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For several years the Permits Branch has not issued elephant trophy import permits until after the Tanzania hunting season had passed. Worse, we learned that issuance of permits was in serious doubt in 2011 despite Tanzania having the second largest elephant population in the world. Working with the leaders of the hunting industry and wildlife authorities of Tanzania, we organized and headed a two-day meeting in Washington, D.C., between a delegation of three of Tanzania's foremost exerts (Tanzania's director of wildlife, past director of wildlife heading the Mweka College, and the director of the research institute) and all the relevant bureaus and divisions in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. More

Top 5 reasons to join the National Taxidermists Association
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Of course, there's more than five reasons to join the voice of the taxidermy industry and the only national organization to fight for rights at the national level. Join now, vote in the upcoming elections, and get ready for the national conference in July in Arkansas. More

Federal Register publishes notice on endangered, threatened wildlife
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is revising the regulations that implement the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended, by removing the exclusion of U.S. captive-bred live wildlife and sport-hunted trophies of three endangered antelopes — scimitarhorned oryx, addax, and dama gazelle — from the prohibition of certain activities, such as take and export, under the act. More

New presidential advisor in CIC
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The International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation has announced John J. Jackson, III. will take the position of presidential advisor. Jackson, an attorney specializing in wildlife and outdoor recreational law for 38 years, is a founder and president of Conservation Force, a nonprofit foundation. More

Special rule for scimitar-horned oryx, addax and dama gazelle repealed
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a final rule to eliminate its special regulation authorizing the breeding, management and free trade of three endangered African antelope species — the scimitar-horned oryx, addax and dama gazelle. Although these animals are classified as endangered species, the special regulation enacted by USFWS in September 2005 made it possible for owners of captive herds to engage in activities including the purchase and sales of the animals and to breed these animals on ranches across the United States. More

Outfitter pursues mountain goats in craggy Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness
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During the past nine years, Cameron Mayo has carved out a niche as a licensed outfitter for two adjoining mountain goat hunting areas in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness in south central Montana. Goat permits are hard to come by, a once-in-a-lifetime hunt. Last year, only 240 resident and 17 nonresident tags were issued through a lottery system. More

US tightens fishing policy, setting 2012 catch limits for all managed species
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In an effort to sustain commercial and recreational fishing for the next several decades, the United States this year will become the first country to impose catch limits for every species it manages, from Alaskan pollock to Caribbean queen conch. Although the policy has attracted scant attention outside the community of those who fish in America and the officials who regulate them, it marks an important shift in a pursuit that has helped define the country since its founding. More

Hunting, fishing licenses may no longer be free for Kansas seniors
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Kansas senior citizens could be required to buy hunting and fishing licenses after this year. For decades, residents 65 and older have been exempt from the annual permits that currently sell for about $18 each. Chris Tymeson of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission said that the agency will ask the Legislature to remove the exemption. He said the request is being made to ensure continued funding for the agency as the average age of sportsmen continues to increase. More

Idaho hunters approach regional wolf quota
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Hunters in the Wood River Valley are nearing the state-set limit on wolf harvest in the region, having killed 18 of an allowed 25 wolves. The Southern Mountains Region, which includes the Wood River Valley and extends east across the Pioneer, White Knob, Lost River, Lemhi and Beaverhead mountain ranges to the Montana border, is one of the few wolf management zones in Idaho to have a quota. More

Hunters air concerns over Montana doe population
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Hunters from across northwestern Montana sounded off at a hearing in Kalispell, with most of them saying the region's already "restrictive" regulations for doe hunting are not strict enough to help diminished populations, and some saying youth hunters should no longer be able to harvest antlerless deer. The hearing at the Red Lion Hotel is a traditional held every other year for hunters to comment on proposed regulations. More than 100 people traveled from Thompson Falls, Libby, Ronan, Eureka and other parts of Montana's Region 1 to have their say on regulations for the 2012-2013 hunting seasons. More

Connecticut wildlife officials consider first bear hunt since 1840
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A burgeoning bear population in Connecticut — brought to mind as an 82-year-old Windsor man was charged with shooting one after it chomped on his bird feeder — has state wildlife officials considering a regulated hunt. If Connecticut opened a bear season, it would be the first time the animals have been hunted in the state since 1840, said Paul Rego, a wildlife biologist with 25 years' experience at the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's wildlife division. More

Minnesota officials want separate wolf season
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Minnesota deer hunters won't be able to take a shot at wolves they encounter when a wolf hunting season is established later this year. Officials with the Department of Natural Resources want to run a separate wolf season from late November — after the firearms deer season — through early January, when wolf pelts are prime. The results: Far fewer wolves likely will be killed. More

Montana FWP taking comments on 2012, 2013 hunting seasons
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Big-game hunters don't get to strap on their orange vests for another 10 months, but they have got plenty to think about at the start of the new year. A series of meetings throughout western Montana in the next two weeks will give hunters a chance to comment on proposed elk, deer and access regulations for the 2012-2013 rifle seasons. And they need to get their plans in order soon, because many special permit requests must be filed by March 15 instead of the traditional June 1 date. More

Safari Club International adds incentive to wolf hunt
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Sportsmen's organizations continue to sweeten the pot to encourage hunters to try to bag a wolf before Montana's season ends in February. So far, the incentives have not made much of a difference. The Safari Club International's Western Montana Chapter announced that it will raffle off the taxidermy of a wolf pelt to successful wolf hunters this year. The prize is worth an estimated $750. More

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