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Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Started with Hunting Waterfowl
Posted 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...

When is the Best Time for Shed Antler Hunting?
Posted on: 01/22/20

When should you start shed hunting? Today we’re going to tackle that very question. But first, why is it an important question to have an answer to in the first place? Why Is It Important To Know When To Start Shed Hunting? Assuming you’d like to find piles of shed antlers this year, the timing of when you shed hunt is important for three reasons:1.The Impact of Human Pressure, 2.Rodent chewing and 3.Human Competition. So How Do I Know When To Start Shed Hunting?...


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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.

Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, Canada Bordors are CLOSED to U.S. hunters/fishermen and other outdoor enthusiasts until the end of September 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.

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 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.


Even though our country in the 2020 Season still copes with Covid-19, our hunters have resilience amidst adversity to help our country. With hunting season getting in full swing, hunters from across the nation are walking the woods & fields....

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...

CDFW Seeks Authority to Refund Elk, Pronghorn Tags for Areas Impacted by Fire Closures
Posted by TBC Press on: 09/25/20

The California CDFW is pursuing a regulation change that would allow elk and pronghorn (antelope) hunters whose seasons were cut short or eliminated due to wildfires and forest closures to receive a refund of their 2020 tag fees along with a restoration of their preference points used to acquire their tags. Eligible hunters would also receive an additional preference point for elk or pronghorn for the 2020 season. The elk/pronghorn hunts eligible for tag refunds would be...

IDNR Updates 2021 Spring Wild Turkey Permit Application Process
Applications for First Lottery are accepted beginning Oct 6
Posted by TBC Press on: 09/25/20

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) recently announced updates to the process for hunters who wish to enter the lottery for Spring Wild Turkey permits. The new application procedure, adopted earlier this year, will streamline the lotteries for turkey hunters, making it easier to obtain all three of their permits online rather than a combination of online and over-the-counter. Applications for First Lottery are accepted beginning Oct. 6 through Dec. 1...

IDNR Launches New 'Hunt Illinois' Website
Posted by TBC Press on: 09/25/20

The Illinois IDNR recently announced the launch of the new Hunt Illinois website – an online resource for Illinois residents and visitors to the state interested in hunting in the Land of Lincoln. The website includes information on Illinois hunting seasons, places to hunt, licenses and permits needed, hunting and trapping regulations, hunter harvest and...

Michigan Hunters Reminded of Deer Check and CWD/TB Testing Changes
Posted by TBC Press on: 09/25/20

The Michigan DNR advises deer hunters to be prepared for big changes to DNR deer check stations this fall. Staffing and financial shortages, due to both funding associated with long-term declines in the hunter base and the COVID-19 pandemic, will result in reductions in check station and drop-box locations, dates and hours operated, and the number of deer heads that will be accepted for CWD. Additionally, to protect hunters and DNR staff...

South Dakota Confirms Hemorrhagic Disease in Deer Accross the State
Posted by TBC Press on: 09/25/20

South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks has documented deer mortalities in 2020 due to hemorrhagic disease, also known as epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) or blue tongue. EHD has been confirmed by laboratory analysis in deer from Butte, Davison, Hughes, Meade and Sully counties. Additional reports of dead deer are coming in from other areas as well, many of which likely succumbed to EHD. Key dates to remember are...