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16,000 ND remaining antlerless deer licenses available
From the North Dakota Game and Fish Department -- More than 16,000 antlerless deer gun licenses are now available after North Dakota completed its lottery drawing. Remaining licenses will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no li...

2010 Kansas hunting atlas locates all public access areas
From the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks -- The 2010 Kansas Hunting Atlas, which includes maps showing locations of Walk-In Hunting Access areas and public wildlife areas, is now available online.

CWD undetected in Massachusetts deer or moose
From Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife -- Based on data gathered during the 2009 deer hunting season, no evidence of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) was detected in Massachusetts deer or moose.

How to make water safe from germs you can't see
If you are hiking or camping, you know you should avoid drinking muddy water. Yuck! But what about that nice, cold stream that looks good to drink? Don't take chances. Even clear running water can have dangerous germs in it. One of the most common...

Is that a cell phone? A doorbell? A frog? No—it’s a lonely Northern Mockingbird
Have you ever been awakened in the middle of the night to the shrill cry of a bird that has obviously lost its ability to tell day from night? If so, chances are you were plagued by a mockingbird. The northern mockingbird is a medium-sized songbir...

Dogged Determination
Whenever my husband, Steve, gets the urge to go hunting, he doesn't have to go far. We live in rural Greenfield, Ill., on 37 acres. When the season is in, all he has to do is fire up the tractor and drive to the elevated stand he calls his "tree h...

Arizona acquires 160-acre site for shooting range
From the Arizona Game and Fish Commission -- The purchase of the 160-acre Foster Ranch property in Coconino County as the future site of the Northern Arizona Shooting Range is final, ending a 15-year project to benefit Arizona residents.

Learn outdoor skills at NM Aug. 21-22 Expo
From the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish -- New Mexico residents who want to learn how fire a muzzleloader, tie a fishing fly, shoot a bow or learn dozens of other outdoor skills are invited to a free weekend Aug. 21-22 at the New Mexico Outd...

Idaho wants stronger voice in managing wolves
From Idaho Fish and Game -- Idaho should remain in the lead role in managing wolves despite their return to endangered species status, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission decided August 16.

Minnesota reports good news on Bovine TB front
From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources -- Bovine tuberculosis (TB) tests were negative for 450 wild deer removed from northwestern Minnesota early this year as part of disease eradication efforts by sharpshooting.

Nonresident seniors can use crossbows for turkey, bear in Wisconsin
From the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources -- Beginning this fall, nonresident senior citizens will have the same privileges as Wisconsin residents for hunting a number of game species with a crossbow.

Nebraska's archery antelope season opens Aug. 20
From the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission -- The archery antelope hunting season opens Aug. 20, and runs through Nov. 12, and then is open Nov. 22 through Dec. 31.

A Buck for Logan
Opening day of West Virginia’s 2007 deer season was something my son Logan and I had looked forward to all summer. He had hunted with me at his side for three seasons, and now, a month shy of 14, he was mature enough to stay on a stand by himself....

PA requests NY residents to comply with firewood regulations
From the Pennsylvania Game Commission -- On the heels of additional discoveries of the invasive Emerald Ash Borer beetle in forests in multiple parts of New York including the Catskill Forest Preserve, Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Cons...

Texas hunter education courses starting now
From the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department -- As fall starts to approaches, so too does the beginning of hunting season, and TPWD is encouraging hunters who need to take the mandatory hunter education course to start looking for courses in their a...

Series of free NH hunting talks begins Aug. 31
From the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department -- New Hampshire hunters can get primed for the fall hunting seasons at a series of evening talks by area hunting experts at 7 p.m. Tuesday evenings from Aug. 31 through Sept. 28  at the New Hamps...

The Weak Side
Why would anyone perfectly comfortable with shooting right-handed learn to shoot left-handed or vice versa? The reason? Stuff happens. Years ago, on the advice of a hunting buddy, I forced myself to learn to shoot on my weak side. As a predator hu...

Five Steps to Early Season Success
Most deer hunters regard the early season as that time of year to shoot does or scout for the buck they want to chase during the pre-rut and rut. Some don’t even bother to hunt because of the heat or insects. There is nothing you can do about the ...

August 20 deadline for Oklahoma bonus youth deer hunts
From the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation -- Beginning deer hunters have a unique opportunity to participate in two youth antlerless deer hunts that will take place on private land in Alfalfa and Osage Counties and are scheduled for ...

NY 2010-2011 licenses available Aug. 16
From the New York Department of Environmental Conservation -- Licenses and permits for 2010-11 can be purchased at one of DEC's 1,500 license sales outlets statewide beginning Aug. 16. Sporting licenses can also be ordered by mail, phone or the i...
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