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Arizona bear encounters are increasing – be “bear aware” out there

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PHOENIX – As temperatures climb and Arizonans head north, human encounters with bears in the high country and in expanding mountain communities are on the increase. Arizona Game and Fish Department officials are asking people to “Be Bear Aware,” especially while recreating in the cool pines during Memorial Day weekend. Homeowners and recreationists should take precautions to minimize potential conflicts with bears and other wildlife. Bear sightings also are on the increase around southern Arizona. The root cause of any human-wildlife encounter is typically food. Keep a clean camp. “Don’t intentionally feed wildlife – it will just get you and the wild animal in trouble,” said April Howard, the large carnivore biologist with Game and Fish. “Cook and eat your…

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Snakes are active, so get your dog trained to avoid them

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… Stieglitz and fellow officer Brian Flatter will discuss the different types of traps that might be encountered including foot-hold traps, body-gripping traps and snares, how each trap type works and how to safely release a pet from a trap. Other topics to be covered include trapping seasons, areas to avoid while walking your pet, trapping rules, and what to do if a trap is encountered. For more information regarding the trap awareness seminar, contact the Idaho Fish and Game Nampa…

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Sportsmen push for constitutional hunting and fishing rights

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He is the author of legislation, approved by both houses of the Indiana legislature this year, which would enshrine the right to hunt and fish in the state constitution. According to the National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, which is conducted every five years, in 2011 people spent $672 million on fishing and $222 million on hunting in Indiana. In 2011, 37.4 million U.S. residents 16 years old and older went fishing and/or hunting.

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New Community Based “Explore Archery” Program Launched Nationwide

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Archery has announced the launch of Explore Archery, an innovative education program that introduces archery to beginners of all ages and abilities. Explore Archery, developed jointly by USA Archery and the Archery Trade Association, is fun, safe, rewarding, and developmentally progressive. Explore Archery is a low-cost, high quality turnkey programming option that offers a comprehensive Instructor’s Guide, including a full curriculum packed with classroom activities, and award and games components to keep participants engaged and having fun. Program options include Try Archery Events, 1-Day Camps, 1-Week Camps, 6-Week Classes and Birthday Parties. The program’s unique achievement award component allows archers to earn awards through active participation in individual and team-building activities. The focus is on…

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Golden eagle found in Wyo. tied for second-oldest

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Wyo. (AP) — A golden eagle that was apparently electrocuted near Sheridan was more than 30 years old, which ties the record for second-oldest in the species that has ever been tagged in North America, Wyoming wildlife officials said. The eagle was found March 19 on Soldier Creek Road by a resident, who alerted Wyoming Game and Fish Department officials, the Sheridan Press reported ( http://bit.ly/1pivUH1 ).The bird’s body was found under a…

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