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State-by-State 2019 Spring Turkey Hunting Forecast
Posted on: 02/06/19
Attention turkey bums: Your job has become substantially more difficult. With great spring hunting opportunities available coast to coast from March through early June, you’ll probably have to pick and choose your adventures. For many folks, that means southern Florida Osceolas in early March—or, for the eager crowd, maybe Hawaiian Rio Grandes even earlier. Your choices expand as seasons for hard-gobbling Easterns open throughout the Southeast and Midwest. And then there’s that quick jaunt to Texas for loud-mouthed Rios — or maybe north to the prairies for last-chance Merriam’s...

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...


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Hunter Education and Safety Programs

ATTENTION ALL HUNTERS...It's that time again and most states have started their mandatory Hunter Education Programs and / or their Safety Education Programs for the 2019 season. Classes are held in several areas and dates throughout your state.Click on the state you want and scroll down to Hunter Education you want and scroll down to Hunter Education. All hunters must attend or have attended these programs in order to hunt this spring and/or fall...

New Hunters: Apply for Mentored Turkey Hunt in Northwest Ohio by March 15
Posted on: 03/08/19

Anyone interested in learning how to hunt wild turkey is invited to apply for a mentored hunt in northwest Ohio during the spring 2019 turkey season according to the Ohio DNR Division of Wildlife. The application deadline is Friday, March 15 at 4 p.m. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and must meet one the following requirements to participate in the hunt...

Oregon Youth: Apply by April 1 for Chance at Guided Spring Turkey Hunt near Medford
Posted on: 03/08/19

ODFW’s Access and Habitat Program and the C2 Ranch are offering 12 youth hunters the chance to hunt turkey on the ranch’s 9,500-acre property near Medford this spring. The deadline to apply is April 1 and winners will be drawn on April 2. Each winner will receive a one-day guided hunt. A parent or other adult can accompany the youth hunte. It is free to apply and free to hunt for the hunters who...

Connecticut 2019-2020 Mallard Duck Bag Limit Being Reduced
Posted on: 03/06/19

The mallard has been one of the most abundant duck species in eastern North America for decades. In the past 20 years, however, eastern mallards have been on the decline. As a result of the long-term decline, the Connecticut 2019-2020 mallard bag limit is being reduced from 4 per day to 2 per day. The 2018-2019 bag limit will remain at 4 mallards per day. In addition..

Connecticut 2019 OTC Deer Lottery Permits Available Starting March 15
Posted on: 03/06/19

Unsold Connecticut 2019 Deer Lottery Permits will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis starting March 15. Unsold lottery permits can be purchased online or at select DEEP offices. Please note that Roraback WMA (Area 61) has been changed to a No-lottery Area and is no longer part of the deer lottery for the 2019 hunting season. This change is not...

Nebraska to Host NASP Archery Tournament March 23 in Lincoln
Posted on: 03/06/19

More than 800 students from 36 schools around Nebraska are expected to compete in the annual National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) state tournament March 23 in Lincoln. The event takes place at Speedway Sporting Village, 345 Sporting Village Drive. Action begins at 9 a.m. and will continue through the afternoon. NASP is a national target archery program for students in grades......

Apply for New Mexico 2019 Big Game Permits by March 20
Posted on: 03/06/19

The application deadline for New Mexico big-game licenses is 5 p.m. March 20. Hunters need to file all mandatory harvest reports from last season’s hunts to be eligible for this year’s draw. See the Hunting Rules and Information booklet for reporting deadlines. Information about rules, seasons, fees and more is available in the...

North Dakota 2019 OTC Spring Turkey Hunting Permits Available March 18
Posted on: 03/06/19

The 2019 spring wild turkey lottery has been held and individual results are available on the North Dakota GFD website. A total of 915 spring turkey licenses remain in nine units. These remaining licenses are issued on a first-come, first-served basis beginning 8 a.m. Central Time March 18. Hunters are allowed a maximum of two licenses for the spring season. Licenses remain in units...

South Dakota Commission Proposes West River Whitetail Special Buck Licenses
Posted on: 03/06/19

A proposal by the South Dakota (GFP) Commission would give deer hunters another option for the 2020 deer hunting season and beyond. The proposal would establish a special any whitetail deer license for both residents and nonresidents in the West River deer hunting season. This license would be valid only on private land. The cost of the new license would be...

South Dakota GFP Proposes Bighorn Sheep Season; Finalizes Mountain Goat
Posted on: 03/06/19

The South Dakota GFP Commission, proposed a slight change to the Unit 3 boundary for the 2019 bighorn sheep hunting season by removing an area south and west of Badlands National Park. The proposed hunting season would run Sept. 1 – Dec. 31, 2019, and have four ram bighorn sheep licenses available. In addition...

Tennessee 2019-20 Migratory Gamebird Hunting Seasons Set
Posted on: 03/06/19

The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission set the state’s 2019-20 migratory gamebird hunting seasons at its February meeting. The commission approved the regulations for next season which includes the season dates and bag limits for ducks, geese, crows, dove, snipe, woodcock, rails, and sandhill cranes...