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Handicapped Crossbow Hunters Shafted in Louisiana
After the legalization of the crossbow in Louisiana, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries responds in pure ignorance.

“Can you believe this?” I try to be a strict adherer to game and fish laws, I read and interpret every word so I personally don’t make a mistake. This is probably due to the fact that a large part of my Army career in the Military Police was being a Game Warden on military posts including Fort Richardson Alaska, Fort Sill Oklahoma, Fort Ord and Hunter Ligget in California and Fort Chaffee Arkansas. Needless to say I became very familiar with game and fish laws and ethics. Over the years I developed a sense of fairness and understanding when it comes to why things are done in the world of game and fish laws. The by word is compromise, while trying to please the grass roots hunters that do in fact stir up a lot of unnecessary problems stemming from many reasons to include special interest and just plain selfishness.

While the most severe blizzard to hit parts of Kansas in decades may have come the last week of March, warm weather will soon make this event a fleeting memory, enticing Kansans across the state to visit their favorite state parks. To enhance these visits, park staff conduct a variety of special events. Some events are scheduled in conjunction with Free Park Entrance Days, some celebrate a special historical event or geological attribute of an individual park, and others are just for entertainment. Each park sets its own dates for these events.

Events may include anything from a marathon race to boating courses and equestrian events. Many are educational and all make visiting Kansas state parks more fun. For more information on state park events, phone individual parks or visit the Event Calendar on the department's website.

CWD-positive deer reported from 2,693 samples collected by KDWP

The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks reports a total of 10 chronic wasting disease (CWD) occurrences from among almost 2,700 deer tissue samples collected and submitted for lab analysis by KDWP in recent months.

CHANUTE -- On May 30, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, Lil Toledo Lodge, the Kansas Wildlife Officers Association, and the Kansas State Rifle Association, the Women of the National Rifle Association (NRA), and the Kansas Bow Hunter Association will join forces to conduct the area's fourth Women on Target Shooting Skills For Women shooting clinic.

PIERRE, S.D. – Chad Tussing, Education Services Coordinator for the S.D. Game, Fish and Parks Department, has been honored by the South Dakota Science Teachers Association with the 2009 Friend of Science Award.

SDSTA presents the award each year to an individual for their support of South Dakota students and the work done by the association. “We are proud to work with such a generous educator,” Mark Farrand, executive board member for SDSTA said. “Chad gives of his time, energy and ideas selflessly for the betterment of learners of all ages across South Dakota.”

MN DNR invites public input about hunting changes
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites the public to comment on a proposal that would simplify regulations for hunting Canada geese during the early fall season in the metro and southeast parts of the state.

On March 28, the Flint Hills Gobblers Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks Hunter Education Program will conduct its 8th Annual Spring Turkey Hunting Clinic. The event will take place at Camp Alexander, near Emporia, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is open to anyone interested in learning how to become a better turkey hunter, especially youth, and it's free.

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.

DNR asking for reports of feral hogs in Big Stone County
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is asking for the public's help in locating a group of feral hogs in Big Stone County.

Curt Vacek, DNR area wildlife manager at Appleton, said between 25 to 50 hogs are thought to be roaming in the vicinity of Big Stone Lake 11 miles north of Ortonville. They are thought to be of the pot-bellied variety that can reach weights of up to 300 pounds.

Five More Northwest Kansas Deer Test Positive for CWD
KDWP awaiting lab results on more samples from 2008 deer season
Five more Kansas white-tailed deer have been confirmed positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD), bringing to eight the total number of CWD incidents from the 2008 Kansas deer seasons.

The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks is still awaiting final lab results on about 100 more tissue samples from hunter-killed deer during the past deer season, according to Shane Hesting, KDWP wildlife disease coordinator.

Conservation Advisory Board Meets March 7, 2009
The Alabama Conservation Advisory Board will meet Saturday, March 7, at The Mann Wildlife Learning Museum at the Montgomery Zoo, 325 Vandiver Blvd., Montgomery, Ala. Registration for those wishing to address the board will be from 8–8:30 a.m. The meeting will begin promptly at 9 a.m.

NWTF Pennsylvania Board Member Buys Inaugural Elk Tag
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Sold! When the bidding frenzy finished, Pennsylvania National Wild Turkey Federation Board Member Jim Nyce, of Green Lane, Pa., had purchased the Pennsylvania Game Commission's inaugural conservation elk tag at the NWTF's National Convention in Nashville, Tenn., for $28,000.

The NWTF's National Convention and Sport Show, Feb. 19 through Feb. 22, drew a record 43,000 sportsmen and women from throughout North America. As part of its Grand National Celebrity live auction, NWTF put up for bid the antlered elk license, which is valid for use in any management zone open for Pennsylvania's upcoming elk hunt, Nov. 2-7.

Regular season April 8-May 31; special hunts application deadline March 16

The 2009 spring turkey season runs April 8-May 31, and hunters across the state are already making preparations. Turkey permits allow hunters to use a shotgun, crossbow, or bow throughout the regular season. Archery-only and youth/disabled seasons run concurrently, April 1-7.

Turkey permits for units 1, 2, and 3 may be purchased online from the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) website, or over the counter at any license vendor. A regulations brochure may be downloaded from the KDWP website and printed or obtained at KDWP offices and license vendors. This brochure also includes a resident-only, limited-draw permit application for Unit 4, but the application deadline for these permits was Feb. 20. The brochure can be used only for general regulations regarding the 2009 Kansas spring turkey hunting season.

SoDak's Pheasant Country of Mitchell Becomes a Pheasants Forever Chapter
Mitchell, SD - February 25, 2009 - Pheasants Forever (PF) is proud to announce that the 700-member strong organization Pheasant Country, LTD of Mitchell , South Dakota , has converted to a PF chapter and is now known as the Pheasant Country Chapter of PF. The chapter will continue its tradition of holding its annual banquet on the eve of the South Dakota pheasant opener at the World's Only Corn Palace in Mitchell.

PF is the only national conservation organization that empowers local chapters with the responsibility to determine how 100 percent of their locally-raised conservation funds are spent. This local control allows chapters to see the fruits of their chapter efforts in their own communities.

DNR offers outdoor skills classes for women
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) program is hosting its annual winter workshop March 6 - 8 at Deep Portage Environmental Learning Center in Hackensack.

For more information, click on this link: http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/index.php/2009/02/26/dnr-offers-outdoor-skills-classes-for-women/ .

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