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Oregon FWC to Set Big Game Regulations and Coastal Salmon Seasons at June 6-7 Meeting

May 28, 2013

OregonDFW

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will be asked to set 2013-2014 big game regulations and 2013 coastal fall salmon seasons during its two-day meeting in Tigard on June 6-7. The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. both days  at the Washington Square Embassy Suites,...

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Arizona Public Meetings Continue to Discuss Future Hunting and Fishing License Structure, Fees

May 28, 2013

Arizona Game and Fish

The Arizona Game and Fish Department this week will continue to host a series of meetings statewide to seek the public’s input in developing a new hunting and fishing license structure and fees, as authorized by the recent passage of Senate Bill 1223. This week’s meetings will be...

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Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission to Set Big Game Regulations and Coastal Salmon Seasons at June 6-7 Meeting

May 24, 2013

OregonDFW

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will be asked to set 2013-2014 big game regulations and 2013 coastal fall salmon seasons during its two-day meeting in Tigard on June 6-7. The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. both days  at the Washington Square Embassy Suites,...

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Free Michigan Fishing and Hunting Licenses Now Available to Military Members

May 21, 2013

Michigan DNR

Active-duty military members who enlisted as Michigan residents and have maintained residence status can now obtain annual Michigan fishing or hunting licenses free of charge, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced today. To qualify, persons must be active-duty U.S. military members and, at the...

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Arizona Public Meetings to Discuss Future Hunting and Fishing License Structure, Fees

May 17, 2013

Arizona Game and Fish

The Arizona Game and Fish Department will host a series of meetings statewide to seek the public’s input in developing a new hunting and fishing license structure and fees, as authorized by the recent passage of Senate Bill 1223. SB 1223 allows the Arizona Game...

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Bushytails and Bronzebacks Are Legal May 25 in Missouri

May 16, 2013

Ozark streams offer excellent fishing for smallmouth bass. The seasons for smallmouths and squiirrels opens on the fourth Saturday in May.

Squirrels and smallmouth bass make Missouri a great place to hunt and fish. Whether your taste in outdoor activities runs toward fishing or hunting, May 25 is a day to mark on your calendar. Missouri’s hunting season for gray and fox squirrels opens May 25...

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Arizona Governor Signs SB 1223 (License Simplification)

May 9, 2013

Arizona Governor Signs SB 1223 (License Simplification)

Gov. Jan Brewer yesterday (May 7) signed into law Senate Bill 1223, a bill that allows the Arizona Game and Fish Commission to set future hunting and fishing license structure and fees directly through a streamlined, customer-focused process.

The bill, which is supported by 24 sportsmen’s organizations, gives the Game and Fish Department the ability to operate more like a business and react to changing market conditions and customer needs in a timely manner. It previously passed the Arizona House, 43-10, on April 15 and the Arizona Senate, 26-2, on March 6.

The department now will present its proposed public outreach process to the Game and Fish Commission at the commission’s meeting this Saturday, May 11, at the Mohave County Board of Supervisors Auditorium, 700 W. Beale St., in Kingman, Ariz. The public is invited to attend the meeting in person or view it over the web at www.azgfd.gov/commissioncam. The commission may provide input or further direction.

Following that meeting, the department will engage in a public outreach effort, including statewide public meetings, to solicit input on a conceptual license structure and fees.

“It’s important to keep in mind that the license structure and fee concepts that will be shown at the public meetings will only be that – concepts,” said Deputy Director Ty Gray. “They are not recommendations at this point, but are meant to serve as a starting point for discussion. We want to know what constituents think and what input they might have.”

The public meetings are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Thursday, May 16, Pinetop, Pinetop Fire Department, Station #2, 5976 Buck Springs Road
  • Monday, May 20, Phoenix, Arizona Game and Fish Department headquarters, 5000 W. Carefree Highway (Note: This meeting will also be webcast at www.azgfd.gov/webcast)
  • Monday, May 20, Mesa, Arizona Game and Fish Department Mesa regional office, 7200 E. University Drive
  • Tuesday, May 21, Tucson, Arizona Game and Fish Department Tucson regional office, 555 N. Greasewood Road
  • Wednesday, May 22, Yuma, Arizona Game and Fish Department Yuma regional office, 9140 E. 28th St.
  • Wednesday, May 22, Flagstaff, Arizona Game and Fish Department Flagstaff regional office, 3500 S. Lake Mary Road
  • Thursday, May 23, Kingman, Arizona Game and Fish Department Kingman regional office, 5325 N. Stockton Hill Road

It is anticipated that additional public meetings will be held in each region. Those meeting locations and dates will be posted at www.azgfd.gov/LicenseSimplification as soon as they become available. Interested individuals are encouraged to monitor that webpage.

For those who can’t attend the public meetings, input/comments will be accepted at LicenseSimplification@azgfd.gov.

For more information about SB 1223, visit www.azgfd.gov/LicenseSimplification.

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Governor Snyder Signs Bills Protecting Hunting, Fishing Rights in Michigan

May 8, 2013

Governor Snyder Signs Bills Protecting Hunting, Fishing Rights in Michigan

Governor Rick Snyder signed Senate Bills 288 and 289 into law today. The bills allow the Natural Resources Commission to name game species, protect the rights to hunt and fish, and were supported by Michigan’s conservation community.

“We thank Governor Snyder for continuing Michigan’s tradition of separating conservation from politics today,” said Erin McDonough, executive director of Michigan United Conservation Clubs. “These bills protect the rights of hunters, anglers and trappers, and ensure that wildlife management decisions are based on the recommendations of biologists, not out-of-state anti-hunters.”

