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Wildlife products may finance terrorism
The Associated Press via WFAA-TV
The U.S. government is stepping up its crackdown on the illegal trafficking of wild animal products across the nation's borders, saying some may be linked to terrorists, federal officials said recently. "Poaching in Africa is funding terrorist groups," U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman told a news conference at Kennedy International Airport.
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Popular hunting program going green
The Houston Chronicle
About this time each summer for the past couple of decades, the tens of thousands of hunters who the year before mailed in applications for permits in Texas' Public Hunt Draw Program found in their mailboxes a 90-or-so-page booklet containing all the information and application forms for the coming season's hunts. This year, they're getting a letter. And, for all practical purposes, that will be the last time the U.S. Postal Service is involved in any interaction between hunters and the state's hugely popular Public Hunt Draw Program.
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Hunters can register online for upcoming seasons
West Yellowstone News
Hunters interested in participating this year in game-damage hunts on private land, possible management seasons or potential management removals of elk to reduce the risk of brucellosis transmission between elk and livestock can register online with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks beginning June 15.
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Taxidermist conference on its way
TimesDaily
Steve Wallace said those in his profession create works of art. "There are a lot of talented taxidermists and their imaginations run wild," said Wallace, a member of the Alabama Taxidermist Association. You have people who come up with mountain scenes and have all kinds of animals on them. Some do nothing but build habitats for people's homes and have scenes with rock formations on walls. It is definitely an art form."
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Wildlife products may finance terrorism
The Associated Press via WFAA-TV
The U.S. government is stepping up its crackdown on the illegal trafficking of wild animal products across the nation's borders, saying some may be linked to terrorists, federal officials said recently. "Poaching in Africa is funding terrorist groups," U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman told a news conference at Kennedy International Airport.

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Virtual sign-in board improves hunting, safety
The Clarion-Ledger
The sign-in board is a fixture at almost every deer camp. Hunters stop by early morning and place a pin or magnet on a map to let other members know where they are hunting. When the hunt is over, they return and remove the marker to let others know the stand is not in use. It is certainly effective, but like all things, there is room for improvement, and Toxie Givens knew it.

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More women head outdoors to hunt, fish
Springfield News-Leader
There's no question about it: Hunting and fishing are not just for males anymore. The number of females participating in both of these outdoor sports keeps increasing. Recent studies reveal that women make up more than 30 percent of all anglers and 10 percent of hunters.

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Lawmakers worry about drones' impact on hunting, fishing
Pennsylvania Independent
Consider it a preemptive strike. That's how state Sen. Richard Kasunic described a pair of bills that would outlaw the use of drones to disrupt legal hunting and fishing activities in Pennsylvania. "It hasn't happened here in Pennsylvania yet, but I'm sure that in due time it will happen," Kasunic, D-Fayette, said recently.
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Taxidermy Association beneficial resource
The Country Today
When Clint Rickey of Dodgeville, Wisconsin started a taxidermy vocation 11 years ago, he had no idea how helpful his fellow taxidermists and the Wisconsin Taxidermy Association were going to be to his vocation. How Rickey, 31, landed in a career in taxidermy was also unusual.
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Pennsylvania carver's decoy birds look like they could fly
The Associated Press via Seattlepi.com
If you can peel a potato, you can carve a duck — words to live by for bird decoy makers and wisdom from Ross Smoker's dad. Now about 40 years into his own bird decoy carving career, Smoker is competing at a world level against people from the other side of the planet. By day, Smoker is a recycling technician at the Unicor electronics recycling factory at U.S. Penitentiary Lewisburg, where he's worked more than 20 years. By night, at least Tuesdays and Thursdays, he indulges in the family hobby.
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Reviving a dying art in Springwater Township
Stayner Sun
Dedication, determination, skill and an eye for detail have launched Chris Rawn into the professional world of taxidermy in a big way. Not only did he make the leap from novice to professional in competition, he has also won more awards than any Canadian, 11 this year alone.
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