From the Utah Division of Wildlife ResourcesApproved bobcat hunting changes

Cougar hunting rules also approved

Hunters and trappers will have more chances to take bobcats in Utah this season.
Hunters & trappers will have more chances to take bobcats in Utah - Photo courtesy of Gary Kramer & the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Salt Lake City, Utah - At their Aug. 28 meeting, members of the Utah Wildlife Board approved a recommendation to allow an individual hunter or trapper to obtain up to six bobcat permits.

During the 2013–2014 season, each trapper or hunter could not obtain more than three bobcat permits. Also, during the 2013–2014 season, not more than 4,600 hunters and trappers were allowed to participate. This season, there's no limit on the number of hunters and trappers who can purchase up to six permits each.

Board members also approved cougar hunting rules at the meeting. The rules that were approved should result in hunters taking about the same number of cougars this season as were taken in Utah during the 2013–2014 season.

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From the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation - DEC Finalizes Rule Changes to Implement New Crossbow Hunting Law

New Regulations Now in Effect for Fall 2014

American Hunter's Karen Mehall takes aim with a crossbow Albany, New York - The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has adopted final regulation changes to ensure that the crossbow is a legal implement for the fall 2014 hunting seasons, Commission Joe Martens announced today. These regulations are adopted under new state law which authorizes DEC to allow big game (deer and bear) and small game hunting with a crossbow under certain conditions.

"The new law that authorizes the use of crossbows for hunting demonstrates Governor Cuomo's commitment to increasing hunting opportunities here in New York State," said Commissioner Martens. "Crossbow hunting is growing across the country and the new law expands the opportunities for hunters to use crossbows when hunting in New York."

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From the Wyoming Game & Fish Department - Upland Bird Hunters Made Aware of Daily bag limit and possession limit for blue and ruffed grouse has been eliminated - from the Wyoming Game & Fish Department websiteNew Regulations for Blue and Ruffed Grouse

Green River, Wyoming - With the Sept.1 opener for many upland game species right around the corner, bird hunters are alerted there are some significant changes in the hunting regulations for this fall.

The combined daily bag limit and possession limit for blue and ruffed grouse that has been in place for a number of years has been eliminated and upland game bird hunters will be allowed to take a daily bag limit of three blue grouse and a daily bag limit of three ruffed grouse. The possession limit for each species will be nine.

Now that hunters are allowed to take separate daily bag limits of blue grouse, ruffed grouse, chukar partridge, gray (Hungarian) partridge or sharp-tailed grouse, hunters will need to retain evidence of species on all game birds in their possession while in the field. The new regulation states that, excluding pheasants... more on Wyoming limits on Blue and Ruffed Grouse ...

NRA Freedom Fridays and NRA Country Celebrate Second Seasons on Pursuit Channel

NRA Freedom Fridays and NRA Country Celebrate Second Seasons on Pursuit Channel Glenwood, Alabama - Cancel you plans for Friday nights and Sunday afternoons as the National Rifle Association continues their relationship with the Pursuit Channel by launching another round of NRA Freedom Fridays (presented by Cheaper Than Dirt!) and NRA Country Sundays. These high-value content blocks promise to promote, strengthen and perpetuate America’s traditional outdoors lifestyles.

Starting at 8:00 p.m. EST and concluding at midnight, “NRA Freedom Fridays presented by Cheaper Than Dirt!” features: Trigger Time, American Airgunner, ATSN: Stop the Threat, Gun Talk TV, Doug Koenig’s Championship Season, Guns & Gear TV and 3 Gun Nation.

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From the Iowa Department of Natural Resources - Iowa Receives $3 Million for Habitat and Hunter Access Program

Iowa Habitat and Access Program Des Moines, Iowa - Landowners and hunters will benefit from a recent announcement that Iowa will receive $3 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to expand the Iowa Habitat and Access Program (IHAP). The announcement came from U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in August as part of a $20 million allocation to 10 states.

The DNR’s Iowa Habitat and Access Program provides landowners with financial assistance to improve habitat. In return, participating landowners agree to open those lands for public hunting.

According to Kelly Smith, private lands program coordinator, the DNR will use the grant to enhance 22,000 acres with improvements such as grass seeding, tree and shrub plantings, food plots, timber stand improvements and wetland restorations.

“We’ve seen growing demand by hunters for more public access, and by landowners for more habitat improvement opportunities,” said Smith. “This grant will more than triple the number of acres enrolled in the program.”

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From the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission - Dove Hunting Season Starts Monday, Sept. 1

Dove hunting season opens Monday, Sept. 1 - from the NCWildlife.org website RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 26, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission reminds hunters that the dove hunting season opens Monday, Sept. 1, and to be safe throughout the season for these popular game birds.

Shooting hours are half-hour before sunrise to sunset for the entire season, including opening day. The 2014-15 season for mourning and white-winged dove is Sept. 1 – Oct. 11 and Nov. 27 – Jan. 15. Daily bag limit is 15 and possession limit is 45.

“Opening day is a Monday, not a traditional Saturday,” said Kate Pipkin, Wildlife Commission rules biologist. “Although many hunters prefer the season to open the Saturday prior to Labor Day, federal guidelines do not allow states to open migratory game bird seasons prior to Sept. 1. Rather than wait until Sept. 6, which is the first Saturday after Labor Day, the Wildlife Commission went with the earliest possible date allowed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.”

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From the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources - Bear harvest quota increased in northwestern Wisconsin to address nuisance complaints and ag damage

Wisconsin black bear image courtesy of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Spooner, Wisconsin - In an effort to help address human-bear conflicts in an area of northwestern Wisconsin that has had serious conflicts in recent years, state wildlife officials significantly increased the number of bear harvest permits in that area for the upcoming bear hunting season.

The goal in is to reduce the bear population in an area designated as bear zone D [PDF], in response to a high level of bear related complaints from residents last year, according to Mike Zeckmeister, Department of Natural Resources wildlife supervisor for northwestern Wisconsin.

"We would like to focus bear harvest in the southern portion of Zone D including Barron, Polk, Washburn, and Burnett counties where we have higher bear numbers and the highest number of bear related issues" Zeckmeister said.

The new quota will also provide additional hunting opportunities at a time when the popularity of bear hunting continues increase and also increase the chances of hunters harvesting a bear.

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From the North Dakota Game and Fish Department - Dove Season Opens Sept. 1, Swan Hunt Lottery Held, Licenses Remain

North Dakota Tundra Swan Bismark, North Dakota - North Dakota’s dove season opens statewide Sept. 1, and hunters are reminded to register with the Harvest Information Program prior to hunting.

The daily limit is 15 and possession limit is 45. Shooting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset. The season is open through Nov. 9.

All dove hunters must possess a fishing, hunting and furbearer certificate and a general game and habitat license, regardless of age. In addition, hunters ages 16 and older need a small game license.

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From the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife - Bear Season Opens Monday, August 25

Black Bear hunting image from the the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife website Augusta, Maine - Bear hunting season begins on Monday, August 25 at 5:19 a.m. throughout the State of Maine. Last year, with over 10,000 hunters purchasing permits to hunt bear, 2,845 bears were killed.

Black bear populations are growing throughout North America, and due to Maine’s heavily forested landscape, Maine boasts one of the largest bear populations in the United States at over 30,000 bears. As a result, Maine has one of the longest hunting seasons in the country, stretching from the end of August to after Thanksgiving.

“Hunting is the Department’s tool for managing this thriving bear population,” says Jennifer Vashon, one of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s bear biologists. “And due to Maine’s dense forest, bear hunting with dogs and with bait are essential for controlling Maine’s bear population.”

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