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Taking down large game can be the thrill of a lifetime for an outdoorsperson, but anyone who wields a weapon in the act of hunting should be cognizant of basic food safety and the diseases, parasites and bacteria that share the great outdoors. Jerry Shaw, programs supervisor for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, said although there are not too many wildlife diseases in his state that are of major concern, but all hunters need to be able to recognize the signs of sick anim… Read more

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Hunters are putting on their bright orange hats and vests and walking through crunchy fallen leaves to reach their deer stands with goals of a monster buck in their gun sights. For some, it is also time to host outdoorsman through guided hunting services, which are a way for landowners to capitalize on their property and diversify agricultural operations. Read more

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be conducting mandatory chronic wasting disease testing during the 2020 hunting season in specific Game Management Units as part of efforts to control the spread of CWD with its Colorado Chronic Wasting Disease Response Plan.Beginning in late September, CPW will be sending out letters to Colorado rifle season deer (buck and doe) hunters who have been selected for mandatory CWD testing. Eighty-nine GMUs, the majority on the Western Slope, are included in t… Read more

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In a 5-2 vote, Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commissioners passed a regulation change that will allow hunters to use artificial light and thermal-imaging equipment when hunting coyotes at night beginning in 2021. Once the regulation is implemented, interested hunters must purchase a Night Vision Equipment Permit, $2.50, to use artificial light, scopes and equipment that amplify visible light, and thermal-imaging scopes and thermal-imaging equipment, when hunting coyotes at night, wi… Read more

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Hunters may begin donating deer to the Hunters Helping the Hungry program Sept. 1, the start of the archery deer season. Eight processors will be available around the state. Three additional processors will accept deer for the program starting Nov. 14. Read more

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In a time when “every little bit helps,” the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism’s Public Lands Division has found a big way to help those in need. KDWPT’s Public Lands staff donated 2,137 pounds of elk and bison meat to seven food banks across the state. The meat—delivered in five-pound boxes containing 20 one-quarter pound patties each—came from elk and bison herds managed at the Maxwell Wildlife Refuge in Canton and the Sandsage Bison Range near Garden City. Read more

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The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission recently approved a ban on organized wildlife contests. The decision prohibits contests for black-tailed, white-tailed and Gunnison’s prairie dogs, Wyoming (Richardson’s) ground squirrels and all furbearer species. The estimated effective date of this ban is June 30. Read more

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The 2020 Nebraska Big Game Guide is available in digital format at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s website by visiting OutdoorNebraska.gov/guides. Read more

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Making sure that seeds are getting planted and not accidentally spilling on the ground can help farmers stretch their dollars and it can also pay dividends for game birds, according to a staff veterinarian and a researcher at the University of Minnesota. Read more

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The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will consider recommendations for 2020 deer, antelope and elk hunting seasons when it meets May 8 in Lincoln. The meeting will start at 9 a.m. CDT at Game and Parks headquarters, 2200 N. 33rd St. Read more

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In an effort to protect the health of Kansans and prevent the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Laura Kelly, with the support of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, is suspending sales of general nonresident turkey permits effective immediately. Read more

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For many outdoor enthusiasts, any day they can spend hunting or fishing is a day to celebrate. Now there is one more reason to observe our hunting and fishing opportunities. Governor Laura Kelly has proclaimed Saturday, September 28 as National Hunting and Fishing Day in Kansas to celebrate Kansas’ sportsmen and women and to recognize the many and varied social, cultural, economic, and ecological benefits of our time-honored traditions of hunting and angling. Read more

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The Wyoming Game & Fish Commissioners License is now open for bidding and ends March 31. License is good for elk, deer, or antelope in the state of Wyoming. Opening minimum bid starts at $12,000 with no option for a "Buy Now" price. All proceeds will benefit the Wyoming Stock Growers Association Environmental Stewardship Tour in the summer of 2019. Read more

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Native American folklore describes the coyote as being a savvy and clever beast. Today, coyotes show that cleverness as they have adapted to the changing American landscape. Coyotes once lived primarily in the open prairies and deserts, but now roam all of North America including many cities. Coyotes have adapted so well that their population is believed to be at an all-time high. Read more

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Though summer doesn’t officially end until Sept. 22, fall colors are already beginning to appear across the state of Colorado. Colorado Parks and Wildlife invites you to plan your fall excursions, making the most of those fleeting fall colors. Whether you are looking for wildlife viewing, picturesque hiking trails or a scenic foliage drives, Colorado has got it all. Read more

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife is accepting applications for a two-year volunteer term for members of the statewide Colorado Sportsmen’s Roundtable. In order to maintain regional representation on the Roundtable, CPW is seeking two members from the northwest region, one from the northeast, and three from the southwest. For details on regional boundaries, please see a map of the regions on CPW website. Read more