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Wild horse roundup to begin in Nevada amid protest
LAS VEGAS — A two-month capture of about 2,500 wild horses from public and private lands in northern Nevada began Monday amid protests that the roundups are unnecessary and inhumane.

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No bears killed in Ky.'s first hunt in 100 years
FRANKFORT, Ky. — Wildlife officials say no bears were killed in Kentucky's first legal bear hunt in some 100 years.
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Wyoming probes falsified hunting licenses
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has issued 120 citations to people who claimed dual residence in Wyoming and another state for the purpose of getting resident hunting or fishing licenses.
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Police: Man shoots suspected prowler with arrow
KELSO, Wash. — Kelso, Wash., police said a man used his compound bow to interrupt an apparent break-in at a nearby vacant home, wounding a fleeing man in the buttocks. Police said the man grabbed his hunting bow late Sunday night and chased a suspected prowler for more than three blocks. When the fleeing man refused to stop, the bowhunter shot him with a broadhead arrow.
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Frozen lake leads to tragedy for California family
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Noel Smith had moved his wife and teenage daughter to one of California's most far-flung regions five months ago, a landscape of rolling mountains, rivers and wide valleys near the Oregon border.
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Valley Forge sharpshooter deer hunt postponed
VALLEY FORGE, Pa. — The National Park Service has called off its plan to deploy silencer-equipped sharpshooters this winter to cull the nearly 1,300 deer overtaking Valley Forge.
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Scallopers ask NOAA head to restore some cuts
BOSTON — More than 1,000 members of the East Coast scallop industry have asked the nation's chief fisheries regulator to restore 6 million pounds to the recent cut in the scallop catch.
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Oakdale mechanic playing poker on cell phone hits deer-hunting jackpot
Scott Juenger was playing poker on his cell phone when he hit the deer-hunting jackpot.

Juenger, a 30-year-old mechanic from Oakdale, had just settled into his deer stand on the ground he was bowhunting Nov. 11 in Washington County when he pulled out his cell phone and started playing Texas Hold 'Em.

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