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Why Conservationists Are Opposing Maine’s Anti-hunting Ballot Proposal

For the past several months, Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (DIFW) has been promoting awareness of the upcoming bear referendum and what it would mean for the state’s bear hunt. This November voters will have the choice to vote yes…

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Why Conservationists Are Opposing Maine’s Anti-hunting Ballot Proposal

For the past several months, Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (DIFW) has been promoting awareness of the upcoming bear referendum and what it would mean for the state’s bear hunt. This November voters will have the choice to vote yes…

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“Activists” Say They’ll Stalk Montana Hunters During Wolf Season

When Montana opened its six-month general rifle hunting season for wolves on Monday, hunters found themselves watching their backs, but not because of the threat of a wolf attack. Instead, sportsmen and women in the Absaroka-Beartooth wilderness area j…

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“Activists” Say They’ll Stalk Montana Hunters During Wolf Season

When Montana opened its six-month general rifle hunting season for wolves on Monday, hunters found themselves watching their backs, but not because of the threat of a wolf attack. Instead, sportsmen and women in the Absaroka-Beartooth wilderness area j…

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Alberta Hunter Killed by Grizzly as Bear Encounters Increase

A missing hunter that was found last week in Kananaskis County, Alberta appears to be the latest victim of an uptick in bear encounters across the province. According to the CBC, the remains of veteran hunter Rick Cross were found near Picklejar Creek …

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Missouri Bill to Designate Captive Deer as Livestock Fails

Missouri’s fight over the status of captive deer may have finally come to an end this week after Senate Bill 506 was killed in the state House on Thursday. The bill, which would have designated captive deer as livestock and transfered oversight of the …

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Study: Urban Deer Hunting Reduces Chance of Lyme Disease

It should come as little surprise to many hunters that Lyme disease and other deer-related illnesses have a direct correlation to the number of deer living near a residential community. Scientists with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environ…

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Washington Bowhunter Survives Black Bear Tree Attack

When veteran hunter Jerry Hause, 60, went out bowhunting on Washington’s September 1 season opener, he expected a quiet day in the woods with his son and perhaps a chance at some elk. What he did not expect was getting into a scuffle with a black bear …

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Park Service Proposes Ban on Predator Hunting Methods in Alaska Preserves

The National Park Service (NPS) recently proposed a ban to three specific hunting methods in Alaska. NPS officials say that these practices, which include baiting for brown bears, hunting wolves and coyotes in early summer, and using lights to harvest …

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Virginia’s Small Elk Herd Prospers

Elk have had a long and rocky history with the state of Virginia, especially following a long period of expiration, restoration, and expiration again. The latest attempt to bring the species back to the state, however, has some conservationists hopeful…

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Louisiana Scientists Consider Using Gummy Bears in Fight Against Hogs

Louisiana’s feral pig problem is fast becoming a crisis that wildlife officials are calling one of the more pressing environmental issues for the region. There are an estimated 400,000 feral hogs in the state, and the invasive species is poised to grow…

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Video: Florida’s Bare-handed Python Hunter

Meet Ruben Ramirez, a python hunter who says he aims to rid Florida of the invasive species one snake at a time. With the increase in Burmese pythons, more and more people in Florida are looking forward to being able to hunt these reptiles themselves, …

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World Record Pronghorn Tie Broken by New Mexico Buck

For more than a decade, two hunter-harvested bucks have jointly held the title of world’s largest pronghorn. Last week, the Boone and Crockett Club (B&C) announced that a New Mexico buck taken in 2013 surpassed both contenders for the top spot. The…

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Iowa Upland Bird Population Explodes, Hunters Can Expect a Good Season

Iowa wildlife officials predict a successful season for bird hunters after a recent survey recorded population booms in the state’s three most popular game bird species. The August Roadside Survey, conducted every year by the Iowa Department of Natural…

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Mississippi Alligator Record Broken Twice in Four Days

Mississippi’s brief public alligator season has only just begun, and hunters have already broken the state record twice in four days. On August 30, one day after the hunt opened, Robert Mahaffey of Brandon and two friends caught a massive 756-pound, 13…

