From the North Dakota Game and Fish Department - Deer Lottery Held, Antlerless Licenses Remain & Big Game transport

Jamie Brecht takes a Mule Deer in North DakotaBismarck, North Dakota - North Dakota’s deer gun lottery has been held and individual results are available online at the State Game and Fish Department’s website, gf.nd.gov.

More than 2,300 antlerless deer gun licenses remain. Only resident applicants who were unsuccessful in the first lottery can apply for remaining licenses.

The first lottery application process – deer gun, muzzleloader, youth and landowner – had more than 94,000 applicants, and 46,000 were unsuccessful.

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NRA awards top junior hunters for skills at Youth Hunter Education Challenge

Wyoming Upton Young Guns

Outdoor writer Mia Anstine was in Pennsylvania last week to report on the 2014 NRA International Youth Hunter Education Challenge ...

Mansfield, Pennsylvania - An emotional Bob Davis greeted everyone as he thanked the kids, volunteers and the community of Mansfield for another successful event. After four days of competition the 2014 NRA International Youth Hunter Education Challenge came to an end. Bob turned the microphone over to NRA YHEC program manager, Monty Embry, to present this year’s awards to the all-around best in youth hunting.

There were several “battles” for first among these young sportsmen... find out more about this year's Youth Hunter Education Challenge ...

From the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources - Bobcat hunting changes

DWR also recommends cougar hunting rules for upcoming season

Wildlife biologists are recommending changes that could result in more chances to take bobcats in Utah this fall.

Bobcats appear to be doing well in Utah.
Bobcats appear to be doing well in Utah.
Photo courtesy of Gary Kramer and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The recommendations would also result in hunters taking about the same number of cougars this season. During the 2013–2014 season, a total of 330 cougars were taken.

You can review the Division of Wildlife Resources' bobcat and cougar recommendations online.

Learn more, share your ideas

After you've reviewed the ideas online, you can let your Regional Advisory Council members know your thoughts by attending your upcoming RAC meeting or by sending an email to them.

RAC chairmen will share the input they receive with members of the Utah Wildlife Board. The board will meet in Salt Lake City on Aug. 28 to approve rules for Utah's 2014–2015 cougar and furbearer seasons.

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From the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources - New crossbow deer hunting season will be offered in 2014

DNR staff encourage hunters to participate in interactive chats

Crossbow hunting Madison, Wisconsin - With some major rule changes coming for this year's deer hunting season, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has created a number of resources to help make sure hunters are ready for another great deer season.

New in 2014, a crossbow deer hunting license is available for any qualified hunter to purchase. Previously, only disabled hunters could use a crossbow under the authority of an archer license.

The crossbow deer hunting season will run concurrent with the regular archer season. During open firearm seasons, a gun deer license will authorize bow and crossbow use... find out more about crossbow deer hunting in Wisconsin ...

From the Maryland Department of Natural Resources - DNR Announces Blind Site Licensing Dates and Locations

DNR Announces Blind Site Licensing Dates and LocationsAnnapolis, Maryland - Waterfowl hunters may apply to receive their blind site licenses for the 2014-2015 hunting season starting August 5. A lottery for the opportunity to choose blind sites will occur at the locations listed below. Dates and instructions are as follows:

  • August 5 from 7:30 to 8 a.m. at all locations listed below. Individuals arriving after 8 a.m. will not be eligible for the lottery drawing and will have to wait until all applicants have selected a site. The drawing will start at approximately 8:30 a.m. Once selected, applicants have eight minutes to select their blind sites; no more than two sites per applicant may be selected per day. Licensing will end at 4:30 p.m. and resume the following day.
  • August 6 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. licensing will be held at all DNR Service Centers and offices as listed.  
  • August 7 and thereafter, the centers will operate on normal business hours.

More on Maryland waterfowl hunting blinds in 1014-15 ...

From the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - Application Period Deadline Nearing for 2014 WMA Big Game Quota Hunts

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Nashville, Tennessee -  The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is announcing that the application deadline is nearing for the 2014 Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Big Game Quota Hunts, the regular elk, youth elk, and WMA youth hunts. Entries must be submitted before midnight (CDT) on Wednesday, July 23.

The WMA hunting instruction sheet lists locations and dates for each of the quota hunts along with drawing rules and regulations. Instruction sheets can be obtained and applications made for the hunts at any TWRA license agent, TWRA regional office or online at the TWRA website, www.tnwildlife.org. Mailed instruction sheets will not be processed into the drawing system.

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From Gamo Outdoor USA - Shawn Michaels & Keith Mark from “MacMillan River Adventures” TV Show renews partnership with GAMO OUTDOOR USA

Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Gamo Outdoor USA (www.gamousa.com), the leading manufacturer of high quality air guns and laser designators has announced the renewal of the sponsorship agreement with Shawn Michaels “MacMillan River Adventures” (www.mrahunting.com), an award-winning television series airing on The Outdoor Channel.

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From the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - TPWD Online Public Hunt Drawing System Now Live

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s new online-only Public Hunt Drawing System Austin, Texas - Hunters applying for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s drawn public hunts can now take advantage of the new online-only Public Hunt Drawing System.

The new online-only system is currently accepting applications for 2014-15 Drawn Hunts, including Special Permit hunts, E-Postcard hunts, and US Forest Service Antlerless Deer Permits. For the first time, the entire process is being handled electronically — from applications, to fee payments and permit issuance. “Applications for Drawings on Public Hunting Lands” booklets, application forms and permits will no longer be printed and mailed out. Hunt options can be browsed online by category or by area using an interactive map. A downloadable PDF of the 2014-15 Drawn Hunt Catalog is also available online.

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Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.  Antlerless white-tailed deer

From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources - Applications available for 2014 antlerless deer season limited permit areas

SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Applications for the 2014 Antlerless Deer Season are available at West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) district offices and the DNR Elkins and South Charleston offices. These applications also may be downloaded from the DNR's Web page at www.wvdnr.gov.

"These limited permit areas provide antlerless deer hunting opportunities in counties or areas of the state where wildlife biologists have determined that limited numbers of antlerless deer permits are necessary to meet management objectives," said Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the DNR Wildlife Resources Section.

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