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Plan Ahead for a Successful Spring Turkey Season Opener
Posted on: 01/30/18

Spring gobblers don’t just happen. Certainly, there’s always luck. Still, a good plan can make for a great opening day. All it takes is some step-by-step attention to details. Here is some great advise to help you have a successful spring turkey hunt...

Tips for Tagging a Late-Season Whitetail
Posted on: 12/07/17

Deer season is still going strong throughout much of North America, and if you still have an open tag, it’s time to get off the couch and into a treestand or ground blind. Under certain conditions, the late season can be your best chance at a mature buck — provided you keep in mind the three tips...


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Kentucky Quota Elk Drawing Results Available May 15
Posted on: 05/11/18

Kentucky received a record number of applications submitted by more than 35,000 people from as far away as Alaska and Hawaii. Now it is time to learn who has won the highly sought-after opportunity. The names of those selected for the quota hunts will be first revealed at a special event set for noon (Eastern time), May 15, at...

Mississippi 2018 Spring Squirrel Hunting Season Opens May 15
Posted on: 05/11/18

Mississippi 2018 spring squirrel hunting season opens May 15 and runs through June 1st. The daily bag limit is 4 squirrels (regardless of species). There are two game species of squirrels found in Mississippi, the eastern gray squirrel, and the eastern fox squirrel. There are a number of public lands that are open to squirrel hunting in Mississippi, including...

Tennessee 2018 Spring Squirrel Season Opens May 12
Posted on: 05/11/18

Tennessee’s 2018 spring hunting season for gray, fox and red squirrels opens Saturday, May 12 and will continue through Sunday, June 10. The daily bag limit is 10. There are five species of tree squirrels found in Tennessee, however...

Vermont Proposes 2018 Antlerless Deer Harvest Similar to Last Year
Posted on: 05/11/18

Vermont is recommending an antlerless deer harvest this year that is very similar to what was recommended in 2017, said Nick Fortin, deer project leader for the Fish & Wildlife Department. The recommendation is intended to reduce deer numbers in those areas while stabilizing populations in other areas. Hunting for antlerless deer is proposed statewide for...

Hunter Safety: How to Survive a Snake Encounter
Posted on: 05/10/18

As rewarding as hunting, fishing, hiking & camping may be – giving you the chance to connect with nature, while surrounded by beautiful scenery – it is not without its downsides. One of them being the possibility of a snake encounter, especially if you’re in snake country. Here are some important safety tips...

Apply for Oregon 2018 Fall Controlled Hunts by May 15
Posted on: 05/10/18

Fall may be months away but it’s time to start planning your Oregon big game hunts for deer, elk and pronghorn antelope. Don’t forget to apply for a controlled hunt by Tuesday, May 15, at 11:59 p.m. PT. Apply online, at a license sales agent or ODFW office that sells licenses. The cost is...

Connecticut Restores Handicapped Hunting Blind at Babcock Pond WMA
Posted on: 05/09/18

Thanks to a generous donation from the Connecticut Waterfowlers Association, the DEEP Wildlife Division was able to renovate and restore a handicapped accessible waterfowl hunting blind at Babcock Pond Wildlife Management Area (in Colchester and East Haddam). The blind is located on...

Washington Approves Mountain Goat Management Plan for Olympic National Park
Posted on: 05/08/18

The National Park Service (NPS), the USDA Forest Service (USFS), and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) have released the Mountain Goat Management Plan/Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for managing non-native mountain goats in the Olympic Mountains. The NPS preferred alternative involves...

Apply for Florida 2018 Alligator Hunt Permits Starting May 18
Posted on: 05/07/18

The Phase I application period for Florida 2018 Alligator Harvest random drawing begins May 18 at 10 a.m. and runs through May 28. More than 6,000 alligator harvest permits will be available. Hunters may submit their application for a permit that allows the harvest of...

Apply for Florida 2018 Special-Opportunity Fall Hunt Permits Starting May 15
Posted on: 05/07/18

Apply for Florida 2018 Special-Opportunity Fall Hunt permits starting May 15. The application period runs through midnight of June 15. Since 1997, the FWC has offered these unique fall-season hunts for deer, wild hog and released quail on some well-managed public hunting lands. You may apply for as many special-opportunity hunts and...

Apply for Florida 2018 Fall Deer & Hog Quota Hunt Permits Starting May 15
Posted on: 05/07/18

Apply for Florida Phase I 2018 Fall Deer & Hog Hunt permits starting May 15 - June 19. The FWC offers thousands of quota hunt opportunities each year. Hunters may choose to apply for fall quota hunts for deer and wild hogs. You may apply for each of the hunt types, and there is no fee to do so. But...