratt, the Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission has scheduled public hearings and is expected to vote to expand crossbow use for the entire statewide archery deer hunts by the 2013 season.

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Governor Pat Quinn has announced acquisition of 547 acres of public land in four Illinois counties to boost public access for hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing and outdoor recreation.

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An October antlerless-only whitetail deer muzzleloader hunting season, extended hunting hours and new bag limits are under consideration by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

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45,775 bucks were taken during the 2012 Wisconsin archery season, a new record buck archery harvest of all time for Wisconsin.

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The ODNR Division of Wildlife biologists recently proposed that several traditional hunting dates be utilized for 2013-2014.

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The final deer hunting season begins Jan. 11, in the 38 counties in southern and western Iowa where antlerless deer licenses are available.

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Preliminary reports indicate this year's rifle season harvest total is slightly higher than the average for the previous three years, according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.

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Heading into Iowa's busiest outdoor 'opening day,' shotgun deer season hunters should expect to see fewer deer. While that downturn is by design, they should still fill plenty of tags, during the December 1-5 first shotgun season or the December 8-16 second season.

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This year’s preliminary tally indicates 243,739 deer were registered by gun deer hunters between Nov. 17 and Nov. 26.

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Preliminary reports reveal that 40,301 deer were harvested during the Nov. 10-18 Nebraska firearm season. That is a decline of 27 percent from the 2011 record firearm season harvest of 55,400.

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November 26 marks the opening day of the two-week general deer season, and will feature nearly 750,000 individuals sporting fluorescent orange throughout Pennsylvania.

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134,772 deer were successfully harvested and registered in Wisconsin during the opening weekend of the nine-day deer season. The tally is based on preliminary call-in numbers collected from registration stations by Department of Natural Resources staff.

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Hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites and visiting non-residents eagerly await the arrival of the 2012 9-day gun deer season, which kicks off Nov. 17.

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This year's Ohio deer-gun youth hunting season is Nov. 17-18.

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Mississippi's white-tailed deer hunting season with guns opens November 17th and runs through November 30th.

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Deer hunting should be good when Minnesota’s firearms hunting season opens Nov. 3, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

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Opening day for New Hampshire's regular firearms deer season is November 14, 2012, a date anticipated with great enthusiasm by the state's estimated 60,000 deer hunters.

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The Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioners will consider reducing 2012 antlerless deer hunting permits at their October 26 meeting in North Platte. Passage of the measure will reduce harvest pressure in areas with substantial losses from EHD.

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Vermont's youth deer hunting weekend is November 3 and 4 this year, the Saturday and Sunday before the rifle deer season opens.

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Iowa's early muzzleloader deer season begins October 13 for the 7,500 muzzleloader hunters taking part in the nine-day season.

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Youth ages 10-15 are eligible to participate in a special deer season that runs from Thursday, Oct. 18, to Sunday, Oct. 21, in 28 permit areas of southeastern and northwestern Minnesota, plus the 601 area of the Twin Cities metro area.

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State wildlife officials have confirmed that samples submitted from deer found dead in Jefferson, Marquette, and Iowa counties have tested positive for Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease, or EHD.

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Iowa’s popular archery deer season begins Oct. 1, with nearly 60,000 hunters expected to head to the timber & field edges of the state.

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The month of September signifies changing leaves, the harvest season and the beginning of bow hunting in Ohio.

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The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department has been monitoring die-offs of white-tailed deer across portions of the state and must make adjustments to some West River deer hunting units.

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The September 29 opening of the bowhunting season for deer also marks the beginning of the annual West Virginia Big Buck Contest. Antlered deer taken between September 29 and December 31, 2012, are eligible to be scored and entered.

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State wildlife officials have confirmed that tissue samples submitted from deer found dead in Columbia and Rock counties have tested positive for Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease, or EHD.

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Ohio wildlife and animal health officials have confirmed localized outbreaks of EHD in eight Ohio counties including Ashtabula, Columbiana, Geauga, Holmes, Paulding, Portage, Ross and Summit.

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The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife has recently confirmed Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) as the cause of death in a deer in Salem County. Other possible cases have been reported in Cape May, Gloucester and Camden counties.

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Illinois became the 25th state in the country to allow crossbows in some manner for use in archery hunting seasons with the passage of House Bill 4819.

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Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease continues to kill deer over much of Nebraska, spreading from the Missouri River to as far west as Garden County.

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Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced the results of a comprehensive national survey of outdoor recreation showing a significant increase in hunters and a double-digit increase in anglers over the past five years.

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Epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) has been confirmed as the cause of death in deer recently found in Michigan.

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The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has adopted rules affecting deer and bear hunting in New York, to implement certain aspects of the state's Five-Year Deer Management Plan.

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The Illinois DNR has announced deer hunting season dates and revisions in the state’s Late-Winter Antlerless-Only Deer Season for the upcoming 2012-13 seasons

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Minnesota’s first regulated wolf hunting and trapping season will be conducted this fall and winter. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking public comment on details of the proposed season.

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The Department of Natural Resources is poised to make the largest recreational and forest land acquisition in state history, an easement on 67,346.8 forest acres in Douglas, Bayfield, Burnett and Washburn counties from the Lyme St. Croix Forest Company.

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North Dakota’s 2012 deer season is set, with 65,300 licenses available to hunters this fall, 44,650 fewer than last year and the lowest since 1988.

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The price of Minnesota hunting and fishing licenses will increase in March 2013 for the first time in 12 years, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said.

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The Indiana Natural Resources Commission on Tuesday approved an indefinite extension of what's commonly referred to as the "one-buck rule" for deer hunting.

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Colorado Parks & Wildlife Commission staff utilized herd population estimates to recommend reductions in license numbers for mule deer, elk and pronghorn while recommending increases in licenses to manage growing populations of moose and black bears.

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The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners Tuesday gave final approval to a regulatory change that makes permanent the lawful use of crossbows in archery deer and bear seasons.

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A mountain lion was photographed by a trail camera on April 2 in rural Grundy County in northwest Missouri.

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The Illinois DNR is examining its deer management program to determine if modifications are needed to hunting seasons and regulations.

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The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced that CWD was detected in a wild adult doe found on private property just west of Shell Lake in Washburn County.

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Ducks Unlimited is being honored with the Boone and Crockett Club's Theodore Roosevelt Legacy Award, which recognizes and celebrates cooperative partnerships in conservation.

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The Pennsylvania Game Commission today reported that, in the state's 2011-12 seasons, hunters harvested an estimated 336,200 deer, which is an increase of six percent from the previous seasons' harvest of 316,240.

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The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today affirmed the constitutionality of Congress’ removal of wolves from the federal endangered species list.

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Hunters reported harvesting 121,407 deer in Iowa during the 2011-12 seasons, which is 4.5 percent lower than the 127,094 deer reported in 2010-11

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Along with the new March 15 deadline to apply for 2012 deer and elk hunting permits, the new streamlined eight-page application packet—that contains all the information residents need to apply— is now available at all license providers, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks offices and online at fwp.mt.gov

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Samples from three white-tailed bucks taken during this year’s hunting season were confirmed positive for CWD in tests completed in early February. Counties where the deer were taken include Wallace (new county of detection), Decatur, and Rawlins.

