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NTA Taxi Gram: World Conservation Force Bulletin
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Each year, Conservation Force hires summer clerks as interns and the local universities have several programs for that. This summer we have an opportunity to step up that program, but we need funding. We have an opportunity to employ a particularly desirable law student for a four-month term. Conservation Force needs help with its summer intern program. That law student is Jared Rann, son of Jeff Rann, the renowned professional hunter. Jared was born a U.S. citizen but grew up in Botswana's Okavango and was schooled in South Africa. He is aware and concerned with the future role of sustainable hunting in Africa and has a close affiliation with the current situation with the Botswana Government closing hunting in most, if not ultimately all, Botswana concessions. He is a stakeholder in the future of hunting, our wildlife resources and our way of life. More

NTA Convention: Reunions that sizzle
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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. With the NTA being a virtual who's who of the taxidermy world, you will have the opportunity to visit your favorite suppliers and view several demonstrations in their booths on how to make your work easier, faster, simpler and more cost effective. To register to attend the NTA Convention in Rogers, Ark., call toll free, 866-662-9054; direct, 985-641-4NTA (4682); or email ntahq@aol.com or visit our secure website at www.nationaltaxidermists.com. More

Bid to hunt wildlife at night debated
The Fayetteville Observer via The Charlotte Observer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A proposal to allow hunters in North Carolina to go after coyotes and feral hogs at night by using artificial lights has stirred up debate over the best means to control their growing numbers. On one side are farmers and hunters, who see how destructive and dangerous the species have become across the state. On the other side are animal rights advocates who argue that indiscriminate killing would only create more problems. More

Hunters take record number of black bears
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Regulation changes helped contribute to a record harvest of black bears by New York hunters in the Southern Zone in 2011 while the introduction of crossbows had a negligible impact on the deer hunting take. According to the Department of Environmental Conservation, 1,250 bears were taken by archery and gun hunters, including a record 353 in central/western New York, breaking the previous mark of 193 in 2008. More

Rules may change for Shore hunters
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Maryland residents have until March 15 to offer input on proposed drastic changes to hunting regulations for white-tailed and sika deer. According to officials from the state Department of Natural Resources, two changes in particular are getting a lot of attention from the hunting community: a reduction in the bag limit for white-tailed bucks and a protection measure for younger, male sika deer. Both changes aim to allow male deer to get older. More

Minnesota hunting and fishing license fee increases could be 'tough sell'
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Fewer fish surveys. No maintenance of hunter walking trails. Less deer habitat work. All of that will happen if the Minnesota Legislature doesn't authorize an increase in hunting and fishing license fees in the current session, officials with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said. Citing a Game and Fish Fund in "dire condition," DNR officials are imploring legislators to approve hunting and fishing license fee increases soon. More

Rules for bighorn sheep hunting in Nevada relaxed
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Hunters no longer will be mandated to attend a class before they can hunt bighorn sheep in Nevada. In years past, hunters would have to attend an indoctrination course before receiving their hunting tag. Hunters also were required to carry binoculars or a spotting scope of a certain power while in the field. A regulation approved by a legislative panel removes those rules. More

Hunters in 3 areas of the Interior will be able to shoot grizzlies at black bear bait stations
The Associated Press via The Republic    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In a close vote, the Alaska Board of Game approved shooting grizzly bears if they show up at certain black bear bait stations in Interior Alaska. The board voted 4-3 to allow hunters to shoot grizzly bears at the stations next season in three different parts of the Interior. It is legal in Alaska to bait and shoot black bears, which are more common than grizzlies. More

Texas hunters hope to save the quail
The Wall Street Journal (Subscription)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Wild bobwhite quail are disappearing from West Texas, one of the last places in the U.S. where until recently they thrived, raising concerns about the future of the state's traditional quail hunt. The ranchlands of Texas' northwestern plains have long been considered one of the bird's last bastions. But when an uptick in rain during the spring and summer of 2010 didn't result as expected in many more birds than the year before, hunters began to fear that more than drought was harming the birds. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's 2010 quail survey backed up the hunters' anecdotal reports. More


 
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