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North Dakota Deer Gratis Application Online


Landowners who are interested in a 2020 deer gratis license can start the online-only application process now by visiting the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov. The deadline for applying is June 3. The general deer and muzzleloader lottery applications will be available online in early May, also with a deadline of June […]



Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery Update


The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is providing the following important update on the status of the commercial California Dungeness crab fishery which includes the Northern Management Area (Fish and Game Districts 6, 7, 8 and 9) and Central Management Area (Fish and Game Districts 10 and south). On March 25, 2020, the […]



DCA archeologist weaves a blanket made of 17,000 turkey feathers


In 2018, Mary Weahkee, an archeologist and anthropologist with the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, was asked to try her hand at a particular task that dates back to more than 1,000 years ago: weave a blanket made of turkey feathers. Weahkee taught herself the technique, the process of winding each feather around yucca […]



Arkansas top prospects for turkeys


LITTLE ROCK — With turkey season only weeks away, many hunters are already getting antsy to scout some new territory for the season. This year also may be the year many new hunters decide to take to the turkey woods for a healthy alternative to cabin fever. Here are a few top prospects for hunters […]



Mississippi River walleye length limit changes effective April 1


Based on overwhelming support received during public meetings in March, Iowa DNR is extending current length limits in Mississippi River Pools 12-20 to now include the entire Mississippi River in Iowa. This change will reflect regulation changes in Minnesota and Wisconsin waters of Pools 9-12. The entire Iowa/Wisconsin and Iowa/Illinois Mississippi River boundary waters will […]



Delaware emergency order allows restricted surf fishing


DOVER, Del. – A week after Gov. John Carney issued stay-at-home orders to slow the coronavirus spread, state parks and wildlife areas remain open but now with additional restrictions for residents and visitors. Under the latest directive, anyone who enters Delaware from another state must immediately self-quarantine for 14 days. The order applies to individuals […]



Rathbun and Spirit Lake fish hatcheries busy netting walleye


MORAVIA, Iowa – The late night, annual walleye collection will start this week at Rathbun Lake and the Iowa Great Lakes. Crews with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Bureau will set gillnets at night looking for walleyes ready to spawn. Hatcheries will operate around the clock as local staff bring in the nightly […]



Rabbit Island Restoration Project to Begin in Fall of 2020


Located in the west cove of Calcasieu Lake in Cameron Parish, Rabbit Island is a vital nesting colony for many birds, including the brown pelican. Nesting season is well under way on the island and will last through August. The good news is there could be even more nesting area for brown pelicans and other […]



SCDNR’s State Lakes closing in response to Governor’s Executive Order


COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources’ State Lakes are closing immediately to comply with Governor McMaster’s Executive Order 2020-16 relating to COVID-19. SCDNR’s State Lakes offer fishing access to the public in areas where public fishing is often not easily available. A list and map of the 16 lakes is available […]



Michigan Fishing Remains Open To Anglers


We understand there are questions about how COVID-19 is affecting outdoor recreation. Right now, yes, fishing is permitted, and the 2020 season opens April 1. In fact, fishing is one outdoor activity that can be done with proper social distancing – just make sure to remain 6 feet away from people outside of your household […]



Crowded conditions close Tippy Dam Recreation Area


To help slow the spread of the coronavirus and carry out Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order, the Department of Natural Resources is closely monitoring visitor levels and adherence to social-distancing measures at Michigan state parks and recreation areas and other DNR-managed locations. Due to a surge in visitors at state parks […]



North Dakota 2019 Deer Season Summarized


A total of 57,949 North Dakota deer hunters took approximately 37,250 deer during the 2019 deer gun hunting season, according to a post-season survey conducted by the state Game and Fish Department. Game and Fish made available 65,500 deer gun licenses last year. Overall hunter success was 64 percent, with each hunter spending an average […]



North Dakota Spring Mule Deer Survey Begins April 1


The State Game and Fish Department’s annual spring aerial mule deer survey is set to begin April 1 in western North Dakota. Weather permitting, the survey takes about two weeks to complete. During the survey period, people could notice low-flying small airplanes over some parts of the badlands. Game and Fish biologists have completed aerial […]



Deridder Man Cited for Closed Season Turkey Hunting


Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a Deridder man for an alleged turkey hunting violation on March 27 in Beauregard Parish. Agents cited Azell Ott III, 53, for hunting turkey during a closed season. Agents got a tip that Ott was turkey hunting on a property in Deridder. Agents went to Ott’s […]



No spring Chinook fishing, steelhead fishing also closing April 16 on Umatilla River


PENDLETON, Ore. — The spring Chinook season originally scheduled to open April 16 is cancelled, and steelhead fishing is also closing April 16 on the Umatilla River. The closure will be in effect from the Hwy 730 bridge to the CTUIR reservation boundary (approximately 0.7 miles above Hwy 11 bridge). Returns to Threemile Dam are […]