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The Kansas Monster Buck Classic featured a Monster Buck Contest, open to all Kansas residents, in which hunters could enter officially-scored bucks. Fortunately for all law-abiding hunters, the contest helped expose the suspected illegal shooting of a big buck.

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A record number of trophy sized bucks were taken in Mississippi this season. Wildlife officials believe this bumper crop of giants is due to a warm spring & good management practices.

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The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife announced that 219,698 deer were taken during Ohio's 2011-12 hunting season, compared to 239,379 in the 2010-11 season

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TPWD staff recommended an open season for deer in Dallas, Collin, Rockwall and Galveston counties during a presentation to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission’s Regulations Committee.

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Pennsylvania Game Commission officials today announced that a Lancaster County hunter has undergone post-exposure rabies shots after harvesting and field dressing a deer on Jan. 20, in Valley Township, Chester County, that ultimately tested positive for rabies.

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Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 181,411 deer during all 2011-12 seasons. Illinois deer seasons closed last weekend as hunters concluded the Archery Deer Season and the last segments of the Late-Winter and Special Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) deer hunting seasons on Jan. 15.

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The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners has given preliminary approval to make permanent the lawful use of crossbows in archery deer and bear seasons.

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The Missouri Department of Conservation received two positive test results for Chronic Wasting Disease from 1,077 tissue samples taken from free-ranging deer harvested by hunters in north-central Missouri during the 2011 fall firearms deer season.

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Hunters age 6 through 15 checked 2,193 deer during the late youth hunt Jan. 7 and 8, bringing the total harvest for the 2011-2012 firearms deer season to 238,921 compared to last year’s total of 231,513

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Conservation officers (CO) with the Minnesota Department of Natural resources recently saved a couple of deer by shooting them. State conservation officer Jeremy Woinarowicz of Thief River Falls received a call Dec. 28 that two bucks were locked together by their antlers in a field near Warren in Polk County. When Woinarowicz arrived at the scene, he noticed that the larger buck had already died and the live buck was frantically trying to break free.

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Ohio's popular muzzleloader deer season is set to open statewide January 7-10 according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife. The Division of Wildlife expects as many as 265,000 hunters will hunt deer during the muzzleloader season. Legal hunting hours this season are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

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Conservation officer weekly activity reports confirm what officials with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) already suspected: Deer baiting was pervasive during the 2011 big game season.

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Maryland deer hunters experienced a range of weather for the two-week firearm season and harvested an estimated 41,421 deer ─ a 2 percent increase from last year’s harvest of 40,694 deer for the same period.

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Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced that gray wolf populations in the Great Lakes region have recovered and no longer require the protection of the Endangered Species Act.

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Firearm deer hunters in Illinois took a preliminary total of 97,760 deer during the seven-day firearm deer season on Nov. 18-20 and Dec. 1-4, according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). This year’s preliminary firearm season harvest total compares with the 98,944 deer taken during the 2010 firearm season

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Ohio hunters took 90,282 white-tailed deer during the state's popular, week-long deer-gun season, which ran November 28 through December 4, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife. In 2010, hunters checked a total of 105,034 deer during the same time period.

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The state saw a record November deer harvest in 2011, according to preliminary data from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The harvest of 64,548 deer was an increase of 865 from last year.

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Hunters took 23,600 white-tailed deer on a rain-soaked Monday, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The preliminary figures show a decrease of 39 percent from last year's opening day total of 39,071

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A call around survey of 600-plus deer registration stations all across Wisconsin completed today shows a preliminary harvest total of 226,260 for the just completed nine-day gun deer hunting season, up 3.6 percent from 2010. At the same time, hunters posted the second all around safest season on record.

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Extremely windy weather, combined with reduced deer populations in some areas, dropped the opening-weekend harvest 10,000 below the 2010 figure. Hunters persevered, however, and more than made up lost ground in the following nine days of the November hunt. In the end, they harvested 1,884 more than last year, a 1-percent increase.

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Indiana Conservation Officers have closed the investigation of a hunter's death at Chain O'Lakes State Park after the Noble County Coroner's office ruled the death was due to a lacerated liver, possibly from an encounter the hunter had with a deer he shot.

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Plenty of permits remain for the upcoming November firearm deer hunting season, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Hunters are making final preparations for the Nov. 12-20 season.

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Based on continuing reports of white-tailed deer mortality in western North Dakota caused by epizootic hemorrhagic disease, the state Game and Fish Department is suspending the sale of remaining first-come, first-served deer licenses in units 3F1, 3F2 and 4F, effective Friday, Oct. 21 at 5 p.m. Central Time.

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It is finally that time of the year again for Georgia hunters. Firearms deer season opens Saturday, Oct. 22 and lasts through Jan. 1, 2012 in the Northern Zone and in the Southern Zone, through Jan. 15, 2012.

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Following approval of a revised wolf management plan by the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to remove the gray wolf population in Wyoming from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. Due to recovery efforts and the provisions of the revised state plan, the Wyoming wolf population is healthy and stable, current and future threats to wolves have been addressed, and a post-delisting monitoring and management framework has been developed.

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Early big game hunting is off to a good start across the state, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Pronghorn, elk, and deer hunters can expect a high rate of success in 2011.

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Approximately 345,000 bowhunters, representing more than half of all Ohioans who hunt deer, are expected to participate in the statewide archery deer hunting season that opens September 24, according the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.

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The 2011 Wisconsin’s archery deer hunt that opens September 17 will be the longest bow deer hunt in state history. For the first time, bow hunting will be allowed during the regular nine-day gun deer hunt in November.

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Deer season is the most popular hunting season of the year for hunters, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division, and this year archers get first draw beginning Sat., Sept. 10.

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North Dakota’s deer archery season opens Friday, Sept. 2 at noon, and bowhunters are reminded that additional concurrent season antlerless deer gun licenses can be used with a bow during the archery season in the designated hunting unit.

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If you don't have a permit to hunt during Utah's general archery elk hunt, you're in luck—there's no limit on the number of general archery elk permits the Division of Wildlife Resources can offer. So there's no problem getting one.

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Wisconsin wildlife researchers are asking hunters and wildlife watchers to continue sending in summer deer observations during August and September.

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This year’s Minnesota archery season opens Saturday, Sept. 17. The general firearms season opens Saturday, Nov. 5. The deadline for lottery permit applications is Thursday, Sept. 8. Officials say hunters will discover several new regulations for the upcoming deer season. The changes, he said, reflect the agency’s interest in regulation simplification and the protection of the state’s deer from Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).

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Montana's Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission has approved a wolf hunting season for 2011 that creates 14 wolf management units and an overall harvest quota of 220 wolves.

