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So You're Ready To Take Up Bowhunting?
I remember when I was able to set up a bow with not much more than a string, a nock set, a light rug on the arrow shelf or a small rubber arrow rest. After that, it was just a matter of selecting the correct arrow spine. Those days are gone, as bo...

Nebraska changes big game permit periods
From the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission -- During a July 29 meeting, Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioners changed the time structure of big game hunting permit application periods to give the public more time to comment on big game recommendati...

Pennsylvania posts 2009-1018 deer plan on website
From the Pennsylvania Game Commission -- The Pennsylvania Game Commission has finalized its plan for managing the state's whitetail population for the next decade and has put the 2009-2018  plan on the agency's website at 

New NC hunting, trapping, fishing rules take effect Aug. 1
From the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission -- The 66 hunting, trapping and fish rules proposed for the 2010-11 seasons and approved by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission in March go into effect Aug. 1.  

Ask The Biologist: Tips on Field Judging Bucks
I am from Florida, and down here the antlers just have to be basically spikes, which I don’t shoot, anyway. We are going on a hunt where the minimum size of the deer’s antlers must be 130 inches. Do you have any tips or books to recommend on how t...

Florida offers gator-hunting classes
From the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission -- Alligator hunters in Florida can take a no-cost, three-hour classes to help prepare for the Aug. 15 to Nov. 1 statewide alligator harvest.  Reservations are not required to attend a class made av...

Colorado uses free DVD to encourage bird hunting
From the Colorado Division of Wildlife -- When Colorado's 2010 Small Game Hunting brochure hits the stands in early August, it will have a bonus, free DVD titled "Pheasant Hunting Colorado."  

Pennsylvania elk hunt application deadline Aug. 27
From the Pennsylvania Game Commission -- Hunters looking to participate in Pennsylvania elk season have until Aug. 27 to submit an application through the Game Commission's Pennsylvania Automated License System (PALS).  This can be done at any ...

NC crossbows allowed, rules for purchase unchanged
From the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission -- The use of crossbows in North Carolina is now considered a legal hunting method that may be used by licensed hunters anytime bow-and-arrow hunting is allowed.

Native Antelope, Exotic Caliber
Buckmasters headquarters can be a pretty hot and hectic place during the summer months. Just like you, the staff here begins planning for and dreaming about fall adventures when the heat index creeps above the “too-hot-to-fish” mark. It was on suc...

Aug. 1 deadline for Idaho controlled hunt tags
From Idaho Fish and Game -- Big game hunters whose names were drawn in controlled hunt drawings have until Aug. 1 to buy their tags. Any tags not purchased by that date will be forfeited. After a second drawing, any leftover tags are sold over the c...

Southern Wisconsin black bear sightings on the rise
From the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources -- Black bear sightings are becoming more common in southern Wisconsin as bruins find areas previously considered occasional or rare for bear sightings suitable for occupancy.

No paper apps for Maine Any-Deer permits; new deadlines
From the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife -- The deadline for paper applications for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife's Any-Deer Permit Lottery is 5 p.m. July 30.

Idaho's second super hunt entries due Aug. 10
From Idaho Fish and Game -- It's not too late to apply for a second chance at the hunt of a lifetime. Entries in  Idaho's second Super Hunt and Super Hunt Combo drawing must be received at the Fish and Game headquarters by August 10 with the dr...

Aug.9 deadline for Colorado Huntmaster course
From the Colorado Division of Wildlife -- A two-day Huntmaster training course to certify volunteers for the Hunter Outreach Program will be held Aug. 14 and 15 in Grand Junction. Huntmaster training covers planning of hunts, safety and organization...

NJ bear hunting seminars required to obtain permit
From the new Jersey Department of Environmental Protection -- The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife is offering Bear Hunting seminars, which uncertified hunters must attend in order to obtain a permit for the bear season included in the recently a...

Wheretoshoot.org listings get overhaul
From the National Shooting Sports Foundation -- The National Shooting Sports Foundation recently completed a six-month project to expand and update the database that fuels the website www.wheretoshoot.org.

New SC law brings changes to bear hunting in Upstate
From the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources -- South Carolina hunters will need to know more about a recently passed law that affects black bear hunting, and brings changes hunters should be aware of before bear season begins in October.

Okanogan WA limited entry deer hunt applications due Aug. 18
From the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife -- Washington hunters have until midnight, Aug. 18 to apply to hunt deer this fall on the 6,000- acre Charles and Mary Eder unit of the Scotch Creek Wildlife Area in northeastern Okanogan County.&#...

Applications for Georgia alligator hunt due July 31
From the Georgia Department of Natural Resources -- Hunters interested in Georgia's 2010 alligator hunting season need send their online quota application before midnight July 31. Only 850 applicants will be selected to participate in the 2010 seaso...
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