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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...

Oklahoma Angler Catches New Rod & Reel State-Record Paddlefish
Posted on: 05/10/18

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...

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...

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

Washington Boaters asked to Observe 'No-Go' Zone Along Western San Juan Island
Posted on: 05/10/18

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. The no-go zone is located on the west side of San Juan Island, including...

California Recreational Ocean Salmon Fishing Opening in June
Posted 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...

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...

Limited Entry at Many Western Montana Fishing Access Sites
Posted 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...