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State-by-State 2020 Spring Turkey Hunting Forecast
Posted on: 02/07/20

Attention turkey bums: There is great spring hunting opportunities available coast to coast from March through early June. Choose from Florida Osceolas in early March or hard-gobbling Easterns open throughout the Southeast and Midwest. Head to Texas for loud-mouthed Rios or north to the prairies for last-chance Merriam’s. Each state has an Overall Outlook, Potential Spring 2020 Hotspots and Quick Tips to help you start planning your Spring 2020 hunts...

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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Hunting PUBLIC LAND in the DESERT! - Arizona Bucks and Birds!

Hunter education clinics, youth clinics, fishing tournaments or derbies, Outdoor Expos and more are canceled or postponed so PLEASE check with the Department of Fish and Game in your state or the state you wanted to attend.

      *** SOME STATE PARKS ARE OPEN ***  However due to the COVID 19 Virus, visitor centers and some facilities like bathrooms, campgrounds and boat ramps may be closed. Due to overcrowding, and Stay at Home mandates, some States are now closeing parks and fishing until further notice, so PLEASE check with the Department of Fish and Game in your state or the state you wanted to visit.

*** NATIONAL PARKS ***  UPDATE 04/02: Yellowstone, Grand Teton and the Grand Canyon are now closed to all visitors. For the latest updates and information on our National Parks see the National Parks website


States are doing their best to allow parks and fishing to remain open to the public, HOWEVER it is YOU that must follow the guidelines (set by to help control the spread of COVID-19. 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.

ATTN: Hunters - Hunter Education Courses Online

With Hunter Education classes closed in the states amid the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S., hunters can still complete courses online for most states. Any potential hunter that needs to complete the hunter education certification can take online hunter education courses that provide a convenient alternative to the classroom course. Some States also may have their own online courses as well. has worked with IHEA-USA, more than 45 state agencies responsible for...

Apply by April 7 for Colorado 2020 Big Game Hunting Permits
Posted on: 04/03/20

Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s on-line hunting license application site is open around-the-clock and hunters are urged not to wait until the last minute to apply for 2020 big-game licenses. Deadline to apply is April 7 at 8 p.m. Please review the big game section of the CPW web site for background information on Colorado’s hunting seasons and how to apply. The web pages include harvest statistics from...

Florida Turkey Hunter Mauled by Panther
Posted on: 04/03/20

Hunt turkeys long enough and you are bound to bring in a predator looking to make a quick meal out of an unsuspecting hen. Usually the predator is a bobcat, fox, or coyote. But a few weeks ago, guide Jason Cook was in Florida and called in a much bigger critter—a panther. Cook was hunting with a friend in mid-March on opposite sides of a leased turkey property. The two men had not heard a gobble in days, but on this morning...

Hawaii Cancels 2020 Lana‘i Axis Deer Hunt Due to COVID-19 Risks
Posted on: 04/03/20

The Hawaii 2020 deer rifle season within the Lana‘i Cooperative Game Management Area, is being cancelled due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19. The season was scheduled to run through May 17, 2020. The DOFAW reports efforts are underway to notify hunters who are impacted by this cancellation. A new date for the hunt has not been set, but...

Montana Offering 50 Block MA's in Region 7 for 2020 Spring Turkey April 11
Posted on: 04/03/20

Hunters in Montana FWP Region 7 will have ample opportunities and many choices for where to hunt turkeys this spring, with 50 Block Management Areas allowing public access for turkey hunting. Spring turkey season opens April 11 and runs through May 17. The 50 parcels are scattered across 10 southeastern Montana counties and add up to more than 290,000 acres of access. Prairie County has the most access available, with...

Apply for North Dakota 2020 General Deer/Muzzleloader Lottery in Early May
Posted on: 04/03/20

The North Dakota 2020 general deer and muzzleloader lottery applications will be available online in early May, with a deadline of June 3. Landowners who are interested in a 2020 deer gratis license can start the online-only application process now by visiting the North Dakota GFD website. The deadline for applying is June 3. Since 2018 the GFD has...

Colorado Warns of False Posts Regarding COVID-19 Effects on Outdoor Recreation in the State
Posted on: 04/02/20
Colorado (CPW) is receiving an influx of calls and reports of false social media posts and even robocalls claiming that hunting and fishing seasons are canceled, that valid licenses are no longer required to hunt and fish, or that park fees have been rescinded due to the COVID-19 outbreak. These reports are false, and appear to have increased based on today being April Fool’s Day. Do not share your...

How to Make a Great DIY Turkey Call from a Pill Bottle
Posted on: 04/02/20

Turkeys are some of the hardest wild game to hunt. Sometimes it takes a different kind of turkey call to lure them in. Hunters are always looking for new and sometimes off-the-wall ways to attract game. Here is one of those things: A turkey call from a pill bottle. All you need are a few simple items and 15 minutes to make something those gobblers have never heard before.There is also a HOW to VIDEO...