Nearly 100,000 turkey hunters statewide spend their mornings tiptoeing through forests and fields trying to entice a big gobbler into shooting range. About 30,000 of them find success each year, enough to catapult Michigan to the No. 7 spot for spring turkey hunting nationally.
A bill expanding background checks to encompass nearly all gun sales in the northwestern state of Oregon made it through the state Legislature on Monday, overcoming obstacles that stymied two previous attempts to pass similar laws.
North Dakota hunters will not be able to go after mule deer does in the western badlands for a fourth straight year, as officials continue work to boost numbers of the animals that have been impacted by severe winters and the region's energy boom.
Several city council members say they support having the competition but a current city code that bans the shooting of arrows outdoors would have to be modified. Others worry that children playing near the park could be hit by a stray arrow.
A crowd of people was trying to cross the Gros Ventre River in boats and on horseback in an annual rush to find antlers shed by elk in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. One horse drowned in the frigid river, which was running higher and faster than usual because of early snowmelt.
State wildlife officials, responding to a declining number of deer in the Upper Peninsula due to harsh winters, have drawn up a list of options, including a ban on deer hunting in that region in the fall.
Grand View Outdoors takes this diminutive new rifle through its paces for the first time against some Florida hogs and coyotes. At 6.2 pounds, the Lightweight Mountain Rifle offers a lot of versatility in a slimmed down package.
California officials dramatically scaled back habitat restoration planned during construction of two massive tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to send water to farms and millions of people.
“It's kind of a unique area in terms of the Continental Divide on the Helena National Forest,” said John Gatchell, MWA conservation director. “It's proximity to rich wildlife habitat and what we've seen showing up with the diversity of life, it's a neat thing for people to get engaged with.”
Visitors can walk through a man-made cypress swamp, go bowling or shoot arrows at the archery range. A 105-room hotel designed like a hunting lodge has balconies overlooking the indoor swamp. There are also live ducks, alligators and fish.