No Change in Hunting Rules by Wildlife and Parks Commission

    According to the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks Commission, there is going to be no change in the coyote hunting rules. The department was asked to bring some changes but they were rejected considering as illegal. According to the chief of Wildlife Parks law enforcement, Kevin Jones, his staff has been hunting deer illegally from vehicles and by communicating with other hunters. And when the staff members were asked about this, they simple answered that they are just adopting a legal method to hunt coyotes. Well many legal hunters  who used to hunt coyotes from vehicle with their dogs thought that if there is a change in the regulation, it will be a good punishment for illegal hunters.   The commission chairman, Gerald Lauber said: What we’d be doing is damaging the scapegoat (coyote hunters) because other people mimic their activity to break the law, It seems the dog hunters are taking the brunt and it’s not the ethical dog hunter’s fault. Also some of the rules got approved by the authorities at the meeting: Those hunters who are going to use cross bows in next archery season will be bound to get a registration number from Wildlife and Parks Commission. Non toxic shots at all departments are approved by Commissioner for all departments. U.S. Fish service will raise the limit of teal from four to six daily from September season.      
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Ohio Hunting Season Being Announced

  The hunting season dates have been announced by the Natural Resource Department of Ohio. There has been a change in the deer management on county level which overall has increased the hunting hours and has also introduced an early muzzleloader season. The hunting and trapping season dates for 2013 – 2014 are given below: Deer archery: Sept. 28 – Feb. 2, 2014 Antlerless deer muzzleloader: Oct. 12-13 Youth deer: Nov. 23-24 Deer gun: Dec. 2-8 Deer muzzleloader: Jan. 4-7, 2014 Squirrel (gray, red and fox): Sept. 1 – Jan. 31, 2014 Ruffed grouse: Oct. 12 – Jan. 31, 2014 Fall wild turkey: Oct. 14 – Dec. 1 Youth upland game: Oct. 19-20, Oct. 26-27 Cottontail rabbit: Nov. 1 – Feb. 28, 2014 Ring-necked pheasant: Nov. 1 – Jan. 5, 2014 Bobwhite quail: Nov. 1 – Dec. 1 Fox, raccoon, opossum, skunk and weasel: Nov. 10 – Jan. 31, 2014 Mink and muskrat: Nov. 10 – Feb. 28, 2014 Mink, muskrat, raccoon, opossum, skunk and weasel (Erie, Ottawa and Sandusky counties, and Lucas County east of the Maumee River): Nov. 10 – March 15, 2014 Beaver: Dec. 26 – Feb. 28, 2014 River otter: Dec. 26 – Feb. 28, 2014 Crow: June 7 – March 8, 2014; June 6, 2014 – March 7, 2015 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday only) Youth spring wild turkey: April 19-20, 2014 Spring wild turkey: April 21, 2014 – May 18, 2014 Coyote and feral swine (wild boar): No closed season Groundhog: Closed only during deer gun season   Similarly the bag limits for this year hunting season are changed as well. They are now determined by the county. As far as the timings for hunting are concerned, it ranges half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset. A hunter cannot exceed a [...]
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New Deer Hunting Rules by Ohio General Assembly

There has been a controversy of more than 3 months over this year deer hunting regulations in Ohio. Well, the good news is that controversy is over now as committee of Ohio General Assembly has finally made some new deer hunting rules. These rules were actually proposed to the committee in April 2013. According to the Sen. Chris Widener and his group of legislators, the new rules have reduced the hunting opportunities because of the reduction in bag limits in 13 southeast counties. It also has eliminated the extra gun hunting weekend in December. Even after the opposition of Chris Widener, the rules got approved by Ohio Wildlife Council in April but Widener decided to expand his opposition to legislature Joint Committee for Agency Rule Review. In result of that, amended rules were  proposed by ODNR to satisfy Widener and his supporters but most of the wildlife council members rejected the revision in May. They were not happy with the power given to legislators over wildlife biologists in the process of state hunting rules. Well eventually, the war was won by wildlife council and all the rules which were proposed in April got passed on 12th June 2013. There was only one minor change made in the rules of April 2013 and according to that, bag limit was increased to four instead of three. There are plenty of rules which were defined for deer hunting season and some of them are mentioned below: The deer hunting timings will be from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. The permits for Antlerless will be valid only till 1st December.  Bonus Gun weekend which was to be held in December in Public hunting areas is discontinued according to new rules. The statewide bag limit is nine deer, but a hunter [...]
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Find Your Deer License Easily

