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October 20, 2023

Ongoing conflicts might make for U.S. shortage in ammunition

The conflagration of the ongoing Ukraine-Russian War and now the volatile Israeli-Hamas/Palestinian War is expected to fire a broadside shot at American hunters and firearms enthusiasts.
Firearms-associated chat-rooms – and even firearms industry experts – are expecting a shortage of not just fully assembled metallic ammunition but their respective components. It’s a perfect storm of competing interests vying for surprisingly limited-access components. After all, there are only six manufacturers in the entire United States that make primers. And the number of gunpowder makers is even smaller while the number of large-scale bullet-building companies is not much larger.

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Fall bite for bass, panfish, walleye going on Iowa’s West Okoboji Lake

Iowa’s popular West Okoboji Lake is a good place to be for anglers looking to take advantage of the fall bite for multiple species right now.
The most-recent Iowa DNR fishing report said that water temperatures are in the mid-50s, and anglers are finding some success for bass, walleyes and panfish.

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Cacklin’ in a crowd: Tips for early-season pheasant hunting

Early-season pheasant hunting is so full of hope it’s almost electrifying. Yet, the reality of full parking lots, blaze orange bobbing through your favorite fields, potentially warm weather, and oceans of standing corn can short-circuit the easy-limit daydreams in a hurry.
There’s nothing easy about early-season pheasant hunting, but that doesn’t mean it’s a lost cause. You just have to acknowledge that you’ll be dealing with pressure and other factors, and then work to get around them.

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Commentary: Wisconsin DNR made right call on Mississippi River goose season

I am writing in response to Mr. Ray Heidel’s Commentary regarding the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the agency’s decision to make a change to the Mississippi River Canada goose zone season dates.
Like Mr. Heidel I, too, have been actively part of waterfowl conservation and have sat on groups and committees for several decades where decisions like these are made. I, on the other hand, would like to commend the Wisconsin DNR for the decision to make an adjustment to regulations that provides more opportunity for Wisconsin hunters, as well as making our regulations simpler, which we can all agree should be a priority.

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Video of injured deer sparks calls for animal cruelty charge for Vermont man facing poaching charges

Cell phone video that a game warden said showed a hunter petting an illegally shot and injured deer, and saying “good boy” before killing the animal, has raised calls from wildlife advocates for animal cruelty charges.
But Vermont’s animal cruelty law does not apply to activities regulated by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, including hunting and trapping, officials said. The 21-year-old hunter shown in the video is facing a slew of deer poaching and other charges from incidents in October and November of 2022, including hunting while his license was revoked.

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Pennsylvania House thwarts proposed plan to transfer money from Game Fund

A move to transfer $150 million from the Pennsylvania Game Commission that could also jeopardize the agency’s eligibility for federal Pittman-Robertson funding has been stopped. 
On Oct. 4, the House stripped an amendment that was added by the Senate to a budget bill. The amendment authorized the transfer of $150 million from the Game Commission’s Game Fund to the state’s Clean Streams Fund. The move came after the agency realized significant revenue increases in 2021-22, much of it due to oil and gas lease royalties, which rose by $117 million from the previous year. 

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Ohio’s Disease Surveillance Area deer hunt harvest about the same as 2022

Ohio hunters participating in the special so-named three-day “Disease Surveillance Area (DSA)” firearms season did well, though in practical terms, not really any better than for the similar 2022 season.
This special hunt allowed the use of firearms in Hardin, Wyandot, and Marion counties. In all, 668 deer were shot in the three-county area Oct. 7 through Oct. 9, a figure which represents only a 0.5% increase over the 2022 hunt. However, the kill was not expressed in uniformity over the three counties, said Robert Ford, the wildlife management supervisor for the Ohio Division of Wildlife’s District Two (Northwest Ohio) field office.

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