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Congress Strikes Budget Deal; Sportsmen Stress Conservation Funding

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Outdoor Wire-Thursday, December 12, 2013 http://www.theoutdoorwire.com/story/13868345367wg1kxrr4hb Budget agreement paves the way for responsive, results-focused conservation funding as Senate and House appropriations committees commence negotiations WASHINGTON – Following last night’s announcement by House and Senate leaders of a successfully negotiated budget for fiscal years 2014 and 2015, sportsmen are uniting to advocate for strong funding for conservation initiatives as the details of the budget agreement are resolved. If approved by Congress, the bicameral budget sets a top-line funding level of $1.012 trillion for federal agencies through the fall of 2014 and a top-line funding level of $1.014 trillion through fall of 2015. It also would represent a significant step toward avoiding another federal shutdown and would curb steep, sequestration-based cuts currently…

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Governor announces pheasant task force

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It also means the state’s pheasant population probably dipped below 3 million this year after being as high as 12 million in 2007. He explained the rise of the federal government’s Conservation Reserve Program from the 1985 farm bill and how the land it protected from farming helped grow pheasant numbers. Are we going to fluctuate around a mean of a million and a half pheasants?

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Jack London still making news with new book publication

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…19 drawings and watercolors, including two full-color foldouts, by William T. Wiley, a beloved Northern California artist since the 1960s. Kelly’s Cove Publisher Bart Schneider said he called Wiley with the idea of getting permission to use some of the artist’s previous work in the book. “Wiley has a whole history of painting ships and pirates,” Schneider said. At Wiley’s request, Schneider sent the artist a copy of London’s story. When Schneider called to follow up a…

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OPINION: Wild turkey, on the rocks?

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Fowling is an Old English reference to waterfowl. So ducks and geese were probably on the menu, not turkey. Myth No. 2: Benjamin Franklin proposed that the wild turkey become the national symbol. To the contrary, hunters’ license fees and conservation donations have helped save the turkey and other game birds by paying for habitat restoration.

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