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  • April 28, 2011

    Should Earn-A-Buck Be Banned?-15

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    Yesterday the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources board decided to kill it's Earn-A-Buck program, a management strategy that forced hunters to take a doe before shooting a buck. Earn-A-Buck was used to curb the growing deer population and stop the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease, but it was incredibly unpopular with hunters.

    Imagine watching the buck of your dreams stroll out in front of you on opening day, but you have to let him walk because you haven't shot a doe yet.

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  • April 26, 2011

    The Purse-Snatching Racoon-2

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    At last word, the serial purse-snatching bandit at the Sandridge Golf Club in Vero Beach, FL remained at large.

    Authorities describe the perpetrator as having a medium build and a noticeable limp. That’s in addition to the four legs, long furry tail, pointed nose and masked eyes indigenous to all raccoons.

    The thieving habits of the furry fairway filcher first came to light a couple of weeks ago when a woman golfer reported a large purse was swiped from her golf cart while parked at the third hole of the Dunes Course. Then, last Tuesday, a member of a group of regular women players also reported being the victim of a purse-snatcher.

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  • April 20, 2011

    OL NEEDS AN INTERN!-8

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    We're looking for a capable college student to intern at our magazine. So if you or anyone you know is interested and qualified, please send resume, cover letter and any letters of recommendation to alex.robinson@bonniercorp.com.

    We can promise you'll work hard, get some great job experience, learn a lot about hunting and fishing and maybe even have some fun.

    A job description is listed below:

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  • April 20, 2011

    After 93 Years, Iowa Gets its Dove Hunt -1

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    It’s been a long time coming, but this fall Iowans will finally be able to enjoy shooting—and savoring—America’s most-hunted game bird for the first time in nearly a century.

    The last time folks in Iowa had the opportunity to hunt the challenging mourning dove was 1918, the last year the Boston Red Sox won the World Series in the 20th century—with Babe Ruth pitching a complete-game shutout in game one.

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  • April 15, 2011

    The Downside of the Wolf Delisting-15

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    Yesterday Congress decided that a total government shutdown would not be a good thing for the nation and Republicans and Democrats came to an agreement on a sweeping federal budget bill. Tucked into that bill was legislation that removed wolves from the endangered species list in five western states.

    This means the states will be allowed to manage wolf populations on their own terms and Montana and Idaho will likely open public wolf hunts this fall. For hunters, ranchers and people who care about elk and deer herds, that's a good thing.

    But while basking in this victory, it's important to remember how we got here -- and it's not pretty.

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  • April 14, 2011

    Feral Hogs Ransack Fort Worth-9

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    I have gophers in my yard and a Labrador puppy who likes to dig after them. This underground rat invasion and my dog’s misguided assistance have left my half-acre of St. Augustine littered with holes and more pockmarked than Mickey Rourke’s face. 

    Yet I’m fortunate in the amount of yard destruction I’ve faced because three and a half hours north of me in Ft. Worth homeowners are facing the equivalent of nature’s bulldozers on a nightly basis.

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  • April 12, 2011

    Tasers for Catch and Release Hunting?-3

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    Is there a potential for people to abuse Electronic Control Devices (ECDs) like the popular Taser stungun and use them for big game “catch and release hunting?”

    Evidently the Alaska Board of Game believes so.

    At its regular meeting held March 26-30 in Anchorage, the Board approved a proposal to prohibit the use of ECDs for the taking of game, except under a permit issued by Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

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  • April 11, 2011

    Wolves to Be Delisted as Endangered Species -8

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    It seems that hunters in the West will finally get their wolf hunt as the U.S. House and Senate agreed to remove wolves from the Endangered Species List. The piece of bipartisan legislation was put forward by Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, and Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont. , in order to save declining elk herds in Idaho and Montana and also relieve ranchers from ever-increasing wolf attacks on livestock. It was included as a rider in the federal budget deal.

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  • April 5, 2011

    The Snow Goose Invasion-2

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    Get down, here they come … by the millions. Over the next few days and weeks snow geese will return north to their arctic breeding grounds. Along the way they'll cloud out the sun along flyways across the country.

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  • April 1, 2011

    Congressman Young Snubs HSUS-5

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    U.S. Representative Don Young (R-Alaska) left no doubt where he stands when it comes to anti-hunting organizations, when he refused to accept an award from the Humane Society of the United States, calling the national group hypocritical.

    Rep. Young, who chairs the powerful House Resources Committee, speculated that HSUS was planning to give him an award for his support of the Wildlife Without Borders program, which develops wildlife management and conservation efforts to maintain global species diversity. But as a longtime hunter and champion of hunter’s rights, he also knew about the organization’s long history of legislative meddling on Capitol Hill and its support of anti-hunting issues and initiatives.

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