(WRDW/WAGT) ---- A proposed rule change could allow Georgia deer hunters to hunt over bait statewide. The rule would change O.C.G.A 27-3-9, which currently prohibits hunting deer over bait in the designated northern zone, which includes Richmond, Columbia, Lincoln, Wilkes, Glascock, McDuffie, Warren, Taliaferro, and Hancock counties. The proposed change comes from an Executive Order issued April 8th, 2018. The new rule would allow hunters across the state to hunt deer over bait on private land statewide, except for lands within the Chattahoochee National Forest. The Board of Natural Resources is asking for the public's opinion on the change. There will be a public hearing held at the Augusta Tech Auditorium 388 Tech Dr. NW in Thomson on June 20th at 7 PM. Anyone attending the hearing will be able to make a statement, viewpoint, argument, or present data. There is also a public hearing June 19, 2018 at 7:00 P.M. in Rome at Armuchee High School Auditorium, 4203 Martha Berry Highway NW. … [Read more...] about New rule could allow Georgia hunters to hunt over bait statewide
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Subscribe Log In Winners over the past decade include an 8-year-old girl (barely beating a 68-year-old woman) and a 72-year-old man. Credit Frankie Frost for The New York Times Supported by ByJohn Branch June 13, 2018 STINSON BEACH, Calif. — The toughest part of the Dipsea, said to be the country’s oldest trail-running race, might not be the first mile, which contains nearly 700 stairs rising through the forests above Mill Valley. It is not the jiggly-legged drop into Muir Woods, or the steep rise up Dynamite, so named because your churning legs might feel ready to explode. And it is not even the next big hill, called Cardiac. (If your legs have not burst, maybe your heart will.) It is not the treacherous plunge toward the ocean, the crooked depths and broken steps of Steep Ravine, even the poison oak that crowds the skinny trails and tickles the legs before blooming … [Read more...] about Dipsea: A Trail Race Where ‘You’re Either the Hunter or the Hunted’
KFAN's "The Captain" Billy Hildebrand and Devils Lake guide Aaron McQuoid show off the day's catch I traveled to Devils Lake, North Dakota with my good friend "The Captain" Billy Hildebrand of FAN Outdoors radio last week for a pair of live radio broadcasts (available by podcast). What we found was an incredibly healthy fishery and the epicenter of North America's duck factory. KFAN's Billy Hildebrand prefers bucketmouths, but had fun using bass tactics for walleyes The Fishing I like to fish, but I prefer to catch. Consequently, you can typically find my boat alongside a patch of lillypads focused on top-water bass or spawning sunnies. In Devils Lake, pro angler and outdoor television personality Jason Mitchell proved even my rudimentary angling skills could boat walleyes. Jason Mitchell with a devil of a walleye In addition to "Ol' Marble Eyes," we had a lot of pike action with Aaron McQuoid, our guide on Friday. Aaron, … [Read more...] about The Devils Lake Dilemma: Fish or Hunt?
Let's set this straight right now. I never said that the hunter who killed Hope broke the law, what he did was legal, but, unles there are some mitigating factors in killing her, he did do somehting wrong. And the way I feel about him, does not express my feelings about hunting or all of the other hunters out there. I am pro hunting all of the way, and I'd like to think that most hunters woudl not have killed a yearling bear in this situation. they woud have made sure of what they were shooting at - before they shot. I’ve been accused of condemning this hunter, without getting the facts. Much of what I laid out in my post about the killing of Hope, is in fact - fact. I have talked to someone who knows the facts, as much as I have divulged. The rest of what I have laid out, comes from deductive reasoning. Lets look at how I laid out my argument; I think there are way too many indicators that show this to be a purposeful killing. I just do not see how - with … [Read more...] about Did a Hunter Purposely Kill Hope the Black Bear?
