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Whitetail Buck Deer (Photo by NPS)

How Much Tax Money Will Your State Get?

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced March 25 that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will distribute nearly $1.1 billion in excise tax revenues paid by sportsmen and sportswomen to state and territorial fish and wildlife agencies to fund fish and wildlife conservation and recreation projects across the nation. “People who enjoy hunting,...

Idaho deer

Major Changes in Store for Deer Hunters, Seasons

Major changes for deer hunters include increased extra antlerless tags, a new youth antlerless hunt, more controlled season hunt tags and new muzzleloader hunting dates, all of which sound positive for hunters. The Idaho Fish and Game Commission adopted the 2014 seasons for deer, elk, pronghorn, black bear, mountain lion and gray wolf as...

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How Stupid Were These Poachers to Do What They Did?

Ever watch a television police drama and see the criminal do something that makes you think, “Duh, that wasn’t too smart. You’ll probably get caught for that mistake.” Yep, everyone makes mistakes. Ultimately, the stupid mistakes eventually catch up with you, as in the case of some poachers investigated and convicted for multiple violations...

Peppercorn Smoked Venison Sausage with Cherry Shallot Sauce

Unique Flavors Help This Smoked Venison Sausage Sizzle

  Smoked venison sausage sounds outstanding and, combined with a little sweet kick, makes a perfect main attraction for a delicious and eye-appealing meal. Smoking is a curing method that has been around for centuries. Native Americans used the method, as have inhabitants of other countries. Venison, fish, fowl … they’ve all been tried...

Colorado Mule Deer

Help Provided for Big Game Permit Application Process

Looking to hunt in Colorado this year but not sure where to begin? No problem. Colorado Parks and Wildlife District Wildlife Managers will help decode the hunt codes at a big game application workshop in Colorado Springs. “The application process may seem a little confusing, especially if it’s your first time, but we’ll walk...

Montana deer

Deadline Near for Deer, Elk Applications

March 15 is the deadline to apply for Montana’s 2014 deer and elk hunting permits, and hunters should note that some districts and hunting codes have changed this year. An updated, easy-to-use eight-page application packet is now available online at fwp.mt.gov. Paper applications are also available from most hunting license providers and Montana Fish,...

Refuge deer

Which National Wildlife Refuges Are Now Open For Hunting?

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe has announced the agency will expand hunting and fishing opportunities throughout the National Wildlife Refuge System, opening up new hunting programs on six refuges and expanding existing hunting and fishing programs on another 20 refuges. The rule also modifies existing refuge-specific regulations for more than 75...

Colorado Mule Deer

Money Problems Force State to Shutter Public Hunting Land Program

After a pilot study, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be suspending its Big Game Access Program that was designed to evaluate the potential of a big game leasing program in southeastern Colorado and create hunting opportunities that both benefited landowners and hunters in the area. However, recent budgetary shortfalls have caused Colorado Parks and...