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Nevada panel votes to keep same quota of 20 black bears for hunters
The Associated Press via The Republic    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
State wildlife commissioners have voted to keep the same quota of 20 black bears for hunters to bag in Nevada this season. But unlike the state's inaugural bear hunt last year, they decided not to end the season early if hunters kill a certain number of female bears. Under their action, the season set for Sept. 15 to Dec. 31 will end if and when a total of 20 bears are killed regardless of sex. Last year, the hunt would have ended early had a sixth female or a total of 20 bears been killed before the end of the season. Fourteen bears were killed last year. More

Wolf-hunt plan that includes allowing trapping gets initial OK
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Responding to frustration over the inability to reduce the wolf population through last winter's hunt, Montana wildlife officials tentatively have given approval to loosen some restrictions on hunters and for the first time to allow trapping of the predators. The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission vote puts the proposal out for comment until June 25, giving the public a chance to weigh in on the plan to eliminate most quotas, expand the season to Feb. 28 and allow trapping. The agency also will ask state legislators to rewrite laws to increase the number of wolves a hunter can kill from one to three and to allow the use of electronic calls. More

Alabama sets alligator hunting season for August
The Birmingham News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's seven seasons in and folks still are interested in alligator hunting. Registration for the annual Alabama alligator hunting season opens June 5. The hunt is scheduled for August. Alabamians have been taking part in controlled hunts for six years. Keith Gauldin, alligator hunt coordinator for the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, said the hunts have been successful, and Alabama gators won't be going back on the endangered species list anytime soon. More

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It's year of the rainbow on the Green and the Gorge
The Salt Lake Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Rivers, like people, need medicine at times to fight off that nagging cold or annoying rash. So what remedy helped the Green River below Flaming Gorge Dam in northeast Utah when it was feeling blue? A flush. Thanks to Soggy Spring 2011, anglers can look forward to Year of the Rainbow 2012. Utah fisheries biologists had asked the Bureau of Reclamation for five- to seven-day flows of 8,600 cubic feet per second. Nature delivered — to the benefit of rainbow and brown trout. The wet winter of 2010-11 also helped the trout fishery above the Green. More

North Carolina wildlife commission approves night hunting
The Asheville Citizen-Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new rule approved by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission will offer farmers, ranchers and private landowners another way to control the destructive impacts of coyotes and feral hogs, beginning in August. The 17 sitting commissioners have voted to approve a new rule that allows for the hunting of coyotes and feral swine on private lands at night with a light. Night hunting would be allowed a half-hour after sunset until a half-hour before sunrise, as a way to control localized populations of coyotes and feral swine, both of which are not native to North Carolina and destructive to the landscape. More

Python hunter searches Florida Everglades for snake invaders
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Edward Mercer, 39, is one of a handful of permitted python hunters in South Florida. Since the 1990s, nonnative Burmese pythons, one of the world's largest species of snake, have been flourishing in the Everglades National Park and surrounding areas. Pet owners have been known to release the snakes into the wild, where they quickly revert to their natural state. Burmese pythons are voracious feeders and prey on the native wildlife of the Everglades, including American alligators, raccoons, rabbits, bobcats and many different birds. The National Park Service is concerned about the impact of the pythons on the delicate ecosystem of the area. According to the Park Service, more than 1,800 Burmese pythons have been removed from the Everglades since 2002. More

Bob Jensen: Match your rod and reel to your fishing style
The Globe Gazette    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The writer said while spooling new line onto some of his rods and reels, a ritual for many anglers at the beginning of a fishing season, he wondered a few things. "After putting new line on my light jigging rod, my crankbait trolling rod, my spinnerbait rod, my slip-bobber rod, then finishing up with my jigworm rod, I got to wondering: Do I really need all these rod and reel combos just to catch a few fish," Jensen writes. "I had just spent a couple of hours putting line on five rod and reel set-ups and still had several to go." Maybe he's confusing himself thinking he needs a bunch of rods and reels to go fishing? More

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