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ID – HUNTING – Idaho Fish and Game may lift cougar hunt limits. Some hunters call it ‘war’ on cats (VIDEO)

Several of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s latest big game season proposals have prompted concern from hunters who say the agency has declared war on mountain lions, or cougars, and threatened their populations by expanding hunting opportunities. The Fish and Game Commission is weighing dozens of changes to big game hunting rules across the state, affecting everything from deer and elk hunts to wolf and bear hunts. A handful…

FL – HUNTING – Florida’s feral hogs: a pervasive pest – but a profitable one for some

Dimas “Pompi” Rodriguez is standing in his front yard before dawn, his neck shielded from a bitter wind by the collar of his canvas jacket. He splits a cigarillo lengthwise and empties the guts on to his filthy swamp boots. “We gonna catch some hogs today,” he says. “When it’s cold, they come out of the swamp.”

He rolls a joint with the cigarillo shell on the door of his…

ND – HUNTING – North Dakota Legislature takes aim at hunting bills

North Dakota prides itself on creating an environment beneficial to hunters, and several pieces of legislation under consideration this session aim to build on that. The hunting bills still alive, having passed in the House or Senate, have all had strong support from a majority of lawmakers and move now to the other chamber.

NY – HUNTING – NY to resume in-person hunter education classes

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is set to resume in-person hunter education classes from April 1. Places on the free courses are limited, but the DEC says online classes are still available.

Hunter safety courses went online-only during the coronavirus pandemic. During the same timeframe, the DEC says it has seen a 12% increase in hunting and fishing license sales compared to…

NAT’L – HUNTING – OPINION – The search for common ground on hunting

Conservationists and hunters should talk more, but dialogue with the hunting lobby is not my favourite thing. I should qualify that. I do not mind talking with hunters. In fact, over the years I have had many a good conversation with hunters. The odd bad exchange too, but for the most part good ones, both while out in the countryside and on the sidelines of events and meetings. Discussions…

CO – HUNTING – As Colorado readies wolf-reintroduction plan, other states may step up kills

BILLINGS, MONTANA — Payments for dead wolves. Unlimited hunting of the animals. Shooting wolves from the air. Wolf hunting policies in some states are taking an aggressive turn, as Republican lawmakers and conservative hunting groups push to curb their numbers and propose tactics shunned by many wildlife managers. In Montana, lawmakers are advancing measures to allow shooting wolves at night and payments to hunters reminiscent of bounties that widely…

ND – HUNTING – Maximizing your kill with big game harvest techniques

They say that “time is money,” well in the big game hunting world, “time is meat.” Steven Rinella of the renowned outdoor company MeatEater advises hunters to gut big game immediately.

NV – HUNTING – Clark County condemns predator hunting contests in commission vote

LAS VEGAS (KSNV) – March 2, 2021 – Clark County commissioners have condemned predator hunting contests in Nevada and called on state officials to ban the practice. The Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday in favor of a resolution that urges the Nevada Department of Wildlife to prohibit contests that offer prizes for killing animals like coyotes, bobcats and foxes.  According to the resolution, which was introduced by Commissioner…

WI – HUNTING Wisconsin wolf hunters very successful, DNR disappointed

There’s a split when it comes to the numbers from Wisconsin’s wolf hunting season. Hunters are happy. They shot or trapped 216 gray wolves during the three-day season this week. Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources is disappointed.

The haul from this year’s wolf hunt, the first since the gray wolf came off the Endangered Species list earlier this year, was 82% above DNR’s goal. Eric Lobner, DNR’s wildlife director, told…

IN – HUNTING – Thousands sign petition against trophy hunter who proudly posed with heart of dead giraffe

A trophy hunter is facing fierce criticism after posing with the heart of a giraffe she had just shot dead. Merelize Van Der Merwe, 32, and her husband spent £1,500 to make her dream come true on a trip to a South African game park, reports The Mirror. She posted a number of photos on Facebook of the hunt including one in which she is proudly holding up its…

TX – WILDLIFE – Woods, Waters, and Wildlife: Go Hog Wild

Every year about this time, some men and women go into something akin to mild depression. And please don’t think I’m belittling the post combat malady known as PTSD when I call it “After Hunting Season Downer”, or “AHSD”. PTSD is a sad, serious affliction, that’s affected many of our troops – male and female – and requires extensive professional therapy. I can’t talk without tearing up about one…

