From the Alaska Department of Fish and Game - Winter Nelchina Caribou Hunts Open October 21, 2014

Nelchina caribou winter hunts open on October 21 - image courtesy of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website Glennallen, Alaska – The Nelchina caribou winter hunts in Game Management Unit 13 (CC001, RC566, and DC480-483) will open on October 21, with a winter quota of 600 caribou (300 bulls and 300 cows). The new quota represents an increase in the number of bulls that can be taken under the state’s hunting season..

The decision to increase in the bull quota was based on a survey conducted last week, which found that the herd was still above the objective for bulls after the fall hunting season closed and a large proportion of calves had survived to the fall..

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From the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation - Youth Deer Gun Season Kicks Off Friday

Mom points out a potential target to her daughter from their stand during Youth Deer Gun Season. Youth hunters 17 and younger will have the first shot to harvest a deer with a firearm during this season from Oct. 17-19, 2014 Oct. 17 is the day many young hunters are awaiting. That Friday will be opening day for this year's three-day youth deer gun season for hunters 17 and younger.

"This year's youth deer gun season has the potential to be a great one," said Erik Bartholomew, big-game biologist with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. The fact that this season happens earlier in the year than other seasons is often a benefit for youth hunters.

"The youth deer gun season is set up so that kids can have a good time in the field. Deer are still in their summer feeding routines and are easy to pattern. And temperatures in October tend to be mild, and that makes for a more comfortable hunt," he said. 

"Since the deer aren't moving as much as they would be during the rut, the kids should have a good chance to set up on a known area and get an opportunity to harvest a deer."

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The Gray Lady tackles bear problem in New Jersey and New York

2013 George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest Category III Second Place recipient Liam Jeanette New York Times reporter Lisa Foderaro looks at the change in attitude when it comes to bear hunting in New York and New Jersey ...

Trying to Lure Hunters as Bears Get Too Close

Newton, New Jersey - State wildlife officials here are trying to get the word out: Bear tastes good.

Hunters who bring in a bear to be weighed when the season starts in December will even receive a cookbook with recipes like “bear satay on a stick” and “grilled bear loin with brown sugar paste.”

“It’s tasty,” Kelcey Burguess, the bear project leader and principal biologist for the state’s Division of Fish and Wildlife, said of the meat. “It tastes like beef. I like cooking the ribs slowly.”

The object is not really to get more people to cook bear; it is to get more people to shoot one.

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From the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation - New York Is Open for Hunting

Morgan Roberts, Age 15 on the Youth Deer Hunt 2013

Premiere Locations Abound Across the State as October Hunting Seasons in Full Swing

Excellent Opportunities on Long Island Open Up in November

Albany, New York - New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens today reminded New York's hunting and trapping community that many game specie seasons are open or will start in the coming weeks and that excellent hunting and trapping opportunities are available across New York.

Hunting and trapping are important management tools for several species, including deer, bear, beaver and Canada geese. These activities also provide significant benefits to New York's economy, especially in rural areas. Sales of sporting licenses, hunting equipment and accessories of all kinds, and expenditures for travel to hunting locations provide tens of millions of dollars annually for wildlife conservation programs in New York and contribute significantly to state and local economies. A recent national survey estimated that hunter expenditures on equipment and trip-related expenses in New York totaled more than $1.5 billion in 2011.

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From the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks - Hunters Against Hunger: Donate Big Game for Hungry Montanans

Helena, Montana - "A Montana law passed during the 2013 state session allows individuals to make a contribution that will help nonprofit groups process donated wild game for free distribution by Montana Food Bank Network to help feed people in need," said Ron Aasheim, spokesman for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks in Helena.  The law came into effect when Montana State Senator Kendall Van Dyk sponsored SB123 which passed to become 87-1-293 http://leg.mt.gov/bills/mca/87/1/87-1-293.htm

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From the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission - Commission adopts big game regulations and plan to hire new director

Linda Marr Medford, Oregon - The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission today adopted the 2015 Oregon Big Game Regulations, which includes increasing the statewide cougar quota. 

Major changes include several modifications to archery season regulations as a result of the recent Archery Review Public Advisory Committee process, including:

  • Adding three controlled archery deer hunts in Walla Walla, Mount Emily and Wenaha units, and removal of the requirement to have a controlled elk archery tag to deer hunt. The tag will also be valid during the general archery season.
  • Adding a new November controlled archery white-tailed deer hunt in the Wenaha unit (estimate 30 tags, will be the hunters only archery deer opportunity).
  • Severing the link between archery deer and elk tags in Sled Springs, Chesnimnus, Maury, and Warner units, meaning an archery elk tag will no longer be required to hunt deer.
  • Adding new Maury and Warner unit controlled archery elk hunts. Tags will also be valid during the general archery season.
  • Returning Sled Springs, Chesnimnus, and Steens Mountain units to the general archery deer season.

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Affordable, hunting and fishing getaways you'll never forget

NRA Outdoors Hunting & Fishing Destinations

Fairfax, Virginia - Looking for the adventure of a lifetime? NRA Outdoors, longtime NRA partner, has been officially brought in-house to help provide cost-effective outdoor excursions and long range marksmanship training to NRA members around the world.

Previously a NRA affinity partner, NRA Outdoors has been brought in-house to complement the organization’s existing hunter-oriented services, including the Women’s Wilderness Escape, hunter clinic instructor program, Youth Hunter Education Challenge, and hunter education classes.

NRA Outdoors has built relationships with outfitters throughout the world and maintains an extensive catalog of hunting and fishing trips featuring information on amenities, success rates, personnel, trophy photo, gear lists, and more.

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From the Maryland Department of Natural Resources - Early Muzzleloader Deer Season to Open October 16

Deer in a field The first segment of Maryland’s muzzleloader deer season opens on October 16. This season serves as one of many that the Maryland Department of Natural Resources offers from September to January each year to manage deer populations, and provide hunters with recreation and food. Annapolis, Maryland - The early muzzleloader season will run from October 16-18 in Deer Management Regions A and B. Region A consists of Garrett, Allegany and western Washington counties (private land codes 250 & 251) and Region B is the rest of the State. Also in Region B, hunters can harvest antlerless-only deer from October 20-25.  

As a reminder, there is a statewide bag limit for antlered deer (bucks) of one per weapon season (i.e., bow, muzzleloader and firearm seasons). Hunters in Region B have the option to take one additional bonus buck after purchasing a Bonus Antlered Deer Stamp and taking two antlerless deer. The antlerless bag limits differ between the two Deer Management Regions

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Pheasant - from the Minnesota DA website

From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - Worthington to host 2014 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener

Worthington, Minnesota - The southwestern Minnesota city of Worthington will host the 2014 Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener on Friday, Oct. 10 and Saturday, Oct. 11.

“This event will showcase the Worthington area as a hunting community,” said Scott Rall, a member of the event committee. “We appreciate the impact hunters have on our economy and have worked hard to build great public hunting in the area.”

Rall pointed out that there are 12,900 acres of public hunting land within 20 miles of Worthington.  “We are very hunter friendly,” he said.  “It’s part of who we are and what we do.”

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