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Tips for Hunting Late-Season Diving Ducks
Posted on: 01/09/19
Sure, you’ll pop a bufflehead from your puddle duck spread on occasion. But dedicated diver hunting means swarms of bluebills, redheads, canvasbacks, and goldeneyes decoying just off the gun barrel. It takes place on big water and is at its best when the weather is cold and dangerous. But a hot shoot can make mallard snobs trade Texas rigs for longlines. Here’s your crash course...

How Cotton Can Actually Help You in a Survival Situation
Posted on: 01/08/19
Diehard outdoor enthusiasts often have a love/hate relationship with cotton. While it has many uses, winter clothing shouldn’t be among them. This is due to the fact that cotton holds moisture much longer than other fabrics, thereby wicking away precious body heat instead of moisture. Good to remember when getting dressed, but cotton isn’t all bad. When applied to the right task, this fiber can start a fire, light our way, and help us acquire meat in a survival setting. Skip the cotton clothing in cold weather and instead, use this age-old fiber to help you survive....


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Colorado to Update Management Plan for White River Deer Herd - Seeks Public Input
Posted on: 01/16/19

The management plan for the White River mule deer herd is due for an update in 2019 and Colorado CPW managers say the public's input will be critical in light of significant changes that have affected the herd over the past two decades. A 30-day public comment form is available and in addition, the public can provide input directly to agency personnel at a public meeting, 6 p.m., Jan. 23 in...

Delaware Requires Mandatory Wild Turkey Hunting Courses - Registration Open
Posted on: 01/16/19

DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Hunter Education Program reminds both resident and non-resident hunters that they must pass a turkey hunting course approved by the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife before they can legally hunt turkeys in the First State. Registration is now open for one-day turkey hunting courses offered by the Division of Fish & Wildlife at the following...

West Nile Virus Detected in Wisconsin Ruffed Grouse
Posted on: 01/16/19

West Nile virus was detected in three of 16 ruffed grouse that were found sick or dead and submitted by the public to the Wisconsin DNR for testing from October through December 2018. At this time, there is no evidence to confirm that West Nile virus or any other factor is having population-level impacts on ruffed grouse in Wisconsin. However...

Regulation Details for Minnesota Special Late-Season Deer Hunts in Southeastern Area
Posted on: 01/15/19

Minnesota hunters interested in another opportunity this winter to harvest deer can find details about a special hunt that takes place from Friday, Jan. 25, to Sunday, Jan. 27, and Friday, Feb. 1, to Sunday, Feb. 3, in deer permit area 346 in parts of Winona and Houston counties. The hunt is open to both residents and nonresidents. A limited number of special permits will be available on a first-come, first-served basis starting at...

Self-Service CWD Sampling Stations Deployed in North Alabama
Posted on: 01/14/19

The Alabama (WFF) has deployed six self-service Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) sampling stations in north Alabama as part of its increased CWD sampling surveillance efforts in the state. The sample station freezers are in Fayette, Lamar, Marion, Franklin, Lauderdale, and Colbert counties, and are available to receive deer head samples...

Arizona BASF Introduces Exciting Target-Shooting Opportunity
Posted on: 01/14/19

The Arizona Game and Fish Department has announced a new target-shooting opportunity on the 300-yard range at the world-class Ben Avery Shooting Facility (BASF). In what the department hopes will hit the mark with recreational shooters of all ages and skill levels, all 14 shooting lanes will be available for the public to shoot paper and steel targets the second and third weekend of each month. In addition...

Total Deer Testing Positive to CWD in Iowa up to 44 for the 2018 Season - Includes a New Area
Posted on: 01/14/19

Fourteen tissue samples from wild Iowa deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease, bringing the total deer testing positive to chronic wasting disease in Iowa to 44. The Iowa DNR (DNR) is waiting for results on follow up tests for two suspect samples that could raise the total positives for the year to 16. Eight positive deer were confirmed in...

South Dakota Proposes a Compromised Approach to the Deer Drawing Structure
Posted on: 01/14/19

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission unanimously passed a new deer license allocation proposal that would allow a hunter to apply for two of the six deer seasons in the first draw. These seasons include: East River/Special Buck, West River/Special Buck, Black Hills, Muzzleloader, Refuge and Custer State Park. Special Buck license holders would be limited to...

Utah Approves New Black Bear Hunts for 2019
Posted on: 01/14/19

Starting in the 2019 season, hunters will have more chances to spot and stalk black bears in Utah. At their meeting on Jan. The Utah Wildlife Board approved changes that will guide black bear hunting in Utah for the next three years. The additional spot-and-stalk hunts the board approved will give more hunters...

Apply Now for Kentucky’s 2019 Quota Elk Hunts
Posted on: 01/11/19

Quota elk hunters can now apply for a new, either-sex archery/crossbow permit for Kentucky’s 2019 elk season. This new permit gives archery and crossbow hunters the freedom to choose whether to take a bull or a cow,” said Gabe Jenkins, elk program coordinator for the Kentucky DFWR. The deadline to apply is midnight (Eastern time) April 30. In addition to the new permit...