NRA joins celebration of traditional outdoor sports and conservation education this Saturday

American Hunter writers and editors on the duck huntFairfax, Virginia - The National Rifle Association, America’s longest-standing civil rights organization with nearly 150 years of conservation and wildlife management experience, has proudly joined National Hunting and Fishing Day to celebrate the outdoor sports every fourth Saturday in September - which happens to be this Saturday.

“We are extremely happy to have the NRA as a sponsor,” said Misty Mitchell, director of Conservation for Wonders of Wildlife. “The storied organization has built a tradition on defending the efforts of sportsmen, and that includes conservation efforts. We look forward to a great relationship with NRA for years to come.”

Each year, national, regional, state, and local organizations host 3,000 "open house" hunting- and fishing-related events at everything from shooting ranges to small ponds. An estimated four million Americans participate in this day of traditional outdoor sports.

More on National Hunting and Fishing Day ...

From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - Good waterfowl opener expected this weekend

Waterfowl hunting from NRA's American Hunter magazine St. Paul, Minnesota - When Minnesota’s regular waterfowl season opens one-half hour before sunrise on Saturday, Sept. 27, hunting is likely to be good, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

“The number of breeding ducks this spring was very high based on the continental duck breeding population surveys,” said Steve Cordts, DNR waterfowl specialist. “In addition, recruitment, or the number of young ducks that hatched, was also good this year based on reports we’ve heard. These young ducks comprise a large percentage of duck hunters’ bags during the fall.”

More on the opening of waterfowl season in Minnesota ...

From the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources - Duck, goose & swan hunt starts Oct. 4

Canada goose numbers second highest in 10 years

Pintail ducks are highly prized among many Utah hunters. Thousands of pintails will migrate through Utah this fall.
Pintail ducks are highly prized among many Utah hunters. Thousands of pintails will migrate through Utah this fall - Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

A mixed bag awaits Utah's waterfowl hunters this fall:

  • The number of Canada geese produced in the state is the second highest in the past 10 years. Couple that with good production in Montana and western Canada, and this could be a banner year for Canada goose hunting in Utah.
  • Duck hunters can expect plenty of birds to migrate through the state. The number of ducks produced in Utah was down this spring, but production in Alaska, Montana and most of Alberta and British Columbia was up. The question is, how long will the ducks remain in Utah? The water level on Great Salt Lake is close to its lowest point on record. A smaller lake means ducks won't have as many places to escape hunters when hunting pressure builds on the marshes.
  • With only one exception, marsh conditions are great on state waterfowl management areas across Utah. And conditions are also good at the federal Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge west of Brigham City. At both the state and federal areas, managers were able to keep water on the main marsh units throughout the summer.

    Wetlands outside of the WMAs and the refuge are much drier. Dry conditions on these seasonal marshes will force hunters into a smaller area. It will also reduce the places waterfowl can go, to escape hunting pressure on the WMAs and the refuge.

More on Utah's duck, goose and swan hunting season ...

From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources - Early Bear Gun Seasons to Open Sept. 18 and Oct. 4 in selected counties

Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce Hunters have until Sept. 26 to apply for a permit allowing them to hunt black bear in select counties concurrent with the traditional buck-gun season Nov. 24-26, 2014. South Charleston, West Virginia - Hunters are reminded that a bear season with or without the use of dogs will take place in all or parts of 16 counties Sept. 18–20 and all of eight counties Oct. 4-10.

The counties or parts of counties open to bear hunting with or without dogs from Sept. 18–20 include: Barbour (east of state Route 92), Braxton (east of I–79), Clay (south of Elk River), Grant, Greenbrier, Hardy, Mineral (west of New Creek), Monroe (east of U.S. Route 219), Nicholas, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Preston, Randolph, Tucker, Upshur (east of state Route 20), and Webster. 

The counties open for bear hunting with or without dogs Oct. 4-10 include; Boone, Fayette, Kanawha, Logan, McDowell, Mingo, Raleigh and Wyoming.

"Counties that will be open for early bear hunting are above their management objective and need additional bears to be harvested to achieve their goal,"... More about Bear Hunting Season in West Virginia ...

