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320 bears approved to be killed in Florida hunt

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The future of two of Florida's largest mammals came in for an intense debate Wednesday as the state wildlife commission approved a controversial new panther policy and set quotas for Florida's first bear hunt in 21 years.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which has its meetings around the state, ...Read more

Pheasant count up 42 percent in South Dakota

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Good news for the thousands of Minnesota pheasant hunters who head west each fall to chase roosters in South Dakota: pheasant numbers there are up.

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks says its annual pheasant brood survey show a 42 percent increase in the statewide pheasants-per-mile (PPM) index from 2014.

The 2015 statewide PPM index of 3....Read more

Meet crappie fishing's spider men

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WARSAW, Mo. -- The minute Charlie and Travis Bunting arrived at one of their favorite fishing spots on Truman Lake, they went to work setting up an elaborate spider web to ensnare big crappies.

Arranging rod holders at the front of their boat, they put out multiple 16-foot rods baited with jigs and minnows and began slow-trolling along a ...Read more

Steelers kicker Garrett Hartley is big-time outdoorsman in spare time

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Nailing field goals from as far as far as 48 yards in the preseason, Garrett Hartley is settling into his new position as the Steelers' new kicker.

But, if that doesn't work out, Hartley has a fallback job as a reality TV star.

Hartley is co-host of "Southern Chaos," a hunting lifestyle reality show that recently was picked up for second ...Read more

Larger number of perch found in Lake Michigan

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RACINE, Wis. -- Cheryl Masterson and Dave Schinderholz dragged the 25-foot net out of Lake Michigan and up the sandy shore of North Beach.

The seine was clearly laden with cargo.

But was it filled only with cladophera, the algae that plagues many Lake Michigan beaches in summer? Or was there also a fin component?

And more specifically, were ...Read more

Private deer operations find new life in ruling

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Score this round for Missouri's deer farmers.

A ruling by a Missouri circuit court issued recently blocked enforcement of new regulations by the Missouri Department of Conservation that owners of private deer operations said could put them out of business.

The new regulations, including prohibiting the importation of captive deer and other ...Read more

Minnesota's walk-in hunter access program gets huge boost, will expand

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For Minnesota pheasant aficionados, the state's hunter walk-in access program has been a godsend, providing nearly 23,000 acres of private land to hunt in 31 counties.

But since the program began in 2011, it's been on shaky financial ground.

Now that ground is a little firmer after the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Minnesota will ...Read more

Hunting is a family affair for this group

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When Mark Drury talks about the bond he has with his daughter, Taylor, he often reaches for his cell phone and starts calling up photos.

No, not school pictures. Or pictures of his daughter on her first bike. Or cheerleader photos.

Hunting photos.

There's one with a toddler dressed in a camouflage dress, perched on her dad's knee as he ...Read more

Best times for anglers

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This table lists top fishing times and days for the coming weeks. For best results, begin fishing one hour before and continue one hour after the times given. Times apply to all time zones.

Sunday...............12:10 a.m..........................................12:40 p.m.

Monday.............1:05 a.m.........................................1:45...Read more

Best times for anglers

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This table lists top fishing times and days for the coming weeks. For best results, begin fishing one hour before and continue one hour after the times given. Times apply to all time zones.

Sunday...............6:35 p.m...........................................7:05 a.m.

Monday.............7:30 p.m............................................8:...Read more

Outdoors camp is a training ground and more

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FERGUS FALLS, Minn. -- Megan Weidenfeller shouldered her shotgun, tracked the flying clay target and squeezed the trigger.

Boom! The clay pigeon exploded in a cloud of dust. Then the 15-year-old did it again ... and again, breaking an impressive 10 out of 10 targets.

"Nice shooting," said instructor Jenny Johnson.

Shotgunning was just one of ...Read more

United Special Sportsman Alliance helping make outdoor dreams reality

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PITTSVILLE, Wis. -- The western Wisconsin burg of Pittsville doesn't show up on many maps.

But one weekend a year the population in this section of Jackson County swells a hundred fold.

They come from all corners of the United States, some in RVs, some in cars, others on motorcycles.

They pitch tents and build campfires. They fish and swim ...Read more

Time for South Florida surf fishing is now

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South Florida surf anglers love to fish during the fall mullet run, but those in the know are hitting the beaches now.

That's because Spanish mackerel are showing up in northern Palm Beach and Martin counties.

I know what some of you are thinking: Why do I need to head that far to catch fish off the beach?

The best answer is provided by Steve...Read more

New python hunt planned for Everglades

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The Burmese pythons infesting the Everglades may want to keep out of sight early next year.

Amateur snake hunters from around the world will be invited to go after them in the Florida's second Python Challenge, scheduled for Jan. 16 to Feb. 14.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on Tuesday announced the first details of the ...Read more

Many big-game hunters are also big-time conservationists

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Amid the outrage over the killing of a collared Zimbabwean lion dubbed Cecil, one fact has escaped attention: the collar and the study of lions in Hwange National Park are being paid for by big-game hunters.

Over the last 20 years, eastern and southern African nations have grown more sophisticated in user-pay conservation, a counterintuitive ...Read more

Nighttime is right time for bass fishing at Lake of the Ozarks

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OSAGE BEACH, Mo. -- It was prime time at Lake of the Ozarks.

The pleasure boats that had been sending waves rolling across the water were returning to dock. And the big lake was showing its mild site.

James Dill looks forward to this time of the day. As the sun sinks, the big bass rise. And Dill is often out to greet them.

"When everything ...Read more

Centenarians show you're never too old to enjoy a canoe trip

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MILWAUKEE -- Richard Franz of Milwaukee has blown out candles on enough birthday cakes. His wardrobe also has plenty of neck ties.

When he turned 100 earlier this month, he asked for something not found on most gift lists: A canoe trip down the Milwaukee River.

Franz knew where to turn to make his desire reality. He contacted the Urban Ecology...Read more

Best times for anglers

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This table lists top fishing times and days for the coming weeks. For best results, begin fishing one hour before and continue one hour after the times given. Times apply to all time zones.

Sunday...............1:25 p.m...........................................1:45 a.m.

Monday.............2:05 p.m........................................2:30 a...Read more

Creating an unusual, effective original catfish bait

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MARION RESERVOIR -- Warren Kreutziger lifted the lid on a bucket of catfish bait and there was no gasp, cough, head jerk, dry heave, face wrinkle, unprintable words or other typical reactions when an angler's nose gets a whiff of a traditional bait that would make a vulture wretch.

"I don't use any ground or rotten shad. What I make ... catches...Read more

Lobster tales make for a memorable miniseason

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John Strunk, it was the most exciting lobster miniseason ever.

He dived the two-day miniseason, which started at 12:01 a.m. July 29 and concluded at midnight July 30, for the first time with the crew of Jim "Chiefy" Mathie, replacing long-time crew member Braden Whitworth, who had moved back home to Texas.

"I moved up in the world to a spot on...Read more