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Delaware Issues Fishing Emergency Order of Regulation Changes for Tautog
Posted on: 06/29/18

DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin signed an Emergency Order making changes in Delaware’s tautog fishing regulations that go into effect July 1. The regulations increase the tautog minimum size limit to 16 inches, adjust the open seasons to...

KDWPT Addresses Landowner Concerns Surrounding Elk Management
Posted on: 06/29/18

A shift in Kansas’ elk hunting season dates and management units will address local landowner concerns of crop damage caused by elk. At their June 21 public hearing at the Great Plains Nature Center in Wichita, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) commissioners voted in favor of moving the harvest season opener from...

Oregon Nearshore Halibut to Close in Columbia River Subarea on June 30
Posted on: 06/29/18

The Pacific halibut nearshore sport fishery in the Columbia River Subarea (Leadbetter Pt., Wash. to Cape Falcon) will close at 11:59 pm on Saturday, June 30 because the entire subarea quota has been caught. Opportunities to fish for Pacific halibut remain open in...

Washington/Oregon Sockeye Fishery to Open on Columbia River - Chinook Season to Close
Posted on: 06/29/18

Starting July 1, Washington and Oregon anglers can catch and keep sockeye salmon on the Columbia River, but will be required to release any chinook salmon they intercept downriver from Bonneville Dam. Fishery managers from Washington and Oregon agreed to...

Montana Sets 2018-19 Upland Dove and Webless Bird Regulations
Posted on: 06/28/18

Montana Upland dove and webless migratory bird regulations are already complete for the 2018-19 hunting seasons. Montana's migratory bird regulations, set within the federal frameworks, will be very similar to last year. Mourning dove season dates will be...

Montana Sets 2018-19 Duck & Migratory Bird Regulations
Posted on: 06/28/18

Montana duck and migratory bird regulations are already complete for the 2018-19 hunting seasons. With all of the water and ducks across Montana this summer, there are signs that it could be an interesting and productive waterfowl season for Montana hunters. Montana's migratory bird regulations, set within the federal frameworks, will be very similar to last year...

New Mexico Game Commission Properties Adjoining the Carson National Forest Closed to Access
Posted on: 06/28/18

Due to drought and extreme fire danger, New Mexico State Game Commission properties adjacent to the Carson National Forest, including the north and south Colin Neblett, Elliott Barker, Urraca, Rio de los Pinos Wildlife Management Areas and the campground and day use areas along NM 515 leading to the Red River Fish Hatchery was closed to all public access effective June 27...

New Mexico 2018 Youth Antlerless Elk Licenses on Sale Starting July 11
Posted on: 06/28/18

More than 1,800 youth, antlerless elk licenses will go on sale through the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish’s Online License System at 10 a.m. MDT July 11. Licenses will be sold online only on a first-come, first-served basis. The sale is designed to encourage youth hunting and includes...

Apply Online for North Dakota Remaining 2018 Antlerless Deer Licenses Starting July 11
Posted on: 06/28/18

North Dakota’s deer gun lottery has been held and individual results are available online at the state Game and Fish Department’s website. Unsuccessful applicants can apply online for remaining licenses beginning July 11. The deadline for applying is Aug. 8. Here is a list of more than 3,000 antlerless deer gun licenses that remain...

North Dakota Establishes Emergency Boating Rule on Missouri River
Posted on: 06/28/18

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department, after consulting with officials from Burleigh and Morton county commissions, has established an idle-speed-only restriction within 200 feet of the shoreline for boaters on the Missouri and Heart rivers in the Bismarck-Mandan area effective immediately. On the Missouri River, the north boundary of the emergency rule is... READ MORE

Oregon Marine Fish Daily Bag Limit Reduced Starting July 1
Posted on: 06/28/18

The daily bag limit for Oregon general marine fish (rockfish, greenlings, skates, etc.) will be reduced from 5 to 4 beginning July 1. Reducing the bag limit to 4 fish on July 1 is necessary to keep black rockfish, other nearshore rockfish and yelloweye rockfish catches within annual limits. Cabezon retention also opens on...

Apply for West Virginia 2018 Antlerless Deer Season Limited Permit Areas by Aug 14
Posted on: 06/28/18

Applications for the West Virginia 2018 Antlerless Deer Season limited permit areas are now available online and will be accepted until midnight, Aug. 14. A limited number Class N licenses for resident and Class NN licenses for nonresident hunters will be available. The following wildlife management areas and counties are open for this drawing...