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States and Tribes permitted to expand sea lion removal


SALEM, Ore. – The National Marine Fisheries Service today issued a permit to the three NW States, including Oregon, and six regional Tribes that were co-applicants to lethally remove sea lions in some areas of the Columbia River basin. This action is in response to the population-level conservation impacts sea lion predation is having on […]



IDNR Announces Changes to Dove Hunting at State Sites


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) today announced changes to dove hunting procedures at state sites due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The changes will provide greater protection to both the hunting public and site staff during the season. The following changes in regulations will apply to all state sites participating […]



LDWF Announces 2020 White Lake WCA Marsh Waterfowl Lottery Hunts


The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will conduct thirty marsh waterfowl lottery hunts on White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) in Vermilion Parish. The deadline to apply is Aug. 31. Available dates include: Nov. 14, 15, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 24, 28, 30. Dec. 2, 3, 5, 6, 19, 20, 21, 22, […]



DNREC Sinks Ex-Navy and Army Freighter


DNREC continued to broaden the recreational allure of Delaware’s renowned artificial reef system today by sinking the Reedville, originally a World War II and Korean Conflict-era coastal freighter and supply ship at a reef site 16 miles offshore and with readings of *38 40.423’N 74* 44.295’ W at a depth of 87 feet. The Reedville […]



Public’s assistance requested to solve poaching crime in Baker County


SALEM, Ore. — A single mule deer doe was shot and left to waste in a farmer’s field near Smith Lake in Baker County on the evening of July 27 or early morning hours of July 28. Oregon State Police ask the public’s assistance in solving the crime. A landowner contacted Oregon State Police Fish […]



Minnesota DNR holds online fleet auctions


The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has canceled three live fleet auctions in Bemidji and Grand Rapids scheduled for later this year. Instead, auctions are now taking place online via MinnBid, the state’s online auction website. The auction began last week and will take place over the next 10-12 weeks. Over that time, different lots […]



200+ parcels of Michigan state-managed land available via online auctions


Lake frontage, trail access, small lots to extend a neighborhood lot – these types of acreage and more are available in the next round of surplus land auctions from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The department is busy preparing 225 such properties for sale via online auction in September and October. Land is available […]



MDC reminds hunters of new CWD regulations for cervid carcasses


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds hunters, meat processors, taxidermists, and others of new regulations now in effect regarding transporting deer, elk, and other cervid carcasses into Missouri and within the state, and of new regulations on cervid-carcass-disposal requirements for meat processors and taxidermists. The new regulations of the Wildlife […]



LDWF Agents Cite Denham Springs Woman for Releasing Monitor Lizard


Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a Denham Springs woman today, Aug. 12, for allegedly releasing a lizard into the wild in Livingston Parish. Agents cited Jennifer Myers, 34, for releasing a monitor lizard out of a window of her residence in Denham Springs. Agents were alerted about a social media post […]



DNR traced white color in Ankeny stream to source


ANKENY — At 7 a.m. this morning, DNR began receiving reports that a tributary to Fourmile Creek in Ankeny had turned white and that fish were struggling near the surface. DNR staff and city of Ankeny officials responded, tracing the white color back through a storm drain to milk released at the Hy-Vee store at […]



Brown Booby makes rare appearance in Missouri Ozarks


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri welcomes numerous flying visitors throughout the year, but the state recently made history after a seabird was spotted in the Ozarks. Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) staff have confirmed a Brown Booby has shown up along the Current River in Ripley County. The bird was first spotted by Debbie Prance-Orosz […]



Spring Chinook season closes on Snake River


Enterprise, Ore. – ODFW will close the Snake River spring Chinook fishery effective Friday while fall Chinook harvest season begins on Aug. 18, 2020. “The spring Chinook fishery essentially died a natural death,” said Kyle Bratcher, the Wallowa District Fish Biologist. “The fish aren’t there anymore and the anglers have moved on, too,” Bratcher added. […]



Fish Plants Continue in Eastern Sierra Waters


After a massive loss of fish at three hatchery facilities in the eastern Sierra and Southern California this summer, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has implemented an updated stocking plan to continue putting trout into waters that are popular with anglers. Waterways in CDFW’s South Coast Region and Inland Deserts Region are […]



Michigan mid-year update on confirmed cougar reports


No matter what you call them – pumas, panthers, mountain lions or cougars – these mysterious mammals, and suspected sightings of them, get people talking. The DNR wants residents to know the department is listening and keeping a careful eye on where cougars reportedly are turning up. This year, the DNR has six confirmed reports […]



Minnesota wild rice season opens soon


Wild rice conditions are looking good this year in many areas of Minnesota and the Department of Natural Resources is offering tips and a reminder of important regulations restricting harvest to rice stands that are ripe. “Favorable weather without too much heavy rain early in the season has been a positive for wild rice,” said […]




