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Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Population Shows Healthy Spawning Stock

 

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced the results of the 2020 Blue Crab Winter Dredge Survey, a cooperative effort with the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, which estimates the number of blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay annually. The 2020 results showed that the Chesapeake Bay blue crab population maintains a healthy number of […]

 

 

GFP Commission Changes East River Antlerless Deer Tags

 

PIERRE, S.D. – In an effort to reduce mule deer doe harvest during the east river deer hunting season, the Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission passed an administrative action converting all “any antlerless deer” licenses to “antlerless whitetail deer” licenses. The action does not affect the total number of licenses available or licenses that […]

 

 

Pennsylvania Anglers Urged To Dispose Of Snakeheads

 

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is urging anglers to report and dispose of any invasive Northern Snakehead fish that may be caught in the lower Susquehanna River. This advisory follows the documented movement of 21 Northern Snakeheads past the Conowingo Dam into the Conowingo Pool, a 14-mile-long section of the […]

 

 

Louisiana Fisheries Set to Receive $73 million in Federal Assistance

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is developing plans on how to best utilize $73 million in federal funding to help the state’s fishing industry rebound from the severe financial losses caused by the 2019 freshwater flooding event and, more recently, the COVID-19 pandemic. The economic impact to the fishing industry in Louisiana […]

 

 

States close Columbia River spring Chinook season

 

CLACKAMAS, Ore. – The departments of fish and wildlife from Oregon and Washington declined to set additional spring Chinook salmon fishing on the mainstem Columbia River. In a public hearing on May 20, fisheries managers from the two states were presented information on the current status of upriver spring Chinook and fisheries to date. Although […]

 

 

Sea Center Texas, Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center to Partially Re-Open

 

AUSTIN – With Texas gradually re-opening, Sea Center Texas in Lake Jackson and the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens will partially re-open to public visitation on Wednesday, May 27. Both facilities will have enhanced safety measures that comply with CDC guidelines and Governor Abbott’s executive orders. “We look forward to providing a safe, free […]

 

 

AGFC tackles Lake Conway’s alligatorweed

 

MAYFLOWER – Left unattended, the nonnative, invasive vegetation known as alligatorweed is a lake and fishing disaster waiting to happen. At least that’s how Matt Horton, an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Fisheries biologist describes it when he discusses the herbicide application process underway at Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir. “Alligatorweed can double in […]

 

 

TPW Commission Approves Changes to Saltwater Fishing Regulations

 

AUSTIN – On May 21, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission discussed several changes to state saltwater fishing regulations, including updates to the recreational and commercial flounder fishery regulations and paddle craft all-water guide license. The following changes to the 2020-21 Statewide Recreational Fishing Proclamation, details of which will be incorporated into this year’s Texas […]

 

 

Oregon big game raffle tickets available online until May 30

 

SALEM, Ore. — Want a chance to hunt big game for months and during the rut—or a rare chance to hunt for a bighorn sheep or Rocky Mountain goat? Big game raffle tickets are on sale until May 30 at 6 p.m. online at MyODFW’s licensing page and at license sales agents. Raffle tags won […]

 

 

CDFW Offers Tips for Steering Clear of Rattlesnakes as the Weather Warms Up

 

As stay-at-home rules are relaxed around the state of California, hikers are undoubtedly anxious to take advantage of the opportunity to visit their favorite hills, mountains, paths and trails. It’s important to remember that snakes are enjoying the fine weather this time of year as well. With the coming of summer, snakes of many species […]

 

 

Louisiana Wild Turkey Hunting Season Sees Uptick in Harvest

 

The recently completed 2020 wild turkey hunting season saw the largest reported harvest of birds since 2011, with 2,117 turkeys harvested based on required tag validation data, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced. The season, which ran from April 4-May 3, was held during the current COVID-19 pandemic and was impacted by […]

 

 

Minnesota DNR to phase reopening of its campgrounds in June

 

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will reopen its campgrounds at state parks, state forests and recreation areas in a phased approach beginning June 1. Gov. Tim Walz announced that public and private campgrounds may reopen beginning June 1, if they create a Preparedness Plan and follow State of Minnesota campground guidelines. “We look forward […]

 

 

Gov. Hutchinson declares June 12-14 Free Fishing Weekend

 

LITTLE ROCK – Thanks to a proclamation by Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced today, anyone may fish in Arkansas without a fishing license or trout stamp from noon Friday, June 12, through midnight Sunday night, June 14. The proclamation was read at today’s online commission meeting by Megan Perkins, agriculture and commerce liaison to Hutchinson’s office. […]

 

 

Arkansas approves 2020-21 hunting regulations changes

 

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission voted today to approve many changes to the Commission’s Code of Regulations, including many wildlife regulations that may impact hunters during the 2020-21 hunting seasons. The proposals were presented to the public through an online survey in March and were formally proposed to the Commission during […]

 

 

Michigan DNR officers evacuate people during Midland County flood

 

LANSING, MICH. Nearly 24 hours before the Edenville Dam in Midland County collapsed Tuesday, conservation officers from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources began evacuating people in homes and businesses positioned downriver of the dam. With historic flood levels expected, the officers remain on scene and are providing emergency response as needed. Shortly before dark […]

