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 ...

From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources - West Virginia's deer, bear and boar archery seasons open Sept. 27

Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Archery seasons for deer, bear and boar start Sept. 27 in West Virginia.

South Charleston, West Virginia - West Virginia's 2014 archery seasons for white-tailed deer, black bear and wild boar open Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. The bear archery season is a split season (Sept. 27-Nov. 22 and Dec. 8-Dec. 31).

In addition to a base license, bear hunters must purchase a Bear Damage Stamp (Class DS) to hunt bear in West Virginia. Two bear may be taken per year, provided at least one bear is taken in Boone, Fayette, Kanawha, Logan, McDowell, Mingo, Nicholas, Raleigh or Wyoming counties. Other than the Class DS stamp, no additional stamps are needed to harvest the second bear during the archery season except for non-residents hunting on the National Forest (Class I).

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From the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources - Apply for a cougar hunting permit

Applications accepted until Oct. 9, 2014

If you want to hunt cougars on a limited-entry unit in Utah, you need to get your application in no later than 11 p.m. on Oct. 9.
If you want to hunt cougars on a limited-entry unit in Utah, you need to get your application in no later than 11 p.m. on Oct. 9 - Photo by Lynn Chamberlain

If you want to hunt cougars on a limited-entry unit in Utah, you need to get your application in soon.

Applications for hunting permits will be accepted until 11 p.m. on Oct. 9.

Judi Tutorow, wildlife licensing coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, reminds you that if you draw a limited-entry permit, you cannot buy a permit to hunt on a harvest-objective unit. "Before you apply for a permit," she says, "make sure a limited-entry hunt is the hunt you want to participate in."

More information about the two permits is available on pages 11–13 of the free 2014–2015 Utah Cougar Guidebook. You can also get a copy at DWR offices and from hunting license agents across Utah.

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From the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries - California to Continue Sales of Alligator and Crocodilian Products

Louisiana alligator - photo courtesy of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

LDWF Management Program Demonstrates Beneficial Sustained Use

Baton Rouge, Louisiana - Alligator boots, handbags and other leather goods products can continue to be sold throughout California following passage of Assembly Bill 2075, sponsored by Luis Alejo and signed by Governor Gerry Brown on Sept. 18.

The bill extends the sunset clause on previously passed legislation to January 1, 2020.

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