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DEC Announces 2019 Bear Harvest Totals

 

New York State bear hunters took 1,505 black bears during the 2019 hunting seasons, state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today. “Black bears are thriving in New York, and bear hunting seasons are a critical part of our state’s necessary population management,” Commissioner Seggos said. “The state’s accessible public lands offer […]

 

 

North Carolina Discusses Sunday Hunting on Game Lands

 

RALEIGH N.C. — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is adding an in-person public input meeting in Raleigh and two online virtual meetings to seek feedback from the public, agency constituents and stakeholders to help identify issues and options related to Sunday hunting on game lands. These meetings are in addition to the six state-wide public […]

 

 

Whirling Disease resistant rainbow trout now a reality in Colorado

 

Whirling Disease first impacted Colorado’s rainbow trout in the mid-1990s and eliminated many wild populations of this popular sport fish. The aquatic tragedy sparked a decades-long effort by Colorado Parks and Wildlife research scientists to find a remedy and re-establish populations. Since 2003, the researchers have been crossing a strain of rainbow trout resistant to […]

 

 

Genetics tests confirm presence of wolves in Colorado

 

MOFFAT COUNTY – Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) biologists have received notification back from a genetics lab confirming that four scat samples collected near a scavenged elk carcass in Moffat County in early January came from wolves. This is the first official documentation of a pack of wolves in the state since the 1940s. Of […]

 

 

Wisconsin Hunters Register 3,792 Birds During 2019 Fall Turkey Hunt

 

MADISON, Wis. – With another wild turkey season complete, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reports hunters registered 3,792 birds during the fall 2019 wild turkey season. There were 74,775 harvest authorizations were issued for the 2019 fall season, an increase of 860 from 2018. Of those sold in 2019, 70,084 were awarded a fall […]

 

 

North Dakota Game and Fish Violations Tallied for 2019

 

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s enforcement division has tallied the number of hunting, angling and boating citations for 2019, and failure to carry a license was the number one violation. Game wardens issued more than 2,300 citations last year. Counties with the most violations were Ramsey (227), Williams (215) and McKenzie (188). The […]

 

 

West Virginia Archery in the Schools provides inclusive PE program

 

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Archery in the Schools is growing in popularity in schools across West Virginia and provides students, who may not be interested in traditional team sports, with a fun and inclusive physical education program where they can be active and make friends. The Archery in the Schools program, organized by the West […]

 

 

Utah Wildlife Resources Job Opening

 

A full-time position in Salt Lake County Closes February 23, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Job Description: If you’re an office management professional who loves the outdoors and wildlife, this might be your dream job! Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) is looking for a capable, detail-oriented individual — someone with expert organization and communication skills […]

 

 

Vermont Bears Are More Active Than Normal This Winter

 

Many Vermont bears are not getting much rest this winter, according to Vermont Fish and Wildlife’s bear biologist Forrest Hammond, so he is urging people to avoid disturbing them or providing any kind of food for them. Most bears seek their winter dens when it becomes difficult for them to find food and not due […]

 

 

KDWPT, KDHE Announce Clearest Lakes in Kansas

 

PRATT – The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT), in partnership with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), has a new “bucket list” for Kansas kayakers, anglers, and outdoor enthusiasts to pursue – recreating at Kansas’ clearest lakes. Aquatic vegetation, underwater structures, and even fish may be visible at these lakes, […]

 

 

North Dakota Spring Light Goose Conservation Order

 

North Dakota’s spring light goose conservation order opens Feb. 22 and continues through May 10. Residents must have a valid current season 2019-20 (valid through March 31) or 2020-21 (required April 1) combination license; or a small game, and general game and habitat license. Resident youth under age 16 only need the general game and […]

 

 

MDC encourages anglers to get hooked on Missouri trout fishing

 

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — March 1 marks the annual opening of catch-and-keep trout fishing in Missouri at the state’s four trout parks: Bennett Spring State Park near Lebanon, Montauk State Park near Licking, Roaring River State Park near Cassville, and Maramec Spring Park near St. James. The catch-and-keep season at the trout parks runs through […]

 

 

Texas Game Warden Field Notes

 

The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife law enforcement reports. The Power of Love After a Falls County Sheriff’s Deputy was killed in the line of duty in October 2019, a Falls County game warden began planning a hunting trip to help give members of the Sheriff’s Office an outlet to […]

 

 

Washington, Oregon agree on Columbia River salmon fisheries allocations

 

SALEM, Ore. – The directors of the Washington and Oregon departments of Fish and Wildlife reached an agreement this week on allocations and gear types for Columbia River salmon fisheries in 2020. The Washington and Oregon Fish and Wildlife commissions earlier this year delegated development of 2020 Columbia River fisheries to Oregon Department of Fish […]

 

 

Oklahoma Deer Gun Season Remains 16 Days

 

Oklahoma’s deer gun hunting season will not be lengthened but instead will remain 16 days long following the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission’s approval of administrative rules during its regular meeting Tuesday. A proposal to add a week to the regular deer gun season was initially put forth in late 2019, based on several factors relating […]

 



 
 

 

North Carolina Discusses Sunday Hunting on Game Lands

 

