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Colorado Now has Whirling Disease Resistant Rainbow Trout
Posted on: 02/15/20

Now, after more than 20 years of study, frustration, experimentation and dogged persistence by CPW’s aquatic researchers, whirling-disease resistant rainbows are now thriving in the wild. The agency is collecting their spawn, enabling hatcheries to propagate millions of fish that will be distributed to rivers and streams throughout the state. Thanks to ...

Feral Swine Eradicated from Colorado
Posted on: 02/15/20

All known feral swine have been eliminated from Colorado thanks to a near 15-year state and federal partnership. The partnership formed in the early 2000s as a task force to manage invasive feral swine, which root up crops and pastures causing billions in damage nationwide each year. Feral swine also spread disease to livestock, wildlife and humans. The eradication will...

Delaware Reminds Hunters to Remove Temporary Deer Stands from State Wildlife Areas by Feb 15
Posted on: 02/15/20

With Delaware’s 2019/20 deer hunting seasons having ended earlier this month, hunters are reminded to remove their portable deer stands from state wildlife areas by Saturday, Feb. 15. Any stands found on wildlife areas after that date will become the property of the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife. Hunters may temporarily set up portable stands starting Aug. 1 each year and must...

Maryland 2020 Spring Trophy Striped Bass Season Begins May 1 -- New Regulations Reminder
Posted on: 02/15/20

Maryland 2020 spring trophy striped bass season will be delayed until May 1. Limits are one fish per person at a 35-inch minimum. These rules will be in effect until May 16. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced new striped bass conservation measures for the Spring 2020 fishing season to meet a coast-wide conservation target...

Iowa Confirms CWD Found in Four New Counties
Posted on: 02/13/20

Chronic wasting disease has been confirmed in wild deer from Woodbury, Winneshiek, Fayette and Decatur counties this year, bringing the total number of counties in Iowa where wild deer have tested positive to eight. The DNR will schedule meetings in these areas in the next few months to discuss chronic wasting disease, our response and...

Iowa Ice Fishing Shelters Must be Removed by Feb 20
Posted on: 02/13/20

Permanent ice shelters must be removed from all Iowa state-owned lands and waters by Feb. 20. Ice shelter owners are encouraged not to wait until the last minute to get their shelter off the ice. If a shelter falls through the ice, the owner is responsible for getting it out of the lake...

South Dakota Hunt for Habitat Offers Chance for a Once in a Lifetime Hunt
Posted on: 02/13/20
Outdoor enthusiasts looking for the hunt of a lifetime will have another opportunity in South Dakota this year. The 2020 Hunt for Habitat super tag raffle is now open for resident and non-resident hunters. The raffle offers two prize options for 2020 with four total prize packages available. Tickets are $10 for residents and $20 for nonresidents without restriction on the number that can be purchased. DEADLINE to purchase is July 15. Winners will be drawn...

States to Close Sturgeon Seasons in Bonneville, The Dalles Pools
Posted on: 02/13/20

Two recreational white sturgeon fisheries in the Columbia River upstream of Bonneville Dam will close during the upcoming week under rules adopted recently by fishery managers from Oregon and Washington while a third remains open until its harvest guideline is met. Retention sturgeon fishing will close in Bonneville Pool and adjacent tributaries effective 12:01 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14 and in The Dalles Pool and adjacent tributaries effective...