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NTA Conservation Committee and Conservation Force
The increase in the senseless seizures and forfeitures of hunting trophies over the past two to three years has been perplexing. We have been on a search to understand if the apparent problem is real. If it is real, then what exactly is the change? What caused the change? Can we do anything about it? This information is the result of our investigation that every hunter in the entire conservation community needs to know and understand.
The zen of a successful big game hunter
Big game hunting is challenging. When you look at harvest data, you see there are more hunters who go home with
unfilled tags than who bag an animal. But some hunters consistently do better than the statistics. We all know the
individual who gets an animal every year, or nearly every year. He or she
is usually a step above the average
hunter, and all these people share similar traits.
Dove hunting is still good in Hamilton County, Texas
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
During a Chamber of Commerce meeting in Hamilton in 1967, manager Don Haile and those gathered were trying to think
of ways to draw business to this central Texas town. "We didn't have enough deer at that time, but we did have lots
of doves around, so we began to work on that angle," Haile recalled.
Disease killing off Nevada bighorn sheep
Disease might decimate a herd of bighorn sheep that Nevada biologists previously thought faced a promising future.
California bighorn sheep are dying of
pneumonia in the Snowstorm Mountains about 30 miles northeast of Winnemucca.
It's unknown exactly how many have succumbed in what is a rare summertime die off, but things don't look good, said
Ken Gray, an Elko-based supervisory game biologist with the Nevada Department of Wildlife.
Deer hunting season opens for hunters with disabilities
Public News Service
Before anyone had a chance to hunt deer in Iowa, hunters with disabilities had a chance on Sept. 17. The timing of
a special two-week hunting season is designed to coincide with better weather, says
state deer biologist Tom
NRA fights to secure access to federal lands
Under current land management policies, federal land open to hunting and recreational shooting is not protected
from being closed arbitrarily. The ill-defined policy of "open until closed" provides no requirements for an agency
to issue public notice, hold a public comment period, or show sound science as the basis for a closure. Moreover,
there is no provision that requires land managers, such as the U.S. Forest Service and
the Bureau of Land
management, to even consider hunting, fishing or target shooting in land use planning.
Arizona's hunting regulations amended to incorporate expanded hunting areas
Arizona Hunters rejoice. You now have access to approximately one million acres of public and state trust lands within municipal boundaries this hunting season, but there are regulation changes that relate to these new opportunities and public safety that hunters need to know. These opportunities required amending the 2011-2012 Arizona Hunting and Trapping Regulations, as well as the 2011 Pronghorn Antelope and Elk Hunt Regulations
because the changes to state law became effective after these publications were distributed.
Hunter safety courses are useful for beginners, veterans
The Muskegon Chronicle (Blog)
A new season of hunting is upon us and people are out sighting their rifles, shooting a little skeet or getting
practice at a bow club. But we need to remember to practice our safety skills first. Some have young hunters who
need to take a hunter safety course, which teaches useful skills. Parents need to get involved as well by asking
their child what they learned and reassuring them that instructor has given them the correct
information. We have
to remember that the hunter safety course is based upon years of statistics as well as good old common sense. The
course is then given so that the most important safety tips are addressed.
North Dakota bighorn sheep numbers strong
While three consecutive severe winters played a significant role in reducing many of the state's western big game populations, overall bighorn sheep numbers are strong, according to Brett Wiedmann, big game biologist for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department in Dickinson.