  Hunters are well aware of the fact that they need to work really hard before realizing which deer license do they need. Well this problem has been solved by DNR as now hunters may know which deer license they need. DNR has made some necessary improvements in their online website by editing sport license finder. Now you can find all deer license types in the improved version of their official site. You may check them all here. As most of you may already know, Deer season begins usually around mid of September every year when it opens for all other designated urban zones. For those who are eager and cannot want till September, here is deer hunting begins from 1st July in special areas which also include park deer reduction hunts. You will need deer hunting license to apply for these hunts. Due to the latest update in the DNR site, users will be able to know the type of deer license. This will vary depending on the type of deer license you can use and also on your age group and if you are a resident or non resident.   According to the Administration of DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife, Mr. Cain said: Most hunters know they need a deer license, but it can sometimes be hard to determine which license you need. The new system allows hunters to choose their equipment type and then gives them a list of licenses for that equipment type and what can be legally harvested. With the help of this license finder, hunters will not only be able to find the areas where it is legal for them to hunt. They will also come to know about the packages, costs, bag limits and stamp privileges.  
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South Dakota Deer Hunting Season

  According to the latest news, Fish and Parks commission has finalized the South Dakota deer hunting season for the year 2013. The online application submission process has also begun with this announcement. As far as the last submission date for application forms is concerned, it may vary from one place to another so you may have to check your main area for the details or the official site. The deer hunting at the West River will be held from 16th November to 1st December for all the tags. The hunting season dates in Gregory and Mellette counties will be from 2nd to 5th November and 18th – 24th November. Also the hunting dates are Nov 2 – 24 in Ziebach and Corson while it will open in all areas for antlerless tag from 29th Dec to 5th Jan.     There will be an additional hunting season as well. The additional hunting season at Custer State Park Deer are Nov 2 – 15 while the hunting season at Black Hills Deer is Nov 1 – 30. The application submission date for all of the tags is 19th July. The archery deer season for all tags will be from 28th Sep – 31st Dec 2013. As far as the National Wildlife Refugee Deer season is concerned, dates may vary within each refugee. For the application of license lottery, last date is 30th August. There is also a good news for young hunters as their hunting season will be from 14th Sep – 15th January.   If you want any more information about the deer hunting season application form, you should check it on  their official page.
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2013 Camp Ripley Archery Hunts

  The archery deer hunts season is going to be held in Falls and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will be accepting application forms from 1st July. You are allowed to submit application forms till 16th of August and the event is going to be held at Camp Ripley near Little Falls. Though the exact dates fr the year’s hunting season will be announced later but according to news it is going to be started a little late than usual. There are two main hunting seasons from which a hunter can choose which is either in October or November. According to authorities, 5000 hunters will be give hunting permits and they will be hunting in two equal groups on two different days. As soon as your application is accepted, you will have to buy an archery license and as far as bag limit is concerned, two and bonus permits can be used to take deer. These are some special rules for this year hunting and if you want to red more basic rules for hunting, you can read the DNR’s deer hunting official page.   There are four main options by which a hunter can submit his/her Camp archery hunt application form: Through DNR’s Internet Link. Through DNR’s Computerized Electronic Licensing System at any ELS agent in Minnesota Through Telephone number ( 888-665-4236) At DNR Physical Center ( 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul) You will have to pay application fee which is $12 and if you are applying by phone or through Internet, an additional fee of $3 will be transacted. Eligibility Criteria: Hunters may apply individually or in groups. The resident hunters should be 21 years old or more to apply for hunting. They should also own State driving license and firearms safety training number. If you are non [...]
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Senator plans to legislate tax deduction for hunters who donate deers, turkey to the hungry

Give and you will receive – hunters who donate their game to anti-hunger programs should receive tax deduction, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer said as listed in his government page last Thursday, June 20. The senator announced his push to encourage donations as well as boost economic benefits of hunting by introducing a bipartisan legislation that will give tax deduction to hunters for the cost of processing their venison upon donation of the final product. Deer hunting, a pastime for many Upstate New Yorkers, has seen a boost this year, while game donation to feeding programs has steadily declined ever since the 2009 recession. Currently, organizations such as the Venison Donation Coalition pay to process game that hunters bring to venison processors provided the final product is given to feeding programs. With donations dropping and the Coalition’s budget cut, a major lifeline of these anti-hunger programs is slowly saturating while the number of hungry people grows. Schumer plans to resolve this situation by providing incentives for both the hunter and the processors. His bipartisan legislation, which he introduced with Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Mark Begich (D-AK) Mike Crapo (R-ID), Mark Pryor (D-AR) and Mike Enzi (R-WY), not only creates a tax deduction for a hunter to process venison for donation but also makes tax exempt the income a processor receives from an anti-hunger charity. This means the hunter can choose to deduct the money used to pay for processing from his or her taxable income, and the income the processor gets will not be taxable. Schumer’s aim in this economical procedure is to encourage more hunters and processors to join in the bid to end hunger. He hopes to stretch every dollar donated to feed more people as well as help the keep hunt returns afloat. Inquire about venison donation at your local [...]
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Tentative New York Youth Waterfowl Hunt Days Announced

