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Minnesota's Inaugural Wolf Season to Be Separate

Minnesota has taken over management of the wolf population in their state. 2012 will be their inaugural season and initial proposals are conservative. Right now the estimated wolf population stands at 3000, and the state would like it down around 1600.

The DNR is planning on holding the wolf season after the regular firearm seasons. Those that are hunting deer, about 180,000 in northern Minnesota, will not be able to shoot wolves when they see them. If the state's wolf population dipped down too far the state would lose the ability to manage them, placing them back on the endangered list. Deer hunters are not very pleased, thinking that with the later season there will be less hunters afield and the wolves will not be managed very efficiently. One ventured to guess that with this later season, less than a 100 wolves would be harvested.

Bear Hunting May Come to Connecticut

In 1840 hunting for black bears ended in Connecticut. The habitat bears prefer was cleared in order to make way for farms and residences. Bears would not be seen in the state again until the 1980s when they ventured down from northern states into Connecticut. The rapidly expanding bear population, has caused an increase in complaints and damage to property and livestock. The growing population has wildlife officials considering a black bear hunt.

Tru-Fire Hurricane Buckle Foldback Bow Release Review

In a previous blog we took a look at the Tru-Fire Patriot series of releases with good results. While the Patriot is a great release for the money if you're willing to step it up a bit Tru-Fire offers a variety of higher end bow releases. One of Tru-Fire's nicer releases is the Hurricane which is offered in a variety of configurations. For this review we'll take a look at the Hurricane Buckle Foldback release.

If you get tired of having your release head get in the way of using your hand when you're trying to do something other than draw back a bow, the foldback release style is worth trying. The foldback head allows for the trigger mechanism to rotate on a ring that locks it back against your forearm when not in use. Deploying the release is as simple as folding it back into position and you're ready to shoot. The foldback feature is handy and makes for wearing a release constantly while afield a more enjoyable experience.

Idaho Wolf Harvest Up

Idaho's last wolf season was in 2009, and 181 wolves were harvested. So far with no quota in the current season, 197 wolves have been killed.

Is it because of the no quota or is it because there are more wolves? A lot of hunters are reporting killing the wolves in areas where Fish and Game didn't even know packs of wolves existed.

Wolf trapping is allowed for the first time in Idaho — but that alone doesn't explain for the increase, says Jim Hayden. He's the Fish and Game regional manager for the Idaho panhandle.

Think About Fido When Hunting in the Cold

Hunters can bundle up and take precautions to ward off the cold weather while afield. Dogs however rely solely on their human companions. While outdoors this winter season make sure you help Fido out.

Deicers are used this time of the year on the road, so getting Fido some booties for his paws would be good to keep the chemicals from his pads or washing off his feet with warm water and applying some antiseptic after a day running afield. Washing them before Fido is able to lick them will help deter ingesting any of the chemicals used for deicing. Also dogs can get clumps of ice between their toes which can make them limp. Checking for the ice buildup periodically will help make the day longer. Older dogs may have arthiritis flare ups in the extreme cold. If your dog starts limping or has tender areas, a vet visit might be needed.

Hunters For the Hungry Hoping for Increase in Donations

Hunters for the Hungry is a charity that accepts deer donations from hunters and with the help of meat processors, fill food banks with healthy food. Deer is excellent meat, lean and high in protein.

In 2010, the organization reached their highest donation of 408,000 pounds. They were hoping for 400,000 pounds this year. This is the first year since they started in the early 90s that they won't be growing with donations. They have seen about a 25% loss of donations, which is equal to about 100,000 lbs.

Arizona Deer Hunters Find Pot Stash

Pierre Mondotte and Anthony Piazza of Scottsdale were tracking a deer near Sasabe Arizona. They split up to go around a mountain to follow the deer. Mondotte spotted something that he thought was a body. After closer inspection they found it was burlap covering a pile of tin foil wrapped marijuana.

Deal on Elk Property in Utah

A 3,800 acre ranch, with a massive 11,000-square-foot lodge that includes 13 bedrooms and a 50 head bull elk herd, finds itself affected by the economy. The bank now owns Tabby Mountain Ranch after the original owners facing bankruptcy lost it.

The loss of this lodge shows the affects from the economy's downturn, and that hunters are not willing to pay thousands for the trophy bull elk hunts any more.

Husband of Woman Struck in Hunting Accident Questions Target

John Bergeron was hunting at dusk in an area that he had seen deer earlier in the day. Cheryl Blair was walking her two dogs around 5 pm in this area as well. Bergeron and Blair are neighbors in Norton, Massachusetts. Bergeron saw something and believed he saw a deer's tail, so he shot. Blair was struck by one shot from a black powder rifle. Bergeron called 911 and started doing what he could to help Blair before the emergency personnel arrived.

New Hampshire Apprentice Licenses Now Offered

Starting with the new year New Hampshire is joining about 30 other states in offering an apprentice license. This is a once in a lifetime purchase where a person can try out hunting without taking the hunters safety class.

The apprentice license is good for one year, and allows a hunter to take part in the sport as long as they are with an experienced hunter. They must be within sight and hearing range of the experienced hunter at all times.

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