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Carl Akeley: Commemorating the 148th birthday
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On May 19, 1864, in a farmland town of New York called Clarendon, a baby boy was born amidst the Civil War who would forever change the way the world viewed taxidermy as it quickly morphed into the art it is to this very day. The boy's name was Clarence Ethan Akeley, soon to be known as Carl and then later respectfully addressed as "Ake." No treatise on taxidermy and no taxidermist should be without the name Carl Akeley etched deeply into his or her passion to excel in a work that many practice but so few can master. So please join the NTA as we truly celebrate the birth of a man whose story will never really end. For as long as there will be amazing innovations in taxidermy, the spirit of "Ake" will never die. More

Sportsmen's bill stirring controversy
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The Sportsmen's Heritage Act (H.R. 4089) passed the U.S. House of Representatives on April 17 by a vote of 274 to 146. Many groups now are pushing for action in the Senate, however, the bill's momentum has created a rift among some conservation organizations. While many sportsmen's groups are touting the bill's importance to entrench hunting, fishing and shooting on federal public lands, others claim the bill is unnecessary and could undermine wilderness protection, the Wildlife Management Institute reports. More

4th human-bear conflict workshop draws international crowd
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More than 300 scientists, managers and educators from three continents met in Missoula, Mont., on March 20–22 for the Fourth Human-Bear Conflict Workshop, the Wildlife Management Institute reports. World-renowned bear expert John Beecham described human-bear conflict today as, "an international problem involving all eight species of bears." Wildlife professionals at the conference represented North America, Europe and Asia and shared information about effective techniques to address conflicts ranging from damage to crops to attacks on people in places as different as Florida and the Canadian Arctic, or the Carpathian mountains of Slovakia and Karuizawa, Japan. More

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Minnesota releases wolf hunting, trapping plans
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Minnesota released details about its plans for the state's first regulated wolf hunting and trapping season. The wolf season will start Nov. 3 when the firearms deer season opens. The Department of Natural Resources proposed to split the season into two parts: an early wolf-hunting season coinciding with the deer season, and a late wolf hunting and trapping season after the deer season. The DNR proposes to offer 6,000 licenses, with 3,600 available for the early season and 2,400 for the late season. A minimum of 600 late-season licenses will be reserved for trappers. The target harvest quota of 400 wolves will be split equally between the early and the late seasons. More

Record 46-pound carp took Shrewsbury, Mass., crossbow hunter for a ride
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A Shrewsbury, Mass., crossbow hunter set the state record for landing a 46-pound, 5-ounce mirror carp in Lake Quinsigamond in Shrewsbury. But the behemoth wasn't about to go quietly: Shane Felch and his two fishing buddies had to work hard to drag the behemoth from the shallows. In fact, for a while that night, the carp took them on a joyride. "It pulled us around for five or 10 minutes," Felch said. He eventually reeled his beast onto the 14-foot craft. The previous record-holding mirror carp in Massachusetts was about 44 pounds, according to the state Department of Fish and Game. An angler pulled that fish from the Connecticut River in 1993. More

Hunter's trophy buck studded out after death
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For the first time, Louisiana researchers say they have impregnated six female deer with sperm harvested from an already-dead champion buck — this one shot some 600 miles away in Illinois. Louisiana State University AgCenter scientists say that the new process could be the key to preserving the eons-old genetic material of a variety of animals actively hunted in the wild — animals that would otherwise be lost. "This is one of the most exciting things I have ever been involved in," said Dearl Sanders, an AgCenter researcher. "We could do a lot of good." The champion buck was bagged by Louisiana hunter Mike Toney, 48, of Baton Rouge, who referred to it as the "deer of a lifetime." More

Tagged fish can give you bragging rights and cash
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In at least 19 states, anglers have extra incentive to go fishing at a few choice waters this season. Several contests have the potential to pad wallets along with boosting egos. A contest open to all anglers and sponsored by Cabela's involves three lakes in Idaho and four in Washington. The Wanna Go Fishing for Millions contest started May 5 and runs through July 8, featuring tagged fish good for prizes ranging from a $50 gift card to much more. Most anglers would agree their odds are better for catching a tagged fish than for matching a string of random numbers in a lottery. Washington and Idaho are among the 19 states that allow the contest. More

Hunting gun silencers legal in Texas on Sept. 1
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Texas will begin offering permits for game hunters to use silencers on their guns, effective Sept. 1. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission adopted rules in March that permit the use of silencers for the hunting of alligators, game animals or game birds. Such devices already were legal for the hunting of exotic animals, including feral hogs. However, hunters will still have to apply for state permits to have and use silencers. More

Hunters urged to run and gun for late-season longbeards
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Moments after the sun crossed the hilly horizon in Scenery Hill, Pa., two sets of gobbles resonated from across the valley. Turkey guide Mike Weber replied and replied again. Hidden under foliage near decoys set at the edge of a field where he'd watched turkeys gather the previous several mornings, he called out with woodpecker, box and mouth calls. Nobody called back. Halfway through a season that ends May 31, the hunt is growing more challenging. Mating activity is beginning to wane. Hours of daylight, which trigger reproductive rituals, are growing. Turkeys are less talkative than they were weeks ago, and this year's peculiar early spring has increased the density of May foliage, obscuring the view for spring gobbler hunters. More

Glen Schmitt: Fishing opener couldn't be better
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Glen Schmitt says he opened his walleye season on Leech Lake, near Walker, Minn., as he has the previous two years. "It was cool enough here on opening morning to remind you that it was still spring, water temperatures were perfect, and the wind provided enough blow to make fishing conditions ideal." Another fishing opener is in the books and angler success varied from lake to lake, region to region, and — in some cases — one boat to the next, even if they were fishing the same spot. The one factor that nobody could complain about in Minnesota this year was the weather. It was warm enough that everyone could enjoy themselves and windy enough to keep the walleyes biting in many areas, Schmitt says. More

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