Hunting News

Entries for March 2016

Zero hunting fatalities in NY for 2015 season

Zero hunting fatalities in NY for 2015 season

By New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation

New York’s 2015 hunting season proved to be one of the safest on record, and yielded the first year without a hunting-related shooting fatality since the 1950s. The 2015 Hunting Safety Statistics report highlighted a total of only 23 hunting incidents, the third lowest number on record, with 10 incidents self-inflicted and 13 two-party incid... READ MORE

Pennsylvania elk license brings $85K at auction

Pennsylvania elk license brings $85K at auction

By Pennsylvania Game Commission

The state’s Special Elk Conservation Tag – a license created by the Pennsylvania General Assembly and auctioned off by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to benefit wildlife – commanded a stunning $85,000 at auction March 26. That a record amount eclipses the previous high of $52,500 set last year by a whopping $32,500. The impre... READ MORE

A too often told tale of theft—no hunting license

A too often told tale of theft—no hunting license

By David Rainer

Photo: Conservation Enforcement Officer Vance Wood mans the helm of one of Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division’s boats as fellow officer Bill Freeman aids in the patrol of the inland waterways. Hunting and fishing license checks are just one aspect of an enforcement officer’s many duties. The bust was supposed to involve ... READ MORE

Did you hunt turkeys last fall in Nebraska?

Did you hunt turkeys last fall in Nebraska?

By Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

If you purchased one or more permits and hunted turkeys in Nebraska in 2015, the Game and Parks Commission would like to know about your experiences in the fall turkey season. The information gathered during the survey will be used to estimate total harvest during the fall season, and determine hunter satisfaction and opinions on aspects of the h... READ MORE

Put safety first when hunting turkeys

Put safety first when hunting turkeys

By Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Heading into Georgia’s woods to go turkey hunting requires more than a valid license and ensuring your firearms are ready. Walter Lane, hunter development program manager for the Wildlife Resources Division, advises hunters to review turkey hunting safety rules. “Firearms safety knowledge is critical to keeping you, and others, safe w... READ MORE

Pennsylvania sees small increase in 2015-16 deer harvest

Pennsylvania sees small increase in 2015-16 deer harvest

By Pennsylvania Game Commission

Pennsylvania hunters harvested an estimated 315,813 deer during the 2015-16 seasons, about 4 percent more than the 2014-15 harvest of 303,973. The 137,580 antlered deer taken shows an increase of about 15 percent compared to the previous license year, when an estimated 119,260 bucks were taken. Hunters also harvested an estimated 178,233 antlerles... READ MORE

Déjà vu-ing with turkeys, youth hunters and rain

Déjà vu-ing with turkeys, youth hunters and rain

By David Rainer

Photo: Chuck Sykes, director of the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division, had plenty of luck with youth hunters during last year’s turkey season. Sykes and Jack Utsey scored on a hunt in Choctaw County. If the weather forecast is anywhere close to accurate, the start of the 2016 turkey season in Alabama may be déjà... READ MORE

USFWS distributes $1.1 billion in hunt-fish excise taxes

USFWS distributes $1.1 billion in hunt-fish excise taxes

By U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

On March 6, 2016 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service distributed $1.1 billion in revenues generated by the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration acts. The funding, which supports state environmental conservation and recreation projects throughout the nation, comes from excise taxes paid by the hunting, bo... READ MORE

Nebraska claims it’s the best place to hunt turkeys

Nebraska claims it’s the best place to hunt turkeys

By Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

When spring turkey hunting season opens in Nebraska March 25, some of the best hunting opportunities in the nation are available to hunters. Not only are turkeys abundant, with populations in every county, but the permits are affordable and unlimited in quantity. “Nebraska’s turkey hunting opportunities are better than any place in the... READ MORE

Falconry: A modern art of training hawks to hunt

Falconry: A modern art of training hawks to hunt

By David Rainer

Photo: Larry Mullis’ red-tailed hawk, named Dixie, soars through the treetops to find a perch suitable for attacking a gray squirrel’s hideout. Boy, did I go on a fantastic squirrel hunt last weekend in the Grampian Hills outside Camden, Ala. Our hunting party bagged a grand total of two squirrels. Say what? Two squirrels are barely eno... READ MORE

Nebraska aerial survey collects mule deer data

Nebraska aerial survey collects mule deer data

By Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

The third year of a five-year aerial survey of mule deer in the Pine Ridge of northwestern Nebraska is now complete, indicating a decrease in overall mule deer population, but an increase in the number of fawns. During the survey, which covers eight subunits with the most suitable mule deer habitat within the Pine Ridge deer management unit, Commi... READ MORE

Report turkey harvest pronto, Georgia tells hunters

Report turkey harvest pronto, Georgia tells hunters

By Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Turkey hunting in Georgia this year? The Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division reminds hunters they’ll need to report it immediately. Before moving a harvested turkey, hunters are required to immediately enter the date and county on the harvest record, and within 72 hours, hunters must complete the reporting process thr... READ MORE

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