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Utah's Deer Unit Change May Mean 500 Fewer Permits

Utah used to consist of 5 hunting units - for deer management purposes the state was divided it into 30 smaller units. Smaller units would make it easier to manage the deer populations in each of those 30 units. While working out the logistics and the number of permits for the 2012 deer hunt, the Division of Wildlife Board reviewed the success ratio per unit from the last couple years, as well as the buck to doe ratio per unit. After totaling all the numbers up, statewide there may be 500 fewer permits available this year.

Almost a Century of Hunting

Bill Tanner of Jackson Mississippi began hunting when he was 8. It was just squirrels with his father's gun a .410 shotgun. With the money from selling squirrels he bought his own firearm, a single-shot Southern Arms 12 gauge shotgun with a 32-inch barrel. The price for Tanner then was $4.00.

When he was 21 or 22 he got his first turkey. He said there would be years that there wouldn't be any turkeys in the area, but that has changed. This year Tanner turned 96, and he was able to fill his turkey limit. He got his third turkey about a week after his birthday and well before the season ends on May 1st.

Bad Timing of Photo Prompts Investigation and Cries of Animal Cruelty

Idaho wolf hunters harvested 373 wolves this season, for the second wolf season after years of controversy. Idaho recently took back the authority to manage the wolf population in their state, and to try and cull the numbers down to more manageable levels, they were pretty lenient in their allowances. Hunters could take 2 wolves per calendar year, they could use calls, they could use traps, but with 43,000 tags sold, only about 1% were successful.

Michigan Trying to Control Pork?

As of April 1st Michigan's new Invasive Species Order took affect. This was introduced as a way to deal with the feral swine problem that Michigan was facing, but it way oversteps that. This order gives the DNR the ability to enter farms, ranches and small businesses and take private property without compensation.

Tennessee Turkeys Aplenty

We think there may be more turkey than ham on the table this Easter. Tennessee's spring turkey hunt went off with a bang last weekend, with a substantial rise in the harvest this year compared to last year.

For the opening weekend, by the end of the day Sunday there were 8,367 turkeys harvested. A number that was larger than last year's opening weekend by 1,170. The season will end on May 13th.

Montana's Oldest Operating Dude Ranch For Sale

Ready to hang up your business shoes and neck tie? Get away from the city and the traffic? For sale is the Lazy K Bar Dude Ranch, an 8,500 acre property, that also comes complete with its own mountain - 11,214 ft Crazy Peak, located in Sweet Grass County, Montana. The price tag, $9 million which the current owner says is undervalued by about a third.

DNA Suggests Mountain Lion Victim's Story is a Hoax

Last week Robert Biggs was in the news for surviving a mountain lion attack when a mother bear came to his rescue. His story was amazing, and may have been believable or unbelievable. California Department of Fish and Game took it very seriously. They would have to warn people if there was a mountain lion attacking people in a popular hiking spot.

Grizzly Attack Survivor Speaks of Her Experience

Deb Freele was camping at Soda Butte Campground near Cooke City, Montana, 5 miles away from Yellowstone. Freele was doing what she loved most, camping and enjoying the outdoors. The last time she had been to Yellowstone she was just learning how to flyfish, 3 kids and a couple decades later she was back out there, more experienced with her angling skills.

Would You Bring a Black Bear Cub Home?

Rene Dubois saw a black fur ball on the side of the road. He watched it for awhile, realized it was a bear cub and waited to see if a mother bear was around. After not seeing one, he got out and looked at the small bear cub. It appeared to be about 5 weeks old and on the verge of death. It could barely hold its head up and its tongue was turning black.

Alberta's Grizzlies Coming Out for Spring

After a mild winter, things don't bode very well for the grizzlies of Alberta. A rancher's wife noticed what looked like a wolf eating on a deer carcass on their property. The next morning the rancher went out to check, and encountered a grizzly bear. He made loud noises to try to scare off the bear, but fresh out of hibernation the bear was not scared off. He charged at the man, who in self defense fired his rifle at the grizzly bear at 18 yards. The rancher faces no charges, since he shot the bear to save his own life.

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