Firearm Hunting News

Lead Ammo Protection Passes U.S. House with Strong Bipartisan Support

On May 18 the U.S. House passed H.R. 4310 or the National Defense Authorization Act. While the act contained important language regarding the future of defense funding for the United States of America, it also had attached to it a rider amendment sponsored by Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL) which would remove the EPA’s ability to apply the Toxic Substances Control Act to lead ammunition.

Minnesota DNR Outlines Wolf Season Details, Seeks Public Comment

Minnesota’s first regulated wolf hunting and trapping season will be conducted this fall and winter. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking public comment on details of the proposed season.

Consistent with state law, the state’s first regulated wolf season will start with the beginning of firearms deer hunting on Saturday, Nov. 3.

Meeting on Proposed Wolf Season May 22 in Bozeman, Montana

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will host a public meeting in Bozeman on Tuesday, May 22 to share information and answer questions on the proposed 2012-13 wolf hunting and trapping season. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn-Bozeman (5 East Baxter Lane).

The proposed 2012-13 general wolf hunting season would run from September 1 to February 28, 2013, with trapping allowed from Dec. 15 to the end of the general wolf season (trapping and hunting of wolves is provided for in Montana’s wolf conservation and management plan).

Texas Expands Use of Suppressors for Hunting of Non-exotic Game

Officials in Texas have adopted rules allowing hunters to use suppressors (often called silencers) on their firearms effective September 1, 2012. Texas has now become one of a growing number of states that allow or are considering allowing suppressed hunting. Arizona just enacted permission for their use in March of 2012.

South Dakota Hunting Seasons Proposed

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission has proposed changes in several fall hunting seasons, including West River Deer, Black Hills Deer, Archery Deer, Archery Antelope, Youth Deer, Muzzleloader Deer, Fall Turkey and the August Management Take for Canada Geese.

Changes proposed for the West River Deer Season include:

Governor Branstad Rescinds Iowa Shot Shell Ruling

Governor Terry Branstad, a member of the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus, has permanently rescinded a provision of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources dove season rule that prohibits the use of traditional ammunition. The executive order was a result of the Iowa senate’s inaction on SJR 2001, a legislative resolution to rescind the ban. Although the resolution passed committee, and was joined on the Senate floor by a successful house companion bill (HJR 2001), the resolutions never came up for a full Senate vote prior to the conclusion of the 2012 legislative session.

Buck Deer Permits Reduced Slightly in Utah

For months now, deer hunters have wondered how many general buck deer permits will be available for Utah’s 30 new deer hunting units this fall. On May 3, the Utah Wildlife Board gave the answer: 86,500.

The board divided the 86,500 permits as follows:

Michigan Elk and Bear License Application Period Now Open

The Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters to apply for their Michigan elk and bear hunting licenses now through June 1. Hunters may apply online at or at any retail license agent.

There are 200 elk licenses available for the 2012 hunting season, divided evenly between hunts in August/September and December. The August/September hunt is designed to target elk outside the primary elk range before these elk move for the breeding season. The December hunt will occur in the core elk range and also allows additional harvest outside the core area.

The $2,600 Deer Hunting License

deer tag An old, rare Wisconsin deer hunting license sold for a record-setting $2,600 at a live, online auction held by Krueger & Krueger, LLC. Numismatologist Kurt R. Krueger said this was probably the highest price ever paid for a Wisconsin bull hunting license.

Maine Moose Deadline Approaching

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife wants to remind everyone that this year’s lottery for a Moose Permit closes on May 14th. Paper applications were due in April and the only way to still get your name in the pot for a permit is by applying on-line.

“We would encourage people to apply as soon as possible and avoid the chance they might miss the opportunity to participate. The deadline is rapidly approaching” said Chandler Woodcock, Commissioner of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.