From the Arizona Game and Fish Department - New rule allows transfer of big game tags to disabled military veterans

Hunting for Heroes helping disabled Law OfficersPhoenix, Arizona - Hunters who won’t be able to use their upcoming Arizona big game hunt permit-tag now have the option of transferring that tag to qualified 501(c)(3) organizations that provide hunting opportunities to veterans with service-related disabilities. The new tag transfer option is the result of legislation sponsored by Representative Frank Pratt (District-8) that went into effect in July.

A tag transfer to a disabled veteran’s 501(c)(3) organization requires a big game tag transfer affidavit of voluntary donation and the tag. Contact the individual 501(c)(3) organization to obtain the transfer affidavit. A list of qualified organizations can be found at www.azgfd.gov/h_f/hunting.shtml (scroll about two-thirds down the page to the tag transfer information). The Arizona Game and Fish Department is unable to reimburse bonus points for transferred tags.

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From the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources - All-time antler records update now available on DNR website

Row of mounted deer heads Columbia, South Carolina - The complete listing of South Carolina’s antler records is now available to the public online.

Although summary information has been available annually, this is only the fifth time that the complete listing of all antler records has been available since 1998, according to Charles Ruth, Deer and Wild Turkey Program Coordinator for DNR.

The South Carolina white-tailed deer Antler Records Program was initiated in the spring of 1974 and since that time, 6,389 sets of antlers (6,147 typical and 242 non-typical) have been officially entered into the list. Initially, scoring sessions were only conducted a few times each spring but, since 1987 antler scoring sessions have been scheduled throughout the state with approximately 12 sessions occurring annually... find out more about South Carolina's all-time antler records program ...

From the California Department of Fish and Wildlife - Nonprofit Groups Can Raise Funds With California Hunting Tags

California Department of Fish and WildlifeSacramento, California - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) invites nonprofit organizations to help wildlife by auctioning big game hunting license tags for the 2015-16 season.

There will be 12 or 13 of these special fundraising tags reserved for 501(c)(3) nonprofit groups to sell, which will allow the highest bidder to hunt bighorn sheep, deer, elk and pronghorn antelope in California. Nonprofit organizations compete for a chance to auction these special fundraising tags, which hunters can only buy through such auctions.

Organizations that have previously applied or expressed interest in future opportunities to sell these tags have been notified by email. The possibility of winning such a rare prize attracts bidders to the groups’ fundraising events, which helps them raise more money for their organizations.

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From the Utah Division of Wildlife ResourcesApproved bobcat hunting changes

Cougar hunting rules also approved

Hunters and trappers will have more chances to take bobcats in Utah this season.
Hunters & trappers will have more chances to take bobcats in Utah - Photo courtesy of Gary Kramer & the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Salt Lake City, Utah - At their Aug. 28 meeting, members of the Utah Wildlife Board approved a recommendation to allow an individual hunter or trapper to obtain up to six bobcat permits.

During the 2013–2014 season, each trapper or hunter could not obtain more than three bobcat permits. Also, during the 2013–2014 season, not more than 4,600 hunters and trappers were allowed to participate. This season, there's no limit on the number of hunters and trappers who can purchase up to six permits each.

Board members also approved cougar hunting rules at the meeting. The rules that were approved should result in hunters taking about the same number of cougars this season as were taken in Utah during the 2013–2014 season.

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From the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation - DEC Finalizes Rule Changes to Implement New Crossbow Hunting Law

New Regulations Now in Effect for Fall 2014

American Hunter's Karen Mehall takes aim with a crossbow Albany, New York - The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has adopted final regulation changes to ensure that the crossbow is a legal implement for the fall 2014 hunting seasons, Commission Joe Martens announced today. These regulations are adopted under new state law which authorizes DEC to allow big game (deer and bear) and small game hunting with a crossbow under certain conditions.