 



 
 

 

Oregon big game raffle tickets available online until May 30

 

SALEM, Ore. — Want a chance to hunt big game for months and during the rut—or a rare chance to hunt for a bighorn sheep or Rocky Mountain goat? Big game raffle tickets are on sale until May 30 at 6 p.m. online at MyODFW’s licensing page and at license sales agents. Raffle tags won […]

 

 

Arkansas approves 2020-21 hunting regulations changes

 

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission voted today to approve many changes to the Commission’s Code of Regulations, including many wildlife regulations that may impact hunters during the 2020-21 hunting seasons. The proposals were presented to the public through an online survey in March and were formally proposed to the Commission during […]

 

 

KDWPT Donates 2,000 Pounds of Elk and Bison Meat to Local Food Banks

 

PRATT – In a time when “every little bit helps,” the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism’s (KDWPT) Public Lands Division has found a big way to help those in need. KDWPT’s Public Lands staff donated 2,137 pounds of elk and bison meat to seven food banks across the state. The meat – delivered […]

 

 

Update on Temporary Hunting Days on Kauai

 

Līhue – Kaua‘i hunters are invited to apply for Special Use Permits that allow for some additional days of the week to hunt goats, pigs and deer in all existing hunting Units EXCEPT Units A, B and L. Many hunting areas on Kaua‘i are open on weekends (Friday-Monday) only. Beginning Monday May 18, 2020 licensed […]

 

 

MDC wants public comments on proposed bear-hunting season

 

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is seeking initial public input on a proposed limited and highly regulated hunting season for black bears, which would be open only to Missouri residents. If approved by the Missouri Conservation Commission, a season could occur as soon as the fall of 2021. MDC is […]

 

 

LDWF Announces 2020 Alligator Lottery

 

he Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will conduct alligator lottery harvests on 19 LDWF Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), 28 public lakes and one U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) property Aug. 26-Oct. 1, 2020. Applications are now available and are due by June 30. All lottery applications are now only available on the […]

 

 

Idaho moose, bighorn sheep, and mountain goat drawing results

 

Hunters who applied for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat can still apply for Super Hunts Hunters who applied for controlled hunts for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat hunts can see if they drew a tag by going to the controlled hunt results webpage. No luck? You can still apply for a Super Hunt […]

 

 

Minnesota DNR responds to increasing elk population

 

The Department of Natural Resources is now accepting applications for elk hunting licenses in northwestern Minnesota for seasons that will be held from late August to early December. This year’s seasons are structured to allow hunters to have more opportunities to harvest antlerless elk. The DNR is offering 44 elk licenses this year; last year […]

 

 

Kauai Temporarily Adds Hunting Days For COVID-19 Response

 

Līhue – Kaua‘i hunters are invited to apply for special use permits to hunt goats, pigs, and deer on closed hunting days in State Forest Reserves, Natural Area Reserves, and Game Management Areas. Usually, most hunting areas on Kaua‘i are open only weekends (Friday-Monday). Beginning on Monday, May 18, people who want to hunt on […]

 

 

New Hampshire Moose Lottery Deadline Is Friday, May 29

 

CONCORD, NH – If you want to hunt moose in New Hampshire this fall, now is the time to enter the 2020 moose hunt lottery and try your luck on the adventure of a lifetime—hunting moose in the rugged woods of the Granite State. The lottery entrance fee is $15 for New Hampshire residents and […]

 

 

Super Hunt lived up to its name in 2019

 

It’s time to apply for the first of two drawings for Super Hunt tags, but it’s going fast. The deadline to apply is May 31 for the first drawing for Idaho’s best hunts, and Super Hunt tags are available for deer, elk, moose, pronghorn, and one Super Hunt combo, which includes one tag for each […]

 

 

North Dakota Spring Mule Deer Survey Complete

 

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department completed its annual spring mule deer survey in April, and results indicate western North Dakota’s mule deer population is up 7% from last year and 22% above the long-term average. Biologists counted 2,364 mule deer in 267.3 square miles during this year’s survey. Overall mule deer density in […]

 

 

Michigan DNR offers temporary hunter education safety certificates

 

Eligible online hunter education students will be able to hunt this spring despite the postponement of field day classes, which normally are required. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is providing temporary hunter education safety certificates to select online students who have not been able to attend a field day due to cancellations caused by […]

 

 

LWFC Approves NOI for Hunting Regs, Hunting Seasons

 

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) approved notices of intent for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 hunting seasons, 2020-21 general and Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) hunting seasons and rules and regulations, 2021 general and WMA turkey hunting season and rules and regulations, and 2020-21 migratory bird hunting season and rules and regulations at its May […]

 

 

LDWF to Conduct Random Survey of Hunters

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will conduct an online survey in May of Louisiana hunters to gather information concerning the 2019-20 hunting season. The survey link will be emailed to a random set of hunters within the LDWF hunter license database. Participation in the survey is voluntary but it will provide vital […]

 



 
   
     
 

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