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Governor signs legislation, which will increase state wildlife funding
WSF - California Chapter
California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation, which will now ensure maximum annual funding is made available to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for wildlife programs and projects from the sale of select big game hunting tags. Recognizing the importance of nonprofit conservation organizations maintaining an incentive to sell these exclusive tags on behalf of DFW, Assembly Bill 2105 now authorizes these groups to retain a portion of the tag sale price as a vendor fee. The legislation also brings the cost of a nonresident California wild sheep tag in line with the amount charged in other states to nonresidents.
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Endangered, threatened wildlife, plants: Listing the straight-horned markhor as threatened with a rule under section 4(d) of the ESA
Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, determine threatened
status for the straight-horned markhor (Capra falconeri megaceros), under the
Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). We are also publishing a concurrent
rule under section 4(d) of the Act. This rule protects and conserves the straight-horned
markhor, while encouraging local communities to conserve additional populations of the
straight-horned markhor through sustainable-use management programs.
Wyoming: Ruling continues suspension of wolf hunting
Outdoor News Daily
A ruling recently made by a federal district court judge in Washington, D.C., continues the suspension of gray wolf hunting in Wyoming. After two years of hunting, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled on Sept. 23 that Wyoming's plan was not legally sufficient to support the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's 2012 rule allowing limited take of gray wolves.
South Dakota: Big game application fee hike proposed
A state hunting regulatory commission has proposed doubling the nonrefundable fee for big game license applications.
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission proposed increasing the nonrefundable fee from $5 to $10. The fee applies to licenses for elk, bighorn sheep and mountain goat.
Hunting on horseback requires inspections in Montana
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the Montana Department of Livestock remind hunters that horses are required to have a brand inspection before crossing county lines.
"It's a pretty common violation during hunting season," said John Grainger, Brands Enforcement Division administrator for DOL. "Producers move livestock all the time and generally are familiar with transportation requirements, but sometimes hunters just don't know."
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Pennsylvania: Current proposed SGLs permit for nonhunters not worth risk
The Pennsylvania Game Commission board of game commissioners tabled the proposal to create a permit to use State Game Lands by those not possessing hunting or furtaking licenses at a recent and final quarterly meeting of the year.
That decision was a step in the right direction. Now, let's hope the next step is taken and the current proposal is deep-sixed.
Ohio: Online help available for deer hunters, leaf followers
Deer hunters who would like to know which counties traditionally produce the biggest bucks can find useful information on a searchable online database.
The Division of Wildlife and the Buckeye Big Bucks Club have teamed to develop the database, which contains records of the largest bucks harvested by hunters in Ohio since 1957.
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Michigan hunting license sales up 7 percent despite price increases
Every year at the start of bow season, Toledo, Ohio, resident Terry Williams packs his bags, drives north across the Ohio-Michigan state line, rents a hotel room south of Coldwater and hunts deer &dmash; for 45 days. It's not a cheap trip.
How to clean a bolt-action rifle
By John McAdams
A good rifle is one of the most important and expensive pieces of equipment for many hunters all over the world. Hunting, especially in extremely rainy or snowy weather, can really put a rifle to the test. The last thing a hunter wants is for his or her rifle to fail at a critical moment on the hunt of a lifetime. Luckily, a rifle that is properly cleaned and maintained will function reliably for many years. This article describes how to clean a bolt-action rifle.
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