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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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Video: Leopard Forgets How to Ambush Warthog

Not every hunt in the animal kingdom ends with a successful harvest. Even predators as fearsome as the leopard have their off-days, and sometimes they simply mess up. A video posted on YouTube by Kruger Sightings shows what should have been a pretty on…

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USDA Announces Farm Bill Funding for Increased Access, Wildlife Conservation

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced an additional $20 million in grants to increase access for hunters and anglers, protecting wildlife, and enhancing business opportunities for rural economies. The funding comes as a part of the US De…

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Massive 1,000-pound Alligator Harvested in Alabama, Potential World Record

Last weekend a group of hunters in Alabama took what may be the largest American alligator ever harvested. The behemoth 15-foot-long, 1,011.5-pound beast was bagged by a family from Thomaston. According to the Daily Mail, Mandy Stokes, her husband John…

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Florida Begins Alligator Season, Opens Refuge to Hunters

Florida’s public alligator hunt opened on Friday, and this year hunters will have access to the 150,000-acre Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge for the first time. According to Reuters, more than a thousand sportsmen and women applied for the privile…

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Michigan Senate Passes Conservation Act, Fight Over Wolf Hunt Continues

On Wednesday the Michigan state Senate voted to pass the Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, a citizen initiative that resulted from a petition with over 374,000 signatures earlier this year. If approved by the state legislature, the Act wil…

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Michigan Senate Passes Conservation Act, Fight Over Wolf Hunt Continues

On Wednesday the Michigan state Senate voted to pass the Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, a citizen initiative that resulted from a petition with over 374,000 signatures earlier this year. If approved by the state legislature, the Act wil…

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Massive Washington Wildfire Causes Woes for Mule Deer Herd

For weeks, the largest wildfire in the State of Washington’s history burned across more than 250,000 acres in the Carlton Complex east of Seattle. More than 3,000 firefighters and emergency personnel responded to the blaze, which consumed 300 homes and…

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Florida Considers Legalizing Suppressors for Hunting

In a meeting next month in Kissimmee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is set to consider a proposal to legalize suppressors for use by hunters. Suppressors, also known as silencers, are legal to own in Florida but prohibite…

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Alberta Hunter Fends Off Attacking Bear with Close-range Rifle Shot

An Alberta hunter is in the hospital after a recent encounter with a bear left his arm badly mauled. According to CBC News, the unidentified bear hunter was traveling through the Smoky Lake area near Edmonton on Sunday when he saw a 250-pound male blac…

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Michigan Girl Uncovers 160-year-old Skeleton of Extinct Elk

Standing ramrod straight, 10-year-old Sonja Moehle reaches perhaps a little over five feet. For comparison, the massive elk antlers she found in a Michigan lake earlier this lake both reach her chin. Sonja, who prefers to be called “Sunny,” discovered …

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Park Service Considers Plan to Cull Deer on Historic Battlefields

Earlier this month the National Park Service (NPS) released the final version of its plan to manage growing deer populations in several historic battlefields across the country. Located in Maryland and Virginia, the Antietam, Monocacy, and Manassas bat…

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Could California’s Drought Endanger Pacific Flyway Ducks?

Duck numbers are up across the country and available habitat seems to be holding steady, but could a devastating California drought endanger birds along the Pacific Flyway? Just last week the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) proposed a liberal 107-…

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USFWS Proposes Liberal Waterfowl Season, Duck Population Growing

The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced last Friday that it will continue to propose liberal season lengths and bag limits for the upcoming 2014-2015 late waterfowl seasons. The decision is based on the growing number of ducks across all maj…

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Americans Inducted into Time-honored German Hunting Tradition

Fifteen American citizens were initiated into the Jaegerschaft Wiesbaden on July 25 in a ceremony overseen by US Army officials at the historic Jagdschloss Platte in Wiesbaden, Germany. The Jaegerschaft Wiesbaden, a community of hunters located in th…

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Officials Fear Washington Elk Hoof Disease May Have Spread to Oregon

Officials with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife say that the hoof disease affecting elk in southwest Washington may have spread further south. The disease, which causes elk hooves to become twisted and deformed, has become a major concern for…

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Michigan Hunters Get First Teal Season in Nearly 50 Years

Thanks to decades of teal population growth, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently announced that it will open an early teal hunting season this September. According to the DNR, hunters will be able to take six teal each day and h…

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Hunter Discovers Massive 29-field Pot Farm on Texas Deer Lease

A Texas hunter is being credited for uncovering what officials suspect may be the largest marijuana bust in state history. According KHOU, the hunter first discovered the illegal farming operation when he arrived at his deer lease in Goodrich last Satu…

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Minnesota to Set Most Conservative Deer Season in Two Decades

Minnesota hunters may not be surprised to hear that the 2014 season will be the state’s most conservative in the last 20 years. On Wednesday, Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced that chances to hunt anterless deer will be restr…

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Ohio Village Battles Growing Coyote Population

The village of New Boston in southern Ohio is getting some unwanted visitors, and local officials say that pets are no longer safe on the streets after a group of coyotes moved into the area. The situation has grown to the point where village administr…

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Study: Elk May Eventually Adapt to Better Handle CWD

For the past five decades chronic wasting disease (CWD) has spread like a cancer through the nation’s cervid population. Without any form of effective vaccine or cure, the disease poses a serious problem for the country’s elk, moose, and deer. Accordin…

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Conservationists Urge Action as Mule Deer Dwindle in Colorado

In 2013, Colorado wildlife officials determined the state’s mule deer had hit a record low. At only 384,000 animals, the Centinnel State’s muley population is 200,000 short of the official target number and 36 percent less from almost a decade ago when…

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Wisconsin Court Ruling Allows Hunters to Train Dogs for Wolves

Last Wednesday, a state appeals court ruled that Wisconsin hunters can once again train dogs to track and hunt wolves. The decision comes after another court ruling last year allowed the use of hounds in tracking wolves, but forbade training dogs speci…

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Montana Closes Sage Grouse Hunting in Most Areas

The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWP) announced on Thursday that it will be closing sage grouse hunting in all or part of the 32 counties that currently allow it. Hunters will still be able to harvest the birds in a limited capacity in 20 coun…

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