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State-by-State 2020 Spring Turkey Hunting Forecast
Posted on: 02/07/20

Attention turkey bums: There is great spring hunting opportunities available coast to coast from March through early June. Choose from Florida Osceolas in early March or hard-gobbling Easterns open throughout the Southeast and Midwest. Head to Texas for loud-mouthed Rios or north to the prairies for last-chance Merriam’s. Each state has an Overall Outlook, Potential Spring 2020 Hotspots and Quick Tips to help you start planning your Spring 2020 hunts...

When is the Best Time for Shed Antler Hunting?
Posted on: 01/22/20

When should you start shed hunting? Today we’re going to tackle that very question. But first, why is it an important question to have an answer to in the first place? Why Is It Important To Know When To Start Shed Hunting? Assuming you’d like to find piles of shed antlers this year, the timing of when you shed hunt is important for three reasons:1.The Impact of Human Pressure, 2.Rodent chewing and 3.Human Competition. So How Do I Know When To Start Shed Hunting?...

As OUR COUNTRY SLOWLY STARTS to REOPEN AGAIN from the COVID-19 pandemic, there are still some guidelines that differ from state to state such as:

  • OUTDOOR EVENTS: Hunter education clinics, youth clinics, fishing tournaments or derbies, Outdoor Expos and more are canceled or postponed so PLEASE check with the Department of Fish and Game in your state or the state you wanted to attend.

  • STATE PARKS: Some state parks are open, however due to the COVID 19 Virus, visitor centers and some facilities like bathrooms, campgrounds and boat ramps may be closed. PLEASE check with the Department of Fish and Game in your state or the state you want to visit.

  • NATIONAL PARKS: Some National Parks are opening in May, others are closed to all visitors until further notice. Yellowstone and Grand Canyon are two of our National Parks that have recently reopened under certain guidelines. For the latest updates and information on our National Parks see the National Parks website

  • OUTDOOR RECREATION TO NON-RESIDENTS: Some states are now reopening outdoor activities to non-residents under certain guidelines. PLEASE check with the Department of Fish and Game in the state you want to visit.

As our country slowly opens up again, states are doing their best to reopen parks, fishing, hunting and other outdoor actitivies to the public, HOWEVER it is YOU that must follow the guidelines set by These guidelines include; social distancing, the Leave No Trace principles, including pack-in and pack-out, to keep outdoor spaces safe and healthy. These guidelines are also good to practice even after the threat of COVID-19 is gone.

Posted on: 05/22/20
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 in some parts of the country. News will resume Tueday May 26th.

CDFW Accepting Applications for Special Draw Deer Hunt on the Knoxville WA
Posted on: 05/22/20

The California CDFW is now accepting applications for a limited, lottery draw deer hunt scheduled for opening week of the A-Zone general deer season on the Knoxville Wildlife area in Napa County. Applications are being accepted until June 20, 2020. Only 120 hunt permits will be issued for the special lottery draw. The hunt permit is valid for the single hunt period, August 8-14, 2020. The Knoxville Wildlife Area will be closed to all other users during the hunt period. Successful applicants will...

Colorado Opens New Fruita Boat Ramps
Posted on: 05/22/20

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is pleased to announce that the project to build two new boat ramps at the Fruita section of the James M Robb Colorado River State Park has been completed in just eight weeks, finishing up in time for the rafting season, peak Colorado River catfish season, and the final two weeks of the spring turkey season. The new ramps replace the single, aging ramp that was also crowded during peak fall periods when waterfowl hunters, anglers and...

Apply for Maryland Offshore Waterfowl Blind & Shoreline Licensing by May 31
Posted on: 05/22/20

The Maryland DNR is now accepting offshore waterfowl blind and shoreline license applications for riparian (waterfront) property owners. Riparian property owners, or anyone granted permission by the owner, may license their shoreline allowing them to establish offshore stationary blinds or blind sites for hunting waterfowl, and/or prevent others from hunting the shoreline at a later date. Applicants must submit paperwork and fees by mail, postmarked no later than May 31, 2020. Property owners may...

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Montana Releases Region 6 Mule and Whitetail Deer Population Trend Numbers
Posted on: 05/22/20

Montana FWP biologists have completed their 2020 post-season and winter aerial surveys of deer populations across Region 6 in northeastern Montana, along with some spring ground surveys. The surveys indicate above average numbers for mule deer and stable populations of whitetail deer across the region. With chronic wasting disease detected in many Region 6 Hunting Districts, more emphasis is put on managing...

Montana to Propose Emergency Fishing Regulation for Placid Lake
Posted on: 05/22/20
Montana FWP netted a northern pike in Placid Lake on May 8 during a fisheries monitoring survey, marking the first confirmation of this fish species in the lake and prompting FWP to propose an emergency fishing regulation. Northern pike are not native to Placid Lake, and FWP believes that an established population could have a significant negative impact on existing fish populations. If approved, the new regulations would require...

Crabbing Reopens to Non-Residents Along Most of Oregon Coast
Posted on: 05/22/20

Recreational crabbing reopened to non-residents May 20, 2020 along most of the Oregon coast. Recreational clamming along the entire coast will remain closed to non-residents for now. Non-resident license holders will be allowed to participate in crabbing in Oregon bays and estuaries, and in Oregon ocean areas, that are south of Cape Falcon. Ocean areas north of Cape Falcon, as well as the Columbia River, will remain closed to non-resident crabbing for now. In addition...

Texas Approves Changes to Saltwater Fishing Regulations for 2020-21
Posted on: 05/22/20

The TPW Commission recently discussed several changes to state saltwater fishing regulations, including updates to the recreational and commercial flounder fishery regulations and paddle craft all-water guide license. The following changes to the 2020-21 Statewide Recreational Fishing Proclamation, details of which will be incorporated into this year’s TPW Department Outdoor Annual and the Texas Commercial Fishing regulations summary, go into effect on Sept. 1, 2020...

Texas Approves Changes to Freshwater Fishing Regulations for 2020-21
Posted on: 05/22/20

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission adopted multiple changes to the freshwater fishing regulations for the upcoming 2020-2021 season at the meeting held virtually May 21. Modifications include length limits and harvest regulations at some waterbodies for largemouth bass; blue, channel, and flathead catfish; and black and white crappie. The expiration date of August 31, 2020 was removed for the five-fish daily bag limit for alligator gar at Falcon International Reservoir. In addition...

Texas Approves Hunting Regulation Changes for 2020-21
Posted on: 05/22/20

Hunting regulations for the 2020-2021 season were approved by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission at its public meeting held online May 21. Hunters will see some hunting regulation changes this fall, including the implementation of automated processing of pronghorn and antlerless mule deer applications and permits, a decrease in the daily bag limit for scaup and a decrease in the daily bag limit for light goose during regular season. The following have been approved by the TPW Commission...