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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Bear Meat Bratwurst Sausage

Chef Eileen Clarke serves the brats in patty version for breakfast.Recipe and images by Eileen Clarke “There’s a bit of bite in these bear brats and it comes from four places: first from the white and red peppers which is obvious, as is the mustard powder and garlic, the second and third sources. But the…

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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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Idaho bid for grizzly hunt continues with public meetings, input

(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)BOISE, Idaho — Idaho officials have scheduled two public meetings as part of a process to potentially open a grizzly bear hunting season this fall that would allow the killing of one male. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is gathering comments to draft regulations that the Fish and Game…

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Tackling busy April of chores ahead of spring gobbler season

Easter weekend finally brought the weather I was looking for, and I sprang into action on the chore list. After all, turkey season was only a month away (shorter for the youth weekend) and there’s plenty to do if I want to spend my weekend mornings in May chasing gobblers. The truth is, I’m going…

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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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