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Hunters get help from smartphone apps
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There was a time when hunters took to the woods with little more than a gun and ammunition. But as thousands gear up for the start of hunting season this month, many will be armed with something a lot more technical. Tim Kuski of Wausau, Wis., will navigate the terrain around Rhinelander with satellite maps he downloaded on his smartphone as he takes part in his state's deer hunting season. "In my whole life, we used topographic maps to move around," Kuski says. "Now, with cellphone reception what it is, the GPS and the satellite views are amazing." Smartphones are useful to hunters in ways far beyond navigation. More



DNR to duck hunters: Hunt for invasive species, too
Wisconsinoutdoorfun.com via Green Bay Press-Gazette    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Wisconsin duck hunters must be brought up to speed about some of the safe-boating practices that help prevent the spread of invasive species, a state Department of Natural Resources warden says. That's why game wardens recently made the rounds working the boat launches of the lower Green Bay, said Darren Kuhn, a warden in the DNR's Green Bay office. Wardens made stops at boat launches at Oconto, Pensaukee, Geano Beach, Suamico, Bayshore County Park and Chaudoir's Dock. More

Antler restrictions: Some hunters like them and some don't, but biologists find them successful
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Pennsylvania's 2012 deer season marks a decade under the controversial management strategy called "antler restrictions." Game commissioners put the higher standard in place in 2002 when they changed the threshold for a legal buck from one spike of 3 inches or any antler with at least two points, to a three- or a four-point minimum in two hunting regions. Commissioners imposed the four-point rule in five Wildlife Management Units in Western Pennsylvania, while placing a three-point restriction on the rest of the state. Some hunters have applauded the move while others have condemned it. Game Commission biologists have remained steadfast that antler restrictions achieved their objectives. More

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Waterfowl hunting organization preserves a way of life for 50 years
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Bill Kalwas was 4 when his dad took him to his first duck blind. It was love at first quack, and blast. "I was addicted at a young age," Kalwas said. "There was no hope for me." Thanks to dedicated waterfowl hunters and conservationists like Kalwas, though, there is much more than mere "hope" for the ducks and geese and the delicate marshlands and waterways that are needed for their survival. The Finger Lakes and Western New York Waterfowl Association is celebrating its 50th anniversary as one of the country's leading organizations dedicated to waterfowl conservation, hunting, education and mentorship. More

Scout creates deer blind accessible to disabled hunters
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When Department of Natural Resources parks Ranger Dana LaFlamme answered the phone at Holly State Recreation Area in Groveland Township, Mich., and took a reservation for one of the park's cabins, she had no idea this reservation would be the beginning of a very happy experience for the two hunters reserving the cabin. During the call, one of the hunters indicated he was disabled. After making the reservation and hanging up, park Ranger Tony Schutz asked LaFlamme, "Did you tell them about the blind?" "No, I forgot," she said. Schutz was referring to a brand new, accessible deer blind constructed just a few days prior to the opener by Eagle Scout candidate Jay Ammerman of troop 122 from Swartz Creek. More

Hunters harvest 147 wolves as Minnesota's 1st season ends
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Minnesota hunters harvested 147 wolves during the state's first regulated wolf hunt, causing the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to close the early-season harvest as scheduled. The DNR initially set a statewide limit of 200 wolves for the early season, according to their website. As hunters neared the quotas in each of Minnesota's three wolf zones, the DNR closed zones to further harvests. More

Wisconsin bear hunting: Harvest 2nd-highest on record
The Associated Press via Pioneer Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says the 2012 Wisconsin bear harvest was the second-highest on record. Hunters registered 4,400 black bears during the 2012 season. That's second only to the 5,133 bears registered in 2010. Hunters killed 4,257 bears in Wisconsin last year. More

Help needed with chronic wasting disease surveillance
Ottumwa Courier via Journal Express    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is asking for assistance from the public in its chronic wasting disease surveillance efforts in Davis, Jefferson, Wapello and Van Buren counties in Iowa. CWD is a nervous system disease that causes the slow decline and death of infected deer or elk. The Iowa DNR has tested more than 42,500 wild deer and more than 4,000 captive deer and elk as part of its surveillance efforts since 2002 when CWD was found in Wisconsin. More


 

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