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Minnesota DNR announces 2014 wolf season

Posted July 24, 2014 By NewsEngine

Hunters and trappers can apply for the 2014 wolf season beginning Friday, Aug. 1, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced.

A total of 3,800 hunting and trapping licenses will be available, 500 more licenses than last year’s seasons. The statewide target harvest of wolves is 250, 30 more than last year.

The early season begins Saturday, Nov. 8.

The latest population survey results estimate that 470 wolf packs and 2,423 wolves lived in Minnesota’s wolf range this past winter, 212 more wolves than estimated on the survey conducted in winter 2013.
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State Parks Plan for Fun-Filled Weekend

Posted July 24, 2014 By NewsEngine

PIERRE, S.D. – No time to get away? Take a mini vacation at a South Dakota state park. Several special events offering activities for the entire family will take place at parks across the state.

35th Annual Sioux River Folk Festival, Newton Hills State Park near Canton, Friday, Aug. 1 through Sunday, Aug. 3. Newton Hills State Park is hosting three days of folk music, dancing and family fun during the annual Sioux River Folk Festival. Info: 605-987-2263, www.fotm.org
Riverman/Riverwoman Sprint Triathlon, Farm Island Recreation Area near Pierre, Aug. 2, 7:40 a.m. CDT. Compete as an individual or as part of a team in this annual event. Take a 0.4-mile swim along swim beach, an 18-mile bike ride on SD Hwy 34, and a 3.5-mile run on the island trail. Info: 605-773-2885
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Those who don’t act fast will miss out on their chance to participate in Pennsylvania’s 2014 elk hunt.

The deadline to enter the annual drawing for elk licenses is July 31 – about a month earlier than in previous years.

The drawing also has been moved to an earlier date, and a new location. It will be held Aug. 16 in Benezette, Pa. as part of the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Elk Expo.

Game Commission Executive Director R. Matthew Hough said the elk expo provides a fitting showcase for the drawing, which each year generates excitement among tens of thousands of hopeful hunters. But those who haven’t yet submitted applications to enter this year’s drawing need to be mindful of the earlier deadline, he said.
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