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Hunters kill more wolves than expected in Minnesota as 1st phase of season ends
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There are 147 fewer wolves in northern Minnesota forests today. That's the final tally for the early wolf hunting season that ended Nov. 18. The Department of Natural Resources set a limit of 200 wolves for this part of the season. Hunters and trappers will get another chance when the second part of the season begins Nov. Nov. 24. The number of wolves killed is higher than some wolf experts predicted. Many hunters got a wolf license just in case they saw a wolf while deer hunting. Before the start of the early season, DNR wolf expert Dan Stark predicted hunters would take only about 70 wolves. That's well below the final tally. Stark said the DNR will learn a lot more from biological data collected from wolf carcasses. When hunters turn in their post-season surveys, it will paint a more complete picture of the season, including where each wolf was killed and which methods hunters found successful. More

Sportsmen's bill easing restrictions on hunters, anglers clears Senate hurdle
The Associated Press via Grand View Outdoors    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Congress is back in town after the election to find a way around automatic tax increases and spending cuts in January. But first, lawmakers are dealing with 41 polar bear carcasses. In its first roll call since September, the Senate voted 92-5 to debate a bill to ease restrictions on hunters and fishermen and allow 41 U.S. hunters to bring home polar bear carcasses trapped in Canada because of a ban on trophy imports. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., immediately moved to block Republicans from amending the bill, potentially stalling further action on the bill for days. Republicans had blocked the bill before the election, fearing that passage would boost the re-election prospects of the bill's Democratic sponsor, Montana Sen. Jon Tester. Tester ultimately won re-election, narrowly defeating Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg. More

Pheasant hunters: Finding birds more difficult this season in South Dakota
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Though the crop harvest has long been over, many in South Dakota still are busy harvesting another natural resource — pheasants. South Dakota Game Fish and Parks officials say population of the state bird is up this year but many hunters say finding the birds is a difficult task. Ken Blaalid, owner of Leader Sporting Goods in Mitchell, said hunting is more difficult this year than in years past because dry conditions forced farmers to remove crops from fields earlier than normal. More

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Michigan DNR raises brook trout limits for 5 Upper Peninsula streams
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The daily possession limit for brook trout will increase next spring for five stream segments in the Upper Peninsula. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said the possession limit will rise from five fish to 10 fish for those river sections. The rule will take effect April 1. The DNR says the move is an experiment in response to angler requests to allow a higher take of brook trout in the U.P. More

Take heed of hunting safety tips during deer season
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The crisp fall air can only mean a few things in southern Illinois: that it's deer hunting season and hunters will be in the woods, and so will the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Officers will be out to ensure that everyone is being safe. "The biggest thing we're looking for at this time of year during shotgun season is the blaze orange clothing," said Officer Charles Diggins with IDNR. "By law hunters are supposed to have a solid orange blaze cap. And an upper garment of at least four hundred square inches." Beyond the orange clothing requirements, there are other precautions hunters need to take when hunting from a tree stand. More

Doe-hunting portion of buck season could play out differently
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The doe-hunting component of West Virginia's buck season might play out a little differently this year. If it does, chances are the difference will be traced back to three days in late October — the new first segment of the Mountain State's antlerless-deer season. Wildlife officials aren't sure what the effects might be, but they do expect some. "That October season is designed to take antlerless deer out of the population before the rut takes place, so it stands to reason there will be fewer antlerless deer out there," said Paul Johansen, assistant wildlife chief for the state Division of Natural Resources. "We don't yet have a handle on how many were killed, but we don't think it was a lot." More

Nathaniel Loewentheil: Why environmentalists need hunters
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Through a legislative twist of fate, the very first items on the agenda when the Senate recently reopened were Federal Migratory Bird Hunting Stamps, better known as duck stamps. But before the media begins making weak jokes about a lame-duck Congress, the legislation deserves a closer look. The Sportsmen's Act of 2012, as the omnibus bill containing the stamp provisions is known, will not only authorize a price increase for avian memorabilia. It also will support hunters, fishermen and outdoor enthusiasts and, through the sale of the duck stamps, raise badly needed funds to protect wildlife habitats. And it's a rare chance for an increasingly marginalized environmental movement to build badly needed alliances with middle America — alliances that will help it achieve its broader goals in the years ahead. More


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