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Leftover WI spring turkey permits available beginning March 19
From Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources -- Remaining permits for the 2012 spring turkey hunting season will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis starting March 19. Designated zones will be sold each day, starting at 10 a.m. and cont...

NRA Junior Camps July 21-26 at Camp Perry
From National Rifle Association -- The NRA Training Department has opened registration for the 2012 NRA Junior Pistol and Smallbore Rifle Camps this July in Camp Perry, Ohio.

Have Daylight, Will Hunt
After a day behind the wheel of an 18-wheeler, most truckers might relish the opportunity to plant themselves in a La-Z-Boy - feet up, a beverage in one hand and a remote control in the other. Not Kevin Shelton, who runs his own trucking business in ...

Indiana deer harvest down in 2011, but still 4th best
From Indiana Department of Natural Resources -- With warm, wet November as a possible factor for a lower total, 14 Indiana counties set individual harvest records during the 2011 deer hunting season.  The 129,018 total for all deer taken was...

Okla. commission approved hunting, fishing changes for 2012
From Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation -- An increase of youth deer hunting opportunities and expansion of the state's black bear season to allow hunters more time to hunt were among more than 30 proposed hunting, fishing and wildlife-...

AZ online draw applicants should update debit/credit card info
From Arizona Game and Fish Department -- Hunters who used the online application service for the 2012 Pronghorn Antelope and Elk Draw and failed to update credit or debit card information if it has changed recently could find their hunt applicati...

Treestands High and Low, Then and Now
When I was a kid just shy of 14, it was a special treat to hunt from a treestand, no matter how primitive. I felt a sense of adventure while scaling stout-branched trees during the Pennsylvania buck and doe seasons with an Ithaca 16-gauge shotgun ...

Abundant Mast, Where did the deer go?
In some areas that I hunt in the southern zone of New York state, there was a super mass of acorns. I know the area has high herd densities but the deer seemed almost absent. My theory is that the deer are just not as mobile due to the abundance o...

The 18-Acre Buck
-- My hunting career started more than 60 years ago. My father did not hunt, but I had an uncle, Fred T. Stimpson, who took me under his wing. A well-known Alabama conservationist, Fred was in the timber business and had a tract of land on the Ala...

WA offers new online system to report wolf activity
From Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife -- Fish and Wildlife now has an online reporting system for receiving information from the public about the state's growing wolf population.

Deer in Idaho killed to control exotic louse infestation
From Idaho Department of Fish and Game -- With help from USDA Wildlife Service, Idaho Fish and Game killed about 60 mule deer in Riggins to help stop the spread of an infestation of exotic lice.



Register April 30 for Women’s Workshop
From Missouri Department of Conservation -- Women interested in learning outdoor skills can get hands-on training during a Discover Nature Women Summer Workshop June 1 to 3 at the Windermere Conference Center at Lake of the Ozarks. Registration ...

The secretive whip-poor-will
One of the great sounds of a spring night is the persistent call of the whip-poor-will. Most everyone has heard the call, but it is almost impossible to get a good look at this noisy but secretive bird of the night. Whip-poor-wills are inactive d...

Pennsylvania 2011 final bear harvest sets new record
From Pennsylvania Game Commission -- The final bear harvest results from the state’s three recently concluded seasons show hunters harvested 4,350 bears, setting a new record, the highest in Pennsylvania history.

Licenses now on sale for new Michigan mentored youth hunting
From Michigan Department of Natural Resources -- Licenses for a new program aimed at introducing children under the age of 10 to hunting and fishing in Michigan are now available for purchase.

Register now for NH hunter, bowhunter education classes
From New Hampshire Fish and Game Department

 -- Safe and successful hunts in 2012 begin with good planning that starts by logging into the Fish and Game website to sign up for a hunter or bowhunter education course.

Take 'Em with a .20
Did anyone get the license number of that 12-gauge slug gun that just belted me like a speeding dump truck? No doubt, today’s 12-gauge slugs get the job done on big game, but their recoil can be brutal. Fortunately, there’s an alternative with abo...

Outdoor Journals Soothe March Madness
In Robert Ruark's beloved outdoor classic, The Old Man and the Boy, he describes March as 'a fine month for remembering.' With the 2011 deer season gone and 2012's so far away, March is the perfect time to reflect on the highs and lows of the past...

A Woman's Instinct
Saving your name drawn for a limited-entry tag for one of Utah's prime mule deer units is akin to finding a diamond ring in a box of Cracker Jacks. A person has to buy a lot of boxes, as a rule. And even then, it ain't gonna happen. I had to open...

NSSF launches voter education website
-- The votes of target shooters, hunters and gun owners can make a huge impact in the 2012 election. To assist eligible voters with registering and with evaluating candidates' positions on...
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