sandhill cranes from Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission website

From the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission - All 400 Permits Issued at Drawing for Sandhill Crane Hunt

Nashville, Tennessee - All 400 permits were issued at a Saturday hand-held drawing to participate in Tennessee’s second sandhill crane hunt. The drawing was held at the Birchwood Community Center in north Hamilton County.

As a result of the drawing, there are no leftover permits to issue this week at Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency regional offices.

The draw was conducted by TWRA staff members from the Nashville office and the TWRA Region III office in Crossville.

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Youth-hunting in Maryland

From the Maryland Department of Natural Resources - DNR Announces Two Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days

Annapolis, Maryland - Young hunters can hone their skills with the help of an experienced adult November 1, 2014 and February 7, 2015. During these two Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days, hunters ages 15 and younger may hunt ducks, geese, mergansers and coots on public and private lands when aided by a qualifying adult.

To participate, youth must be accompanied by an adult at least 21 years old. All junior hunters and their adult mentors must possess a Maryland hunting license, or be exempt from the license requirement... more on special youth waterfowl hunting days in Maryland ...

From the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Prospects Good for Texas Deer Season

White tailed deer from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website Austin, Texas – If early field reports by bow hunters and those hunting on Managed Lands Deer Permit properties are a sign of things to come, Texas hunters should see deer in good condition and above average numbers of mature bucks when the general season kicks off Nov. 1 statewide.

“I had a report of a bow hunter in Walker County connecting on a buck that scored 163 B&C (Boone & Crockett scoring system),” said Alan Cain, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department White-tailed Deer Program Leader. “It turns out it was the hunter’s first time to bow hunt. I got another report of a 183 B&C buck harvested in Atascosa County on a low-fenced MLD property.”

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From the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources - DWR to release 11,000 pheasants

This season might be the perfect season to hunt pheasants in Utah. Thousands of pheasants will be released on public hunting areas before the hunt opens on Nov. 1. - Photo by Ron Stewart
Salt Lake City, Utah - If it's been years since you hunted pheasants, it's time to grab your gun and head afield. More than 11,000 pheasants will be released on 56 public hunting areas during Utah's upcoming pheasant hunt.

The hunt opens on Nov. 1. But you don't have to hunt that day to get in on the action — pheasants will be released before each weekend of the hunt.

The one exception is the week of Thanksgiving. That week, birds will be released early in the week so plenty of pheasants will be available to pursue over the Thanksgiving holiday.

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From the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism - Hunters welcomed at Kansas State Parks HUNTERS WELCOMED AT KANSAS STATE PARKS

State park and wildlife area cabins can serve as great base camps for hunters

Pratt, Kansas – Staff at Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism’s (KDWPT) state parks and wildlife areas extend an open invitation to all hunters looking for a fun, affordable base camp this season. Often located within just a few miles, some even within walking distance, of some of the state’s most popular public hunting areas, KDWPT cabins are a great way to enjoy the outdoors long after shooting hours are over.

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From the Alaska Department of Fish and Game - Winter Nelchina Caribou Hunts Open October 21, 2014

Nelchina caribou winter hunts open on October 21 - image courtesy of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website Glennallen, Alaska – The Nelchina caribou winter hunts in Game Management Unit 13 (CC001, RC566, and DC480-483) will open on October 21, with a winter quota of 600 caribou (300 bulls and 300 cows). The new quota represents an increase in the number of bulls that can be taken under the state’s hunting season..

The decision to increase in the bull quota was based on a survey conducted last week, which found that the herd was still above the objective for bulls after the fall hunting season closed and a large proportion of calves had survived to the fall..

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From the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation - Youth Deer Gun Season Kicks Off Friday

Mom points out a potential target to her daughter from their stand during Youth Deer Gun Season. Youth hunters 17 and younger will have the first shot to harvest a deer with a firearm during this season from Oct. 17-19, 2014 Oct. 17 is the day many young hunters are awaiting. That Friday will be opening day for this year's three-day youth deer gun season for hunters 17 and younger.

"This year's youth deer gun season has the potential to be a great one," said Erik Bartholomew, big-game biologist with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. The fact that this season happens earlier in the year than other seasons is often a benefit for youth hunters.

"The youth deer gun season is set up so that kids can have a good time in the field. Deer are still in their summer feeding routines and are easy to pattern. And temperatures in October tend to be mild, and that makes for a more comfortable hunt," he said. 

"Since the deer aren't moving as much as they would be during the rut, the kids should have a good chance to set up on a known area and get an opportunity to harvest a deer."

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From the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation - New York Is Open for Hunting

Morgan Roberts, Age 15 on the Youth Deer Hunt 2013

Premiere Locations Abound Across the State as October Hunting Seasons in Full Swing

Excellent Opportunities on Long Island Open Up in November

Albany, New York - New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens today reminded New York's hunting and trapping community that many game specie seasons are open or will start in the coming weeks and that excellent hunting and trapping opportunities are available across New York.

Hunting and trapping are important management tools for several species, including deer, bear, beaver and Canada geese. These activities also provide significant benefits to New York's economy, especially in rural areas. Sales of sporting licenses, hunting equipment and accessories of all kinds, and expenditures for travel to hunting locations provide tens of millions of dollars annually for wildlife conservation programs in New York and contribute significantly to state and local economies. A recent national survey estimated that hunter expenditures on equipment and trip-related expenses in New York totaled more than $1.5 billion in 2011.

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From Swarovski Optik North America - Swarovski Optik North America Announces New STR 80 Spotting Scope

Swarovski Optik NA Announces New STR 80 Spotting Scope Cranston, Rhode Island - Swarovski Optik North America, a subsidiary of the Austrian-based company, is pleased to announce the new STR 80 spotting scope. Offering HD optics and an illuminated reticle, the STR 80 is excellent for estimating distance and will allow you to see targets at long range.

Great at the range or in the field, the new rugged and ergonomically designed STR 80 scope offers an illuminated MOA or MRAD reticle with 15 brightness levels, 10 day levels and 5 night levels. The reticle, which will get larger or smaller with the object in view as the magnification is adjusted, is extremely useful to help a shooter adjust shots in ¼ MOA or 0.10th MRAD increments at a long range. Also versatile, the STR 80 can be used as a regular spotting scope as needed by allowing the reticle to be completely removed from view. Current Swarovski Optik eyepieces, the 20-60x and the 25-50xW (wide), can be used with the STR 80, adding to its versatility.

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