From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources - Permit applications available for special deer hunt at National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, West Virginia

Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce. Hunters must have their applications for the special deer hunt at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory submitted by Aug. 1, 2014.

Green Bank, West Virginia – The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Green Bank, West Virginia, has announced that applications are now available and are being accepted for the special resident-only controlled deer hunt at the NRAO site. This controlled hunt is organized and planned in cooperation with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR).

Submitting an application enters the hunter in a drawing for a maximum of two days on the NRAO site. Applications for the drawing must be received by NRAO on or before Aug. 1, 2014. Successful applicants will be notified by mail and issued a special NRAO letter of authorization to deer hunt. Only hunters who have applied and have received a letter for a particular day or days can hunt... more about hunting at West Virginia's National Radio Astronomy Observatory ...

Father and daughter showing off their catch

From the California Department of Fish and Wildlife - Hunting and Fishing Licenses Make Fine Gifts for Father’s Day

Sacramento, California - Are you or someone you know hunting for a gift for Father’s Day? The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) thinks giving dad a hunting or fishing license would make his day great.

“The gift of these licenses provides the recipient with a bounty of opportunities to enjoy hunting and fishing in California,” said Charlton H. Bonham, director of CDFW.

California is the third-largest state in the nation and about half of its land is publicly owned. That translates into millions of acres of huntable public property. Fishing opportunities also abound in the more than 30,000 miles of rivers and streams, 4,172 lakes and reservoirs and 80 major rivers in California. The state also features more than 1,100 miles of coastline that is home to hundreds of native fish and shellfish species.

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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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