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Of the 3,325 gobblers harvested in Maryland during the recent season, 3,203 or 96.3 percent were bagged via shotgun. Bowhunters using vertical bows accounted for 83 gobblers, 2.5 percent of the take. The remainder of the kill, 39 birds (1.2 percent), were tagged by crossbow users, according to Bob Long, turkey biologist for the Maryland Wildlife & Heritage Service.
Pope-Young OKs lighted nocks, mounted cameras
CHATFIELD, Minn. — As a result of changes to the Pope & Young Club's bylaws that passed a vote of the Board of Directors and were ratified by the voting membership, standard lighted nocks and bow-mounted cameras will be exempted from a rule disqualifying the use of electronics attached to a bow.
Pa. elk range expands
MISSOULA, Mont. — The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation teamed up with the Pennsylvania Game Commission to purchase and conserve 81 acres of prime elk habitat in the heart of the state’s elk range in Elk County's Benezette Township, which is among areas with the highest elk population density.
W.Va. Wildlife Center now has American bison calf
FRENCH CREEK, W.Va. — The newest resident of the West Virginia Wildlife Center at French Creek is a female bison calf, born Friday, May 2. The calf joins the many animals native to West Virginia that are on display at the Wildlife Center.
Alaskan wildlife really lights out
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Squirrels and birds are turning the lights out on customers in Alaska’s capital.
CWD not found in Ohio’s deer
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Ohio Department of Agriculture tested the state’s deer herd and found no evidence of chronic wasting disease, which is a degenerative brain disease that affects elk, mule deer and white-tailed deer.
W.Va. gobbler harvest drops off 19 percent
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Hunters in West Virginia checked in 9,017 bearded turkeys during the recent spring gobbler season, according to Curtis I. Taylor, chief of Wildlife Resources Section of the Division of Natural Resources. This year’s harvest represents a 19 percent decline from the 2013 harvest and a 6 percent departure from the five-year average.
Mission crossbows recalled
SPARTA, Wisc. — Mission Archery has recalled 9,500 MXB crossbows because they can fire an arrow unexpectedly without the trigger being pulled.
City fly shop celebrates new location
CUMBERLAND — Early Rise Flies will have a grand-reopening June 21 at its new location, 438 N. Centre St.
The celebration includes free hot dogs and drinks as well as merchandise giveaways.
Additional store space has allowed seating for up to 18 for year-round fly-tying classes and seminars as well as new product lines.
Parking is available both in front and the rear of the store. The fly shop first opened in September 2012 at a nearby North Centre Street location.
To inquire, call 240-362-7575.
Road-killed bear total creeps upward in Md.
With the death of a 225-pound male bear on Interstate 68 near the Finzel exit on May 31, the bruin road-kill total for Maryland this year increased to six.
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