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From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources - Buck and Antlerless Gun Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources West Virginia's buck and antlerless gun seasons open Nov. 24, 2014.Seasons Open Nov. 24, 2014 Additional Buck Stamp (Class RG & RRG) must be purchased prior to Nov. 24

South Charleston, West Virginia - As is traditional every Monday before Thanksgiving, West Virginia's two-week antlered (buck) firearm season begins Monday, Nov. 24, and continues through Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. The West Virginia's buck gun season provides a wealth of recreational opportunities for hunters and has a tremendous economic impact on the state's economy.

"Hunters should enjoy a great deer season in 2014," said Curtis I. Taylor, chief of the Wildlife Resources Section of the Division of Natural Resources (DNR). "Hunters can harvest an additional buck with the purchase of the appropriate stamp."

Resident hunters wanting the extra buck must purchase the Class RG stamp prior to the beginning of the season. The cost is $21. The RG stamp must be accompanied by a Class A and CS, A-L, AB-L, X, XS, XJ, AH, AHJ or free license.

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From the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism - December 3 marks opening day of Firearm Deer Season

DEC. 3 MARKS OPENING DAY OF FIREARM DEER SEASON

Hunters may pursue deer with firearms through Dec. 14, 2014

Pratt, Kansas - As November comes to a close, it can only mean one thing - it’s time to break out your blaze orange clothing and sight-in your rifle because the Kansas firearm deer season is almost upon us. From Dec. 3-14, hunters may pursue deer with any legal equipment, including any centerfire rifle and handgun; any gauge shotgun using slugs; and a muzzleloading rifle, musket, or pistol .40 caliber or larger and archery equipment.

All permits are valid during the firearm season; however, unit, species, antlerless and equipment restrictions listed on the permit are in effect. In addition to their deer permit, all hunters, unless exempt by law, must also have a Kansas hunting license... more on this year's firearm deer season in Kansas ...

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From the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources - DWR launches hunting & fishing app

Salt Lake City, Utah - Utah.Gov, a leader in mobile and online technology, with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) recently launched a free Hunting and Fishing iPhone and Android app. The application gives Utah's outdoor enthusiasts the best information available on their mobile phones and helps them get the most out of their outdoor adventures. The application is Utah's mobile resource for wildlife events, licenses, permits, and communicating with the DWR for outdoor enthusiasts.

Greg Sheehan, director of the Division of Wildlife Resources, says the free app allows hunters, anglers and wildlife watchers to blend their outdoor adventures and the latest technology together, "The app makes it easier to obtain and display hunting and fishing licenses," Sheehan says. "It provides users with quick access to information that will help them in the field. We encourage you to download it, and give it a try."

The Utah DWR surveyed the current technology and looked for ways to provide a leading edge solution that would enhance the outdoor experience for hunters and anglers... more on Utah's new hunting & fishing app ...

From the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks - Mississippi’s Duck Season Starting Soon

A hunter and his duck - image from American Hunter magazine Jackson, Mississippi - Mississippi's duck hunting season opens Thursday, November 27, 2014. Many waterfowl hunters are anxiously waiting, due to record breeding population estimates last spring. However, hunters should remember that winter severity and local habitat availability also play a major role in how many ducks make their way to Mississippi.

The hunting season for ducks, mergansers, and coots will be November 27, 2014 - January 25, 2015. The duck daily bag limit is a total of six ducks, which may include four mallards (no more than two of which may be females), three wood ducks, three scaup, two redheads, two pintail, one canvasback, one mottled duck, and one black duck. The merganser daily bag limit is five mergansers, only two of which may be hooded mergansers... get the rest of the details about Mississippi's duck hunting season ...

From the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection - General Firearms Deer Season Begins November 19

DEEP Reminds Outdoor Enthusiasts to Be Safe

Whitetail deer - image from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection website
Hartford, Connecticut - Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today issued a safety reminder for outdoor enthusiasts as a variety of hunting seasons are currently underway – most notably the opening of the fall firearms deer season which begins on Wednesday, November 19. Specific deer hunting season information is available on the DEEP website at www.ct.gov/deep/hunting.
 
“This is a popular time for others to enjoy the many outdoor opportunities that our state has to offer, such as hiking and biking,” said DEEP Deputy Commissioner Susan Whalen. “Therefore, it is especially important for all outdoor users to respect the rights of others and be aware of all activities that may be occurring outdoors. Connecticut hunters have an excellent safety record and awareness on the part of all outdoor users can help in our efforts to keep hunting safe for everyone.”

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From the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - November 16 Is World Falconry Day

Texas red tailed hawk - image from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website Austin, Texas - Falconry associations worldwide, including members of the International Association for Falconry and Birds of Prey and the Texas Hawking Association, will be celebrating World Falconry Day November 16.

“The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas Hawking Association have been working together for 33 years to keep falconry vibrant in Texas,” says Steve Oleson, THA president.

Falconry, according to Oleson, is “a hunting tradition defined as ’taking quarry in its natural state and habitat by means of trained birds of prey.’”

State regulations provide the legal framework which allows individuals to practice falconry in the state. Texas law requires newly permitted falconers to serve a two-year apprenticeship, learning from a more experienced falconer... more on World Falconry Day in Texas ...

From the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control - Shotgun deer season opens clear and cold, A DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement officer checks a hunter’s shotgun and license in Kent County after a successful opening day and with success for many hunters

Dover, Delaware – After a night of rain and snow to the north, Friday’s opening day of Delaware’s shotgun deer season dawned cold and dry under clearing skies, drawing hopeful deer hunters from all over the state and from neighboring states as well. >By mid-morning, hunters were returning to their trucks, many of them hauling their harvest, while others strapped portable tree stands to their backs and toted their shotguns out of the field with a spring in their step, anticipating another day when they too would bring home a trophy buck or venison to the table.

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Years of deer hunting experience available for novice and veteran hunters alike

10 deer hunting tips to take to the bank Bill Winke takes the tricks of the trade he's learned along the way and shares them with American Hunter magazine ...

10 tips to take to the bank
It took the author a decade to learn these lessons about when, where and how to hunt and kill big bucks. Some of them may not be big news. But any number of them should reveal something for anyone.

1. Hunt the Best Three Days of the Season
There is no better time to be in a tree trying to shoot a mature buck than those two or three days when the first doe comes into estrus. This occurs sometime during the first week of November in most areas. Bucks will be cruising, and some of them will be big. This is what we think of as classic rut hunting. Unfortunately, if you miss this first two-day frenzy you miss your best chance of the season to shoot a mature buck. It becomes more a case of hit-or-miss after that.

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