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Nebraska Approves 2020 Mountain Lion Hunting

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The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission approved a mountain lion hunting season for 2020. The season will provide a harvest opportunity for up to eight mountain lions in two sub-units within the Pine Ridge of northwestern Nebraska. It will allow the population to remain resilient and healthy, while halting growth or moderately reducing the population size. This will initiate a reduction of the population density in the Pine Ridge to one similar to that of …

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Michigan Seeks to Expand Public Access Hunting

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Looking to expand and improve hunting opportunity and wildlife management, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is reaching out to landowners across 14 counties in an effort to expand its Hunting Access Program. “You can get paid to help with wildlife disease management, support the local economy and reduce wildlife conflicts on your property,” said Monique Harris, DNR hunting access program coordinator. Landowners play a key role in helping Michigan’s deer population. The program …

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Watch: Moose Calf Freed from Fence

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If you have ever been out hunting, fishing or hiking and come across a cow moose with a calf, you know it can be a little unnerving. After all, cow moose are known to be fiercely protective and often quite violent while watching out for their young. The woman, Sandy Irwin, who posted the video calmly approached the calf and freed it from the fencing that held it captive. And she did so with the …

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Watch: Grizzlies Swim in Deep Waters of Remote Montana Lake

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Lake Frances in northwest Montana is known for its walleye and northern pike fishing, not so much for grizzly bears. But that is exactly what boaters recently saw out on the water. Chelsea Alfson recently captured video of two grizzlies about 300 yards from the shoreline. “We checked the depth on our fish finder out there and the water was 27 feet deep where they were,” Alfson told KBZK-TV. “They didn’t want anything to do …

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More Women Taking Up Recreational Shooting, Hunting

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There’s a different, most welcome look at many shooting ranges around the nation. More and more women are picking up recreational shooting. They are also embracing hunting. According to a report on CBS This Morning, the number of women who target shoot shot up nearly 70 percent to more than 6.4 million participants over the last decade. Over that same time, the number of females who hunt increased 43 percent to 3.3 million. Conley Crimmins …

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Elk Spring Migration Well Underway

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This post comes from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department Facebook page. The big game migrations in Wyoming are quite a spectacle. The Jackson Elk Herd, at approximately 11,000 animals, is one of the largest in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and the largest in the state of Wyoming. The clip above shows animals of the Jackson Elk Herd transitioning off of their winter range. The bulk of these animals spent the winter on the National …

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Ranchers Deal with Growing Grizzly Populations

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Imagine trying to make a living when your product, cattle in this case, is constantly threatened by the largest predator in North America, and a species that is spreading to landscapes not visited in more than 100 years. That is a reality faced on a daily basis by Trina Jo Bradley, a cattle rancher who lives along Montana’s Rocky Mountain front. According to Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee, grizzly populations in the Greater Yellowstone Area and …

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$2,000 Reward Established to Find RMNP Elk Poacher

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Rocky Mountain National Park is offering up to a $2,000 reward for information regarding elk poaching incidents that occurred in the park in September of 2018. Park rangers discovered two dead bull elk, one on Sept. 12 and another on Sept. 22. In both instances, rangers determined someone killed the animals either on the morning they were found or the night before. “Rocky Mountain National Park’s wildlife is a resource for all visitors to enjoy …

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Keep Your Distance, Respect Winter Wildlife

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Below is news release from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game Wintertime is an exceptional time of year to be in the great outdoors. From snow covered mountains and valleys to the intermittent snow-packed sagebrush of the high desert steppe, there is always something to be offered out there, for even the most timid of recreationalists. This is also the time of year when our wildlife is the most vulnerable to the elements. By …

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Touchdown! Deer Outsprints High School Football Player into End Zone

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The camera operator followed the action as it happened. The placekicker launched the kickoff deep into the Washington night during the Coupeville High School-Kings High School game. The football bounced off the hands of Sean Toomey-Stout, the return man, and went over his head. He quickly recovered, scooped it up and tried to loop around to make up the lost yardage. At that point, with the crowd cheering in delight and the play continuing, the …

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Reactions Strong to Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Ruling

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Less than 24 hours after a federal judge in Montana vacated the delisting of the Greater Yellowstone grizzly population by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a Wyoming congressman took action. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) introduced legislation that directs the Department of Interior to re-issue its delisting decision. The bill would also prohibit further judicial review of the decision. “The decision by a Federal District Court Judge in Montana to re-list the grizzly ignores science, and …

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Mississippi Adopts CWD Regulations for 2018-2019 Hunting Season

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The Mississippi Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, adopted regulations for the revised Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Management Zone for the 2018-2019 hunting season during the August 16, 2018 meeting held at J.P. Coleman State Park. Regulations were approved after the 30-day comment period and take effect immediately. The new zone includes portions of Issaquena, Sharkey, and Warren counties and is identified as all areas south of Highways 14 and 16, areas west of the …

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Idaho Man Sentenced for Elk Poaching

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As part of a plea agreement, a man from Soda Springs, Idaho, received penalties for illegally killing and wasting a bull elk. Bart Rhead pled guilty to two elk charges and various trapping violations. He received a lifetime hunting and trapping revocation, forfeited his rifle, received a sentence to pay $12,650, and was given a 90-day jail sentence (with 60 days suspended) and 120 hours of community service in lieu of time served. In September …