Outdoorsmen News & Blog

 
     
   
     
 

 

Illegally Introduced Walleyes Discovered in Upper Thompson Lake

 

Kalispell, MT — Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks biologists found two walleyes in Upper Thompson Lake last week during a routine fisheries survey. This is the first documented detection of the predacious non-native fish in Lincoln County and is an illegal introduction. FWP staff set a pair of nets Oct. 8 in the upper section […]

 

 

DEC Statewide Forest Ranger Highlights

 

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents statewide. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations, and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured, or distressed people from the backcountry. In 2018, DEC Forest Rangers conducted 346 search and rescue […]

 

 

Expect to See Coyote Sightings Peaking in October and November

 

RALEIGH, N.C. — Hearing or seeing more coyotes these days? You’re not alone, say biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. According to them, it is common for North Carolinians to report seeing and hearing coyotes more often in October and November. Fall is the time of year when young coyotes — those born in […]

 

 

Colorado hunters urged to be extremely cautious with campfires

 

DURANGO, Colo. – Because of extremely dry conditions throughout the state, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is urging hunters to be extra careful with their camp fires. Hunters are heading to the high country for the combined deer and elk season that starts Saturday and continues through Oct. 27. Colorado has received little rain since late […]

 

 

South Carolina shellfish season set to open Sept. 28

 

The 2019-2020 season for recreational harvest of shellfish (clams and oysters) in coastal waters of South Carolina will open one-half hour before official sunrise on Saturday, September 28, 2019. The recreational shellfish season will remain open through May 15, 2020, unless conditions warrant extending or shortening the season. In the event of another hurricane, major […]

 

 

Trio found guilty of poaching multiple deer in Moffat County

 

CRAIG, Colo. – For their participation in the illegal killing of multiple deer, three poachers from Craig are paying a price for the crimes, and for several other crimes related to the killing of the animals. Wildlife officials began looking into this case in January of 2018 after receiving a tip from someone that had […]

 

 

Striped Bass Index Documents Below-Average Year

 

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced the results of the young-of-year striped bass survey, which tracks reproduction of the species in Chesapeake Bay. The 2019 juvenile striped bass index is 3.4, below the 66-year average of 11.6. The young-of-year striped bass survey measures the annual spawning success of the state fish, commonly known as […]

 

 

DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announces youth hunting days

 

DOVER – To promote youth hunting participation and recruitment, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has designated special deer and waterfowl hunting days available to youth hunters ages 10 through 15 on both public and private lands statewide. Youth hunters can enjoy youth waterfowl hunting days on Saturday, Oct. 19, and Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. […]

 

 

Applications Being Accepted for Texas Game Warden

 

AUSTIN — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is building its next generation of elite state law enforcement officers with the 64th Texas Game Warden and State Park Police Cadet class. Applications are being accepted Oct. 15-Nov. 15. Texas game wardens and park police are a unique breed of law enforcement unlike no other. […]

 

 

Lake Carlos State Park to offer snowshoe-lacing workshop

 

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is offering a two-day snowshoe-lacing workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 23-Nov. 24 at the Lake Carlos State Park Visitor Center in Douglas County. During the workshop, an instructor will demonstrate how laces are strung on pre-built Ojibwe-style wood snowshoe frames, followed by a lesson on […]

 

 

California Snipe Season Gets Underway in October

 

California’s statewide snipe season opens Oct. 19, 2019, and runs through Feb. 2, 2020, offering California hunters both an exceptionally challenging upland game bird hunt and some exceptional table fare. The daily bag limit is eight and the possession limit is triple the bag limit. “They’re real. They’re not just a practical joke,” said Scott […]

 

 

ODFW evaluating health of second juvenile bobcat found at school

 

SALEM, Ore. — ODFW wildlife veterinarians are evaluating the condition of a juvenile bobcat for possible release to the wild or to an accredited captive facility. This juvenile bobcat is likely the sibling of a second bobcat that was euthanized after being found inside the Oak Hill School in Eugene earlier in the week. Bobcats, […]

 

 

IDNR Announces Habitat Fund Project Grants

 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) today announced the approval of more than $737,500 in grants for 11 wildlife habitat projects through the Illinois Habitat Fund Special Wildlife Funds Grant Program. The program enhances game and non-game wildlife habitat through projects developed by not-for-profit organizations and governmental entities. Funding for the […]

 

 

FWC busts wildlife trafficking ring smuggling thousands of turtles

 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has charged two suspects for poaching thousands of Florida’s native turtles from the wild and selling them illegally in Florida, with final destinations in international markets. These charges represent the state’s largest seizure of turtles in recent history. “The illegal trade of turtles is having a global […]

 

 

States reopen Columbia to recreational coho and sturgeon fishing

 

CLACKAMAS, Ore. – Fisheries managers from Oregon and Washington will reopen the Columbia River to recreational sturgeon and coho fishing. In a joint state hearing of the fish and wildlife departments from both states late yesterday, fisheries managers decided to open the river for two additional days of recreational sturgeon fishing – Saturday, Oct. 19 […]

 



 
 

 

Colorado hunters urged to be extremely cautious with campfires

 

