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Fall, spring turkey applications now available
From Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources -- New this year, applications for the 2012 fall and 2013 spring Wisconsin turkey hunting season are now available and can be purchased at any location that sells DNR licenses or through the DNR Onli...

Utah antlerless big game permit applications open June 1
From Utah Division of Wildlife Resources -- Beginning June 1, hunters can apply online a cow elk, doe deer or doe pronghorn hunting permit for fall hunts.

Deadline extended for adult learn to hunt deer program
From Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources -- The deadline to participate in Wisconsin’s Sandhill Learn-to-Hunt program has been extended by one month from May 31 to June 30. People interested in participating must complete the Sandhill Learn...

I Forgive You, Poppy!
-- My father and I had not been on good speaking terms since I discovered he'd been taking my 5-year-old son, Will, hunting without my knowledge and against my orders. I should have figured it out when Poppy, my dad, had hinted about taking Wil...

Third Time's the Charm
I crawled out from behind the willows and focused on the edge of the field. The bear was feeding peacefully, oblivious to our presence. I opened the legs of my Harris bipod and settled in behind the rifle. "How far?" I asked. "181 yards," Dawn wh...

Deer Drop Off Tactic
One of the advantages hunters have in areas frequented by vehicles and farming equipment is that deer are often completely unafraid of machinery. They are used to seeing and hearing equipment go by, so watching a truck, tractor or ATV ramble past ...

2012-2013 CA Mammal Hunting Regulations now online
From California Department of Fish and Game -- California’s  2012-2013 Mammal Hunting Regulations Booklet is now available for download from at

PA hunting/furtaker licenses on sale June 11
From Pennsylvania Game Commission -- Beginning June 11, Pennsylvania hunting and furtaker licenses for the 2012-13 go on sale.

WI plans public meeting on wolf hunting, trapping season rule
From Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources -- The public will have the opportunity at four meetings to provide input on the draft concepts to be included in a wolf hunting and trapping season rule that will be going to the state Natural Resou...

From Hangdog to Cloud-Niner
On the eve of Indiana's 2007 shotgun season, Steve Padgett learned that his son, Steven, couldn't make it home from college. Father and son had not missed an opening day since junior was old enough to carry a gun. "I was really bummed," Steve sai...

Every bowhunter has had a mystery arrow that, for no apparent reason, just wouldn’t fly right. Most of us give up and set that arrow aside, which is the right thing to do with an arrow that simply won’t cooperate. But that’s setting aside time and...

A decade of seized antlers up for bid in online auction
From Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
 -- Nearly a thousand antlers seized from poachers over the last decade by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife police officers can be purchased during an online auction currently under way th...

Online application service now available for AZ fall hunts
From Arizona Game and Fish Department -- The online application service is now available for Arizona’s 2012 hunts for deer, fall turkey, fall javelina, bighorn sheep, fall buffalo and pheasant.

Free firearm safety and conservation videos for schools
-- The National Shooting Sports Foundation® is offering schools the opportunity to receive—free of charge—educational videos about firearm safety and wildlife conservation...

MN outlines 2-part wolf season, seeks public comment
From Minnesota Department of Natural Resources -- Public comment is currently being sought for Minnesota's first regulated wolf hunting and trapping season to be conducted this fall and winter.

Idaho controlled hunts application period ends June 5
From Idaho Department of Fish and Game -- The application period for Idaho’s fall deer, elk, pronghorn, fall black bear and fall turkey controlled hunts runs through June 5.

Colorado commission approves 2012 big game license numbers
From Colorado Division of Wildlife -- The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission has approved big game hunting license numbers for the upcoming fall hunting seasons.

Utah board reduces buck deer permits slightly
From Utah Division of Wildlife Resource -- The Utah Wildlife Board has approved 86,500 general buck deer permits for hunts in Utah's 30 new deer hunting units this fall. That's 500 fewer than the 87,000 permits approved in 2011, divided as Arch...

Indiana Jones? Nope, Indiana bat!
Before last month, the last time an Indiana bat had been seen in Georgia, Lyndon Baines Johnson was president. That footnote changed April 14 when private consultants tracked one of the federally endangered bats from a Tennessee cave to a pine sna...

Testing a Scope
You can judge a scope by its looks, cost and reputation, but how do you test it for function? You really don't know how it will perform until you mount it atop a rifle and spend quality time in the mud and the blood and the rain. Or maybe not. T...
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