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Ten Rules to Help Avoid Hunting Dog Disasters
Posted on: 02/13/20

Today’s hunter hits the woods, fields, and marshes with dogs by their sides, eager to locate game and help owners bring it home for the table. But hunting with a dog is not without its risks. The great outdoors is an unforgiving place at times, and being prepared for unforeseen obstacles is the best way to avoid disaster. Here are 10 things to consider before taking your dog afield...

Archery Elk Licenses Now Limited in Southwest Colorado
Posted on: 02/11/20

Archery hunters in southwest Colorado are now required to apply through the Colorado Parks and Wildlife limited licensing program to obtain a license for elk hunting. The new requirement applies to Game Management Units 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 77, 78, 711, 741, 751, and 771. The change was made because of concerns about...

Iowa Proposed 2020-21 Waterfowl Seasons & Regulations
Posted on: 02/11/20

The Iowa (DNR) is accepting comments on proposed waterfowl and coot hunting seasons and bag limits, which includes 2021-22 season dates, and the proposed restructuring of the hunting zones and seasons for 2021-2025. A copy of the proposal is available online. The proposal modifies waterfowl hunting zone boundaries for 2021-2025 to expand the season dates of...

New Montana License & Application Changes for 2020
Posted on: 02/11/20

Montana FWP will be switching to a regular paper license in 2020. The new licenses will be printed on 8.5” x 11” paper. This includes all carcass tags. Licenses, carcass tags, and permits will be available to all hunters to print immediately after purchasing online or at the successful completion of a drawing. Hunters will be emailed a link that they will follow to print their carcass tags only once. An important change this year is...

Montana Confirms 142 Animals Tested Positive for CWD in 2019
Posted on: 02/11/20

Montana FWP submitted 6,977 samples for chronic wasting disease testing during the 2019 season, which ran from April 1, 2019, to Jan. 29, 2020. Of those samples, 142 tested positive for the fatal disease, including 86 white-tailed deer, 53 mule deer, two moose and one elk. These were Montana’s first detections in moose and wild elk. FWP’s priority sampling areas in 2019 included...

SCDNR Reminds 2020 Turkey Hunters of Season Legislative & Regulatory Changes
Posted on: 02/11/20

South Carolina turkey hunters need to be aware of several changes going into effect this season that impact season dates, bag limits and tag fees. Wildlife managers and legislators are challenged to avoid negative population impacts due to harvest while simultaneously providing quality hunting opportunities. New Turkey Season Dates, Effctive 2020 are...

West Texas Lake Produces First Toyota ShareLunker Legacy Class Bass Entry of 2020
Posted on: 02/11/20

Just days after being blanketed in snow, West Texas lake Alan Henry Reservoir produced the first Legacy Class largemouth bass entry of the 2020 Toyota ShareLunker season Feb. 9. Angler Blake Cockrell of Lubbock caught the 14.36 pound, 26.25 inch largemouth bass on a crankbait in 5-10 feet of water while targeting spotted bass on the lake. When I put my hands on her to lift her out of the water and land her in the boat, I was in disbelief, Cockrell said. I said out loud...

Wisconsin Approves 10-Year Trout Management Plan
Posted on: 02/11/20

The Wisconsin DNR recently approved its first statewide trout management plan. The plan provides direction for inland trout management in Wisconsin and will be in effect from 2020 to 2029. The plan covers Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Lake Trout in inland lakes, ponds and streams of Wisconsin, including...