From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources - 18 state parks to close temporarily for deer reductions

Deer hunting in Indiana parks - image from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources website Indianapolis, Indiana - Select Indiana state parks will close temporarily to allow for controlled deer reductions in the coming weeks.

The dates for the temporary closings are Nov. 17 and 18, and Dec. 1 and 2.

The state parks affected are Brown County, Chain O’Lakes, Charlestown, Clifty Falls, Fort Harrison, Harmonie, Indiana Dunes, Lincoln, McCormick’s Creek, Ouabache, Pokagon, Potato Creek, Prophetstown, Shakamak, Spring Mill, Summit Lake, Tippecanoe River and Whitewater Memorial.

These state parks will close to the general public the evening before each of the two efforts and reopen the morning after each two-day reduction.

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From the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection - NJ Upland Bird Small Game Season Opens Saturday, November 8

Red Fox Photo by Gary Lehman on NJDEP website Trenton, New Jersey - The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife reminds hunters that the 2014-15 small game seasons for pheasant, chukar and Hungarian partridge, bobwhite quail, ruffed grouse (south of Route 70) and woodcock (south of Route 70) will open at 8:00 AM this Saturday, November 8. Small game seasons for several other species have already opened. Hunters are reminded that quail hunting is limited to commercial and semi-wild shooting preserves and the Peaslee and Greenwood Forest Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), as the wild quail hunting season remains closed.

Hunters should review current regulations, season dates and bag limits in the 2014-15 issue of the 2014-15 Hunting and Trapping Digest (specifically page 65) for information regarding the specific season (s) they wish to hunt. A summary of small game hunting season information can also be accessed at www.njfishandwildlife.com/pdf/2014/smgame_summary14-15.pdf (pdf, 68kb).

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From the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department - Vermont Moose Hunters Had a Successful Season

Kevin Rice takes a 919 lb. archery record bull in Bloomfield

Kevin Rice of South Pomfret, VT with his archery record 919 lb. bull moose he took on opening morning of Vermont’s archery moose hunt.  - VTF&W photo by Steve Schaefer

St. Johnsbury, Vermont - Vermont moose hunters had a successful hunting season according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. A record bull was taken in the October 1-7 archery moose hunt, and the regular moose hunting season was October 18-23.

“A preliminary count shows that by October 28 the department had received official reports of 22 moose being taken by 54 hunters in the archery season and 147 moose taken by 289 hunters in the regular season,” said Cedric Alexander, Vermont’s moose project leader. He said a few additional reports may still be sent in from other reporting agents.
       
“Vermont’s moose population is being managed scientifically, according to a plan developed on sound wildlife biology and input from the public... more on moose hunting in Vermont ...

From the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department - Vermont’s Rifle Deer Season Starts Saturday, Nov. 15

Youth deer hunting image from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department website MONTPELIER, Vt. -- Hunters are gearing up for the start of Vermont’s statewide traditionally popular 16-day rifle deer season that begins November 15 and ends Sunday, November 30.

A hunter may take one buck during this season with at least one antler having two or more points one inch or longer. A point must be one inch or longer from base to tip. The main beam counts as a point, regardless of length. Spike-antlered deer, mostly yearlings, are protected during this season.

“Vermont’s pre-hunt deer population is estimated at approximately 135,000 this year with the greatest numbers of deer found in the southwest, east-central, and northwestern regions of the state,” said Deer Project Leader Adam Murkowski.    

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From the Pennsylvania Game Commission website - PENNSYLVANIA HUNTERS READY TO TALK TURKEY

Fall season begins Nov. 1 in most parts of state; season lengths vary by WMU

turkey hunt from Pennsylvania Game Commission website One of Pennsylvania’s most exciting seasons will begin this Saturday as hunters head afield in pursuit of one of fall’s most coveted game animals, the wild turkey. But hunters really need to focus on the varying season starts and lengths throughout the state’s 23 Wildlife Management Units (WMUs). Hunter compliance protects the resource and ensures better turkey hunting in coming years.

While season lengths in most WMUs remain unchanged from last year, the first season segment has been shortened from three weeks to two in WMUs 3A, 3B and 3C – all of which are in northern Pennsylvania – to help those populations rebound from declining trends. And while a three-day season remains intact in WMU 5A, the timing of the season has changed to a Thursday-through-Saturday format to provide greater opportunity for hunters whose schedules do not allow for a weekday hunt.

Hunters who didn’t participate in the fall turkey season last year still might be unaware of season length changes put in place in 2013 in some WMUs, due to an ongoing study to determine how the length of the fall season affects the female turkey harvest.

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From Yamaha Motor Corp. - Register for Yamaha Outdoors-NHF Day Sweepstakes Before Midnight October 31

2014 Yamaha Viking FI 4x4

Support National Hunting and Fishing Day with Chance to Win Viking FI 4x4

Cypress, California - Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., the leading maker of ATV and Side-by-Side (SxS) vehicles for outdoorsmen and women, has donated a new 2014 Viking FI 4x4 in honor of National Hunting and Fishing Day’s (NHF Day) celebration of outdoor recreation and conservation. Yamaha reminds outdoor enthusiasts that they can still register to win before midnight on October 31, 2014, at www.yamahamotorsports.com/nhfday.

This year’s NHF Day celebration was held on Saturday, September 27, 2014, and continues to serve as the most effective grass roots effort ever taken to promote outdoor sports and conservation... more on Yamaha Outdoors' Viking FI 4x4 giveaway ...

From Daniel Defense - Daniel Defense Releases New Rails & Optic Mount

Daniel Defense SLiM Rail and Aimpoint Micro Mount

Black Creek, Georgia - Daniel Defense, engineering and manufacturing the world’s finest firearms, precision rail systems and accessories, today announced new product releases: SLiM Rail™ 12.0 and Aimpoint® Micro Mount (Absolute Co-Witness).

The SLiM Rail™, which first debuted on the DDM4v11 in a 15-inch version, is now available as a rifle length, 12-inch option.  “We’re fired up about our customers having access to this new rail system,” noted Daniel Defense Director of Marketing, Jordan Hunter... more on the new rails and optic mount from Daniel Defense ...

From the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources - Utah's most prized big game permits

If you draw the 2015 sportsman permit for Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, you'll have plenty of days and plenty of places to find your trophy. You can apply for a sportsman permit starting Oct. 28. Photo by Brent Stettler.

Applications for 2015 sportsman permits accepted soon

Salt Lake City, Utah - You can apply for next year's most prized Utah big game hunting permits — 2015 sportsman permits — starting Oct. 28.

Only Utah residents can apply for sportsman permits. One sportsman permit is offered for each of the following species: Desert bighorn ram, Rocky Mountain bighorn ram, buck deer, buck pronghorn, bull elk, bull moose, hunter's choice bison and hunter's choice Rocky Mountain goat.

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From the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism - So many seasons, so little November

Canada Goose image from the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism website

November marks the beginning of several hunting seasons in Kansas

Pratt, Kansas - For most people, Christmas comes on Dec. 25, but for hunters and anglers, the best gifts arrive one month earlier. November marks the start of four hunting and fishing seasons that are a must-do in the Sunflower State, and if you’ve never partaken in these fall festivities, you may want to reconsider your plans this upcoming month.

TROUT FISHING: NOV. 1 - APRIL 15

From Nov. 1, 2014-April 15, 2015, anglers can enjoy some of the best fishing opportunities in the state as nearly 30 public fishing areas will be stocked periodically with this special species.

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