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Snook season starts Sept. 1


The recreational harvest season for snook starts Sept. 1 statewide, with the exception of state waters from the Pasco-Hernando county line south to Gordon Pass in Collier County. These waters remain closed to harvest due to impacts from a severe red tide in 2018. Unique to the region, snook are one of the many reasons […]



Grant Funding Available to Improve Watersheds in Berks, Lebanon Counties


HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is announcing a grant funding opportunity to support fisheries, aquatic habitat enhancement, recreational access and water quality in the Tulpehocken Creek and Quittapahilla Creek watersheds in Berks and Lebanon counties. The Tulpehocken Creek watershed encompasses 219 square miles in Lebanon and Berks counties and includes […]



Iowa’s rabbit, squirrel season opens Aug. 31


The good news for Iowa’s cottontail rabbit hunters is that Iowa has a strong population of rabbits, similar to last year, with only the east central part of the state seeing a decline in numbers. The better news for hunters is Iowa’s cottontail rabbit season begins Aug. 31 statewide. “It should be another great year […]



Maryland Angler Tops Record for Common Dolphinfish


A Pasadena woman reeled in a new Maryland state record common dolphinfish, also known as mahi mahi. Kristy Frashure was participating in the Poor Girls Fishing Tournament in Ocean City on Aug. 16 when she caught the 74.5-pound fish. Frashure and five other friends were fishing off Poor Man’s Canyon when the record fish struck […]



White Lake WCA 2019-20 Marsh and Rice Field Waterfowl Lottery


The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is now accepting applications for the 2019-20 marsh and rice field waterfowl lottery hunts on White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) in Vermilion Parish. Applications will be accepted until Sept. 20. Marsh hunts are available on: Nov. 12, 14, 16, 21, 23, 27 and 30; Dec. 1, […]



Michigan DNR seeks input on 2020 forest road maps


Michigan residents have until Aug. 31 to help the Department of Natural Resources decide which state forest roads will be open or closed to off-road vehicles in 2020. The DNR updates its online forest roads map every year on April 1, indicating which roads are open to ORV use. People can share their suggestions at […]



Gag grouper fall season opens in Gulf 4-county region


The Gulf of Mexico gag grouper recreational season in state waters off Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties will be open for harvest Sept. 1 through Dec. 31. The season for all other Gulf state and federal waters is June 1 through Dec. 31. The minimum size limit for gag grouper is 24 inches total […]



North Dakota Deer Archery Season Opens Aug. 30


North Dakota’s deer archery season opens Friday, Aug. 30 at noon, and continues through Jan. 5, 2020. Bowhunters can buy a license online at the state Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov; by calling 800-406-6409; or at vendors linked to the Game and Fish Department’s online licensing system. Hunters who purchase bow licenses at a […]



Women’s Outdoors Workshop Open for Registration


MANSFIELD, Ga. – Ladies, have you ever wanted to head out to go backpacking or fishing or shooting, but not sure where to start? The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division can help! The Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Workshop, scheduled for Nov. 1-3 at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center, provides a practical introduction […]



Minnesota grouse hunters asked to help collect samples


The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is asking ruffed grouse hunters in northern Minnesota to voluntarily submit samples for a West Nile virus research project that the DNR is conducting. Researchers will test hunter-harvested birds for exposure and active infections of the disease. “We want to learn more about West Nile virus in ruffed grouse, […]



FWC asks public to help document disorder impacting panthers


The FWC is investigating a disorder detected in some Florida panthers and bobcats. All the affected animals have exhibited some degree of walking abnormally or difficulty coordinating their back legs. As of August 2019, the FWC has confirmed neurological damage in one panther and one bobcat. Additionally, trail camera footage has captured eight panthers (mostly […]



Deadline to apply for New Mexico sandhill crane and pheasant hunts


SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is still accepting applications for special sandhill crane and pheasant permits. The application deadline is at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 21. Applications can be made using the Department’s Online Licensing System or over the telephone with the Department’s information center, 1-888-248-6866. Information about pheasant […]



Rock reef fish spawning habitat restoration underway in Saginaw Bay


It’s been more than 20 years in the making, but this month a fish spawning habitat restoration dream becomes a reality for Saginaw Bay. The DNR and Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy have built a coalition to restore a 2-acre rock reef at the Coreyon Reef site, about 11 miles northeast of the […]



Alabama’s SOAs Offer Unique Hunting Opportunities


Registration for the various hunts on Alabama’s Special Opportunity Areas (SOAs) will begin on Monday, August 19, 2019, at 8 a.m. Alabama’s SOA program is offered through the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) in an effort to provide hunters with unique hunting opportunities. SOAs are typically smaller than Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) […]



Arizona enacting changes to protect elk and deer from CWD


PINETOP, Ariz — Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is present in several neighboring states, but not yet in Arizona. The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) is hoping to keep it that way by enacting rules regarding the possession and transportation of elk and deer into Arizona by successful out of state hunters. CWD is a […]




