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Arkansas to Launch Online Licensing System April 1

  Long gone are the days of toting around long tags and permits, at least for hunters in the state of Arkansas.  In a release earlier this week, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission announced that all licenses and permits will now be available as a downloadable file.  The new system gives hunters and anglers the choice of either keeping a digital copy on their mobile phone or printing one on standard printer paper. To make licenses and permits more accessible to hunters and anglers, the commission believes the new program will streamline the process. “The Commission passed a...

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Promising Spring Turkey Season On Tap for Texas Hunters

  With a significant carryover of mature gobblers and an influx of young birds to match wits against, hunter patience as much as skill may be put to the test during this year’s spring turkey season. According to biologists with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), Texas Rio Grande wild turkey numbers have boomed over the past few years thanks to timely rainfall and relatively cool summer conditions that have set the stage for optimum reproduction and recruitment. As a result, turkeys are making a comeback in many areas where they had been lost due to extended periods...

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Wyoming Elk Captured for Brucellosis Study Test Negative for Disease

  Fifty-three elk that were recently captured as part of an ongoing study to understand the ecology of brucellosis and elk in the Bighorn Mountains have tested negative for brucellosis. In mid-February, 53 elk were captured over three days using a helicopter net-gunning operation in the northern and southern Bighorn Mountains and on the lower Greybull River. Blood samples were obtained from each captured elk and sent to the Game and Fish Wildlife Health Laboratory in Laramie to be tested.   “All elk tested negative for brucellosis on serological tests,” said Wildlife Division Chief Brian Nesvik. “The department is committed...

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Pennsylvania Records Largest Buck Harvest Since 2002

  Pennsylvania’s buck harvest increased 9 percent, and the overall deer harvest was up 6 percent, in the 2016-17 seasons, which closed in January, the Pennsylvania Game Commission reported today. Hunters harvested an estimated 333,254 deer in 2016-17 – an increase of about 6 percent compared to the 2015-16 harvest of 315,813. Of those, 149,460 were antlered deer – an increase of about 9 percent compared to the previous license year, when an estimated 137,580 bucks were taken. It’s the largest harvest of antlered deer since 2002. Hunters also harvested an estimated 183,794 antlerless deer in 2016-17, which represents...

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Missouri Forecasts Good Spring Turkey Season for Hunters

  JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri turkey hunters can expect a good spring season overall according to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). The spring turkey hunting season starts with a youth-only weekend April 8-9. The regular spring season runs April 17 through May 7. Although four consecutive years of poor hatches caused Missouri’s turkey population to decline during the late 2000s, improvements in productivity have since resulted in a rebound in turkey numbers throughout much of the state. “Since 2011, we’ve seen an increasing trend in the spring turkey harvest,” MDC Turkey Biologist Jason Isabelle said. “A great...

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