From the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish - HUNTING SEASONS OPEN FOR DOVES, GROUSE, SQUIRRELS, BAND-TAILED PIGEONS; PELLET GUNS APPROVED FOR COLLARED DOVES, GROUSE, SQUIRRELS

Santa Fe, New Mexico – Hunting seasons opened Sept. 1 in New Mexico for doves, grouse, squirrels and band-tailed pigeons, with some rule changes that provide more hunting opportunities.

Beginning this year, .177 caliber or larger pellet guns are among the legal sporting arms for Eurasian collared doves, dusky grouse and squirrels. The State Game Commission approved the change Aug. 28 to give hunters more opportunities to bag those species, partly due to the ongoing shortage of .22-caliber ammunition.

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Keep up with the latest on North America's favorite big game animal - the whitetail deer

AmericanHunter.org is proud to launch 'Whitetail Week' In addition to prepping for the fall hunting season, our trusty staff over at American Hunter magazine is on the verge of unleashing the premier issue of their online-only Whitetail Week ...

AmericanHunter.org launches 'Whitetail Week'
AmericanHunter.org is proud to launch "Whitetail Week," a new online-only initiative designed to deliver as much content as possible about North America's favorite game animal.

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From the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife - Apply now for quota deer, small game, waterfowl and bear hunts

Battling deer from NRA's American Hunter magazine Frankfort, Kentucky – Hunters may apply throughout September for a variety of quota hunts in Kentucky.

Quota hunts help manage hunting pressure on popular public areas by limiting numbers. The deadline to apply for these opportunities is midnight (Central time) Sept. 30.

Applications for quota deer, small game and waterfowl hunts at state wildlife management areas and other public lands may be submitted online at fw.ky.gov or by calling 1-877-598-2401. Applications and lists of available quota hunts are available on the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ website by clicking the “hunt” tab.

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From the Arizona Game and Fish Department - New rule allows transfer of big game tags to disabled military veterans

Hunting for Heroes helping disabled Law OfficersPhoenix, Arizona - Hunters who won’t be able to use their upcoming Arizona big game hunt permit-tag now have the option of transferring that tag to qualified 501(c)(3) organizations that provide hunting opportunities to veterans with service-related disabilities. The new tag transfer option is the result of legislation sponsored by Representative Frank Pratt (District-8) that went into effect in July.

A tag transfer to a disabled veteran’s 501(c)(3) organization requires a big game tag transfer affidavit of voluntary donation and the tag. Contact the individual 501(c)(3) organization to obtain the transfer affidavit. A list of qualified organizations can be found at www.azgfd.gov/h_f/hunting.shtml (scroll about two-thirds down the page to the tag transfer information). The Arizona Game and Fish Department is unable to reimburse bonus points for transferred tags.

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From the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources - All-time antler records update now available on DNR website

Row of mounted deer heads Columbia, South Carolina - The complete listing of South Carolina’s antler records is now available to the public online.

Although summary information has been available annually, this is only the fifth time that the complete listing of all antler records has been available since 1998, according to Charles Ruth, Deer and Wild Turkey Program Coordinator for DNR.

The South Carolina white-tailed deer Antler Records Program was initiated in the spring of 1974 and since that time, 6,389 sets of antlers (6,147 typical and 242 non-typical) have been officially entered into the list. Initially, scoring sessions were only conducted a few times each spring but, since 1987 antler scoring sessions have been scheduled throughout the state with approximately 12 sessions occurring annually... find out more about South Carolina's all-time antler records program ...

From the California Department of Fish and Wildlife - Nonprofit Groups Can Raise Funds With California Hunting Tags

California Department of Fish and WildlifeSacramento, California - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) invites nonprofit organizations to help wildlife by auctioning big game hunting license tags for the 2015-16 season.

There will be 12 or 13 of these special fundraising tags reserved for 501(c)(3) nonprofit groups to sell, which will allow the highest bidder to hunt bighorn sheep, deer, elk and pronghorn antelope in California. Nonprofit organizations compete for a chance to auction these special fundraising tags, which hunters can only buy through such auctions.

Organizations that have previously applied or expressed interest in future opportunities to sell these tags have been notified by email. The possibility of winning such a rare prize attracts bidders to the groups’ fundraising events, which helps them raise more money for their organizations.

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From the Utah Division of Wildlife ResourcesApproved bobcat hunting changes

Cougar hunting rules also approved

Hunters and trappers will have more chances to take bobcats in Utah this season.
Hunters & trappers will have more chances to take bobcats in Utah - Photo courtesy of Gary Kramer & the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Salt Lake City, Utah - At their Aug. 28 meeting, members of the Utah Wildlife Board approved a recommendation to allow an individual hunter or trapper to obtain up to six bobcat permits.

During the 2013–2014 season, each trapper or hunter could not obtain more than three bobcat permits. Also, during the 2013–2014 season, not more than 4,600 hunters and trappers were allowed to participate. This season, there's no limit on the number of hunters and trappers who can purchase up to six permits each.

Board members also approved cougar hunting rules at the meeting. The rules that were approved should result in hunters taking about the same number of cougars this season as were taken in Utah during the 2013–2014 season.

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From the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation - DEC Finalizes Rule Changes to Implement New Crossbow Hunting Law

New Regulations Now in Effect for Fall 2014

American Hunter's Karen Mehall takes aim with a crossbow Albany, New York - The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has adopted final regulation changes to ensure that the crossbow is a legal implement for the fall 2014 hunting seasons, Commission Joe Martens announced today. These regulations are adopted under new state law which authorizes DEC to allow big game (deer and bear) and small game hunting with a crossbow under certain conditions.

"The new law that authorizes the use of crossbows for hunting demonstrates Governor Cuomo's commitment to increasing hunting opportunities here in New York State," said Commissioner Martens. "Crossbow hunting is growing across the country and the new law expands the opportunities for hunters to use crossbows when hunting in New York."

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From the Wyoming Game & Fish Department - Upland Bird Hunters Made Aware of Daily bag limit and possession limit for blue and ruffed grouse has been eliminated - from the Wyoming Game & Fish Department websiteNew Regulations for Blue and Ruffed Grouse

Green River, Wyoming - With the Sept.1 opener for many upland game species right around the corner, bird hunters are alerted there are some significant changes in the hunting regulations for this fall.

The combined daily bag limit and possession limit for blue and ruffed grouse that has been in place for a number of years has been eliminated and upland game bird hunters will be allowed to take a daily bag limit of three blue grouse and a daily bag limit of three ruffed grouse. The possession limit for each species will be nine.

Now that hunters are allowed to take separate daily bag limits of blue grouse, ruffed grouse, chukar partridge, gray (Hungarian) partridge or sharp-tailed grouse, hunters will need to retain evidence of species on all game birds in their possession while in the field. The new regulation states that, excluding pheasants... more on Wyoming limits on Blue and Ruffed Grouse ...

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