From the New York Department of Environmental Conservation - DEC Announces 2013 Bear Harvest Results

Record Takes Again In the Southern Zone

2013 NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest Honorable Mention recipient Nicholas Lonetto New York bear hunters took 1,358 black bears during the 2013 hunting seasons, making last year the second highest bear harvest on record in New York, Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced today.

"New York has excellent bear habitat and vast, accessible public lands that offer exciting opportunities for bear hunting," said Commissioner Martens. "With abundant natural foods this past year, bears were in great condition, and we heard of several hunters who took bears weighing more than 500 pounds dressed. Under New York's Open for Fishing and Hunting, our Fish and Wildlife Programs are being enhanced and our hunting and fishing licenses are streamlined to ensure increased opportunities for recreational in this state."

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From USA Shooting - Current & Future Stars Gather in Colorado Springs for 2014 Nat'l Jr. Olympic Shooting Championships

Women's Air Pistol will be intense despite the bond Lydia Paterson (left), Alana Townsend (middle) and Darian Shenk (right) have formed as the current and future stars of the sport. Colorado Springs, Colorado - The current and future stars of USA Shooting are set to begin 17 days of competition during the 2014 National Junior Olympic Shooting (NJOSC) Championships taking place at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., April 10-26.  The best junior men’s and women’s pistol competitors will get things underway beginning Thursday.

Following pistol, Women’s Rifle takes to the range April 16-20, and then NJOSC will conclude with Men’s Rifle, April 22-27. Both rifle weeks will consist of an Air Rifle and Three-Position (smallbore) competition. In order to compete in this year’s NJOSC, competitors must have been born in 1994 or later, providing for a junior competition that is unparalleled in the shooting sports.

There is a lot at stake for the young shooters that will travel to Colorado from all corners of the country. Each event will provide two opportunities to be appointed to USA Shooting’s National Junior Team. This is a remarkable opportunity for the nation’s top young shooters to gain valuable experience through different camps and international events ... Find out more about these Junior Olympic shooters ...

From Gamo Outdoor USA - GAMO® Squirrel Master Classic ... an instant classic

The GAMO® Squirrel Master Classic Fort Lauderdale, Florida - The gates of the Southern Sportsman Lodge in Montgomery, Alabama closed at the end of the 1st annual Squirrel Master Classic, the action has come to an end at the competition and everyone was returning home, everyone was really happy with the experience…everyone except the hunted squirrels.

The 1st Annual Squirrel Master Classic was held on Feb. 19th and 20th 2014 hosted by Gamo® Outdoor USA (www.gamooutdoorusa.com), world renowned manufacturer of high-end adult air guns partnering with Buckmasters organization.

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From the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department - Vermont Moose Hunting Applications Are Available

Mike and Bonnie Blanchard of Sullivan took this great bull in the 2012 NH moose hunt - image courtesy of New Hampshire Fish and Game Montpelier, Vermont - Vermont moose hunting permit applications are now available on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com). Printed applications will be available from Vermont license agents in early May.

The 285 regular moose season permits to be issued this year represent a 20 percent decrease from the 355 permits issued last year. Hunters are expected to harvest close to 150 moose during the regular season hunt which starts October 18 and ends October 23.

An additional 50 permits are designated for the October 1-7 archery moose season when hunters are expected to take about 15 moose.

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From the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission - L.W.F.C. Approves Hunting Seasons, Hunting Regulations, Turkey Hunting Seasons, Turkey Hunting Regulations and W.M.A. Rules for Upcoming Seasons

John Zent quail hunting in Mexico - image courtesy of American Hunter magazine Baton Rouge, Louisiana - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) approved the 2014-16 hunting season dates and the 2014-15 General and Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) rules and regulations at their April 3 meeting. The season dates approved include the 2015 Turkey season and associated rules and regulations.

The notices of intent presented in January by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) for the upcoming hunting seasons were approved with amendments made subsequently in February and March, and following the public comment period.

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From the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation - New York: Crossbow use approved for hunting

Crossbow hunting now allowed in New York Albany, New York - On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, the New York 2014-2015 approved budget – which the Assembly and Senate approved on March 31 – was signed into law. Included in the approved state budget are provisions which will allow crossbow use for all small game and any big game season that includes firearms. Additionally, crossbows will be allowed during the last 14 days of the Southern Zone and the last 10 days of the Northern Zone early archery seasons. Suffolk and Westchester counties are the only areas of the state where hunting is legal that will be excluded from these new crossbow allowances. Crossbows will now be turned over to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to draft regulations.

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From Sportsman Channel - Sportsman Channel and NRA Partner to Bring NRA Life of Duty Franchise to Network – Debuts Thursday, April 3

Sportsman Secures Exclusive Rights to Series Celebrating Heroes of Military and Homeland

Sportsman Channel and NRA Partner to Bring NRA Life of Duty Franchise to Network New Berlin, Wisconsin - Sportsman Channel, the leader in outdoor TV for American sportsmen and women, is proud to bring NRA Life of Duty to a national TV audience exclusively and for the first time. NRA Life of Duty, presented by Brownells, premieres Thursday, April 3 at 9 p.m. ET/PT – immediately following the premiere of the original series, Amazing America with Sarah Palin, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The series will include regular interviews with Lt. Col. Oliver North, award winning military historian, New York Times best selling author, and chairman of the NRA military and veterans affairs committee.

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From the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism - Spring Turkey Season runs through May 31

Kansas turkey hunter - photo courtesy of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism

Firearm hunters can hit the field April 9

Pratt, Kansas - A lot of work goes into prepping for a spring turkey hunt, from scouting roosting sights and sighting in shotguns, to mastering the perfect “cluck” and “purr” call. And all that hard work will pay off on April 9 when the regular spring turkey season opens. Following the archery-only/ youth/disabled season, April 1-8, turkey hunters can hit the field with shotgun or archery equipment to take their shot at a spring turkey, or two.

And thanks to equipment changes established last year, hunters may now use any gauge shotgun or muzzleloading shotgun with shot sizes No. 2 through No. 9 and crossbows to fill their spring turkey tags.

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From the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation - Statewide elk hunting season approved by Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission

2010 Super Hunt winner Jack Pederson from Idaho - Photo from the SuperHunt Idaho Facebook Page. The Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission has established a statewide elk hunting season in addition to approving several other hunting and fishing rule changes at its recent meeting in Oklahoma City.

Officials with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation say a statewide elk season addresses agricultural depredation problems for some landowners by allowing for a controlled thinning of elk herds while creating new opportunities for hunters.

Elk can be found in at least 30 of Oklahoma's 77 counties, some of which have been open to controlled and private lands hunting for many years. Most are found in the southwest region in and around the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, where a highly sought after limited elk hunt is offered almost every year through the Wildlife Department's Controlled Hunts program. Elk hunting in the area outside the refuge also has been available for many years through a private lands season in Caddo, Comanche and Kiowa counties. Additionally, controlled hunts have been available on Pushmataha and Cookson Hills wildlife management areas and through a private lands season in six northeast Oklahoma counties. Elk are found in Oklahoma outside those areas, though, including in the Panhandle, where elk migrate through the state from Colorado and New Mexico.

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