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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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Oregon Cancels Two 2020 Bighorn Sheep Hunts due to Disease Outbreak
Posted on: 03/26/20

ODFW is cancelling both Lookout Mt. Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep hunts in northeastern Oregon. Hunters will not be able to apply for or draw a tag to hunt bighorns in this herd during the fall 2020 season. The cancelled hunts are in the Lookout Mt. Unit east of Baker City, Ore. where a respiratory disease was found in bighorn sheep. Testing has revealed that...

MAPLand Act Would Put Public Land Access into the Digital Age
Posted on: 03/20/20
For today’s hunters and anglers, the GPS has become an omnipresent tool not only for orienteering, but for finding access to public lands and waters in the first place. A bill recently introduced in Congress could make computerized tools even more effective in unlocking hunting and fishing spots. Americans own 640 million acres of federal public land – national parks, national forests, wildlife refuges and Bureau of Land Management ground. These lands provide invaluable opportunities for hunting, fishing, camping and the like. However...

Oregon 2020 Big Game Tag Auctions Rescheduled & Now Bid-by-Phone
Posted on: 03/20/20

Several Oregon big game tag auctions are being rescheduled from original dates currently printed in the 2020 Big Game Regulations. The Lewis and Clark chapter of Safari Club International (SCI) has rescheduled their auction for a Statewide Deer Tag for Friday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m., (from original date of March 14). The live auction will be bid-by-phone only. Hunters wishing to bid on the deer tag should...

South Dakota Hunters to have Additional Bighorn Sheep Opportunities
Posted on: 03/18/20

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission voted to allow up to a total of eight bighorn sheep licenses for the 2020 season. Applications open April 16. Of the eight licenses, one will be an auction license and the revenue specifically used for bighorn sheep management. The commission also established a new hunting unit in Custer and Pennington counties, modified an existing hunting unit for Custer and...

Hawaii has a New Online Hunt Application System
Posted on: 03/16/20

The State of Hawaii, DLNR, Division of Forestry and Wildlife has built a new online hunt application within the Go Hunt Hawaii website! Going forward this will be the system you will use to apply for Mouflon Sheep and Axis Deer hunting on Lanai. The new system will be live beginning March 23, 2020. In preparation for the upcoming hunt application period, we highly recommend that...

Nevada Accepting 2020 Big Game Applications
Posted on: 03/16/20

The Nevada big game application period opens Monday, March 16 online at the departments website. NDOW has multiple resources to help you apply, including the Big Game Hunting Regulations, bonus point data, Big Game Application Seminars on March 25 in Reno and Las Vegas and more. Hunters need a tag to hunt Nevada's big game populations like...

Aerial Survey Shows Minnesota Moose Population is Stable
Posted on: 03/11/20

For the ninth year in a row, Minnesota’s moose population remains relatively stable, but reproductive success – one of the factors that has the greatest impact on moose survival over time – remains low. This winter, the DNR estimated the moose population to be 3,150 animals (between a range of 2,400 and 4,320). Due to the variance in this type of...

Wolf Populations Increase in Yellowstone
Posted on: 03/11/20

The number of wolves in Yellowstone National Park has risen in the past year, according to Doug Smith, the park’s senior wildlife biologist. Park officials believe there were 80 wolves in Yellowstone last year, as compared to 94 -- living in eight separate packs -- this year, Smith said during a live presentation on...

Reminder: Apply for Maine 2020 Moose Permits by May 14
Posted on: 03/06/20

Maine is now accepting applications for the 2020 Moose Hunting Lottery. Applications must be completed by 11:59 pm (ET) on May 14, 2020. MDIFW no longer accepts paper applications – you must apply online. Note: Apprentice licenses may NOT be used by a lottery winner to receive a permit. To hunt for moose in Maine, you will need a permit; and due to high demand, these permits are administered in four ways only...

Apply for North Dakota 2020 Elk, Moose, Bighorn Sheep Hunts by March 25
Posted on: 03/06/20

Elk, moose and bighorn sheep applications are available online at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s website. The deadline to apply is March 25. A total of 523 elk licenses are available to hunters this fall, an increase of 45 from last year. A total of 474 moose licenses are available, a decrease of five from last year. Hunting units M1C and M4 will remain closed due to a continued downward...