If you have ever used a muzzleloader to shoot at a deer, you know that one of the memorable trademarks of that sort of hunt is the smoke that emanates from the barrel. Hence the name smokepole.

Trulee Burns of Burlington, W.Va., killed her first deer with her 22-250 while hunting with her father on Oct. 16 during the West Virginia Youth Anterless Season.

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Permits for a limited antlerless deer firearms season in select parts of the state are being mailed to successful applicants, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources announced.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is known for damming rivers and building levees to keep waterways at bay. But a new initiative seeks natural flood control solutions as climate change brings increasingly frequent and severe weather events that test the limits of concrete and steel.

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials on Monday dramatically scaled back the number of wolves hunters can kill during the state’s fall season in open defiance of its policy board.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — With nearly 24% of the for-hire recreational red snapper catch target still in the Gulf of Mexico, charter vessels can take anglers to try to catch the fish in federal waters until Nov. 6, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said.

STEVENS VILLAGE, Alaska — In a normal year, the smokehouses and drying racks that Alaska Natives use to prepare salmon to tide them through the winter would be heavy with fish meat, the fruits of a summer spent fishing on the Yukon River like generations before them.

It will be legal to use a new muzzleloader system to hunt a Maryland buck such as this one. In West Virginia it is a different story.

Darlene Dom of Midland casts her line in Piney Reservoir Monday. The 120-acre impoundment, located in Garrett County, serves as the water supply for the city of Frostburg.

Let’s pick up where we left off two weeks ago when we were talking about changes in hunting that have taken place since I first pulled the trigger of a J.C. Higgins bolt-action .22 caliber rifle in 1958.

CUMBERLAND — Throughout June and July, visitors and residents of Maryland’s bear country may encounter more bear sightings than they would at other times of the year.

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If you have ever used a muzzleloader to shoot at a deer, you know that one of the memorable trademarks of that sort of hunt is the smoke that emanates from the barrel. Hence the name smokepole.

Trulee Burns of Burlington, W.Va., killed her first deer with her 22-250 while hunting with her father on Oct. 16 during the West Virginia Youth Anterless Season.

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Permits for a limited antlerless deer firearms season in select parts of the state are being mailed to successful applicants, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources announced.

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LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — A black bear that was caught on video snacking on food in stores near Lake Tahoe was shot and killed over the summer when it refused to leave a California campsite, authorities said.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is known for damming rivers and building levees to keep waterways at bay. But a new initiative seeks natural flood control solutions as climate change brings increasingly frequent and severe weather events that test the limits of concrete and steel.

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MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials on Monday dramatically scaled back the number of wolves hunters can kill during the state’s fall season in open defiance of its policy board.

AP

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — With nearly 24% of the for-hire recreational red snapper catch target still in the Gulf of Mexico, charter vessels can take anglers to try to catch the fish in federal waters until Nov. 6, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said.

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STEVENS VILLAGE, Alaska — In a normal year, the smokehouses and drying racks that Alaska Natives use to prepare salmon to tide them through the winter would be heavy with fish meat, the fruits of a summer spent fishing on the Yukon River like generations before them.

It will be legal to use a new muzzleloader system to hunt a Maryland buck such as this one. In West Virginia it is a different story.

Darlene Dom of Midland casts her line in Piney Reservoir Monday. The 120-acre impoundment, located in Garrett County, serves as the water supply for the city of Frostburg.

Let’s pick up where we left off two weeks ago when we were talking about changes in hunting that have taken place since I first pulled the trigger of a J.C. Higgins bolt-action .22 caliber rifle in 1958.

CUMBERLAND — Throughout June and July, visitors and residents of Maryland’s bear country may encounter more bear sightings than they would at other times of the year.

FROSTBURG — The Frostburg Rifle/Pistol Range, owned by the city of Frostburg and managed by Big Savage Sportsmen’s Club and Piney Mountain Sportsmen’s Association, will open for public use for 2021 on July 17 and 18, and will be open the first and third weekend of each month thereafter throu…

After the absence of one year, when pandemic restrictions altered much of life, the Maryland Wildlife and Heritage Service is back on track to resume testing deer for the presence of chronic wasting disease, an ailment always fatal to the animal.

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ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Department of Commerce and Maryland Department of Natural Resources have announced that 18 Marylanders from the public and private sectors have been named as the state’s first Outdoor Recreation Ambassadors.

BILLINGS, Mont. — Grizzly bears are slowly expanding the turf where they roam in parts of the northern Rocky Mountains but need continued protections, according to government scientists who concluded that no other areas of the country would be suitable for reintroducing the fearsome predators.

More than once during the past 42 years, I have mentioned in this column that I obtained a degree in fishery biology/management from Utah State University. That was in 1970.

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources reported that hunters harvested 81,729 deer during the combined archery, firearms and muzzleloader seasons, from Sept. 11, 2020 through Feb. 3, 2021.

Tynsley Llewellyn, 8, of Lonaconing, poses with her first buck on youth hunting day.

Citing COVID-19 protocols, the Maryland Wildlife and Heritage Service, an arm of the Department of Natural Resources, chose to forego sampling of hunter-harvested deer for chronic wasting disease during the 2020-2021 hunting seasons.

Eddie Shipway, of Flintstone, and Jeremy Bender of Mexico Farms, killed this black bear on the last day of the 2020 season on Green Ridge Mountain.

Lance Bender, 15, of Mexico Farms, shot this six-point buck during the opening day of deer season on Green Ridge Mountain.

Carson Bender, 12, of Mexico Farms, killed this seven-point buck on Green Ridge Mountain during the Maryland bow season.

There are two three-day hunts in Maryland this winter that may pull you away from the reloading bench or fly-tying table or the couch in front of the TV. One of those hunts will be in its seventh year, but the other is brand spanking new.

Send us your hunting photos and we’ll publish them in the Jan. 21 Rod & Gun tabloid and online.

I watched a deer hunting show on The Outdoor Channel some time ago in which one of the hunters was a firefighter who had been trapped in the rubble of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

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