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Idaho Senate panel approves bill to expand ATV hunting
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A state Senate committee narrowly advanced legislation designed to restrict the Idaho Fish and Game Department's authority to regulate all-terrain vehicle hunting privileges on backcountry trails. The Senate Resources Committee approved the bill on a 5-4 vote, with two Republicans joining committee Democrats in casting no votes. The slim margin of victory in committee, coupled with objections lodged by the state's top fish and game official, could hamper the bill's chances of clearing the full Senate. More

Utah governor signs increased bounty for coyotes
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The reward for killing a coyote in Utah will more than double though a law that Gov. Gary Herbert has signed. Herbert signed Senate bill 245 during a ceremony at an archery shop in Salt Lake City. Republican bill sponsor Sen. Ralph Okerlund of Monroe says the current $20 bounty on coyotes will become $50 with the signing of the bill. More

Idaho hikes hunting bag limits on wolves
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The Idaho Fish and Game Commission raised the bag limit on wolves and set spring chinook fishing seasons at its meeting in Boise. Commissioners approved a department proposal to raise the wolf hunting bag limit to five per calendar year, and the trapping limit to five per season in the Panhandle and Clearwater regions. But the commission also decided to extend the higher bag limits to hunters and trappers in the Middle Fork Zone. More

Minnesota Senate panel approves higher hunting, fishing license fees
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Anglers and hunters would pay higher license fees to avert potential deep cuts to the state's fish, game and conservation enforcement programs under a measure endorsed by a Minnesota Senate panel. The Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee approved the proposal on a unanimous voice vote after leaders of several sportsmen's groups and former Minnesota Vikings coach Bud Grant testified that they're more than willing to accept the higher fees. More

Open Season: Hunting opportunities on the rise
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There's lots of hunting news from around New England and Pennsylvania, along with increased hunting opportunities. Maine's 2011 deer season resulted in a total harvest of 18,839 deer, reports the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. The harvest was six percent below the 2010 harvest, which is attributed to the significant decrease in Any Deer Permits, designed to provide additional growth in the deer population across much of the state. The protection of antlerless deer resulted in a 23 percent decline in adult doe harvest and a 25 percent decrease in the fawn harvest. The adult buck harvest increased by 5 percent in 2011 compared to 2010. More

US appeals court allows wolf hunts across Northern Rockies
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A federal appeals court has rejected a lawsuit from conservation groups that want to block wolf hunts that have killed more than 500 of the predators across the Northern Rockies in recent months. The ruling from a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Congress had the right to intervene when it stripped protections from wolves last spring. Lawmakers stepped in after court rulings kept wolves on the endangered list for years after they reached recovery goals. Wildlife advocates claimed in their lawsuit that Congress violated the separation of powers by interfering with the courts. More

Hunters use helicopters to target nuisance wild pigs on Florida ranch
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Hunters are taking to helicopters in Okeechobee, Fla., for guided, aerial hunts to track and shoot wild pigs that are proving to be a nuisance to ranchers and farmers. Not all hunters agree that this is a good way to hunt. More

Kansas changes crossbow hunting rules
The Associated Press via The Topeka Capital-Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
State wildlife officials expanded regulations to allow hunters to use crossbows to take down big game in Kansas, though the change won't take effect until this fall. The change will make it legal for hunters 55 and older and those with a youth big game permit to use crossbows during archery big game and turkey seasons. The change was approved by the Kansas Wildlife, Park and Tourism Commission, The Wichita Eagle reported. More

180-pound bear found along I-75 getting new home
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A 180-pound black bear is getting a new home after apparently trying to take up residence in a hole along Interstate 75 in Michigan. The Bay City Times reports wildlife officials used a tranquilizer to sedate the animal before pulling it from the hole in Bay County's Fraser Township, about 100 miles northwest of Detroit. The state Department of Natural Resources earlier received several reports about the bear. More


 
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