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Spring turkey season harvests totals 36,251 birds

Spring turkey season harvests totals 36,251 birds

By Missouri Department of Conservation

Preliminary data shows that turkey hunters checked 33,355 birds during Missouri’s 2022 regular spring turkey season, April 18 through May 8. Top regular season harvest counties were Franklin with 798 birds harvested, Callaway with 614, and Gasconade with 606. Young turkey hunters also harvested 2,896 birds over the youth weekend, April 9 and... READ MORE

Apply now, moose hunt lottery closes May 27

Apply now, moose hunt lottery closes May 27

By New Hampshire Fish and Game Department

If you want to hunt moose in New Hampshire this fall, now is the time to enter the moose hunt lottery which closes May 27. The lottery entrance fee is $15 for New Hampshire residents, and $25 for nonresidents. A total of 40 permits will be issued in 2022. Applicants are encouraged to apply online and early, so there is less chance of submitting an... READ MORE

Applications open; hunt hours, airbows added for alligator hunts

Applications open; hunt hours, airbows added for alligator hunts

By Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

At its May meeting, the Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Commissioners increased hours for the statewide alligator hunt and added pre-charged pneumatic airbows to legal methods of take. Increasing hunting hours from 17 to 24 hours a day in most areas will provide hunters with an alligator trapping license or harvest permit more flexibility wh... READ MORE

Firearm industry surpasses $15 billion mark in Pittman-Robertson tax

Firearm industry surpasses $15 billion mark in Pittman-Robertson tax

By National Shooting Sports Foundation

NSSF®, the firearm industry trade association, marked a milestone achievement when firearm and ammunition manufacturers topped $15 billion in contributions to the Wildlife Restoration Trust Fund since its inception in 1937. “This is an achievement for which all in the firearm and ammunition industry are proud,” said Joe Bartozzi, NS... READ MORE

Grant established to keep hunting heritage alive

Grant established to keep hunting heritage alive

By First Hunt Foundation

The NRA Hunters Leadership Forum has awarded a $50,000 challenge grant to the First Hunt Foundation to help establish the Hunting Heritage Endowment and provide on the ground mentoring work. The Endowment helps bring funding certainty to programs and organizations whose mission is focused on keeping America’s hunting heritage alive forever. ... READ MORE

Alligator lottery applications now available

Alligator lottery applications now available

By South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

Applications for the public alligator lottery are now open, and will close June 15 at 5:00 p.m. A $10 nonrefundable application fee is required to apply for the randomized computer drawing based on a preference point system which determines the selection of hunters. This 2022 public alligator season begins at noon Sept. 10 and runs until noon Oct... READ MORE

Drought reduces number of 2022 general season deer permits

Drought reduces number of 2022 general season deer permits

By Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

The Wildlife Board has approved the big game hunting permits for 2022 seasons and has reduced the number of general-season deer hunting permits following DWR biologists’ evaluation of deer population health and assessment of previous year’s harvest. Data factored current habitat and environmental conditions and included extreme drought ... READ MORE

Final test results find CWD incidence remains low

Final test results find CWD incidence remains low

By Missouri Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation reports it sampled and tested more than 32,000 deer for chronic wasting disease (CWD) between July 2021 and April 2022. Of the more than 32,000 deer sampled, 86 tested positive for CWD. Those deer bring the total number of CWD cases found in the state to 292 since the first case in wild deer was found in early 2012. I... READ MORE

H5N1 avian influenza found in raptors, water birds, not wild turkeys

H5N1 avian influenza found in raptors, water birds, not wild turkeys

By Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Avian influenza has been confirmed in two wild raptor species in Indiana, according to the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife (DFW). Diagnostic testing on the raptors was done at Purdue’s Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, where the birds tested positive with the (HP)H5N1 strain currently circulating in North America. The individual rapto... READ MORE

Hunters harvest 3,315 turkeys on opening weekend

Hunters harvest 3,315 turkeys on opening weekend

By Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Hunters harvested 3,315 wild turkeys during the opening weekend of the south zone spring hunting season on April 23-24. Youth hunters harvested 1,103 wild turkeys during the youth season April 9-10. The top 10 counties for wild turkey harvest reported during the opening weekend of the 2022 south zone include Guernsey (110), Harrison (104), Tuscaraw... READ MORE

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