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137,000 permits issued in Wisconsin spring turkey drawing
From Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources -- Turkey permits issued through the spring turkey preference drawing number totals 137,598 for Wisconsin’s spring wild turkey season.

PA hunters/trappers repeal of license display effective Feb. 13
From Pennsylvania Game Commission -- As of Feb. 13, Pennsylvania hunters and trappers no longer must display their licenses on an outer garment, but they still must have their licenses in their possession while afield, as well as a secondary form...

Too many or too few pronghorns in SE Colorado?
From Colorado Department of Natural Resources -- Are there too many or too few pronghorn in southeast Colorado?  Parks and Wildlife biologists want to know, and have planned public meetings about pronghorn population management in Limon, Wal...

No. 1 With a Bullet
Last year, I called ATK’s Jason Nash to discuss ammunition for an article I was writing. ATK is the parent company of Federal Cartridge Co. I mentioned to him in passing that I was scheduled to go on a cull hunt in South Africa in a couple of mont...

Two Deer for Two Brothers
-- Allow us to introduce ourselves. We are Levi and Hunter, the Schmidt brothers. At age 10 and 9, we took two bucks, both deer of a lifetime, during the 2007 firearms season in Missouri.

End of the Season Teardown
Save your tree stands and the tree in which it lives. Safety in the woods using lock-on stands is paramount. At the end of the season if you are leaving your lock-on platform attached in the tree along with your climbing sticks, make sure and loos...

Vintage Year
After nearly five decades, Oregon has a new king of the hill. The previous state-record, non-typical mule deer (in velvet) was arrowed back in 1960, the year Charlton Heston collected an Oscar for his performance in "Ben-Hur." That buck tallied 2...

White-nosed syndrome spreads in Kentucky
From Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources -- Kentucky Fish and Wildlife biologists have detected white-nose syndrome in bats at three Breckinridge County caves.

Commission increases multiple-season hunting permits
From Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission -- During its February public meeting, the Washington FWC adopted a number of multiple-season hunting permits for deer and elk issued each year.

Take the antler gathering course online before picking up a shed antler
From Utah Division of Wildlife Resources -- Late winter and early spring is the worst time of the year for elk, moose and especially deer in Utah. Deep snow makes it hard for deer to move or find food. Cold temperatures sap the animals’ strength....

Application deadline for AZ elk, pronghorn hunts Feb. 14
From Arizona Game and Fish Department -- The deadline for the draw for Arizona’s 2012 elk and pronghorn antelope hunts is Feb. 14, and the online application service is now available at www.azgfd.gov/draw . Click on the online application service...

Swamp Pink Surprise
Swamp pink had a red-letter day last October. That’s when scientists and students working at a Chattahoochee National Forest mountain bog uncovered the first known instance in Georgia of a swamp pink that had been planted to help restore this imp...

One In A Million...Times Three!
Just about every hunting season, I get a call from a hunter who has harvested an all-white (albino) or partially white (piebald) deer. And every year I hear many of the same questions: “What causes this condition?” “Are such deer legal to harvest?...

PA hunters can purchase special spring turkey tag until April 20
From Pennsylvania Game Commission -- Hunters who would like the opportunity to harvest a second spring gobbler can purchase a second spring gobbler tag until midnight, April 20.

Final numbers in for Ohio 2011-12 white-tailed deer season
From Ohio Department of Natural Resources -- Ohio hunters took 219,698 deer during the state’s 2011-12 hunting season, compared to 239,379 in the 2010-11 season. The top three counties with the highest number of deer taken this season were, with ...

What is the shelf life of deer urine?
After last deer season I had half a container of buck urine lure left, so I froze it. When thawed out this season will it still be good to use? I never have tried this, what do you think?

New antlerless deer permit procedures for MA hunters
From Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife -- With the start of the new electronic licensing system, MassWildlife has changed the issuance process for antlerless deer permits.

Arkansas exploring antler restriction changes
From Arkansas Game and Fish Commission -- The Wildlife Management Division is exploring antler restriction changes for several wildlife management areas and three deer zones. These antler restriction proposals are directly tied to habitat quality...

Wisconsin applications for 2012 bear permits to increase
From Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources -- A little more than 9,000 bear harvest permits will be available for the 2012 black bear season, about the same number of permits as last year.

PA hunter exposed to rabies by field-dressing deer
From Pennsylvania Game Commission -- A Lancaster County hunter has undergone post-exposure rabies shots after harvesting and field dressing a deer on Jan. 20 in Valley Township, Chester County that ultimately tested positive for rabies.
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