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Hunters, anglers report warming winters bad for wildlife
Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The exceptionally warm winter of 2011-2012 might be a nice respite for everyone, but the rising average winter temperatures are not a good thing for North American wildlife. In a new report released by the National Wildlife Federation, fishermen, hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts discuss how warmer winters are changing the behavior of wildlife and even threatening the survival of certain species. The report, "On Thin Ice: Warmer Winters Put America's Hunting and Fishing Heritage at Risk," showcases the effects of climate change on several key species, including trout, waterfowl and moose, as observed by people who are presented as "America's first conservationists" — anglers and hunters. More

Agency accepting applications through May 31 for Tennessee's 4th elk hunt
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The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will accept applications through May 31 for participation in Tennessee's fourth managed elk hunt. The fourth elk hunt will be held Oct. 15-19 at the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area, located off Interstate 75, north of Knoxville, Tenn. Once again, there will be five Elk Hunting Zones designated. People may apply at any TWRA license agent, TWRA regional office or online at www.tnelkhunt.org. The deadline is midnight May 31. Mailed applications will not be accepted. More

Minnesota to allow limited moose hunt this fall
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Despite the sharp decline in the state's moose population, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said that it would allow a moose hunting season this fall. DNR officials told reporters they expect state-licensed hunters will kill about 50 moose during the bulls-only season from Sept. 29-Oct. 14. They expect three Ojibwe bands in northeastern Minnesota that harvested 31 moose last year will take about that many again, or maybe fewer. Minnesota's moose population is estimated at 4,230, a 14 percent decline from last year's estimate and less than half the 2006 estimate. More

End of annual marsh flooding could mean elimination of waterfowl hunting at Montana's Benton Lake
Great Falls Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to end the annual flooding of marshes at Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge north of Great Falls, Mont. The proposal is a preferred alternative in the new 15-year management plan being developed for the refuge system, which includes other properties in Montana besides Benton Lake marshes. A draft of the plan recently was released for public comment. The plan has been around in various forms for several years as it moves through the federal planning process. More

Maryland proposes changes in hunting regulations
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A number of hunting regulation changes are being considered by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Wildlife and Heritage Service as a result of receiving more than 1,000 comments at stakeholder meetings, public hearings and online forums. The changes, which would go into effect this fall for two years, have been endorsed by the Maryland Wildlife Advisory Commission. The proposals include extending the archery season for white-tailed and sika deer, as well as the fox hunting season, and reopening the river otter season in Allegany and Garrett counties. They also would change the bag limits for white-tailed deer plus alter the regulations for transporting their carcasses and bow-hunting equipment. More

Shannon Tompkins: Texas' new game laws expand hunters' options
Houston Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
This autumn, Texas hunters will be allowed to use sound-suppressing devices on their firearms when hunting deer and other game animals and birds; deer hunting will be allowed in Galveston County for the first time in decades; and the "winter" dove season in the state's North and Central Zones might be a week longer and the "fall" season a week shorter. And beginning Sept. 1, Texas anglers will be required to affix gear tags on throwlines and minnow traps fished in freshwater, and those gear tags, which also must be affixed to trotlines and jug lines, will be valid for only 10 days instead of the current 30 days. More


 
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