From the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources - New crossbow deer hunting season will be offered in 2014

DNR staff encourage hunters to participate in interactive chats

Crossbow hunting Madison, Wisconsin - With some major rule changes coming for this year's deer hunting season, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has created a number of resources to help make sure hunters are ready for another great deer season.

New in 2014, a crossbow deer hunting license is available for any qualified hunter to purchase. Previously, only disabled hunters could use a crossbow under the authority of an archer license.

The crossbow deer hunting season will run concurrent with the regular archer season. During open firearm seasons, a gun deer license will authorize bow and crossbow use... find out more about crossbow deer hunting in Wisconsin ...

From the Maryland Department of Natural Resources - DNR Announces Blind Site Licensing Dates and Locations

DNR Announces Blind Site Licensing Dates and LocationsAnnapolis, Maryland - Waterfowl hunters may apply to receive their blind site licenses for the 2014-2015 hunting season starting August 5. A lottery for the opportunity to choose blind sites will occur at the locations listed below. Dates and instructions are as follows:

  • August 5 from 7:30 to 8 a.m. at all locations listed below. Individuals arriving after 8 a.m. will not be eligible for the lottery drawing and will have to wait until all applicants have selected a site. The drawing will start at approximately 8:30 a.m. Once selected, applicants have eight minutes to select their blind sites; no more than two sites per applicant may be selected per day. Licensing will end at 4:30 p.m. and resume the following day.
  • August 6 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. licensing will be held at all DNR Service Centers and offices as listed.  
  • August 7 and thereafter, the centers will operate on normal business hours.

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From the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - Application Period Deadline Nearing for 2014 WMA Big Game Quota Hunts

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Nashville, Tennessee -  The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is announcing that the application deadline is nearing for the 2014 Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Big Game Quota Hunts, the regular elk, youth elk, and WMA youth hunts. Entries must be submitted before midnight (CDT) on Wednesday, July 23.

The WMA hunting instruction sheet lists locations and dates for each of the quota hunts along with drawing rules and regulations. Instruction sheets can be obtained and applications made for the hunts at any TWRA license agent, TWRA regional office or online at the TWRA website, www.tnwildlife.org. Mailed instruction sheets will not be processed into the drawing system.

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From Gamo Outdoor USA - Shawn Michaels & Keith Mark from “MacMillan River Adventures” TV Show renews partnership with GAMO OUTDOOR USA

Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Gamo Outdoor USA (www.gamousa.com), the leading manufacturer of high quality air guns and laser designators has announced the renewal of the sponsorship agreement with Shawn Michaels “MacMillan River Adventures” (www.mrahunting.com), an award-winning television series airing on The Outdoor Channel.

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From the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - TPWD Online Public Hunt Drawing System Now Live

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s new online-only Public Hunt Drawing System Austin, Texas - Hunters applying for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s drawn public hunts can now take advantage of the new online-only Public Hunt Drawing System.

The new online-only system is currently accepting applications for 2014-15 Drawn Hunts, including Special Permit hunts, E-Postcard hunts, and US Forest Service Antlerless Deer Permits. For the first time, the entire process is being handled electronically — from applications, to fee payments and permit issuance. “Applications for Drawings on Public Hunting Lands” booklets, application forms and permits will no longer be printed and mailed out. Hunt options can be browsed online by category or by area using an interactive map. A downloadable PDF of the 2014-15 Drawn Hunt Catalog is also available online.

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From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources - Applications available for 2014 antlerless deer season limited permit areas

SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Applications for the 2014 Antlerless Deer Season are available at West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) district offices and the DNR Elkins and South Charleston offices. These applications also may be downloaded from the DNR's Web page at www.wvdnr.gov.

"These limited permit areas provide antlerless deer hunting opportunities in counties or areas of the state where wildlife biologists have determined that limited numbers of antlerless deer permits are necessary to meet management objectives," said Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the DNR Wildlife Resources Section.

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From the Nevada Department of Wildlife - Applications Due for Dove Hunt at Overton WMA

Nevada Department of Wildlife Logo Reno, Nevada - Opening day of the 2014 mourning dove season is still two months away, but those hunters who would like to spend opening day and the first weekend of the season at the Overton Wildlife Management Area (OWMA) have only until July 9 to submit their reservation applications for those days.

Applications must be received at the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) Headquarters Office in Reno, 1100 Valley Rd., Reno, NV 89512 no later than 5 p.m., July 9, and must be delivered only through a postal service. A public drawing will be conducted at 10 a.m., July 30 at that same location. Only complete and legible applications will be included in the reservation drawing, and successful applicants will receive their confirmation by return mail.

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From the Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Bear license drawing results posted; leftover licenses on sale in July

Samantha Virk hunting bears in Alaska Lansing, Michigan - The Department of Natural Resources announced that results of the 2014 bear hunting license drawing have been posted at www.michigan.gov/huntdrawings. A total of 7,831 bear licenses were available during the bear application period (May 1 - June 1).

A total of 267 leftover bear licenses are available in the Bergland Management Unit (Sept. 25 - Oct. 26) and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis as follows:

  • Holders of Lifetime Comprehensive Licenses, who were not selected in the drawing, may purchase a leftover license beginning at 10 a.m. (EDT) Monday, July 7.

  • Unsuccessful applicants may purchase a leftover license beginning at 10 a.m. (EDT) Monday, July 14.

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From the California Department of Fish and Wildlife - CDFW To Hold Public Workshop on Lead Bullet Ban Implementation

Bullets ready for an NRA Day Sacramento, California - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will hold a public workshop Saturday, July 19 to discuss the implementation of the lead bullet ban. The workshop will be held at the Community Room at City Hall, 777 Cypress Ave. in Redding from 7-8:30p.m.

A CDFW representative will detail a proposed implementation plan, the PowerPoint is available on the CDFW website. Following the short presentation, interested parties can make comments and provide input that will help shape CDFW’s final recommendation to the Fish and Game Commission, which CDFW anticipates presenting at the Commission’s meeting in Sacramento in September.

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