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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From Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks - Hunters Reminded To Have Horses Inspected

Mia Anstine heading out for a hunt on horseback

Helena, Montana - Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the Montana Department of Livestock remind hunters that horses are required to have a brand inspection before crossing county lines.

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Sometimes the best laid hunting plans fall victim to the environment and fate

Shawn Skipper with his elk - image from American Hunter magazine Shawn Skipper gets more than he bargained for during his Utah elk hunt ...

Out of the Hole
Battling bad luck, a broken truck and the flu, the author relies on sheer grit when chasing elk up and down a foreboding Utah landscape.

Elk can bark. Wait, elk can bark? Why didn’t anyone tell me elk can bark? These are barking—at me. Is that good? That can’t be good. There’s no way that’s good.

Do I bark back?

And so went my thoughts as I sat crouched in the snow some 300 yards away from the herd we’d spent hours stalking. The herd that hid the one thing I’d traveled so many miles and scaled so many steep, snowy inclines to find: a bull.

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From the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control - Special waterfowl, deer and turkey hunting days for youth, disabled hunters announced

deer image provided by the DNREC website Dover, Delaware – To promote and provide additional hunting opportunities, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has designated four Saturdays as special waterfowl, deer, and turkey hunting days for youth hunters ages 10 to 15 on both public and private lands statewide. Non-ambulatory disabled hunters can also take advantage of these additional hunting opportunities on the deer and turkey dates, but not waterfowl, per federal requirements.

Mark your calendars for these dates:

  • Saturday, Oct. 4Waterfowl hunting day for youth
  • Saturday, Nov. 1Deer hunting day for youth and non-ambulatory disabled hunters
  • Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015Second waterfowl hunting day for youth
  • Saturday, April 4, 2015Wild turkey hunting day for youth and non-ambulatory disabled hunters

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From the Pennsylvania Game CommissionSTATEWIDE ARCHERY SEASON BEGINS OCT. 4

Pennsylvania Game Commission wishes bowhunters safe days afield.

Deer hunting opens in Pennsylvania - image from the Pennsylvania Game Commission website

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - Archers can hunt for antlered or antlerless deer from Oct. 4 to Nov. 15, and during the late archery deer season, which runs from Dec. 26 to Jan. 10.

This is a statewide season, however, as announced previously, all hunting and trapping seasons, including the statewide archery season, have been temporarily closed within seven townships in Pike and Monroe counties. Details of the closure are available in Oct. 1 news release (Release #85-14) available at the Game Commission’s website.

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