From the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources - Bear harvest quota increased in northwestern Wisconsin to address nuisance complaints and ag damage

Wisconsin black bear image courtesy of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Spooner, Wisconsin - In an effort to help address human-bear conflicts in an area of northwestern Wisconsin that has had serious conflicts in recent years, state wildlife officials significantly increased the number of bear harvest permits in that area for the upcoming bear hunting season.

The goal in is to reduce the bear population in an area designated as bear zone D [PDF], in response to a high level of bear related complaints from residents last year, according to Mike Zeckmeister, Department of Natural Resources wildlife supervisor for northwestern Wisconsin.

"We would like to focus bear harvest in the southern portion of Zone D including Barron, Polk, Washburn, and Burnett counties where we have higher bear numbers and the highest number of bear related issues" Zeckmeister said.

The new quota will also provide additional hunting opportunities at a time when the popularity of bear hunting continues increase and also increase the chances of hunters harvesting a bear.

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From the North Dakota Game and Fish Department - Dove Season Opens Sept. 1, Swan Hunt Lottery Held, Licenses Remain

North Dakota Tundra Swan Bismark, North Dakota - North Dakota’s dove season opens statewide Sept. 1, and hunters are reminded to register with the Harvest Information Program prior to hunting.

The daily limit is 15 and possession limit is 45. Shooting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset. The season is open through Nov. 9.

All dove hunters must possess a fishing, hunting and furbearer certificate and a general game and habitat license, regardless of age. In addition, hunters ages 16 and older need a small game license.

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From the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife - Bear Season Opens Monday, August 25

Black Bear hunting image from the the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife website Augusta, Maine - Bear hunting season begins on Monday, August 25 at 5:19 a.m. throughout the State of Maine. Last year, with over 10,000 hunters purchasing permits to hunt bear, 2,845 bears were killed.

Black bear populations are growing throughout North America, and due to Maine’s heavily forested landscape, Maine boasts one of the largest bear populations in the United States at over 30,000 bears. As a result, Maine has one of the longest hunting seasons in the country, stretching from the end of August to after Thanksgiving.

“Hunting is the Department’s tool for managing this thriving bear population,” says Jennifer Vashon, one of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s bear biologists. “And due to Maine’s dense forest, bear hunting with dogs and with bait are essential for controlling Maine’s bear population.”

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From the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department - Controlled Waterfowl Hunt Application Deadline is Sept. 15

Controlled Waterfowl Hunt - image courtesy of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department Montpelier, Vermont - Applications are available for controlled waterfowl hunting permits to be used at two Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department wildlife management areas.

The applications may be downloaded from Fish & Wildlife’s website (www.vtfishandwildlife), and printed applications will be available at Vermont Fish & Wildlife offices in Montpelier, Essex Junction, Addison, Barre, St. Johnsbury, Springfield and Rutland.

Hunting under controlled conditions for ducks at Mud Creek in Alburgh and geese at Dead Creek in Addison has been popular since the early 1970's. Applications must be filled out correctly and postmarked no later than September 15. There is no fee to apply.

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From the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control - DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife’s 2014-2015 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide available online and in print

2014-2015 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide

Hunters, trappers reminded to buy a 2014-2015 license

Dover, Delaware – The 2014-2015 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide is available online and in print, the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife announced today. This year’s cover features the winning photograph in the Division’s 2013 Hunting Photography Contest, “Patiently Waiting” by Jason Gary of Hartly. The guide is available now at participating license agents throughout the state, at the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s licensing desk in the Richardson and Robbins Building at 89 Kings Highway in Dover, and online at 2014-2015 Hunting and Trapping Guide.

Features include: details on the newly-established coyote hunting and trapping seasons; changes to trapping regulations and deer tagging information; a summary of the 2013-2014 deer harvest; a request for volunteers to participate in the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s annual turkey brood survey; and a new youth hunting section to help parents and young hunters prepare for the upcoming hunting season.

