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Deer, elk outlook good, but Idaho hunter numbers down
From Idaho Fish and Game -- Deer and elk numbers are meeting management objectives in most parts of Idaho, but hunter numbers are down, according to Idaho Fish and Game.

New NY law allows for lifetime license transfers
From New York State Dept of Environmental Conservation -- A New York state law now allows for the one-time transfer of lifetime hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses under certain circumstances. Previously, lifetime licenses could not be transferr...

Do not let pet dogs harass deer
From the Colorado Division of Wildlife -- Division of Wildlife officers are receiving reports of dogs chasing wildlife, especially deer, so officials are reminding pet owners it's their responsibility to keep their animals under control.

No evidence of CWD found in Ohio deer herd
From the Ohio Department of Natural Resources -- For the ninth straight year, testing by the Ohio Department of Agriculture of the state's deer herd has found no evidence of chronic wasting disease, a degenerative brain disease that affects elk, mul...

Finding a Cure in the Colorado Rockies
Over the course of my life, there have always been a few unattainable goals. Arrowing a trophy bull elk off public land in the Rockies was one that routinely eluded me. Five years of close calls and busted deals were like a malignancy starting to ...

Ask The Biologist: Damaging the Rack
A friend killed a buck last year that was still in velvet, and I suggested that he try to peel the velvet off himself. He was worried that doing so would mess up the rack. If a deer is harvested while still in velvet, would removing the velvet dam...

New Oklahoma wildlife management area atlas available
From the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation -- With spring turkey season a few months away, Oklahoma hunters will find the new Wildlife Management Area Atlas an important tool for scouting locations for turkey hunting.

Don't feed the deer
From the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources -- Don't feed deer in the winter. Feeding the animals can actually do more harm than good. As they do every winter, biologists with Utah's Division of Wildlife Resources have been monitoring the deer clo...

Feb. 14 public meeting to focus on CWD control in Minnesota
From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources -- Those interested in learning more about efforts to manage Chronic Wasting Disease in southeastern Minnesota can attend a public input meeting Feb. 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Pine Island High Scho...

Record number of deer harvested in Nebraska
From the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission -- Nebraska deer hunters had a big year in 2010, setting records for overall and antlerless whitetail harvest, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

Deer Hunting with a Passion
You only have to talk with Jeff Foxworthy a few minutes to learn that he is completely eaten up with whitetail fever. In fact, you might not know that Foxworthy was a hunter long before he became a comedic superstar. Despite his overwhelming succe...

Arizona elk, antelope hunt applications due
From the Arizona Game and Fish Department -- There is no online process, and  postmarks do not count so Arizona elk and pronghorn antelope hunters who haven't submitted an application for the pronghorn antelope and elk hunt draw need to hand de...

Missouri archery deer, turkey harvests dip
From the Missouri Department of Conservation -- Abundant acorns made hunting tougher for deer and turkey hunters in Missouri, as indicated by 2010-2011 reports.

Selling or buying game online is illegal
From the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission -- Investigators from Florida's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are seeing more instances of people buying or selling wild game meat online, so they have been cracking down on cybe...

Five Arkansas teens named to Junior Olympic shotgun team
From the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission -- Half of the 2011 Junior Olympic Shotgun Team is from Arkansas.     Those five also are current or recent members of teams that compete in the Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program, cr...

Georgia 2011 Youth Birding Competition
Tim Keyes hopes Georgia's 2011 Youth Birding Competition has more birds and more birders. "We always like to see bird numbers increase, and hopefully participants will continue to increase, as well," Keyes said. He's the Georgia Wildlife Resource...

Board takes step to protect PA Commission shooting ranges
From the Pennsylvania Game Commission -- A new regulation approved by the Game Commission requires all State Game Land shooting range users to possess either a valid Pennsylvania hunting or furtaker license or a Game Commission-issued range permit.

Apply now for youth quail, turkey hunts at Babcock Preserve
From the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission -- Ten Florida youngsters will be chosen for each of two quail hunts and each of two spring turkey hunts on the 16,612-acre Babcock Ranch Preserve in Charlotte County.

West Virginia DNR to conduct major hunter survey
From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources -- West Virginia’s Division of Natural Resources has contracted Responsive Management to conduct a major hunter survey in February and March. The survey will be a random telephone survey.

Opening the Gate
-- Most bowhunters know, or should know, that communicating with landowners is the key to gaining access to hunting property. I’ve heard hunters complain about landowners refusing access, but as their story continued, I recognized the name of the ...
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