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Pennsylvania Board Makes Expanded use of Crossbows Permanent

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today gave final approval to a regulatory change that makes permanent the lawful use of crossbows in archery deer and bear seasons.

The specific action taken by the Board was removing the sunset date provision inserted into the regulatory changes that permitted crossbows in 2009. The sunset provision required the Board and agency staff to review the impact of expanded use of crossbows on the deer and bear resource before June 30, 2012.

Ohio's Young Hunters Productive During Special Two-Day Turkey Hunt

Ashtabula youth lead state with 73 wild turkeys checked

Young hunters across Ohio again experienced success during the annual youth spring turkey season, held Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

North Dakota Bowfishing Season Opens May 1

North Dakota’s bowfishing season opens May 1 and participants are reminded to properly dispose of the fish they take.

Robert Timian, enforcement chief for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, said there is a lot of littering, with people leaving dead fish on a shoreline or in the water.

“Bowfishing is a legal activity, but leaving the fish in the water or on shore is not legal,” Timian said. “Participants must dispose of their fish properly, preferably by burying their take in an appropriate location.”

2012 Spring Gobbler Season Looks Good for New Hampshire Turkey Hunters

It should be a good spring season for New Hampshire’s turkey hunters, says New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Turkey Biologist Ted Walski. The spring gobbler season opens Thursday, May 3, and runs through Thursday, May 31, statewide.  New Hampshire's Youth Turkey Hunt Weekend occurs the weekend before the season opens, this year taking place on Saturday, April 28, and Sunday, April 29, 2012.

Montana FWP to Begin Bison Management Plan Discussions in May

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks announced today that it will host a series of public meetings this spring as a first step toward developing a long-term bison conservation and management plan for the state. The plan will be developed through a programmatic environmental impact statement, which will address issues associated with bison and options for their long-term management as a Montana wildlife species.

Missouri First-week Turkey Harvest Rebounds

–Missouri hunters shot more turkeys during the first week of the spring hunting season than they did during the same period last year. This is the first increase since 2004.

This year’s first-week harvest of 21,765 represents a 15.8 percent increase from 2011. It also is 2.1 percent more than the previous five-year average. Top counties were Franklin with 467 turkeys checked, Ste. Genevieve with 439 and Texas with 433.

Mississippi Spring Turkey Season Continues Until May 1

Mississippi turkey hunters still have time remaining in the 2012 spring season, which closes on May 1, 2012.  Hunters throughout most regions of the Magnolia State are reporting great success during the 2012 turkey season.  A good statewide hatch in 2010 resulted in an increase in the great number of 2-year old gobblers hunters have encountered this spring.  "Two-year old gobblers are usually the most vocal and tend to be more susceptible to harvest" says MDWFP Wild Turkey Program Leader Adam Butler.

Junior Hunter Field Days Set for the Eastern Shore, Maryland

Young people interested in wildlife and the outdoors are invited to join staff from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and local conservation groups to learn about a variety of topics related to wildlife management and stewardship during Junior Hunter Field Days on June 2 in Sudlersville and June 16 in Princess Anne.

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Get Your Spinning Reel Back In Shape Quickly

A group of old friends of mine gets together every spring for a fishing trip in March or April, usually to Kentucky Lake. After our first day of fishing on our recent trip, one of the friends asked for help with a balky spinning reel.

The handle was "loosey-goosey," along with a floppy rotor that holds the reel bail assembly. He considered retiring this reel for a new one, but a few minutes of work made the reel sing like new.

Idaho Application Period for Controlled Hunts Opens May 1

The application period for this fall's deer, elk, pronghorn, fall black bear and fall turkey controlled hunts starts Tuesday, May 1, and runs through June 5.

Hunters may apply for controlled hunts at any hunting and fishing license vendor, Fish and Game office; with a credit card by calling 1-800-55HUNT5; or online at An additional fee is charged for telephone and Internet applications. Hunters must have a 2012 Idaho hunting license to apply.