From the Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Bear license drawing results posted; leftover licenses on sale in July

Samantha Virk hunting bears in Alaska Lansing, Michigan - The Department of Natural Resources announced that results of the 2014 bear hunting license drawing have been posted at www.michigan.gov/huntdrawings. A total of 7,831 bear licenses were available during the bear application period (May 1 - June 1).

A total of 267 leftover bear licenses are available in the Bergland Management Unit (Sept. 25 - Oct. 26) and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis as follows:

  • Holders of Lifetime Comprehensive Licenses, who were not selected in the drawing, may purchase a leftover license beginning at 10 a.m. (EDT) Monday, July 7.

  • Unsuccessful applicants may purchase a leftover license beginning at 10 a.m. (EDT) Monday, July 14.

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From the California Department of Fish and Wildlife - CDFW To Hold Public Workshop on Lead Bullet Ban Implementation

Bullets ready for an NRA Day Sacramento, California - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will hold a public workshop Saturday, July 19 to discuss the implementation of the lead bullet ban. The workshop will be held at the Community Room at City Hall, 777 Cypress Ave. in Redding from 7-8:30p.m.

A CDFW representative will detail a proposed implementation plan, the PowerPoint is available on the CDFW website. Following the short presentation, interested parties can make comments and provide input that will help shape CDFW’s final recommendation to the Fish and Game Commission, which CDFW anticipates presenting at the Commission’s meeting in Sacramento in September.

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From the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation - DEC Announces Proposed Rule Changes To Implement New Crossbow Hunting Law

Public Comments Accepted Through July 21

Crossbow brought by Smith Elite at the POMA Media Day in Columbia, South Carolina

Albany, New York - With new state legislation authorizing the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to allow taking of big game (deer and bear) or small game by the use of a crossbow at certain times and places in New York, DEC is now accepting public comment on proposed regulation changes so crossbows may be a legal implement for the fall 2014 hunting seasons. DEC will accept written public comment on the proposed hunting rule changes through July 21, 2014.

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From the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish - Leftover deer, javelina licenses go on sale online at 10 A.M. June 25

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

Santa Fe, New Mexico - Thousands of leftover deer and javelina draw licenses will go on sale online at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 25. To purchase a license, customers will need to log in to their Online License System account at https://onlinesales.wildlife.state.nm.us/

Licenses will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis to New Mexico residents only for the first 24 hours. The sale will be opened to everyone, regardless of residency, at 10 a.m. June 26

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From the Wyoming Game & Fish DepartmentApplication Process for G&F Hunter Management Area Permission Slips Goes Online - Bison now Included

Wyoming bison hunt goes well Green River, Wyoming - Hunters who have obtained a license in one of the hunt areas where there is also access through the Game and Fish Hunter Management Area (HMA) program can start obtaining permission slips for a number of these areas beginning July 14.

Anyone interested in hunting on a HMA must have a permission slip prior to accessing the area. Some HMAs are limited in the number of permission slips. In areas where permission slips are limited, permission slips are issued either on a first-come, first-serve basis or through a random drawing. The Game and Fish website explains the issuance method for slips in the various HMA areas.

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From the Pennsylvania Game Commission - Ticket discounts await hunters, trappers

Outdoors Night at the Harrisburg Senators promises summertime fun, at a savings.

Outdoors Night at the Harrisburg Senators Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - The fall hunting seasons are a long way off.

So what in the meantime might serve substitute for a string of decoys on the Susquehanna? How about the Akron Rubber Ducks coming to City Island to take on the Harrisburg Senators.

The baseball game to be played Friday, June 20 is part of Outdoors Night at Metro Bank Park, which provides discounted ticket opportunities for licensed Pennsylvania hunters and furtakers, and loads of outdoors-themed activities including archery instruction and shooting simulators.

Outdoors Night is a partnership between the Harrisburg Senators and the Pennsylvania Game Commission. In addition to ticket discounts and festivities, the first 1,000 children ages 12 and under to walk through the Metro Bank Park gates will receive a free Game Commission baseball cap.

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From the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism - Hunters invited to apply for 2014-2015 Special Hunts July 12

Hunters can apply for access to exclusive hunting areas statewide online at ksoutdoors.com

Hunters can apply for access to exclusive Kansas hunting areas statewide online at ksoutdoors.com Pratt, Kansas - The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism invites hunters to apply online for 2014-2015 special hunts for the fall and winter season. Applications can be made as early as July 12 by visiting ksoutdoors.com and clicking “Hunting/Special Hunts Information.” Drawings will take place August 11 for September and October hunts, and September 29 for hunts taking place October through January. 

The special hunting access gained through this program tends to mean a higher quality hunt and potentially greater harvest rates for successful applicants, but just like with any other outdoor activity, nothing is guaranteed.

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From the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission - 2014 Deer hunting season finalized; proposes changes to turkey, antelope & goose season

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission logo Pierre, South Dakota - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized all 2014 deer hunting seasons at their June meeting in Yankton.  The most notable change from last year will be the reduction in the number of licenses and tags available to hunters. 

The West River firearm season will have a 17 percent reduction in licenses and a 56 percent reduction in tags, while the East River firearm season has a reduction of 22 percent in licenses and a 41 percent reduction in tags.

“These adjustments are intended to increase the deer population in areas where populations are below desirable management levels,” said Tom Kirschenmann, chief administrator of wildlife.

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From the Wyoming Game and Fish Department - Drawings Held for Resident Elk, and Resident and Nonresident Deer and Antelope Licenses

Kyle, a 16 year old from South Carolina, was able to fulfill his dream of harvesting a bull elk this fall. Born with spina bifida, Kyle is bound to a wheel chair, but it hasn't slowed him down or tampered his outdoor spirit - from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department Facebook page Cheyenne, Wyoming - The 2014 drawings for resident elk and resident and nonresident deer and antelope licenses are now in the books and hunters can check their results on the Game and Fish website wgfd.wyo.gov or by calling (307) 777-4600.

Refund warrants for those unsuccessful in the drawings will be mailed in the next several weeks followed by the licenses mailings for those who were successful in the drawings.

As is usually the case, a number of areas have licenses remaining. A total of 5,886 full price antelope licenses are available along with 6,504 reduced price doe/fawn antelope licenses... Find out more about the results of Wyoming's elk, deer, and antelope drawing ...

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