SB 288 extends the Natural Resources Commission (NRC)’s authority and sound science mandate to naming animals to the game species list, while retaining the Legislature’s authority to do the same and its exclusive authority to remove game species. SB 288 also grants the NRC the exclusive authority to issue fisheries orders, which currently rests with the director of the Department of Natural Resources, and also provides free licenses to active-duty members of the military. SB 289 establishes the rights to hunt and fish in state law, and makes protection of those rights a purpose of the Michigan’s Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act.

Conservation groups herald the bills as an extension of voter-approved Proposal G of 1996, which granted the Natural Resources Commission exclusive authority over game management and required it to use sound science in its wildlife management decisions.

“This is an enhancement of Proposal G,” said Merle Shepard, Michigan state director for Safari Club International. “It puts Michigan on track to manage its wildlife species using sound science.”

Opponents of the bill included the Washington, D.C.-based anti-hunting organization Humane Society of the United States. Natural Resources Commission orders are administrative decisions not subject to ballot referendum, which the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is trying to use to prevent the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) from using public hunting as a management tool to prevent wolf depredations in the Upper Peninsula, as outlined in Michigan’s Wolf Management Plan.

“Our members have lost dogs and pets to wolves,” said Joe Hudson, president of the Upper Peninsula Bear Houndsmen Association. “We’re happy to see that the DNR will finally have the management tools it needs to help limit wolf conflicts up here and that decisions about how it manages wildlife will be made based on sound science, not television commercials.”

Founded in 1937, Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) is the largest state-specific conservation organization in the country. Its mission is to conserve, defend and enhance Michigan’s natural resources and outdoor heritage.

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission to Meet in Grand Junction

May 6, 2013

Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission to Meet in Grand Junction

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission will finalize 2013 big-game hunting license numbers when it travels to Grand Junction for its May meeting on Thursday, May 9. In addition, the Commission will consider an emergency regulation to protect a population of stocked tiger muskies in Harvey Gap Reservoir north of Rifle.

The meeting will be held at the Doubletree Hotel located at 743 Horizon Drive in Grand Junction, beginning at 8:30 a.m. A full agenda and meeting details are available online at http://wildlife.state.co.us/ParksWildlifeCommission/Archives/2013Calendar/Pages/May2013.aspx.

Thursday’s agenda includes official Commission action to set the number of limited hunting licenses for deer, elk, pronghorn, moose and black bear for the upcoming 2013 fall big-game seasons. The Commission will also consider an emergency regulation to prohibit the use of spearfishing, archery or gigs for the take of northern pike at Harvey Gap Reservoir. Fishery managers plan to introduce a number of 22-to-24-inch tiger muskies into Harvey Gap to assist in balancing the northern pike population. As sterile fish, tiger muskies are also expected to grow rapidly and create fishing opportunity in the future. However, unlike northern pike, tiger muskies can’t reproduce so they pose less risk to endangered fish populations in the Upper Colorado River basin. To protect the newly introduced fish, methods that target larger fish such as spearfishing, archery fishing and gigging will be suspended at Harvey Gap if the measure is approved.

The Commission will also include staff presentations regarding proposed changes for the 2013-2014 migratory bird hunting seasons, proposed changes to the regulations for sanctuaries and commercial wildlife parks, as well as standard monthly updates on financial, legal and regional issues. The meeting is scheduled to adjourn at 5:15 p.m.

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission sets regulations and policies for Colorado’s state parks and wildlife programs. The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission meets monthly and travels to communities around the state to facilitate public participation in its processes. The commission is scheduled to travel to Walden, Gunnison, Trinidad, Montrose, Lamar and Pueblo later this year.

Members of the public who are unable to attend Parks and Wildlife Commission meetings or workshops can listen to the proceedings online. To access the live audio feed during the meeting, click on the “listen to live audio” link at the bottom of the commission webpage at: http://wildlife.state.co.us/ParksWildlifeCommission/Pages/Commission.aspx.

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Michigan House Natural Resources Committee Passes SB 288, 289

May 1, 2013

Michigan House Natural Resources Committee Passes SB 288, 289

Bipartisan Agreement on Scientific Wildlife Management in House Natural Resources Committee

The Michigan House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources passed SB 288 and 289 today by a vote of 8-0. The bills, called the Scientific Wildlife Management Package, ensure that wildlife is managed using sound science and protects the rights to hunt and fish. They were both introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson (R – Escanaba). The committee is chaired by Rep. Andrea LaFontaine (R – Columbus Twp.).

In 1996, Michigan voters mandated the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) to use sound science in its wildlife management decisions through Proposal G, which also granted the NRC exclusive authority to make game regulations. SB 288 extends that authority and sound science mandate to listing game species and issuing fisheries orders. It also provides free hunting, fishing and trapping licenses to active members of the military. SB 289 codifies the rights to hunt and fish in state statute and makes protection of those rights a purpose of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act.

“Republicans and Democrats don’t always agree, but the bipartisan members of the House Natural Resources Committee agreed today that Michigan wildlife should be managed using sound science,” said Erin McDonough, executive director for Michigan United Conservation Clubs. “It’s great to see our elected officials putting conservation ahead of politics. We thank Rep. LaFontaine for listening to the hunters, anglers and trappers of Michigan and bringing these bills before the committee, and we thank the committee for passing this common-sense legislation.”

The bill package now goes to the full House of Representatives, where 41 bipartisan representatives co-sponsored identical original legislation introduced by Rep. Jon Bumstead (R – Newago). The substitute version of SB 288 passed by the Senate removes an appropriation and specifically exempts doves from the NRC’s game designation authority under the bill.

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