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Historic wildlife conservation act makes leap forward


WASHINGTON, DC — Wildlife conservation efforts across Arkansas may see a dramatic boost in the near future, thanks to the passage of the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act by the U.S. House of Representatives last week. The act was included as an amendment to the Moving Forward Act package, an effort to stem the surge in […]



Delaware Deer Harvest Sets Record High


Harvests from two of Delaware’s most popular hunting seasons – deer and wild turkey – reflect continued conservation management by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control in making the state a successful destination for deer and turkey hunters. A record 16,969 deer harvested for the 2019/20 hunting season helps move management of the […]



Volunteers can help improve wildlife habitat in eastern Jackson County


CENTRAL POINT, Ore – A volunteer work event to restore meadow habitat east of Butte Falls is set for Saturday, July 18. ODFW and the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest (RRSNF) are hosting the Habitat Restoration at Blue Rock Meadows event. ODFW and the RRSNF are providing water, snacks, work gloves, loppers, and hand saws, although […]



Second Oregon fisherman cited for guiding illegally


SALEM, Ore. – A second Oregon fishing guide was cited for illegally guiding clients in western Oregon. This follows a similar citation issued last month to a guide in Tillamook County. Carl Burge, 40, of Carlton, had several clients ready to fish the lower Willamette River when he was approached by Oregon State Police Fish […]



Illinois DNR Announces Five-Year Waterfowl Seasons Plan for 2021-2025


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) has selected season dates and submitted waterfowl hunting zone lines for 2021-2025 to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). The 2021-2025 hunting seasons regulations were developed based on a thorough review of scientific information and input from waterfowl hunters and are intended to provide […]



Atlantic red snapper season to begin


Researchers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are looking for anglers’ help to capture information about the Atlantic red snapper fishery. The 2020 recreational season in Atlantic federal waters is July 10-12 and July 17. Anglers are limited to one fish per person, per day, […]



Zebra Mussels Discovered in Lake LaMoure


The North Dakota Game and Fish Department confirmed the presence of invasive zebra mussels in Lake LaMoure after a local game warden reported the finding earlier this week. Aquatic nuisance species coordinator Ben Holen said follow-up sampling confirmed well-established populations of zebra mussels of various ages, especially near the dam. It is unknown how the […]



Bay scallop season opens July 17 in Pasco County


The 2020 recreational bay scallop season for Pasco County opens Friday, July 17 and will remain open through Sunday, July 26. This region includes all state waters south of the Hernando – Pasco county line and north of the Anclote Key Lighthouse in northern Pinellas County, and includes all waters of the Anclote River. Additional […]



AGFC biologists round up Lake Erling catfish in rodeo for new study


TAYLOR – Biologists from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission spent a week in June getting a good look at the size and scope of the flathead and blue catfish swimming the waters of Lake Erling, in the southwest corner of the state. The verdict from the study is yet to be determined until samples […]



Wildlife crimes net $74,000 in restitution


SANTA FE – On June 23, 2020, Sandoval County Judge James A. Noel ordered Cody W. Davis of Arnegard, N.D. to pay $74,000 in restitution to the state for poaching a trophy mule deer buck. This civil restitution included $20,000 for the mule deer which was killed out of season, without a license and resulted […]



More summer Chinook fishing on the Columbia River July 9-15


CLACKAMAS, Ore. — Fishery managers in Washington and Oregon set additional Chinook salmon fishing days during their joint meeting today thanks to an upper Columbia summer Chinook run that is exceeding original forecasts. Recreational fishing will be open July 9-15 for the retention of hatchery Chinook (adults and jacks), in the mainstem Columbia River from […]



New Fishing Piers, Boat Docks Open to Public at Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge


Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge has long been a fishing hotbed for the public in southwest Louisiana and Cameron Parish. With the completion of recreational enhancements last week at Rockefeller, there are now more spots for the angling public to enjoy, including two handicap accessible fishing piers. Three new fishing piers/boat docks opened last week at Rockefeller, […]



Georgia DNR Announces $1K Grant for Top Conservation Teacher


SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. – The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is offering a $1,000 grant to a third-, fourth- or fifth-grade public or private school teacher in the state who demonstrates exceptional energy and innovation in teaching life sciences. Science specialists covering those grade levels can also apply. The Conservation Teacher of the Year grant […]



MDC taking applications for next agent training academy


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Want to become a steward of conservation, help people, and protect nature by serving as a conservation agent? The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces it is taking applications during July for up to 16 participants for its 2021 conservation agent training academy, which will begin April 1, 2021. Selected candidates […]



DNR to eliminate the remaining fish population at Hickory Grove Lake


COLO – Story County Conservation (SCC) and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are partnering to renovate the remaining fishery in Hickory Grove Lake. The DNR will treat Hickory Grove Lake later this summer (pending workable weather conditions) with rotenone, a botanical pesticide, to eliminate the remaining fish population. An attempt was made last […]