DURANGO, Colo. – Because of extremely dry conditions throughout the state, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is urging hunters to be extra careful with their camp fires. Hunters are heading to the high country for the combined deer and elk season that starts Saturday and continues through Oct. 27. Colorado has received little rain since late […]

 

 

DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announces youth hunting days

 

DOVER – To promote youth hunting participation and recruitment, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has designated special deer and waterfowl hunting days available to youth hunters ages 10 through 15 on both public and private lands statewide. Youth hunters can enjoy youth waterfowl hunting days on Saturday, Oct. 19, and Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. […]

 

 

Access Yes! provides hunters, anglers access to private lands

 

Access Yes! is a statewide program that creates an opportunity for hunters and anglers to access and enjoy private and public land that would otherwise be unavailable to them. Looking for a new spot to hunt, fish or to simply stretch your legs? Look no further than the many Access Yes! properties found throughout the […]

 

 

Montana bird hunters need to be bear aware

 

With the Oct. 12 opening of pheasant season, bird hunters around Montana will be beating the brush hoping to flush a rooster or two. These hunters, particularly in the western half of the state, should be prepared for an encounter with a grizzly bear. In recent years, grizzly bear populations have expanded into areas where […]

 

 

Governor’s One Shot Hunt to help fund Hunters Helping the Hungry

 

FRENCH CREEK, W.Va. — The “Governor’s One Shot Hunt” – an antlerless deer hunting event that provides a source of fundraising and venison for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Hunters Helping the Hungry (HHH) program – has been scheduled for Oct. 26 at Stonewall Resort in Lewis County. “I’ve been a hunter all […]

 

 

DEEP Announces Upcoming Fall Firearms Seasons

 

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has announced the opening days of turkey and small game hunting seasons. A variety of hunting seasons are available each fall, including: The firearms turkey season opens on Saturday, Oct. 5, and continues through Oct. 31. Small game hunting season opens at 7a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19. […]

 

 

Tennessee Sandhill Crane Season Drawing Results Now Available

 

NASHVILLE — The successful applicants for the computerized drawing for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s 2019-20 Wildlife Management Area waterfowl hunts and the statewide sandhill crane hunting seasons are now available. The results can be viewed at QuotaHunt.GoOutdoorsTennessee.com. Successful applicants with an email address associated with their TWRA license account will be emailed their confirmation […]

 

 

Bear hunting opportunities expand in the Upstate South Carolina

 

Additional opportunities have been added for hunters in South Carolina this bear season. For the first time, private land in the southern portions of Oconee, Pickens and Greenville counties (south of Game Zone 1) and all of Spartanburg County (Game Zone 2) will have a bear season. This portion of Game Zone 2 will open […]

 

 

Major bird hunting seasons opening throughout Oregon in October

 

SALEM, Ore. — Several of Oregon’s major bird hunting seasons open in October, including duck (Oct. 5 for Zone 2 eastern Oregon, Oct. 12 for Zone 1 Western Oregon and the Columbia Basin) and chukar, gray partridge and pheasant plus remaining quail seasons (opening on Oct. 5). Bird hunters will be using ODFW’s new electronic […]

 

 

Big game harvest to be checked using DNR’s electronic system

 

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – With the opening of big game hunting seasons quickly approaching, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds successful hunters that they must field tag and electronically check in their harvest. Field tags must be completed before moving the carcass, and the tag must remain with the carcass until it […]

 

 

Alabama’s Adult Mentored Hunting Program

 

Learning to hunt may seem out of reach for those who didn’t grow up with hunting as part of their family tradition. For those individuals, the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) created an Adult Mentored Hunting Program (AMH) to teach about consumptive outdoor recreation, put wild game on the dinner table and […]

 

 

Apply now for Arizona 2020 spring hunts

 

PHOENIX — The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) encourages hunters to submit their 2020 spring hunt applications early and avoid the stress of waiting until the last minute. The deadline to apply for spring turkey, javelina, bison and bear hunts is 11:59 p.m. (Arizona time) Tuesday, Oct. 8. Beginning with the 2020 spring draw, […]

 

 

National Hunting and Fishing Day in Oregon

 

SALEM, Ore. — Saturday, Sept. 28 is National Hunting and Fishing Day in Oregon and across the United States. The date coincides with the opening of buck deer season—the biggest day of the hunting year with more than 100,000 hunters expected to participate in the season. Elk, duck and pheasant hunting seasons open in the […]

 

 

North Dakota Youth Hunting Opportunities

 

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department and Ducks Unlimited co-sponsor a trailer full of waterfowl hunting gear that is available to families with young hunters. Purchased by the Game and Fish Department’s Encouraging Tomorrow’s Hunters grant program, the trailer is designed for families who don’t have the appropriate gear for their young hunters to […]

 

 

Grizzly bear mistaken for black bear by hunter in Panhandle

 

On September 17, a nonresident (Montana) hunter shot and killed a grizzly bear that he mistook for a black bear. He was hunting in Idaho’s Panhandle near the Canadian border (Smith Creek). After identifying the bear as a grizzly at the scene, the hunter contacted Fish and Game and is cooperating with the investigation. Grizzly […]

 



 
   
     
 

Back To The Top Of The Page