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Georgia House Votes to Make DNR's Information Restricted

Under Georgia's current open records law, the DNR had to release paperwork that residents had filled out for hunting, trapping, fishing, and operating boat licenses. Republican Rep. David Knight brought a bill to the table that would allow this information to be restricted. It is designed to protect the resident's information from commercial firms and solicitors, especially the Social Security Numbers, birth dates, pictures, addresses and phone numbers.

Minnesota Moose Population Continues to Decline

After conducting the aerial survey in Minnesota, state biologists have determined that the moose population continues to decline. The survey for 2011 estimated the population to be 4,900, the 2012 survey estimated the population at 4,230. In 2006 the population was estimated at 8,840, it has been a declining situation ever since.

Along with an annual survey, radio collars are being used to conduct the research. They are used to track the animals, and to possibly learn more about the causes of death. In 2002, 150 moose were collared. Out of the 150, 119 have been found dead. Most from unknown causes thought to be diseases or parasites. Ten moose died as a result of highway vehicle accidents. Two were killed by trains. Only 11 deaths were clearly the result of wolf predation.

Road Incident Changes Vote on Crossbow Bill

When Kansas Rep. Anthony Brown first saw the bill to allow crossbow hunting for deer, elk, antelope and wild turkey - he voted no. That was Tuesday morning, by Wednesday he was ready to change his vote. Tuesday evening driving home in his truck he collided with a large doe. The responding officer said this was his second deer related car accident that night. With this new insight Brown went in Wednesday with a yes vote on the crossbow bill.

Preserving Opportunities for Everyone Not Just Privileged

Preserving opportunities for everyone, not just the privileged is the message that Idaho wants for its hunters. This was the mindset that kept a bill from passing that would have allowed landowners to sell hunting permits for their land. It died on the table today with a 17-17 vote.

Conservationists vs. Ranchers

The wolf battle ramps up between conservationists and ranchers in Idaho. A bill's fate is set to be sealed tomorrow, as the two opponents battle it out. The sponsor of the bill is Senator Jeff Siddoway, who is also a rancher. He says that the wolves have cost ranchers thousands of dollars in losses and damage to their animals. The bill would allow hunters to hunt wolves by air, with helicopters, and high powered parachutes. Conservationists say this measure is overkill, and will land the animals back on the federally protected endangered species list.

Senate Agricultural Affairs Committee will vote on the bill on Wednesday. Also part of the bill is to allow baiting for the wolves. Ranchers would get a 60 day permit, during which time they could go after the offending wolf pack.

Misty of Chincoteague Would Not Be Happy

To help manage the deer population Assateague National Seashore has an 2 day deer hunting season, and to provide a unique recreational opportunity. In January 2011, Justin Eason and his father John Eason were taking advantage of the 2 day deer hunt. Justin had the misfortune of not following the #1 rule of hunting, be 100% sure of your target. Justin took down a 28 year old mare wild horse instead This was bad enough, but then he and his father lied about it.

Legal Hunt has Bad Ending

In 1990 the general public in California voted to make it illegal to kill mountain lions, not that they are endangered, nor do biologists recommend not hunting them. Environmental and animal welfare groups simply wanted to ban lion hunting, they argue that it's unnecessary and cruel. Hunting groups attempted to overturn the measure in 1996, but voters again chose to keep lion hunting illegal. It is also illegal to bring or have any mountain lion parts from a hunt after 1990.

Dan Richards is the president of the California Game and Fish Commission and he has pictures of himself with a large mountain lion that he successfully hunted, in Idaho, where it is completely legal.

Wisconsin's Proposed Wolf Season Draws Criticism

UW–Madison professor Adrian Treves, who directs the Carnivore Coexistence Laboratory in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, believes that the state of Wisconsin should have control over managing the state's population of wolves. However, with the proposed bill that was introduced in January he believes they are making it more problematic, and will result in having the wolves back on the federal endangered species list in no time.

The proposed season is going to be open statewide instead of specific problematic areas. Also the season is set to run from mid-October through February, making it the longest season for a big game animal in the state.

Were Wild Turkeys Ever in New Brunswick?

Did New Brunswick have native wild turkeys at one time? That is the question that the province is currently asking as hunters and members of the National Wild Turkey Federation are pushing for the release of wild turkeys in New Brunswick. Wild turkeys are considered a non-native species, so releasing them is illegal.

Maine at New Brunswick's border has a population of wild turkeys, and they have crossed over, and now New Brunswick has a few.

Father and Son Charged in Massachusetts Bear Killing

Back in September 2011 we reported about a Massachusetts man who had his black bear confiscated by the Environmental Police, due to suspicions that the bear was taken illegally. At that time Mark Burdzy Jr and Sr were both adamant that the bear was taken legally. 

Now several months later after an extensive investigation by the state and federal Environmental Police, that included DNA testing of the confiscated bear and a gutpile, both men are being charged with illegally killing the black bear.

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