Disabled American Veteran discounts for Idaho muzzleloader and archery


A new law that takes effect July 1 reduces the archery and muzzleloader permit fees specifically for Disabled American Veterans. Only holders of Disabled American Veteran licenses are eligible for the discounted permits. The new fees for both permit types are $3.75 for resident and $5.75 for nonresident Disabled American Veterans. DAV license holders previously […]



Register for Montana hunt roster by July 15


Hunters interested in participating in “game-damage” hunts on private land or possible management seasons this year have until July 15 to register online with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. Hunters from this roster may be identified for three types of hunts: game damage, management season and dispersal. The roster is used by FWP to efficiently […]



WVDNR explains hunting season changes in 2020-2021


SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.VA. — Several important changes to the state’s fall hunting seasons for white-tailed deer, wild turkey and black bear are outlined in the 2020-2021 West Virginia Hunting and Trapping Regulations, which went into effect July 1. The publication can be downloaded at www.wvdnr.gov and is available at all West Virginia hunting and fishing […]



Wisconsin Bear Hunting Application Period For 2021 Season Opens July 1


MADISON, Wis. – The application period for the 2021 bear hunting season will open July 1 after the successful completion of legislative review. The application deadline remains Dec. 10, 2020. Applicants are reminded to be aware of the new bear management zone boundaries as their usual hunting grounds may change to a new unit beginning […]



Oregon leftover tags on sale July 1, 10 a.m. online


SALEM, Ore. — Leftover tags will go on sale July 1 at 10 a.m. Tags will only be available for purchase via the online licensing system at https://odfw.huntfishoregon.com/login. Hunters who want to try and purchase one of the 1,377 leftover elk tags will need to have set up their online account with a username and […]



Ungulate Control Program Announced for the Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a Forest Reserve


HILO — Ungulate control for feral goat, sheep, and pigs is opening for the Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a Forest Reserve on Hawai’i Island. The DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) also announces the opening of the hunting season for youth and disabled hunters and in the makai sections of the reserve. Dates for each season: Special […]



Louisiana Alligator Lottery Hunts Deadline, June 30


The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) would like to remind the public that deadline for applications for alligator lottery hunts is June 30. 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. 31, 2020. All […]



Vermont Moose Hunt Application Deadline, July 8


The deadline to apply for a Vermont moose hunting permit is July 8. Moose permit applications are available on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s website www.vtfishandwildlife.com for the hunt limited to Vermont’s Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) E in the northeastern corner of the state. “Moose density in WMU E is more than one moose […]



Application period for Arkansas public land alligator hunts open


LITTLE ROCK – People interested in chasing an Arkansas alligator on public land and water this fall have until midnight June 30 to put their name in the hat. Applications for the 2020 Arkansas alligator season are available online at www.agfc.com. Each permit authorizes the harvest of one alligator, which must be at least 4 […]



Application period for Arkansas public land alligator hunts open


LITTLE ROCK – People interested in chasing an Arkansas alligator on public land and water this fall have until midnight June 30 to put their name in the hat. Applications for the 2020 Arkansas alligator season are available online at www.agfc.com. Each permit authorizes the harvest of one alligator, which must be at least 4 […]



New Hampshire Hunter Education Field Days to Resume in August


CONCORD, NH – Beginning in August, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will conduct Hunter Education field days at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness, NH. The field days are designed for individuals who have completed their Hunter Education online course and intend to purchase a hunting license this year. Field days […]



South Carolina 2020 Public Alligator Hunting Lottery To Close Soon


If you haven’t already applied, there is only one week left to enter the 2020 Public Alligator Hunting season lottery drawing. A $10 nonrefundable application fee is required to apply for the Public Lands Hunt, and a randomized computer drawing based on a preference point system will determine the selection of hunters. Unsuccessful applicants will […]



Maine moose hunting permit drawing is June 13


Inspired by the annual Moose Hunting Lottery Festival, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is hosting a series of virtual events all about moose! Hunters and nonhunters alike are invited to learn more about moose, moose management, and moose hunting in Maine. Find a virtual session that interests you below! Magnificent Moose in Maine […]



Application period for Nebraska big game draw permits begins June 8


LINCOLN, Neb. – Hunters may begin applying for 2020 big game draw permits June 8. Residents and nonresidents may apply for one deer permit, residents may apply for one elk permit, and residents and eligible landowners may apply for one antelope permit. The application period begins at 1 p.m. Central Time on June 8. Paper […]



Applications for Deer and Pig Hunting in Western Merced County


The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is now accepting applications for a limited number of deer and pig hunting permits for opening weekend of the A Zone general season, Aug. 8–9, 2020. This is not a special hunt, but rather a drawing to control the number of hunters on popular public land during […]



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