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Price of hunting waterfowl could go up under Senate legislation
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The price of hunting migratory waterfowl might go up. The administration has endorsed legislation that would allow the U.S.Department of the Interior to set the price of Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamps, commonly known as Duck Stamps, every five years. All hunters are required to carry a stamp, the price of which is set by law. Almost all the money (98 percent) collected goes to acquire land to set aside as habitat for waterfowl. Since the program started in 1934, the federal government bought more than 5.3 million acres, which it added to the National Wildlife Refuge System. More

Agency: There's a reason to look forward to Pennsylvania's big game hunt
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Spring turkey season may be upon us, but for sportsmen and women who enjoy big game hunting, it's never too early to think about fall. The Pennsylvania Game Commission's Board of Commissioners provided a great reason to look forward to autumn and dream of big bucks or bruiser bruins when it announced the state's 2012-2013 hunting seasons, a slate of dates that includes only one minor change to deer season but some major changes to black bear hunting opportunities, at least locally. More

West Virginia antlerless hunting loosened for 2012
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West Virginia deer hunters will have plenty of opportunities to kill a deer this fall. Those may not necessarily be opportunities to kill a buck, but the antlerless hunting restrictions in West Virginia have been dramatically adjusted from previous years. The state's Natural Resources Commission recently gave final approval to the new deer hunting regs during their regular meeting. The most significant change in the regulations is a requirement that hunters kill a doe in counties where the deer population is highest before they are allowed to take a second buck. The change affects the extra buck for both the firearms and archery hunting seasons. It's the first time West Virginia has tried a regulation described as "earn a buck" in other states. More

Minnesota bill raising hunting, fishing fees passed
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Boaters would have to take a course on invasive species to legally trailer their boats, a wolf hunting season would be held this fall and hunting and fishing license fees would be raised, under two bills passed by the Minnesota Legislature and sent to Gov. Mark Dayton. Dayton is expected to sign the game and fish bill increasing fees and setting the state's first wolf season, but his support for the policy bill affecting the state's 800,000 boaters is uncertain because of several unrelated controversial provisions. The state's hunting and fishing licenses haven't been increased in 11 years, and the Department of Natural Resources said its game and fish fund would go into the red without increases. More

Turkey hunting in Michigan rated as good to excellent
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Now that Michigan's spring gobbler season has begun, many hunters will have been fortunate enough to have either taken a bird or found enjoyment with just being in the woods. "The hunters' success rate for turkeys in Michigan, is between 25 and 40 percent, depending on which zone you hunt," according to Al Stewart, upland bird specialist for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. More

Alligator hunt helps manage thriving iconic species
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Florida's most famous native reptiles have thrilled and terrified visitors for more than 200 years. The two-week application period begins this week for the coveted alligator-hunt tags. Once declared an endangered species, the alligator bounced back under the watchful eye of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Hunting resumed in 1988 after a 26-year ban. The tightly regulated hunt, which starts in August each year, is one way the commission copes with the challenges of both conserving and managing an estimated 1.5 million alligators. More

Elk group recommends changes to hunting season, quotas
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A working group created to find ways to bring balance to a regional elk herd and increase hunter opportunities has recommended changes to the hunting season and harvest numbers. Wyoming wildlife officials will consider those recommendations in making any changes to management of the herd. The Cody Elk Herd Unit covers eight districts across northwestern Wyoming, extending from Yellowstone National Park into the Thorofare Wilderness and east into the Big Horn Basin along the Greybull River. The elk population within the region is 7,500, according to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. The preferred population is 5,600. More

Spring turkey hunters have reason for optimism
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When it comes to spring turkey hunting success, it's not the current weather that matters most. It's what the weather was like two years ago. Wet, cold nesting conditions have a major impact on wild turkey populations and 2009 was one of those years (the poults-per-hen index was the lowest since the mid-1990s, reports the Department of Environmental Conservation in New York). That meant a poor 2011 hunting season. The DEC's estimated harvest of 18,738 birds was 27 percent below the 10-year average of 32,800. It was also down by more than 25,000 turkeys from 2001 when nearly 45,000 gobblers were killed. But many are optimistic for this year. More

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