Comment on Arizona proposed hunting, wildlife regulations


LITTLE ROCK — Although the recent outbreak of COVID-19 and measures to combat it have changed the way the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has had to meet, conservation carries on. With the absence of a March meeting and an online-only meeting anticipated in April, AGFC staff have moved forward with a public comment survey […]



New Mexico hunt season closure social media posts are hoax


SANTA FE – Despite false rumors floating around on social media, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish reassures New Mexico hunters the results of the 2020-2021 big-game draw will be released by April 29, 2020, if not earlier. Over the past week, there have been prank posts on social media stating that the […]



Grant will help expand public access opportunities on Nebraska’s private lands


LINCOLN, Neb. – Public access opportunities for hunting and fishing on private lands will be expanded thanks to a grant awarded to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The $3 million grant was awarded through the 2020 Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program (VPA-HIP). In Nebraska, VPA-HIP funding, along with matching funds from the […]



Two hunts cancelled due to disease outbreak in bighorn sheep


SALEM, Ore. — ODFW is cancelling both Lookout Mt. Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep hunts in northeastern Oregon. Hunters will not be able to apply for or draw a tag to hunt bighorns in this herd during the fall 2020 season. The cancelled hunts are in the Lookout Mt. Unit east of Baker City, Ore. where […]



Courts Order Department To Release Big Game Applicants Info


SANTA FE – A First Judicial District Court judge has ordered the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish to turn over the names and addresses of all successful big-game applicants for the years 2015 through April 23, 2019 to Los Alamos County resident James Whitehead. Additionally, the New Mexico Court of Appeals ordered the […]



Oregon big game tag auctions rescheduled


SALEM, Ore. – Several Oregon big game tag auctions are being rescheduled from original dates currently printed in the 2020 Big Game Regulations. The Lewis and Clark chapter of Safari Club International (SCI) has rescheduled their auction for a Statewide Deer Tag for Friday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m., (from original date of March 14). […]



W.Va. DNR cancels hunter education classes


SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.VA. — In accordance with the most recent guidelines and best practices recommended by both the CDC and West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources regarding COVID-19 and in the interest of social distancing, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has decided to cancel all hunter education courses until further notice. […]



New Mexico hunters urged to complete draw applications online or by phone


SANTA FE – Following the New Mexico Department of Health’s public health order regarding mass gatherings and in an effort to prevent transmission of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish requests draw applications be completed online or over the telephone whenever possible. As the 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, deadline […]



Iowa proposed deer, turkey and furbearer seasons


Des Moines, Iowa – The Natural Resource Commission (NRC) of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources has added notice of intended action on spring and fall turkey hunting seasons, resident deer hunting and furbearer seasons to its March 17 teleconference. The notice for intended action allows for the public to comment on the proposal for […]



South Dakota Bighorn Sheep Season Will Have Increased Opportunities


PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized changes to three waterfowl hunting seasons at their March meeting. The changes reduce the number of available resident tundra swan hunting licenses from 1,425 to 1,100 and nonresident licenses from 250 to 200. This reduction in licenses comes from the recommendation of […]



ODFW postpones hunters educational classes and workshops


SALEM, Ore. – ODFW is cancelling hunter education classes, field days, clinics, outdoor skills workshops, angler education trainings, Family Fishing events and other volunteer-led activities in accordance with COVID-19 guidance from the State of Oregon and the Governor’s office until at least April 13. ODFW is taking these steps to protect our participants, volunteers, staff […]



Arizona 2020 elk, pronghorn hunt draw results now available


PHOENIX – The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) has completed its random draw for 2020 elk and pronghorn hunts. The results are now available for those who have a free AZGFD portal account, or by calling the department at (602) 942-3000, pressing “2” and following the prompts. Be prepared to provide a Social Security […]



2020 Maine moose permit lottery deadline May 14


The 2020 Maine moose permit lottery application process is open! Applications for the moose permit lottery will be accepted online only. The online application process is fast and simple and you receive instant confirmation that you have successfully entered the lottery. To apply online, go to mefishwildlife.com and fill out the online moose permit application. […]



North Dakota Elk, Moose, Bighorn Sheep Applications Online


Elk, moose and bighorn sheep applications are available online at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s website, gf.nd.gov. The deadline to apply is March 25. A total of 523 elk licenses are available to hunters this fall, an increase of 45 from last year. A total of 474 moose licenses are available, a decrease […]



Only 15 days remain to apply for the New Mexico Big Game Draw


Big game hunt applications will be taken until 5:00 p.m. MDT on March 18. The system will not accept applications that are in process or have not been started at the 5:00 p.m. deadline. Each year several applicants are kicked out of the draw due not completing the application before the 5:00 p.m. deadline. Apply […]



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