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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 moreThe camouflaged hazards of hunting

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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 moreKansas farmer uses his agriculture expertise to manage a guided hunt business

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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 moreCWD testing

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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 moreKansas coyote hunting

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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 moreHunters Helping the Hungry

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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 more2,000 pounds of elk and bison meat to local food banks

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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 moreWildlife contests banned

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Hunters hoping to draw a big-game license in Colorado in 2020 are urged to study up on all the changes in license requirements and fees prior to the March 1 opening of the application period (March 1 to April 7 at 8 p.m. MT). For a good overview of what’s in store, check out CPW’s "What's New" video for the 2020 big-game seasons. Read moreApplications for big game licenses open March 1; hunters urged to study changes

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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 moreNational Hunting and Fishing Day is Sept. 28

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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 moreAuction open for 2019 Wyoming Game & Fish Commissioners License

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Due to an extensive land and road closure caused by the Silver Creek Fire, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will offer hunters who hold licenses for Game Management Unit 27 the opportunity to request a license refund or preference points restoration up to the day before the season begins, effective immediately. Read moreDue to Colorado wildfire, hunters with licenses in GMU 27 can request refund or point restoration until day before season starts

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife  will be conducting mandatory chronic wasting disease testing again during the 2018 hunting season in an effort to continue collecting more information about CWD and how it may be affecting our herds. Voluntary and mandatory sampling is critical for data collection on this disease that impacts the long-term health of our herds. Read moreColorado deer hunters: Keep an eye on your mailbox for mandatory chronic wasting disease sampling letter

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologists have discovered a unique genetic lineage of the Colorado River cutthroat trout in southwest Colorado that was thought to be extinct. The agency will continue to evaluate the findings and collaborate with agency partners to protect and manage populations of this native trout. Read moreColorado Parks and Wildlife announces discovery of unique cutthroat trout in southwest Colorado

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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 moreEnjoy the fall foliage with Colorado Parks and Wildlife