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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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LDWF Adds Two New 2019 Alligator Lottery Harvest Sites
Posted on: 05/20/19

The Louisiana LDWF has added Corney Lake in Claiborne Parish and False River in Pointe Coupee Parish to the 2019 alligator lottery harvests. LDWF will conduct lottery harvests on 27 public lakes, 19 Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) and one U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) property Aug. 28-Oct. 3, 2019.Applications for the lottery harvests are now available and are due by July 5. Interested participants may...

Saskatchewan’s New Trespass Laws Could Hurt Canada Hunters
Posted on: 05/20/19

Trespass laws and requirements for accessing private property for hunting vary across Canada, with Saskatchewan currently having one of the most confusing sets of regulations. For starters, the province’s Trespass Act requires land to be posted or “enclosed” before permission to enter is required (basically, enclosed land refers to property surrounded by a fence to keep in livestock). On the surface, it seems...

Louisiana Accepting Applications for 2019 Alligator Lottery
Posted on: 05/17/19

The Louisiana DWF will conduct alligator lottery harvests on 19 LDWF Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), 25 public lakes and one U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) property Aug. 28-Oct. 3, 2019. Applications are now available and are due by July 5. Interested participants may print out an application form from LDWF’s website. Applications and a non-refundable fee of..

California Lead-Free Hunting Takes Effect Statewide July 1
Posted on: 05/14/19

The California DFW wants to remind hunters that beginning July 1, 2019, nonlead ammunition will be required when taking wildlife with a firearm anywhere in California. California will become the first state in the nation to require nonlead ammunition for all firearms-related hunting. CDFW strongly recommends that hunters acquire and practice with nonlead ammunition well before heading afield, particularly in advance of upcoming...

Montana Men Sentenced for Illegal Mountain Lion Hunt in Yellowstone National Park
Posted on: 05/14/19

Three Montana men, under violation of the Lacey Act, must serve three years probation and are banned from hunting, fishing, or trapping after an illegal mountain lion hunt inside Yellowstone National Park. According to a National Park Service, Austin Peterson, Trey Juhnke, and Corbin Simmons, illegally entered the park to hunt mountain lions on December 12, 2018. They shot and killed...

Apply for Arizona 2019 Big Game Fall Hunts by June 11
Posted on: 05/13/19

The AZGFD is accepting online applications for 2019 hunt permit-tags issued through the draw process for deer, fall turkey, fall javelina, bighorn sheep and fall bison. All online applications must be received by the department by 11:59 p.m. (Arizona time) Tuesday, June 11. All paper applications must be received by 7 p.m. (Arizona time), Tuesday, May 14. As a reminder, applicants must...

Apply for Florida 2019 Alligator Hunts Starting May 17
Posted on: 05/13/19

Since 1988, the FWC have offered hunters the opportunity to take part in their annual statewide recreational alligator harvest, which always runs Aug. 15 – Nov. 1. The application period for the phase I random drawing begins May 17 at 10 a.m. and runs through May 27. More than 6,000 alligator harvest permits will be available. Before you apply...

Apply by May 31 for Idaho 2019 Super Hunt Drawings
Posted on: 05/13/19

The deadline for Idaho's first Super Hunt drawing for deer, elk, moose and pronghorn hunts is May 31. Super Hunt entries are $6 each. Super Hunt Combo entries are $20 each. No license is needed to enter a Super Hunt drawing for either residents or nonresidents. For the first Super Hunt drawing in June, tags for....

Montana's New Law Allows Recovery of Bighorn Sheep Skulls, Horns
Posted on: 05/09/19
With the passage of Senate Bill 344 into law, it is now legal to pick up and possess the skulls and horns of bighorn sheep that died of natural causes. Those who recover horns and/or skulls must report the find to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks within 48 hours and present it to FWP for inspection and plugging within 10 days. The fee for inspection and plugging is $25. Recovery of bighorn skulls and horns is still prohibited at...

Apply for 21019 Idaho Deer, Elk, Pronghorn & Fall Black Bear by June 5
Posted on: 05/06/19

Time to apply for Idaho fall controlled hunts for deer, elk, pronghorn and fall black bear. The application period is May 1 through June 5. Resident Idaho hunters pay a $6.25 application fee, and nonresident applications are $14.75. You can apply online, at any license vendor, at Fish and Game offices, or by phone at (800) 554-8685. Remember that you will need...

Apply for South Carolina 2019 Alligator Hunting by June 15
Posted on: 05/02/19

The S.C. (SCDNR) is accepting online applications for the 2019 Public Alligator Hunting season. The deadline to apply is 5:00pm on June 15th. A $10 nonrefundable application fee is required to apply for the Public Lands Hunt. A randomized computer drawing based on a preference point system will determine the selection of hunters. No paper applications will be accepted. This year’s season will begin at...