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Commission approves updated CWD management plan

Commission approves updated CWD management plan

By Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

The Game and Fish Commission has unanimously approved an update to the agency’s official Chronic Wasting Disease Management and Response Plan. During the Commission’s January meeting, State Wildlife Veterinarian Dr. Jenn Ballard explained the need for an updated plan. The agency’s first CWD plan, finalized in 2006, solely focuse... READ MORE

Free trees available for backyard buffers

Free trees available for backyard buffers

By Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Free tree seedlings are available to landowners in several counties who have a creek, drainage ditch, stream, or other waterway on or near their property through the Backyard Buffers program. Trees and shrubs planted along waterways help improve water quality by absorbing excess nutrients, lowering peak water temperatures, reducing sedime... READ MORE

NM bill would make teaching youth to shoot illegal

NM bill would make teaching youth to shoot illegal

By Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation

New Mexico Senate Bill 224 - Crime of Failure to Secure Firearm (SB 224) would make it illegal for children under 12 years of age to access or handle a firearm. Also, any child 12 to 18-years-old would not be allowed to handle or have access to a firearm unless completing an undefined “firearm safety course.” In addition to l... READ MORE

81,729 deer harvested during 2020-21 season

81,729 deer harvested during 2020-21 season

By Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Deer hunters in Maryland harvested 81,729 deer during the combined archery, firearms and muzzleloader seasons from Sept. 11, 2020 through Feb. 3, 2021. The statewide harvest included 29,242 antlered and 49,033 antlerless white-tailed deer, plus 1,500 antlered and 1,954 antlerless sika deer. The harvest was 3% higher than the 2019-2020 total of 79,4... READ MORE

2020 CWD testing of hunter-harvested deer complete

2020 CWD testing of hunter-harvested deer complete

By South Dakota Department of Game Fish and Parks

Game, Fish and Parks thanks all hunters who participated in the CWD surveillance program in 2020. Four new counties were determined to have CWD and are now considered endemic in South Dakota. These counties include Ziebach, Lyman, Mellette and Sully. This brings the total endemic counties to 16 in South Dakota. In 2020, CWD testing results to hunte... READ MORE

Maine 2021 moose permit lottery now open; closes May 13

Maine 2021 moose permit lottery now open; closes May 13

By Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

Dreaming of the hunt of a lifetime? The 2021 Maine moose permit lottery application process is now open. Applications for the moose permit lottery will be accepted online only. To apply online, fill out the online moose permit application and indicate several preferences. These include which wildlife management districts (WMD) you are willing ... READ MORE

Ohio deer season ends with total harvest of 218,910 deer

Ohio deer season ends with total harvest of 218,910 deer

By Ohio Department of Natural Resources

One of Ohio’s most successful white-tailed deer hunting seasons concluded Feb. 7, 2021 with 197,735 deer harvested, according to the) Division of Wildlife. That total is the highest since 218,910 deer were taken during the 2012-2013 hunting season. The final harvest totals represent all deer taken during archery, gun, muzzleloader, and youth ... READ MORE

Public asked to report distressed or dying bats

Public asked to report distressed or dying bats

By Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Last winter, White-nose Syndrome (WNS) was detected in bats in 18 counties in central Texas and the disease has continued to spread. Texas Parks and Wildlife is asking for the public’s help as it monitors WNS progression through the state to understand how WNS is affecting vulnerable bat population. “Last year, we received reports ... READ MORE

Bear hunting bill withdrawn in California

Bear hunting bill withdrawn in California

By Sportsmen’s Alliance

California Senate Bill 252 has been pulled by its sponsor, Sen. Scott Weiner, following its Jan. 27 introduction after backlash from the Sportsmen’s Alliance, national and state partners and outdoors media. The Bear Protection Act, sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States, the largest anti-hunting organization in the world, s... READ MORE

Alabama hunters bagging big bucks this season

Alabama hunters bagging big bucks this season

By David Rainer/Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Photo: Fourteen-year-old Austin Nichols bagged this huge buck in Cullman County. – Photo courtesy of Chad Nichols. Judging from the number of deer reported through the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) Division’s Game Check system and the number of trophy bucks posted on social media, Chris Cook thinks this is the best dee... READ MORE

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