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House OKs bill to open land to recreational hunting, fishing, shooting    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The U.S. House has approved the Sportsmen's Heritage Act of 2012. H.R. 4089 bill would require federal land management agencies to develop policies to encourage fishing, sport hunting and recreational shooting. They could limit the activities if proscribed by law or to safeguard the public, environment or national security. The bill also requires reviews of the effects of these activities and does not give them priority over other uses of the lands. The bill would mainly apply to Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management areas with United States natural resources. Federal law bans hunting in units of the national park system unless a park's authorizing legislation specifically allows it. More

2 years later, fish sick near BP oil spill site
Bloomberg Businessweek    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Two years after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico, touching off the worst offshore spill in U.S. history, research into the disaster's environmental effects is turning up ailing fish that bear hallmarks of diseases tied to petroleum and other pollutants. Those illnesses don't pose an increased health threat to humans, scientists say, but the problems could be devastating to prized species such as grouper and red snapper, and to the people who make their living catching them. More

Indiana conditions could aid turkey hunters
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Hens on the nest are not hens looking for love, which could play to the advantage of hunters enticing tom turkeys. Thank the historically early spring. "In timing of the nesting, there may be a little bit of early nesting," said Tom Despot. "But the basic breeding season will remain the same. For hunters, if anything, it may be more hens may be unavailable." That would be unavailable to toms, meaning more toms will be receptive to the love calls from hunters. Indiana's youth turkey season is this weekend, and the regular spring turkey season runs through May 13. More

Living with wolves: Wolf hunting in perspective
KRTV via KLHX-TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks believes that in order to maintain a healthy wolf population in Montana, wolves need to be hunted, and the results of the first wolf hunting season may have strengthened that argument. The agency is calling the first-ever wolf hunting season in Montana a success, with 72 wolves harvested and license sales generating more than $325,000 in revenue. But just as important, FWP learned more about Montana's wolves. Carolyn Sime, Gray Wolf Program Coordinator for FWP, explained, "I guess first and foremost, what we did learn is hunting as a management tool really does have the potential to manage wolves as resident wildlife." More

Expect more salmon, fishing along Oregon, Washington coasts
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Improved salmon stocks from the Klamath and Sacramento rivers could mean a longer fishing season along the southern Washington and northern Oregon coasts. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission has set its 2012 ocean salmon and halibut seasons. The regulations must be approved by the National Marine Fishery Service and the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. More

Don't wait, Californians, it's time to apply for big-game hunting
The Folsom Telegraph    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If you hunted any of California's big game last year, you should have received your copy of the "California Big Game Hunting" booklet for 2012 by now. The arrival is highly anticipated by most hunters. Within the 80 pages is a variety of data that many hunters utilize to decide where they might hunt in the next year. There is the deer section with statistics of the previous year's hunt, the number of applications for hunts that may have had a limited number allowed, and what the competition for the available tags might have been. More

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