Alabama’s SOAs Offer Unique Hunting Opportunities


Registration for the various hunts on Alabama’s Special Opportunity Areas (SOAs) will begin on Monday, August 19, 2019, at 8 a.m. Alabama’s SOA program is offered through the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) in an effort to provide hunters with unique hunting opportunities. SOAs are typically smaller than Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) […]



Leftover Fall 2019 WMA Hunt Permits Available August 21


NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is announcing that leftover permits for fall Wildlife Management Area (WMA) hunts will be available on a first come, first serve basis beginning at 8 a.m. (CDT) on Wednesday, Aug. 21. Permits can be purchased online on the TWRA website at www.tnwildlife.org, on the TWRA App., or at […]



2019 Elk Hunt Participants Announced at August TFWC Meeting


GREENEVILLE, Tenn. — The 15 persons who will participate in the 2019 Tennessee Elk Hunts were announced Friday during the August meeting of the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission held at the General Morgan Inn. One of the participants includes the winner of Tennessee elk raffle permit. A total of 8,201 persons registered for the […]



North Dakota Pronghorn Lottery Held


North Dakota’s pronghorn lottery has been held and individual results are available online at the state Game and Fish Department’s website, gf.nd.gov. A total of 1,335 licenses were available in 12 units, and 12,929 applications, including 450 gratis, were received. All licenses were issued. Hunters who are drawn for a 2019 pronghorn license will be […]



NRA Announces Launch of Adaptive Hunting Database


FAIRFAX, Va. – The National Rifle Association is pleased to announce the launch of a nationwide database of hunting and fishing adventures for adaptive shooters. “Venturing into the outdoors has long been acknowledged as healing for the body and soul,” said NRA National Adaptive Shooting Programs Manager Dr. Joe Logar, PT, DPT. “These benefits can […]



North Dakota Swan Application Deadline Aug. 14


Swan hunters are reminded the deadline for submitting an application for the 2019 season is Aug. 14. Applicants must submit an online application through the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s website, gf.nd.gov. North Dakota residents and nonresidents are eligible to apply. The resident swan license is $10, while the nonresident fee is $30. The […]



Tennessee Elk Raffle Winner to Be Announced at TFWC Meeting


NASHVILLE — The participants in the 2019 Tennessee elk hunt will be announced during the August meeting of the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission. The meeting will be held (Aug. 15-16 Thursday-Friday) at the General Morgan Inn in Greeneville. Committee meetings begin at 2 p.m. (EDT), Thursday, while the regular meeting starts at 9 a.m., […]



Alabama Sets First Sandhill Crane Season in Century


Alabama hunters will have their first opportunity in 103 years to hunt a migratory bird that has been making a steady comeback for the past few decades. The Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) Division will conduct a draw hunt of 400 permits to hunt sandhill cranes, becoming the third state east of the Mississippi […]



Forest management plants seeds for future hunting opportunity at Dagmar WMA


BRINKLEY — Wildlife habitat at Sheffield Nelson Dagmar Wildlife Management Area in Monroe County has seen a huge boost for the future, thanks to proactive work to create the next generation of forest on a small portion of the area managed for waterfowl. Habitat surveys conducted this spring show excellent results from the recent removal […]



Multiple Hunting Opportunities Available for Georgia Adults or Youth


SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. – Deer, squirrel, turkey, quail, dove, or duck – all hunt-able species in Georgia. But, do you know how to hunt them? Georgia Hunt and Learn programs provide an educational experience targeted to those with little to no hunting experience, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. We […]



Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Passes NOI Reducing Alligator Tag Fee


The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission approved a notice of intent (NOI) to reduce the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) alligator hide tag fee from $4 to $3 for the 2020 and 2021 calendar years during its August meeting Thursday (Aug. 1) in New Orleans. The reduction, approved by the Commission at its […]



Young hunters learn how to hunt from CPW experts


DENVER – If you are between the ages of 12-17 and have always wanted to hunt big or small game but don’t have anyone at home to show you how, here’s your chance to participate in world-class outdoor recreation and be a part of critical wildlife management efforts into the future. Offered through the agency’s […]



Dates announced for Montana over-the-counter hunting licenses


The 900-20 Archery Only Antelope licenses were drawn with Deer B and Elk B licenses in mid-July. All other antelope will be drawn on Aug. 8. This delay gives local biologists time to complete antelope population surveys that often don’t even start until mid-July, and then to set the final quotas accordingly. On Aug. 12, […]



Leftover Arizona fall turkey, youth-only javelina hunt permit-tags going fast


PHOENIX — Arizona hunters still have an opportunity to receive a hunt permit-tag for select 2019 fall turkey and youth-only javelina hunts. As of last week, there were 418 permit-tags available for fall turkey in Game Management Unit 12A, and 210 youth-only permit-tags for javelina in various units throughout the state. All leftover permit-tags can […]



Learn to hunt bears with AGFC’s lead bear biologist


LITTLE ROCK — If you’ve ever dreamed of taking on the challenge of bear hunting in The Natural State, you’ll want to free up your calendar for one of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s upcoming workshops. Myron Means, AGFC large carnivore program coordinator will host a series of seminars throughout Arkansas dedicated to hunting […]



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