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Convention promises fun, memorable meetings
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The 41st Annual National Taxidermists Association Convention, Competition & Trade Show is coming up. If you want to increase your knowledge of taxidermy, meet suppliers, judges and instructors that are friendly, willing to share their knowledge and receive a smile plus personal attention from every member of the staff, board and officers, then start planning to attend the annual convention. It is a family reunion of taxidermists and their families. More

NTA: You owe it to yourself
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The NTA convention is the perfect blend of serious taxidermy information and family fun that you've been looking for. Your membership and registration fee allow you to observe any seminar at the convention, whether it's painting, finishing, business, reproductions, casting, habitat, or cooking. And if all of those seminars aren't enough, you can browse and shop to your heart's content in the supply area. More

Opinion: What does PETA really stand for?
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What does PETA stand for again? People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, you say? More like People Eradicating Thousands of Animals. The nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom last week reported that PETA slaughtered fully 95 percent of the stray dogs and cats it "rescued" in 2011. And that's par for the cat-killing course: Overall, PETA has killed more than 90 percent of the animals it's taken in since 2005. Bottom line: The organization that claims its members would "rather go naked than wear fur" prefers to kill dogs and cats rather than find homes for them. More

NTA Cutting Edge: The eyes have it
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If you have friends or acquaintances that currently aren't members of the NTA, please heed the following information: If we don't get their attention now you can bet it will get their attention later. These days it doesn't take long for the anti-hunting rhetoric to spread from state to state. We realize that there are those which prefer not to be political while others may be apathetic. For 41 years, the NTA has been the leader in defending our rights to perform taxidermy. As our association grew, so did our needs to become more involved. More

Ohio's deer population up; hunting changes possible
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Ohio's deer population has climbed in recent years to more than 750,000. And while motorists deal with deer-dented cars and gardeners with teeth-shorn shrubbery, state wildlife officials say the herd is not too large and they are managing it effectively. Doing so is complicated, and effectiveness is in the eye of the beholder, said Mike Tonkovich, a biologist with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division. The deer population in seven counties in western Ohio has grown, so the Ohio Department of Natural Resources proposes allowing hunters to take two deer this fall, rather than the current one, in Auglaize, Darke, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Preble and Shelby counties. More

Compromise seen on Kansas hunting, fishing fees
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A compromise may be in the works on a proposal to start making older Kansans pay for hunting and fishing licenses. The annual licenses cost $20.50 each, which goes to support fish and wildlife programs that don't receive state funding. Kansas adopted a license exemption for people 70 and older in 1937, then dropped the age to 65 in 1971. Now, with the population aging and a crisis looming in funding for state park maintenance, the Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism has proposed repealing the exemption — a move that department Secretary Robin Jennison has said would reap his agency $1 million or more in each of the coming years. More

Idaho House introduces bill to repay for wolf predation
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A bill to help repay ranchers for livestock losses tied to wolves has been introduced in the Idaho House. The House Resources and Conservation Committee agreed to consider a measure that would use revenue from wolf hunting tags to compensate ranchers for livestock killed by wolves. More

Montana hunters show more interest in taking wolves
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Montana hunters appeared more intent on targeting wolves this past hunting season, the second the state has held, especially after the deer and elk seasons ended. Only 26 percent of the total wolf harvest of 166 animals, or 43 of the 100 animals killed in the general season, were "opportunistically" taken by hunters, according to data from the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, which oversees wolf hunting in the state. More

NC waterfowl refuge ruined by Hurricane Irene damage
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Migrating water birds that find refuge on North Carolina's Outer Banks are not coming this year, in part because of damage from Hurricane Irene. The Virginian-Pilot reported that the hurricane that hit Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge about five months ago ripped a hole in a pond and drained it. More

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