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The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today approved a resolution to support repeal of the statutory prohibition on Sunday hunting. The vote on the resolution, which was proposed by Game Commissioner Jay Delaney Jr. and seconded by Game Commissioner Ralph A. Martone, was four in support, three opposed and one abstention. Those voting in support of the resolution were Game Commissioners Delaney, Martone, David J. Putnam and Robert W. Schlemmer. Those voting in opposition were Game Commissioners Thomas E. Boop, David W. Schreffler and Ronald A. Weaner. Game Commissioner Gregory J. Isabella abstained.

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The most recent round of white-tailed deer antler scoring conducted by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources revealed 211 new records, including 2 Boone and Crockett qualifiers.

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The online lottery application period is now open for Non-Resident Illinois Archery Combination Deer permits for the 2011-12 deer season. The deadline to apply is June 30.

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PRATT - The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) has announced that leftover nonresident deer permits will be sold online and over-the-counter on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 12:01 a.m. June 15. After the initial nonresident deer permit drawing in May, KDWP had 4,395 permits left over in 11 deer management units for the 2011 season. These permits will go on sale for those nonresidents who were unsuccessful in the initial drawing or did not apply.

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North Dakota deer hunters are reminded the deadline for submitting applications for the 2011 gun season is June 8. Hunters are encouraged to apply online at the State Game and Fish Department website.

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The Department of Natural Resources will host a Michigan Wolf Forum on Friday, June 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ramada Inn, located at 412 W. Washington St. in Marquette. The Michigan Wolf Forum represents many diverse stakeholders with various points of view of wolf management in Michigan. The participants will be asked to identify the strengths and weaknesses in implementation of the state's Wolf Management Plan. Participants will also discuss new opportunities or issues with wolf management in Michigan, including the current move by the US Fish and Wildlife Service to delist the wolf as a federally endangered species in the Western Great Lakes states.

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The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission has approved the 2011-12 hunting seasons during its May meeting which concluded Friday (May 20) at the Ray Bell Region II Office Building.

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In 2010, 3,882 samples from hunter-killed deer were tested, and chronic wasting disease was not detected. This marked the ninth year for testing hunter-killed deer. In total, nearly 30,000 deer have been tested. CWD was not detected in any samples from previous years. However, positive cases were confirmed within 10 miles of the state border.

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Commissioners from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission today formally approved regulation changes as part of the 2011-12 hunting season-setting process. One major change increases the statewide deer bag limit from five deer to six deer with no more than two bucks.

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Given the severity of this past winter, Idaho Fish and Game is proposing some adjustments in antlerless and either-sex controlled hunt tag levels for this coming fall in those areas hit hardest; Sand Creek and Teton Canyon. The commission will make the final decision at their meeting set for May 18 - 20. Hunters who plan on applying for controlled hunts in these areas may want to hold off until after the commission meeting so they will know what permit levels will be offered. The controlled hunt application process is open until June 5.

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After some very interesting activities over the last few weeks, we have finally crossed a significant milestone in dealing with wolf issues and the impacts they are having on those wildlife populations for which we are so protective. After the failure of some last minute legal negotiations, Congress finally intervened and legislatively delisted the gray wolf in almost all of the Northern Rocky Mountains.

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Department of Natural Resources wildlife management officials will propose a 2011 deer season structure that promises a return to a more traditional hunting framework by eliminating the October antlerless hunt and allowing the first deer to be either sex in the Chronic Wasting Disease management zone.

“We hope hunters will see we’ve been listening to their concerns and that we are taking steps toward the kind of deer season they want to see in Wisconsin,” said DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp.

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Winter sampling is complete in southeastern Minnesota and none of 1,180 deer taken during the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) disease surveillance effort tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).

“We looked hard and found nothing,” said Lou Cornicelli, DNR big game coordinator. “This suggests the infection rate is low, which is very good news.”

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In Colorado, 2010's biggest harvest result was the record-setting harvest of pronghorn. With recent expansion of access to licenses and lands, hunters statewide harvested a record 12,301 pronghorn during the 2010 seasons. That tops the previous record of 10,941, set in 2009.

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More than 1,800 pre-paid memberships to one of America's premier wildlife organizations are waiting to be claimed by active U.S. servicemen and women with an interest in elk, hunting and conservation.

Supporters of the 178,000-member Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) paid for these memberships as a thank-you to those who are defending our nation

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During the past deer season 219,797 deer were reported killed by hunters in Virginia. This total included 95,543 antlered bucks, 19,191 button bucks, and 105,063 does (47.8%). The fall 2010 deer kill total was 15% lower than the 259,147 deer reported killed last year. It is 3% lower than the last 10 year average of 227,430.

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The Pennsylvania Game Commission says hunters harvested an estimated 316,240 deer in the state’s 2010-11 seasons, which is an increase of two percent from the previous seasons’ harvest of 308,920.

Hunters took 122,930 antlered deer in the 2010-11 seasons, an increase of 13 percent from the previous license year’s harvest of 108,330. Also, hunters harvested 193,310 antlerless deer in 2010-11, which is a decrease of four percent from the 200,590 antlerless deer taken in 2009-10.

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A total of 239,260 deer were killed during Ohio's 2010-11 hunting season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife. This season's total was below the record 2009-10 total of 261,260.

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Nebraska is experiencing an increase in the number of deer testing positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD), as well as a wider distribution, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. There were a record 51 positives in 2010.

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The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) received laboratory confirmation on February 10, 2011 that a white-tailed deer harvested in Maryland tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD). This is the first confirmed case of CWD in Maryland. A hunter in Allegany County reported taking the deer on November 27, 2010 in Green Ridge State Forest. Maryland joins 20 other states and Canadian provinces with CWD documented in deer, elk or moose.

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Indiana hunters established a record for the third straight year by reporting an overall harvest of 134,004 deer taken during the 2010 seasons.

Reports submitted from 461 check stations across Indiana topped the 2009 total by 1,252 deer, a 1 percent increase, and bettered the 2008 total by more than 4,200 deer.

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Maryland deer hunters harvested a total of 98,663 deer during the 2010-2011 bow, muzzleloader and firearm seasons combined. This figure is down just 2 percent from last year’s record harvest of 100,663 deer. The antlered harvest declined 1 percent to 33,341 deer this year, while the antlerless harvest decreased 2 percent to 65,322 deer. The harvest totals include 2,780 sika deer; a 17 percent increase over last year’s total for this species.

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Elk earmarked to form the nucleus of a restored herd in southeastern Missouri have passed one of several health tests necessary before coming to their new home.

A veterinary health workup of elk Jan. 25 marked the start of a 90-day quarantine period to ensure the animals’ health. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) worked with the Missouri State Veterinarian and the Missouri Department of Agriculture to develop the elk health protocols, which are more stringent than any that apply to livestock brought into Missouri.

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Nebraska deer hunters produced a big year in 2010, setting records for overall and antlerless whitetail harvest, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

The total deer harvest during the 2010 season was 88,034 (77,028 whitetails and 10,709 mule deer). While a record 37,967 whitetail bucks were killed, a record 39,198 antlerless whitetails also were killed – marking the first time the antlerless whitetail harvest surpassed whitetail buck harvest.

