Highlights and top scorers from action Friday.
“Dark Sky,” by C.J. Box (Putnam)
Sen. Jeff Welborn said he believed it was long overdue that the board of outfitters see the changes, which he characterized as “common-sense.”
As black bear populations in southeastern Montana have grown, the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission approved increasing fall hunting permits in Bear Management Unit 700 from eight to 12.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Hunters and trappers blew past Wisconsin's wolf kill target in less than 72 hours, forcing a premature end to a hunt that initially wasn't supposed to happen for another nine months and raising the ire of animal rights activists.
Currently, black bears may only be hunted via spot-and-stalk hunting in the state during spring and fall seasons.
Bills to make trapper education mandatory have been debated for 14 years but never made it through the Legislature.
LARNACA, Cyprus (AP) — Conservationists in Cyprus are urging authorities to expand a hunting ban throughout a coastal salt lake network amid concerns that migrating flamingos could potentially swallow lethal quantities of lead shotgun pellets.
Lawmakers aiming to shape wildlife management in Montana are advancing a number of bills this legislative session that some believe would be better debated by the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission.
Seven of the committee’s 12 Republicans voted with all six Democrats to table House Bill 241.
When asked by Rep. Tyson Running Wolf if he had consulted with the tribes prior to bringing HB 241, Rep. Joe Read said he had not.
HONOLULU (AP) — Axis deer, a species native to India presented as a gift from Hong Kong to the king of Hawaii in 1868, have fed hunters and their families on the rural island of Molokai for generations. But for the community of about 7,500, where self-sustainability is a way of life, the invasive deer are both a cherished food source and a danger to their island ecosystem.
A divided Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission narrowly approved reopening the cow elk shoulder season hunt until Feb. 15 along the east side of the Crazy Mountains, three weeks after the season closed.
Highlights and top scorers from action Saturday.
The bill would allow hunters with disabilities to, with a doctor’s determination, purchase a $10 crossbow permit and hunt during the archery season.
Currently, trappers are only allowed to use foothold traps to capture wolves, although snares may be legally used for other species that are trapped.
Muzzleloaders would be restricted to iron sights and traditional firearms such as flintlock and matchlock designs rather than modern muzzleloaders with scopes.