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

CDFW Reopens Nine Areas Closed Due to Fire Conditions
Posted by TBC Press on: 09/22/20

The California 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...

CPW Cancels Voluntary Fishing Closures for Southwest Colorado
Posted 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. The rivers that were subject to the voluntary closures were...

Hawaii 2021 Lana'i Axis Deer Hunting Season Canceled
Posted by TBC Press on: 09/22/20

The Hawaii DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) regretfully announces the cancellation of the 2021 Lāna‘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...

Iowa Fishing Regulations Relaxed at Two Oxbows along the Missouri River
Posted by TBC Press on: 09/22/20

The Iowa 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...

Louisiana 2020 Alligator Hunting Season Open for 60 Days This Year
Posted 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...

New Hampshire 2020 Fall Turkey Season Opens
Posted 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 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...

ODNR has Great News for Lake Erie Walleye & Perch Anglers
Posted 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...

Oregon Sets 2021 Big Game Hunting Regulation Changes
Posted by TBC Press on: 09/22/20

The Oregon commission adopted 2021 Big Game Hunting Regulations including changes to archery deer season and West Cascade elk season. Beginning next year, archery deer hunting in eastern Oregon will change from a general to a controlled season. The West Cascade Elk any legal weapon season will move three weeks later to improve hunt quality, which will also eliminate the seven-day break during general deer season in the Cascades. Commissioners declined to adopt changes that...

What to Expect During Utah 2020-21 Waterfowl Hunts
Posted by TBC Press on: 09/22/20

Utah 202-21 Waterfowl season got underway with Youth in the northern zone on Sept 19 and in the southern zone on Oct 3. If you’re like us, you can’t wait to get back into the marsh! The general waterfowl opener in the northern zone is Oct. 3, and in the southern zone, it’s Oct. 17. General Season waterfowl hunts in Utah are open to anyone with a Utah hunting license. However, you are also required to...