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AK – HUNTING – Alaska Congressional Delegation Applauds Park Service Rule for Hunting and Trapping in Alaska National Preserves

Today, the Alaska Congressional Delegation (all R-Alaska) applauded the National Park Service’s (NPS) announced final rule that amends its regulations for hunting and trapping in Alaska national preserves, removing a 2015 Obama administration rule limiting harvest practices, which are otherwise permitted by the state of Alaska and federal law. This rule provides for Alaska residents who rely on state law to engage in their traditional hunting practices. “This final rule protects…

ME – WILDLIFE – Maine loon killed bald eagle by stabbing its heart, officials say

MAINE WILDLIFE OFFICIALS SAY A BALD EAGLE DIED LAST YEAR AFTER BEING STABBED THROUGH THE HEART BY A LOON. THE DEAD BALD EAGLE WAS FOUND FLOATING FACE-DOWN ON HIGHLAND LAKE IN BRIDGTON ON JULY 26, 2019. BIOLOGIST DANIELLE D’AURIA WITH THE MAINE DEPARTMENT OF INLAND FISHERIES AND WILDLIFE SAID THE THE BIRD HAD BEEN FOUND WITH A PUNCTURE WOUND IN ITS CHEST AND, BECAUSE IT IS ILLEGAL TO KILL BALD EAGLES, THE BIRD WAS RADIOGRAPHED AT NORWAY VETERINARY HOSPITAL TO SEE IF IT HAD BEEN SHOT. D’AURIA SAID ON MONDAY THAT THE EVIDENCE SHOWED NO GUN RESIDUE BUT INDICATED THAT THE EAGLE HAD BEEN STABBED THROUGH THE HEART BY THE BEAK OF A LOON.

INT’L – HUNTING – Victorian duck shooter’s guns seized and licence suspended after drone spies suspect behaviour

A Melbourne duck shooter has had his guns seized and gun license suspended after being caught with illegal drugs on the opening weekend of duck season. The man was filmed by an animal welfare campaigner’s drone, who contacted police after seeing what they believed to be a duck shooter snorting drugs off a camping table before hunting. Police ntercepted the shooter and found him in possession of a white…

WI – HUNTING – Wisconsin hunters insist on tradition

WISCONSIN HUNTERS OVERWHELMINGLY INSISTED THE STATE MAINTAIN ITS TRADITIONAL NINE-DAY GUN DEER SEASON CENTERED AROUND THANKSGIVING DAY IN VOTING LAST MONTH AT THE WISCONSIN CONSERVATION CONGRESS’ ANNUAL SPRING HEARINGS. BY A NEARLY 3-TO-1 MARGIN, THE HUNTERS AND OUTDOOR ENTHUSIASTS VOTED DOWN A PROPOSAL FROM THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES TO MORE THAN DOUBLE THE LENGTH OF THE SEASON FROM NINE TO 19 DAYS.

Air Rifles Improve to Legal Hunting Status

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.com – If your idea of an air gun is the official Daisy Red Ryder Model 1938 lever-action BB gun that Ralphie’s mom said would put his eye out in “The Christmas Story,” you’re two generations behind.

Modern air rifles can kill African big game and will easily drop deer at 100 yards.

The Pennsylvania legislature has amended the Game…

NAT’L – HUNTING – Rabbit Hunting In Wyoming Using The Umarex Octane Air Rifle

Hard Air magazine.com – In this latest episode of the Real Airgun Hunting show, Steve Criner takes us rabbit hunting.

Steve uses his .22 caliber Umarex Octane air rifle, together with RWS Superdome pellets for this hunt. He also shows the importance of using a digital rangefinder – particularly when shooting targets at a higher than you.

The Cottontails fall readily…

OH – HUNTING – Ohio’s Wild Turkey Hunting Season Continues Statewide

Ohio’s wild turkey hunters have harvested 13,564 birds through three weeks of the 2020 spring season. Hunters harvested 15,565 wild turkeys during the same time in 2019. In addition to the first two weeks of hunting, youth hunters harvested 1,843 wild turkeys during Ohio’s youth season on April 18-19. All counties are now open to hunting. The state has two zones for spring wild turkey hunting: the south zone…

WI – HUNTING – Outdoor enthusiasts reject wholesale changes to deer season

Outdoor enthusiasts overwhelmingly rejected Wisconsin wildlife officials’ proposals to dramatically reshape the state’s gun deer hunting structure to bolster the waning sport, a survey released Wednesday shows. The state Department of Natural Resources has been working for years to rekindle interest in deer hunting as hunters age out of the sport and more young people ignore the outdoors. DNR records show that total gun deer license sales dropped nearly…

