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Kentucky Quota Elk Drawing Results Available May 15

by TBC Press on 05/11/18

Kentucky Quota Elk Drawing Results Available May 15  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 the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg. Admission is $5. The event will include... READ MORE

Maryland Survey Shows Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Population Healthy

by TBC Press on 05/11/18

The Maryland DNR released the results of the 2018 Blue Crab Winter Dredge Survey, which shows that the population of blue crabs remains healthy and sustainable. While this year’s cold weather and ice cover took a toll on the adult crab population, causing an estimated 35 percent mortality of adult females wintering in state waters, the number of young crabs that returned to Chesapeake Bay this year increased 34 percent. Despite the cold, hard winter... READ MORE

Mississippi 2018 Spring Squirrel Hunting Season Opens May 15

by TBC Press 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. Both species are found throughout the state, but gray squirrels are the most widely distributed and most numerous. There are a number of public lands that are open to squirrel hunting in Mississippi, including... READ MORE

Missouri Bow Fisherman Stuck Record Yellow Bullhead

by TBC Press on 05/11/18

Missouri Bow Fisherman Stuck Record Yellow Bullhead  The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports Michael Williams of Wappapello became the most recent record-breaking angler in Missouri when he stuck a yellow bullhead on Duck Creek in Bollinger County. The new alternative method record fish caught by Williams on April 23 weighed 2 pounds, 4 ounces with a length of 14.75 inches. Williams’ recent catch broke the previous state-record of... READ MORE

Tennessee 2018 Spring Squirrel Season Opens May 12

by TBC Press 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, the same for the fall/winter squirrel season, which is held from late August to the end of February. There are five species of tree squirrels found in Tennessee. Two species, the southern flying squirrel and the northern flying squirrel, are not hunted. They are... READ MORE

Vermont Proposes 2018 Antlerless Deer Harvest Simuliar to Last Year

by TBC Press 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 the October 6-7, November 2 and December 1-9 archery season. Last year, hunters took... READ MORE

Washington Dungeness Crab Season to Remain Closed in Portions of South Puget Sound

by TBC Press on 05/11/18

Washington Dungeness Crab Season to Remain Closed in Portions of South Puget Sound   The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) recently announced that two marine areas in south Puget Sound will not open for crab fishing this summer to allow Dungeness crab populations to rebuild. Recreational crab fisheries will remain closed in marine areas 11 (Tacoma/Vashon Island) and 13 (south Puget Sound) this summer. Tribal commercial crab fisheries also will not open in those areas this year. State and tribal co-managers are developing crabbing seasons for the rest of Puget Sound and plan to... READ MORE

Hunter Safety: How to Survive a Snake Encounter

by TBC Press on 05/10/18

Hunter Safety: How to Survive a Snake Encounter  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. While there are some precautions that you need to take to ensure your safety in the field, it’s good to remember that snakes are just afraid of you as you are of them. Snake encounters are uncommon, and snake bites even more so, but it’s always important to... READ MORE

Oklahoma Angler Catches New Rod & Reel State-Record Paddlefish

by TBC Press on 05/10/18

Oklahoma Angler Catches New Rod & Reel State-Record Paddlefish  Weighing 132 pounds 8 ounces, the paddlefish snagged Sunday, April 29, by Larry Morphew has been certified as Oklahoma’s newest rod-and-reel state-record paddlefish by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. After Morphew’s monster was officially checked and weighed by North Central Region Fisheries Supervisor Bill Wentroth, the angler released the record fish back into the Arkansas River near Blackburn. It beats the previous record by... READ MORE

Apply for Oregon 2018 Fall Controlled Hunts by May 15

by TBC Press 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 $8 per application and hunters need a 2018 annual hunting license to apply. Many hunters wait till the last minute to apply, which can cause... READ MORE

South Dakota Reminds Anglers that Musky Fishing is Catch & Release Only

by TBC Press on 05/10/18

As of April 30, the South Dakota harvest restrictions for muskellunge and tiger muskies has changed from a statewide 40 inch minimum length limit and a daily limit of one fish to catch and release only statewide. Currently, South Dakota has five lakes that are managed for this fish species. They are Lynn and Middle Lynn in Day County, West Highway 81 in Kingsbury County, Sinai in Brookings County and... READ MORE

Washington Boaters asked to Observe 'No-Go' Zone Along Western San Juan Island

by TBC Press on 05/10/18

Washington Boaters asked to Observe 'No-Go' Zone Along Western San Juan Island  Washington fish and wildlife managers are asking anglers and other boaters to avoid an area along the west side of San Juan Island in an effort to protect a dwindling population of southern resident killer whales. Despite state and federal government protection, the population of southern resident killer whaleshas declined from 98 whales in 1995 to just 76 in December 2017. Major threats to the whales include a lack of prey – chinook salmon, in particular – disturbance from vessel traffic and noise, as well as toxic contaminants. The no-go zone is located on the west side of San Juan Island, including... READ MORE

California Recreational Ocean Salmon Fishing Opening in June

by TBC Press on 05/09/18

Additional sections of the California coast will open up to recreational ocean salmon fishing in June. In the Klamath Management Zone, which is the area between the Oregon/California state line and Horse Mountain, the season will open June 1 and continue through Sept. 3, 2018. The Fort Bragg and San Francisco areas, which extend from Horse Mountain to Point Arena and Point Arena to Pigeon Point, respectively, will open June 17 and continue through... READ MORE

Connecticut Restores Handicapped Hunting Blind at Babcock Pond WMA

by TBC Press on 05/09/18

Connecticut Restores Handicapped Hunting Blind at Babcock Pond WMA  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 Standish Pond and can be accessed from a handicapped-accessible hunting trail. Due to recent incidents of ... READ MORE

Limited Entry at Many Western Montana Fishing Access Sites

by TBC Press on 05/09/18

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) closed the gates or created temporary barriers at many fishing access sites (FASs) this week due to high water and flood conditions around west-central Montana. The FASs remain open to walk-in access, but users are urged to avoid these areas and exercise extreme caution if they do get near or in the water. The affected sites include... READ MORE