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Backcountry Press Is On Assignment

by TBC Press on 09/19/18

Backcountry Press Is On Assignment  TBC Press is on assignment. While we are gone, our regular outdoor news & blogs will be down.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Our regular news & blogs will resume Oct 15, 2018. Good luck to all those in the field and on the water. Thank you for following TBC Press.

Hunters: Take the FREE Treestand Safety Course & Why You Should

by TBC Press on 09/19/18

One of the most popular pieces of equipment used by deer hunters is a tree stand. Tree stands can be dangerous if they are used incorrectly or carelessly. Nationally, one in three hunting injuries involves a tree stand. With more and more news on death and/or serious injuries regarding treestand accidents,  The Backcountry Press wants to stress the importance of treestand safety. Take the FREE Treestand Safety Course from... READ MORE

Leaving a City in a Serious Disaster - How & Why You Should

by TBC Press on 09/19/18

Leaving a City in a Serious Disaster - How & Why You Should  When you live in a city, you enjoy all the benefits of having good times at a close proximity. Great food, shopping and culture are often a short walk away in the tight urban sprawls. In the biggest cities, there is hardly a reason to even own a car. For what?! If your feet cannot get you there in time, there is a network of buses and subways to place you anywhere in that city. All that said, cities are a death trap; big cities in particular. If a serious disaster strikes without warning, we often see how ugly they can get. When hurricanes hit, people have time to evacuate, but a serious disaster that affects the delivery of resources to a city can create... READ MORE

Michigan Holding Public Meetings Regarding Proposed Deer Antler Point Restrictions

by TBC Press on 09/19/18

The Thumb Hunters for APRs organization will host two public meetings to explain and answer questions about its proposal for new deer antler point restrictions (APRs) for Huron, Lapeer, Sanilac, St. Clair and Tuscola counties. The meetings will take place: Monday, Sept. 24, at 6:30 p.m. at Yale High School, 247 School Drive in Yale and Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 6:30 p.m. at Ubly Heights Golf Course, 2409 East Atwater Road in Ubly. In addition... READ MORE

Montana Youth Only Pheasant, Waterfowl Hunt Sept 22-23

by TBC Press on 09/19/18

Montana Youth Only Pheasant, Waterfowl Hunt Sept 22-23  Montana's young hunters will have the state’s waterfowl and pheasants pretty much to themselves this Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22-23. Licensed hunters ages 15 and under may hunt ducks, geese, coots, mergansers and ring-necked pheasants statewide on these two special days set aside for youngsters, but they must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult. While the accompanying adult may not... READ MORE

Wisconsin 2018 Fall Hunting Forecasts

by TBC Press on 09/19/18

Fall hunting and trapping seasons in Wisconsin are well underway, and a number of hunting and trapping forecasts are now available to help hunters and trappers prepare for their time in the outdoors. Forecasts for the following species can be found at the links below - each forecast is located on the corresponding species page... READ MORE

Wisconsin Statewide Regular Season Duck Zones Open Sept 29

by TBC Press on 09/19/18

Wisconsin Statewide Regular Season Duck Zones Open Sept 29  Wisconsin duck hunters in the North, South and Mississippi River zones will begin another fall duck hunt one-half hour before sunrise on Saturday, Sept 29. With average spring breeding counts and a fairly wet summer, Wisconsin waterfowl hunters could have potential for a good hunting season said Taylor Finger, Wisconsin DNR migratory game bird ecologist. The Northern zone will begin Sept 29 and run through Nov. 27. The Southern Zone will run from... READ MORE

Arizona Confirms Disease Affecting Mule Deer in the Prescott Area

by TBC Press on 09/18/18

The Arizona (AZGFD) has confirmed a disease event affecting some mule deer in the Yavapai Hills community and surrounding areas near Prescott. After receiving reports in recent weeks from residents who observed deer that appeared to be lethargic, blind, walking in circles and unaware of their surroundings, AZGFD biologists collected tissue samples from three animals and sent them to a laboratory for testing. The results confirmed the presence of... READ MORE

