From the Hawaiian Department of Land and Natural Resources - Archery Hunting to open in the Puuanalulu Game Management Area for 2015

Archery Hawaiian Pig Hunts from Hook You Up Hunts Feral Hawaiian Pig Hunts - photo courtesy of Hook You Up Outfitters

Hilo, Hawaii - The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife, announces the opening of archery hunting in the Hawaii Island Puuanahulu Game Management Area (GMA) beginning Sunday, March 1, 2015, and continuing on weekends and State Holidays through Sunday, June 28, 2015.   

Annual closure of the archery season in this GMA will be from July through February.  Season length, bag limits, and hunting areas are those established in Title 13, Chapter 123, “Rules Regulating Game Mammal Hunting.”  The following conditions and restrictions will apply for the hunt:

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From GAMO Outdoor USA - GAMO OUTDOOR USA BRINGS BACK THE “SQUIRREL MASTER CLASSIC

GAMO's 2015 Squirrel Master Classic

Fort Lauderdale, Florida,– Gamo Outdoor USA (www.gamooutdoorusa.com) in partnership with Buckmasters organization is bringing back the “sequel” of the highly successful, ratings breaker  Hunting event/TV show from 2014, the “Squirrel Master Classic” on its 2015 edition.

The “Squirrel Master Classic” is an outdoor event that started in 2014 and will be held each and every year with the “Best of the Best” in hunting across the nation. Gamo Prostaff participating includes hosts from Bone Collector, Shawn Michaels MRA Hunting, Jackie Bushman from Buckmasters, Doug Koenig from Doug Koenig Championship Season, the latest addition to Gamo’s Prostaff, the hosts of Hardcore TV show, and special appearance by  Chase Landry (Swamp People).

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From the Pennsylvania Game Commission - PENNSYLVANIA BEAR HARVEST IMPRESSIVE AGAIN IN 2014

Black bear image from American Hunter magazine

With the totals now official, the top seven harvests in state history all have occurred in the past decade.

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - It’s official: The trend of recent bear seasons taking their place in the Pennsylvania record books continues.

Pennsylvania hunters harvested a total of 3,366 bears in 2014, the seventh-highest tally in state history, the Pennsylvania Game Commission reported today.

With 2014 totals now official, the seven largest bear harvests all have occurred in the past decade.

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From the Ohio Department of Natural Resources - Ohio Hunters Check more than 175,000 Deer in 2014-2015

Whitetail deer image from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources website Columbus, Ohio - Ohio’s white-tailed deer archery season closed Sunday, Feb. 1, marking the end of Ohio’s 2014-2015 deer hunting season. Across the state, hunters checked a total of 175,745 deer during all 2014-2015 hunting seasons.

In the last few years, through increased deer harvests, dramatic strides have been made in many counties to approach acceptable populations. The effectiveness of these management efforts are reflected in the decreased number of deer checked this season. During the 2013-2014 hunting season, Ohio hunters checked 191,455 deer. Bag limits were reduced in 46 counties prior to the 2014-2015 deer hunting season, and antlerless permits were eliminated in 29 counties.

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From the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife - Nearly two-thirds of moose hunters successful in 2014

Maine Moose image from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife website Augusta, Maine - Despite brief warm spells during both the September and October moose seasons, 65% of all moose hunters harvested a moose last season.

With 3,095 moose permits issued, 2,022 hunters were successful in getting their moose. Hunter success rates varied throughout different regions of the state with over 80 percent of the hunters getting moose in Wildlife Management Districts 3 and 5 in Aroostook County and under 10 percent of hunters getting a moose in WMDs 23 and 25 in Waldo and Knox Counties.

The 65% success rate for hunters is lower than the 73% success rate for hunters in 2013.

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From the Hawaii Department of Land & Natural Resources - Feral goat, sheep control program update for Phase 2 of the Pu'u' Wa'awa'a Forest Reserve-Makai and Mauka sections

Feral Hawaiian Goat & Sheep Hunts from Hook You Up Hunts
Feral Hawaiian Goat and Sheep Hunts - photo courtesy of Hook You Up Outfitters
Hilo, Hawaii — The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) is implementing Phase 2 of ungulate control programs in the Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a (PWW) Forest Reserve, pursuant to Title 13, Chapter 123, “Rules Regulating Game Mammal Hunting,” §13-123-9, “Nuisance or crop damage.”  

The three programs that will take place will be as follows: PWW MAKAI ARCHERY, PWW MAKAI MUZZLELOADER, and PWW MAUKA TYPICAL RAM INCENTIVE.  These programs will be conducted on weekends only, beginning February 7, 2015 and ending March 15, 2015.  

Hunters were selected for permit assignments for the PWW Makai Muzzleloader and the PWW Mauka Typical Ram Incentive programs through random lottery drawings held on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 at the DLNR Hunter Education Building in Kamuela, HI. Results of these drawings are available online at http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/dofaw.

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From the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife - Hunters post Kentucky’s second-highest deer harvest on record

Deer image form the American Hunter website Frankfort, Kentucky - After two seasons of record harvests, Kentucky’s deer hunters kept the pace up this past season.

The 2014-15 season closed on Jan. 19 with 138,892 deer checked; the second highest total on record and third consecutive season with a harvest exceeding 130,000 deer.

“I’m happy,” said Gabe Jenkins, deer and elk program coordinator with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “There are a lot of deer on the landscape, and we’re seeing an uptick in license sales. We’re providing hunting opportunity and our hunters are able to be successful. As an agency, that’s what we want to do.”

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From the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission - Opportunities abound for late snow goose hunting

Little Rock, Arkansas - Snow geese abound in parts of Arkansas at present. Wildlife managers are practically begging Arkansans to get out and hunt them.

Reason? The birds are too numerous. They are damaging habitat in portions of their migration and breeding grounds in the far north as well as damaging farm crops in their Arkansas wintering grounds. This has led to the yearly Snow Goose Conservation Order which allows liberalized taking of the birds after the regular waterfowl season has closed.

The conservation order is closed Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, because of the waterfowl youth hunt. It reopens Monday, Feb. 2, and continues through April 25, although the geese likely will have left Arkansas before then.

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From the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks - Youth Waterfowl Hunting Day is January 31

Duck image from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks website Jackson, Mississippi - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) would like to remind everyone that all Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) with waterfowl hunting opportunity will be open for the final statewide youth waterfowl hunting day of the season on January 31, 2015.  Adults are encouraged to participate by taking a youth under the age of 16 to experience waterfowl hunting on public or private lands. 

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