Staff and News Reports

House passes concealed carry reciprocity bill

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation that would enable holders of concealed carry licenses to legally carry in other states. It passed in the House by a 231-198 vote. The measure also contained an amendment designed to address reporting and other issues with the NICS system. The bill was a top priority of Second Amendment groups, including the…

Indiana seeing rare, historic snowy owl irruption

The Indiana Audubon Society is alerting owl fans of a historic invasion of the all-white, snowy owl that is taking place in Indiana. The usually absent arctic owl only visits Indiana during cyclical “irruptions” occurring every four to five years. Early reports from around the state indicate that large numbers of snowy owls are flocking in from the far north….

Two national monuments in Utah see huge acreage cutback in largest-ever reversal of federal monument protections

(Bears Ears National Monument Facebook photo)SALT LAKE CITY — President Trump signed proclamations cutting the acreage of two national monuments in southern Utah on Monday, Dec. 4, excising more than 2 million acres from them in the largest-ever reversal of federal monument protections. Trump undid protections for 85 percent of the 1.35-million-acre Bears Ears National Monument and nearly half of…

Michigan lands inaugural High School Target League nationals

Mason, Mich. — The USA High School Clay Target League, the nation’s largest high school clay target shooting sports program, announced recently that the inaugural USAHSCTL National Championship will be held in Mason, Mich. in 2018. The event, scheduled July 12-15, will feature a trap-shooting competition for the highest-qualifying student athletes and teams throughout all affiliated state high school clay…

Representatives from Wisconsin make CWD pitch in D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On the heels of Montana’s first confirmed case of chronic wasting disease, a bill has been introduced by Reps. Ron Kind and Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin that would give states and tribes the funding and other assistance needed to fight the disease in deer, moose and elk that threatens the nation’s big-game populations and hunting opportunities. In…

Zebra mussels continue to find their way into Texas waters

(Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)AUSTIN — Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologists have classified Lake Georgetown as infested with an established, reproducing population of invasive zebra mussels and have also changed the status of Lake Livingston to fully infested. Lake Georgetown is a 1,297-acre impoundment controlled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, located just north of…

Crossbows, off-highway vehicles/winch accessory kits recalled

A series of crossbows and an off-highway vehicle winch are among products being recalled, as noted in The Associated Press’ list of weekly recalled consumer products. All Fang XT, Fang LT and Thrive archery crossbows with serial numbers 2404285-2514039 have been recalled, according to the report. The serial number is on the bottom of the trigger grip. The model number can be…

Hunting deer – and spotting an American marten [video]

While participating in Minnesota’s gun deer season outside of Ely in the Superior National Forest, Wisconsin Outdoor News columnist Patrick Durkin made a relatively rare observation for most deer hunters – an American marten on the hunt. Durkin was able to get a bit of video on the little predator on a cold early November day. For more on Durkin’s Minnesota deer…

Disease not detected in latest round of CWD tests for farmed deer herd in Crow Wing County

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Chronic wasting disease was not detected in deer tissue samples from Minnesota’s only currently quarantined farmed deer herd, in Crow Wing County, according to the latest test results involving the herd. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health quarantined the herd in December 2016 when two white-tailed deer tested positive for CWD. When the herd was quarantined, it…

Tips to increase your deer-calling success

In pursuit of white-tailed deer, three Wisconsin hunters reportedly shots themselves on the hugely popular opening day of the firearms hunting season.By Gary Sefton “You’re not going to believe this,” the excited deer hunter exclaimed. “I hadn’t seen anything all morning, so I let my bow down and started to unfasten my safety belt.  I remembered my brand-new, never-used deer…

Big increase in antlerless elk licenses for South Dakota state park hunt

(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission has increased the number of licenses available for a special Custer State Park antlerless elk hunting season from 20 to 60, the GFP announced in a news release Tuesday, Nov. 7. In addition, four new antlerless elk hunting units (for residents only) were established for…

In Washington, Black Friday fishing for nice-sized trout

(Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is offering anglers opportunities for tight lines rather than long lines on the day after Thanksgiving, the agency said in a news release. The “holiday specials” include thousands of large trout averaging 15 to 16 inches in length and weighing up to three pounds. The…

Ohio Outdoor News’ Jane Beathard honored

Jane Beathard recently received the Cardinal Award from the Ohio DNR.COLUMBUS, Ohio – Jane Beathard, a frequent contributor to Ohio Outdoor News, recently received the Cardinal Award from the Ohio DNR. The DNR also presented the DNR Hall of Fame Award to former Ohio Gov. Bob Taft and his wife, Hope Taft. The awards ceremony took place along the banks…