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is taking the next steps in implementing its Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) incident response plan. They include inviting landowners to participate in a deer sampling process, and putting in place a deer feeding ban.

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Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 181,936 deer during all 2010-11 seasons. Deer hunting in the state closed on Jan. 16 as hunters wrapped up the archery season and the last segments of the late-winter and special Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) deer hunting seasons.

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A preliminary screening test strongly indicates that a deer harvested by a hunter last November near Pine Island in southeast Minnesota had Chronic Wa...

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With approximately two weeks of deer hunting season left, officials with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) are reminding hunters to take measures to ensure their safety. Three fatalities related to falls from treestands have occurred recently in Alabama.

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the University of Minnesota will launch a pilot research project later this month to gain a better understanding of movements and habitat use of white-tailed deer in northwestern Minnesota.

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The Colorado Division of Wildlife is reminding antler hunters that the collection of shed antlers in the Gunnison Basin is regulated by strict guidelines.

The purpose of the regulations is to protect vulnerable wildlife species, especially Gunnison sage-grouse and mule deer, explained J Wenum, area wildlife manager in Gunnison.

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Hunters have reported harvesting more than 108,000 deer so far through the DNR's harvest reporting system, which is 6.4 percent behind the 2009 levels, or about 7,000 fewer deer. Harvest totals have been lower each of the past few years as the deer herd approaches targeted population goals in more counties.

"We are expecting that the kill would be down at least 4 to 5 percent this year," said Tom Litchfield, state deer biologist with the DNR. "The statewide deer population has been shrinking for the past five years and a lower harvest is a natural outcome of that population trend."

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Department of Natural Resources biologists will conduct an aerial deer count over parts of the chronic wasting disease Management Zone (CWD-MZ) of southern Wisconsin during December and January, weather permitting.

Agency staff will use a helicopter and airplanes to help estimate the number of deer in the entire CWD-MZ.

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South Carolina deer hunters are asking for changes to the state’s deer management approach based on public opinion data gathered by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Much of the discussion among hunters is related to concern over the unregulated harvest of antlered bucks, and an estimated 25 percent decline in the State’s deer population over the last 10 years according to DNR biologists. Currently there is no enforceable limit on the number of bucks a hunter can take during the season.

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In 2011, Utah's general buck deer hunt will run very much like it did in 2010. There is one big change, though—the rifle buck deer hunt will run for nine days.

While the changes for 2011 are relatively small, the changes for 2012 are huge. Starting in 2012, general deer hunting will happen within smaller hunting areas called units.

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A number of application periods begin on Jan. 1. The nonresident application period for elk is the month of January, and Jan. 1-Mar. 15 is when nonresidents must apply for deer and antelope. Applications for the drawings for both resident and nonresident moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat licenses are accepted during the months of January and February.

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A mule deer taken in November during the deer gun season from unit 3F2 is the second deer in North Dakota to test positive for chronic wasting disease. The first was a mule deer taken during the hunting season in 2009, also from unit 3F2.

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In Idaho's Upper Snake Region, the majority of big game seasons are over by the start of December so Fish and Game will now begin to use hired aircraft for wildlife management work, taking care to avoid areas where hunts may still be open.

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Ohio hunters had near ideal weather for the opening day of deer-gun season. Hunters took 37,805 white-tailed deer on Monday, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The deer-gun season remains open through Sunday, December 5, and then reopens for two days on Saturday and Sunday, December 18-19.


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Nebraska’s November firearm deer harvest set a record this fall, rising 18 percent over last year, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The 2010 November firearm deer harvest was 63,300, compared to 53,767 in 2009.

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The 2010 Kansas firearm deer season runs Wednesday, Dec. 1, through Sunday, Dec. 12, and hunters are sighting in their rifles and practicing their shooting skills in anticipation of one of the state's favorite hunting seasons. Deer are plentiful, and a good season is expected.

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Pennsylvania Game Commission officials, joined by veterinarians and laboratory technicians from the Pennsylvania and U.S. departments of Agriculture, will continue its efforts, starting Nov. 30, to sample thousands of hunter-killed deer in order to assess whether there are any known cases of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in the Commonwealth.

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Good to very good hunting conditions on opening day gave way to misty-rainy weather on day two of the 2010 gun deer hunt. Hunters participating in the traditional November nine-day gun deer hunt registered a preliminary tally of 106,404 deer over the first two days of the hunt. The 2010 preliminary count was up about 6.3 percent from the opening weekend count of 100,330 from 2009. Preliminary buck harvest statewide in 2010 was 54,263 and preliminary antlerless harvest was 52,141.

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Deer hunters will take to the woods Saturday, Nov. 20 for the traditional opening of Tennessee’s first segment of gun season in all three of the state’s deer hunting units. Again this year, the season dates for all three units (A, B & L) will be the same. The segments are Nov. 20-Dec. 5 and Dec. 18-Jan. 9, 2011.

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Ohio's popular deer-gun season opens statewide on Monday, November 29, offering hunters a full week to harvest a whitetail. The upcoming season will again include an extra weekend of gun hunting on December 18-19.

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Minnesota hunters in search of a once-in-a-lifetime bull moose found more success during this fall’s season in northeastern Minnesota, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Of the 213 hunting parties that received a permit to harvest a bull moose, 109 were successful. This year’s success rate of 51 percent was slightly higher than 2009, when 46 percent of eligible hunting parties harvested a bull moose.

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Wisconsin’s regular nine-day gun deer hunting season opens Saturday, Nov. 20 and runs through Sunday, Nov. 28. State wildlife officials say that while herd control has been the primary statewide focus over the last decade – and remains so in areas of the state this year -- herd growth is actually the primary objective throughout much of northeast Wisconsin for 2010.

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Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe today announced that 41 of the 51 licensed elk hunters were successful during the 2010 elk season, which includes a possible new state record for the typical elk category. Of that total, 18 were antlered elk and 23 were antlerless elk.

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reported today that firearm hunters harvested and registered 85,163 deer this past Saturday and Sunday, up very slightly from last year’s 85,074.

The early harvest numbers suggest the overall harvest will be somewhat higher than last year, when hunters took about 195,000 deer. Deer hunter numbers are also up this year.

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Vermont hunters are optimistic about the upcoming November rifle and December muzzleloader deer seasons -- and with good reason, according to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. Vermont has more older, bigger bucks after a regulation was enacted in 2005, protecting many yearling bucks.

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The Nebraska Game and Parks Board of Commissioners approved the wider use of crossbows as big game hunting equipment at its Oct. 28 in Norfolk.
All restrictions on crossbows have been removed, including the disability provision and draw weight. The new regulations allow, starting in 2011, crossbows as legal archery equipment for big game (deer, antelope, elk, turkey, and bighorn sheep).

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There are still some landowners looking for doe hunters in hunting units 2I, 3D1, 3E1, 3F1, 4A and 4E. “These landowners need help reducing the deer numbers on their property,” North Dakota big game biologist Bill Jensen said. “Archery, rifle and muzzleloader hunters are encouraged to sign up.”