NAT’L – HUNTING – Americans Turn To Hunting For Fear Of Food Shortage Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

MORE AMERICANS ARE REPORTEDLY STARTING TO GO OUT AND HUNT AMID FEARS THAT A NATIONWIDE FOOD SHORTAGE WILL OCCUR AFTER MEAT PLANTS SHUT DOWN BECAUSE OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC. AT LEAST THREE MAJOR PRODUCERS OF MEAT, SMITHFIELD FOODS, TYSON FOODS, AND JBS USA, WERE FORCED TO SHUT DOWN MORE THAN A DOZEN PROCESSING PLANTS NATIONWIDE BECAUSE OF THE OUTBREAKS. ACCORDING TO HANK FORESTER, AMERICANS ARE BEGINNING TO CONSIDER SELF-RELIANCE AND THINK ABOUT WHERE THEIR FOOD COMES FROM. MR. FORESTER IS THE HUNTING HERITAGE PROGRAMS SR. MANAGER OF THE QUALITY DEER MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION.

NC – HUNTING – Bird dogs find their places during hunts

A contest that goes on all year, year-by-year between bird dogs is reporting that once again reigning champion German Shorthaired Pointers are in first place, but the ever-loyal Golden Retrievers are nipping at their heels. Could the Goldens be the darlings of this year’s campaign? Either way, they’re off to a great start and the same could be said about the American Brittanys. Rounding out the top three, the…

SD – HUNTING – Proposed increase in deer gun tags among highlights from North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s online advisory board meetings

More memorable than the agenda, perhaps, was the format for this week’s North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s spring advisory board meetings, which were held online over two sessions Monday and Tuesday night, instead of individual public meetings in each of the state’s eight advisory board districts. I watched Tuesday night’s meeting for the eastern half of the state at home, and there were very few glitches during the…

TIPS FOR BOWHUNTING TURKEYS

MOSSY OAK.COM – For those of you who are getting geared up for Spring Turkey season, read on. Turkey hunters are a passionate and dedicated group of sportsmen and women all across the United States. Getting a bead on a tom with a shotgun can be hard enough but when you decide to do it with your bow, that…

5 COMMON SENSE TURKEY BOWHUNTING TIPS

WASPARCHERY.COM – Just about every article on bowhunting turkeys starts with the same stale intros: Turkey hunting with a bow is an extremely difficult endeavor, A turkey’s eyesight is so good, etc. Hardcore bowhunters don’t need to be told how difficult it is. They know. It is why they choose to use a bow instead of a shotgun. It…

NAT’L – WILDLIFE – How has COVID-19 Hurt the Outdoors Industry?

At this juncture the overall impacts of coronavirus/COVID-19 are incalculable. It may be months or even years before there is any kind of a reasonably accurate accounting for the damage this virus has caused to the outdoors industry. We know already it is hurting every facet of the outdoors in terms of recreation, sales, travel, conventions, and above all else, participation. When an event as large as the National…

MN – HUNTING – Applications for bear hunting licenses must be made by May 1

THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES HAS HUNTING INFORMATION FOR THE 2020 BEAR SEASON AVAILABLE. PROSPECTIVE HUNTERS SHOULD APPLY ONLINE AT WWW.DNR.STATE.MN.US/LICENSES/ONLINE-SALES.HTML OR BY TELEPHONE AT 1-888-665-4236 (1-MN-LICENSE). THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, MAY 1. BAITING CAN BEGIN ON FRIDAY, AUG. 14; THE HUNTING SEASON EXTENDS FROM TUESDAY, SEPT. 1, TO SUNDAY, OCT. 18.

MN – HUNTING – Turkey hunt off to big start Here’s some sage advice: Talk to the hens

Turkey hunting is off to a big start. The decision by the state to open the “A” and “B” seasons to over-the-counter sales instead of by lottery has resulted in big increases. The “A” season license sales more than doubled this year. As of Monday of this week, or six days into the sales, the “A” sales jumped from 5,898 in 2019, to 12,431 in 2020, according to information…

Thinkin’ Like a Gobbler

DNR.WI.GOV – Gobble-obble-obble! The sound made the hair stand up on the back of my neck. The snow-white head of a gobbler was plainly visible as he cautiously worked his way through the multiflora rose bushes on my hunting partner’s Grant County farm. My arm muscles were starting to ache from holding my shotgun in the “ready” position for…

The Elusive Turkey

ONLYINARK.COM – As we get into turkey season in Arkansas, hunters all over the state are heading to the woods. Many are seasoned hunters and many will be experiencing the thrill of their first hunt. There is a reason so many people get hooked on turkey hunting after going for the first time. Turkey hunting is an unpredictable adventure that only…

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