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Minnesota landowners could get paid for opening land to hunters
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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says certain landowners in 21 southwestern counties can receive payment for giving hunters access to their property. The Walk-In Access program is looking for privately owned land of at least 40 acres that is enrolled in a conservation program such as Reinvest in Minnesota or the Conservation Reserve Program. This year, other areas of high-quality habitat such as river bottoms or wetlands also will be considered. Priority is given to land in conservation programs. More

550-pound shark certified as record in Mississippi
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The Commission on Marine Resources has certified three Mississippi recreational saltwater fishing records. The highlight among the records is a 550-pound Shortfin Mako caught by Tim King of Ocean Springs, Miss., on Jan. 8. The fish was first weighed by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources in Biloxi before it could be certified by the CMR. Two other state records were set: Chip Temple of Peachtree City, Ga., in the conventional tackle record for Bigeye Tuna with a 203-pound, 14-ounce fish on July 11; and Thomas Dempsey of Mobile in the fly fishing tackle category for Black Drum with a 58-pound fish on Christmas Eve. More

Duck hunting stamps could go up to buy more land for waterfowl
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It's cost $15 to shoot a duck since 1991, but that will change if President Barack Obama gets his way. Under the president's new budget proposal, the cost of the federal duck stamp required for hunting would rise to $25 next year, a move aimed at making it easier for the Interior Department to buy more land for migratory waterfowl. It's just a small example of how the Interior Department wants to get both larger and leaner in the coming year, relying more on fees and less on tax dollars. More

Montana's wolf hunting season ends, 166 killed
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Montana's wolf hunting season ended with hunters having killed 166 wolves out of a target quota of 220. There is the possibility of an extended wolf hunting season in southwestern Montana's Bitterroot Valley, which will be considered by Fish, Wildlife & Parks commissioners when they meet in Helena. In Wolf Management Unit 250 — the upper Bitterroot Valley — hunters killed only six wolves of a target quota of 18 during the 2011-12 season, which began in September. More

The pros and cons of technology in hunting
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The last several years have seen an relentless movement in technology to make hunting easier. This movement takes the form of off-road motorized vehicles, lighted and laser sights and night vision scopes, and ultra-long range rifles. It may be a sign of the times, but the average ages of hunters today are in their 40s. Many older hunters are physically unable to hike the hills like they once did. More

Meridian angler ties 36-year old state perch record
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It was a good day at Lake Cascade for Bob Shindelar, who landed a 2.6-pound, 16-inch perch while fishing recently. Idaho Fish and Game is recognizing it as a tie with the current state record of 2-pound, 9.6-ounce, which converts to 2.6 pounds, and 15.5-inches set in 1976. That fish was caught in Wilson Lake by Jerry Hamblin of Burley. In order to break the record, Shindelar's fish would have to be heavier than the current record holder. Length is not considered in the state records, but he will be a co-record holder. More

Hunters thin deer numbers in Council Bluffs, Iowa
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The number of deer taken down in Council Bluffs, Iowa, during the annual bow-hunting season continues to climb. A total of 154 deer were harvested by the season's end Jan. 29 in the fourth year of a program to reduce the deer population. The total compared with 138 the year before and 116 two years ago. "I want it to continue to go up," said City Health Director Donn Dierks. His goal this year had been to take at least 200 deer, but the mild weather hampered things, Dierks said. "It's more difficult to hunt when there's no snow," he said. More

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