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Missouri bow hunters rewrite the records
The Kansas City Star    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The 2011-12 Missouri bow hunting season will go down in the record books. And on more than one page. Archers shot 52,671 deer, surpassing the record of 51,972 set in the 2009-2010 season. Archery hunters also were out in record numbers. The Missouri Department of Conservation issued 190,133 archery permits, the highest ever. More

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission could approve bear hunting with dogs by March
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Dogs could be used to chase black bears in Kentucky under a new proposal that's being heralded by hunters and assailed by animal rights activists. The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission could vote as early as March to establish a roughly six-week season beginning in August for hunters to chase bears but not kill them, and another limited season in December in which hunters could shoot the bears that their dogs bay. The Kentucky Houndsmen Association said the proposal will not only provide hunters with more opportunities but also will instill a fear of people in some of the more brazen bruins that have moved into the state's mountain region. More

Wisconsin lawmaker proposes crane hunting legislation
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Sandhill Cranes reportedly cause hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage to crops each year. About 100 years ago, the nation's Sandhill Crane population, plagued by unregulated hunting and habitat loss, wasn't looking good. According to recent counts, the migratory bird population is up — big-time. "They definitely are a detriment to farmers," said Wisconsin state Rep. Joel Kleefisch, R-Oconomowoc, the sponsor of the bill that would create a hunting season on the birds. More

Maryland bag limit for white-tailed bucks considered
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Maryland wildlife officials are considering creating a statewide bag limit for white-tailed bucks and reducing the overall limit from nine bucks to three, a Maryland Department of Natural Resources official said. Many hunters have asked state officials to restrict the harvest of bucks so more bucks survive longer and grow larger antlers, said Peter Jayne, game program manager for the state agency's Wildlife and Heritage Service. More

Rainbow trout coming to Lake Mendocino, Calif.
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Lake Mendocino in Ukiah, Calif., is being stocked with rainbow trout for the first time, creating a winter fishery at that popular destination for anglers. About 30,000 year-old rainbow trout will be released, said Scott Harris, environmental scientist for state Department of Fish and Game. "They are 10 to 14 inches. We want to put them out at least at half a pound, a nice size fish for someone going out for trout fishing," Harris said. More

Fenced hunting draws ire, support in latest skirmish
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Since 2006, the state of Indiana and a handful of owners of a hunting preserve surrounded by high fences have clashed in state court over whether the operations are legal. Another group of fenced hunt preserve owners and deer breeders filed suit against the state last year, adding fuel to a controversy over whether Indiana should allow fenced hunting. Supporters of fenced hunting believe that the legislature needs to wipe the slate clean and clarify the rules, regardless of the outcome of the legal battles. More

Montana has plenty of white-tailed deer, but not with trophy racks
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As Montana hunters stew over unfilled 2011 tags and break out the maps for an earlier-than-ever permit application deadline in 2012, here comes a new point to ponder: Big Sky Country's trophy white-tailed deer population lags behind that of Massachusetts. Boone and Crockett Club trophy scorers report record book-quality whitetails nationwide are up more than 400 percent over the past 30 years. In the past five years, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Ohio and Missouri hunters all turned in more than 200 big bucks with antlers earning the coveted score of 160 or more on the club's rubric. More

Mark Demko: Hunting snow geese is like a work of art
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The writer says if you've never hunted snow geese before, there's something quite beautiful and amazing that unfolds before your eyes the very first time you pursue the birds. Laying in wait amid the decoys, looking up at the sky in anticipation of their arrival, it's like staring at and into a work of art. Just as the brush strokes of a painter transform his vision into reality, the details of the morning slowly come to life in the minutes after the initial rays of light hit the Earth. More


 
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