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Illinois Deer Hunting Closes with Late-Winter and Special CWD Seasons
From the Illinois Department of Natural Resources -- SPRINGFIELD – Hunters in Illinois completed the 2008-09 deer hunting seasons by taking a preliminary total of 12,525 deer during the last three days of firearm deer hunting on Jan. 16-18, wh...

Puppy Mill Mania Ensnares Sporting Dog Breeders
From the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance One of the newest, and most insidious, tactics used by the anti-hunting movement in its war on hunting heritage involves regulation of so-called puppy mills.  Right now, major efforts are underway to pas...

West Virginia Sets Women’s Bow Workshop
From the West Virginia DNR -- The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) has announced that the spring Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Workshop at Pipestem State Park will be April 17-19, 2009. Have you ever wanted to learn a new skill but ...

No Way!
By Norman Wines -- It was Monday evening, Nov. 26, 2007, three days into the Maryland deer season and I had not seen a deer all day. My spirits were about as low as they could get as the shooting light began to fade on a disappointing hunt. Just as...

NSSF promotes its safety programs with full page advertisement
From NSSF -- A full-page advertisement in the Jan. 28 Chicago Tribune is designed to raise awareness about major programs sponsored by members of the firearms industry and how they promote safe and responsible firearms ownership and storage to Ameri...

Needy families benefit from assault on wild hogs
From Arkansas Game and Fish Commission -- ARKANSAS CITY – Feral hogs, generally viewed as the most destructive element in Arkansas wildlife habitat, can be combated and even put to some welcomed use. Arkansas Game and Fish Commission person...

Can cuddability win the war?
By Mike Handley -- Move over, Bambi, Fred the flounder is making a splash! The battle for the hearts and minds of children has taken a new twist as the nation's most vocal and controversial anti- hunting and fishing group is trying to convince ki...

Pulling the Trigger is the Easy Part
By Matt Ciomperlik -- It was typical South Texas weather for November: highs in the 80s and dropping to the 60s at night. My daughter, Kaitlyn, and I were enjoying a two-day youth hunt sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on their East La...

2009 Pa. Hunting Seasons Similar to Last Year’s
From the Pa. Game Commission -- The Board of Game Commissioners gave preliminary approval to a slate of deer seasons for the 2009-10 seasons that retains all of the opportunities provided in the past to address the goals of the agency’s deer m...

Pa. Approves Crossbows for All Archery Seasons
From the Pa. Game Commission -- The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today gave final approval to expand the lawful use of crossbows to include both the archery deer and bear seasons for the 2009-10 seasons.  The Board amended the propo...

Split antlered/antlerless seasons in 4
From the Pennsylvania Game Commission -- HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Game Commission and U. S. Geological Survey Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Pennsylvania State University recently presented an overview of a new deer rese...

North Dakota motorists advised to be alert for deer
From the North Dakota Game and Fish Department -- Deep snow covering much of the state has created large concentrations of deer in localized areas. Jeb Williams, wildlife resource management supervisor for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, ...

Kansas Spring Turkey Permit Info Available Online
From the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks -- Regular season April 8-May 31; youth/disabled, archery seasons April 1-7 The 2009 spring turkey season runs April 8-May 31, and hunters across the state are already making preparations. Turkey pe...

Indiana plans three Frog/Toad Workshops
From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources -- Speculation about a nationwide decline in frogs and toads has prompted the Indiana DNR to offer three one-time workshops to train volunteers to help gauge Indiana's 17 frog and toad species populat...

West Virginia Hunters Harvest 162,371 Deer in 2008
From West Virginia Division of Natural Resources -- Preliminary counts of game checking tags indicate West Virginia hunters harvested a total of 162,371 white-tailed deer during the recently completed bucks-only, antlerless, muzzleloader, bow and yo...

The Buck That Almost Got Away
By Scott Ford -- It was a clear, cold October morning. I crawled out of bed, grabbed my bow, kissed my wife goodbye and patted the dog on the head before heading out the door to my hunting spot. Secluded in a little patch of woods surrounded by a t...

Sweeping Texas Deer Regulation Changes Proposed
From the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission -- AUSTIN, Texas—The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission will seek public comment on a suite of proposed wildlife and hunting related regulations that would expand special buck antler restrictions a...

The Fourth-Quarter Buck
By Johnny Coker -- Chambers County, Ala., is known for producing really good bucks, but it wasn't shaping up to be a very good year. The hunting club I joined was a dog-running club. I’m not fond of hunting deer with dogs, but I didn’t h...

Providence Like a Buck on a String
Russ Nobbe's mind was working a mile a minute.  It was 9:55 a.m. on Nov. 17, 2005. The archer, 22 feet high in a treestand above the forest floor of a heavily timbered tract in east central Illinois' Monroe County, was busily assessing nearby tr...

White-nose Syndrome Surfaces in Pennsylvania
By Joe Kosack -- SHINDLE, Mifflin County – Aware since 2008 that White-Nose Syndrome appeared to be making its way to the Keystone State, the Pennsylvania Game Commission now has evidence that the deadly bat disorder is likely present in a m...
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