From the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission - Make your New Year’s resolution to take a kid hunting!

By Tony Young, media relations coordinator for the FWC’s Division of Hunting and Game Management

Special Youth Deer Hunting in Ohio The year was 1997, and I was working part-time as a baseball coach at my alma mater, Lincoln High School in Tallahassee. I had the privilege back then of working with so many talented and all-around great kids and was fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to get to know some of these outstanding young men and their parents. Some of these relationships developed into lasting friendships.

One such friendship was cultivated with Mark Hill. Mark was the star of the team that year. He was a 17-year-old, left-handed pitcher who also played first base and outfield. And besides being the ace pitcher, he had one of the best bats on the team and good speed on the bases. Mark was a coach’s dream. Not only was he a super athlete, he was also a great kid. He was very personable, yet humble.

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From the Pennsylvania Game Commission - ARE PREDATORS HURTING OUR DEER HERD?

Biologists from within the Game Commission and across the country are talking about it.

If you want to start a lively discussion on Pennsylvania wildlife, just mention coyotes.

There might be no other animal that so intrigues the state’s residents, and it’s easy to explain why.

The coyote is surrounded by mystery. It’s inhabited some parts of the state since the 1930s, but it’s a relative newcomer in others. Game Commission biologists are finding indications the coyote population is increasing in some areas of the state, yet even those who log endless hours in the Pennsylvania outdoors might go their lives without seeing one in the wild.

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From the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks - 2015 Mountain Lion Hunting Season Opens in the Black Hills on Dec. 26

South Dakota mountain lion in the Black Hills Pierre, South Dakota - The 2015 South Dakota mountain lion hunting season opens on Dec. 26, 2014, in the Black Hills Fire Protection District. The season will conclude on March 31, 2015, or if either the harvest limit of 75 total mountain lions, or 50 female lions, is reached prior to that date.

The mountain lion hunting season outside of the Black Hills Fire Protection District runs year-round and lions harvested in these areas do not count towards the Black Hills harvest limits.

All harvested mountain lions (statewide) must be presented to a South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) representative for inspection within 24 hours of harvest. Routine harvest … more on South Dakota's mountain lion and deer hunting season ...

Cam-O-Bunk Bed Cot System Rises to the Top of Outdoor Sleeping

Cam-O-Bunk Bunk Bed Cot System

Texas outdoor writer and explorer Kevin Reese found comfort with family and friends thanks to the award winning Cam-O-Bunk

Pursuing my outdoor passion as an avid hunter and seasoned outdoor communicator leads to many primitive camping opportunities. My assignments and adventures (often one in the same) lead to remote hunting trips, fishing excursions or just plain camping. Each year I look forward to CrossTImbers’ Family Archery Adventure Camp in near Norman, Oklahoma where we camp primitively while teaching archery, shooting and hunting seminars to the young campers and parents... hear about the Cam-O-Bunk Bed in action ...

From the California Department of Fish and Wildlife - CDFW Announces Drawing for 2015 Joice Island Pig Hunt at Grizzly Island Wildlife Area

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is offering pig hunting opportunities at Grizzly Island Wildlife Area in Solano County. CDFW will accept application cards through close of business Feb. 9, 2015 and the drawing will be held on Feb. 12, 2015.

CDFW will be holding limited-entry, permit-only hunts to control a small population of wild pigs on the Joice Island Unit of the Grizzly Island Wildlife Area. Joice Island is a 2,150-acre wetland area consisting of thick cattails, tules, some brush and standing water.

A total of 24 two-day permits will be issued. The first weekend of this hunting opportunity has been reserved for apprentice hunters. Two-day pig hunt permits will be issued by drawing only for the following weekends:

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From the Maryland Department of Natural Resources - Muzzleloader Deer Season to Reopen December 20

Deer running through the woodsThe second portion of Maryland’s muzzleloader deer season begins on Saturday, December 20 and runs through January 3, 2015. Hunters who possess a valid Maryland hunting license and a Muzzleloader Stamp, or are exempt from the hunting license requirements, may use muzzleloading firearms to hunt white-tailed and sika deer during this season.

The bag limits for the season are:

From the Pennsylvania Game Commission - Record-book Buck to be scored Dec. 16 in Harrisburg

Jeff Lenzi, of Allegheny County, poses with the buck that has potential to top the Pennsylvania records book for typical bucks. Lenzi harvested the buck Oct. 10, and on Tuesday, Dec. 16, he’s scheduled to bring the rack to Harrisburg to have it scored officially and find out if it’s the new No. 1 Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - By now, you might have heard about an Allegheny County buck taken two months ago during the statewide archery season; a buck so large it might be a new Pennsylvania state record.

Will it measure up as the No. 1 buck on record?

That remains to be seen, but viewers everywhere can watch live online as the buck is measured and its official score recorded.

Allegheny County hunter Jeff Lenzi, who harvested the massive 10-point buck Oct. 10, is scheduled to bring the rack to the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s headquarters on Tuesday, Dec. 16, to have it officially scored.

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From the Iowa Department of Natural Resources - Make These Upcycled DIY Shotgun Shell Wreaths for Your Favorite Hunter This Holiday Season

Upcycled DIY shotgun shell and casing wreath instructions from Iowa Outdoors magazineSpend time together crafting these simple, yet elegant projects in an afternoon. Each has a refined look, yet are surprisingly simple—perfect for beginner to expert crafters. Use these idea starters, then add your own style.

Shell and Rifle Casing Wreath

Supplies Needed:

• One 8-inch diameter vine wreath form

• Floral wire

• Mixture of washed, spent shotgun shells and brass shell casings

• Decorative wired ribbon    

• 20-count strand of lights (either battery operated or plug-in depending upon your intended location.)

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From the Michigan Department of Natural Resources - New dates for Michigan's muzzleloader deer season

The Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that the 2014 muzzleloader deer season opens across the state Friday, Dec. 5.

"Having a statewide opener for muzzleloading season really eases confusion hunters have on when and where this season starts," said DNR deer biologist Ashley Autenrieth.

Zones 1 and 2 will remain open until Dec. 14. Zone 3 has seven more days of muzzleloader hunting, with the season ending Dec. 21. For hunting zone information, see the 2014 Hunting and Trapping Digest or visit Michigan.gov/hunting.

Hunters must have a base license and either a deer license or deer combo license to take an antlered deer... more on Michigan's deer season for muzzleloaders ...

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