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Apply by April 7 for Colorado 2020 Big Game Hunting Permits

by TBC Press 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... READ MORE

Florida Turkey Hunter Mauled by Panther

by TBC Press on 04/03/20

Florida Turkey Hunter Mauled by Panther   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... READ MORE

Hawaii Cancels 2020 Lana‘i Axis Deer Hunt Due to COVID-19 Risks

by TBC Press 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 DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (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 DOFAW noted that it will make every effort to... READ MORE

Montana Offering 50 Block MA's in Region 7 for 2020 Spring Turkey April 11

by TBC Press 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... READ MORE

Apply for North Dakota 2020 General Deer/Muzzleloader Lottery in Early May

by TBC Press on 04/03/20

Apply for North Dakota 2020 General Deer/Muzzleloader Lottery in Early May   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 opened deer gratis applications a month earlier than prior years to allow... READ MORE

South Carolina Re-Opening 13 Lakes to Bank Fishing Only

by TBC Press on 04/03/20

Thirteen of the small state lakes that are in the SCDNR‘s State Lakes program are reopening to allow bank fishing, however the need to follow the current guidelines which include social distancing apply. The boat ramps and fishing piers associated with these small impoundments will continue to be closed. The 13 small impoundments reopening to allow bank fishing are... READ MORE

Last Texas Legacy Lunker of 2020 Lured in From O.H. Ivie

by TBC Press on 04/03/20

Last Texas Legacy Lunker of 2020 Lured in From O.H. Ivie   O-M-G is right, O.H. Ivie, about an hour east of San Angelo, has produced the fourth and final Texas Toyota ShareLunker “Legacy Class” entry over 13 pounds during the final weekend of the 2020 donation season March 29. Angler James Maupin from Cypress had scheduled a trip to Lake Amistad with his dad, but it had to be cancelled. Instead the pair ventured to O.H. Ivie where Maupin caught ShareLunker 585 on a Texas rig in seven feet of water. The Legacy Class ShareLunker weighed in at... READ MORE

Delay in California 2020 Recreational Ocean Salmon Opener

by TBC Press on 04/02/20

Delay in California 2020 Recreational Ocean Salmon Opener   California’s recreational ocean salmon fishery will be delayed statewide through the month of April, despite plans made earlier this year for the fishery to open in some locations as early as this Saturday, April 4. Delaying the opener of the fishery will reduce impacts to stocks of concern and provide more fishing opportunity later in the summer months than would otherwise be possible. The April delay negates the opening dates previously scheduled for... READ MORE

Colorado Warns of False Posts Regarding COVID-19 Effects on Outdoor Recreation in the State

by TBC Press on 04/02/20

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (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... READ MORE

How to Make a Great DIY Turkey Call from a Pill Bottle

by TBC Press on 04/02/20

How to Make a Great DIY Turkey Call from a Pill Bottle   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... READ MORE

Iowa 2020 Walleye Regulations in Effect and Include Entire Mississippi River

by TBC Press on 04/02/20

Based on overwhelming support received during public meetings in March, Iowa DNR is extending current length limits in Mississippi River Pools 12-20 to now include the entire Mississippi River in Iowa as of April 1st, 2020. This change will reflect regulation changes in Minnesota and Wisconsin waters of Pools 9-12. The entire Iowa/Wisconsin and Iowa/Illinois Mississippi River boundary waters will now have uniform walleye regulations posted at access areas... READ MORE

Iowa 2020 Fishing, Hunting Regulations NOT Affected by COVID-19

by TBC Press on 04/02/20

As of this writing April 2, 2020, Iowa's hunting and fishing regulations are not affected by the current COVID-19 health emergency in Iowa. Despite rumors on social media channels, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has no plans to eliminate seasons, relax regulations or change license prices. Fishing and hunting regulations exist to protect human safety as well as wildlife populations over... READ MORE

Delaware Emergency Order Places Restrictions on Surf Fishing and Out of State Visitors

by TBC Press on 04/01/20

Under a New Emergency Order, Delaware state parks and wildlife areas remain open but now with additional restrictions for residents and visitors. Under the latest directive, anyone who enters Delaware from another state must immediately self-quarantine for 14 days. The order applies to individuals who would like to fish, hunt or intended to visit state parks and wildlife areas, including the state’s golf courses. Surf fishing under the emergency order will only be allowed with the following restrictions... READ MORE

Oregon to Close Chinook, Steelhead Fishing April 16 on Umatilla River

by TBC Press on 04/01/20

Oregon to Close Chinook, Steelhead Fishing April 16 on Umatilla River   The Oregon spring Chinook season originally scheduled to open April 16 is cancelled, and steelhead fishing is also closing April 16 on the Umatilla River.The closure will be in effect from the Hwy 730 bridge to the CTUIR reservation boundary (approximately 0.7 miles above Hwy 11 bridge). Returns to Threemile Dam are predicted to be approximately 50 percent of the needed return number to... READ MORE

SCDNR's State Lakes Closing in Response to Governor's Executive Order

by TBC Press on 04/01/20

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources' State Lakes are closing immediately to comply with Governor McMaster’s Executive Order 2020-16 relating to COVID-19. SCDNR’s State Lakes offer fishing access to the public in areas where public fishing is often not easily available. A list and map of the 16 lakes is available online. SCDNR staff are currently in the process of posting closed signs on... READ MORE

2019 North America Sportshows

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

       *** FOR THE GOOD OF ALL ***
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, such as social distancing to help control the spread of COVID-19. If WE dont follow these guidelines everyone will loose privileges such as hiking, fishing and more during this pandemic.

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. Hunter-ed.com has worked with IHEA-USA, more than 45 state agencies responsible for...