Hunters and trappers are encouraged to review the guide before heading afield this fall.... Find out more about Delaware's 2014-2015 Hunting and Trapping Guide ...

Form the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - Squirrel Season Opens, 2014 Free Hunting Day August 23

Squirrel image courtesy of TN.govNashville, Tennessee - All Tennesseans are reminded that Saturday, Aug. 23 is the 2014 Free Hunting Day in Tennessee when state residents may hunt without a license. The annual event coincides with the opening day of squirrel season. 

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency annually provides the free day in hopes of increasing interest in hunting. Squirrel hunting is one of Tennessee’s oldest and favorite traditions. The day serves as an excellent opportunity for persons to experience the enjoyment of the sport. Regular hunters are encouraged to introduce friends and family members (young and old) to the outdoors sport ... find out more about a free day of hunting in Tennessee ...

From the Maryland Department of Natural Resources - Deer Archery Season to Open September 5

White-tailed Deer - Photo from FWS.gov Annapolis, Maryland Archery hunting for white-tailed deer opens statewide on September 5, 2014 and continues through January 31, 2015. As a reminder, there is a statewide bag limit for bucks, but the antlerless deer bag limits differ between the two Deer Management Regions.

New this year, in Region A hunters may take only two antlerless deer for the license year. Also new, an antler point restriction institutes that a hunter may not harvest more than two white-tailed deer within the yearly bag limit that have two or fewer points on each antler present. Any additional antlered deer taken within the legal seasons and bag limits must have at least three points on one antler. Junior Hunting License holders are exempt from the antler point restriction.

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From the North Dakota Game and Fish Department - Fall Turkey Season Set

Male turkey image from the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website North Dakota’s fall turkey season is set with 3,805 licenses available to hunters, 215 fewer than last year.

Prospective hunters, including gratis applicants, can apply online, or print out an application to mail, at the State Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov. Paper applications will be available by Aug. 22 from Game and Fish offices, county auditors and license vendors.

Applications are also accepted at the department’s toll-free licensing line, 800-406-6409. A service fee is added for license applications made over the phone.

Only North Dakota residents are eligible to apply in the first lottery. Nonresidents can apply for fall turkey licenses that are still available following the first lottery.

An experimental hunting season will continue for the USDA-ARS Northern Great Plains Research Lab in Mandan. A maximum of 30 licenses will be available. These licenses will be available at the Game and Fish Department once a person first obtains a permit from USDA-ARS.

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From the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources - Feral Goat, Sheep Control Permits Announced For Pu’u Wa’awa’a Forest Reserve-Makai And Mauka Sections

Feral Hawaiian Goat Hunts from Hook You Up Hunts
Feral Hawaiian Goat and Hunts - photo courtesy of Hook You Up Outfitters
Hilo, Hawaii - The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is issuing permits for control of feral goats in the makai portion —and feral goat and feral sheep in the mauka portion —of the Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a (PWW) Forest Reserve, pursuant to Title 13, Chapter 123, “Rules Regulating Game Mammal Hunting,”䅉-123-9, “Nuisance or crop damage.” These programs will be conducted on weekends only, in two phases.  Phase 1 will begin Sept. 20, 2014 – Oct. 19, 2014.  Phase 2 will begin Feb. 7, 2015 – Mar. 15, 2015. 

For PWW Makai (below Mamalahoa Highway), the program will be limited to archery for the first three (3) weekends of Phase 1, from Sept. 20, 2014 – Oct. 5, 2014 and the first four (4) weekends of Phase 2, from Feb. 7, 2015 – Mar. 1, 2015.  The program will be limited to muzzleloader for the last two weekends of Phase 1, from Oct. 11-19, 2014, and the last two (2) weekends of Phase 2, from Mar. 7-15, 2015.  The bag limit on goats for PWW Makai will be two (2) per hunter per day of the program.  Deboning is not allowed, but quartering feral goats is permissible with skin attached for identification purposes.  For safety purposes, a maximum of 50 permittees will be allowed in the PWW Makai section per day. 

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