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Ohio hunters take 19,251 white-tailed deer during statewide muzzleloader season
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Hunters took 19,251 deer during Ohio's muzzleloader season, with Coshocton County again leading the state with 722 deer checked. In 2011, a preliminary total of 16,934 deer were taken during muzzleloader season. Ohio counties reporting the highest number of deer checked during the muzzleloader season included: Coshocton, 722; Licking, 639; Muskingum, 638; Guernsey, 612; Tuscarawas, 581; Belmont, 577; Harrison, 569; Knox, 470; Meigs, 466; and Jefferson,465. In Southwest Ohio, the largest total this year was Adams County, with 336. More

New bison harvests proposed in Montana outside regular hunting season
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Bison that wander beyond designated tolerance areas in Montana could be shot by hunters outside regular hunting seasons under a proposal from wildlife officials. The proposal will be considered by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks commissioners. The move to expand bison hunting comes after state officials ran into stiff resistance on recent proposals to give bison more room to roam outside Yellowstone National Park. That includes allowing bison into the Hebgen Basin north of the park and relocating some of the animals to new areas. More

Towns turning to hunters to reduce deer ticks
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Dover, Mass., and nearby communities are stepping up efforts to cull deer populations in order to reduce the incidence of Lyme disease from ticks and other problems associated with too many deer in too small an area, including degradation of habitat and car-deer collisions. More

Veteran hunter bags 40-plus-pound bobcat in Michigan's Upper Peninsula
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Tracking skills and an electronic call allowed veteran predator hunter Ron Edgerly to harvest his biggest bobcat after 58 years of hunting the Eastern Upper Peninsula swamps in Michigan. "It's the biggest one I've ever seen," he said of the 40-plus-pound animal. And Edgerly has seen plenty of bobcats over the years — something most area residents are lucky to see once or twice in a lifetime. Armed with a photo album full of pictures and a good memory, Edgerly said that when he was younger he would hunt six days a week. More

Georgia Senate proposal would end ban on silencers for hunting firearms
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A Georgia Senate proposal would end the ban on silencers for hunting firearms. Senate Bill 301 is sponsored by Sen. John Bulloch, who says allowing hunters to use silencers would keep them from disturbing their neighbors. The Ochlocknee, Ga., Republican says hunters still would have to have a federal permit to possess a silencer and argues this does not create an unfair advantage for hunters. Bulloch said the legislation was brought to him by the National Rifle Association. Reached by telephone, NRA spokeswoman Stephanie Samford said the organization does support the use of silencers, which she referred to as suppressors. More

Fishing's big rig: Lure catches on fast, but stirs controversy
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Bobby Wilson, chief of fisheries for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, will be traveling to Shreveport, La., next month for the annual Bassmaster Classic on the Red River. He won't be competing. Instead, Wilson will be on a fact-finding mission. He wants to learn everything he can about a wildly popular new fishing lure called "the Alabama Rig." Because during the next few months, he and other TWRA officials will have some tough decisions to make regarding use of the rig in Tennessee waters. More

Hunters can find a whitetail gold mine in Florida's Panhandle
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Florida hunters are among the most fortunate in the South, at least in terms of having plenty of time and elbow room to gun game on public hunting land. Moreover, bucks rut through January and February in the Panhandle — the farther west, the later the rut. Some whitetails don't even begin rutting until mid-February in the extreme western part of the state. This is important because the best buck hunting is available during the rut — when does are in estrus and bucks are less cautious. More

DNR seeks input to improve hunting and fishing digests
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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is seeking input from hunters and anglers on ways to improve its annual hunting digests and fishing guide. Feedback gathered from focus groups and surveys conducted over the next several months will aid the DNR's efforts to make these publications more useful to customers. "We want our customers to clearly understand the information and regulations before they head out into Michigan's woods and waters," said DNR Director Rodney Stokes. More

Connecticut said to be quietly arranging bear-hunt lottery
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Connecticut wildlife officials have quietly drafted plans for a bear-hunt lottery — a way of deciding who gets to kill a limited number of the animals — and the plan is being reviewed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's office. The plan could be the first volley in a fight that would ensue long before the first bear lopes into the crosshairs of a rifle scope. Animal activists vow to fight any development that would inch the state closer to a hunt. More

Missouri conservation department runs city hunting program that reduces deer overpopulation
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When Joe Cascone started deer hunting, he thought nothing of driving an hour or two to get out of Kansas City, Mo. Today, he stays in big city when he wants to hunt. Through a program managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation, he bow hunts an island of timber within the city limits, not far from the traffic, subdivisions and activity of urban life. In response to growing deer populations in the city and increased deer-vehicle accidents, the City Council passed an ordinance in 2003 allowing bow hunting in the city under the program. More

Arizona legalizes night hunting for mountain lions
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It's legal in 41 other states. Now, hunters in Arizona can legally go after coyotes and even mountain lions at night. An Apache Junction, Ariz., man says he's the first person in Arizona to kill a mountain lion in the dark. So why does Arizona Game and Fish hope to see more people taking this opportunity? Game and Fish say they're using their most valuable tool — the hunter — to kill off predators that threaten big horn sheep and pronghorn antelope. More

Dennis Anderson: Hunt or no hunt, wolf will thrive
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Given the green light now by the feds to lock and load, Minnesota seems generally in a mood to thin the ranks of eastern gray wolves, or canis lupus. Instinctively, these big dogs will respond by retreating into the shadows to conduct their killing less brazenly — a PR stunt intended if nothing else to assuage the state's collective itchy trigger finger. Regardless, the wolf's survival is ensured: Shoot 'em up or not, the number of these animals roaming the state today likely won't change in 10 years or even 20. It's the nature of the beast. More

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