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New Mexico further restricts nonresident hunting
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The New Mexico Legislature, in its first session of 2012, made a number of new restrictions on nonresidents that will become effective this year. The Legislature amended the special drawings for licenses that had long provided that 22 percent of the licenses should be issued to nonresidents with 12 percent with nonresidents who are to be guided by a New Mexico outfitter and the remaining 10 percent not required to be guided by a New Mexico outfitter or guide. It now limits the licenses to no more than 16 percent, if that, by providing 10 percent of the licenses for residents and nonresidents who are contracted with a New Mexico outfitter prior to the application, and 6 percent to nonresidents who are not required to be contracted with an outfitter. More

Let NTA roll out the red carpet for you
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The National Taxidermists Association is getting ready to go to Rogers, Ark., on July 18-21, for a perfect event, a perfect trade show, and a group effort. Are you ready for the conference? More

Groton, Vt., hunters bag rare black hare
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Two hunters in Groton, Vt., are celebrating a very unusual hunt — they shot a black snowshoe hare. To say that Ryan Ashford and Jonathan Hill like to hunt is like saying Mozart can carry a tune, or that Monet paints a pretty picture — It's an understatement. "We hunt everything," Ashford said. "White tail, turkey, rabbits, bear." Ashford harvested five deer this fall, and on average he shoots about a hundred rabbits every year. But this hunting duo wasn't prepared for what they saw in the woods that day — a completely black snowshoe hare. Only a handful have ever been reported in Vermont. More

No elk in sight for bow hunter, so a big black bear will do just fine
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The clock was ticking for John Sanders. The last Saturday of archery elk season was shaping up to be a bust for the Aurora resident hunting from a tree stand near Steamboat Springs, Colo. He had spooked a few elk that were already bedded down before dawn and was preparing his stomach for a bowl of cold "tag soup" when a black bear sow with two cubs passed by to further mock the bow hunter. Soon after, the hunter's luck turned. After hearing a commotion rumbling through the forest, Sanders looked up to see something large and black lumber into range. Lots of black. He drew his bow as the big target passed behind a bush, settled his 20-yard pin and let fly with an arrow as the bear slowly crossed over a log. The shot landed true and the bear expired within a minute. More

Billings man crafts one-of-a-kind vessel for waterfowl hunting
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Billings welder Dave Wise has repaired so many jet boats that have been plowed onto gravel bars or run atop snags and boulders that he developed a keen insight into how the river-running crafts are built. So, he decided to build his own jet-powered blind boat. He uses the boat to duck and goose hunt on the Bighorn River in Wyoming. More

Officials consider wolf hunt in Wyoming's Rockefeller Parkway
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Regional National Park Service officials say they would consider wolf hunting in the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway, if the hunt would help Wyoming meet its management goals. In 1.5 pages of comments to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, John Wessels, Intermountain Region regional director, said wolf hunting in the parkway isn't ideal. "NPS preference is to not allow wolf hunting within the boundaries of the parkway, particularly if the state can reach wolf management goals outside the boundaries of the parkway," Wessels says in the letter. "However, NPS recognizes the need for consultation with the state and will coordinate to reach wolf management goals." More

Birmingham, Ala., deer hunter finds spirit in the hunt, taking huge buck
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By his own account, most of 2011 will not stand out as a stellar year for Adam Burt of Birmingham, Ala. Laid off and unemployed for nearly five months, Burt landed a new job around the first part of October. Still, hamstrung financially and mentally by the long search for work, Burt also was concerned getting on with a different company would limit the amount of time he'd have to make the 90-minute drive to his hunting club near Haleyville in northwest Alabama. So Burt climbed into his stand to enjoy a little Zen time and hoped to take a fat doe if the opportunity arose. Euphoric would best describe how he felt leaving those woods a couple of hours later. Riding to camp with a massive 14-point buck on the back of an ATV has a way of doing that. More

Debate over fishing quotas heats up again
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A long-simmering debate over federal fishing quotas and their economic impact on Florida and other coastal states could reach a boiling point this year as Congress considers changes to a landmark marine conservation law. The fishing industry is pressuring Congress to ease annual catch limits for summer flounder, red snapper, and other species, saying quotas are squeezing commercial and recreational fishing businesses and depriving coastal communities of billions in revenue. The issue is particularly emotional along the Gulf Coast of Florida, where catch limits on grouper and red snapper and other federally managed fish have ravaged industry-dependent businesses, including restaurants, hotels and charter boat operations. More

Researcher examines Wyoming hunting folklore
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For the past few years, folklife specialist Andrea Graham has been all over the state, compiling one of Wyoming's most abundant resources: Hunting folklore. "Hunting is a part of human culture. It's a part of the story, and it's stuff that a lot of people take for granted," Graham said. "And it's the kind of thing that tends not to be documented in many ways." Started by the Wyoming Arts Council in 2009, "The Art of the Hunt" is a project that has folklore researchers like Graham — who's part of the University of Wyoming American Studies Program — traveling the state to meet with falconers in Sheridan, gear makers in the Bighorn Basin, taxidermists in Hulett and more. More

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