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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From the North Dakota Game and Fish Department - Sportsmen Against Hunger Accepting Goose Meat

Early Canada Goose Season image from the North Dakota Game and Fish Department

Bismarck, North Dakota - North Dakota’s Sportsmen Against Hunger program can now accept donations of Canada geese taken during the regular waterfowl hunting season.

Previously, the program could accept snow, blue and Ross’s geese during the regular season, but Canada goose donations were only allowed during the early Canada goose season.

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From the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Deadline Approaching for Big Time Texas Hunts Entries

Big Horn sheep image courtesy of the © Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Austin, Texas — If you think that dream hunt of a lifetime is out of reach then you probably haven’t entered in the Big Time Texas Hunts.

The Lone Star State boasts some of the finest hunting anywhere in the country, and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Big Time Texas Hunts offer hunters a chance to experience the best of the best. Just ask last year’s Texas Grand Slam hunt winner Kelly Hill of Houston, who first learned of the program during a hunter education class and was selected for the Big Time Texas Hunts’ crown jewel after entering for the very first time.

“I went and researched it when I got home; and I was like – this is amazing,” said Hill... find out how you can win a Big Time Texas Hunt ...

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.

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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.”

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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.

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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 ...

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