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Montana FWP hears elk-brucellosis proposals
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A group has recommended that increased hunting of elk, more fences for cattle, manipulating habitat and decreasing harboring of elk may help prevent the spread of brucellosis among elk herds and also to cattle in areas where the bacterium is troublesome. The Elk/Brucellosis Working Group, made up of 12 men, including hunters, livestock producers, veterinarians, researchers and landowners, told the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission that collectively they spent about 1,200 hours coming up with five options. The commission is slated to hear the full presentation as well as public comments at its Nov. 8 meeting. More

Arizona dove hunters again have 1 million additional acres
Arizona Game and Fish Department via White Mountain Independent    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For the second year, dove hunters have access to approximately 1 million more acres of open uninhabited lands within municipal boundaries, advises the Arizona Game and Fish Department. "This is a great opportunity for families to hunt closer to home and for youth especially to connect with nature," said Jim Paxon, chief public information officer for Game and Fish. In 2011, state Sen. Frank Antenori sponsored SB 1334 that was passed by the Legislature giving the Arizona Game and Fish Commission authority over regulating the use of firearms for the take of wildlife within municipal boundaries. Last year in light of the new law, the commission established the areas open to hunting, which have stayed the same again this year. More

Mississippi officers use discretion in enforcing ATV laws
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With hunting season right around the corner, the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department is getting reports of more and more all-terrain vehicles on the highway. Chief Deputy Marc Miley said his department has been getting more calls about the off-road vehicles riding along roadways. However, Miley said it's not an uncommon sight and while it is illegal, issuing the ATV driver a citation is at the discretion of each deputy. "We live in the South," Miley said. "You're going to have ATVs on the highway, especially as hunting season approaches, but it's up to the deputy to decide if he wants to issue a citation or not." More

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Idaho, Montana see fewer nonresident hunters
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Fewer out-of-state hunters are traveling to Idaho and Montana in search of deer and elk, costing fish and game agencies millions of dollars in fees. The Spokesman-Review reported that weather, wolves, politics and the economy are depressing the number of out-of-state hunters who would normally be flocking to the two states. Nonresidents pay up to 15 times more than residents for the privilege to hunt big game. More

New high-tech trail cameras offer features to help you scout deer
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Trail cameras have come a long way since the 1880s, when George Shiras III attached trip wires to bulky cameras to photograph wildlife in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Shiras even captured night images with magnesium-powered illumination, which scared the bejeebers out of animals when the flash went off. Instead of trip wires, today's cameras use passive infrared sensors with multiple detection zones to measure changes in infrared energy (or heat emitted by warm-blooded animals). As animals move in front of the camera, they cross from one zone to another, enabling the Fresnel lens (the black or dark gray window on the face on the unit) to detect movement and trigger the shutter. More

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Walleye still biting in familiar hot spots in Northeast Ohio
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Lake Erie yellow perch fishing continued to dominate the angling action around northern Ohio again, with good catches from the Bass Islands to Conneaut. Walleye still are biting in the familiar hot spots. Inland anglers are hoping for big rains to provide much-needed moisture for local lakes and reservoirs. More

SD survey: Pheasant count up 18 percent
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Good news is apparently in store for pheasant hunters. Brood count survey results announced this week in South Dakota, the nation's top pheasant hunting state, indicate the statewide population of the birds is up from last year. Results of the survey show that pheasant numbers grew in many areas of the state, due in large part to a mild winter and ideal weather during the nesting and brood More

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