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The Week in Outdoor News – Friday, November 22, 2013

Here is our latest roundup of the biggest, most newsworthy, and just plain interesting stories and events from the great outdoors. The Wide Open Spaces team will do their best to collect the information you need to know to keep you aware of everything affecting you and your enjoyment of hunting, fishing and more.

From Texas Parks and Wildlife: A Facebook post led to a guilty plea from a South Texas man, who was featured in a photo with nine oversized red drum, illegal to keep beyond the tag limit of three per day. Only one larger red drum is allowed per angler per day, but the charged man didn’t even have a fishing license. Though the image was removed after a day, several anglers who noticed and complained about the overfishing helped lead to the arrest.

From Today, Friday Novemeber 22, 2013, is the day of 1,000 arrows, as members of the USA Archery Team are attempting to shoot that many arrows in a day to raise money for Operation Rebound, a program of the Challenged Athletes Foundation. Operation Rebound is a sports and fitness program for American military personnel, veterans and first responders with permanent physical disabilities.

From The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are reporting more coastal wetlands are disappearing, claiming that more than 80,000 acres of coastal wetlands are being lost on average each year, up from 60,000 acres lost per year during the previous study. 71% of the estimated losses came from the Gulf Coast.

From The management of swordfish in Florida state waters has been adjusted, with approval by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The changes include classification of the swordfish as “restricted,” but also allowing commercial harvesters the right to purchase a license and sell them under the proper permits.

From The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is opening up several new sections of water for catch-and-release trout fishing with artificial flies or lures outside of the already-established seasonal dates. With the change, over 70 miles of river will be open to year-round fishing in 2014.

From The Daily News, Jacksonville, NC: North Carolina is giving active military members a unique opportunity to bypass license fees for hunting and fishing, as long as they satisfy the requirements set by the state and the Wildlife Resources Commission. Residents of North Carolina, who are active military members and serving duty outside of the state in the Armed Forces or a reserve component of the armed services, and who are home on leave for 30 days or less, do not have to purchase a license to hunt or fish.

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