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Starting this deer season, muzzleloaders hunting in Wisconsin may legally use a scope. The push for this change started last year when the Wisconsin Conservation Congress voted in favor of the idea. Department of Natural Resources Secretary Matt Frank signed the rule change putting it into effect for this muzzleloader-only season – Nov. 29 through Dec. 8.

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As hunters in South Dakota prepare for the various big game seasons, they are reminded that use of salt licks and bait stations is prohibited.

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS – A plan that will guide the state’s efforts to manage chronic wasting disease over the next 15 years was approved unanimously by the...

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The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency expects bowhunters to be out in force for Tennessee’s 2010 archery deer hunting season which kicks off on Saturday, Sept. 25. The deer archery season will again be divided into three segments statewide this year. The first segment runs from Sept. 25-Oct. 29 while the remaining two will be Nov. 1-5, and Dec. 6-17.

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Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe said, starting today, the Commonwealth has begun to reverse its reputation of being a state with minimal risks for chronic poachers as new penalties – including higher fines and possible jail time – go into effect.

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Wisconsin hunters and trappers looking forward to the 2010-2011 seasons will have some new rules to follow as they pursue their fall pastimes. Several of the new rules were requested and supported by hunters and trappers at the annual Spring Rule Hearings. Others have come to life in response to changing wildlife management needs and new technologies.

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Understanding Deer Droppings
Deer droppings are not usually thought of by hunters as providing much useful information--but they do. Typically, deer droppings will consist of small jelly bean-shaped droplets scattered about in little piles on trails.

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Understanding Deer Tracks- Scouting Deer Part 1
Most hunters who try to read deer sign look for tracks and deer trails. You can determine the size of a deer pretty accurately by looking at its track. There are a couple of things you want to look at

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Whitetail Ground Blind Hunting
When it comes to whitetail hunting, lots of hunters like to be elevated in tree stands. The human scent is above the deer, you're out of the direct line of sight, and you've got great vision all over. But, using a tree stand is not always possible or indeed even necessary. There are many instances when you need to make use of a ground blind.

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Filming Your Turkey Hunts Like A Pro
As the price of quality cameras continue to drop, more hunters are opting to film their hunts.

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Leasing Hunting Land:  The Inexpensive Way To Experience World Class Hunting
If you own great property or know someone who has superb hunting property and is willing to allow you access for free, congratulations. You, my friend, have got it made. But for most of us, hunting is done on public land. Hunting public land can be quite good in some areas but often times it is frustrating.

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In a year when one word, "fewer," described life in America -- fewer jobs, fewer home sales, fewer purchases -- hunters were responsible for generating a welcome "more" category, as hunting license sales rose by 3.5 percent in 2009 in states that make up NSSF's Hunting License Sales Index.

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The Scream of the Eagles
The first Bald Eagle I ever saw was on the western end of Mt Magazine in Arkansas. I was about half way up the highest point in the Ozark range when I saw a big black bird with a white head and a white tail flying over the the high point of the mountain, then I heard its high pitched scream. All I could do was stare in amazement, at this breathtaking sight, of which will be ingrained in my minds eye for ever.

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Deer Season's Over-Take some notes for next year
You can maximize your success next year by taking the time to jot down a few notes about this seasons dear hunt. You can keep your notes in a 3-ring binder, an archival quality album, or just a spiral bound notebook.

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After the Shot- Tracking a wounded deer
The first thing any good hunter knows about tracking a wounded deer is that tracking starts way before you take your shot! Make sure you know the general terrain in the area, including any particular landmarks like a fallen tree, a special type of rock formation, or a marsh. This will help you immeasurably when it's time to track your deer.

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The Lost Jingle of the Coins
There are bills being attempted by anti hunters in several states to raise the legal hunting age to 16 before a youth may take to the field. It’s only a matter of time before it happens in this state. “ Balderdash,” is the closest word I can get away with here,

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Breaking The Color Barrier
With enough noise and grunting to wake a deaf man (which pretty much describes me), two bears came crashing out of the dense Canadian bush on a dead run and stopped suddenly, smack dab in the middle of the clearing my stand overlooked. I had spent the last five hours napping and reading the better portions of a Reader’s Digest magazine, while consuming too much hard candy.

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The idea of being an Outdoor Mentor is not something we study for. It is the natural gift that goes along with being a good father and a good steward to the “Spirit of the Wild.” ….Uncle John

There is a wild Christmas Tree I know about way out in the woods that never an ornament will grace, but it reflects the spirit of the season never the less. It doesn’t grow as straight as the rest of the trees in the forest, because this big buck visits it periodically rubbing his antlers on the course bark. This would seem to be decoration enough, however. When I visit the tree, and point it out to a new young hunter, there is an inner excitement in knowing that such a great and powerful animal has displayed his strength telling all the brief visitors here that he is the king of the forest.

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A Right of Passage -A Profile Of Several Handicap Accessible Hunts By John Simeone
They were chosen because life had not been fair to them, but the urge was still strong for the thrill of the chase. It was a long wait for the hunt of a lifetime, but 13 year old Kelton Smith was patient, you get that way if you’re confined to a wheel chair with muscular dystrophy. But you know, I don’t think I ever heard him complain about it.

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U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has announced the distribution of more than $740 million to 56 state and territorial fish and wildlife agencies to fund fish and wildlife conservation efforts, boat access, shooting ranges, and hunter education.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) presented the 2009 Land Stewardship Award to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) at the NWTF's 33rd annual Convention and Sport Show held Feb. 19 to Feb. 22 in Nashville, Tenn.

The NWTF has presented the Land Stewardship Award each year since 1994 to forestry and utility companies and organizations for excellence in land management, partnerships and NWTF project support. The award recognizes those that have done an outstanding job to benefit natural resources through land stewardship and

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UTAH Because access to healthy public lands and waters for the enjoyment of responsible recreation is of paramount importance to both organizations, t...

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NWTF Helps Veterans with Disabilities Enjoy Special Deer Hunt
EDGEFIELD, S.C. — Thirty hunters with disabilities from across the Southeast enjoyed two days of sharing stories, lots of laughs and some white-tailed deer hunting during the eighth annual Wheelin’ Sportsmen NWTF Ultimate Team-Up, held Nov. 12 to Nov. 13, 2008, at the National Wild Turkey Federation’s headquarters in Edgefield.

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CDC Study Shows No Health Risk  Associated with Traditional Ammunition
A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study on human lead levels of hunters in North Dakota has confirmed what hunters throughout the world have known for hundreds of years, that consuming game harvested with traditional ammunition poses absolutely no health risk to people, including children, and that the call to ban lead ammunition was and remains a scare tactic being pushed by anti-hunting groups to forward their political agenda.

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SUMMIT UNVEILS RESEARCH ON HUNTING AND SHOOTING PARTICIPATION
Last June, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) hosted the 2008 Shooting Sports Summit in Colorado Springs. The summit gathered leaders from throughout the shooting, hunting, and outdoor industry, as well as key leaders from fish and wildlife agencies and conservation organizations (including the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks), to address key challenges that face the future of the shooting sports.

