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NTA Convention an educational vacation for entire family
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Members and friends of the National Taxidermists Association have helped create one of the nation's finest taxidermy legacies. To ensure the future of the profession and industry, you and your family are invited to attend the 2012 NTA Convention, July 18-21, in Rogers, Ark. The NTA education vacation covers a diverse variety of seminars, auctions, competition and camaraderie. There's something for everyone. More

Virginia Senate passes bill for Sunday hunting on private land
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Hunting on private land on Sundays is one step closer to becoming law with passage of a bill by the Virginia Senate. Sen. Ralph Northam's measure advanced to the House of Delegates on a 29-11 vote over the objection of senators who said it would discourage people from other outdoor pursuits on Sundays, the only day when sportsmen aren't firing guns nearby. The bill applies only to people who wish to hunt on their own property or the private land of someone else provided they carry with them written permission from its owner. More

Minnesota laying groundwork for gray wolf hunt
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Minnesota officials have outlined plans to permit a hunting season for the gray wolf this year following its removal from federal endangered species protections, prompting opponents of the plan to consider a court challenge. Minnesota is home to the largest population of gray wolves in the lower 48 states, about 2,900, and could become the first upper Midwest state to set a hunting season for the animals as they are stripped of federal protections. Federal officials have withdrawn safeguards under the Endangered Species Act, allowing states to decide whether or not to allow the gray wolf to be hunted. More

Georgia considers silencers for hog hunting
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The Georgia Senate is considering a bill that would allow hunters to use silencers at the ends of their rifles or shotguns. The main objective: to help them quietly battle the scourge of wild hogs proliferating across the state's exurban fringe. According to the Morris News Service, Senate Bill 301 was sponsored by Sen. John Bulloch, a Republican from the south Georgia town of Ochlocknee. Bulloch said sheriffs had asked him to introduce the bill to help cut down on noise complaints about all of the hunters currently blasting away at a feral hog population that Bulloch described as a "growing problem." More

Louisiana lands raccoon hunting championship
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North Louisiana has landed the 2012 UKC Coonhound Championships and the UKC World Bench Championships for this fall. Thanks to the efforts of the 4-Way Coon Hunting Club in Doyline, La., and to the Shreveport-Bossier City Sports Commission, approximately 1,500 hunters and dogs from across the country will invade Hamel's Park on Sept. 20-22 seeking points by treeing raccoons. More

Deer management working in Florida, shows change through years
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Deer hunters love to reminisce about past hunting seasons and big deer — some that got away and others that now adorn their walls. What hunters new to the sport may not realize is how much deer hunting has changed, particularly in Florida, over the last three to four decades. More

With more licenses, 2010 Colorado bear harvest jumped in Aspen, Vail
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The number of black bears killed by hunters in the Aspen area increased in 2010 after Colorado Parks and Wildlife issued more licenses to try to reduce the population and potentially decrease conflicts between bruins and humans. State wildlife officials decided in 2009 to issue more licenses for the fall bear hunt in 2010 in what's known as data analysis unit B-11, a vast geographical area that stretches from Vail Pass to McClure Pass and from north of Vail to south of Aspen. It bumped up the number of licenses from 585 to 630. The number of bears "harvested" increased to 69 in 2010 from 33 in 2009 and 43 in 2008, according to the agency's website. The number of licenses available to hunters remained the same in 2011. Harvest data isn't available for last year. More

Wisconsin considers wolf hunting season
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Legislation from Wisconsin state Rep. Scott Suder would create a wolf hunting season running from October through February. The Abbotsford, Wis., Republican says a hunt will allow the state to effectively manage the animals, preventing attacks on livestock and pets that have been reported around the state in recent years. The move comes after gray wolves were removed from the list of federally endangered species. The state now has the power to manage the size of the population, which the DNR estimates at about 800 animals. More

Bob Lind: Blind Fargo hunter bags alligator in Florida Everglades
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Carey McWilliams of Fargo loves hunting. He's bagged any number of birds and animals. But last August, he got himself an animal that would be hard to come by in the Dakotas and Minnesota: An alligator. It was in Florida's Everglades. And it was an exciting experience for Carey, all the more so because he is blind. Carey, now 38, was 10 years old when he lost his eyesight. But he’s hardly let that slow him down. He's a writer. He's skydived. He fishes. And he hunts, using both a gun and a crossbow. More

Missouri bow hunters post high deer, turkey numbers
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Missouri conservation officials say this past year was a good one for archers hunting both deer and turkey. The Missouri Department of Conservation say hunters killed more than 52,600 deer during the four-month archery season. That's an increase of about 24 percent from 2010. More

Michael C. Bolton: Alabama deer hunting season ending, but 5 species still legal to hunt
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As the 2011-2012 Alabama deer hunting season ends, five species — quail, rabbit, raccoon, squirrel and opossum — can still be hunted until the end of February. This is good news for those who want to forget that January was mostly plagued by frequent rain, tornadoes, high winds, trucks axle-deep in mud and spring-like weather. More

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