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Big Game Hunting News - Submitted by:  The Backcountry Press (TBC Press)
The latest news and information for big game hunting in your neck of the woods and beyond.  Includes: Alligator, Bear, Caribou, Moose, Mountain Lion, Muskox, Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat, Bison and Wolf. 


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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Fatal Alaska Grizzly Bear Attack in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park/ Preserve
Posted by TBC Press on: 09/25/20

A hunter was killed by a grizzly bear in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve in Alaska on Sunday, September 20, 2020. The hunter was a 22-year-old man from Ohio who was field-dressing a moose when he died in an attack so sudden that he couldn’t defend himself, National Park Service officials say. The attack took place in the Cottonwood Creek drainage, a remote area of mixed tundra and forest with dense vegetation about 50 miles from...

Louisiana 2020 Alligator Hunting Season Open for 60 Days This Year
Posted by TBC Press on: 09/22/20

The 2020 Louisiana alligator hunting season has been extended to 60 days this year and will end in late October in both east and west zones, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) said. Hunting in the east zone will conclude Oct. 24 and on Oct. 31 in the west zone. Baited hooks and lines must be removed no later than sunset of the last day of the open season for each zone. In addition...

North Dakota 2020 Resident Only Mountain Lion Season Opens
Posted by TBC Press on: 09/04/20

North Dakota’s mountain lion 2020 season opens statewide Friday, Sept. 4, and hunters are reminded the use of dogs is prohibited until after the close of the deer gun season. Beginning Nov. 23, in addition to legal firearms and archery equipment, pursuing with dogs is allowed. The season is only open to North Dakota residents. In addition...

Alaska Hunting, Fishing Health Mandates during COVID-19
Posted by TBC Press on: 09/01/20

Hunting, fishing, and trapping activities are important to many Alaskans and non-residents. Hunters, anglers, and trappers are reminded that all seasons remain open as scheduled during the COVID-19 pandemic unless changed by emergency order. All emergency orders and announcements can be found on the departments website. The Alaska DFG reminds everyone that the Health Mandates issued by the State are continually being updated to provide guidance for traveling both to and within Alaska. In example...

Louisiana Leftover 2020 Alligator Tags to be Distributed Sept 1
Posted by TBC Press on: 09/01/20

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will issue remaining alligator harvest tags that were to be distributed at the Baton Rouge, Lake Charles and Rockefeller LDWF Offices at the Lafayette LDWF Office beginning Tuesday (Sept. 1) due to the impact of Hurricane Laura. The Lafayette LDWF Office is located at 200 Dulles Drive in Lafayette and tags may be picked up Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. In addition...

Montana Hunters Advised to Check for Closures Due to Wildfires before Going Afield
Posted by TBC Press on: 08/17/20

Several wildfires are active in Montana, and this can affect land access for hunters in some areas. Wildfire activity can change rapidly, and some fires may limit public access to roads and areas of public land. Wildfires can also cause closures on block management areas during hunting season. Hunters should check for closures due to wildfires before traveling. Recreationists can view an interactive map of active wildfires in Montana online. If a fire is active...

States and Tribes Permit to Expand Sea Lion Removal in the Columbia River
Posted by TBC Press on: 08/17/20

The National Marine Fisheries Service recently issued a permit to the three NW States, including Oregon, Washington, and six regional Tribes that were co-applicants to lethally remove sea lions in some areas of the Columbia River basin. This action is in response to the population-level conservation impacts sea lion predation is having on wild stocks of salmon, steelhead, and sturgeon and ...

Wyoming 2020 Teton Goat Cull to Resume in September
Posted by TBC Press on: 08/10/20

Unchaperoned groups of volunteers armed with rifles will be combing the rugged Tetons looking to eradicate the range’s remaining nonnative mountain goats starting in September. Wyoming wants to thank all hunters for their interest in conserving native bighorn sheep in the Teton Range. However, at this time, applications for the non-native mountain goat qualified volunteer program are no longer being taken. The target of 240 applications has been met. In addition...

Maine 2020 Black Bear Hunting Season Looks Promising - Season Opens Aug 31
Posted by TBC Press on: 08/05/20

The Maine 2020 Black Bear Hunting Season opens Aug 31. Due to cycles in natural food sources and the dry weather, the typical foods bears pursue this time of year may not be available in their usual abundance–berries and other soft and hard mast will be few and far between for hungry bears. If you haven’t considered Maine bear hunting before, here are a few reasons why you should....