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources urges hunters to follow safety rules when using tree stands, following five accidents this fall during the early antlerless deer season.

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With the “early antlerless” deer season opening Saturday, results of a preliminary study about how certain bullets break up and disperse on impact provide more information for hunters heading out to the field. The results add emphasis to previous venison safety messages from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recommending pregnant women and children under six do not eat any venison harvested using ammunition that results in deposition of lead particles in meat.

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Elk hunting returns to Minnesota’s northwestern most corner
For the first time in more than 100 years, elk were legally hunted in Kittson County Minnesota in mid-September. The hunt opened the first of three nine-day elk seasons, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Three lucky winners of the once-in-a-lifetime Minnesota elk hunting permits filled their tags in three days of the first elk season. The holder of the single either-sex tag harvested an impressive 5×5 bull within minutes of the season opening.

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A whole new way for sportsmen to learn about taxidermy is now available on the internet. www.TaxidermyTube.com, a joint venture between the television show Taxidermy For The Sportsman and Foremost Media, Inc. officially launched September 15th, 2008. The website offers aspiring taxidermists and curious hunters the opportunity to learn taxidermy by watching professionally produced instructional videos online and to corresponding with a panel of professional taxidermist via a private message board.

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo.--Sometimes the best way to appreciate a special privilege is to imagine life without it. In recognition of American soldiers serving far from home this autumn, the U.S. Army is hosting a National Hunting and Fishing Day celebration at its Heidelberg Rod and Gun Club near the U.S. military base in Heidelberg, Germany. This lone overseas commemoration of National Hunting and Fishing Day is set for Sept. 27 to coincide with hundreds of events across the U.S. Visit www.nhfday.org for listings.

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NEWTOWN, Conn. -- For many hunters, that 300-mile drive to deer camp may be put on hold this year. Unwilling -- or unable -- to spend more on gasoline than licenses and lodging, many hunters are checking out their options closer to home.

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National Hunting and Fishing Day

A variety of resources are available at www.nhfday.org for media members covering National Hunting and Fishing Day, the Congressionally appointed annual commemoration of hunters, anglers and conservation.  This year's celebration is set for Sept. 27.

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WISCONSIN SPORTS FEST SLATED FOR AUG. 15-16

The Wisconsin Sports Fest attracts more than 30,000 attendees each year, and the sixth edition, at the Sunnyview Exposition Center in Oshkosh, should be another crowd-pleasing festival. In addition to live musical entertainment, outdoor personalities will be on hand to speak and sign autographs.

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NWTF Founder Honored with Special Award

As the National Wild Turkey Federation celebrates its 35th year of promoting wildlife conservation and the preservation of North America's hunting heritage, the organization is reflecting on its rich history and honoring the man who started it all.  Tom Rodgers, of Edgefield, S.C., founder of the NWTF, received a one-of-a-kind Founder's Award during a ceremony at NWTF headquarters, Saturday, Aug. 9.

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Michael Waddell Named NWTF Spokesman

Michael Waddell, the outdoor industry's charismatic television show host, has agreed to become the official spokesman for the National Wild Turkey Federation.  In this new role, Waddell will represent the NWTF as host of its television series, "Turkey Call," which airs on Outdoor Channel. In addition, Waddell will assume emcee duties at the organization's national convention, which will be held Feb. 19 to 22, 2009, in Nashville, Tenn. Members also will be treated to personal appearances by Waddell at many other NWTF events.

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The Minnesota Grand Slam this Week on Pheasants Forever Television

Grand slams are usually reserved for the baseball diamond, but this week on Pheasants Forever Television, you'll see how wildlife artist John House stroked one out of the park. The episode airs on Outdoor Channel on Thursday, Aug. 7th at 10PM CDT / 11PM EDT. The episode will also air on Friday, Aug. 8th at 10AM CDT / 11AM EDT and again on Saturday, Aug. 9th at 5:30PM CDT / 6:30PM EDT.

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AD CAMPAIGN POSITIONS NSSF AS RESOURCE FOR SAFE AND RESPONSIBLE FIREARMS OWNERSHIP

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has launched a public awareness campaign to inform Washington, D.C., residents—particularly those now considering purchasing a handgun—about the many educational resources it makes available to firearms owners. The campaign follows the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision (Washington, D.C., et. al. vs. Heller) reaffirming the Second Amendment as an individual right and ruling the district’s ban on handguns unconstitutional.

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GFP Commission to Meet at Fort Sisseton

In addition to their regular business, Game, Fish and Parks Commissioners will get a history lesson when they conduct their August meeting at Fort Sisseton Historic State Park. The commission's agenda for the one-day meeting on Aug. 7 includes a tour of the park, located 10 miles southwest of Lake City. 

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Shooting Industry Masters Raises

Shooters from throughout the industry stepped to the firing line at the 6th Annual Shooting Industry Masters July 26 to blast clays and ring steel, all in support of NSSF’s Step Outside program.  More than 150 shooters, including company CEOs, sales reps and factory craftsman, competed in the three-gun competition at the Hartford Gun Club in East Granby, Conn. Produced by FMG Publications, the event’s raffle raised $16,500 for the Step Outside program, which introduces newcomers to shooting.

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Renewed Partnership to Help NWTF Conservation, Outreach Efforts

The National Wild Turkey Federation's recently renewed agreement with Bank of America will help more than 500,000 NWTF volunteers and staff to continue to improve wildlife habitat and preserve our nation's hunting traditions.

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World Speedshooting Championships  to Feature Free Classes for Newcomers

On Aug. 15 and 16, the Steel Challenge World Speedshooting Championships will be offering first-time shooters a free introduction to shooting and firearm safety.  Several First Shots® seminars will be held each day starting at 9 a.m. Visitors to the range in Piru will have an opportunity to learn from professional instructors firearm safety and the basics of how to get started in handgun shooting. Afterward, seminar participants will be able to walk the competition course and see some of the world's fastest shooters as they compete for the world speed shooting title.

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National 4-H Headquarters Recognizes Bill Stevens for Outstanding Service to National 4-H Shooting Sports Program

National 4-H Headquarters recognized Bill Stevens, retired Conservation Manager, Federal Cartridge Corporation, for his lifelong dedication to the 4-H Shooting Sports Program during the 2008 National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational in June.

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Gun sales strong in Austin area this summer

Austin-area firearms dealers may have the Democrats to thank for brisk sales this summer. The prospect that the next presidential administration might favor new gun-control laws has gun enthusiasts bringing dollars and concerns to local firearms stores ahead of the November election.

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Records of Alabama’s White-tailed Deer

The Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (ADWFF) has a new records and recognition program for white-tailed deer killed in Alabama, the Records of Alabama's White-tailed Deer (RAWD). This new program allows Alabama's deer hunters to compare deer taken in their region to other areas of Alabama, as well as other states in the Southeast. It also showcases the quality animals produced by management efforts and strategies within Alabama.

