FWP Seeks Comment on Wolf Hunting

Montana Fish, Wildlife Parks-FWP

Montana’s Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission is seeking comment on a wolf hunt proposed for the 2011 season.

Based in part on lessons learned from the state’s first regulated wolf hunt in 2009, FWP wildlife managers propose to create 14 wolf management units and an overall harvest quota of 220 wolves. Commissioners approved a harvest quota of 186 wolves across 13 wolf management units for the 2010 season, which was blocked by a federal court.

“This season proposal is very similar to the season considered last year and it’s one that is properly balanced,” said Ken McDonald, FWP’s chief of wildlife. [Read more…]

Hog Hunting With Bangs and Bows

One of my good friends George recently went on Hog Hunt in South Carolina.

As for the hunting, it was pretty tough as February usually is pretty tough going.  But scheduling around work, deer season, turkey season and the moon they were left with Feb. 24, 25, 26. George got his hog on the last evening’s hunt.  As luck would have it the wind was blowing right to the trail they were on. [Read more…]

Sunday Hunting For VA

Getting an early set up for the Sunday hunting push for next year. We have garnered national spotlight (NRA, NSSF, Cabela’s, etc.) and support this year. This is a first for us and all indications are that this was due to the grass roots effort in Virginia that brought them on board and it isn’t going away.

Priority 1:
Educate the public
* Use of Dogs while hunting bear, raccoon and fox on Sunday is legal, traditional hunting is not
* Many Virginians are not aware that hunting opportunity on Sunday is restricted to dog chase hunting. In most conversations you will find that people are shocked and think this is illogical
* Call in to radio talk shows
* Try and contact your local or regional paper and see if there is any interest in running a story
* Get the word out that the Sunday strangle hold is being held by the minority of hunters, most hunters now support Sunday hunting
* Hunting is far safer than other outdoor activities such horseback riding. Horseback riders are 20 times more likely to suffer injury than a motorcycle rider. [Read more…]

DOW To Again Lease Big-Game Hunting Access

LAMAR, Colo. – The Colorado Division of Wildlife is looking for landowners in southeast Colorado to lease hunting access for the 2011 seasons.

The Division’s Big Game Access Program, or BGAP, will continue to provide hunters access to private lands for a fifth year while the agency completes an analysis of the pilot program that began in 2007.

Last year, 15 parcels of land totaling over 140,000 acres were enrolled. Properties enrolled last year must re-apply to participate again in 2011.

“We are looking at the Division’s ability to sustain the program and the potential for it to expand,” said Lamar Area Wildlife Manager Travis Black.  “The evaluation will be based on landowner satisfaction, sportsmen satisfaction, game harvest by species, economic viability and overall participation in and success of the program,” he said.

The BGAP program provides hunters access to private-land  deer and pronghorn hunting  in southeast Colorado in the following Game Management Units: 116, 117, 120, 121, 122, 125, 126, and 127.  [Read more…]

Sunday Hunting Bill Rejected by Senate and House

Time to get reorganized for the next round.

Stay tuned, I will keep you posted on actvities. This is the first year that a vote was ever held, that I am aware of. It is a step further than anytime in the past, Sunday hunting is going to happen although it will apparently be a multiple year process.

Wanna Hunt On Sundays?

Tomorrow on Monday, January 31, 2011, the Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee of the Virginia State Senate will consider Senate Bill 850, which seeks to allow hunters in Virginia the freedom to hunt on Sundays.

In Virginia, as well as in the 10 other states that restrict or prohibit Sunday hunting, all other sporting activities, like golfing, fishing, skiing and so on, are allowed. The isolation of hunting seems unreasonable.

As you probably know, hunting and associated industries are the largest financial supporters of wildlife conservation throughout the United States, contributing billions of dollars to habitat conservation and wildlife management. We all have a vested interest in preserving our country’s outdoor heritage.

If you’re interested in increasing hunting opportunities in Virginia and across the country, we encourage you to weigh in by contacting the appropriate committee members in the Virginia Senate ahead of Monday’s hearing. Their names and numbers are listed below.  [Read more…]

This Isn’t Over Yet!

All of the members of the Natural Resources Committee voted against the bill except for Lynwood Lewis, the Delegate from Accomac.

That makes the following Delegates as obstacles to getting Sunday hunting: [Read more…]

Senate Ag Committee Meeting

It is looking like Monday January 31st is going to be the big day. The full committee is going to open to comment Senate Bill to 850 Sunday Hunting. I am being told that this is the day to fill the room with supporters. A good showing can make the difference and help with our effort to drown out the opposition. I have posted a discussion topic where you can post your intent to attend on that day.

We have already gotten word that the following are NO votes: [Read more…]

Action Alert – Need to get those emails out!

The following are the list of pertinent email addresses that you can cut and paste into an email to help influence the Senate and Ag Committee. We need to continue to be louder than the opposition, they are gathering their own support and the momentum of decades are in their favor.

DelHMorgan@house.virginia.gov, DelBSherwood@house.virginia.gov, DelLWare@house.virginia.gov, DelTWright@house.virginia.gov, DelBOrrock@house.virginia.gov, DelEScott@house.virginia.gov, DelDMarshall@house.virginia.gov, DelCPoindexter@house.virginia.gov, DelBPogge@house.virginia.gov, DelBKnight@house.virginia.gov, DelDBell@house.virginia.gov, DelJEdmunds@house.virginia.gov, DelTWilt@house.virginia.gov, DelJCox@house.virginia.gov, DelKPlum@house.virginia.gov, DelJShuler@house.virginia.gov, DelLLewis@house.virginia.gov, DelMSickles@house.virginia.gov, DelDBulova@house.virginia.gov, DelLTorian@house.virginia.gov, DelDEnglin@house.virginia.gov, DelMJames@house.virginia.gov, district31@senate.virginia.gov, district24@senate.virginia.gov, district10@senate.virginia.gov, district20@senate.virginia.gov, district38@senate.virginia.gov, district15@senate.virginia.gov, district14@senate.virginia.gov, district26@senate.virginia.gov, district04@senate.virginia.gov, district09@senate.virginia.gov, district06@senate.virginia.gov, district28@senate.virginia.gov, district37@senate.virginia.gov, bill.bolling@ltgov.virginia.gov, michael.hardy@ltgov.virginia.gov, denise.burch@ltgov.virginia.gov, ibbie.hedrick@ltgov.virginia.gov, jessica.brooks@governor.virginia.gov, district35@senate.virginia.gov, district03@senate.virginia.gov, district12@senate.virginia.gov, district29@senate.virginia.gov, district13@senate.virginia.gov, Agriculture&Forestry@governor.virginia.gov, commerce.trade@governor.virginia.gov, Natural.Resources@governor.virginia.gov, district30@senate.virginia.gov [Read more…]

Late Seasons Offer Youth Chance to Fill Tags

DURANGO, Colo. — The Colorado Division of Wildlife reminds youth hunters who didn’t fill their cow or either-sex elk tags during the regular seasons that they are eligible to hunt antlerless elk anywhere in the state where a late season is scheduled. Those with unfilled bull elk licenses are not eligible.

Most late seasons begin sometime after the fourth rifle season which ended on Nov. 21, but the starting dates vary depending on the Game Management Unit. The late season opportunity allows youths between 12 and 17 years old to hunt in some units through January.

“It looks like that the overall elk harvest statewide might be a bit down for the regular rifle seasons, so these late hunts should give some youth hunters a great chance at getting an animal,” said Rick Basagoitia, area wildlife manager for the San Luis Valley. [Read more…]