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Vienna, Maryland Man Arrested for Unlawful Possession of Firearms

Today at approximately 7:15 a.m., the Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) arrested Scott G. Rogers Sr., 77 from Vienna, Md., for possessing firearms after being convicted of a violent crime.

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Don't Feed Bears

When black bears emerge from their dens in eastern Kentucky, they have food and companionship on their minds.

"They haven't eaten in three to four months," said Steven Dobey, bear biologist for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources."After a couple of weeks they really work up an appetite."

Bears prefer natural foods but in April and May those foods are few and far between. Bears feed on greenery and insects such as grubs until berries begin to ripen later in the summer.

Iowa State Geologist Issues Annual Report

The DNR’s Geological and Water Survey responded to a year of weather extremes in 2011 with projects highlighted in the Iowa State Geologist’s annual report.

“During the Missouri River flood throughout the spring and summer, we were providing mapping assistance and levee examinations. But by late in the year, our staff was monitoring developing drought conditions in northwest Iowa, and the impacts that might have on groundwater, streams and water supplies,” said Bob Libra, state geologist.

Early Spring Presents Turkey Hunting Challenges in Indiana

As Indiana’s spring turkey season approaches, DNR wildlife research biologist Steve Backs said hunters should plan to work a little harder this year.

Spring turkey season begins with the youth season April 21-22. The regular spring turkey season is April 25 through May 13.

Backs is forecasting a spring turkey harvest of 11,000, plus or minus 1,000. His prediction is about 6 percent less than the 11,669 birds harvested in 2011, and 20 percent less than the 2010 spring harvest, when hunters bagged a record 13,742 turkeys.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission Awards $5.8 Million for Trail Projects

Trails projects across the state received a $5.8 million boost from the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission, which voted to approve 65 grants for motorized and non-motorized trail projects to be completed in 2012 and 2013 at its monthly meeting Thursday at the Pueblo Union Depot.
 

Reward Offered in Mexican Wolf Shooting in Arizona

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Special Agents and Arizona Game and Fish Department law enforcement personnel recovered the carcass of a Mexican wolf pup on March 27, 2012, found next to Forest Road 249 west of Alpine, Ariz. They identified it as female pup fp1247, produced by the Hawks Nest Pack in 2011.
  
A preliminary exam failed to reveal an obvious cause of death. The carcass was shipped to the National Fish and Wildlife Service Forensics Lab in Oregon for a complete necropsy, where they determined the wolf died of a single gunshot wound.

Alabama's Blue Catfish State Record Shattered

John Nichols shattered the Alabama blue catfish record with a 120-pound, 4-ounce fish. Nichols, who lives in Tuscaloosa, caught the behemoth from Holt Reservoir on March 9, 2012. He used a chicken gizzard on a large circle hook and managed to land the beast using 40-pound fishing line. 

Alaska Cottonwood Creek Bridge Closure and Replacement, Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is in the process of replacing a decommissioned pedestrian and ATV bridge over Cottonwood Creek at the Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge near Wasilla. The existing bridge has been condemned due to safety concerns and will no longer be available for public use. These concerns stem from structural issues related to corrosion and vandalism. Funds from a legislative Capital Improvement Project and a federal aid Wildlife Restoration Grant have been secured to replace the bridge.

Arizona's Hunters’ Passion for Draw Results Overwhelms Website; Results Now Available

The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s online hunt draw system website, hosted by an outside vendor, became unavailable from Monday afternoon through early Tuesday morning as thousands of hopeful hunters tried to log on and learn whether their applications had been drawn for the upcoming elk and pronghorn antelope season.

Illinois Youth Wild Turkey Season Harvest is a New Record

Young hunters in the Illinois youth wild turkey season harvested a preliminary record of 1,300 birds, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) announced today.  The 2012 season dates were March 31 and April 1 for the south zone and April 7-8 for the north zone. The record harvest surpasses the previous record for the youth turkey harvest of 748 set in 2011.  This year, 4,100 youth turkey permits were issued, including 137 for special hunt areas, compared to 3,718 last year with 131 for special hunt areas.