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Wisconsin mentored hunting program proves far safer than critics predicted
From the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action -- Based on the most recent numbers detailed in the Wisconsin DNR Chief Warden’s 2009 Season Report, the NRA and other sportsmen’s groups now have clear data that proves the new Me...

Pennsylvania seeks public help to track White-Nose Syndrome in bats
From the Pennsylvania Game Commission -- Hibernating bats continue to fall to White Nose Syndrome which has caused cave bat population reductions in New York and New England over the past three winters.

Public to vote Kansas geography winners through Feb. 17
From the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks -- The Kansas Sampler Foundation, a group formed to help preserve and sustain rural culture, has announced the finalists for its 8 Wonders of Kansas Geography contest.

Iowa joins North American Amphibian Monitoring Program
From the Iowa Department of Natural Resources -- In 1984, Iowa was one of the first states to take a vested interest in amphibian residents by conducting frog and toad call surveys at wetlands across the state.  It wasn’t until 1991 that the mo...

Change of Heart
By Cindy Herman -- The death of my sister in 1989 was the beginning of a belief that guns should never be a part of society, except for the military and police who protect us. I believed no one should be able to own a personal weapon of any sort. M...

Forever Wild secures 5,400 acres within Alabama WMA
From the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources -- The State of Alabama’s Forever Wild Land Trust recently completed a land purchase of regional significance in east-central Alabama.

ND hunters asked to participate in post-season surveys
From the North Dakota Game and Fish Department -- North Dakota hunters receiving a questionnaire are encouraged to complete the survey and return it to the state Game and Fish Department.

2010 spring turkey application accepted through Feb. 10
From the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency -- Applications for the 2010 Spring Turkey Quota Hunts will be accepted through Feb. 10 at any TWRA license agent, TWRA regional office or online at the TWRA Web site at www.tnwildlife.org.

ND makes 1305 nonresident, any-deer bow licenses available for 2010
From the North Dakota Game and Fish Department -- During 2010, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department will make 1,305 any-deer bow licenses available to nonresidents. The number is 15 percent of the previous year’s mule deer gun license alloca...

Florida reminds hunters: cold weather means pythons are sunning
From the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission -- During this cold snap in South Florida, Burmese pythons in the wild may be out sunning themselves to stay warm. That means hunters in four South Florida wildlife management areas (WMAs) should be on ...

Ask The Biologist: Whitetail Fawns
I recently got an email that contained a picture of a whitetail fawn hiding amongst fallen flower petals on the steps of a home. It got me wondering if all fawn coats are pretty much the same, or do the spot patterns vary? -- Nancy Cole / Flint, Mich...

Nebraska plans bowhunter ed apprentice training Feb. 10
From the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission -- Volunteers will be trained to become bowhunter education apprentice instructors Feb. 10 in Lincoln, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

Chronic Wasting Disease not detected in Ohio deer
From the Ohio Department of Natural Resources    -- For the eighth straight year, testing of Ohio's deer herd has found no evidence of chronic wasting disease (CWD), a degenerative brain disease that affects elk, mule deer and white-tail...

New Hampshire citizens asked to report turkey flock sightings
From the New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission -- For the second consecutive year, citizens are being asked to report sightings of turkey flocks seen from now through March 31 by filling out a simple electronic survey form posted on the New Hampshi...

Nebraska $5 youth spring turkey permits available Jan. 11
From the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission -- New $5 youth turkey permits will be available when 2010 spring turkey hunting permits go on sale Jan. 11 at 1 p.m. Central Time, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

Arkansas wildlife officers hold annual special disability deer hunt
From the Arkansas Game and fish Commission -- In December, the Arkansas GFC Enforcement District A-2 held their annual special disability deer hunt on a private ranch in Franklin County. Nine disabled hunters participated in the two-day hunt. All n...

Missouri youths brave wintry blast and set deer-harvest record
From the Missouri Department of Conservation -- Wind blew, snow flew, and the mercury dropped to bone-chilling depths during the late portion of Missouri’s youth deer hunting season. But in spite of beastly weather, young hunters managed to check n...

Pennsylvania hunters need second spring gobbler tag
From the Pennsylvania Game Commission -- Pennsylvania hunters who would like the opportunity to harvest a second spring gobbler can purchase a second spring gobbler tag until the spring gobbler season begins on May 1.

Iowa deer harvest falls slightly below 2008 level
From the Iowa Department of Natural Resources -- The reported Iowa deer harvest is running about 4,000 behind the 2008 numbers, but the remaining deer seasons are likely to shrink that gap, say wildlife experts. Hunters still have the late muzzlel...

Kansas testing for CWD in early stages
From the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks -- Testing for chronic wasting disease (CWD) in samples collected from deer taken during the 2009 season is only about one-third complete, but the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) repor...
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