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CWD Deer Harvest Slows, Hunters Take Nine More Deer in Sage Creek Hunt - Hunters checked in nine more mule deer at the end of the third weekend of the Sage Creek Special Chronic Wasting Disease Hunt in northern Liberty County, bringing the total number of deer sampled to 94 since the hunt started Jan. 6
CWD check station hours change - Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has set new operating hours for its chronic wasting disease check station at Joliet. The new hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day.
Hunter harvest surveys now underway - FWP is currently conducting its annual hunter harvest surveys.
Hunters Harvest Another 35 Deer in Sage Creek CWD Hunt - Hunters checked in an additional 35 mule deer at the end of the second weekend of the Sage Creek Special Chronic Wasting Disease Hunt in northern Liberty County, bringing the total number of deer sampled to 85.
Hunters Harvest 50 Deer First Weekend of Sage Creek CWD Hunt - Hunters checked in 50 mule deer the opening weekend of the Sage Creek Special Chronic Wasting Disease Hunt in northern Liberty County.
Mule deer CWD to Close Jan. 7th - The mule deer portion of a special hunt in Carbon County to gather information about chronic wasting disease, or CWD, will close half an hour past sunset at 5:16 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, after the predetermined harvest quota was met.
Special CWD mule deer hunt closes Sunday; first lab results positive - The mule deer portion of a special hunt in Carbon County to gather information about chronic wasting disease, or CWD, will close half an hour past sunset at 5:16 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, after the predetermined harvest quota was met. Meanwhile, laboratory results show that samples collected from two mule deer harvested during the opening weekend of the special hunt tested positive for exposure to the disease.
Mule deer harvest approaches CWD hunt quota - Hunters have harvested 268 deer in Carbon County as part of a special hunt to gather data on chronic wasting disease, or CWD, in south central Montana. Of those, 183 were mule deer – just short of the 200-animal quota that will trigger a closure of that part of the season. The deer brought to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ check station at Joliet or to Billings since Dec. 15 also include 85 white-tailed deer.
Severe Weather in CWD Hunt Area Will Restrict Travel - Hunters selected for the Sage Creek Chronic Wasting Disease Hunt need to be aware that winter weather will restrict travel.
January meetings seek comments on proposed hunting regulations, seasons - Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will hold two public meetings in January to gather public comment on proposed hunting seasons and regulations for the next two years.
Key reminders as the special CWD hunt progresses south of Laurel - As the Bridger Special CWD Hunt continues, FWP wants to remind hunters to remember a few important points.
Hunters harvest 65 deer on first full week of CWD hunt - Hunters harvested 65 deer in Carbon County last week and over the weekend as part of a special hunt to gather data on chronic wasting disease, or CWD, in south central Montana.
Commission approves north central Montana CWD hunt - The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission approved the Sage Creek Special Chronic Wasting Disease hunt north of Chester.
Hunting family feels blessed, decides to pay it forward - Hunting season has turned into the giving season for the Schantz family of Miles City. And if they have anything to say about it, that season will run year-round.
January meetings seek comments on proposed hunting regulations, seasons - Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will hold two public meetings in January to gather public comment on proposed hunting seasons and regulations for the next two years.
Public meetings set on 2018-19 hunting seasons - Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has scheduled six January meetings in south central Montana to present information, answer questions and accept comments on proposed 2018 and 2019 hunting season dates and regulations.
FWP Hunting Regulation Proposals Open for Public Comment; 12 Meetings Set for West-Central Montana in January - Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) will hold public meetings throughout the state in January to provide information, answer questions, and gather input on the tentative 2018-19 hunting regulation proposals adopted by the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission earlier this month.
Key reminders as the special CWD hunt progresses south of Laurel - As the Bridger Special CWD Hunt continues, FWP wants to remind hunters to remember a few important points.
Public comment sought on proposed hunting regulations for 2018-2019 - Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) is requesting public review and comment on proposed hunting regulations for 2018-2019.
FWP (Region 3) Announces Dates for 2018-19 Season Setting Meetings - Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will hold public meetings throughout the state in January to provide information, answer questions, and gather input on the 2018-19 hunting season proposals adopted by the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission earlier this month.
More than 100 deer harvested in special CWD hunt - Hunters harvested at least 107 deer in Carbon County over the weekend to kick off a special hunt to gather data on chronic wasting disease, or CWD, in south central Montana.
More than 100 deer harvested in special CWD hunt - (Billings, Mont.) - Hunters harvested at least 107 deer in Carbon County over the weekend to kick off a special hunt to gather data on chronic wasting disease, or CWD, in south central Montana.
Region 6 Hunting Season Proposals for 2018-2019 to be Discussed at Four Meetings across Northeast Montana - Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will hold four public meetings in northeast Montana in January to gather comments on proposed hunting seasons and rules for the next two years. In addition, updated information will be presented on Chronic Wasting Disease, which has recently been detected in the state. Interested hunters are encouraged to attend these meetings to hear the proposals, ask questions, and make comments.
Commission approves CWD hunt in south central Montana, licenses go on sale Dec. 11 - The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission approved the Bridger Special Chronic Wasting Disease Hunt at its regular monthly meeting Thursday.
Commission approves CWD hunt in south central Montana, licenses go on sale Dec. 11 - The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission approved the Bridger Special Chronic Wasting Disease Hunt at its regular monthly meeting Thursday. The hunt will begin on Dec. 15 and go through Feb. 15. Licenses will go on sale Dec. 11. The goal of the hunt is to determine prevalence and distribution of chronic wasting disease within the hunt area. This is critical information for FWP as it plans for long-term disease management in the area.

