Politics Hunting News

Connecticut DEP Merges to Become the Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) came to life today, July 1, charged with the dual responsibilities of creating a new energy future for the state and protecting Connecticut's environment and natural resources.

DEEP Commissioner Daniel C. Esty said, "With the launch of our new agency, Connecticut is taking a positive step forward to fulfill Governor Malloy's vision of building a sustainable and prosperous economy for the future. We will be a national leader in integrating energy and environmental policy.

Wisconsin State Budget Helps DNR Reach Goals

On Sunday June 26th, Gov. Scott Walker signed the state's two-year budget into law. The Department of Natural Resources was treated well in the budget process – a sign of Governor Walker's and lawmakers' confidence in and value of the agency's role in a strong Wisconsin. We are well positioned to accomplish our mission.

USDA Accepting Comments On Hunter-Access Grant Initiative

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will accept public comments through July 21 on a $1.5 million federal grant designed to encourage more private landowners in Washington to open their lands to hunting and other forms of outdoor recreation.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) was one of 17 agencies nationwide to qualify for a three-year grant under the new Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program administered by the USDA under the 2008 federal Farm Bill.

Virginia DGIF Supports Sunday Hunting

At their June 7, 2011 meeting, the Board of Game and Inland Fisheries passed a resolution supporting Sunday hunting in Virginia. For years the Board has maintained a neutral stance on this issue. The right of Virginian's to hunt and harvest game is protected by Article XI, Section 4 of the Constitution of Virginia subject only to authority and restrictions prescribed by the General Assembly. The ban on Sunday hunting is set in the Code of Virginia by the Virginia General Assembly and repealing it would take legislative action.

Kentucky FWC Meeting to Nominate Candidate for 9th District

A meeting to nominate candidates for the Ninth District representative on the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission will be held at 7:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, June 16, at the Shopville Elementary School Gymnasium, 10 Shopville Road, Somerset, Ky.

The Ninth Wildlife District includes Bell, Clay, Clinton, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, McCreary, Pulaski, Russell, Wayne and Whitley counties.

Georgia DNR Board Approves Changes to Hunting Regulations

The Board of Natural Resources recently approved proposed changes to hunting regulations for the 2011-2013 hunting seasons and adopted proposed rules for the Georgia Outdoor Recreation Pass.

The purpose of hunting regulations are to manage Georgia's game birds and game animals according to the sound principles of wildlife management that achieve a balance between biological constraints and public objectives for the use of these renewable natural resources.

Florida Commission Meets, Extends Alligator Daylight Hunting Hours

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) wrapped up its two-day meeting Thursday in St. Augustine, in which it accepted staff recommendations on state-threatened species; discussed marine fisheries issues of concern to anglers, commercial fishermen and specimen collectors; approved hunting issues for deer and alligators; and dealt with other wildlife-related issues.

New York Considers Allowing Crossbow Use for Big Game Hunting

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced proposed regulation changes that will allow the use of crossbows for big game hunting and eliminate a permit requirement for certain physically disabled hunters to use special archery equipment during any big game or small game hunting season.

Louisiana Game Commission Briefed on Changes to 2011-12 Turkey Season

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has summarized the changes in the turkey hunting regulations that it expects to make when the formal season proposal is made at the July meeting of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. The department expects to propose two turkey hunting zones with different opening dates.

It is expected that the season would open in the south on the Saturday closest to March 22, and in the north on the Saturday closest to March 29. Youth turkey hunt weekends would be set a week prior to the season openings.

New Legislation Would Axe Subsidies for Activist Groups

Legislation that was introduced in Congress could axe what has amounted to federal subsidies for environmental extremist and animal rights groups making big business out of suing the U.S. government.