MI – HUNTING – Sportsmen, lawmakers to state wildlife managers: Allow Michigan wolf hunting, trapping

Pressure is ratcheting up on Michigan wildlife managers to allow hunting and trapping of gray wolves as soon as this year. Republican state Senators Ed McBroom of Vulcan and Jon Bumstead of Newaygo have introduced a resolution urging the state Natural Resources Commission, a seven-member, governor-appointed body that sets hunting and fishing policy, ‘to organize wolf hunting and trapping as part of the state’s wolf management efforts beginning in…

WI – HUNTING – Wisconsin’s wolf hunts will end on Feb. 24, two days after the season began on Feb. 22.

Wisconsin’s wolf hunts will end on Feb. 24, two days after the season began on Feb. 22. In less than 24 hours, Wisconsin hunters have killed 82 of the 119 gray wolves (Canis lupus) that the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) allowed for the season.

CO – HUNTING – How do arctic foxes hunt in the snow?

Maybe you’ve seen a video clip of a fluffy white fox moving carefully through a frozen landscape. Suddenly it leaps into the air and dive-bombs straight down into the snow. If so, you’ve witnessed the unusual hunting skills of an arctic fox. During winter at the most northern parts of Earth, snow and ice transform the arctic tundra into a blanket of white as far as the eye can…

NAT’L – HUNTING – Late Winter Rules for Coaxing Coyotes

I killed my first coyote sometime during the late 1980’s while chipping away at a limit of quail on a sunny November afternoon. I watched in amazement as my venerable Labrador dove into a dense patch of grass with a violent growl.

WV – HUNTING – The Squirrel Master Classic reminds us of winter hunting fun

THE RAVAGES OF THE DREADED COVID-19 PANDEMIC SEEM TO HAVE NO END. BESIDES ALL THE MISSED EVENTS LIKE FAMILY GATHERINGS AND MANY OTHER SOCIAL EVENTS, IF WE ARE HONEST IT HAS TAKEN AWAY FROM OUR OUTDOOR ENDEAVORS AS WELL. TRAVELING FOR DISTANT HUNTING OR FISHING TRIPS HAS CERTAINLY BEEN CURTAILED, AND SPORTSMAN-RELATED EVENTS LIKE SHOT SHOW, THE NRA CONVENTION AND THE NATIONAL WILD TURKEY CONVENTION (IT WOULD BE TAKING PLACE THIS WEEK) HAVE ALL BEEN CANCELED BECAUSE OF THE NASTY LITTLE CHINESE BUG.

WV – HUNTING – Modern hunters and tough eastern coyotes

IT’S ABOUT 20 DEGREES AS I STUMBLE ALONG IN THE DARK FOLLOWING MY TWO GUIDES, CONNOR AND TYLER. WITH ABOUT A GAZILLION STARS OVERHEAD, IT IS STILL VERY DARK, AND I TRY NOT TO MAKE TOO MUCH NOISE. THE BARE CORNFIELD THAT WE ARE WALKING IN IS COVERED IN FROZEN SNOW AND MUD AND IT IS HARD TO BE QUIET. MY YOUNG FRIENDS SET UP THE ELECTRONIC PREDATOR CALL AND AR-15-STYLE RIFLES ON TRIPODS WITH A THERMAL IMAGING SCOPE MOUNTED ON BOTH GUNS. THE PREDATOR CALL IS TURNED ON AND THE COLD NIGHT AIR IS FILLED WITH THE HOWLS, YIPS AND SNARLS OF WHAT SOUNDS LIKE A NASTY COYOTE DOMESTIC DISPUTE.

NAT’L – HUNTING – Late winter is time to start hunting shed antlers

THIS NEXT WEEK WILL BE A GREAT TIME TO GET OUTSIDE, ENJOY SOME NICER WEATHER AND HUNT FOR SHED ANTLERS. SOME WHITETAIL DEER, MULE DEER AND ELK HAVE ALREADY DROPPED THEIR ANTLERS AND OTHERS WILL BE DROPPING THEIR ANTLERS SOON. AS TEMPERATURES RISE AND THE SNOW MELTS, IT WILL BE EASIER TO FIND SHED ANTLERS.

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