Firearm Hunting News

Michigan Bear Hunting “Help” Convictions Overturned by Appeals Court

The Michigan Court of Appeals has overturned the convictions of two men who used their dogs to help a hunter take a black bear out of season. In Michigan the punishment for an illegal bear hunt is up to 90 days in jail and up to a $1,000 fine. The court unanimously decided that Russell Lavigne Jr. and William Gerard McNeight were not guilty of a misdemeanor charge.

Oregon’s Controlled Hunt Draw Results Now Online

Hunters that applied for a 2012 fall controlled hunt can find out if they drew the tag online at ODFW’s Hunting Resources page.

Hunters will need to enter their Hunter/Angler ID#, last name, date of birth, and then click My Hunter Information and Draw Results.

A postcard with results will also be mailed this week to all hunters that applied for a controlled hunt.

Texas’ “Hogs-by-Helicopter” Law is a Booming Success

State lawmakers around the country seeking to lead their constituencies out of economic woe may want to make note of a new Texas law that’s having very positive financial effects for the state. The law allows landowners to sell permits for taking invasive and destructive feral hogs via helicopter and is being lauded as a huge success.

Tuesday is Arizona’s Fall Hunt Application Deadline

Don’t wait until the last minute to apply for Arizona’s fall draw for hunting deer, turkey, javelina, bighorn sheep, buffalo and pheasant. Applications must be received by the Arizona Game and Fish Department by 7 p.m. (MST), Tuesday, June 12. There are three ways to apply for the fall draw: online, in person or by mail.

Permit Applications Available for Special Deer Hunt in West Virginia

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Green Bank, W.Va., has announced that applications are now available and are being accepted for the special resident- only, controlled deer hunt at the NRAO site. This controlled hunt is organized and planned in cooperation with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR).

2012-2013 Deer Permit Application Process Begins June 1 in Arkansas

Permit applications will be available for WMA doe quota, youth, archery, modern gun and muzzleloader deer hunts on several AGFC wildlife management areas throughout the state.

Applications are made only online at www.agfc.com beginning Friday, June 1. The deadline for applications is Sunday at midnight, July 1.

Each person may submit one application for each type of permit hunt (WMA doe quota, youth deer, archery deer, muzzleloader deer and modern gun deer).

Sportsmen Seek to Solve Colorado’s “Bear in Tree” Problem with Reinstated Spring Hunting Season

It’s raining bears in Colorado. Just about one month after a young black bear fell out of a tree on the University of Colorado Boulder’s campus and images and video of the fall went viral, another bear took refuge in a tree in Steamboat Springs.

Arkansas GFC Lists Opening Dates for 2013 Deer Hunting

Arkansas deer hunters who plan in advance for upcoming seasons focus on scheduling vacations, making reservations and arranging other details of the annual major event.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has set deer season openings for 2013, and there is a change for archery hunters.

Kansas Firearm Antelope Application Deadline is June 8

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) is accepting applications for the resident firearm and muzzleloader antelope permit drawing. Applications may be submitted online through the KDWPT website, ksoutdoors.com. Click “License/Permits” in the upper right-hand corner of the page to begin the process. Paper applications are not available. For more information, phone 620-672-0728.

California Senate Passes Anti-Hunting Bill

California Senate Bill 1221, a bill that will ban the use of hounds to hunt black bears and bobcats, passed the state’s Senate today. The passage of SB 1221 by the senate casts a dark cloud over the future of all hunting and wildlife management in California. Senate Bill 1221 passed with a vote of 22 to 15 in favor.