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Arkansas GFC Lists Opening Dates for 2013 Deer Hunting

Arkansas deer hunters who plan in advance for upcoming seasons focus on scheduling vacations, making reservations and arranging other details of the annual major event.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has set deer season openings for 2013, and there is a change for archery hunters.

Kansas Firearm Antelope Application Deadline is June 8

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) is accepting applications for the resident firearm and muzzleloader antelope permit drawing. Applications may be submitted online through the KDWPT website, ksoutdoors.com. Click “License/Permits” in the upper right-hand corner of the page to begin the process. Paper applications are not available. For more information, phone 620-672-0728.

Big Game Raffles, Auctions Gross More than $523,202 in Oregon

The 2012 ODFW auction and raffles for big game hunting tags grossed $523,202, of which $308,566 will go to the Access and Habitat Program and $179,937 to big game research and management.

Local Indian Government Allows Poachers to be Shot on Sight

Criminals seeking to kill endangered and protected animals would be wise to stay away from the Maharashtra state in central-western India. The local government has decided to take extreme action to curb poaching with a controversial new policy – it’s announced that it will no longer be considered a crime to injure or kill suspected poachers.

Restored Kentucky Elk Populations Being Shared with Other States

Now that Kentucky’s elk population has been successfully restored, the state is unafraid to share its “natural” wealth. While Wisconsin is still rewriting its elk management plan and hoping to receive elk from Kentucky soon, elk restoration is already underway in southwestern Virginia with support from Kentucky.

California Senate Passes Anti-Hunting Bill

California Senate Bill 1221, a bill that will ban the use of hounds to hunt black bears and bobcats, passed the state’s Senate today. The passage of SB 1221 by the senate casts a dark cloud over the future of all hunting and wildlife management in California. Senate Bill 1221 passed with a vote of 22 to 15 in favor.

Lead Ammo Protection Passes U.S. House with Strong Bipartisan Support

On May 18 the U.S. House passed H.R. 4310 or the National Defense Authorization Act. While the act contained important language regarding the future of defense funding for the United States of America, it also had attached to it a rider amendment sponsored by Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL) which would remove the EPA’s ability to apply the Toxic Substances Control Act to lead ammunition.

Naples Man Pleads Guilty to Shooting a Florida Panther

United States Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces today that Todd Alan Benfield (45, Naples) pled guilty to shooting and killing a Florida Panther, in violation of the Endangered Species Act. Benfield faces a maximum penalty of one year in federal prison, a fine of up to $100,000, and forfeiture of weapons and other equipment used to kill the animal.

Ohio Hunters Harvest More Than 17,000 Turkeys During Spring Hunt

Hunters checked 17,647 wild turkeys during Ohio’s four-week statewide spring turkey hunting season that ended May 20, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The preliminary total represents a three percent decrease over last year’s harvest number of 18,162.

Ashtabula County again led the state in the number of turkeys killed with 762. Counties with additional high harvest numbers were: Ashtabula-762, Tuscarawas-531, Guernsey-495, Coshocton-492, Muskingum-486, Belmont-456, Knox-451, Harrison-450, Trumbull-428 and Adams-420.

Minnesota DNR Outlines Wolf Season Details, Seeks Public Comment

Minnesota’s first regulated wolf hunting and trapping season will be conducted this fall and winter. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking public comment on details of the proposed season.

Consistent with state law, the state’s first regulated wolf season will start with the beginning of firearms deer hunting on Saturday, Nov. 3.