NRA-ILA News

Oregon: Ivory Regulation Bill Scheduled for Hearing - On Wednesday, May 20, at 3:00 p.m., the House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing and work session on Senate Bill 913, the ivory regulation bill, in HR 343. 
Supreme Court Says Convicted Felons Can Sell Their Guns - A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Monday that the government can't prevent a convicted felon who is barred from possessing firearms from trying to sell his guns after they are confiscated by authorities.
Federal judge halts D.C.’s ‘good reason’ concealed carry requirement - A federal judge on Monday put on hold the District’s requirement that gun owners demonstrate a “good reason” in order to receive a concealed carry permit — saying the licensing scheme deprives citizens of their Second Amendment rights.U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. granted a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit brought by three gun owners that seeks to overturn the new D.C. firearms law on the grounds that the regulations are so strict that they make it impossible to exercise their right to bear arms.
California: Bill would alter gun restraining orders - The California Assembly has passed a bill by Inland Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, that would allow gun owners to retain ownership of their firearms while they are subject to a gun violence restraining order.
Federal Judge Again Rules Key Part of New D.C. Gun Law Unconstitutional - Ten months after striking down the District’s long-standing ban on carrying firearms in public as unconstitutional, a federal judge Monday ordered the city to halt enforcing a key provision of the new gun-permitting system itadapted in response. As passed by the D.C. Council, the District’s new carry legislation remains among the strictest in the nation, requiring applicants to state good reason to carry a weapon in order to obtain a permit from police, matching laws in Maryland, New Jersey and New York. However, in a 23-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. ruled that condition — known as the “good reason/proper reason” requirement — still “impinges on Plaintiffs’ Second Amendment right to bear arms,” because it fails to target dangerous people or specifically how or where individuals carry weapons.  
Vermont: Session Ends on Positive Note as Suppressor Legislation Clears Legislature - Last Saturday, lawmakers wrapped up the 2015 legislative session in Montpelier.  Gun Sense Vermont launched a historic assault on the Second Amendment this year and came away empty-handed. 
Minnesota: Pro-Gun Legislation Sent to Governor Dayton! Your Action Needed! - Late last night, the Minnesota House and Senate adopted and re-passed Senate File 878 with strong bipartisan support in both chambers.  The Senate passed SF 878 by a 55-9 vote which was swiftly followed by a 116-15 vote in the House of Representatives.
North Carolina: Shooting Range Needs Your Help, Please Attend Meeting Tonight! - This evening, May 18, at 6:30 p.m., the Currituck Shooting Club Inc. will be holding a member and supporter meeting.  Please attend in support of this range.
Firearm industry adds billions to state, federal economies - Pardon the pun, but the firearm industry is really booming.Since 2008, gun sales have climbed steadily. So, too, has the number of firearm-related jobs. According to a recent study commissioned by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, today’s firearms industry employs 134,429 people who make more than $5.9 billion in wages and create a direct economic impact of nearly $17.8 billion.
New York: Majority leader 'committed' to gun law fixes, Young says - Sen. Catharine Young defended herself against criticism by some upstate groups that she abandoned her geographic responsibilities by supporting a Long Island Republican this week to become Senate majority leader.Young, an Olean Republican, said Flanagan has “committed” to making changes to the SAFE Act gun control law. “I’m very excited because it’s the first real movement we’ve seen since it was passed,’’ Young said of the 2013 gun law.
Texas: Open carry likely starting final approach to Abbott's desk - Legalizing open carry of handguns in Texas is beginning the final approach to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's desk.
Texas: Police preparing for expected approval of guns being allowed on college campuses - It seems clear that Texas will inevitably join the growing list of states that allowed the licensed concealed carry of handguns on college campuses.With bills in the Texas House and Senate working their way toward Gov. Greg Abbott, who has said he intends to sign such legislation when it reaches his desk, administrators and law enforcement officers in the state are prepared for a potential change. Whether schools like Texas A&M University or the University of Texas will wrangle with lawmakers if a campus carry law is implemented or embrace the change is uncertain, but for law enforcement, by and large, operations will carry on as usual.
Nevada: Campus carry added to another gun bill, clears Assembly panel - A “campus carry” bill that failed to get a hearing in the Senate was resurrected Friday in the Assembly Judiciary Committee in a bit of legislative sleight of hand that keeps the proposal alive, at least for the time being.
House Passes National Defense Bill with Kelly Amendment to Ban Funding for UN Arms Trade Treaty - Today the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1735, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2016, which fully funds the United States Armed Forces and ensures that American troops have all the resources required to successfully defend the homeland and achieve their missions abroad. The legislation once again included an amendment introduced by U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) to continue the annual ban on funding by the Department of Defense for the implementation of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). The amendment is the strongest version to date, updating the language of Rep. Kelly’s previous amendments that were enacted into law in previous NDAAs.
NRA plans 2016 voter outreach as support for gun rights grows - The National Rifle Association is planning a major voter-outreach program for the 2016 presidential election, buoyed by its success in targeted elections last year and hoping to capitalize on Americans’ growing belief that gun ownership will make them safer as fear of crime rises, its chief lobbyist says. “As people learn more, and take a more serious approach toward their own security and the failure of the criminal justice system, they see these rare but horrific crimes. Whether you support or hate the Second Amendment, everyone wants something done,” Chris Cox, the executive director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, told TheWashington Times.

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