Entries for July 2017
Big Game Super Raffle nets record $673,600 for wildlife
By Arizona Game and Fish Department
When winners of the 12th annual Arizona Big Game Super Raffle were announced headquarters in Phoenix July 20, prizes included 10 Special Big Game Tags, one for each of the state’s big game species – bighorn sheep, elk, mule deer, white-tailed deer, pronghorn, bison, turkey, bear, javelina and mountain lion.
In the 12-year history of t... READ MORE
NY citizen scientists needed for summer wild turkey survey
By New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation
New Yorkers are being asked to participate in a survey for wild turkeys and help state biologists better understand the iconic bird.
Since 1996, the Department of Environmental Conservation has conducted the Summer Wild Turkey Sighting Survey to estimate the number of wild turkey poults (young turkey born this year) per hen statewide.
Weather, p... READ MORE
Youth can hunt deer with adult mentors during special hunts
By Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Youth can apply to hunt deer in select state parks and other refuge areas during 16 special deer hunts in October and November.
“These special hunts provide the opportunity for parents or other adult mentors to go afield with youth to hunt deer,” said Mike Kurre, mentoring coordinator. “Deer hunting can be an extremely positive e... READ MORE
Beware of fraudulent hunting, fishing license websites
By West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
Exercise caution when searching the internet for information about hunting and fishing licenses, advises officials in the Division of Natural Resources.
“Several customers recently have reported websites that sell information about hunting and fishing in the Mountain State that is available to the public for free,” said Charles Kennedy... READ MORE
Hunting plans change? Donate that license
By New Mexico Department of Game & Fish
New Mexico hunters are reminded that in the event they can’t use their hunting license this season, it can be donated for a youth to use.
The State Game Commission has authorized two nonprofit organizations, the New Mexico Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife of Farmington and the Donald R. Kemp Youth Hunting Club in Las Cruces, to receive donate... READ MORE
2017 moose hunt auction now open
By Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife
Hunters have one more chance to get a permit for this fall’s moose hunt. The auction for five moose hunting permits is open until August 10 at 4:30 p.m. Bid winners notified August 11. Auction winners will hunt in one of several wildlife management units (WMUs) open to moose hunting and choose to hunt during the October 1-7 archery seas... READ MORE
Federal Launches 13 Options in Its New Non-Typical Deer Hunting Ammunition Lineup
By Federal Ammunition
Federal Ammunition is pleased to announce its launch of Non-Typical, a full line of ammunition specifically built for the American deer hunter. The competitively priced rifle loads are available in 13 popular hunting cartridges and bullet weight options, including a 140-grain 6.5 Creedmoor. Shipments of this new ammunition are being delivered to de... READ MORE
Federal Offers Fusion MSR 6.5 Grendel Load
By Federal Ammunition
Federal Ammunition is pleased to announce a new 120-grain 6.5 Grendel load designed for deer hunters in its Fusion MSR lineup. Shipments of this new product are currently being delivered to dealers. Modern sporting rifles are the most adaptable class of firearms in history, handling everything from tactical applications to deer hunting. Fusion MSR ... READ MORE
Savage Arms Introduces New B Series Hardwood
By Savage Arms
Savage Arms took bolt-action rimfire performance to new heights when it introduced the B Series rifle platform. The iconic American gun maker is pleased to expand the lineup for 2017 by adding the newB Series Hardwood. Shipments of the new rifle are being delivered to dealers. The new B Series Hardwood features a 21-inch Sporter barrel and ergonomi... READ MORE
CWD found in Clearfield County wild deer
By Pennsylvania Game Commission
Chronic wasting disease has spread to free-ranging deer in an area of Pennsylvania where it previously had been detected only in captive deer.
The Game Commission reported a free-ranging whitetail buck in Bell Township, Clearfield County, has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD).
The CWD-positive buck was shot by a wildlife conservat... READ MORE
Apply for controlled deer hunts in 4 state parks until Aug. 13
By West Virginia Department of Natural Resources
Applications for controlled deer hunts in 2017 are being accepted at four West Virginia State Parks.
The deadline to apply is August 13 for Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park in Wood County, Pipe stem Resort State Park in Summers County, Cacapon Resort State Park in Morgan County and North Bend State Park in Ritchie County.
For the fir... READ MORE
Apply now for 2017 antlerless permit lottery
By Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
Applications for 2017 any-deer (antlerless) permit lottery are now available online.
Any-deer permit lottery applications are free, and are due by 11:59 p.m. August 15. The drawing will be held September 8, and results will be posted on the Department’s website.
A total of 66,050 any-deer permits will be issued in 22 of the state’s 2... READ MORE
Website licensing login improved
By South Dakota Game Fish and Parks
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks has made it easier for outdoor enthusiasts to purchase hunting and fishing licenses online.
Online usernames and passwords are in abundance these days, and keeping track of them all is difficult.
The GFP online licensing system now allows customers who have forgotten or misplaced their username and password to lo... READ MORE
$1 million in grants directed to combat WNS
By U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
More than $1 million in grant funds are being directed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to 37 states and the District of Columbia to help combat white-nose syndrome (WNS), a fungal disease that has killed millions of North American bats in recent years.
Funds will help states find ways to prevent the spread of WNS while increasing survival ra... READ MORE
30,000 rifle and muzzleloader bull elk permits on sale
By Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
As of July 11, total of 30,000 rifle and muzzleloader permits for bull elk in Utah went on sale. If you didn't get a permit on July 11, don't worry. It usually takes a few weeks for general elk permits to sell out. "Don't wait too long, though," says Lindy Varney, wildlife licensing coordinator. "If you want to hunt elk in Utah, I'd encourage you t... READ MORE