RALEIGH N.C. — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is adding an in-person public input meeting in Raleigh and two online virtual meetings to seek feedback from the public, agency constituents and stakeholders to help identify issues and options related to Sunday hunting on game lands. These meetings are in addition to the six state-wide public […]

 

 

GFP’s Hunt for Habitat Offers Chance at a Hunt of a Lifetime

 

PIERRE, S.D. – Outdoor enthusiasts looking for the hunt of a lifetime will have another opportunity in South Dakota this year. The Hunt for Habitat “super tag” raffle is now open for 2020! The raffle offers two prize options for 2020 with four total prize packages available. Three winners will receive one “any elk,” one […]

 

 

Maine moose permit lottery application process is now open

 

Dreaming of the hunt of a lifetime? We are pleased to announce that the 2020 Maine moose permit lottery application process is now open. Applications for the moose permit lottery will be accepted online only. The online application process is fast and simple and you receive instant confirmation that you have successfully entered the lottery. […]

 

 

Oregon spring bear hunt applications due by Feb. 10

 

SALEM, Ore. — Spring bear hunters are reminded that the deadline to apply for a spring bear hunt is Monday, Feb. 10 at 11:59 p.m. Apply online or at a license sales agent or ODFW office that sells licenses. Hunters visiting the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show at the Portland Expo Center this weekend can also […]

 

 

Missouri feral hog elimination efforts

 

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The increased feral hog elimination efforts by the Missouri Feral Hog Elimination Partnership (the Partnership) underway on public and private land in southeast and south-central Missouri is the latest chapter in Missouri’s long fight to defend the state against the nuisance animals. Ongoing winter operations mirror the adapted philosophy that’s also taking […]

 

 

ODFW considering next five-year framework for upland bird hunting seasons

 

SALEM, Ore. — Upland bird hunters have a chance to weigh in on possible changes to upland bird hunting seasons as ODFW is considering the framework for 2020-2025 seasons. ODFW sets the general framework for upland bird hunting seasons once every five years, rather than making major changes annually, because upland bird numbers can fluctuate […]

 

 

New Mexico Big Game Draw Announcements

 

Feb. 12 – Deadline to apply for bear and turkey draw permits. Applications must be completed before 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST). Feb. 15 – Deadline to submit 2019–20 harvest reports for deer, elk, pronghorn and turkey license holders. Reports can be submitted online or by telephone. Late fees apply after this date. Mar. […]

 

 

Private lands not affected by Missouri feral hog hunting closures

 

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – While the Missouri Feral Hog Elimination Partnership (the Partnership) encourages private landowners to work together on trapping efforts to eliminate feral hogs, federal and state officials assure landowners feral hog hunting closures and opportunistic take regulations do not apply to private lands. The US Forest Service (USFS) moved forward with prohibiting […]

 

 

Maine moose permit lottery application process is now open

 

Applications for the moose permit lottery will be accepted online only. The online application process is fast and simple and you receive instant confirmation that you have successfully entered the lottery. To apply online, go to mefishwildlife.com and fill out the online moose permit application. There, you will be able to indicate several preferences, including […]

 

 

West Virginia hunters harvest 3,099 black bears in 2019

 

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Hunters in West Virginia harvested 3,099 black bears during the combined 2019 archery and firearms seasons. The preliminary harvest for the combined 2019 seasons is 19% above the 2,606 bears killed in 2018. The black bear harvest of 2019 is the third highest bear kill ever recorded. The West Virginia black […]

 

 

Fall isn’t the only time to hunt in Maine

 

Deer is the most popular game species to hunt in Maine, but why wait until fall to spend time in Maine’s woods? Here are some hunting opportunities to try this winter and spring: Snowshoe Hare One of the enjoyable aspects of hunting in the winter is the ability to easily see fresh animal tracks in […]

 

 

2019 Louisiana Youth Hunter of the Year Contest

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Louisiana Wildlife Federation are seeking submissions for the 2019 Youth Hunter of the Year contest. The contest, for the 2019 calendar year, is open to Louisiana boys and girls ages 15 and younger. Did you have a special hunt this past year? Harvested your first […]

 

 

DNREC promotes additional hunting opportunities in February

 

DOVER – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife is promoting additional hunting opportunities in February with a second special youth waterfowl hunting day on Feb. 8, the one-day reopening of the regular snow goose hunting season Feb. 8, and the opening of the Snow Goose Conservation Order season Feb. 1. Youth Waterfowl Hunting Day: The […]

 

 

MDC now requires landowner registration for free and discounted permits

 

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds Missouri resident and nonresident landowners who qualify to receive free or discounted deer and turkey hunting permits to register their properties in MDC’s new Landowner Permit Registry either online or by completing a paper application. Starting this year, resident landowners with 20 or more […]

 

 

Commission Big Game Permit Winners Announced

 

PRATT – Commission Big Game Permit winners were drawn by Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commissioners during their Jan. 9, 2020 meeting in Iola. The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism’s (KDWPT) Commission Big Game Permit program allows eligible conservation organizations to apply for one of seven big game permits, which can then be […]

 



 
   
     
 

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