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National survey shows continued support for hunting, shooting sports
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As hunters hang their guns on the rack following the 2011 firearms deer season, a new nationwide survey confirms continuing popular support for hunting, target shooting and shooting sports in general. The survey mirrors previous findings that a large majority of Americans approve of legal hunting and recreational shooting activities. More

829-pound bear heaviest on record in New Jersey
New Jersey Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The hunter was almost matter-of-fact about the bear he shot, an animal the state Department of Environmental Protection said might be the largest black bear ever taken in New Jersey. "I was out for deer, that was my primary goal," said Bruce Headley, as he walked up a hill behind his house in Jefferson, N.J., toward the large storage shed where the bear, estimated to have a live weight of 829 pounds, filled a nearly 12-foot high opening in the shed. More

Bill Chestnut: Speckled perch fishing is tops right now
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The columnist spoke to a few anglers who have been fishing for speckled perch in the Winter Haven, Fla., chain. They all agreed the best lakes in the chain for these fish are Cannon, Winterset, Hartridge, Jessie, Howard and May. Try your luck at night with a light attached to your boat, using minnows while drifting for great success. Anglers fishing off the docks at Lake Howard have been catching 10 or 12 nice specks on minnows. More

Hunting, fishing boost Mississippi economy
Hattiesburg American    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Terry Sanford, 62, figures his first hunting excursion into the fields and woods near his family's Petal farm came when he was about 10 years old. It was love at first sight, and he says he has "the sickness." Sanford has plenty of company. In Mississippi, it's more like a full-blown epidemic when it comes to the outdoor sports, particularly hunting and fishing. Not only has the state sold more than 202,000 hunting and fishing licenses of various time periods and different game since the start of its 2011-12 fiscal year on July 1, the sports mean big business. More

Joe Mosby: Doe-only hunt may become part of season
The Times Record    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new element in this year's deer hunting was a five-day doe-only season — Oct. 31 through Nov. 4. The hunt was in specified deer zones, and these covered about two-thirds of Arkansas. The idea was to reduce the number of female deer in areas where the buck-doe ratio was out of whack. Was the doe-only hunt successful? Yes, it was, said Richard Baxter, the deer program coordinator for the Arkansas Game Fish Commission. More

New California record bighorn is taken
San Bernadino County Sun    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new potential state-record bighorn sheep was taken on the opening day of the season, in the Orocopia Mountains of Southern California between Interstate 10 and the Salton Sea state recreation area. John Berens, a draw-tag hunter from near Sacramento, was hunting with guide Terry Anderson of San Gorgonio Outfitters when the desert bighorn sheep scoring roughly 186 inches on the Boone & Crockett Club scoring system was shot. More

Proper lubrication essential for protection of outdoors gear
Houston Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
No matter where you live, proper cleaning and, most importantly, proper lubrication is crucial in maintaining outdoors gear with moving, metal-to-metal parts — primarily firearms and fishing reels. More

Waterfowl have arrived in good numbers in Washington state's Columbia Basin
The Spokesman Review via The Seattle Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The northerns are here, according to Mikal Moore, state waterfowl biologist in Washington state's Columbia Basin. Moore compiled data from the season's first aerial waterfowl surveys over the Basin's waterfowl magnet areas. "There a lot of new birds in the Basin, probably recently arrived, that seem to be staging in large groups at well-established reserves and private hunting clubs," she said. The ducks were not yet well distributed and widely available to hunters, but many opportunities exist, she said. More

Winter angling is no smooth walk on the ice
Park Rapids Enterprise    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's difficult to make a sweeping statement, but by most accounts, it's officially ice time. Be prepared, ice fishing itself is hard work. On open water, our boats are constantly moving. Even if anchored, the boat moves a few feet via wind and waves. More commonly, we utilize the trolling motor, kicker engine or main outboard to move. Yet on the ice, we're forced to pick out our target areas hole by hole, inches in diameter, at a crack. More

Wherever you are, use caution when on the ice
Columbia Basin Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Ice fishing can be fun. Erect a shelter of some sort and spend the day fishing for trout, walleye, bass, perch, burbot and any other finned creature available in Washington state's Columbia Basin waters. Back in the Midwest, where the temperatures drop to well below zero for long periods of time, entire villages of ice huts spring up. Anglers spend days, if not weeks, in these villages. The more elaborate ones have plowed and named streets. More

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