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Idaho mentored youth deer hunt a success
From the Idaho Department of Fish and Game -- Last fall the Idaho Department of Fish and Game joined forces with local Salmon Region landowners to host the second annual mentored youth deer hunt.

Public review March 15-16 for WV hunting, trapping, fishing proposals
From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources -- The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will hold 12 public meetings in March, inviting hunters, trappers, anglers, landowners and other interested parties to review proposed 2010 hunti...

The Memorial Buck
By Michael Ruffing -- It was the 2006 deer season in Pennsylvania. I was hunting with my dad, who’d I’d convinced to use a crossbow for the first time. I was carrying a muzzleloader, a flintlock. When I met up with my father on the first evening of...

So That’s Buck Fever?
By Thomas Carson -- This isn’t your average hunting story of how I bagged a 13-point buck. To me, it is unbelievably funny. The average hunter might have a hard time believing the story, but I assure you that every word is true. While you read, keep...

First of its kind Iowa jackrabbit study is big, hare-y deal
From the Iowa Department of Natural Resources -- A cooperative joint venture between Iowa DNR and Iowa State University hopes to capture and install radio transmitters on white-tailed jackrabbits living at ISU’s Agricultural Research Farm.

Wisconsin bear harvest permits to increase 22 percent
From the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources -- Wisconsin wildlife biologists have upped the number of available black bear harvest permits by 22 percent over 2009.

Arizona elk and pronghorn application deadline Feb.9
From the Arizona Game and Fish Department -- The Feb. 9 application deadline to submit elk and pronghorn hunt applications is rapidly approaching – so don’t procrastinate, the Arizona Game and Fish Department advises.

Nebraska plans reloading workshop Feb. 20
From the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission -- An ammunition reloading workshop will be held Feb. 20 at the Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium from 10 a.m. to noon, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

Dirty Harry, Meet Really Filthy Harry
The first sign of their presence is several sets of ears moving through the tall understory of the piney north Florida woodlot. The white-tailed does are casually browsing their way past me through the loblolly and longleaf pine stand, back toward th...

Two Shooters, One Buck of a Lifetime
By Randall Lamb -- It was a cold, dry morning in 1986. Leaves crunched under my boots as I walked through the dark woods, bow on my shoulder. I was 24 years old, and it was just my second year of deer hunting. In the distance a screech owl announc...

Texas seeks public comment on hunting/fishing changes
From the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department -- Expansion of mule deer hunting opportunities tops a short list of proposed changes to the state’s hunting and fishing regulations the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is considering for 2010-2011.

Hunting license sales up 3.5 percent in NSSF index of states
From the National Shooting Sports Foundation -- 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 r...

Website benefits ND hunter education students and graduates
From the North Dakota Game and Fish Department -- A website designed to promote the importance of hunter education and gun safety benefits both potential students and graduates, according to Jon Hanson, hunter education coordinator for the North D...

Biologist discusses wild turkey with whitetail management strategies
From the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources -- Although many habitat management strategies are common to both white-tailed deer and Eastern wild turkeys, there are specific management practices that address the needs of wild tu...

2010 New Hampshire moose lottery now open
From the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department -- Lottery applications are now available for hunting moose in New Hampshire. The nonrefundable application fee is $15 for New Hampshire residents and $25 for nonresidents.

Delaware seeks feedback on new deer management plan
From the Delaware DNR and Environmental Control -- A draft version of Delaware’s Deer Management Plan is the first plan ever produced for formally addressing the future of a deer herd that has grown into a state success story of wildlife restoration...

Florida’s unique NW deer season continues Feb. 18-28
From the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission -- If you live in the central or southern part of Florida and don’t mind hunting with a primitive weapon, then check out the Northwest Hunting Zone’s deer season. It's still going strong on ...

Proper Shot Placement
By Bob Humphrey -- The goal for every deer hunter is a quick, clean harvest. Ethically, it demonstrates respect for the game we pursue. Logically, it reduces the time and effort required to recover the animal, not to mention eliminating the wastef...

Alligator found in Kansas lake thought to have been released
From the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks -- On Jan. 27, a group of anglers were fishing near the warm-water discharge in Coffey County Lake when they spotted an unexpected wildlife specimen ˜ a 5-foot, 4-inch alligator.

Alabama trapping seminars look to preserve a dying skill
From the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources -- When Mike Sievering, supervising wildlife biologist for the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division in the west central district, started trapping seminars three years a...
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