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Delaware Requires Mandatory Wild Turkey Hunting Courses - Registration Open

by TBC Press on 01/16/19

Delaware Requires Mandatory Wild Turkey Hunting Courses  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 locations in Kent, Sussex, and New Castle counties, with... READ MORE

Michigan Regulation Change Affects Smelt Fishing

by TBC Press on 01/16/19

If you’re fishing for smelt this year, make sure you know about a legislative change that alters how anglers can target smelt in Michigan. The previous state statute let people use any number of hooks attached to a single line, while fishing for smelt, alewife or other bait fish in the Great Lakes or recognized smelt waters. Now, anglers fishing for those species can use no more than... READ MORE 

Colorado to Update Management Plan for White River Deer Herd - Seeks Public Input

by TBC Press on 01/16/19

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

West Nile Virus Detected in Wisconsin Ruffed Grouse

by TBC Press on 01/16/19

West Nile Virus Detected in Wisconsin Ruffed Grouse  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 Department of Natural Resource 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... READ MORE

Regulation Details for Minnesota Special Late-Season Deer Hunts in Southeastern Area

by TBC Press on 01/15/19

Regulation Details for Minnesota Special Late-Season Deer Hunts in Southeastern Area  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 online on a first-come, first-served basis starting Jan 15th for… 

Arizona BASF Introduces Exciting Target-Shooting Opportunity

by TBC Press 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... READ MORE

Total Deer Testing Positive to CWD in Iowa up to 44 for the 2018 Season - Includes a New Area

by TBC Press 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 Department of Natural Resources (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 Allamakee County, four in Clayton County, one (plus two suspects) in Wayne County and, for the first time, one in... READ MORE

LDWF White Lake WCA Fishing Lottery Applications Available for 2019

by TBC Press on 01/14/19

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for a lottery drawing for fishing permit access to the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) between March 15 and Aug. 15, 2019. A total of 100 permits will be issued following the lottery drawing and winning applicants will be notified of their opportunity to purchase a permit for... READ MORE 

WDFW Approves 5-Day Razor Clam Dig Starting Jan 17

by TBC Press on 01/14/19

WDFW Approves 5-Day Razor Clam Dig Starting Jan 17  Washington's next round of evening razor clam digs will run Jan. 17-21 at various ocean beaches, including the first opening of the season at Kalaloch. State shellfish managers with the WDFW approved the dig on evening low tides after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat. No digging will be allowed on any beach before noon. The upcoming dig is approved on the following beaches, dates, and evening low tides... READ MORE

Self-Service CWD Sampling Stations Deployed in North Alabama

by TBC Press on 01/14/19

Self-Service CWD Sampling Stations Deployed in North Alabama  The Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (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 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition... READ MORE

Alaska Upper Cook Inlet Sport & Commercial King Salmon Fisheries Closed - Area Subsistence Fisheries Restricted

by TBC Press on 01/14/19

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) recently announced closures to 2019 Northern Cook Inlet (NCI) king salmon commercial and sports fisheries. Subsistence king salmon fisheries in Northern Cook Inlet will also be restricted. The department is restricting and closing king salmon fisheries to conserve weak king salmon stocks. Multiple king salmon stocks in NCI, including seven stocks of concern, have failed to... READ MORE

Alaska Susitna and Little Su drainages closed to King Salmon Fishing

by TBC Press on 01/14/19

Alaska Susitna and Little Su drainages closed to King Salmon Fishing  In favor of protecting returning king salmon and ensuring fishing opportunities in the future, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is implementing the following sport fishing regulation closure for the Little Susitna River drainage and Units 1-6 of the Susitna River drainage effective 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 1 through 11:59 p.m. Saturday, July 13, 2019. King salmon fishing is closed in all waters of the Little Susitna River from.... READ MORE 

DLNR to Reopen Four Bottomfish Restricted Areas in the Main Hawaiian Islands

by TBC Press on 01/14/19

DLNR to Reopen Four Bottomfish Restricted Areas in the Main Hawaiian Islands  The State Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) agreed to a request from the DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) to reopen four of twelve Bottomfish Restricted Areas (BRFAs) in the Main Hawaiian Islands. Existing regulations will remain in effect and include bottomfish vessel registration, expedited catch reporting, expedited dealer reporting, gear restrictions, commercial size limits, non-commercial bag limits, and Annual Catch Limits. The next steps in opening the BRFAs are... READ MORE

South Dakota Proposes a Compromised Approach to the Deer Drawing Structure

by TBC Press on 01/14/19

South Dakota Proposes a Compromised Approach to the Deer Drawing Structure  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... READ MORE 

Utah Approves New Black Bear Hunts for 2019

by TBC Press 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 a chance to hunt bears while increasing the number of bears taken only slightly. The success rate on spot-and-stalk hunts is... READ MORE 

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