From the Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife - Moose Lottery Drawing Scheduled for 3:00 Saturday in Presque Isle

Calling a Moose out of the woods during the rut works - Photo from Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Presque Isle, Maine - This Saturday, June 14, just over 3,000 hunters will find out if they will be taking part in what many call the “Hunt of a Lifetime.”

Starting at 3:00, the department will begin announcing the names of the lucky moose hunters who were fortunate enough to be drawn for a moose permit for 2014. The annual drawing is part of the Moose Lottery Festival that is taking place on Saturday, June 14 at the Gentile Hall Building at the University of Maine in Presque Isle.

This year, 53,577 people applied for the chance to hunt moose, including 15,158 nonresidents. There are 3,095 permits available this year, 10% which go to nonresidents.

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From the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources - June 15 deadline to apply for 2014 public alligator hunting, special WMA season

“South Columbia, South Carolina - The deadline to apply for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) online applications for the 2014 Public Alligator Hunting season and the Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Alligator Hunting Season is June 15. Applications are accepted online.

A $10 nonrefundable application fee is required to apply for the Public Lands Hunt and a $15 nonrefundable application fee is charged to apply for the WMA Alligator Hunt. A randomized computer drawing based on a preference point system will determine the selection of hunters. Applicants can only apply and pay fees online or at one of the walk-up counters at a DNR Regional Office in Clemson, Florence, Columbia, or Charleston. No paper applications will be accepted. This year’s season will begin at 12 p.m. (noon) on Sept. 13 and run until 12 p.m. (noon) on Oct. 11. The deadline to apply is June 15th.

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From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources - West Virginia Hunters Harvest 9,017 Spring Turkeys in 2014

West Virginia turkeys South Charleston, West Virginia – Preliminary harvest figures for the 2014 spring gobbler season indicate West Virginia hunters checked in 9,017 bearded turkeys, according to Curtis I. Taylor, chief of Wildlife Resources Section of the Division of Natural Resources. This year's harvest represents a 19 percent decline from the 2013 harvest and a 6 percent departure from the five-year average.

Only District 2 had a harvest increase (up 5 percent) when compared to 2013. All other districts had harvest declines when compared to last year: District 1 (down 20 percent), District 3 (down 28 percent), District 4 (down 17 percent), District 5 (down 27 percent), and District 6 (down 16 percent).

Preston (344) and Mason (297) counties led the state in total harvest. Rounding out the top 10 counties were Jackson (294), Wood (268), Harrison (264), Wyoming (263), Fayette (243), Greenbrier (242), Ritchie (237) and Roane (235).

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From the Nevada Department of Wildlife - Dream Tags give sportsmen another chance

Utah Dream Tag hunts in 2014So this year’s big game tag results came out and you didn’t draw a tag. If you still want a shot at an antelope, California bighorn sheep, deer, desert (Nelson) bighorn sheep or elk tag…you still have a chance…lot’s of them.

The Nevada Dream Tag raffle tickets will continue to be sold until June 30. The raffle allows resident and nonresident sportsmen a chance at the hunt of a lifetime while also contributing to Nevada’s wildlife habitat. The tags are similar to other western states’ raffle tags and "hunt of a lifetime" tags.

All that is required to get started in the raffle is to first purchase a Resource Enhancement Stamp (RES) for $10. Once you have your stamp, you can purchase an unlimited number of raffle tickets for each species available for only $5 each. You can purchase both the RES Stamp and the raffle tickets at NVDreamTag.org.

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From the Pennsylvania Game Commission - PENNSYLVANIA HUNTING LICENSES TO GO ON SALE

2011 IYHEC Senior Grand Champion Hunter Efird with his trophy buck

Harrisburg Pennsylvania - Hunting and furtaker licenses for Pennsylvania’s 2014-15 seasons go on sale Monday, June 9, and there are good reasons to get them sooner rather than later.

Applications for elk licenses must be submitted earlier this year and, while a hunting license is not required to apply for an elk license, many hunters don’t apply until they purchase their general hunting licenses.

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From the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources - Renew your state hunting and fishing license

South Carolina hunting licenseLicense Sales for 2014-2015 hunting and fishing licenses begin on June 16, 2014. You can buy your South Carolina hunting and fishing licenses multiple ways. Licenses are available in person at any of the four regional S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) offices or by visiting one of the 500 license vendors across the state. Licenses are also available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 1-866-714-3611 or by visiting the DNR website at www.dnr.sc.gov/purchase. Having your state issued identification ready and a current SC hunting/fishing license that displays your customer identification number will speed your purchase.

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Form the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department - VT Moose Hunting Application Deadline Extended to June 17

Justin Routhier on a 2010 moose hunt - photo from New Hampshire Fish and Game Department MONTPELIER, Vt. -- Vermont’s lottery application deadline for a moose hunting permit has been extended from June 10 to June 17, and the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is urging hunters who plan on entering to do so now online.

“Giving folks an additional week to apply makes sense because many may be unaware the deadline is a month earlier this year,” said Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter. “The application process also was advanced so those who do receive permits have time to do their pre-hunt planning and scouting, as well as to ensure that long-time applicants are able to preserve their bonus points from previous years.”

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From Yamaha Motor Corp. - Yamaha Expands GRANT Program: Outdoor Access Initiative Reaches Broader OHV User Community

Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative Cypress, California - Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., announces the expanded platform for its GRANT (Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nation’s Trails) program, along with a new name: Outdoor Access Initiative.  Designed to extend support to off-highway vehicle (OHV) users in a wider variety of outdoor activities, the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative remains the industry leader in supporting safe, responsible use and open sustainable access to trails and riding areas. 

“Yamaha is the leader in supporting our industry and customers on OHV issues as well as conservation, land access and safe, responsible use of ATV and SxS vehicles – whether in recreation, hunting or agricultural settings,” said Mike Martinez, Yamaha’s ATV/SxS group Vice President. “The GRANT program always has welcomed applications from diverse groups.  With this new name, we make it clear that the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative actively encourages the submission of projects that support safe, responsible use of OHVs as well as sustainable access to land for all outdoor enthusiasts.”

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American Rifles tells you why these hunting rifles are a steal

Affordable hunting rifle suggestions from NRA's American Rifleman magazine Never thought you could get your hands on a hunting rifle for a reasonable price? Well John Barsness is here to tell you why you're wrong ...

BARGAIN HUNTING RIFLES
You can pick up a hunting rifle from four of the biggest names in riflemaking for around $300. Sure, that’s a great price, but is it really a bargain? You might be surprised.

Saying American riflemen tend to be conservative is like saying trees tend to grow wood. That’s why new trends in hunting rifles often encounter resistance. One supposedly new way of marketing such guns is by referring to them as “affordable” or “value-priced,” but most Americans simply think of them as “cheap.” That has caused a good deal of grumbling, especially on the Internet, yet another new trend. Since few gun stores feature wood stoves these days, the formerly traditional venue for rifle discussions, shooters whine where we can. Some things never change.

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