The spring hunting season is only a few weeks away, which means it is time to start making those much needed preparations! From renewing permits to checking your equipment, there is a lot to do before the big season starts. Here are three steps you should not skip if you plan on hunting in the Pacific Northwest this spring.
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Southern Oregon continues to see an unusually high case of rabies in local fox populations, a press release from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife recently stated.
According to the release, nine cases of rabid foxes have been reported in the Cave Junction area since the beginning of 2010. ODFW biologists and veterinarians have met to discuss concerns that this increase in rabies cases could be trouble for local pet populations.
Emilio DeBees, a public health veterinarian at the Oregon Health Authority, said that can be of significant concern for pet owners.
“In Oregon, dogs are required to be vaccinated against rabies,” he said. Cats are not, except in Multnomah County, but veterinarians strongly recommend they are also vaccinated.”
Rabies, a viral disease that attacks the nervous system of mammals, poses a low risk to humans. However, hunters, campers, hikers, and other outdoor enthusiasts are still at risk of infection if they come across a rabid animal. Along with traditional hunting equipment, it is important to bring a first aid kit and an emergency communication device, such as a cell phone or radio, in case you need to call for help.
It is also important to be aware of what a rabid animal looks like. Rabies symptoms include lethargy, walking in circles, loss of muscular coordination, aggressiveness, excessive saliva, and a lack of fear around humans. That means if you see a rabid animal, don’t try to scare it off – not even shouting, blowing a whistle, or shining an LED flashlight at it will get rid of it.
The press release suggested the following actions for those living in an area with reported rabies cases:
Attention Washington hunters! Do you have what it takes to be a MASTER HUNTER? Well, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has the program for you!
According to a press release, the WDFW is now accepting applications for its Master Hunter program. This program screens and enlists experienced hunters to help in controlled hunts in order to remove “problem animals” – any animal that has damaged property or been a threat to public safety. This can include wolves, bears, mountain lions, or any other animal that is known to be a threat.
Tyler Caine, Jr. just made the deal of a lifetime, literally. According the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, the Boise native is now the proud owner of a lifetime hunting license — at only 5 months-old.
Well, obviously, his family made the purchase for him, but one day the young boy will be extremely grateful for the gift. As long Tyler stays an Idaho resident, once he reaches 10 years of age he can hunt without having to buy another license for the rest of his life.
Coast recently published a new article detailing some valuable hunting tips. What makes this particular article unique from others like it, however, is that it’s written from the perspective of a Midwest hunter whose particular geographical location poses a number of interesting challenges, namely that of incredibly short hunting seasons. Make no mistake, though, the article’s tips will help improve any hunter’s experience, no matter his location.
“Having the right hunting gear is essential for a successful trip, any hunter knows that,” reads the article. “And when your season lasts only a handful of days, it’s particularly imperative — especially since one piece of shoddy or forgotten equipment can ruin an entire trip.”
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I’m sure many of you hunters have already been thinking about Turkey season. Coast recently published a new article, Seven Turkey Hunting Gear Must-Haves, that details all the essential equipment you’ll need to capture the perfect bird for your holiday meal — that is, if your wife doesn’t beat you to it at the local grocery store.
The article lists the seven items and provides a description explaining why each is important and necessary for a successful hunt. For instance, one of the suggested pieces of equipment is a reliable hunting knife specifically for field dressing (which preserves the meat more effectively) in addition to other various uses — a good knife just plain comes in handy in the outdoors.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) wants to remind outdoor enthusiasts to be safe this coming hunting season. With black bear season opening August 1 throughout most of the state, it’s important for hunters to remember they’re not the only ones taking advantage of everything nature has to offer in Washington — hikers, campers, and anglers are out there, too.
WDFW offers the following safety tips to adventurers this hunting season: (more…)
While most hunting seasons are free from excess legislative interference, it would seem that anti-hunting groups in Minnesota are asking the state government to ban mourning dove hunting. This is a controversial decision in the area because the mourning dove is the number one game bird hunters pursue in Minnesota. The popularity of mourning dove hunting actually exceeds that of geese and duck hunting in America.
The Mourning Dove is a swift flying member of the pigeon family. Minnesota hunters can find these doves in open harvest fields where seeds and grain are plentiful. It is recommended that hunters use non-toxic shot to alleviate lead distribution in the environment. Hunting these birds has been a long standing tradition in many states.