From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources - Early Bear Gun Seasons to Open Sept. 18 and Oct. 4 in selected counties

Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce Hunters have until Sept. 26 to apply for a permit allowing them to hunt black bear in select counties concurrent with the traditional buck-gun season Nov. 24-26, 2014. South Charleston, West Virginia - Hunters are reminded that a bear season with or without the use of dogs will take place in all or parts of 16 counties Sept. 18–20 and all of eight counties Oct. 4-10.

The counties or parts of counties open to bear hunting with or without dogs from Sept. 18–20 include: Barbour (east of state Route 92), Braxton (east of I–79), Clay (south of Elk River), Grant, Greenbrier, Hardy, Mineral (west of New Creek), Monroe (east of U.S. Route 219), Nicholas, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Preston, Randolph, Tucker, Upshur (east of state Route 20), and Webster. 

The counties open for bear hunting with or without dogs Oct. 4-10 include; Boone, Fayette, Kanawha, Logan, McDowell, Mingo, Raleigh and Wyoming.

"Counties that will be open for early bear hunting are above their management objective and need additional bears to be harvested to achieve their goal,"... More about Bear Hunting Season in West Virginia ...

From the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection - Early Fall Bow Deer Season Opens in Certain Zones September 13

Statewide Season Kicks Off October 4

Bow hunting image from American Hunter magazine Trenton, New Jersey - The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife reminds bow hunters the 2014 New Jersey Fall Bow Deer Season opens on Saturday, September 13 in certain zones. After the early opener, the statewide season kicks off on Saturday, October 4 and runs through October 31. Permit bow season then starts up on November 1; permits are now on sale online and at license agents.

Bow Season Reminders

The Automated Harvest Report System (AHRS) is to be used for reporting deer during all deer hunting seasons... more on bow hunting in New Jersey ...


Rocky Mountain bighorn rams in New Mexico's high country - photo from New Mexico Game Commission website Santa Fe, New Mexico - The New Mexico Game Commission adopted new rules Aug. 28 that will provide hunters planning to enter the public drawings for 2015-season bighorn sheep licenses in New Mexico with more opportunities and more choices than ever.

Beginning next year, the department estimates it will make 36 bighorn ram licenses available in the annual public drawing, an all-time high. Sixteen of those licenses will be for Rocky Mountain bighorn rams. Twenty will be for desert bighorn rams, a remarkable increase from only one desert bighorn license issued in 2011.

The increased licenses are thanks to successful reintroduction and management efforts by the Department of Game and Fish... find out more about Bighorn Sheep hunting in New Mexico ...

From the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources - Take a young person duck hunting

Young hunters will have the marshes all to themselves on Sept. 20. That’s the day Utah hosts its annual Youth Waterfowl Hunt.
Young hunters will have the marshes all to themselves for Utah's annual Youth Waterfowl Hunt. Photo by Keith Fullenkamp
Salt Lake City, Utah - Hunters 15 years of age and younger will have Utah's marshes — and the ducks and geese that go with them — all to themselves on Sept. 20.

That's the day Utah hosts its annual Youth Waterfowl Hunt.

And this year, even young people who haven't completed a Hunter Education course can participate through a new program offered in Utah.

The state's Trial Hunting program allows someone 21 years of age or older to take a person 12 to 15 years old hunting, even if the 12- to 15-year-old hasn't completed Hunter Education.

See more information about the Trial Hunting program.

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From the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation - DEC Announces Early Bear Hunting Seasons to Begin

Black bear image from the New York Department of Environmental Conservation website

Bear Hunting Seasons Begin September 6 in Portions of Southeastern New York and September 13 in Northern New York

Albany, New York - Under Governor Cuomo's NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens today announced that the new 2014 early bear hunting seasons open at sunrise on Saturday, September 6, in portions of New York's southern zone and Saturday, September 13, in the northern zone.

"Early black bear hunting seasons are an important tool for managers to control bear populations, and beginning Saturday, hunters will have a new opportunity to pursue bears in portions of the Catskills and western Hudson Valley," said Commissioner Martens. "Opening these early seasons demonstrates Governor Cuomo's commitment to increasing hunting opportunities here in New York State for sportsmen and women."

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From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - Enjoy fall, hunt grouse this year; season opens Sept. 13

St. Paul, Minnesota - Shake, Rattle & Dance VIII Picture yourself walking on a trail through stands of young aspen trees with blazing yellow leaves overhead. The fall air is crisp. Shotgun in hand, you’re enjoying a hike while hunting grouse – Minnesota’s most popular game bird.  

Something akin to this scene will soon be reality for the nearly 100,000 grouse hunters in Minnesota. The season for ruffed and spruce grouse runs from Saturday, Sept. 13, until Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015; and for sharp-tailed grouse from Sept. 13 to Sunday, Nov. 30.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico – Hunting seasons opened Sept. 1 in New Mexico for doves, grouse, squirrels and band-tailed pigeons, with some rule changes that provide more hunting opportunities.

Beginning this year, .177 caliber or larger pellet guns are among the legal sporting arms for Eurasian collared doves, dusky grouse and squirrels. The State Game Commission approved the change Aug. 28 to give hunters more opportunities to bag those species, partly due to the ongoing shortage of .22-caliber ammunition.

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Keep up with the latest on North America's favorite big game animal - the whitetail deer is proud to launch 'Whitetail Week' In addition to prepping for the fall hunting season, our trusty staff over at American Hunter magazine is on the verge of unleashing the premier issue of their online-only Whitetail Week ... launches 'Whitetail Week' is proud to launch "Whitetail Week," a new online-only initiative designed to deliver as much content as possible about North America's favorite game animal.

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From the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife - Apply now for quota deer, small game, waterfowl and bear hunts

Battling deer from NRA's American Hunter magazine Frankfort, Kentucky – Hunters may apply throughout September for a variety of quota hunts in Kentucky.

Quota hunts help manage hunting pressure on popular public areas by limiting numbers. The deadline to apply for these opportunities is midnight (Central time) Sept. 30.

Applications for quota deer, small game and waterfowl hunts at state wildlife management areas and other public lands may be submitted online at or by calling 1-877-598-2401. Applications and lists of available quota hunts are available on the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ website by clicking the “hunt” tab.

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