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MT – Hunting – Referendum to constitutionally protect hunting, fishing and trapping passes committee

BILLINGS GAZETTE.COM March 22, 2017 – HELENA — A referendum that would ask voters if the right to hunt, fish and trap should be expressly stated in the Montana Constitution narrowly cleared committee Tuesday. Senate Bill 236, brought by Sen. Jennifer Fielder, R-Thompson Falls, underwent a number of changes through amendment between its hearing on Feb. 16 and the Senate Fish and Game Committee’s vote on Tuesday. The hearing included opposition…

TN – Hunting – 2017 Young Sportsman Spring Turkey Hunt Is March 25-26; Statewide Season Opens April 1

THE CHATTANOOGAN.COM March 20, 2017 – Tennessee’s 2017 spring turkey season opens on Saturday, April 1, and continues through Sunday, May 14. The state young sportsman hunt for youth ages 6-16 is March 25-26. Spring turkey harvest numbers have been consistent for a number of years in Tennessee. Tennessee turkey hunters have passed the 30,000 harvest mark for 14 consecutive years during the spring hunting season.  [full…

ID – Wildlife – Federal cyanide trap injures eastern Idaho boy, kills dog

FOX NEWS March 17, 2017 – An eastern Idaho sheriff says he’s investigating after a cyanide trap placed by federal authorities to kill coyotes injured a 14-year-old boy and killed his dog. Bannock County Sheriff Lorin Nielsen says the device was placed in the area by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to kill coyotes. Nielsen says the boy was taken to a hospital to be tested for cyanide poisoning…

WY – Hunting – 2 fined nearly $31,000 for poaching elk on TV hunting show

ABC6NEWS.COM March 14, 2017 – DOUGLAS, Wyo. (AP) – Two Kentucky men who appeared on a cable television hunting show have been fined nearly $31,000 and have lost their hunting privileges for 15 years after poaching two bull elk in southeastern Wyoming in 2014. The case emerged when a Wyoming resident watching “Hunting in the Sticks” on the Pursuit Channel reported that the men appeared to have killed elk…

OK – Hunting – FREAK OF NATURE: A buck killed during the gun season in Oklahoma County is the talk of the deer hunting world

THE OKLAHOMAN (NEWSOK.COM) March 12, 2017 – Boone and Crockett scorer George Moore was sitting at a table at the Backwoods Show last weekend, waiting for the next hunter to bring him a rack to measure, when he spotted Brad Julian Jr. walking down the aisle toward him. “I didn’t know what to think,” Moore said of the European mount that Julian was carrying. “I thought he was bringing…

Nat’l – Hunting – Scout Turkeys Early or Be Disappointed Later

TRADITIONS MEDIA March 10, 2017 – “It won’t be long… I can’t wait.” These are just a couple of the common expressions you’ll hear from turkey hunters at this time of year. If you really are excited about bagging a longbeard this season, start scouting now. Many turkey hunters have key spots they rely on to fill tags every year. They know turkeys are present there and they know…

AR – Hunting – Arkansas man gets probation, jail time for killing hunting dogs

ARKANSAS ONLINE.COM March 10, 2017 – A Decatur man was placed on probation and given jail time for killing two hunting dogs. Benjamin Charles Hudson, 28, pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal mischief and two counts of misdemeanor cruelty to animals. He pleaded guilty under a plea agreement attorney Drew Ledbetter reached with Sam Martin, deputy prosecutor. Hudson was arrested Dec. 23, 2015. He admitted in court Thursday he killed…

WY – Hunting/Wildlife – Court rules to lift federal protections for Wyoming wolves

BILLINGS GAZETTE March 3, 2017 – A U.S. appeals court has lifted protections that kept gray wolves an endangered species in Wyoming for years after federal officials removed packs in neighboring states from that list. Friday’s ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia reverses a lower judge who sided with environmental groups and rejected Wyoming’s wolf management plan. It wasn’t immediately clear how quickly…

Secretary Zinke shows support for sportsmen on first day in office

DUCKS UNLIMITED March 2, 2017 – On his first official day as the 52nd Secretary of the Department of Interior, Ryan Zinke issued his first two secretarial orders benefitting the sportsmen and outdoor communities. Zinke invited various members from the sportsmen’s community for the signing ceremony of the secretarial orders that help expand public land access, as well as opportunities to hunt, fish and recreate across the country. Ducks…

DC – Hunting/Wildlife – He Will Soon Run a Fifth of the Nation. Meet Ryan Zinke.

