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Entries for April 2010



100 Percent Hooked!
In November 2007, I was blessed with the opportunity of a lifetime. After helping a friend do some last-minute work on a few tree stands for the upcoming gun deer season, I decided to take advantage of the last hour of daylight and go bowhunting. ...

Alabama 2010 National Archery in the Schools Program state winners named
From the Alabama Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources -- More than 1,000 students from across Alabama in grades four through 12 competed for Alabama’s National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) state championship, and the chance to ad...

Firearms industry impact report shows economic bright spot
From the National Shooting Sports Foundation -- The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry, has released a newly commissioned report detailing the significant economic impact the firea...

Maine’s spring turkey season opens May 3
From the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife -- Maine’s spring wild turkey hunting season will open with May 3 a significant change in the spring bag limit.  The season ends June 5, a full five-week season for all turkey permit ...

Kansas changes archery equipment requirements; sets season dates
From the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Department -- The Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission has approved regulation amendments concerning big game and turkey legal equipment, deer seasons, antelope season, and elk season.

Arkansas makes 65+ hunter season change; approves dates
From the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission -- The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has approved regulation changes as part of the 2010-11 hunting season-setting process. One change would allow hunters 65 and older to participate in the January port...

USFWS to study creating wildlife refuge on Wisconsin-Illinois border
From the USFWS -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will conduct a study to determine if the establishment of a national wildlife refuge in several counties along the Wisconsin and Illinois border between Milwaukee and Chicago would be appropriate.

1,800 to compete in 41st annual Cornhusker Trapshoot
From the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission -- The 41st Annual Cornhusker Trapshoot begins Thursday, April 29 in Doniphan. The three-day event, with 1,800 competitors, will be held at the Nebraska Trapshooting Association grounds, located on U.S. Hi...

Delaware seeking volunteers for habitat restoration
From the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife -- The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife is looking for volunteers to assist with habitat restoration and on-site projects throughout the state. Projects vary and are available for both individual...

Take precautions to avoid conflict bears leaving hibernation
From the Colorado Division of Wildlife -- Bears are emerging from their long winter naps throughout Colorado, and the Division of Wildlife is reminding residents and visitors to always be bear aware.

Washington special permit hunting applications available
From the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife -- Hunters may now purchase special-permit applications for the 2010 season that provide more options for big-game hunts in Washington than before.

Wisconsin launches TIP411—anonymously text message DNR violations
From the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources -- Wisconsin residents can now use text messaging anonymously as a way to report hunting, fishing, trapping, recreational vehicle and environmental violations. The DNR has launched tip411, an intern...

.44 Hunting Sixguns
It was a tough decision. My left hand held the faithful .308 Sako carbine I’d taken I don’t know how many deer with over the years. My right hand hefted the Ruger Super Blackhawk I’d bought just months ago. It was my second Thanksgiving hunt in Utah...

Illinois closes state caves to control WNS in bats
From the Illinois Department of Natural Resources -- Illinois is closing state-owned and managed caves that support bat populations as part of a national effort to slow the spread of the mysterious White Nose Syndrome affecting bats in the northeast...

Spreading Adder—a great actor!
If you met a snake that tried to imitate a cobra what would you think? You’d probably want avoid it—which is the exact result the hognose snake wanted. Spreading adder is the name commonly used for a group of snakes called hognose snakes. The ter...

Do you have a Champion Tree?
Last year, Dana O’Brian of Prattville, Ala., was reading an article about the biggest sycamore tree in Alabama, one that had recently earned the title Alabama Champion Tree. After reading the dimensions and looking outside in her own yard, she th...

NSSF awards $419,150 to promote hunting
From the National Shooting Sports Foundation -- Emphasizing projects designed to reactivate lapsed hunters, introduce more youngsters to hunting and evaluate previously funded efforts, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has awarded Hunti...

Maine Wardens unveil Project Night Hawk with FLIR Thermal Imaging System
From the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife -- On April 28 the Maine Warden Service introduces an aerial thermal imaging system that will be used by the Service in search and rescue and law enforcement missions as well as  depart...

Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshop Aug. 13-15
From the North Dakota Game and Fish Department -- Women who want to learn more about outdoor activities are encouraged to participate in the 16th annual Becoming an Outdoors Woman Workshop Aug. 13-15 at Lake Metigoshe State Park, Bottineau.

Colorado mountain lion safety video available online
From the Colorado Division of Wildlife -- Mountain lion sightings are becoming more and more common in Colorado. The Colorado Division of Wildlife has produced a short video about safety in lion country to help educate residents and visitors. Media ...
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