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Yellowstone National Park Plans to Remove 900 Bison

Officials from Yellowstone National Park announced last month that they recommend the removal of 900 bison from the area, primarily through hunting. According to the park’s summer bison population estimate, the cull will account for nearly 19 percent o…

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South Carolina Coyote Population Stabilizes at New High

Officials from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR) say that the coyote population has leveled out over the past few years, but at a much higher number than before. Although there is no accurate estimate of how many coyotes live in …

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Louisiana Hunters Bag More Feral Hogs Than Deer

Over the course of the 2013-2014 season, Louisiana hunters harvested significantly more feral pigs than deer, something that came as no surprise to state biologists. This is because the invasive hog population, referred to by some experts as one of the…

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Ohio Town Considers Paintball Guns for Nuisance Deer

Hunters in the Ohio town of Avon Lake rejoiced last month after a new ordinance allowed year-round bow hunting for the purpose of managing the deer population. However, City Council member Dave Kos recently introduced a new alternative that has come un…

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Louisiana Hunters Harvesting More Deer after Decade of Decline

A recent report released by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) shows that hunters are seeing—and harvesting—more deer after nearly a decade of decline. Hunters still say they are frustrated by the lack of deer in the Bayou S…

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Michigan Conservation Act Passed, Wolf Hunt Protected

Conservationists and hunters declared victory in Michigan on Wednesday as the state Legislature voted to pass The Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act. The citizen-initiated act, which among other things protects the state’s wolf season from a…

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Video: Young Crossbow Hunter Bags Two Feral Hogs with One Shot

While hunting in Langley Ranch in Centerville, Texas, Marcus of Hunting with Marcus and Chris managed to land a lethal shot on two hogs. Two-for-one shots are always unique and exhilarating—akin to a feat of athletic prowess—but sportsmen and women…

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Drastic Decline in Alaska Dall Sheep Closes Hunting Season

Officials from Alaska’s Department of Game and Fish (ADFG) have implemented an emergency order to close all sheep hunting in the western Brooks Range after a recent survey found that sheep numbers had plummeted 50 to 70 percent from 2011. The unexpecte…

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Threat of Referendum Hangs Over Maine Bear Opener

Maine’s back bear hunting season opened on Monday, but many hunters’ excitement is being mixed with trepidation as a November referendum could drastically change how hunters harvest bears in the state. The citizen-initiated referendum “Maine Question 1…

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Intact Deer Found Inside 1,000-pound Alabama Alligator

On August 16, a family of hunters in Alabama harvested a massive 1,011.5-pound alligator near Millers Ferry Dam in Wilcox County. The reptile was large enough to claim the Alabama state record and make a run for the title of the world’s heaviest, but w…

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Washington State Authorizes Hunt for Sheep-killing Wolves

Hunters working with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) are set to cull several wolves from southern Stevens County after a spree of predatory attacks that left 17 sheep dead and many more wounded. According to the WDFW, wildlife off…

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Colorado Health Officials Warn of Plague in Small Game

Boulder County health officials have announced that fleas from a dead prairie dog tested positive for bubonic plague earlier this month. The animal was found in the city of Boulder after residents noticed its carcass on their property. According to a p…

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Colorado Officials Scramble for Solutions to Mule Deer Decline

In just a span of eight years, Colorado’s mule deer population dropped from 614,100 to 390,600. From 2005 to 2013, the state’s mule deer herds dipped 36 percent and is now currently 125,000 animals short of the goal set by the state’s Parks and Wildlif…

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Feral Hogs Cause Environmental, Agricultural Woes in Louisiana

Louisiana’s problem with feral hogs is escalating, but nobody really knows just how much damage the half-a-million pigs in the state actually do. The hog population is not only a conservation issue—the animals can significantly impact the economic we…

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Researchers Suspect Blood-sucking Parasitic Eyeworm Caused 2010 Quail Decline

It’s only about an eighth of an inch, but it’s the stuff of nightmares. Researchers from Texas Tech University say that eyeworms (Oxyspirura petrowi) may be responsible for the widespread decline of quail in Texas during 2010. It is no secret that quai…

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