California Recreational Pacific Halibut Fishery Ends Sept 21

by TBC Press on 09/18/18

California Recreational Pacific Halibut Fishery Ends Sept 21  The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announces the recreational Pacific halibut fishery will close Friday, Sept. 21 at 11:59 p.m. for the remainder of 2018. Based on the latest catch projections, CDFW expects the 2018 California recreational quota of 30,940 pounds will have been taken by this date. California’s 2018 quota is approximately 4,000 pounds less than the 2017 quota. The quota amount is... READ MORE

California 2018-2019 Waterfowl Hunting Season Opens Oct 20

by TBC Press on 09/18/18

California’s 2018-2019 waterfowl hunting season is fast approaching, with one special early opportunity for young hunters in California’s Northeastern Zone. The weekend of Sept. 22-23 is designated as Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days in this zone only. Additional youth waterfowl hunting opportunities will follow in the other zones around the state on Feb. 2-3, 2019. The majority of hunters will take to the blinds Oct. 20 in most zones. Specific opening and closing dates... READ MORE

Minnesota 2018 Waterfowl Hunting Season Opens Sept 22 - Good Opener Expected

by TBC Press on 09/18/18

Minnesota 2018 Waterfowl Hunting Season Opens Sept 22 - Good Opener Expected   Duck hunting is expected to be good when Minnesota’s regular waterfowl season opens a half-hour before sunrise on Saturday, Sept. 22, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Canada goose hunting should improve as the season goes on,” Cordts said. We had a poor goose hatch this spring and hunting success so far in September has been fairly low. The duck season structure is similar to recent years. The waterfowl seasons are... READ MORE

Ohio to Hold Controlled Deer Archery Hunt Drawing in Mercer Wildlife Area

by TBC Press on 09/18/18

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is hosting a one-time drawing Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 1:00pm for archery deer hunting on the Mercer Wildlife Area. Participants must register prior to 1:00 pm and show a valid 2018-19 hunting license and deer permit.  Controlled hunt dates include: September 29- October 14, 2018 - November 5-16, 2018 and January 5- February 3, 2019. Participation in this drawing is limited to... READ MORE

Ohio State Parks Offer Special Archery Hunt Lotteries on Sept 22

by TBC Press on 09/18/18

Ohio State Parks Offer Special Archery Hunt Lotteries on Sept 22  Approximately 1,600 acres of quality deer hunting land will be available to archers as part of controlled hunts at Buck Creek, Caesar Creek, Deer Creek, Findley, Malabar Farm and Maumee Bay state parks, according to the Ohio (ODNR). Hunters must be present at the drawing location they are interested in hunting. Deer harvested in these controlled hunts will not count against a hunter’s statewide, county or public land bag limit. All drawings will occur at... READ MORE

Ohio Walleye & Yellow Perch Fishing in the Lake Erie Western Basin Looks Promising

by TBC Press on 09/18/18

Early data gathered by wildlife agencies in the western basin of Lake Erie indicate great news for Ohio anglers, according to the Ohio (ODNR). The 2018 walleye hatch appears to be exceptional, the second highest in the history of the Ohio survey, and the yellow perch hatch was strong, well above its long-term average. Each year in August, wildlife agencies from around the western basin of Lake Erie sample the waters using... READ MORE

Statewide Target Shooting Ban Lifted on WDFW Lands

by TBC Press on 09/18/18

Statewide Target Shooting Ban Lifted on WDFW Lands  With cooler temperatures and higher humidity reducing wildfire danger, the Washington (WDFW) lifted target shooting restrictions on WDFW lands Sept 15. A similar target shooting ban was lifted the same day on lands managed by the state DNR. These changes reflect an easing of fire danger, but we still urge anyone heading outdoors this fall to be extremely cautious while participating in any activity that could spark a wildfire, said Cynthia Wilkerson, manager of the WDFW Lands Division. Target shooters should... READ MORE