From the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife - Nearly two-thirds of moose hunters successful in 2014

Maine Moose image from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife website Augusta, Maine - Despite brief warm spells during both the September and October moose seasons, 65% of all moose hunters harvested a moose last season.

With 3,095 moose permits issued, 2,022 hunters were successful in getting their moose. Hunter success rates varied throughout different regions of the state with over 80 percent of the hunters getting moose in Wildlife Management Districts 3 and 5 in Aroostook County and under 10 percent of hunters getting a moose in WMDs 23 and 25 in Waldo and Knox Counties.

The 65% success rate for hunters is lower than the 73% success rate for hunters in 2013.

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From the Hawaii Department of Land & Natural Resources - Feral goat, sheep control program update for Phase 2 of the Pu'u' Wa'awa'a Forest Reserve-Makai and Mauka sections

Feral Hawaiian Goat & Sheep Hunts from Hook You Up Hunts
Feral Hawaiian Goat and Sheep Hunts - photo courtesy of Hook You Up Outfitters
Hilo, Hawaii — The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) is implementing Phase 2 of ungulate control programs in the Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a (PWW) Forest Reserve, pursuant to Title 13, Chapter 123, “Rules Regulating Game Mammal Hunting,” §13-123-9, “Nuisance or crop damage.”  

The three programs that will take place will be as follows: PWW MAKAI ARCHERY, PWW MAKAI MUZZLELOADER, and PWW MAUKA TYPICAL RAM INCENTIVE.  These programs will be conducted on weekends only, beginning February 7, 2015 and ending March 15, 2015.  

Hunters were selected for permit assignments for the PWW Makai Muzzleloader and the PWW Mauka Typical Ram Incentive programs through random lottery drawings held on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 at the DLNR Hunter Education Building in Kamuela, HI. Results of these drawings are available online at http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/dofaw.

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From the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife - Hunters post Kentucky’s second-highest deer harvest on record

Deer image form the American Hunter website Frankfort, Kentucky - After two seasons of record harvests, Kentucky’s deer hunters kept the pace up this past season.

The 2014-15 season closed on Jan. 19 with 138,892 deer checked; the second highest total on record and third consecutive season with a harvest exceeding 130,000 deer.

“I’m happy,” said Gabe Jenkins, deer and elk program coordinator with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “There are a lot of deer on the landscape, and we’re seeing an uptick in license sales. We’re providing hunting opportunity and our hunters are able to be successful. As an agency, that’s what we want to do.”

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From the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission - Opportunities abound for late snow goose hunting

Little Rock, Arkansas - Snow geese abound in parts of Arkansas at present. Wildlife managers are practically begging Arkansans to get out and hunt them.

Reason? The birds are too numerous. They are damaging habitat in portions of their migration and breeding grounds in the far north as well as damaging farm crops in their Arkansas wintering grounds. This has led to the yearly Snow Goose Conservation Order which allows liberalized taking of the birds after the regular waterfowl season has closed.

The conservation order is closed Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, because of the waterfowl youth hunt. It reopens Monday, Feb. 2, and continues through April 25, although the geese likely will have left Arkansas before then.

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From the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks - Youth Waterfowl Hunting Day is January 31

Duck image from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks website Jackson, Mississippi - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) would like to remind everyone that all Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) with waterfowl hunting opportunity will be open for the final statewide youth waterfowl hunting day of the season on January 31, 2015.  Adults are encouraged to participate by taking a youth under the age of 16 to experience waterfowl hunting on public or private lands. 

"It is extremely important to the MDWFP that Mississippi hunters take the time to pass along the hunting tradition to youth who will soon be old enough to drive themselves, purchase a hunting license, and hunt on their ownMore on Mississippi's youth waterfowl hunting day ...

From the Michigan Department of Natural Resources - DNR unveils 2015 turkey cooperator patch, reminds hunters to apply for spring turkey license

patch with Wild Turkey Management Cooperator, 2015, picture of turkey, DNR logo, michigan.gov/turkey

Lansing, Michigan - The Department of Natural Resources encourages hunters to think spring and get in the turkey hunting spirit by purchasing a wild turkey cooperator patch and applying for a spring turkey hunting license.

The 2015 turkey patch, designed by Phoebe Talaga of Lake Orion High School, is now available for purchase. The Michigan chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, in partnership with the DNR, coordinates the wild turkey patch program. Proceeds from patch sales are used to fund wild turkey-related projects and management in Michigan.

Young hunters, 17 years old and younger, who have a valid wild turkey hunting license may receive a free patch. To receive a patch, please send name and complete address, along with a legible copy of the youth's valid wild turkey hunting license, to National Wild Turkey Federation, Wild Turkey Patch Program, P.O. Box 8, Orleans, MI 48865. Please allow four to six weeks for delivery. If you have questions, please e-mail michiganwildturkeypatch@yahoo.com.

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First time hunter turns to bulgogi for her first venison recipe

Jessica Kim cooks up her first deer Jessica Kim from NRA Publications turns her first successful deer hunt into a successful Korean-Style Venison dish ...

Korean-Style Venison
Bulgogi is a marinated, sliced beef that is grilled over fire, or a stove top frying pan. And now you can try it with venison. Check out this Korean-style recipe from Jessica Kim.

In December 2014, I experienced my first whitetail deer hunt on Maryland's Eastern Shore. It was the final day of shotgun season, and the sun was about to disappear. Just as the last bit of daylight gave way to night, a group of deer appeared and I was able to harvest my first doe. Our guide at Schrader’s Outdoors, David Crist, took the doe to Tuckahoe River Deer Processing.

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From the Maryland Department of Natural Resources - Maryland’s New Winter Turkey Season to Open Statewide

Strutting by Lori R. Bramble Annapolis, Maryland - This month kicks off Maryland’s first-ever winter turkey hunting season, taking place January 22-24 statewide. The new season will provide hunters with increased turkey hunting opportunities while minimizing conflicts with other seasons.

The bag limit is one turkey, of either sex. Hunters who took a turkey in the 2014 fall season may not harvest any in the winter. Hunting hours are one half-hour before sunrise to one half-hour after sunset. Weapons are limited to shotguns loaded with #4 shot or smaller. Crossbows or vertical bows are also legal. Harvest reporting requirements are the same as other turkey seasons. Hunters may check-in their harvests via phone, internet or mobile device with the AccessDNR app.

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From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources - West Virginia Hunters Harvest 2,385 Black Bears in 2014

Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.  Applications for the limited bear firearms season in 17 counties must be submitted by Aug. 18, 2014. South Charleston, West Virginia – West Virginia hunters harvested 2,385 black bears during the combined 2014 archery and firearms seasons, according to Colin Carpenter, Black Bear Project Leader for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. The preliminary harvest data for the combined 2014 seasons were 11 percent lower than the 2013 harvest of 2,692 bears. The black bear harvest of 2014 marks the fifth time in five years that the harvest has topped 2,000 and is tied for the third highest harvest on record.

"Mast conditions in 2014 helped some hunters and hurt others," said Carpenter. "The 2014 Mast Survey and Hunting Outlook documented vastly improved oak mast conditions over 2013. Historically, abundant oak mast has led to a decreased archery harvest and an increased December firearms harvest, and that scenario held true in 2014... more on West Virginia's 2014 black bear hunting season ...

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