Montana officials seek information on dead grizzly; hikers shoot Wyoming bear in self defense

With grizzly bear protections and hunting in the news of late in grizzly country in the Lower 48, two recent bear deaths are making headlines in Montana and Wyoming. In Montana, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Department are seeking information on the shooting death of a sub-adult male…

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Maine bald eagles continue amazing recovery from the brink

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine wildlife officials are conducting the largest statewide survey of bald eagles in the Pine Tree State in five years. Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife biologists and game warden pilots are conducting the survey of the iconic bird. It nearly disappeared from Maine in the 1970s, when there were only…

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Pennsylvania Game Commission expands CWD rules

Above: Wayne Laroche, the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s special assistant for CWD Response, addresses a press conference in Kirkwood, N.Y., on Wednesday, May 16 regarding the finalized CWD Risk Minimization Plan in neighboring New York state. (Video by Steve Piatt/Outdoor News) Pennsylvanians who harvest deer anywhere in New York, Ohio, Maryland or West Virginia no longer…

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Wild turkey surprise: Locating and calling boss gobblers during the unusual spring of 2018

I have a vast network of hunting buddies and colleagues, and if I had to sum up in one word the reports so far out of this turkey season it would be … strange. Or maybe erratic? Unreliable? Inconsistent? Something along those lines. My own experience in three states thus far has echoed that general…

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Deer feeding bill gets massive makeover, passes Senate

Legislation that was aimed to legalize some forms of supplemental feeding of wild deer in Illinois was passed out of the Senate this week – albeit as a much different version of the original proposal. Senate Bill 2493, which originally stated “a person may supplementally feed deer with items otherwise prohibited by the Wildlife Code when…

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Federal grand jury indicts five Illinois men on charges of illegal waterfowl hunting in Fulton County

(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)PEORIA, Ill. – Five men have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges related to alleged illegal waterfowl hunting in Fulton County in 2015 following an investigation conducted by the Illinois DNR and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In early 2015, IDNR conservation police officers received information regarding…

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Boom time on central Wisconsin’s grasslands

(Wisconsin DNR photo)RUDOLPH, Wis. — Hoarfrost hung from the trees, fence wire and prairie grass. A school bus, pronounced by its blinking roof beacon, slowly headed west on Highway M just a few minutes before Carl Flaig could be heard to the northeast calling in his herd of 60 cows in a nearby paddock for…

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Portable blinds sometimes the best bet for turkey hunting in bad weather

Two young gobblers (jakes) lock beaks.Turkeys seem to have a degree of repugnance for rain, wind, snow and cold only slightly below ours. However, the turkey mating season tends to wash away some of that fear, uncomforting feeling and intolerance of inclement weather much better than hunters. Many turkey hunters have never seen the book,…

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Another top-10 all-time bear harvest in Pennsylvania

Despite one of the worst opening days in more than three decades of bear hunting, Pennsylvania charted yet another top-10 bear harvest in 2017. Hunters harvested 3,438 bears in the 2017 seasons, with the archery harvest of 493 bears and the extended-season harvest of 1,083 bears setting records for those seasons. Forty-eight bears weighing 500…

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Capable Partners gets physically challenged into the outdoors

Capable Partners’ mission statement is to “provide opportunities for personal growth and independence for physically challenged persons and able-bodied partners through participation in fishing, hunting, and related outdoor activities.” (Capable Partners photo) When Evan Newton was 13 years old, he was diagnosed with a rare nerve disease. At 39, that same disease confined him to…

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