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Taking Stock
Want to give your old rifle a facelift - or maybe a whole new personality? Nothing does more for a dinged-up rifle than replacing its battle-scarred stock with a brand-new handle. Sprucing up your rifle’s appearance isn’t the only reason to insta...

Turkey hunters never too old for safety education
From the Missouri Department of Conservation -- Missouri turkey hunters old enough to be exempt from mandatory hunter education could benefit from training their younger counterparts receive. As a rule, people develop better judgment as they mature....

Do you have bats in your belfry?
Bats are a tremendously misunderstood group of wildlife. Consider the clichés “blind as a bat,” “gone batty,” or “crazy as a bat”—and you can likely think of several others. In reality, bats are not blind at all. Though they can carry rabies, jus...

Wisconsin names 2010 Arbor Day contest winners
To help foster a greater awareness and knowledge about the natural world among Wisconsin school children, every year the Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry holds two annual statewide Arbor Day contests, a poster contest for fifth...

Federal grants available for shooting range projects
From the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife -- Shooting clubs and range operators have until June 30 to apply for federal grants to construct, maintain or expand public shooting-range facilities in Washington state.

NM online combo hunting licenses save, but anglers must wait
From the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish -- New Mexico residents who apply online and are successful in the drawing for public land deer hunting licenses can save at least $20 this year by buying a combination general hunting and fishing lice...

Water trails take paddlers deep inside National Wildlife Refuges
From the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service -- On many National Wildlife Refuges, spring means the return of visitors to water trails, and it’s no mystery why. Exploring a refuge by canoe or kayak combines adventure with physical activity and an intimac...

My Best Bow Season Opener Ever
I bought a new bow, a Mathews Drenaline, and practiced all summer to get ready for the 2007 archery season in Connecticut. Scouting a property near my hometown of Redding, I saw a few decent bucks, including a nice 6-pointer. I hunt a spot behind ...

Public comment sought on increasing Georgia alligator permits
From the Georgia Department of Natural Resources -- A public hearing April 14 seeks Georgia residents’ comments on a proposed change to alligator hunting regulations by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

NSSF/Harris poll: Target shooting, home defense top-ranked
From the National Shooting Sports Foundation -- A new National Shooting Sports Foundation poll conducted by Harris Interactive found more Americans are target shooting now than six months ago, and that home and personal defense were the main reasons...

Success Breeds Success
In 1990, a friend helped my brother, Bill, and I acquire permission to hunt private land in Warren County, Ind., about 120 miles from home. The place has been well worth the 2 a.m. wake-ups and the long drives. Before that, we'd endured the crowds...

Colorado plans big game public meetings April 15, 20
From the Colorado Division of Wildlife -- The Colorado Division of Wildlife has scheduled two public meetings in the San Luis Valley to discuss big game management and license allocations for the 2010 hunting seasons in Game Management Units 68, 681...

Oklahoma Archery in the Schools shoot draws over 1,600 students
From the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation -- Archery is one of only a handful of sports that enables students of all ages, sizes and athletic abilities to compete at the same level for top honor.

Nebraska makes 4 additional bow hunter ed classes available
From the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission -- Four bow hunter education classes have been added to the list of available courses, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

Minnesota offers new outdoor skills programs for women
From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources -- Women who want to learn how to hunt, fish and develop skills in other outdoor activities can find more than 45 program offerings in the new Becoming An Outdoors Woman (BOW) catalog.

ND spring mule deer survey Begins April 12
From the North Dakota Game and Fish Department -- The Game and Fish Department’s annual spring mule deer survey will begin April 12 in western North Dakota. Weather permitting, the survey takes a week to complete.

Licenses remain for ND spring turkey season opening April 10
From the North Dakota Game and Fish Department -- North Dakota’s spring turkey season opens April 10 and continues through May 16.

New Hampshire moose lottery applications close May 28
From the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department -- Applications for the New Hampshire moose hunt  lottery cost $15 for residents and $25 for non-residents (nonrefundable), and are available online at or from any Fish and ...

Texas finalizes 2010-11 hunting/fishing regulation changes
From the Texas Parks and wildlife Commission -- Expansion of mule deer hunting opportunities tops a short list of regulatory changes adopted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission as part of the 2010-2011 Statewide Hunting and Fishing Proclamati...

Just Passing Through
I began hunting whitetails when I was about 15 in Charles City, Va., where county regulations allow the use of dogs. After graduating from high school, I went to Ferrum College in Franklin County and made friends who lived in the area. I was lucky...
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