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The Connecticut State House of Representatives voted Thursday, 107-19, to repeal a ban on hunting on Sunday in an effort to combat the state’s overpopulated deer herd.
The bill stipulates that hunting on Sundays would be allowed with a bow and arrow on private land only and may not take place near a hiking trail. Hunters must also adhere to guidelines laid out by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. [ Read Full Post ]
When it comes to access, this is the only type of closure we like to see.
Both arms of Congress have passed the Freedom To Fish Act. Pending Pres. Obama’s signature, the legislation brings a temporary close to a ridiculous movement by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to impose stringent access restrictions on fishing below dams along the Cumberland River in Tennessee and Kentucky.
The bill, which passed May 21, received bipartisan support (seriously) and was introduced in the Senate by Tennessee’s Lamar Alexander and in the House by Kentucky’s Ed Whitfield. [ Read Full Post ]
Within the next two weeks 75 to 80 percent of this year’s fawns will be on the ground. Here are a few fawn facts to lay on your hunting buddies:
- Does drop their fawns approximately 200 days after conception
- Fawns average 6-8 lbs. at birth
- Does bred as fawns (last year’s) typically have a single fawn [ Read Full Post ]
How much do you really know about the doves you bag? Besides the creeping realization that they’re maddeningly hard to hit and taste great hot off the grill, probably not much.
But an annual report issued by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is full of data that provides a fairly comprehensive portrait of America’s mourning dove population. I got a copy of the report without even asking. It’s a perk of participating in the USFWS’s annual Dove Wing Collection Survey. For the past two years I’ve snipped off the right wing of every dove I’ve bagged, and shipped them to biologists who use the appendages as one measure of the age and abundance of our dove population.
Last week we surveyors got to see the results of our collective work. Here are some highlights: [ Read Full Post ]
Mark Kayser, a contributing writer and friend of the magazine, was recently named the national spokesman for the Hope for the Warriors Outdoor Adventures Program, a non-profit organization that assists post 9/11 service members who have been wounded and the families of fallen service members.
“Service members mean everything for the security of our country and the veterans of our recent wars deserve all the help we can give them when they return from deployment,” says Kayser. “The outdoors and particularly hunting is everything to my family, and that’s why I believe the Outdoor Adventures program of the Hope For The Warriors is so important." [ Read Full Post ]
My most overused adage goes something like this: The two best days of turkey season are the first and the last. The first because you’re so psyched about getting out in the woods and the last because your body simply can’t withstand another 4 a.m. wake-up. Although it’ll likely take a month for me to get over turkey time, Saturday marks the final day of my season.
In all, my turkey camp buddies and I took 11 birds, which falls a few birds short of our best-ever mark of 14, but I’m pretty hopeful for Saturday. I’ve got a leftover tag as do a couple of friends. [ Read Full Post ]