From the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection - Early Fall Bow Deer Season Opens in Certain Zones September 13

Statewide Season Kicks Off October 4

Bow hunting image from American Hunter magazine Trenton, New Jersey - The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife reminds bow hunters the 2014 New Jersey Fall Bow Deer Season opens on Saturday, September 13 in certain zones. After the early opener, the statewide season kicks off on Saturday, October 4 and runs through October 31. Permit bow season then starts up on November 1; permits are now on sale online and at license agents.

Bow Season Reminders

The Automated Harvest Report System (AHRS) is to be used for reporting deer during all deer hunting seasons... more on bow hunting in New Jersey ...

From the New Mexico Game Commission - BIGHORN HUNTERS WILL HAVE MORE OPTIONS, OPPORTUNITIES IN 2015

Rocky Mountain bighorn rams in New Mexico's high country - photo from New Mexico Game Commission website Santa Fe, New Mexico - The New Mexico Game Commission adopted new rules Aug. 28 that will provide hunters planning to enter the public drawings for 2015-season bighorn sheep licenses in New Mexico with more opportunities and more choices than ever.

Beginning next year, the department estimates it will make 36 bighorn ram licenses available in the annual public drawing, an all-time high. Sixteen of those licenses will be for Rocky Mountain bighorn rams. Twenty will be for desert bighorn rams, a remarkable increase from only one desert bighorn license issued in 2011.

The increased licenses are thanks to successful reintroduction and management efforts by the Department of Game and Fish... find out more about Bighorn Sheep hunting in New Mexico ...

From the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources - Take a young person duck hunting

Young hunters will have the marshes all to themselves on Sept. 20. That’s the day Utah hosts its annual Youth Waterfowl Hunt.
Young hunters will have the marshes all to themselves for Utah's annual Youth Waterfowl Hunt. Photo by Keith Fullenkamp
Salt Lake City, Utah - Hunters 15 years of age and younger will have Utah's marshes — and the ducks and geese that go with them — all to themselves on Sept. 20.

That's the day Utah hosts its annual Youth Waterfowl Hunt.

And this year, even young people who haven't completed a Hunter Education course can participate through a new program offered in Utah.

The state's Trial Hunting program allows someone 21 years of age or older to take a person 12 to 15 years old hunting, even if the 12- to 15-year-old hasn't completed Hunter Education.

See more information about the Trial Hunting program.

More on Utah's special Youth Hunts ...

From the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation - DEC Announces Early Bear Hunting Seasons to Begin

Black bear image from the New York Department of Environmental Conservation website

Bear Hunting Seasons Begin September 6 in Portions of Southeastern New York and September 13 in Northern New York

Albany, New York - Under Governor Cuomo's NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens today announced that the new 2014 early bear hunting seasons open at sunrise on Saturday, September 6, in portions of New York's southern zone and Saturday, September 13, in the northern zone.

"Early black bear hunting seasons are an important tool for managers to control bear populations, and beginning Saturday, hunters will have a new opportunity to pursue bears in portions of the Catskills and western Hudson Valley," said Commissioner Martens. "Opening these early seasons demonstrates Governor Cuomo's commitment to increasing hunting opportunities here in New York State for sportsmen and women."

More on New York's bear hunting season ...

From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - Enjoy fall, hunt grouse this year; season opens Sept. 13

St. Paul, Minnesota - Shake, Rattle & Dance VIII Picture yourself walking on a trail through stands of young aspen trees with blazing yellow leaves overhead. The fall air is crisp. Shotgun in hand, you’re enjoying a hike while hunting grouse – Minnesota’s most popular game bird.  

Something akin to this scene will soon be reality for the nearly 100,000 grouse hunters in Minnesota. The season for ruffed and spruce grouse runs from Saturday, Sept. 13, until Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015; and for sharp-tailed grouse from Sept. 13 to Sunday, Nov. 30.

More on Minnesota's fall grouse hunting season ...

Keep up to date with NRAblog

Powered by BlogEngine.NET Theme by Cylosoft © Copyright 2014 The National Rifle Association of America