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From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - Worthington to host 2014 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener

Worthington, Minnesota - The southwestern Minnesota city of Worthington will host the 2014 Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener on Friday, Oct. 10 and Saturday, Oct. 11.

“This event will showcase the Worthington area as a hunting community,” said Scott Rall, a member of the event committee. “We appreciate the impact hunters have on our economy and have worked hard to build great public hunting in the area.”

Rall pointed out that there are 12,900 acres of public hunting land within 20 miles of Worthington.  “We are very hunter friendly,” he said.  “It’s part of who we are and what we do.”

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From Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks - Hunters Reminded To Have Horses Inspected

Mia Anstine heading out for a hunt on horseback

Helena, Montana - Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the Montana Department of Livestock remind hunters that horses are required to have a brand inspection before crossing county lines.

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Sometimes the best laid hunting plans fall victim to the environment and fate

Shawn Skipper with his elk - image from American Hunter magazine Shawn Skipper gets more than he bargained for during his Utah elk hunt ...

Out of the Hole
Battling bad luck, a broken truck and the flu, the author relies on sheer grit when chasing elk up and down a foreboding Utah landscape.

Elk can bark. Wait, elk can bark? Why didn’t anyone tell me elk can bark? These are barking—at me. Is that good? That can’t be good. There’s no way that’s good.

Do I bark back?

And so went my thoughts as I sat crouched in the snow some 300 yards away from the herd we’d spent hours stalking. The herd that hid the one thing I’d traveled so many miles and scaled so many steep, snowy inclines to find: a bull.

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From the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control - Special waterfowl, deer and turkey hunting days for youth, disabled hunters announced

deer image provided by the DNREC website Dover, Delaware – To promote and provide additional hunting opportunities, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has designated four Saturdays as special waterfowl, deer, and turkey hunting days for youth hunters ages 10 to 15 on both public and private lands statewide. Non-ambulatory disabled hunters can also take advantage of these additional hunting opportunities on the deer and turkey dates, but not waterfowl, per federal requirements.

Mark your calendars for these dates:

  • Saturday, Oct. 4Waterfowl hunting day for youth
  • Saturday, Nov. 1Deer hunting day for youth and non-ambulatory disabled hunters
  • Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015Second waterfowl hunting day for youth
  • Saturday, April 4, 2015Wild turkey hunting day for youth and non-ambulatory disabled hunters

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From the Pennsylvania Game CommissionSTATEWIDE ARCHERY SEASON BEGINS OCT. 4

Pennsylvania Game Commission wishes bowhunters safe days afield.

Deer hunting opens in Pennsylvania - image from the Pennsylvania Game Commission website

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - Archers can hunt for antlered or antlerless deer from Oct. 4 to Nov. 15, and during the late archery deer season, which runs from Dec. 26 to Jan. 10.

This is a statewide season, however, as announced previously, all hunting and trapping seasons, including the statewide archery season, have been temporarily closed within seven townships in Pike and Monroe counties. Details of the closure are available in Oct. 1 news release (Release #85-14) available at the Game Commission’s website.

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From the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife - IFW Hunting Report for September 30, 2014

Pheasant image from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife website Augusta, Maine - In Region A, October 1 marks the beginning of pheasant season, and IFW biologists and clubs have been busy releasing birds throughout the region.

“We had our first pheasant release on Monday, and we have two other releases planned for October 5 and October 19,” said IFW Wildlife Biologist Corey Stearns. Stearns said that over 40 birds were released at each of the 22 sites, releasing over 880 birds so far in the region.

Releasing the pheasants before the season, or on a Sunday during the season, gives the birds some time to acclimate to their surroundings. Over the course of the season, both the department and area Rod and Gun clubs will release over 2300 birds at 22 different sites.

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From the Wyoming Game and Fish Department - Sage-Grouse Numbers Up

Sage Grouse image courtesy of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department website. Cheyenne, Wyoming - The numbers of male sage grouse on leks, or mating areas, was up around 10 percent this year over last year, according to data recently compiled by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

Just under 20,000 male sage grouse were counted this year on about 1,100 leks. This summer’s crop of grouse chicks also appears to be much improved over recent years.

Game and Fish Sage Grouse Coordinator Tom Christiansen said the increased numbers of birds are largely due to the good moisture conditions.

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From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - Changes greet hunters at Lac qui Parle controlled goose hunt

Mad Goose! from NRA's American Hunter magazine St. Paul, Minnesota - A number of new changes will greet goose hunters at the Lac qui Parle Refuge controlled hunt this year, including elimination of the need to register for blinds in advance, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

The key changes are that hunters will no longer need to apply for blinds in advance, register at the main office or pay the $3 blind fee. There will be no morning or afternoon drawings. And the controlled hunt area boundaries will be smaller.

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From the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife - Owens Station Shooting Sports & Hunter Education Center dedicated as downstate state-owned facility

Owens Station Shooting Sports & Hunter Education Center - image from the Owens Station website

Greenwood, Delaware - This morning, Governor Jack Markell joined DNREC Secretary David Small, Division of Fish and Wildlife Director David Saveikis, State Rep. David Wilson, DNREC conservation partners and shooting sports enthusiasts to dedicate a formerly privately-owned shooting sports range and conservation education center near Greenwood as the Owens Station Shooting Sports & Hunter Education Center, downstate Delaware’s first and only state-owned public shooting sports range.

Developed over a period of about 30 years by former owner Bill Wolter, the 104-acre property was purchased by the state late last year and is operated under a public-private partnership between the Division of Fish and Wildlife and two commercial businesses... more on Delaware's Owens Station Shooting Sports & Hunter Education Center ...

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