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DNR seeks comments on motor vehicle use plan forforest lands in East Central Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking public comments on its forest classification and motor vehicle route designation proposal for six state forests in an eight-county planning area in east-central Minnesota. The east-central forests include Land O' Lakes in Cass/Crow Wing counties; Hill River, Savanna, and Waukenabo in Aitkin County, Snake River in Kanabec County, and DAR in Pine County. The proposal also designates roads and trails on scattered DNR lands in Anoka, Aitkin, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Pine, southern Cass, and Washington counties.

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New York becomes 27th state to reduce barriers for new hunters

With Governor Paterson signing New York's Junior Hunting bill July 23, the total number of states adopting legislation to reduce barriers to new hunters has climbed to 27 since the Families Afield program began in 2004. New data shows that across the United States, this program has opened doors to more than 131,000 youth and adults new to hunting.  New York state's Assembly Bill 11033 is expected to do the same as it lowers the age for mentored big game hunting to 14. Before this legislation was passed, New Yorkers had to be 16 years old, which was the oldest minimum age for big game hunting in the nation.

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Olympics Spur Record Year for Scholastic Shooting Program

As the Olympics prepare to showcase shooters among the world's athletic elite, America's "Little League of Shooting Sports" is celebrating record participation as well as its influence on the Games in Beijing.  The U.S. Shooting Team has just eight spots for shotgun shooters. In trial competitions, 25 percent of those spots were won by alumni of the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP), a national youth shooting league that's become a phenomenon across the country.

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Hunting Accidents Remain Low in Kansas

The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) reports that there were 19 hunting accidents in 2007, with one fatality. This is an increase of two accidents over the previous year but still a very small number considering that approximately 271,000 hunters spent more than 3 million days afield in 2006 (the latest year for which figures are available), agency staff report.

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Arizona Game and Fish Announces

Stamp collectors, conservationists, birders, and waterfowl hunters: The 2008 Arizona Waterfowl Stamp is on sale now.  This year’s stamp features a majestic pair of swimming canvasbacks. The art was created by the 2006-2007 Federal Duck Stamp winner Sherrie Russell Meline.

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Antelope Added to Sportsmen Against Hunger Program

After a record year of antlerless deer donations, South Dakota's Sportsmen Against Hunger Program is expanding to include payments for the processing of doe and fawn antelope. The program will continue to offer a $50 processing certificate for antlerless deer and for 2008 will also offer a $40 processing certificate for doe and fawn antelope. The certificates are available directly from the processors with the majority of participating processors accepting the Sportsman Against Hunger certificate as the full payment for processing. After processing the meat is distributed to families who need meat.

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More Antelope Hunting Licenses, Tags Offered in 2008

As South Dakota's antelope population reaches a near-record size, the state Game, Fish and Parks Commission has approved a hunting season that offers significantly more licenses and tags.  To increase the harvest of antelope, the 2008 season will offer two new types of licenses: a three-tag license good for any antelope and two doe/fawn antelope and a three-tag license good for three doe/fawn antelope.

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Sports Shop Offers Favre $25,000 Shopping Spree to Return to Green Bay

Jon Gafner would be more than happy to give away the $25,000 worth of merchandise his store sign promises if Brett Favre came back to the Packers.  The marquee sign on Gafner's Jackson Street business, Jon's Sport Shop, says, "Hey Brett, $25,000 shopping spree if you come back!"

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Chronic Wasting Disease Undetected in Bay State Deer

Based on data gathered during this past year, no evidence of chronic wasting disease (CWD) was detected in Massachusetts deer or moose. MassWildlife recently received results from a federally certified veterinary diagnostic laboratory that indicate that all the brain, lymph node, and tonsil samples taken from deer during last fall's hunting season tested negative for the disease.

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2008 Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Workshop -- Registration Now Available Online

The S.D. Game, Fish and Parks Department is gearing up for its 14th Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop. The workshop will be held Sept. 19-21 at Outlaw Ranch, near Custer.

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Unit M Antlerless Deer Permits Now Available

Hunters who want the chance to take an additional antlerless deer in Wildlife Management Unit M in southeastern New Hampshire during the fall hunting seasons can buy a special permit from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department starting July 1.

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Maryland Deer Test Negative For Chronic Wasting Disease

Samples collected from more than 900 deer during the 2007-2008 Maryland deer hunting season showed no signs of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Recent laboratory test results confirmed no evidence of the disease in brain and lymph nodes collected from 983 deer. Additional samples from sick or injured deer also showed no signs of the disease. During the past six years, over 4600 Maryland deer have been tested and were CWD-free.

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DNR Seeks Input on Allowing Deer Hunting in Hemlock Ravine Scientific and Natural Area (SNA)

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold a public hearing on whether to allow deer hunting in the Hemlock Ravine Scientific and Natural Area (SNA) on Wednesday, July 23, at the Carlton Fire Hall at 100 Forth St. N., Carlton, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. or until all testimony is heard.

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Sign up Now for Possible Game Damage Hunts

Hunters interested in participating in game-damage hunting opportunities on private land this year need to register with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks for the game damage hunt roster online. Prospective hunters have until July 15 to register at fwp.mt.gov. Click on "Game Damage Hunt Roster" listed on the home page under the For Hunters column.

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National Hunting and Fishing Day

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Legendary handgun maker and rising star in hunting rifles and shotguns, Smith & Wesson has become the newest sponsor of National Hunting and Fishing Day.

The annual celebration of hunters, anglers and conservation is set for Sept. 27, 2008.

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NWTF, Daisy Partner to Celebrate Women in the Outdoors

EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The National Wild Turkey Federation recently signed an agreement with Daisy Outdoor Products that will help commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the NWTF's Women in the Outdoors outreach program.

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I raised the custom Savage model 99, .308 that Matt Wilson had so patiently hammered out in his secret gun laboratory in Leesville. You don’t just get a director’s grade rifle like that; from a master unless he likes you, while it shoots as good as it looks. It would have been an easy shot too, had it not been for the tangle of brush allowing me to see his outline, but that was about it. Yep, he was a nice buck too, but that unwritten code of conduct that I must live by would not allow me to fire a shot irresponsibly and risk wounding such a majestic beast. Our little stand off ended abruptly as he gave me one last aristocratic gaze, and then insulted me with a snort and a flash of a white tail as he vanished into the green mansions of mixed pine and hardwood forest that make up the beautiful Peason Ridge Wildlife Management area.

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Framework for Conservation Title agreed upon, details expected early next week

Washington, D.C.

May 2, 2008 Late last night, congressional leaders reached a framework agreement on the 2008 Farm Bill's Conservation Title. Lawmakers are still ironing out other titles to complete the new Farm Bill. Full conservation program specifics will not be publicly released until early next week, but the new Farm Bill appears to be moving forward with the possibility of floor votes in both the Senate and House next week.

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PIERRE, S.D.—South Dakota’s hunting heritage has traditionally been passed from one generation to the next. Recognizing that linage, and wanting to help it along, the S.D. Legislature approved a bill this year that allows children as young as 10 years of age to take part in mentored hunting opportunities.

