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Elk, whitetail harvest up along Rocky Mountain front
The Billings Gazette    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Elk and white-tailed deer harvest numbers continue above average, while the mule deer harvest is down on the Rocky Mountain Front at the close of the second weekend of Montana's general big game season. The numbers were collected at Fish, Wildlife and Parks' check station in Augusta. "Overall the elk harvest is up 46 percent over average," said Brent Lonner, FWP wildlife biologist. "That's in part due to a significant harvest on private land. Also, we had the first good push of elk out of the Sun River herd during the recent colder and snowier weather." More



DNR reminds West Virginia trappers about tagging
The Associated Press via Grand View Outdoors    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Trapping season starts Nov. 3, and authorities are reminding West Virginia hunters about the rules. Trappers who take beaver, bobcat, fisher and otter must present the whole animal or pelt to a game checking station or Division of Natural Resources representative within 30 days of the season's end. Tags must remain attached until it has been sold, tanned or mounted. More

Pennsylvania's chronic wasting disease quarantine list grows to 12 deer farms
The Patriot-News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The list of deer farms under state Department of Agriculture quarantine had grown to a dozen by Oct. 26, as the agency continued its "trace out" to find additional deer that had contact with the animal that was the state's first confirmed case of chronic wasting disease. And, one of the deer that lived in the enclosure at New Oxford with the 3.5-year-old doe that died of CWD and eight other deer remained at large, after breaking through the fence Oct. 18 as staff from the department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services were killing the entire herd. More

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Low water levels could affect waterfowl hunting in Western New York
The Daily News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Western New York waterfowl hunting season likely will be affected by the widespread reduced precipitation from last summer's hot and dry weather, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced. These conditions caused water levels to drop substantially in many wetlands and dried up other wetland areas. Recent rains have improved conditions; however, water levels remain lower than normal. It is important for waterfowl hunters to scout potential hunting sites when making plans. More

Opinion: A limited harvest is an important element of wolf management
Minnesota Public Radio    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Saturday marks the firearms deer opener. It also is the opener of Minnesota's first regulated wolf hunting season. While this new wolf season has raised controversy, the reasons for it are quite straightforward. Minnesota's wolf population is conservatively estimated at 3,000. It has been at that level since 1998. That 3,000 number is estimated by wildlife biologists at the lowest population time of the year (around February). At the high time of year (around May), wolf researchers report that wolf numbers double as pups are whelped. This means that, in November, Minnesota will have fewer than 6,000 but quite a bit more than 3,000 wolves. Around 5,000 is probably a safe estimate. More

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Waterfowl Hunting: Where to position your dog in the blind
Outdoor Life    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Where to put the dog blind? One challenge of waterfowl hunting with a dog is finding a place for it to sit where it can simultaneously be hidden from incoming birds, but still be able to mark the location of the each fall as they're shot. In traditional blinds, the dog often sits in the blind with the concealed hunters. Sometimes a doggie door is provided so the dog can see out, while other times each retrieve is a blind because the dog can't see the fall. If you have a steady dog, a remote location outside of the hunter's blind can be used. More

Indiana enlists hunters to help quell disease fears
The Associated Press via WSBT-TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Indiana wildlife officials are asking deer hunters in four counties to kill any deer with a yellow tag in its ear in an effort to prevent the spread of a disease that has ravaged deer populations in other states. The deer being targeted are among 20 that escaped this spring from a Jackson County farm where trophy bucks with huge antlers are bred and sold to private hunting preserves. Seven of the deer are unaccounted for, The Indianapolis Star reported. More

Few deer hunters switching to copper bullets
Duluth News Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Most deer hunters have not switched to nontoxic copper bullets despite studies indicating that potentially toxic lead fragments disperse up to 18 inches from the wound channel in firearms-killed deer. After research by several agencies in 2008, awareness rose among hunters about the toxic effects of lead. Other stories highlighted the plight of eagles, which can acquire lead poisoning after feeding on the entrails of hunter-killed deer. Some of those eagles are found and transported to The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota each fall. But many hunters don't see lead in venison as a serious problem, said Mark Johnson, executive director of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association. More

Record kill in 2012 black bear hunt
The Baltimore Sun    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Nearly seven decades separate the youngest and oldest hunters who killed black bears in this year's state-controlled hunt. A record 92 bears were killed in Allegany and Garrett counties during the five-day hunt, according to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. A quota of 80 to 110 bears had been set, an increase from last year's quota of 55 to 80, which corresponds with the growth of the bear population in Maryland. Sixty-eight bears were killed a year ago. More


 

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