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May 26 Is Free Fishing Day In Pennsylvania


HARRISBURG, Pa – During the upcoming Memorial Day weekend when many families and friends will already be gathered together, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is pleased to offer the first of two Fish-for-Free Days in 2019. On Sunday, May 26, the PFBC will waive its license requirement, allowing anglers to fish within public […]



GFP Commission Finalizes Extending Trapping Dates on Public Lands


PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission held a special teleconference meeting to reconsider rules they had previously passed at their April meeting. Two of the finalizations are a part of Governor Noem’s Second Century Initiative. The adopted rules were: to allow for the use of live traps on public […]



Commercial Rock Crab Fishery Opens from Cape Mendocino to Humboldt Bay


Following the recommendation of state health agencies, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announced today that it will be opening the commercial rock crab fishery from near Cape Mendocino, Humboldt County (40° 30.00’ N. Lat.) north to the Humboldt Bay entrance at the north jetty (40° 46.15’ N. latitude), including all ocean waters […]



Record number of lionfish removed during tournament


A total of 19,167 of the spiny invasive predators were removed from Gulf and Atlantic waters as part of the Emerald Coast Open, which coincided with the fifth annual Lionfish Removal and Awareness Festival at AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar and HarborWalk Village in Destin May 18 and 19. That’s a lot of lionfish. The […]



Free Fishing Weekend in Oregon June 1-2


SALEM, Ore. — It’s free to fish, crab or clam in Oregon on Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2. During these two days, no fishing licenses or tags (including a Combined Angling Tag or Columbia River Basin Endorsement) are required to fish, crab or clam anywhere in Oregon for both residents and non-residents. Although no licenses […]



Get Ready for Free Fishing Day in Texas June 1


AUSTIN – Texas offers a Free Fishing Day on the first Saturday in June every year to help kick off National Fishing and Boating Week. On this day anglers can fish on any public waterbody in the state without a fishing license. To help celebrate Free Fishing Day, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) […]



TPWD Reopens Alligator Gar Fishing in Trinity River


AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is reopening fishing for alligator gar in portions of the river between the Highway 287 bridge near Cayuga and State Highway 7 near Crockett effective Friday, May 24th. TPWD temporarily prohibited taking or attempting to take alligator gar on May 6 to protect spawning alligator gar, which […]



Wildlife Lands Coordinator job opening in Salt Lake County


Would you like to lead the Division of Wildlife Resources’ land and water assets program? The wildlife lands coordinator plays a key role in selecting properties for acquisition, exchange or disposal, ultimately negotiating the full array of real estate contracts and agreements related to wildlife lands. The coordinator supervises two full-time wildlife real estate specialists, […]



Increased chance for flooding around Lake Conway


LITTLE ROCK — The potential for flooding exists for residences around Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir next week. The greatest concern for flooding should begin May 29 and continue for the next several days. According to the National Weather Service, the Arkansas River is expected to crest at 283.5 ft. MSL at the Toad […]



Southern Oregon coast crabbing restrictions lifted


The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) and ODFW announce the re-opening of recreational crabbing from Cape Blanco to the California border. Crab samples taken from the Brookings area indicate levels of the marine biotoxin domoic acid have fallen below the closure limit for two consecutive rounds of tests. The lifting of restrictions means that crabbing […]



DNREC launch Sea Tow Foundation Life Jacket Loaner Program


DOVER – DNREC’s Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police, through a partnership with the boating safety nonprofit Sea Tow Foundation, announced today the launch of a Life Jacket Loaner Program for boaters operating in Delaware. To avoid ending a boating voyage on Delaware waterways when boaters are found without legally-required life jackets, officers will have […]



South Dakota Deer License Applications Now Being Taken


We are currently taking applications for the Black Hills, West River, East River, Muzzleloader, Custer State Park and National Refuge deer hunting seasons. The deadline for the first drawing for those seasons is a postmark of June 14 for paper applications and 8 a.m. CDT, June 19 for on-line applications. Applications can be made at […]



Spring Chinook fishing closes on Umatilla River May 25


PENDLETON, Ore. — The Umatilla River will be closed to spring Chinook fishing as of Saturday, May 25 through the regular season closure date of June 30 due to low returns. 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 […]



Free Fishing Weekend event June 1 at Olalla Reservoir


NEWPORT, Ore. – Anglers and their families are invited to come out to Olalla Reservoir near Toledo for a fun-filled day of fishing on Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Georgia Pacific, in cooperation with the Association of Western […]



Impounded Boats from Ala Wai & Keehi Small Boat Harbors to be Auctioned


Honolulu – On Sunday, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser will publish a legal notice from the DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) announced a public auction of five (5) impounded vessels from the Ala Wai and Keehi Small Boat Harbors on O‘ahu. Bidders must appear in person at the June 28th auction to be held […]




