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Late-season deer hunting may be the best of the year
The Huntsville Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For a lot of Alabama hunters, the deer season doesn't even start until the New Year's celebrations are just a pleasant memory. That may be particularly true this year, when an incredible acorn crop across much of the northern part of the state has limited deer movement and kept harvest low. But things are about to change. In much of the state the "rut" or mating season doesn't get started until the first strong moon phase in January. For those who seek big bucks it's the only time of year worth being in the woods; the odds of seeing a trophy-quality deer increase dramatically as hormones drive the dominant males to stay on the move almost around the clock. More

ND hunters to see different duck, Canada goose seasons in 2012
KFYR-TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Both duck and Canada goose seasons closed recently in North Dakota, capping off what will be remembered as another success for those who enjoy waterfowl hunting. And with the spring not far away, conservation groups say 2012 is dramatically different compared to last year. They say for hunters to hope for the same kind of success next fall, snow is needed, and soon. More

Jim Stabile: Colder weather means time for NJ ice fishing near
Daily Record    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Now that 2012 is here, ice fishing can't be far behind. New Jersey hardwater fishing fans didn't break any ice last month, but with weather turning colder, it's time to sharpen those ice augers and spuds because bait and tackle shops are ready, even though the nearest ice fishing has been about a 5.5-hour drive and a $70 New York nonresident fishing license away. More

Controlled deer hunt to proceed in Emerald Isle, NC
Jacksonville Daily News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A controlled deer hunt will proceed in January in Emerald Isle, N.C., following formal action by the Board of Commissioners. The board approved an ordinance amendment to allow for a controlled bow hunt in early 2012 to reduce the deer population in the town. The town has a longstanding ordinance that prohibits hunting and the discharge of firearms in the town. The amendment is not an open deer hunting season for the general public. More

Few women trek wetlands for waterfowl hunting
Democrat and Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When Shanna Shaw's two Labrador retrievers see her pile duck decoys, waders, and other hunting gear by the front door of her Attica, N.Y., home in late December they get excited. "They know what's coming," said Shaw, of duck hunting season. "They wait by the door." Shaw feels her retrievers' excitement. She has been a duck hunter for about 15 years and looks forward to duck hunting season every year. "For me the biggest draw is getting out into the wetland habitat," said Shaw, who is a biologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service in Batavia. "I enjoy being outdoors and active with my dogs and husband." More

Missouri hunters have historic deer season, prepare for more success
The Kansas City Star    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Aided by near-ideal hunting conditions, Missouri hunters shot 15,238 deer during the 11-day muzzleloader season that recently ended. That was the second-highest total in the history of the hunt, which started in 1988. It trailed only the 2009 total of 15,907. Oregon was the leading county with 314 deer checked in. Franklin was second with 285 and Callaway third with 281. More

Bernie Kuntz: Wolf hunting appears to be expanding
The Jamestown Sun    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's been a tough year for the obstructionist organizations that have worked mightily to keep a ban on wolf hunting in the Lower 48 states. First, in August a federal court upheld a budget rider that removed wolf protections in Montana, Idaho, and parts of Washington state, Oregon and Utah. The provision was inserted by U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, and U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont. It was the first time since passage of the Endangered Species Act in 1973 that Congress forcibly removed protections from a plant or animal. More

Pennsylvania snow goose hunting extending into late April
The Altoona Mirror    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Populations of snow geese have exploded in recent years. Biologists estimate that there were about 50,000 snow geese in the Atlantic Flyway during the 1960s. Now that same population is thought to be as many as one million, a number that is causing the birds to be a threat to their own existence, mostly by damaging their breeding grounds in the far north. Pennsylvania wildlife managers believe 500,000 is a more sustainable number of snow geese and have established extra hunting opportunities to help meet that goal. More

Late-season dove hunting often a wide-open field
Houston Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There are few certainties in the dove hunting world, particularly in the late season when most hunters are more concerned about whether they will find a new firearm, knife or other outdoor gear under their Christmas trees. With the late season running through Jan. 23 in the South Zone and Jan. 8 in the North and Central zones, those who do venture out into the fields and fence rows in search of mourning and white-winged doves can be certain they will not have a lot of company. More

Kerry Luft: After banner year, Illinois duck hunters worried
Chicago Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
This was the scene that duck hunters see in their dreams. Mallards came slip-sliding out of a frosty blue sky and careened toward our decoys, spilling air from their wings and dropping fast. They buzzed over the tree line and into the little waterhole where we waited under the branches, a few ducks shy of our limit but in no hurry for the spectacle to end. But while this has shaped up as a banner year for waterfowl across the continent, advocates for ducks and duck hunters are worried. A confluence of events — political, economic and meteorological — have combined to imperil critical habitat, and the impact could be devastating. More

Gray wolf hunting, trapping seasons possible next fall in Minnesota    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Minnesota hunters and trappers could have a new quarry next fall — the gray wolf. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has delisted the gray wolf as an endangered species in the western Great Lakes region, placing gray wolf management in Minnesota within a few weeks under control of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. More

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