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Hunting news roundup from around the U.S.

September 22, 2013 at 09:37 AM

The Associated Press

Under pressure, state revamps hunting rules

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The state conservation agency is revamping a new program that requires hunters to report all the deer and turkey they kill to the state.

Officials say hunters will now have 72 hours to report kills rather than the 24-hour time limit that was initially planned.

The change comes amid complaints from state Sen. Paul Sanford of Huntsville. He says the 24-hour time limit was too strict for hunters who might be in the woods away from telephone lines or cell phone signals.

Biologists say they need the information to help manage wildlife in the state and make sure animals are healthy. They say they hope to develop almost real-time reporting to help hunters know what's going on in the woods.

Bow season for deer opens Oct. 15.

Tips on tree-stand safety for Neb. hunters

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Tree stands are commonly used by many deer hunters, but Nebraska Game and Parks officials say the stands are dangerous if not used correctly.

Mike Streeter is hunter education coordinator for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He says tree stand accidents are on the rise, and that most occur from falls.

Among his safety tips:

— Always wear a full-body harness approved by the Treestand Manufacturers Association.

— Always attach yourself to the tree, starting when you are on the ground.

— Avoid hunting from heights above 15 feet.

— Always use a line to raise and lower equipment.



Nebraska Game and Parks Commission:

Vt. reminding hunters of rules on importing deer

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is reminding hunters about the state's rules for importing deer and elk from other states.

The rules are designed to protect Vermont's deer herd from chronic wasting disease, a fatal brain disease that affects deer and elk.

The disease is caused by abnormal proteins in the brain. It causes disorientation and other health benefits.

The abnormal proteins can be spread through body fluids of infected deer and elk and they persist in the environment for decades.

In Vermont it is illegal to import deer or elk from states or Canadian provinces that have had cases of chronic wasting disease.

There are exceptions that include meat that is cut up and packaged.

Complete rules can be found on the department's website.

Rule moves up when hunters can place ground blinds

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has moved up when deer hunters can place ground blinds on public land.

The department announced Friday that the blinds can be placed starting on Sept. 1. Previously, hunters had to wait until Nov. 5.

Officials say the rule now is consistent with those for placing raised platforms, or tree stands.

The change was adopted last month at a Natural Resources Commission meeting.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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