MDC reminds hunters of new CWD regulations for cervid carcasses


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds hunters, meat processors, taxidermists, and others of new regulations now in effect regarding transporting deer, elk, and other cervid carcasses into Missouri and within the state, and of new regulations on cervid-carcass-disposal requirements for meat processors and taxidermists. The new regulations of the Wildlife […]



Maine Bear Season Looks Promising


Due to cycles in natural food sources and the dry weather, the typical foods bears pursue this time of year may not be available in their usual abundance–berries and other soft and hard mast will be few and far between for hungry bears. While this does elevate the likelihood bears will be browsing bird feeders, […]



DNREC’s Basic Hunter Education Course Only Available Online


Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the classroom portion of the Basic Hunter Education Course will only be available online and at no cost to participants. After completing the online course, participants will attend a free, in-person field day for an abbreviated two hours where COVID-19 safety requirements will be implemented. The Department of Natural Resources and […]



WFF Reminds Alligator Hunters of No-Cull Regulation


With Alabama’s 2020 alligator season only a couple of weeks away, the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) Division wants to remind those lucky tag holders about the no-cull rule in effect. With the exception of the Lake Eufaula Zone, tag holders are not allowed to release an alligator after it has been captured. The […]



KDWPT to Offer Limited, High-Quality Hunts Through Special Program


PRATT – With social distancing easily achieved, hunting remains one of the safest outdoor activities in Kansas. While all hunters can opt to pursue game on their own by utilizing the state’s public lands, staff at the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism seek to create additional hunting opportunities through the department’s Special Hunts […]



Purchase Nebraska big game permits beginning Aug. 3


LINCOLN, Neb. – Hunters may begin purchasing for 2020 big game permits Aug. 3. Residents, nonresidents and eligible landowners may purchase any remaining deer and antelope permits, and residents and eligible landowners may purchase any remaining elk permits. These permits, which include forfeited and unsold draw permits, will be available beginning at 1 p.m. Central […]



New 2020-2021 Georgia Hunting Regulations Available


SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. – Online, on the app, and in print, the 2020-2021 Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations Guide is available, announces the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. This guide provides important information on season dates, bag limits, hunting licenses, wildlife management areas (WMAs), quota hunts, youth opportunities and much more. View […]



New Regulation on Nighttime Take of Outlaw Quadrupeds, Nutria and Beaver


Beginning Aug. 1, properly licensed Louisiana and non-resident hunters may take outlaw quadrupeds (feral hogs, coyotes and armadillos), nutria and beaver at night on private property the entire year with the landowner’s permission. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed into law a new regulation (Act 175 of the 2020 Regular Louisiana Legislative Session) in June, […]



ODFW will not propose expanded bear hunting in the lower Rogue River


CENTRAL POINT, Ore – ODFW will not propose bear hunting between Grave Creek and Lobster Creek on the lower Rogue River, including the Wild and Scenic section during the upcoming 2021 big game hunting regulation process. The concept was introduced to the public for feedback in late June and the comments received did not show […]



Learn to Hunt at a Hunt and Learn Program


SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (July 21, 2020) – 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. These programs provide a chance to learn about, and to hunt, such species as deer, squirrel, turkey, quail, and […]



Maryland 2020 Black Bear Hunt Lottery Now Open


The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is now accepting applications for the 2020 black bear hunt lottery. Successful applicants will receive a permit valid for the five-day hunting season, which will take place Oct. 26-30 in Allegany, Frederick, Garrett, and Washington counties. The department will issue 950 hunting permits this year, an increase of 150 […]



GFP Announces Hunt for Habitat Winners


PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department (GFP) has announced the winners of the 2020 Hunt for Habitat raffle. Part of Governor Noem’s Second Century Initiative, the Hunt for Habitat raffle ensures the next generation has opportunities to enjoy South Dakota’s great outdoor heritage. This year, the raffle raised $392,370 to […]



Changes to Montana surplus license process for 2020


To give residents and nonresidents a more equitable opportunity for surplus licenses, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has developed a new system for issuing surplus licenses. Resident and nonresident hunters will be able to sign up for the new Surplus License List, with some sign-ups starting next week. Surplus licenses are leftover licenses from the […]



Thirty-eight Arkansas draw public land alligator hunting permits


LITTLE ROCK — The drawing for Arkansas’s 2020-21 public land alligator season permits is complete, and 38 hunters have been notified of drawing their permit. If you weren’t one of the lucky few who scored a public land permit this year, there’s still plenty of opportunity to bag a gator in The Natural State. Thanks […]



Arizona leftover hunt permit-tags available


PHOENIX — Arizona hunters will have an opportunity to receive a hunt permit-tag for select 2020 deer, fall turkey and fall youth-only javelina hunts. There are 287 leftover hunt permit-tags available for general deer hunts, with most of those hunts being for antlered white-tailed deer only in Game Management Units (GMUs) in the southeastern portion […]



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