It allows hunters to donate whole field-dressed deer at participating meat processors, food pantries and other charitable organizations. In 2016, a record 528 hunters participated, and Nebraskans received more than 28,000 pounds of venison.
Planning is now underway for the hunt in northwestern Wyoming, which will probably be similar to the state’s last wolf hunting seasons in 2012 and 2013.
With a two-year buildup of inventory and decent weather in the forecast, outdoor auction could be big draw.
If approved for 2017, the sharp-tailed grouse season in a part of east-central Minnesota and east of a line from Floodwood to the northern border would be open Saturday, Oct. 14, through Thursday, Nov. 30. In the rest of the open hunting zone, the season would run from Saturday, Sept. 16, through Nov. 30.
Waterfowl hunters will notice some changes this year, including more restrictive September Canada goose seasons in northwestern Pennsylvania, modifications to daily bag limits for some duck species, and later dates for some youth waterfowl hunting days.
The huge bear before the shot frequently becomes a much smaller bear when the hunter walks up to it.
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But natural resources department now pulling back from its original stance in regard to whether to increase non-resident fishing and hunting license fees.
State hunters reported 149,811 deer killed during the 2016-2017 hunting season, down 7.8 percent from the 2015-2016 season.
Bird numbers are recovering, but with weather, hunters may have to put in some time for a successful season.
Hunting licenses would rise from $10 to $15 and annual fishing licenses would increase from $9 to $15.
The statewide wild turkey population is currently estimated at 20,000 to 25,000 birds.
Would keep state sales taxes from being charged on firearms, ammunition and archery supplies on the first weekend of September, but would no longer apply to off-road vehicles, airboats, pirogues, animal feed and some other items that have been tax-free.
The measure would remove woodchucks from the state’s protected species list and establish a hunting season for them from the beginning of July through the end of December with no bag limits.
Will pay more than $20,000 in penalties, with a 32-month suspended sentence and loss of hunting and fishing privileges for six year in illegal killing of elk.
But statewide, Wyoming plans to offer more licenses for antelope, mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk and bighorn sheep. Fewer moose and bison licenses will be offered.
It says no license will be required for hunting or fishing at events where participation is limited to veterans with disabilities caused by combat. The veterans must have been honorably discharged, and they can live in Mississippi or come from out of state.
One regulation revoked this year is a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ban on killing wolves or bears from aircraft, shooting brown bears over bait and snaring bears within Alaska federal wildlife refuges.
The 2017 spring survey results show that hunting can be increased in all badlands units except 4A, which experienced more severe winter conditions and a slight decline in mule deer numbers.
Numerous changes coming in 2017-2018 for deer, antelope and elk.
License holders can now report game harvests via smartphone or other mobile device.
The state’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted 7-0 to direct its staff to revamp the bear management plan and report back in two years. That came after a motion to hold a bear hunt this year was voted down 4-3.
Duck and goose hunters must register in person for waterfowl blind site drawings and must be present at the drawing – held at each location designated below immediately after the registration period – to claim their blind sites.
The proposal for three-day temporary hunts would expand to include a good chunk of the state. Would also make these licenses valid on private land only.
Among the rules are targeting one bird at a time, instead of spraying the flock, and only taking juvenile birds that are not yet breeding.
Game and Fish won’t finalize a 2017 hunting season until after a summer sheep population survey. The state typically doles out only about half a dozen of the highly desired licenses. More than 10,000 hunters applied last year for eight licenses.
Pronghorn antelope tags will also be reduced, but tag numbers for elk hunts will not be affected.