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Tips for Catching Mid-Summer Bass
Posted by TBC Press on: 07/22/20
Because he’s from Louisiana, Bassmaster Elite angler Tyler Rivet has adapted to fishing in the heat. When the summer sun is bearing down on largemouths, fish locate cover that’s thick on the surface and swim underneath it, where the water’s cooler and more comfortable. This is when anglers need to turn to a technique called punching. When you’re looking to pick a fight with a bass through the thick stuff, consider Rivet’s tips from Outdoor Life. These tricks will not only help you get bit, but also help you get that fish to the boat once it is hooked...

Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Started with Hunting Waterfowl
Posted by TBC Press on: 06/26/20
Waterfowl is one of the smallest, most niche communities you can find in hunting. In many places, you will have to share wetlands with your fellow hunters and compete for birds. Some of the best days have been spent waist-deep in a marsh holding a shotgun and blowing a duck call. Those days are waiting for you as well—if you stick with it. This sport, like so many others, rewards patience and hard work. The more you go, the more you learn. So, let’s get started...

ATTENTION OUT OF STATE HUNTERS
Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, there could be limitations for OUT of STATE hunters to include a 14-day quarantine requirement or negative COVID-19 testing alternative.. Please check with the State's Department of Natural Resources BEFORE you apply for the 2020 Fall Hunts.

ATTENTION NON-CANADA HUNTERS/FISHERMEN
Due to the Covid 19 pandemic Canada Bordors are CLOSED to U.S. hunters/fishermen and other outdoor enthusiasts until Aug 21 or longer. This also means limitations for U.S. Hunters/Fishermen to include a 14-day quarantine requirement or negative COVID-19 testing alternative.. Please check with Canada Natural Resources BEFORE you travel or apply for the 2020 Fall Hunts.


Hunters: Take the FREE Treestand Safety Course & Why You Should

With more and more news on death and/or serious injuries regarding treestand accidents. Backcountry Press wants to stress the importance of treestand safety. Take the FREE Treestand Safety Course from HUNTERcourse.com. It is The ONLY TMA approved online treestand safety course. The FREE Course Covers...

Hunters Must Know Blaze Orange Requirements
Got orange? If not, now is a good time to obtain blaze orange for fall hunting. Humans can recognize blaze orange and will relate it to the presence of a human because it is a color not found in nature. All states require hunters to wear at least 400 square inches of blaze orange on their head, chest and back when hunting during firearm season. This directory is a guide and as rules can change, always check your states fish & game department for requirement changes. Our directory also includes information for hunting in Canada...

FOR THE GOOD OF ALL
As our country 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 nps.gov. 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.

Outlook Great for Idaho 2020-21 Kokanee Fishing at Ririe Reservoir
Posted by TBC Press on: 08/07/20

Idaho Fisheries Biologists recently completed an annual sampling of the kokanee population at Ririe Reservoir and are pleased with what they found. We estimated the majority of the fish we caught this year to be 1 year-old kokanee between 8 and 11 inches, says Fisheries Biologist John Heckel. Due to the high abundance of age-1 kokanee this year, catch rates should improve for anglers if they can find the right bait used at the right depth. In addition...

Idaho 2020 Sockeye Run at Sawtooth Basin Looks Promising
Posted by TBC Press on: 08/07/20

The first Idaho sockeye of 2020, a naturally produced female, returned to Redfish Lake Creek trap near Stanley on July 31 and a second arrived on Aug. 2, which are among the 412 sockeye that have crossed Lower Granite Dam through Aug. 2 and signals a substantially larger return to Idaho than last year. This year's sockeye return appears to be slightly later than usual, and fisheries managers expect more fish will cross Lower Granite, which is...

Michigan Anglers Must Register Muskie, Lake Sturgeon Harvests
Posted by TBC Press on: 08/07/20

Michigan is reminding anglers that if you’re fishing for lake sturgeon and muskellunge this season, don’t forget to register your harvest within 24 hours — it’s required. You can register two ways: online or by calling the new number at 906-287-0816. Anglers who register their catch provide important information for resource managers, including details about where the fish was caught and how large it was, said Cory Kovacs, DNR fisheries biologist. That type of detail helps us to...

Montana Upland Bird Hunters Season's Hunting Access Guide Available Aug 10
Posted by TBC Press on: 08/07/20

Montana Hunters and their gun dogs have less than a month before the upland game bird season begins, so it will be a good time to dig into this season's hunting access guide. To get started, hunters can refer to the Projects Access Guide, published annually by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Upland Game Bird Enhancement Program (UGBEP). The guide contains all active projects administered through the UGBEP, including...

North Dakota 2020 First-Come, First-Served Deer Gun Licenses Available Aug 11
Posted by TBC Press on: 08/07/20

More than 3,700 antlerless deer licenses are still available in 12 units for North Dakota’s 2020 deer gun season. These licenses will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Aug. 11 at 8 a.m. Central Time. Residents and nonresidents who have not already received a lottery or landowner license are eligible to apply by visiting the GFD website. Hunters who want to purchase additional licenses will be able to Sept. 1 at 8 a.m. Central Time. At that time...

North Dakota 2020 Duck Brood Numbers Up from Last Year
Posted by TBC Press on: 08/07/20

State Game and Fish Department biologists expect a fall duck flight from North Dakota that is up 9% from last year, based on observations from the annual mid-July duck production survey. This year’s duck brood index was comparable to last year’s estimate and showed 4.5 broods per square mile, 52% above the long-term average (1965-2019). Average brood size was also similar at 6.8 ducklings per brood. Migratory game bird management supervisor Mike Szymanski said...

North Dakota 2020 Early Canada Goose Season Opens Aug 15
Posted by TBC Press on: 08/07/20

North Dakota 2020 early Canada goose season opening day is Aug. 15 in all three zones. Closing dates are Sept. 7 in the Missouri River zone, Sept. 15 in the western zone and Sept. 22 in the eastern zone. Early Canada goose limits are 15 daily and 45 in possession. Limits and shooting hours are different from the regular season, while the zone boundaries remain the same. Shooting hours for early Canada goose are...

Apply Online for North Dakota 2020 Swan Hunts by Aug 12
Posted by TBC Press on: 08/07/20

Swan hunters interested in applying for a 2020 license can submit an online application through the North Dakota GFD website. North Dakota residents and nonresidents are eligible to apply. The resident swan license is $10, while the nonresident fee is $30. The deadline for applying is Aug. 12. The statewide tundra swan hunting season opens Oct. 3. A total of 2,200 licenses are available. Successful applicants will...

RGS & AWS Fall Membership Promotion for Upland Bird Hunters
Posted by TBC Press on: 08/07/20

Calling all upland hunters and dedicated conservationists; if you haven’t already, right now is the best time to join, renew or upgrade your membership with the Ruffed Grouse Society and American Woodcock Society! The drive started at the beginning of the month (Aug. 1st), and features plenty of promotional and giveaway items from brands such as Purina Pro Plan, SportDOG Brand, Federal Ammuniton, Savage Arms and more...