Politics Hunting News

Colorado's Scott Tipton Joins the Congressional Sportsmen's Congress

Stressing the important role that sportsmen play in Colorado's economy and environment, Congressman Scott Tipton, today, announced that he joined the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus. The Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus was established in 1989 and the nearly 300 members, representing almost all 50 states, champion the issues of hunters, anglers and other sportsmen through the legislative process.

The bi-partisan leadership of the Caucus includes Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), Sen. John Thune (R-SD), Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL) and Rep. Mike Ross (D-AR).

Oklahoma Changes Hunting License Structure

Some changes to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's hunting and fishing license structure will affect the way some sportsmen choose the licenses they need in 2011.

At its January meeting, the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission did not have a quorum and no actions were taken. The Commission did hear several presentations, however, including one from Melinda Sturgess-Streich, assistant director of administration and finance, detailing license changes that became effective Jan. 1, 2011.

North Dakota Tracking Hunting and Fishing Issues Legislation Again

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will once again track hunting and fishing issues during the 2011 legislative session.

Indiana DNR/NRC to Discuss Deer Changes at Jan 11th Meeting

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has unveiled a new package of recommended changes to deer hunting rules that will be presented to the Natural Resources Commission at its Jan. 11 meeting at Fort Harrison State Park in Indianapolis.

Ohio State Preemption Law is Valid Concerning Firearms, Components and Ammunition

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled (5-2) that the state's preemption law is valid. The City of Cleveland had sued over the 2007 law that replaced the confusing plethora of local laws concerning firearms. In that claim, Cleveland unsuccessfully made the case that the state and federal government had not done enough to regulate self-defense rights, leaving the city free to regulate everyone who happened to be inside its city limits.

US Court of Appeals Questions Necessity of Water as Conservation Tool in Arizona

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit announced that, while conservation of desert bighorn sheep is a purpose of the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge and Wilderness, the existing record is not sufficient to demonstrate that the 2007 installation of the Yaqui and McPherson wildlife waters was necessary to reverse the historic decline in the Kofa desert bighorn sheep herd.

USFWS Takes Steps Towards Wolf Delisting, Sets Date of April 2011

Endangered Species Act successful in revitalizing wolves in the Great Lakes, but science, not politics should now guide management as wolf numbers far exceed population goals.

Georgia Schedules Public Meetings Regarding Hunting Regulations

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division will hold eight public meetings across the state to accept public input for consideration in the development of hunting regulations for the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 hunting seasons. Public input is an important and valuable part of this process. The Department is interested in input that seeks to simplify regulations and encourage the recruitment of young hunters and retention of existing hunters.

Arizona GFC Supports Delisting of Gray Wolf

After a lengthy meeting on December 4th, the Arizona Game and Fish Commission voted 4-1 to support Congressional actions to delist the gray wolf from protection under the Endangered Species Act.

The Commission sees this as an opportunity to break through the gridlock in the Mexican gray wolf reintroduction program, and welcomes the opportunity to manage this important species.

Wyoming Accepting Applications for Wildlife Project Funding

The Wyoming Governor's Big Game License Coalition (WGBGLC) is accepting applications for projects to be funded by the auction/raffle of Gov.-elect Mead's 2011 complimentary big game hunting licenses. The WGBGLC is administered through the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of Wyoming