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Alaska Susitna and Little Su drainages closed to King Salmon Fishing
Posted on: 01/14/19

In favor of protecting returning king salmon and ensuring fishing opportunities in the future, the Alaska (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 May 1 - July 13, 2019. King salmon fishing is closed in all waters of the Little Susitna River from...

Arizona BASF Introduces Exciting Target-Shooting Opportunity
Posted 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...

DLNR to Reopen Four Bottomfish Restricted Areas in the Main Hawaiian Islands
Posted on: 01/14/19

The DLNR is 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...

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

LDWF White Lake WCA Fishing Lottery Applications Available for 2019
Posted 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...

South Dakota Proposes a Compromised Approach to the Deer Drawing Structure
Posted on: 01/14/19

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...

Utah Approves New Black Bear Hunts for 2019
Posted 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...

WDFW Approves 5-Day Razor Clam Dig Starting Jan 17
Posted on: 01/14/19

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. No digging will be allowed on any beach before noon. The upcoming dig is approved by the WDFW on the following beaches, dates, and evening low tides...