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Arizona GFC to Interview 5 Applicants for Commission

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission Appointment Recommendation Board decided at its Friday, Nov. 12 public meeting that it will interview five applicants for the Governor’s next (2011) appointment to the Arizona Game and Fish Commission. The interviews will be held at the Appointment Recommendation Board's public meeting on Monday, Nov. 15, 2010, beginning at 8 a.m. at the Arizona Game and Fish Department headquarters, 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086.

Iowa Voters Create Outdoor Trust Fund

Voters in Iowa overwhelmingly voted to approve last Tuesday a constitutional amendment to establish the Iowa Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund.

The amendment passed with 62.66% of the vote, and will establish a permanent revenue flow for natural resources and outdoor recreational programs in the state. As approved, the measure requires that if the Iowa Legislature approves a sales tax increase, then 3/8ths of one cent must be used in support of the fund. Estimates report that about $150 million per year would be generated and devoted to the Fund.

Vermont FWD to Hold Meetings on Deer and Moose Regulation Changes

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board will hold three public hearings on January 3, 4 and 5 to discuss proposed changes to deer and moose hunting regulations.

"The public is encouraged to attend to learn more about these proposals and to provide their input," said Vermont Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Wayne Laroche. "They also can read the current wording of the proposed regulations by going to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife website."

Utah Pushing for Federal Delisting of Wolves

The Utah Wildlife Board wants gray wolves removed from the Endangered Species list through federal legislation.

The board consists of seven citizens appointed by the governor. Setting polices that guide the management of wildlife in Utah is their main responsibility.

Members of the board want Utah's wolf management plan to guide the management of any wolves that make their way to Utah from surrounding states. But that can't happen until wolves are removed from federal protection.

The board approved the management plan in 2005.

Iowa Firearms Coalition 2011 Legislative Agenda

Election Day has come and gone and this year was marked by some of the bloodiest election battles we've seen  to date. While the  elections have come to a rest, IFC has not. Since the  close of the 2010 legislative session we have worked daily with the NRA on  multiple pieces of freedom driven  legislation.

Kansas WPC Approves Turkey Permit Increase in Unit 4

At the public hearing portion of the October 14 meeting in Goodland, Kansas Wildlife and Parks commissioners approved a variety of proposed regulation changes.

Commissioners voted to approve a proposal to increase the number of spring turkey permits in Unit 4 to 500. Unit 4, which is the southwest corner of the state, is the only unit with limited permits. Three hundred twenty-five permits were authorized in 2009, and biologists feel the turkey population can sustain a higher harvest.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Takes Over Wolf Management in Idaho

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has taken over wolf management in Idaho and plans to open a 24-hour, toll-free line for calls related to endangered gray wolf management within Idaho.

The action comes in response to Idaho Gov. C. L. "Butch" Otter's announcement that the state would no longer manage wolves as a designated agent under the Endangered Species Act.

California DFG Seeking Comments on 2011 Hunting Regulations

The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is holding a meeting to solicit public input regarding the development of hunting regulations for 2011. The meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18 in the Wildlife Branch Conference Room, 1811 9th St., Sacramento.

Utah Wildlife Board Pushing for Removal of Wolf From Endangered Species List

The Utah Wildlife Board wants gray wolves removed from the Endangered Species list through federal legislation.

The board consists of seven citizens appointed by the governor. Setting polices that guide the management of wildlife in Utah is their main responsibility.

Missouri Conservation Commission Approves Elk Restoration Plan

The Missouri Conservation Commission approved an elk restoration plan that includes health protocols, herd management guidelines and habitat management recommendations. Releases of elk could begin as soon as early 2011.

The plan calls for releasing wild elk in a 346-square-mile (221,509 acres) elk restoration zone in parts of Shannon, Carter and Reynolds counties. The Conservation Department selected this limited restoration zone because of extensive public lands, suitable habitat, low road density, minimal agricultural activity and landowner support.