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Maine bear hunters can lay bait starting later this week

Jul. 26, 2021 08:11 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's bear hunters can start setting bait for the animals later this week. Maine has a large and growing black bear population that numbers about 35,000. State biologists have said that population is growing by about 3% every year. The state has...

In Pennsylvania, a falconry permit takes a lot of work

Jul. 24, 2021 09:15 AM EDT

SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) — A hunting bond between humans and birds dating 4,000 years continues in Pennsylvania. Across the commonwealth, the Game Commission has 207 active permits for people who enjoy falconry. Falconry is a sport where a hunter partners with a bird of prey...

No bear hunt in 2021 as required management policy expires

Jul. 21, 2021 17:46 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — There will be no black bear hunt in New Jersey this fall for the first time in more than a decade, due to a lack of a bear management policy required to conduct the hunt. The state Division of Fish and Wildlife posted on its website that the...

Beaver hunting under the microscope in South Dakota

Jul. 19, 2021 10:21 AM EDT

WATERTOWN, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks is weighing how to proceed on beaver hunting in the Black Hills and the state. The idea for a hunting ban came up recently when the Game, Fish and Parks Commission discussed a proposal to create...

Some DNR customer service centers to reopen to public

Jul. 18, 2021 09:16 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is resuming some regular operations that were suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. Starting this week, some customer service centers and field offices will be open to the public on Tuesdays,...

GOP governor's vaccination tour reveals depths of distrust

Jul. 17, 2021 11:15 AM EDT

TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — Free lottery tickets for those who get vaccinated had few takers. Free hunting and fishing licenses didn't change many minds either. And this being red-state Arkansas, mandatory vaccinations are off the table. So Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson has...

SC officials want opinions on Sunday hunting on public land

Jul. 12, 2021 13:40 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina is asking for public input on whether state leased Wildlife Management Areas should be open for hunting on Sundays. The Department of Natural Resources has an online survey up until July 28 as well as four public hearings planned...

Colorado's 1st gray wolf pack since 1940s now has 6 pups

Jul. 09, 2021 11:55 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's first litter of gray wolf pups since the 1940s has grown to include six pups. Colorado Parks and Wildlife said Thursday that staff spotted the pups living in a den with two collared wolves known as John and Jane in northern Colorado, KCNC-TV...

Editorial Roundup: Wisconsin

Jul. 07, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. July 6, 2021. Editorial: Study underlines DNR’s spring failures The goal of Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources with regard to the state’s wolf population is stability. More evidence is emerging that it badly...

Fond du Lac Band wants to move elk to northeast forest

Jul. 07, 2021 07:31 AM EDT

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Once hunted to the brink of extinction, elk could be reintroduced to the forest in northeastern Minnesota. The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has submitted a plan to the state Department of Natural Resources that would move 100 to 150...