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A Hunters Pre-Season Checklist
Posted on: 08/18/18

You are a hunter. Your thoughts are now drifting toward cool, crisp mornings, falling leaves and maybe a bit of snow cover on the ground. It is time to do your homework. Here is a handy, but extensive checklist for you to use to make certain that you are fully prepared when your hunting season arrives...

Hunting Gear Checklist for Big Game
Posted on: 08/18/18

Big game hunting needs some amount of seriousness. Planning is necessary due to the risks involved like high altitude, cold weather, exhaustion and fatigue, and attacks from wild animals. Common among the big game animals in North America are moose, elk, deer, caribou, buffalo, big horn sheep, mountain lion and bears. The Hunting Gear Checklist for Big Game covers the necessary hunting equipment needed in the field to transport and perserve your trophy...

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Letter From TBC Press - Thank You Hunters

With hunting season in getting into full swing, hunters from across the nation are walking the woods & fields. It’s not just the meat, however, that these hunters are bringing in. Hunters are not just contributors to wildlife management or meals for individual families, but also to local small businesses who experiences a major uptake during this season...

Arizona Confirms Disease Affecting Mule Deer in the Prescott Area
Posted on: 09/18/18

The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) has confirmed a disease event affecting some mule deer in the Yavapai Hills community and surrounding areas near Prescott. After receiving reports in recent weeks from residents who observed deer that appeared to be...

California Recreational Pacific Halibut Fishery Ends Sept 21
Posted on: 09/18/18

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announces the recreational Pacific halibut fishery will close Friday, Sept. 21 at 11:59 p.m. for the remainder of 2018. Based on the latest catch projections, CDFW expects the 2018 California recreational quota of 30,940 pounds will have been taken by this date. California’s 2018 quota is...

California 2018-2019 Waterfowl Hunting Season Opens Oct 20
Posted on: 09/18/18

California’s 2018-2019 waterfowl hunting season is fast approaching, with one special early opportunity for young hunters in California’s Northeastern Zone. The weekend of Sept. 22-23 is designated as Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days in this zone only. The majority of hunters will take to the blinds Oct. 20 in most zones. Specific opening and closing dates...

Minnesota 2018 Waterfowl Hunting Season Opens Sept 22 - Good Opener Expected
Posted on: 09/18/18

Duck hunting is expected to be good when Minnesota’s regular waterfowl season opens a half-hour before sunrise on Saturday, Sept. 22, according to the Department of Natural Resources. The duck season structure is similar to recent years. Duck season will be open for 60 days in each of the three waterfowl zones...

Ohio to Hold Controlled Deer Archery Hunt Drawing in Mercer Wildlife Area
Posted on: 09/18/18

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is hosting a one-time drawing Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 1:00pm for archery deer hunting on the Mercer Wildlife Area. Participants must register prior to 1:00 pm and show a valid 2018-19 hunting license and deer permit. Controlled hunt dates include...

Ohio State Parks Offer Special Archery Hunt Lotteries on Sept 22
Posted on: 09/18/18

Approximately 1,600 acres of quality deer hunting land will be available to archers as part of controlled hunts at Buck Creek, Caesar Creek, Deer Creek, Findley, Malabar Farm and Maumee Bay state parks, according to the Ohio (ODNR). Hunters must be present at the drawing location they are interested in hunting. Deer harvested in these controlled hunts will not...

Ohio Walleye & Yellow Perch Fishing in the Lake Erie Western Basin Looks Promising
Posted on: 09/18/18

Early data gathered by wildlife agencies in the western basin of Lake Erie indicate great news for Ohio anglers, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The 2018 walleye hatch appears to be exceptional, the second highest in the history of the Ohio survey, and the yellow perch hatch was strong, well above its...

Statewide Target Shooting Ban Lifted on WDFW Lands
Posted on: 09/18/18

With cooler temperatures and higher humidity reducing wildfire danger, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) lifted target shooting restrictions on WDFW lands Sept 15. A similar target shooting ban was lifted the same day on lands managed by the state DNR. These changes reflect an easing of fire danger, but we still urge anyone...

West Virginia 2018 Archery & Crossbow Seasons Open Sept 29
Posted on: 09/18/18

West Virginia's 2018 archery and crossbow seasons for white-tailed deer, black bear and wild boar will open Saturday, Sept. 29. The archery and crossbow deer and bear seasons run through Dec. 31. The wild boar archery and crossbow season is a split season, with the first segment also from...

Wyoming Hunting Guide Killed by Grizzly Bears
Posted on: 09/18/18

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is working to finalize its investigation into a recent grizzly bear attack that killed a local hunting guide and injured his client. Yesterday, Game and Fish killed the two grizzly bears believed to be involved in the attack. On Friday evening, Sept. 14, Game and Fish personnel were notified by...