The final deer harvest numbers are in for the 2017-'18 Wisconsin hunting seasons.Where some see progress, others see desecration and impending doom.And I'm only talking about the bow data.For the first time in Wisconsin, hunters using crossbows last fall killed more deer than those using vertical bows, according to harvest data from the Department of Natural Resources.Therein lies the rub, with many long-time bowhunters crying foul over changes they say put them at a disadvantage and "cheapen" the sport.Crossbow users, who continue to grow in number, point to last season as a positive milestone.The final data show the total crossbow kill was 47,228 deer, while archers (using compound bows, recurves and stick bows) registered 45,166.Hunters using crossbows took 27,406 bucks and 19,822 antlerless deer this season, while archers registered 25,808 bucks and 19,358 antlerless.The updated data, which included kills made in Metro zones through … [Read more...] about Smith: Bow hunters should avoid in-fighting and encourage newcomers
Our hunting heritage is slowly starting to diminish. With each passing year, overall numbers across the country have been dropping off. According to the 2016 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service every five years (in conjunction with the annual census), more than 101 million people in this country participated in some form of outdoor recreation. That’s 40 percent of the U.S. population age 16 and older involved with fishing, hunting or outdoor recreation such as birding or outdoor photography. That on the surface is pretty good. In 2016, hunting numbers came in a 11.5 million as far as participants. Just under 12 million hunting licenses were sold across the country, helping to support state and Federal wildlife programs. Additional revenues through excise taxes paid by hunters are critical for wildlife and habitat conservation funding efforts. In the bigger economic picture, hunters spent $25.6 … [Read more...] about Outdoors: Passing the torch important for future of hunting
“If you read only one book this decade, let it be 'Rogue Primate.'” ~ Toronto Star newspaper Pictured above is a Cabela’s sporting goods entry room, displaying trophy animals in taxidermy — the potential rewards of buying their weapons and hunting/trapping/hounding gear. It would be rare for most people to see these animals alive in the wild. In March 2017, the Royal Society published the article “Why Men Trophy Hunt” written by Chris T. Darimont, Brian F. Codding, and Kristen Hawkes. The article postulates that the status of affording expensive hunts displayed in photo ops shared worldwide on social media is a primary motivation. The article says, “Some contemporary recreational hunters from the developed world behave curiously, commonly targeting ‘trophies’: individuals within populations with large body or ornament size, as well as rare and/or inedible species, like carnivores.” The expenses associated with … [Read more...] about Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Hunting is not conservation: Rogue primate
MCFARLAND - What's the best way to recruit hunters?It's the single biggest question in the hunting world.There's no one answer or "silver bullet," as Christine Thomas, dean of the UW-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources and founder of "Becoming an Outdoors Woman" program has often said.And it doesn't happen in a single event. It takes multiple exposures before someone self-identifies as a hunter and is likely to "stick", said Keith Warnke, hunting and shooting sports coordinator for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.But one initiative that has yielded positive results was on center stage last Sunday at Hope Rod and Gun Club in McFarland.Fourteen novice hunters and seven instructors and mentors gathered for a program called Learn to Hunt for Food – Rabbit.It brought into focus three of the bright spots on the hunting recruitment landscape: food, females and adults.The program was sponsored by the DNR, National Wild Turkey Federation and Pheasants … [Read more...] about Smith: Food, females and adults bright spots in hunting recruitment efforts
In the Husband's own words, “If it’s nice enough to ______, it’s nice enough to play golf.”You can fill in that blank with anything you want, but the second half of that sentence would always be the same.So, just imagine my surprise when he comes home one day and tells me he’s been invited to his friend’s hunting camp — and he’s going. He clarifies by saying, “just for one night,” though.Let me wrap my head around this for a moment.This is the man who has lived his life on a golf course — since about 12 or 13 years old, anyway. He’s the guy who’s worn the plaid shorts and whites golf shoes and now he’s going camo? This is hard for me to imagine.To top off this whole guys weekend in the woods thing, it turned out to be the recent 21-degree weekend — maybe a bit too cold to play golf anyway.Before heading out to the woods to meet the guys, Scott pulled on the long underwear he still had from our … [Read more...] about Hunting has its draw, but golf is the Husband’s first love — he can’t help but compare the two
Two supervisors at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources interfered with an investigation of a member of the department’s oversight commission, a state ethics panel has charged. One of the officers, Col. Rodney Coffey, who headed the law-enforcement division at the department, resigned after the Executive Branch Ethics Commission initiated charges Tuesday. In the related investigation, Fish and Wildlife commissioner Jimmy B. Bevins was charged with obstructing legal hunting near his property in Franklin County, according to a court document and the file on the investigation. Bevins allegedly threw out corn along South Elkhorn Creek so the area would be considered baited, making it illegal to hunt ducks in the baited area. Bevins, who represents Central Kentucky on the commission, pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charge this week in Franklin District Court. He was charged in December, 11 months after the alleged baiting incident. Bevins, a lifelong … [Read more...] about How a duck-hunting dispute became a Fish and Wildlife ethics scandal in Kentucky