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Spring's early arrival could make spotting turkey more difficult
The Columbus Dispatch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Good neighbor Jim wasn't exactly complaining the other day as much as just saying that the gobbler season in Ohio arrives too late for optimum hunting. This after the guy next door said he'd seen a wild turkey in full fan that very morning in March. The length of daylight choreographs the hormonal calypso that awakens wild turkey lust. Thus, the balminess of March and, perhaps, of April isn't likely to throw Ohio's 200,000 or so gobblers and hens off their dance steps. The premature sprouting of trees and undergrowth, though, can make hunter and hunted less likely to find each other. More

As habitat disappears, so does California's deer population
The Sacramento Bee via The Bellingham Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
An estimated 445,000 deer live in California, or about equal to the city of Sacramento's human population. Which sounds like a lot, until you realize the deer are spread over the entire state: 99 million acres. If there were only 445,000 people in California, how long would it take you to find somebody you really wanted to hang out with? Such is the plight of the state's deer population, our most iconic emblem of the forest. Without much notice, the species has declined slowly but relentlessly in virtually every corner of the state. This forest icon is on the wane mainly for one simple reason: habitat loss. More

Move up fishing opener? Not all Minnesota resorters are game
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Moving Minnesota's fishing opener up a week might sound like a great idea for walleye-hungry anglers, but not everyone is thrilled. "It will be a nightmare for us and a nightmare for resorters,'' said Tom Neustrom of Grand Rapids, Minn., a fishing guide. "What are they thinking?" He said that anglers long ago booked trips for guides and resorts, and changing the dates would be "a mess." The Minnesota House voted to make the one-time change, opening this year's walleye season May 5 instead of May 12. The Senate also would have to pass the measure and Gov. Mark Dayton would have to sign it. More

Wisconsin hunters not worried about CWD
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The announcement that Chronic Wasting Disease has been found in northwestern Wisconsin has generated headlines, but some hunters and business owners are not too concerned. The deer that tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease was found just west of Shell Lake. Rick Anderson owns AAA Sports in Spooner, about 6 miles north of there. He says people in northern Wisconsin love their venison and that's not about to change. More

Utah deer hunters may have 500 fewer permits
The Salt Lake Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
State wildlife officials are proposing 500 fewer deer-hunting permits this year as they prepare for Utah's new 30-unit management program. Biologists have been crunching the numbers for months after the Utah Wildlife Board opted in December to switch from a general season deer hunt with five regions to one with 30 units. Division of Wildlife Resources officials have devised a proposed number of permits for each of the 30 units and will share the details at a series of meetings across the state. More

At 96, Mississippi hunter already has 3 gobblers
The Clarion-Ledger    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Like most avid hunters, Bill Tanner of Jackson, Miss., started when he was very young. "I was 8, and my dad let me take a .410 shotgun and hunt squirrel in a small swamp in Smith County about a mile wide and a few miles long," he said. Tanner speaks of those days like they were last week, and not 88 years ago. Tanner is 96. He was at home Friday only because his turkey season is over. He got this limit gobbler on Thursday, about a week after his most recent birthday. More

Salmon fishing seasons finalized in Washington
The Seattle Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
State and tribal co-managers agreed on a package of salmon fisheries that meets conservation goals for wild salmon populations, while providing fishing opportunities on healthy stocks. Washington's 2012 salmon fishing seasons, developed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and treaty tribal co-managers, were finalized during the Pacific Fishery Management Council's meeting in Seattle. The fishing package defines regulations for salmon fisheries in Puget Sound, Washington's ocean and coastal areas and the Columbia River. More

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