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Conservation Force updates and alerts
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Conservation Force has proven to support, serve and unify all hunting organizations, which includes the National Taxidermists Association. This allows us to act as an information and early warning communication center for our members. On Aug. 3, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, also known as PETA, filed a lawsuit challenging the existing permit system for exotics. The intent of this lawsuit is obviously to influence the regulations for scimitar-horned oryx, addax and dama gazelle. Since Conservation Force largely administers all of the existing permits, it will be important for us to intervene. More

SCI attends 2011 NTA Convention
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As stated by Chairman, SCI Record Book and World Hunting Awards Committee, Herb Atkinson, "Safari Club International's important relationship with the National Taxidermists Association and taxidermy shops are key partners with SCI in signing new members and scoring hunter's trophies." Atkinson and Record Book World Hunting Awards Department Director, Michael Roqueni, are faithful supporters of the National Taxidermists Association and its members. Yearly, Atkinson and Roqueni, host the Master Measurers Scoring Class and the Official Measurers Scoring Class as part of the NTA seminar program. Herb announced at the recent NTA awards banquet that Safari Club International and the RB/WHA Department Committee would be sponsoring additional awards for the 2012 NTA Convention in Rogers, Ark. More

NTA announces 2011 competition winners
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The winners are in. Please see the list of 2011 National Taxidermist award winners in various competition categories. More

Bighorn lottery makes big bucks for research
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Idaho Department of Fish and Game recently held a raffle drawing for a bighorn sheep tag, allowing the winner to hunt for a bighorn in any management unit in the state with the exception of the Hells Canyon area. And while only one hunter actually wins the lottery, the raffle managed to raise $54,000 — money that will be used by the department to fund research done at the Wildlife Health Laboratory looking into bighorn sheep diseases. More

Maryland accepting October bear hunt applications
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The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is accepting applications for an October black bear hunt. The department will take applications through Sept. 2 to participate in a lottery to receive hunting permits. More

Firearms retailer prevents second Fort Hood, Texas attack
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Law enforcement has long considered America's federally licensed firearms retailers to be its partners in combating the criminal acquisition and misuse of firearms. Those sentiments were again realized recently when a Killeen, Texas, gun dealer, Guns Galore LLC, notified law enforcement of a suspect purchaser. Soon after the call to police was made, Army Pvt. Naser Jason Abdo, an AWOL soldier, was picked up and arrested in connection with an alleged plot to attack Fort Hood. At the time of his arrest, Abdo was found with weapons and explosives. More

Tompkins: Despite drought, it's an 'epic year' for ducks
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Texas' 100,000 or so waterfowlers looking forward to this autumn's duck and goose seasons face flocks of questions and conflicting signals about just what the coming autumn and winter will bring. "I've never had as many doubts and questions about what will happen during a season as I do about this one," said Kevin Kraai, waterfowl program leader for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. More

Trophy buck a part of family
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A trophy buck beyond the wildest dreams of most hunters and outdoor enthusiasts resides just outside the Valdosta, Ga., city limits, but you won't run across him out in the wild. Rufus, a 25-point, 225-pound white-tailed deer, has been under the care of local resident Gary O'Neal since the deer was a day old. With a personality more in resemblance of a family dog, Rufus was originally found by O'Neal's Labrador Retriever, Bud, on June 2, 2002. The deer was caught in a fence.

Big game hunters haven't priced average Texas hunter out just yet
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The average Texas hunter is getting priced right out of the pursuit with each passing season. It's a shame, but as more private landowners look to cash in on the big deer bonanza that exists in the Lone Star state and elsewhere, fewer affordable opportunities are available for many folks looking to pass on our outdoor traditions. However, there remain a number of ways that the everyman hunter can still find ways to get in the field. More

How weather affects waterfowl
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Weather conditions greatly influence duck hunting success. Foul weather, for example, often is considered a blessing for duck hunters. Yet hunters must know how these conditions influence ducks to be successful. Sunny days, on the other hand, often are deemed a duck hunter's bane. Yet, waterfowlers who know how fair weather conditions affect duck behavior often bag limits. Sunny, cloudy, windy, calm, freezing, warm — this piece looks at conditions hunters often encounter and some tips for success no matter what the forecast. More

4 wolves killed near north central Idaho town
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Four wolves have been killed near Elk City, Idaho, in an effort to push the animals away from the small mountain town, officials said. Elk City residents have complained for months about frequent wolf sightings and dogs and cattle being attacked by wolves. Idaho Department of Fish and Game supervisor Dave Cadwallader issued the kill permits to deputies shortly after Congress removed Endangered Species Act protections from Idaho and Montana wolves last May. More

Hunters turn out at Darby, Mont., shop for wolf permits
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Licenses for Montana's second wolf hunting season went on sale recently and the counter at Mr. T's Mercantile in Darby, Mont., was doing a steady business. Inside this building filled to the rafters with hundreds of full-sized trophy mounts and hides, there is no shortage on opinions about wolves. It would be hard to find one that's favorable. In July, Montana state wildlife commissioners approved a plan to shoot up to 220 gray wolves in a hunt scheduled to begin in early September. More

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