“Having youngsters in the field is nothing new in South Dakota,” said Tony Leif, director of the Wildlife Division of the S.D. Game, Fish and Parks Department. “Many South Dakotans learned about hunting and the outdoors well before they were old enough to hunt.”

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NWTF Makes Arbor Day a Year-Round Conservation Effort

EDGEFIELD, S.C. — Each year, conservation-minded Americans celebrate National Arbor Day by joining forces on the last Friday in April to plant an estimated 18 million tree seedlings.

However, to improve wildlife habitat and the environment, tree-planting efforts must span much further than Arbor Day celebrations. Through the National Wild Turkey Federation's initiatives, private landowners and volunteers work year-round to rejuvenate forests by managing habitat and planting trees.

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- National Hunting and Fishing Day, the Congressionally appointed celebration of hunters, anglers and conservation set for Sept. 27, welcomes Outdoor Channel as an official sponsor for 2008.

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MAN to Leverage SEG’s Relationships with Hunting and Fishing TV Producers, Country Music Stars



Denver and Elba, ALABAMA., (April 23, 2008) – The Maximum Adventure Network (MAN), a 24-hour outdoors adventure-focused television channel, announced today a strategic alliance with Southern Entertainment Group (SEG) LLC, a video and online content distribution company that owns and operates the Artists and Fans Network and Country Lifestyles Network. The alliance will provide additional outdoors adventure TV programs for MAN, give MAN access to marketing opportunities with a variety of country music stars, and provide SEG TV producers with a national platform for airing hunting and fishing shows.

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DOUBLE SPRINGS, Ala. — Ask any wildlife biologist what it takes to keep wildlife healthy, happy and close to home, and they'll tell you it's all about having good habitat.

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Michael Waddell to Chair National Hunting and Fishing Day

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Outdoor television star Michael Waddell has been selected as honorary chairman for this year's National Hunting and Fishing Day, set for Sept. 27.

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Woolrich, a perennial supporter of National Hunting and Fishing Day, has again come aboard as a major sponsor of the annual commemoration set for Sept. 27.

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Legislation to Remove Barriers Introduces 87,000 to Hunting

New hunters are taking to the field, thanks to laws that remove unnecessary restrictions. Since 2004, more than 87,000 apprentice hunting licenses have been sold.

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Kentucky FW Propose Deer Zone Changes

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission proposed deer zone changes for the 2008-2009 deer season at its quarterly meeting March 7.  The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission recommends all hunting, fishing and boating regulations for approval by the General Assembly and approves all expenditures by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. All recommendations must be approved by legislators before they become law.

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A long-time supporter of the sporting heritage, Cabela's has again signed on to sponsor National Hunting and Fishing Day, set for Sept. 27.

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30TH SHOW SHATTERS RECORDS . . . It was one for the record books. NSSF's 2008 SHOT Show smashed all-time records in its 30th year, posting new highs in attendance, exhibition space, exhibiting companies and media turnout.

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Firearms and Ammunition Contribute
$3 Billion to Wildlife Conservation;
Industry Announces Important New Initiative

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USA Shooting Safety Coalition Video "BASICS OF FIREARM SAFETY" Now Available!

(Colorado Springs, CO, Jan. 24)-The USA SHOOTING SAFETY COALITION has completed a "Basics of Firearm Safety" video that incorporates the best practices of member training organizations. In contrast to previous efforts by a variety of sources, this video is fast paced, interesting and fun to watch. The pacing, music, video sequences and transitions will hold the interest of students and creates easy to remember safety points.

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NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Safari Club International Foundation has announced that it will contribute $250,000 to the Hunting Heritage Partnership (HHP), a program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). The donation increases annual grant money available by 50 percent, from $500,000 to $750,000 to address critical issues affecting the future of hunting.

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Hunters harvested 48 deer during the first weekend of a special hunt in northwestern Minnesota that aims to reduce deer density and stop the potential spread of bovine tuberculosis (TB), according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

The hunt began Dec. 29 and continues through Jan. 13 in Permit Area 101, which is considered the bovine TB zone in far northwestern Minnesota. It is open to hunters who have a valid, unused permit to harvest deer regardless of the zone in which a hunter was licensed.

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Ruger Milestone Rifle Highlights SHOT Show Auction

Over the years, manufacturers and sportsmen have helped raise well over $500,000 for the future of hunting in America through the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show's annual firearm and knife auction. The 2008 auction promises to be another exciting one. The items include a highly embellished Ruger rifle with a historic serial number, an elegant Pennsylvania longrifle and a finely crafted, expertly engraved folding knife.

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UF study: Maya politics likely played role in ancient large-game decline

A University of Florida study is the first to document ancient hunting effects on large-game species in the Maya lowlands of Central America, and shows political and social demands near important cities likely contributed to their population decline, especially white-tailed deer.

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Federal's Conservation Manager Bill Stevens Retires, Closes Career with Field & Stream Lifetime Achievement Award

Bill Stevens is closing the books on 42-years as Federal's conservation program manager. He finished on a strong note with Field & Stream Magazine's Lifetime Achievement Award-presented to him in September as part of the Heroes of Conservation banquet in New York City.

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Teens tops in shooting sport

With the school year well under way, many teens are busy with football, soccer, cross-country or another "traditional" sport.  Twin brothers Trent and Eric Pribil, seniors at Edmond North High School, are polishing up their rifles and shotguns for another year of participating in shooting sports.

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Hunting License Requirements and Game in Hawaii

Hunting in Hawaii requires a hunting license whether you hunt on public or private land.  In order to purchase a Hawaii Hunting License, you must possess one of the following documents:

  • a Hawaii Hunter Education Wallet Card; or
  • a Letter of Exemption.

Hawaii Hunter Education Wallet Cards are issued to graduates of our basic course and you may use it to purchase a Hawaii Hunting License directly from a license agent.

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Virginia Friends of NRA honored

Reprinted with Permission from the NRA Club Connection--The Virginia Friends of NRA received a State Friend of Extension Award as part of the Virginia Extension Service Association's annual meeting held in Richmond, May 24. The award was presented by the Alpha gamma chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi, the Extension honorary organization. Accepting the award were NRA Field Representative Macey White of Middlesex County, State Fund Committee Chairman John Ritenour of Rockingham County, and State Fund Committee Assistant Mindy Deviers.

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USA SHOOTING FORMS FIREARM SAFETY COALITION

Recognizing the need to promote the safe handling, storage and transportation of firearms, USA Shooting announced during the recent Orlando Shot Show that leading firearm instruction and sports shooting organizations are joining with them to form the USA Shooting Safety Coalition.

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National 4-H Shooting Sports Foundation Joins Education and Firearm Safety Initiative

The National 4-H Shooting Sports Foundation is joining a newly formed coalition of organizations to promote the safe and responsible storage and use of firearms. National 4-H will join the International Hunter Education Association (IHEA) and USA Shooting, to work together on a new initiative to enhance the education and training of the nation’s firearms
instructors and their work with hunters and competitive shooters. Child Guard, LLC, will serve as an official Supporting Partner of these organizations, providing technical expertise, financial support and products in support of the program.

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