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Michigan spring turkey licenses on sale now through Feb. 1
From Michigan Department of Natural Resources -- Spring turkey hunting applications are on sale now through Feb 1. The season runs from April 23 through May 31, with hunts lasting from seven to 39 days, depending on the hunt unit. A total of 11...

KS spring turkey permits now available online
From Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism -- Kansas makes early turkey season preparation easier by offering spring turkey permits online in January.

Minnesota deer harvest declines 7 percent
From Minnesota Department of Natural Resources -- Lower deer populations and a windy first weekend of the firearms season resulted in Minnesota's deer harvest dropping 7 percent in 2011.

Landrys Join Life Classic Hunt
-- While the absence of the patriarch of the Hinton family around the campfire at Sedgefields Plantation was truly felt, the 19th annual Buckmasters Life Classic Hunt was a...

Rimfire Lever Rifles
Winchester and Marlin .30-30 and .44 Magnum lever rifles still work great at typical deer shooting range, but their popularity plummeted years ago. More powerful, flatter-shooting bolt rifles inevitably nudged them aside. As much as I like lever-a...

Kentucky finalizes purchase of WMA in Union County
From Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife -- The Division of Forestry and the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources have jointly acquired nearly 2,500 acres in Union County at the confluence of the Ohio and Tradewater rivers. The property...

TWRA requests public input for 2012-13 hunting regulations
From Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency -- Members of the public are being asked to share ideas and concerns about 2012-13 hunting season regulations with TWRA Wildlife Division staff.  The comment period is open until Feb. 24.

WV 2011 black bear harvest is third highest in history
From West Virginia Division of Natural Resources -- West Virginia hunters harvested 2,007 black bears during the combined 2011 archery and firearms seasons, the third highest in West Virginia history.

Hunting Season over in your state?
Just because your state's hunting season has ended doesn't mean you should head for the recliner. Late winter is one of the very best times of the year to scout and unlock the mysteries of your hunting land.

Mr. Untouchable
It had been two years since their last encounter, and, suddenly, only 20 feet separated Greg Holthaus, up a tree in a climbing stand, and the Illinois slammer that had haunted his dreams after back-to-back misses in 2004. "Here it came, walking r...

Missouri firearms harvest up 7,408
From Missouri Department of Conservation -- Hunters age 6 through 15 checked 2,193 deer during the late youth hunt Jan. 7 and 8, bringing the total harvest for the 2011-2012 firearms deer season to 238,921 compared to last year's total of 231,513...

WV hunters harvest 1,172 fall turkeys in 2011
From West Virginia Division of Natural Resources -- The Division of Natural Resources reports preliminary figures for the 2011 fall turkey hunting season show a harvest of 1,172 turkeys, four percent higher than the 1,126 birds checked in during ...

Apply for AZ elk, pronghorn hunts by Jan. 20
From Arizona Game and Fish Department -- Hunters who apply for Arizona's 2012 elk and pronghorn antelope hunts are encouraged to apply early to take advantage of the correction period.

Hunting Below the Threshold
Is it humanly possible to not smell like a human? I often kick off seminars with this question because it’s a hot, if not the hottest, topic in hunting. Invariably, the “nays” outnumber the “ayes” by at least three to one. Someone might answer, “...

Why does the rut seem to vary so much in some small areas?
The rut in Texas varies so much by region. Why is it for example in Goliad county the rut can start in the later part of October and run into November, and then just a short 35 mile drive into Bee county the rut will start in the early parts of De...

New rule changes extend urban deer zone season to Jan. 31
From Indiana Department of Natural Resources -- The new deer rule changes adopted by the Natural Resources Commission are now in effect. This extends the 2011 Urban Deer Zone season until Jan. 31, 2012.

From hunter to guide
-- Only a few times in my 40 years of hunting have I assumed the role of guide during one of my excursions afield. Yet, that is exactly what happened recently at the Becoming an...

NY seeking information about sick or dead deer
From New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation -- Residents of New York are being asked to report sighting deer that appear sick or are acting abnormally. This includes only deer that appear to have died from unknown causes and not thos...

Colorado closes Byers Canyon shooting range to protect wintering elk
From Colorado Department of Natural Resources -- Parks and Wildlife is reminding shooting enthusiast that the Byers Canyon Shooting Range in Hot Sulphur Springs will close Jan. 13 to protect wintering elk and deer herds.

Grant applications open for private landowners
From Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife -- The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife has been informing private landowners who want to actively manage their property to benefit wildlife to apply for a Landowner Incentive Program grant.
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