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Fatal Alaska Grizzly Bear Attack in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park/ Preserve

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 Northway and 130 miles from park headquarters.  Pfeiffer and his hunting partner, also from out of state, killed the moose... READ MORE

CDFW Seeks Authority to Refund Elk, Pronghorn Tags for Areas Impacted by Fire Closures

by TBC Press on 09/25/20

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (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... READ MORE

IDNR Updates 2021 Spring Wild Turkey Permit Application Process

by TBC Press on 09/25/20

Applications for First Lottery are accepted beginning Oct 6

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... READ MORE

IDNR Launches New HUNT ILLINOIS Website

by TBC Press on 09/25/20

IDNR Launches New 'Hunt Illinois' Website   The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (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 reporting, hunter safety, wildlife management, and conservation programs. In addition... READ MORE

Michigan Hunters Reminded of Deer Check and CWD/TB Testing Changes

by TBC Press on 09/25/20

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources 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 chronic wasting disease testing (CWD). Additionally, to protect hunters and DNR staff... READ MORE

South Carolina 2020 Shellfish Season Opens Oct 1st

by TBC Press on 09/25/20

The 2020-2021 season for recreational harvest of shellfish (clams and oysters) in coastal waters of South Carolina is set to open one-half hour before official sunrise on Thursday, October 1, 2020. The recreational shellfish season will remain open through May 15, 2021, unless conditions warrant extending or shortening the season. In the event of another hurricane, major rain event, or... READ MORE

South Dakota Confirms Hemorrhagic Disease in Deer Across the State

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... READ MORE

New Hampshire 2020 Fall Turkey Season Opens

by TBC Press on 09/22/20

The Granite State’s fall turkey hunting season opened on September 15 for archers, while the fall shotgun season runs October 12 – 18. All New Hampshire Fish and Game Department (NHFG) rules and regulations associated with the state’s fall turkey season remain in effect, and hunters will continue to have the option of registering harvested birds either in person or online. Regardless of registration method, hunters must register their turkey within 24 hours of harvest. In addition... READ MORE

Alabama 2020-21 Hunting Regulation Changes Include Two New Deer Zones

by TBC Press on 09/22/20

Deer hunters will find two new zones in the 2020-2021 Alabama Deer Zones map with season dates that better coincide with deer rutting activity in those areas. Chuck Sykes, Alabama (WFF) Director, said studies have confirmed that deer in Zone D in northwest Alabama and Zone E in southeast Alabama rut significantly earlier than deer in most of the state. It was pretty easy to set up Zone A and Zone B. We basically just divided the state. But D and E are isolated pockets with early rutting deer, so it took a little more time to get those boundaries defined. Other regulation changes include... READ MORE

CDFW Reopens Nine Areas Closed Due to Fire Conditions

by TBC Press on 09/22/20

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has reopened nine properties that were previously closed due to unprecedented and historic fire conditions. The reopened properties are Butte Valley Wildlife Area in Siskiyou County, Heenan Lake Wildlife Area in Alpine County, and By Day Creek Ecological Reserve and Pickel Meadow, West Walker River, Green Creek, East Walker River, Cartago, and Burcham & Wheeler Flats wildlife areas all in Mono County. All other fire-related closures remain in effect until further notice... READ MORE

CPW Cancels Voluntary Fishing Closures for Southwest Colorado

by TBC Press on 09/22/20

Colorado Parks and Wildlife has lifted voluntary fishing closures on some southwest Colorado rivers that were implemented in mid-August. Waters in the streams have cooled down and anglers can fish again throughout the day. We want to thank those who honored the voluntary closures, said John Alves, senior aquatic biologist for CPW’s Southwest Region. We know it’s tough to curtail fishing activity, but we also know that anglers know the importance of helping to sustain Colorado’s trout populations. The rivers that were subject to the voluntary closures were... READ MORE

Hawaii 2021 Lana'i Axis Deer Hunting Season Canceled

by TBC Press on 09/22/20

The Hawaii DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) regretfully announces the cancellation of the 2021 L?na‘i Axis Deer season due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. DOFAW has determined that cancellation of the hunt is in the best interest of public safety.  DOFAW is planning to implement a combination Mouflon Sheep/Axis Deer season in the summer or fall of 2021, pending the status of the COVID-19 pandemic. Information and updates on the Mouflon Sheep/Axis Deer combination hunt will be... READ MORE

Iowa Fishing Regulations Relaxed at Two Oxbows along the Missouri River

by TBC Press on 09/22/20

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has relaxed the fishing regulations at Upper Decatur/Tieville Bend and Louisville Bend in Monona County. Low water levels in the Missouri River have trapped fish in these areas and water levels are continuing to drop. Anglers with a valid sport fishing license may harvest all sizes and unlimited quantities of any species of fish from Upper Decatur/Tieville Bend and Louisville Bend, with the exception of Threatened or Endangered Species. Any number of fishing poles or...READ MORE

Louisiana 2020 Alligator Hunting Season Open for 60 Days This Year

by TBC Press on 09/22/20

The 2020 Louisiana alligator hunting season has been extended to 60 days this year and will end in late October in both east and west zones, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) said. Hunting in the east zone will conclude Oct. 24 and on Oct. 31 in the west zone. Baited hooks and lines must be removed no later than sunset of the last day of the open season for each zone. In addition... READ MORE

ODNR has Great News for Lake Erie Walleye & Perch Anglers

by TBC Press on 09/22/20

Preliminary results from surveys in the western basin of Lake Erie indicate more great news for Ohio anglers, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The 2020 walleye and yellow perch hatches are both above average and continue an exceptional era of fish production in the western basin of Lake Erie. This year’s hatch combined with the exceptional 2015, 2018, and 2019 year-classes ensures... READ MORE

2019 North America Sportshows

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 nps.gov. 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....