Politics Hunting News

Colorado DOW and Parks Will Likely Merge July 1

The Colorado Division of Wildlife and Colorado State Parks would merge into a new agency under one board and one administration on July 1 under legislation that will soon be submitted to the General Assembly, Gov. John Hickenlooper told a joint meeting of the Colorado Wildlife Commission and the State Parks Board.

Alaska Appalled at USFWS Decision

In a decision that ignores subsistence needs of local Alaskans and directly conflicts with sound wildlife management policies aimed at preserving a rapidly declining caribou herd on Unimak Island, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) dismayed state wildlife managers yesterday by deciding to take no action to help the Unimak Caribou herd.

Judge Confirms Arizona Did Hold Jaguar Permit in 2009

U.S. District Court Judge Cindy K. Jorgenson has ruled that the Arizona Game and Fish Department held a valid endangered species permit, authorized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in February 2009 when the jaguar Macho B was captured and collared south of Tucson.

Judge Jorgenson’s decision adopted an earlier report and recommendation by Magistrate Judge D. Thomas Ferraro who found Game and Fish's permit to be valid for "take" of an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act.

Wisconsin DNR Spring Fish and Wildlife Rules Hearing Questionnaire Available

The questionnaire package for the 2011 Department of Natural Resources Spring Fish and Wildlife Rules Hearing and Annual Conservation Congress County Meeting and the list of meeting locations is now available for review on the Department of Natural Resources website.

Utah Seeking Applicants for Regional Advisory Councils

Your chance is here to have a say in how wildlife is managed in Utah.

Several positions will soon be open on Utah's five wildlife Regional Advisory Councils.

What the RACs do

Each RAC holds about 10 meetings a year to listen to proposals from the Division of Wildlife Resources about hunting, fishing and wildlife management in Utah. The RACs also take input from the public about the proposals.

Oklahoma Changes Turkey Season for 2012

Stabilizing populations of Eastern wild turkeys in southeast Oklahoma is at the heart of a new state turkey hunting rule change that will go into effect in the spring of 2012.

Pennsylvania Wins Fight Against Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania Lawsuit

A Commonwealth Court ruling, handed down Feb. 8, has dismissed the Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania's legal challenge to the Pennsylvania Game Commission's deer management program, according to Carl G. Roe, agency executive director.

This decision was the second ruling against Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania since 2007, when Commonwealth Court dismissed the organizations lawsuit on procedural grounds.

Idaho F&G Discussion - Should Motorized Hunting Be Regulated

The 2010 big game hunting season is now history, with stories of success, near misses, and golden memories for families and friends. Last hunting season was also the first year of implementation for the motorized vehicle hunting rule (MVR) in the Diamond Creek Zone (big game management units 66-A and 76), creating much public interest and discussion. In fact, the MVR has generated enough controversy statewide that it will be reviewed by the Idaho Legislature, with the possibility that it could be abolished if Senate Bills 1015 and 1016 are approved.

Arizona GFD Will Present Flagstaff Shooting Range Info at City Council Meeting

The Arizona Game and Fish Department on Tuesday, Jan. 18 will provide a presentation to the Flagstaff City Council about the selection and purchase of the private Foster Ranch property for the development of the Northern Arizona Shooting Range, which is located in Coconino County, to the southeast of Walnut Canyon National Monument.

Although the property is not within the city limits, the council invited Game and Fish to give a presentation due to recent public comments regarding concerns of potential effects of a shooting range located near Walnut Canyon.

Indiana NRC Approves Preliminary Deer Hunting Rule Changes

The Indiana Natural Resources Commission has approved preliminary adoption of recommended rule changes for deer hunting.

Components of the proposed changes include modification of the season structure, bag limits, hunting equipment, and licensing requirements. The changes address requests from the NRC and the NRC's Advisory Council as part of their comprehensive review of fish and wildlife rules.