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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.

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.

NWTF to Raffle and Auction Two Rare Turkey Tags
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.

NWTF’s Florida State Chapter Continues Habitat Enhancement
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.

Leftover spring hunt tags available in Arizona
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.

Minnesota Spring turkey application deadline approaching
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.”

Hunters: Know Your Bears and Lions
Hunters: Know Your Bears and Lions
JACKSON-- This time of year the Wyoming Game and Fish Department always reminds hunters to know their target before they pull the trigger, but especially when it comes to bears and lions.

Both black bears and mountain lions are hunted species in Wyoming, and the Game and Fish Department encourages hunters to visit their website to take a quick voluntary online test before heading afield to pursue these species.

3rd Annual Maryland Hunter Contest Begins November 29
Annapolis, Md. — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources encourages hunters to enter the 2008 Maryland Hunter Contest, where participants can win a complimentary 2009-2010 hunting license and the grand prize winner will receive a $500 gift certificate.

Proposed South Dakota Spring Turkey Hunting Season Limits Rifle Use
Proposed South Dakota Spring Turkey Hunting Season Limits Rifle Use
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s wild turkey population continues to grow at a robust pace across the state, and that means more opportunities for hunters. At the same time, to balance safety concerns, the S.D. Game, Fish and Parks Commission is considering further restrictions in the use of rifles and handguns.

Draw results for spring hunts are available
If you haven’t yet had a chance to see if you were drawn for the spring 2009 hunts, draw results are available by visiting the Arizona game and Fish Department’s Web site at www.azgfd.gov/draw.

Applicants can obtain draw results for spring turkey, javelina, buffalo and bear hunt tags by providing a department ID Number (usually the applicant's Social Security number) and date of birth. Draw results are also available by telephone at (602) 942-3000 (press 2).

Cool Weather Prevails for Fall Turkey and Deer Hunters 2008 Turkey & Deer Harvest Numbers Up
Annapolis, Md. — Maryland hunters benefited from cool autumn temperatures this year and reported an increase in the fall turkey and early season deer harvests compared to 2007.

“The improved fall turkey harvest is due to a combination of favorable weather and a recent increase in the population in Western Maryland,” said Pete Jayne, DNR’s Associate Director for Game Management. “This time last year we were experiencing widespread impacts to deer from hemorrhagic disease, which attributed to a decrease in hunter success in 2007. I’m glad to say that Maryland is largely free of the disease this year and hunters are benefiting from a slight rebound in the population.”

CONSOL Energy Improves Public Hunting Access and Wildlife Habitat in Kentucky
CONSOL Energy Improves Public Hunting Access and Wildlife Habitat in Kentucky
CONSOL Energy, headquartered in Canonsburg, Pa., has enrolled 5,000 acres of land in Kentucky in the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Energy for Wildlife Program and made the land available for public hunting.

Shooting Hours End at Sunset
Shooting Hours End at Sunset
PIERRE, S.D. - All good things, even a day of hunting, must come to an end. In South Dakota, that means when the sun sets, it's time for hunters to call in the dogs and call it a day.

2008 Wyoming Hunting Forecast
When you've got the smallest human population of any state in the Union on the ninth largest land area, the hunting forecast is always a pretty dang good one. But a variety of other factors: namely drawing a good license and favorable weather, enter in to make the trip complete.

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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Wild turkeys have excellent vision during the day but don't see as well at night. They are also very mobile. Turkeys can run at speeds up to 25 mph, and they can fly up to 55 mph
- NWTF Website