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New Jersey opens turkey season April 23; Youth Day April 21
From New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife -- The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife reminds hunters that the spring  wild turkey season opens April 23 and runs for five weeks.

Savage's Classic Deer Slayer
I shivered uncontrollably inside my heavy hunting coat and waited impatiently for the sun to rise. Opening morning of deer season in North Carolina usually is not so cold. Soon, I heard the sounds of birds and other animals coming to life. Glancin...

Election Sign Target Holder
One of the cheapest and easiest target holders I’ve found is a small election sign. I’m talking about the kind with metal frame and slide-in signs made of corrugated plastic. To use, make sure you have a safe backstop, then push the metal stakes i...

AL Conservation Enforcement Officer awarded Medal of Honor
-- Joe Lindsey, a Conservation Enforcement Officer with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division, has been awarded the 2012 Alabama Legislative Medal of Honor.

NY spring turkey season opens May 1, youth day April 21-22
From New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation -- The spring turkey season opens May 1 in all of upstate New York north of the Bronx-Westchester County boundary, with Youth Turkey Hunting Weekend April 21 and 22, open in all of upstate N...

Low number hunting license lottery to be drawn June 5
From Delaware Dept. of Natural Resources & Environmental Control -- Delaware is still accepting applications for its annual low number hunting license lottery. The drawing will be held June 5 at 9 a.m. in the Natural Resources office in Dover...

Washington Commission expands elk, cougar hunting
From Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
 -- New hunting rules approved by the Fish and Wildlife Commission for the 2012-14 seasons expands hunting opportunities for elk and cougar.

Three-year Stakeout
If the path to the 17-pointer's vitals had been obstructed even momentarily, if the deer had been walking any more slowly, passed behind a tree or happened to glance upward, Benji Tate's draw might've collapsed. The 31-year-old bowhunter from Wal...

Enough Gun, or Something Like It
A couple of years ago, I ordered my first full-custom rifle. I had a good many decisions to make concerning it. Some I made on my own, and with others the builder helped me. One of the hardest decisions was what cartridge to have the rifle chamber...

Pennsylvania spring turkey season begins April 28
From Pennsylvania Game Commission -- Officials reporting unusual seasonal conditions throughout much of Pennsylvania believe it will present turkey hunters with a mixed blessing when the season opens April 21 for Youth Day.

AZ elk, pronghorn antelope hunt draw info now accessible
From Arizona Game and Fish Department -- Arizona’s online hunt draw system website, hosted by an outside vendor, became unavailable as thousands of hopeful hunters tried to log on and learn whether their applications had been drawn for the upcomi...

Regulations, quotas set for Michigan elk, bear seasons
From Michigan Department of Natural Resources -- Michigan hunters will have more elk licenses available but fewer bear licenses, after the Natural Resources Commission established regulations for the upcoming seasons.

Do bucks travel far to prevent inbreeding?
I would like to know if bucks leave their home area to prevent interbreeding, and if so at what age? Also, how far do they have to travel to get away from their own blood lines.

Early spring presents Indiana turkey hunters challenges
From Indiana Department of Natural Resources -- As Indiana’s spring turkey season approaches, wildlife research biologist Steve Backs said hunters should plan to work a little harder this year. Spring turkey season begins with the youth season A...

PA fall 2011 turkey harvest results released
From Pennsylvania Game Commission -- Preliminary reports show that hunters harvested 17,017 turkeys during the fall 2011 season, an increase from the final 2010 harvest of 15,884, but 23 percent below the previous five-year average, according to ...

Q&A: Steve Sanetti, President, NSSF
Last week, NSSF President Steve Sanetti, along with long-time staffers Bill Brassard and Glenn Sapir, traveled to the Buckmasters headquarters in Montgomery, Ala., to share information and find common ground between the two organizations. Prior to be...

NH youth turkey hunt weekend, April 28-29
From New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game
 -- During the 2011 youth weekend, New Hampshire young hunters took an impressive 521 turkeys or 14.2 percent of the total spring turkey harvest in the state. Youth will have another chance at that A...

Shooting ranges invited to apply for $400,000 in NSSF grants
From National Shooting Sports Foundation -- Public and private shooting facilities are invited to apply for up to $400,000 in grants that can assist in developing strategies to put more target shooters on their firing lines, according to the Nati...

Idaho turkey, black bear seasons begin April 15
From Idaho Department of Fish and Game -- Idaho’s general spring turkey and black bear hunts open April 15, with turkey hunts running through May 25. Spring black bear closing dates vary.

Watch Your Stinky Watch!
Hunters spend a lot of money and time trying to eliminate human odor and stay scent-free. We shampoo with special soaps, dress from head-to-toe in Scent-Lok, launder our clothes with odorless detergent and hose ourselves down with scent-eliminatio...
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