"The new law that authorizes the use of crossbows for hunting demonstrates Governor Cuomo's commitment to increasing hunting opportunities here in New York State," said Commissioner Martens. "Crossbow hunting is growing across the country and the new law expands the opportunities for hunters to use crossbows when hunting in New York."

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From the Wyoming Game & Fish Department - Upland Bird Hunters Made Aware of Daily bag limit and possession limit for blue and ruffed grouse has been eliminated - from the Wyoming Game & Fish Department websiteNew Regulations for Blue and Ruffed Grouse

Green River, Wyoming - With the Sept.1 opener for many upland game species right around the corner, bird hunters are alerted there are some significant changes in the hunting regulations for this fall.

The combined daily bag limit and possession limit for blue and ruffed grouse that has been in place for a number of years has been eliminated and upland game bird hunters will be allowed to take a daily bag limit of three blue grouse and a daily bag limit of three ruffed grouse. The possession limit for each species will be nine.

Now that hunters are allowed to take separate daily bag limits of blue grouse, ruffed grouse, chukar partridge, gray (Hungarian) partridge or sharp-tailed grouse, hunters will need to retain evidence of species on all game birds in their possession while in the field. The new regulation states that, excluding pheasants... more on Wyoming limits on Blue and Ruffed Grouse ...

NRA Freedom Fridays and NRA Country Celebrate Second Seasons on Pursuit Channel

NRA Freedom Fridays and NRA Country Celebrate Second Seasons on Pursuit Channel Glenwood, Alabama - Cancel you plans for Friday nights and Sunday afternoons as the National Rifle Association continues their relationship with the Pursuit Channel by launching another round of NRA Freedom Fridays (presented by Cheaper Than Dirt!) and NRA Country Sundays. These high-value content blocks promise to promote, strengthen and perpetuate America’s traditional outdoors lifestyles.

Starting at 8:00 p.m. EST and concluding at midnight, “NRA Freedom Fridays presented by Cheaper Than Dirt!” features: Trigger Time, American Airgunner, ATSN: Stop the Threat, Gun Talk TV, Doug Koenig’s Championship Season, Guns & Gear TV and 3 Gun Nation.

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From the Iowa Department of Natural Resources - Iowa Receives $3 Million for Habitat and Hunter Access Program

Iowa Habitat and Access Program Des Moines, Iowa - Landowners and hunters will benefit from a recent announcement that Iowa will receive $3 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to expand the Iowa Habitat and Access Program (IHAP). The announcement came from U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in August as part of a $20 million allocation to 10 states.

The DNR’s Iowa Habitat and Access Program provides landowners with financial assistance to improve habitat. In return, participating landowners agree to open those lands for public hunting.

According to Kelly Smith, private lands program coordinator, the DNR will use the grant to enhance 22,000 acres with improvements such as grass seeding, tree and shrub plantings, food plots, timber stand improvements and wetland restorations.

“We’ve seen growing demand by hunters for more public access, and by landowners for more habitat improvement opportunities,” said Smith. “This grant will more than triple the number of acres enrolled in the program.”

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From the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission - Dove Hunting Season Starts Monday, Sept. 1

Dove hunting season opens Monday, Sept. 1 - from the NCWildlife.org website RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 26, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission reminds hunters that the dove hunting season opens Monday, Sept. 1, and to be safe throughout the season for these popular game birds.

Shooting hours are half-hour before sunrise to sunset for the entire season, including opening day. The 2014-15 season for mourning and white-winged dove is Sept. 1 – Oct. 11 and Nov. 27 – Jan. 15. Daily bag limit is 15 and possession limit is 45.

“Opening day is a Monday, not a traditional Saturday,” said Kate Pipkin, Wildlife Commission rules biologist. “Although many hunters prefer the season to open the Saturday prior to Labor Day, federal guidelines do not allow states to open migratory game bird seasons prior to Sept. 1. Rather than wait until Sept. 6, which is the first Saturday after Labor Day, the Wildlife Commission went with the earliest possible date allowed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.”

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