Entries for April 2017
Deer harvest down 7.8 percent from 2016
By North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
A survey of the 2016-2017 hunting season shows hunters across the state reported harvesting 149,811 deer—a 7.8 percent decrease from the previous season, and 11.2 percent below the 10-year average.
The survey showed harvests declined across all 9 districts, ranging from 1.2 percent in District 9 to 14.1 percent in District 5.
“We... READ MORE
Study examines Americans’ disconnect with nature
By US Fish and Wildlife Service
Contact with nature is an important part of growing up and linking Americans to each other, yet competing priorities keep too many adults and children from getting outdoors.
That’s just one of the findings from a new national study of Americans’ relationship to nature. The study results also reveal both an alarming disconnection with n... READ MORE
Federal Premium to Introduce New Ammunition
By Federal Premium
Federal Premium Ammunition is proud to introduce a lineup of new high-performance products the 2017 NRA Meetings and Exhibits Show in Atlanta, Georgia, April 27-30. The introductions include Federal Premium Gold Medal Berger, Federal Premium Edge TLR, Federal Non-Typical and Federal Train + Protect. Attendees are encouraged to visit the Vista Outdo... READ MORE
Turkey hunting starting May 1
By Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
Utah's general statewide turkey hunt starts April 28 for hunters who will be 17 years of age or younger on July 31. On May 1, turkey hunting is open for hunters of all ages.
Permits will be available until the hunt ends on May 31. Hunters can get one online.
Permits are also available from more than 300 hunting license agents across Utah and at D... READ MORE
Michigan creates panel on chronic wasting disease
By Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Recognizing the challenge posed by chronic wasting disease in Michigan’s white-tailed deer population, the Natural Resources Commission has adopted a resolution to engage the scientific community to help identify practices that address the threat.
The resolution seeks to involve scientists and experts “to advise the NRC, the DNR or ot... READ MORE
GFP enforcement officers equipped with body cams
By South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks
Law enforcement officers with South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks will now be equipped with body cameras to increase transparency and enhance officer safety.
“Our officers already do a tremendous job,” said GFP department secretary Kelly Hepler.
“It is our hope that the implementation of body cameras will ultimately make their job... READ MORE
Florida makes it easier, adds prizes to remove pythons
By Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Two new programs have been created to encourage people to remove nonnative Burmese pythons from the Everglades ecosystem and surrounding area.
The Python Pickup Program encourages the public to remove and report wild Burmese pythons, and rewards participants with valuable prizes. Anyone can participate in the new program.
People who remove python... READ MORE
Savage Arms to Introduce New Firearms at 2017 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits Show
By Savage Arms
Savage Arms is proud to continue its long tradition of innovation by unveiling an exciting lineup of new high-performance firearms at the 2017 NRA Meetings and Exhibits Show in Atlanta, Georgia, April 27-30. The introductions include bolt-action B Series Hardwood rifles, along with the virtually bulletproof single-shot Stevens 301. Caliber options ... READ MORE
Savage Arms Introduces Model 10 GRS
By Savage Arms
Savage Arms is pleased to offer serious long-range shooters a new secret weapon with the Savage Model 10 GRS. The rifle delivers exceptional accuracy and performance whether you’re engaged in top-level competition or simply trying to beat your personal best. Shipments of these firearms are currently being delivered to dealers. The Model 10 G... READ MORE
Commission opens 850 acres to hunters in NE Arkansas
By Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
At its April 20 meeting, Commissioners unanimously voted to enter a partnership with the Highway and Transportation Department to include 850 acres of the Glaise Creek Mitigation Bank into Departee Creek WMA in White County.
The land was purchased by the Highway and Transportation Department as part of the requirement under the Clean Water Act to ... READ MORE
Public asked to not plant invasive Bradford pear trees
By Missouri Department of Conservation
Missouri homeowners are being encouraged to avoid planting Callery pear trees this spring.
Better known as Bradford pears, the Callery pear tree is an invasive species known to multiply quickly and crowd out Missouri native plants. While it’s been a popular landscaping tree for decades, cultivated forms have spread aggressively throughout th... READ MORE
Turkey hunters overwhelmingly satisfied with Nebraska hunt
By Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
Hunters who took part in Nebraska’s 2016 fall turkey season were overwhelmingly satisfied with the quality of their hunting experience, according to a Game and Parks Commission survey.
The survey, which was open only to 2016 fall turkey hunters, found 63 percent of hunters were satisfied with their hunting experience. The results are based o... READ MORE
Spring turkey season opens with youth hunt April 22
By Pennsylvania Game Commission
Licensed junior hunters and mentored youth can head afield April 22 to participate in Pennsylvania’s annual youth spring turkey hunt. A week later on April 29, all hunters can head into Penn’s Woods in pursuit of spring gobblers.
There’s an increasing interest among hunters, said Mary Jo Casalena, wild turkey biologist.
A light ... READ MORE
New law allows some to use straight wall cartridges
By Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Iowa hunters will have a new option this fall while hunting deer during the youth season, disabled hunter season and both shotgun seasons – rifles that are capable of shooting straight walled cartridges.
The new straight wall cartridge law was passed without dissent by the Iowa Legislature, and was signed into law April 13. It was enacted to... READ MORE
Bighorn sheep population remains stable
By North Dakota Game and Fish Department
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s spring bighorn sheep survey revealed a minimum of 296 bighorn sheep in western North Dakota, up slightly from last year and 3 percent above the five-year average.
Altogether, biologists counted 104 rams, 170 ewes and 22 lambs. Not included are approximately 20 bighorns in the North Unit of Theodor... READ MORE