Pennsylvania Senate Bill 702 would create the offense of organizing, operating, or conducting contests or events where participants shoot or attempt to shoot live pigeons as targets––defined as “trap” or “block” shoots.
Pennsylvania Bill Would Prohibit Use of Live Pigeons as Targets
Montana Allows Expanded Wolf Hunting
Montana Governor Greg Gianforte has signed into law Senate Bill 314 which will allow the “harvest” of an unlimited number of wolves by the holder of a single wolf hunting or wolf trapping license, the use of bait, and the hunting of wolves on private lands outside of daylight hours with artificial lights or night vision scopes.
Idaho Increases Funding for Wolf Predation Control Board and Expands Wolf Hunting
Idaho Governor Brad Little has signed into law Senate Bill 1211 which authorizes the Idaho Wolf Predation Control Board to enter into agreements with private contractors for wolf “disposal,” increases the board’s annual budget from $110,000 to $300,000, allows killing wolves by any method utilized for the take of any wild canines, permits unlimited purchasing of wolf hunting tags, and authorizes wolf-trapping year-round on all private property.
Pennsylvania Considers Limiting Hunting on Sundays
Pennsylvania Senate Bill 607 would prohibit hunting on Sundays. The bill includes exemptions for hunting foxes, coyotes, trapping, and “hunting which occurs on noncommercial regulated hunting grounds holding a valid permit.”
Montana Authorizes Use of Dogs to Hunt Black Bears
Montana Governor Greg Gianforte has signed into law House Bill 468 which authorizes the use of dogs to hunt black bears.
NMFS Challenged Over Approval of Salmon Fishing
A nonprofit group has filed suit against the National Marine Fisheries Service and the Secretary of Commerce alleging that the agency’s approval of salmon fishing projects in Washington State violates the Endangered Species Act, the Puget Sound Management Plan, and the Administrative Procedures Act.
Montana Authorizes Reimbursement of Costs Related to Hunting Wolves
Montana Governor has signed into law Senate Bill 267 which authorizes persons licensed to hunt or trap wolves to be reimbursed for “receipts of costs incurred related to the hunting or trapping of wolves.”
National Marine Fisheries Service Solicits Comments on Possibility of Modifying Turtle Excluder Device for Vessels Less than 40 Feet Operating in Southeast Shrimp Fisheries
The National Marine Fisheries Service has announced an advance notice of proposed rulemaking and is soliciting comments on the possibility of expanding the turtle excluder device related requirements for skimmer trawl vessels less than 40 feet in length operating in the southeast U.S. shrimp fisheries. The agency is accepting comments until May 20, 2021.
Idaho Considers Increased Funding and Authorization for Wolf Predation Control Board
Idaho Senate Bill 1211 would authorize the Idaho Wolf Predation Control Board to enter into agreements with private contractors, increase the board’s budget from $110,000 to $300,000 annually, and authorize wolf-trapping year-round on all private property.
Iowa Allows Expanded Use of Dogs to Track Deer Injured by Hunters
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has signed into law House Bill 522 which will remove the requirement that a hunter using a dog to retrieve a wounded deer be “trained in deer blood tracking,” exempt unarmed dog handlers assisting in such recovery from licensing requirements, and remove the requirement that the Department of Natural Resources issue rules to implement the law.