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has announced the tentative dates for the 2013-2014 waterfowl seasons. The migratory game bird hunts are set in five different areas: the Northeastern Zone, Lake Champlain Zone, Southeastern Zone, Long Island Zone, and Western Zone. Each zone has different specified dates for specific waterfowl species as well as the Youth Days, but the season dates are still subject to change until final federal regulations are adopted. The seasons  stretch from late September to mid-March among the zones, allowing ample time for the participants’ preparation. The Youth Waterfowl Hunt Days, established by the DEC in 1996, is a scheduled 2-day pre-season hunt specially allotted for young waterfowl hunters aged 12-15. Aimed to give chaperoned Junior hunters a chance to enjoy the game birds before the hunting season begins, the Youth Days are scheduled at least a week before the beginning of the regular waterfowl season. During these two days, the young hunters are given daily bag limits for ducks and a limit of 2 geese per day. The Youth Waterfowl Hunt dates are as follows: September 21 and 22 for the Northeastern Zone; September 28 and 29 for the Lake Champlain Zone; September 28 and 29 for the Southeastern Zone; October 12 and 13 for the Western Zone, and; November 9 and 10 for the Long Island Zone. Junior Hunters have to be fully licensed and registered in the Harvest Information Program (HIP) and must be accompanied by a licensed adult hunter (one with current HIP registration and duck stamp). However, the adult is not allowed to shoot any bird unless the regular season is already open. Along with the tentative dates for the Youth Days Hunt, season dates have also been set for the regular game season, as provided in [...]
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Urban Deer Hunting in South Charleston

Thursday Night, an ordinance by the council was passed for the deer-hunting in South Charleston City. According to the Mayor Frank Mullens, the measure proposed by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is the only reasonable option to control the population of deer. According to the council and authorities, relocating and tranquilizing deer is not a proper and useful option in such a situation. Mullen told media after meeting with DNR: When I first heard about it, I was opposed to the idea, like many people who just weren’t educated about how urban deer hunting works. After meeting with DNR, he has realized that under proper controlled process and after training session, hunting is the only safe option as it can be for an urban area. According to him, majority of ordinary people consider urban hunting as something where hunters will be running across the residential area to shoot deer but he can assure that there is nothing remotely close to that. The City Engineer Steve DeBarr gave his analysis of the city according to which there are only 15 properties which can be qualified for the population control but it will also take time. Right now, authorities are working on laws and regulations for the urban hunting sessions and they will be available in next week. As far as proper hunting season is concerned, it is expected to begin in early September.  
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What You know About Show Me Snow Geese?

  Many of you might have known about the WaterFowl Hunting seasons in Missouri but how many of you know about ‘Show Me Snow Geese’? Show Me Snow Geese is Missouri based waterfowl hunting guide service who has been arranging several hunting seasons since decade. According to the news, the service will soon be announcing snow goose and duck hunting season for this year.     If we have a look at previous hunting session, usually it all begins from Golden Triangle Duck Club which is right across the Grand Pass conservation area. The main reason behind choosing this area is that a huge number of waterfowl move into this area at that time of year. Hunters also get the opportunity to enjoy late goose hunts and fall duck hunts under this club. The Spokesperson for Missouri Hunting Company told media: All of our guides at Show Me Snow Geese have extensive water-fowling background. Brian Meredith is our lead guide and has been with us the longest and has many years of waterfowl hunting experience.  We started out with just a few hundred acres, but today we operate on several thousands of acres across Missouri. Yet we remain a privately managed small and friendly family business. Guided hunts are limited as to maintain exclusivity. As for hunting groups, the number of hunters in a single group is limited to just 5 people to ensure quality.   If you want to be a part of their hunters team, you can definitely try this opportunity. Do not worry about the hunting weapons as you can buy them all from their online hunting gear. You can find everything starting from duck and goose decoys to goose hunting blinds. If you want to get any more information about the hunting season, here you go! [...]
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