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North Dakota NASP tournament in Bismarck March 6
From the North Dakota Game and Fish Department -- The state Game and Fish Department has invited all North Dakota schools participating in the National Archery in the Schools Program to register for the second annual state tournament.

Minnesota furbearer registrations increase 13%
From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources -- Furbearer registrations in northeast Minnesota for the 2009 trapping season increased 13 percent from 2008, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Kansas offers bargain price for turkey permit/tag combo
From the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks -- Kansas turkey hunters looking for a bargain can find it in the turkey permit/game tag combination, available through March 30 at a reduced price. By purchasing the combination early, hunters save $...

WI hunters take fewer fall turkeys; spring permits on sale March 22
From the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources -- Hunters registered 7,073 birds during the Sept. 12 through Nov. 19 regular season and 1,192 birds during the Nov. 30 through Dec. 31 extended season in turkey zones 1 – 5. In 2008, 10,698 birds w...

Kansas reports 2009 hunting seasons safest on record
From the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks -- During 2009 hunting seasons, hunters reported 12 hunting accidents—and no fatalities—to the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP). The decrease of four accidents from the previous year an...

No CWD Detected in 2009 in Michigan
Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources & Environment -- The Department of Natural Resources and Environment found no traces of chronic wasting disease in deer tested in 2009.

Florida notes locations to hunt spring turkeys without quota permit
From the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission -- For hunters who didn't get drawn for a spring turkey quota permit or are looking for more spring turkey hunting opportunities, there are numerous wildlife management areas (WMAs) that don...

Pa. Game Commission Seeks Comment on Deer Plan
From Pa. Game Commission -- The Pennsylvania Game Commission is seeking public input on a draft deer management plan, which can be reviewed on the agency’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us) by clicking on the "Draft Deer Management Plan" icon under the ...

Arizona Game and Fish corrects inaccuracies in NPR jaguar story
From the Arizona Game and fish Department    -- Arizona residents may have heard a story on National Public Radio Feb. 10 that included some factual errors regarding a recent U.S. Department of the Interior Inspector General (IG) report ...

Florida seeks feedback for crossbow use proposal
From the Florida Fish and Wildlife conservation Commission -- The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is considering allowing the use of crossbows by hunters during archery season.

How BIG is that deer?
"Wow! You won't believe the size of the buck I saw today! I thought I was looking at an elk." If that sounds familiar, you've been listening to someone with an over-active imagination. White-tailed deer, no matter how big they get, are not nearly a...

What do deer eat?
Deer browse, and knowing what whitetails like to eat will help you understand where to find them. White-tailed deer are not grazers. They don't eat grass and hay like elk or cattle. Even though you may see a whitetail feeding in a grassy field, if y...

Over 1,500 kids compete in Arkansas archery state tournament
Competition was fierce this past weekend as over 1,500 kids from 72 schools competed in the Arkansas National Archery in the Schools Program state tournament. The program is part of the National Archery in the Schools Program and is a part of the Ark...

A Series of Fortunate Events
John Payne of North Huntingdon, Pa., wasn't supposed to go to Kansas in 2003. He wasn't supposed to be carrying an unfamiliar rifle. And he wasn't supposed to climb into the treestand he sat in on opening morning of the Sunflower State's rifle season...

Colorado special light snow goose season unplugged
From the Colorado Wildlife Commission -- New for Colorado’s  2010 Light Goose Conservation Order, snow goose hunters may use unplugged shotguns--guns capable of holding more than three shells--to aid in taking light geese when the special conse...

Oops! Missouri spring turkey hunting booklet has error
From the Missouri Department of Conservation -- The starting date for one of Missouri’s managed spring turkey hunts is incorrect in the 2010 Spring Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet, but the online version has been corrected.

Points of Contention
By Mike Handley -- Confused about how to measure whitetail antlers? Then you’d better not read “Rack Up the Points” in the February 2010 issue of Outdoor Life. The one-page featurette, which attempts to show how a single set of antlers fares by the...

Get Close Enough to Take a Coyote
By Joe Kosack -- Interested in finding something new and different to try this winter? Coyote hunting may be just what you’re looking for, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission. “Calling a coyote into shotgun range is one of the most incred...

First Deer’s a Big ’Un
By Cheryl Sartin -- Although I’d hunted for six years with my husband in Stone County, Ark., the only thing I ever hit was a tree. Last year, he got me my own gun, a bolt-action Stevens rifle in .22-250. We hunted the national forest and on ou...

2009—Another excellent year for Iowa deer hunters
From the Iowa Department of Natural Resources -- Iowa hunters harvested 136,504 deer in 2009, of which 71,273 were does continuing a five year trend of reducing the size of Iowa’s deer herd. This harvest is about 5,750 fewer deer than were reported...
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