NEW YORK TIMES March 1, 2017 – WHITEFISH, Mont. — As a child in this town at the edge of the Continental Divide, Ryan Zinke cut his own trails through alpine forest, swam laps in Whitefish Lake and hiked the snow-packed paths of nearby Glacier National Park. Later, as an Eagle Scout, he traced how railroad oil spilled into the Whitefish River and watched as a single spark set that waterway…

Washington State Now Allowing The Airbow For Hunting Through The Special Use Permit Program

Bloomfield, NY – February 20, 2017. Hunters with disabilities receiving special accommodations for hunting in Washington State can now apply to use the Benjamin Pioneer Airbow for big game hunting. Washington State confirmed some hunters have already begun applying for Airbow use permits and are receiving the accommodation.

“We are very pleased to hear that the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife is taking a proactive approach with the…

PA – Hunting – Outdoors with Tom Venesky: NRA missing point on PGC vote

TIMES LEADER.COM February 19, 2017 – I guess I agree with gun control and anti-hunting advocates on one thing. And so do other hunters. According to a news release on the National Rifle Associations Institute for Legislative Action website, the organization is urging people to contact the Pennsylvania Game Commission board and urge them to finalize their motion to allow semi-automatic rifles for hunting.  

PA – Hunting – Game Commission moving target toward semi-automatic weapons

TIMES OBSERVER.COM February 3, 2017 – The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners took a step toward implementing semi-automatic rifles and gave preliminary approval to hunting and trapping seasons and bag limits for the 2017-18 license year on Tuesday. A five-round magazine would be required for all semiautomatic hunting rifles, with the total ammunition capacity limited to six rounds, based on the preliminarily approved measure.   

Int’l – Wildlife – Gorillas massacred and driven to extinction – all for the sake of our mobile phones (VIDEO)

MIRROR.CO.UK February 2, 2017 – Watching these magnificent gorillas from feet away, it is hard to believe they are being slaughtered in vast numbers because of mobile phones and games consoles. The animals are being poached for bushmeat by militia groups and miners digging for an ore called coltan. It contains tantalum, used to make capacitors in modern electronic devices. Much of the globe’s coltan is mined here in the Democratic Republic of…

MO – Industry Insider – GUNMAKER CEO: Fewer people are buying ammunition after the election because Hillary Clinton didn’t win

BUSINESS INSIDER February 1, 2017 – People seem to be easing up on their ammunition buying after the presidential election. John Fischer, CEO of Winchester-maker Olin Corporation, said that gun retailers are seeing slower than expected sales of bullets and ammunition post-election. “Winchester did experience a slowdown in commercial ammunition demand after the presidential election which we expect to continue into 2017,” said Fischer in his company’s…

Republicans move to sell off 3.3m acres of national land, sparking rallies

THE GUARDIAN.COM January 31, 2017 – The new piece of legislation would direct the interior secretary to immediately sell off an area of public land the size of Connecticut. In a press release for House Bill 621, (Utah Rep. Jason) Chaffetz, a Tea Party Republican, claimed that the 3.3m acres of national land, maintained by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), served “no purpose for taxpayers.” But many in…

AZ – Wildlife – Arizona bill would let city dwellers shoot snakes in yards

AZ FAMILY.COM January 31, 2017 – PHOENIX (AP) – Residents in Arizona cities who spot a rat or snake in their yard will be able to shoot the animals using a small-caliber gun loaded with tiny pellets under legislation that Republicans gave initial approval Tuesday. A group of scientists opposed to the proposal say it endangers people by encouraging firearm use in populated areas and puts them at risk…

Int’l – Hunting – Newfoundland offers world-class moose hunting experience for adventuresome sportsmen

MORNING CALL.COM January 30, 2017 – For many hunters, the idea of pursuing moose is little more than a dream, a trip that seems either too expensive, too time-consuming or too far away to give serious consideration. Fortunately, one of the best moose hunting destinations in the world is within reach of many hunters from this region, both geographically and financially. Located in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast…

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