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Different States, Different Black Bear Hunt Conditions

Maryland In western Maryland, the five-day black bear season closed on Oct. 26 with 135 bears harvested across four counties. Last season, 131 bears were taken at a success rate of 7.9 percent, which is higher than the regional average of three to five percent. The open season was extended by an extra day this [...]

By |November 1st, 2018|Big Game, wildlife|0 Comments

DOI: Zinke Announces Public-Private Partnership bringing $2.7 Million to Habitat Conservation of Big Game Migration Corridors and Winter Range 

This release was originally published by the US Department of the Interior. WASHINGTON –Today, U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, in partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and ConocoPhillips, announced a new NFWF $2.7 million grant program to enhance and improve the quality of habitat in state identified, priority big-game winter [...]

Bumpy Road To Grizzly Season

As the grizzly hunt returns in certain areas of Idaho and Wyoming, every step of the way has been scrutinized as we approach the inaugural season. After 7,000 people applied for the Wyoming hunt permits, the 22 winners have been selected. However, at least one of those winners does not plan to use the permit [...]

Lands Exchanged, Hunting Access Increased

A Notice of Decision from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) opens access to certain hunting areas in Tooele County, Utah for the first time. Read more about how this exchange of public and private lands increases recreational and economic opportunities in the BLM press release below: Consistent with the Administration’s priority of being a good [...]

By |July 31st, 2018|Big Game, Hunting, News|0 Comments

WMA Renovation Brings Special Visitor

In Virginia, hunters should expect some improvements during their next waterfowl hunt at Hog Island Wildlife Management Area (WMA). But in the meantime, bird enthusiasts can enjoy a unique visitor: the ruff. Ruffs are Eurasian sandpipers whose visits to North America are sparse but are especially unique to Hog Island. They have not been sighted [...]

Secretary Zinke Proposes Expansion of Hunting and Fishing Opportunities at 30 of America’s National Wildlife Refuges 

This release was originally created by the Department of the Interior.  WASHINGTON – Continuing his efforts to increase access to public lands, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced a proposal to open more than 248,000 acres to new or expanded hunting and fishing opportunities at 30 national wildlife refuges. Opportunities include places like Hackmatack [...]

Conservation Force- Benefits To Elephant Conservation From Safari Hunting

"The primary threats to the African elephant (Loxodonta africana) are habitat loss and fragmentation, commercial ivory poaching, and retaliatory killing. Safari hunting has been generating benefits and revenues that are especially effective and unique in reducing those threats and conserving elephant. But for that legal, regulated hunting, the present status and prospects for elephant would [...]

By |May 7th, 2018|Big Game, Conservation in Action, Elephant|0 Comments

Protection Extended for Bighorn Sheep Habitat

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke continues his pledge to conserve big game corridors by protecting the Whiskey Mountain Bighorn Sheep Winter Range. The public land order that keeps the range free from mineral withdrawal was set to expire before Zinke proposed to extend it for another 20 years. This restriction keeps the largest [...]

By |May 3rd, 2018|Big Game, Conservation in Action|0 Comments

Hunting News: Growing Populations Means New Hunt Seasons

The North Fork area of Wyoming could see its first-ever bison hunt this fall, with a proposed 2 permits for in-state residents and 1 for out-of-state. Based on the available resources, traffic issues, and chance for livestock interactions, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department looks for a maximum of 15 bison to migrate out of [...]

Relocating Lions Is Easier Said Than Done

Problem animals. Why don’t they just move them somewhere else? Many will ask that question as if the solution was that simple. Human development is encroaching into a majority of the wild areas that are left, making it difficult to find new, human-free areas for problematic animals. A recent occurrence in Namibia highlights the complications [...]

By |February 5th, 2018|Big Game, From the DSC Newsroom, lion|0 Comments