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.
Hunters last year harvested nearly 119,500 deer — down 4 percent from the 2015 harvest of nearly 124,800 deer — and collisions across Indiana numbered more than 14,000, down nearly 9 percent.
(Pope and Young Club photos) Pope and Young Club world records were on display at the club’s 30th biennial convention earlier this month in St. Louis, Mo. The three-day celebration, held every two years, is where the club honors the top big-game animals taken in North America over the previous two years and recognizes new bowhunting world-record animals. The four new records: Typical…
According to the survey, which was open only to 2016 fall turkey hunters, 63 percent were satisfied with their hunting experience. The results are based on 1,114 responses.
In addition to the eagle language, House Bill 1204 reduces the age from 16 to 12 for individuals to qualify for an apprentice hunter validation license, and allows youth who turn age 11 before the end of the calendar year to receive a whitetail doe license valid for only the youth deer hunting season.
Former state senator for whom the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council is partially named not a fan of Legacy bill unanimously passed by House last week.
The proposal that went out for public comment Friday would set a quota of two wolves in each of two Montana management areas outside the park.
Overall hunter success was 66 percent, with each hunter spending an average of 4.4 days in the field.
A light turkey harvest last fall and a mild winter have set the stage for what could be a fast-starting spring wild turkey hunting season.
The USDA worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to eradicate nearly 70 feral swine from Arizona refuge.
Hunters spent more than $682.7 million and anglers spent over $271.3 million. Trappers, wildlife viewers and boaters were also big spenders with a combined contribution of almost $140 million.
Court says east-central Idaho wolf and coyote derby doesn’t need Forest Service permit.
Similar to last year, the Horicon Canada goose hunting zone will have one single continuous 92-day time period, rather than the two split time periods experienced in the past. In addition, the pintail daily bag limit based on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service frameworks, has been reduced from two to one.
Agency reports that the turkey population experienced reproductive success in the summer of 2015, and combined with relatively mild winters in 2015-16 and 2016-17, it is anticipated that the spring harvest will be up from last year and above the five-year average of about 20,000 birds.
White-tailed deer hunting changes include modifications to bag limits for several counties throughout the state.
John Walker was cited in 2015 for placing corn and pumpkins near his deer stands on his Washburn County property. A circuit judge tossed the citation, finding there wasn’t any evidence Walker intended to hunt over the food.
Preliminary numbers from a project that puts tracking collars on moose show that only one of the calves — the most vulnerable group — died from winter ticks this year. A year ago, nearly 75 percent of the calves tracked died.