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Polar Bear Studies May Be Good News For Hunters
Sustainable Development Minister Olayuk Akesuk announced today that results from some of the Government of Nunavut's polar bear studies may be positive news for hunters.
Wildlife Rehabilitator Exam
A written examination for residents seeking to become licensed volunteer wildlife rehabilitators will be given at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 12, 2002. Wildlife rehabilitators care for injured, sick or orphaned animals, and help these animals return to their natural homes in the wild. Applicants must be 16 years of age and be willing to commit significant financial resources and time in returning the animals to the wild.
Strong Volunteer Effort For Fawn Survivability Study
Thanks to the help of about 30 local volunteers, IDFG was able to add another chapter to its ongoing study of fawn survivability in Idaho. Volunteers of all ages showed up near Marsh Creek in Unit 50 on Saturday, January 5th, to help Department personnel trap deer.
White Tail Hunter Receives Recognition
The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners recognized Jim Rowles of Troutville, Clearfield County, for harvesting the largest non-typical white-tailed deer in the Game Commission's 2001 Big Game Awards Program. The buck, taken in Jefferson County in 2000, scored 203-1, and ranks fifth in the state's All-Time Big Game Records for the "non-typical white-tailed deer firearm category". Rowles application was original misplaced by the Game Commission.
Hunters Donate 176,000 Pounds of Venison
Deer hunters donated 176,000 pounds of venison to food pantries across the state through the Wisconsin Deer Donation Program in 2001. The donation program is part the Wildlife Damage Abatement and Claims Program (WDACP) and is paid for through a $1 surcharge on deer hunting licenses and from bonus deer harvest permit sales. After field dressing and registering a deer, hunters can drop off the carcass at a participating meat processor who butchers and packages it for distribution. The meat processors are then reimbursed through the WDACP.
Higher Bull Tags; Lower Cow Tags
The Division of Wildlife (DOW) has decided to reduce non-resident cow elk licenses for the 2002 season to $250, taking the price back to its pre-2001 level when the DOW nearly doubled non-resident tag costs. Meanwhile the DOW increased the bull elk non-resident tags to $470, to "keep pace with inflation". Colorado resident tags will remain at $30 per tag. All hunters may purchase two elk tags in 2002 as long as one of the tags is an antlerless license. The article notes that Colorado's elk herd is roughly 90,000 head over population objectives.
Uncertified Elk Imports Banned
The Division of Wildlife and the Department of Agriculture have agreed to share authority over deer and elk importation into Colorado. The DOW, having established authority, has unanimously decided to ban all importation of elk and deer into Colorado from any facility that has not been proven chronic wasting disease (CWD) free for at least 60 months (5 years). The DOW also prohibited new commercial wildlife parks or new satellite facilities.
First Outdoor Hall of Fame Banquet
The first-ever Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame Banquet offers something for everyone, regardless of your outdoor interest. The event is scheduled for Feb. 1 at 5:30 p.m. at Drury Lane in OakBrook Terrace and will honor the first class of inductees to the Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame. Individual tickets are $100.
Get Your Deer Scored
On Jan. 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Texas Big Game Awards (TBGA) and hunting retailers throughout the state will be hosting "Get-Your-Deer-Scored Day". Any hunter who has harvested a white-tailed deer, mule deer, or pronghorn antelope during the 2001-2002 hunting season is eligible to bring the antlers to the selected store and have them scored by a certified TBGA scorer.
Small Game Season Still Open
Deer hunting season may be over, but the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) reminds sportsmen and women that the small game hunting season runs through mid-to-late February, depending on the species. WRD encourages hunters to take this opportunity to introduce a youth to the hunting tradition and teach them that their support of hunting activities help conserve wildlife.