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Taxi Gram: At the NTA, you rule
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There is something remarkable and distinctive about the National Taxidermists Association. For one thing, it truly is a coming together of artists, not an organization whose "membership benefits" amount to little more than having your name on a mailing list and receiving a magazine. When you become a member of the NTA, you don't belong to it — it belongs to you and with this comes numerous possibilities. One of those possibilities includes attending an NTA Convention, Competition and Trade Show which provides the opportunity to meet fascinating individuals, committed and accomplished taxidermists, sculptors and artists. See you in Arkansas. More

Deer disease shrouds hunting future in Macon County, Mo.
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For residents of Macon County, Mo., a new uncertainty surrounds them as hunters speculate on what a newly arrived disease might mean for the deer population in Missouri's powerhouse hunting region. Chronic wasting disease, first found in a captive deer in Colorado in 1967, has now been documented in 18 states, including Missouri. "It's scary because it's something I've heard can't be eliminated or controlled," said Tom Morrow, a Macon resident. Like others in the area, he understands full well the importance of the deer population. Hunters spend more than $1 billion in Missouri each year, supporting 24,500 jobs with $433 million in wages, according to Hunting Works for Missouri. In 2011, hunters killed more deer in Macon County — 5,109 — than any other county in Missouri. More

Minnesota DNR survey: Most oppose wolf hunt
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About 80 percent of the more than 7,000 people responding to an online survey by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources opposed a wolf hunting and trapping season. But the results won't stop this fall's planned wolf season. The question of whether to have a season was resolved by the Legislature, said Dennis Simon, DNR wildlife chief. "It was a public input process, it wasn't a poll. ... The Legislature and governor directed us to have a wolf season. So we will have a season.'' More

Hog wild: Feral pig population explodes in US
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Fast, smart and dangerous, the wild boar was once the most prized hunter's catch in ancient Greece. Now, it is becoming a popular target of hunters in the United States. An explosion of wild pig populations has become such a nuisance that hunting seasons are being flung wide open for wild hog across the nation. Biologists estimate there are 5 million wild pigs in the United States. Once found mainly in the Southeast, Hawaii and California, they have spread over the last two decades into the Northeast and Midwest. More

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Maine's moose-calling championship cranks up
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If you haven't heard a moose call and want to, check out the World Invitational Moose Calling Championship in Rangeley, Maine, June 22-24, hosted by the Rangeley Regions Guides and Sportmen's Association. It's part of the annual Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife's moose lottery drawing which determines who gets permits for the fall moose hunting season, a very big to-do in the Maine hunting world. More

Anglers urged to take precautions in the summer heat
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Anglers on Tuscaloosa, Ala.-area waters can have a hard time catching fish in the summer, but the heat is tougher on the angler than on the fish. Fishing in the heat can be discouraging, but fisheries biologist Jay Haffner assures anglers the fish will still bite. Haffner said that as the water temperature rises, so does the fish's metabolism. "Anglers have to work a little harder in the summer at finding fish," Haffner said. More

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More liberal crossbow hunting law awaits Quinn's signature in Illinois
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Legislation currently sitting on Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's desk would liberalize crossbow hunting regulations. Previously, people older than 62 and the physically disabled were permitted to use crossbows. "The new part is that a crossbow can be used just like a bow and arrow beginning on the Monday after the second firearm deer season closes," said Paul Shelton, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources' forest wildlife program manager. "You can use it through the last day of the archery deer season. If you are an archery deer or turkey hunter, if you want to hunt other species with that, you can do that as well." More

Study: Outdoor industry's $645 billion spending in 2011 tops pharmaceutical industry
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A new study has shown the outdoor recreation industry to be much bigger than some may think. Taking into account not only sales of gear and equipment, but also expenditures on services such as product designers, Web developers, marketers, management, outfitters, and more, the industry is an "economic giant" in the United States. According to the study, spending on outdoor recreation in the United States totaled $645.6 billion in 2011. By comparison, consumer spending on pharmaceuticals for the same year was $331 billion. Only two industries examined were bigger spenders than the outdoor industry, financial services and insurance ($780 billion) and outpatient health care ($767 billion). More

Hand returned to Florida airboat captain after alligator bit it off
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The day turned irreversibly sour recently for airboat Capt. Wallace Weatherholt when an alligator bit off his hand during a tour. Weatherholt, 63, works for Captain Doug's Everglades Tours in Everglades City, Fla. While on a tour leading six people around the everglades, Weatherholt was hanging a fish off the side of the boat, a witness said, when the gator jumped up to grab the fish. More


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