Wyoming big game hunting application deadline approaching


Cheyenne – The May 31 deadline for Wyoming resident and nonresident big game hunters to submit applications for limited quota deer and antelope licenses is approaching. May 31 is also the deadline for resident elk. Deciding what Wyoming application to submit is now easier than ever with the Wyoming Game and Fish Hunt Planner. The […]



Bait Privilege License Provides Options for Hog, Deer Hunting


By DAVID RAINER, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources A buddy of mine recently returned from vacation to discover what many landowners have been dealing with for the past couple of decades. “Hogs tore up my place while we were gone,” the message read. Now my friend has another tool that he can use […]



LDWF Adds Corney Lake and False River to 2019 Alligator Lottery Harvest Sites


The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has added Corney Lake in Claiborne Parish and False River in Pointe Coupee Parish to the 2019 alligator lottery harvests. LDWF will conduct lottery harvests on 27 public lakes, 19 Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) and one U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) property Aug. 28-Oct. 3, 2019. […]



LDWF Announces 2019 Alligator Lottery for WMAs


The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will conduct alligator lottery harvests on 19 LDWF Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), 25 public lakes and one U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) property Aug. 28-Oct. 3, 2019. Applications are now available and are due by July 5. Interested participants may print out an application form from […]



Kansas Reports Safest Hunting Season Yet


PRATT – It can be difficult to quantify the positive effect a public program has, but when it comes to the Kansas Hunter Education program, there’s no denying the program is not only working, but exceeding expectations. The 2018 Kansas hunting season has proved the safest one yet ­– with zero fatalities and a record-low […]



Time to apply for quota hunts and alligator harvest permits


The phase I application period for the alligator harvest random drawing begins May 17 at 10 a.m. Eastern time and runs through May 27. More than 7,000 harvest permits will be available. If you’re 18 years old by Aug. 15, 2019, and have a valid credit or debit card, you can apply for an alligator […]



Lead-Free Hunting Takes Effect Statewide California July 1


The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) wants to remind hunters that beginning July 1, 2019, nonlead ammunition will be required when taking wildlife with a firearm anywhere in California. CDFW strongly recommends that hunters acquire and practice with nonlead ammunition well before heading afield, particularly in advance of upcoming big game seasons, to […]



Missouri squirrel and black bass seasons open Memorial Day weekend


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Hunters and anglers can add fresh wild game and fish to their Memorial Day menus. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds Missourians that squirrel and black bass seasons open May 25, the Saturday before Memorial Day. SQUIRRELS The open season on eastern gray and fox squirrels runs from May 25 […]



New Hampshire Moose Lottery Deadline is May 31


CONCORD, NH — If you want to hunt moose in New Hampshire this fall, now is the time to enter the 2019 moose hunt lottery and try your luck on the adventure of a lifetime — hunting moose in the rugged woods of the Granite State. The lottery entrance fee is $15 for New Hampshire […]



Super Hunt drawings for Idaho deer, elk, moose, and pronghorn


Super Hunt winners get the best of the best by being able to hunt any open hunt in Idaho for the species they draw, and keep hunting, general or controlled hunts, until they tag an animal. Winners of the Super Hunt Combo are able to hunt four species – deer, elk, pronghorn and moose – […]



Arizona 2019 fall hunt draw is last for paper applications


PHOENIX — The time has come for Arizona’s big game hunters to say goodbye to paper hunt draw applications. All applicants are reminded that the 2019 fall draw cycle, which is underway, is the last one in which paper applications will be accepted. As the Arizona Game and Fish Department moves toward paperless processes, only […]



Alabama Bait Bill Becomes Law


Hunters in Alabama can now hunt white-tailed deer (when in season) and feral pigs with the aid of bait on privately owned or leased lands if they have purchased and are in possession of an annual bait privilege license issued by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR). The new license, $15 for […]



LDWF Announces Bid Process for Alligator Hunting on WMAs


The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting bids for alligator hunting on Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) properties and state wildlife refuges for the 2019-2021 alligator harvest seasons. Applications will be accepted until bid opening at 10 a.m. on June 21 at the LDWF Lafayette Field Office, […]



Forsea Ranch Access Area not available for fall big game hunting


SALEM, Ore. — Hunters should be aware that the Forsea Ranch Access Area is ending its participation in the Access and Habitat (A and H) program and will not be available to hunt through the program after July 31, 2019. The property had provided open “Welcome to Hunt” access to more than 9,000 acres of […]



One week left to apply for Premium hunt of a lifetime


SALEM, Ore. — It’s the hunt of a lifetime—though you can win it more than once. Premium Hunts (see photos) are Oregon’s premiere hunting opportunity for both residents and non-residents—deer, elk and pronghorn antelope tags with a four-month season (Aug. 1-Nov. 30) and any-sex bag limit. Like all limited-entry controlled hunts, applications are $8, and […]



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