Hunting News

Auditors taking closer look at Pennsylvania Game Commission

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The agency that oversees hunting in Pennsylvania is getting a closer look from the state auditor general’s office. Democratic Auditor General Eugene DePasquale on Tuesday announced his office will be conducting the Game Commission’s first performance audit in nearly a decade. The review includes revenue sources, how the commission is spending money and whether it’s following applicable…

Alaska governor backs bill to lessen hunting, fishing violations

The bill does, however, call for increasing fines for commercial fishing violations and for the offense of unlawfully taking an animal. The fine for illegally taking a bison, for example, would more than double to $3,000.FAIRBANKS, Alaska — A bill that Gov. Bill Walker has backed would make some of Alaska’s hunting and fishing violations more like traffic tickets than…

Bison hunters experience slow season outside Yellowstone

BOZEMAN, Mont. — Hunters and bison managers are seeing a slow season as the Yellowstone National Park herds are largely not leaving the park. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports hunters have killed less than 200 bison as of Friday, and none of the animals have been shipped to slaughter. Managers last year set a goal of removing between 600 and…

Interior secretary touts effort to improve big-game habitat

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.SALT LAKE CITY — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said that he’s taking steps to study and preserve habitat and migration corridors in Western states for big-game animals such as elk, mule and deer, a move that hunters and some experts applauded but that critics called an effort to cover up damage. Zinke’s order calls on…

Ohio Wildlife Council pitches deer seasons, regs

The ODNR Division of Wildlife also proposed modifications for hunting on public land that would permit hunters to harvest only one antlerless deer from public hunting areas per license year and require that only antlered deer be harvested on public land after Dec. 2. (Photo by Bill Diers)COLUMBUS — The Ohio Wildlife Council heard proposals for Ohio’s 2018-2019 white-tailed deer…

Problem turkeys could mean more hunting licenses in two Montana counties

HAMILTON, Mont. — The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks is proposing increasing turkey hunting licenses for the fall hunting season in an effort to control a growing population of wild turkeys in Bitterroot. The Ravalli Republic reported earlier this week that the department is considering raising the number of beardless turkey licenses a hunter can purchase for the…

Wyoming wildlife managers table crossbow debate

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission has declined to make any immediate changes regarding use of crossbows during the state’s archery season. Wardens and biologists in the Wyoming Game and Fish Department compiled a report recently that recommended not allowing crossbows during the special archery season. But the Casper Star-Tribune reports that some commission members expressed support…

Semiautomatic shotguns considered for deer, bear, elk in Pennsylvania

The Game Commission historically has permitted the use of semiautomatic shotguns for deer and bear seasons within its special regulations areas near Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. The preliminarily approved proposal would extend this authorization to the remainder of the Commonwealth, as well as permit semiautomatic shotguns using single-projectile ammunition for elk hunting.