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Survival Cooking: How to Cook with Sticks
Posted on: 05/22/19

If you think you can only find a great meal in civilization, think again. No pots, pans, or metal grill? No problem. Here’s everything you need to know about cooking over an open fire using items only found in the woods. Primitive cooking may not be easy at first, and there’s a lot that can go wrong, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll wonder why you didn’t master it sooner...

Western States with 2019 Over-the-Counter Elk Tags
Posted on: 05/14/19
By now, it shouldn’t be a secret that you can do a DIY elk hunt without winning the lottery in several western states. So, if you want to hunt elk in the West, why does everyone tell you have to start building points in the various lottery or draw systems? Sure, in order to get tags in the best units and to hunt during times when there is less competition and you will have to draw a tag and you usually need a lot of points to do it. But that is a different article. Backcountry Chronicles has taken alot of time and research to provide you with information needed to hunt elk this year in the west...

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Posted on: 05/24/19
As America celebrates Memorial Day, we pay tribute to those who have given their lives in our nation's wars.

Have a safe and enjoyable holiday. If going to the high country please beware of fire hazards and flooding in some parts of the country. News will resume Tueday May 28th.

Applications Open June 1 for Colorado 2019 Fall Archery Turkey Hunt at U.S. Air Force Academy
Posted on: 05/24/19

The public is invited to enter a Colorado lottery for a license to hunt turkey, using archery equipment only, in the fall season at the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA). The hunt is offered in cooperation with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW). Anyone interested must sign up between June 1 and July 31 through the USAFA iSportsman site and pay a...

Hawaii Boating Division to Auction Off 5 Impounded Boats June 28
Posted on: 05/24/19

The Hawaii DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) recently announced a public auction of five (5) impounded vessels from the Ala Wai and Keehi Small Boat Harbors on O‘ahu. Bidders must appear in person at the June 28th auction to be held at the DOBOR District Office at 4 Sand Island Access Road beginning at 9 a.m. The vessels to be auctioned are as follows...

Rains, Flooding Affect Some Kansas State Parks
Posted on: 05/24/19

The Kansas DWPT reported recently that frequent heavy rains are impacting some state parks in eastern Kansas. High water levels at many reservoirs have flooded campgrounds, overtopped roads, closed boat ramps and beaches and dampened visitors’ enthusiasm for any outdoor activities. Most state parks in western Kansas have been largely unaffected. In eastern Kansas...

Maryland 2019 Snakehead Fishing Derby June 8th
Posted on: 05/24/19

The Maryland DNR is teaming up with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to host the first “Freedom and Fishing Snakehead Derby” on June 8 at Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park in Dorchester County. Participation for Freedom and Fishing is free, but registration is required. Anglers of all ages are invited to participate in this free, all-day derby, which features...

Minnesota DNR has Closed Fort Snelling State Park Through June due to Damage & Flooding
Posted on: 05/24/19

Due to persistent flooding and damage in Minnesota from the winter’s hefty snowpack and spring’s heavy rains, Fort Snelling State Park will remain closed to the public through Memorial Day weekend and the month of June. The closure could remain in effect until sometime in July, depending on...

TPWD Reopens Alligator Gar Fishing in Trinity River
Posted on: 05/24/19

The Texas PWD is reopening fishing for alligator gar in portions of the river between the Highway 287 bridge near Cayuga and State Highway 7 near Crockett effective Friday, May 24th. TPWD temporarily prohibited taking or attempting to take alligator gar on May 6 to protect spawning alligator gar, which is a species of conservation concern in the Trinity River. Water conditions that...

Wisconsin Hunters, Local Businesses Increase CWD Surveillance
Posted on: 05/24/19

About 1,500 Wisconsin deer were sampled and tested for chronic wasting disease in Lincoln, Langlade, Oneida, Forest and Vilas counties during the 2018 CWD surveillance year (Apr. 1, 2018 - Mar. 31, 2019). The DNR encouraged hunters to submit tissue samples from harvested adult deer in two surveillance areas near Rhinelander. These targeted CWD surveillance efforts occurred in...

California Increases Bag Limit for Recreational Lingcod & Others Effective June 1st
Posted on: 05/23/19

CDFW has announced increases to the recreational canary rockfish, black rockfish and lingcod daily limits. Within the statewide Rockfish Cabezon Greenlings Complex daily bag limit of 10 fish, the sub-bag limit for canary rockfish will increase from two to three fish, and the sub-bag limit for black rockfish will increase from three to four fish. The daily bag limit for lingcod will increase from ...