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Hawaii State Forest & State Park Reopenings/Closures Post-Olivia
Posted on: 09/17/18

Hawaii DLNR encourages people to remain vigilant for hazards associated with wind and heavy rainfall. Please report any downed trees, or trail washouts, etc. on the Division of Forestry and Wildlife Na Ala Hele Trails website. The list of reopenings and or closures are as follows...

Idaho 2018 Nonresident/Second Deer & Elk Tags on Sale - Going Fast
Posted on: 09/17/18

Idaho 2018 Nonresident/Second Deer & Elk Tags are on sale. Nonresident tags are limited to 12,815 elk tags, which are also available as second tags. The limit on those tags is 12,815, and after their sold out, no more will be issued. Through Sept. 14, there were...

Special Archery Deer Hunting Opens in East Minnesota River Refuge
Posted on: 09/17/18

A special archery deer hunt opened Saturday, Sept. 15 in the East Minnesota River Refuge, according to the Minnesota DNR. The number of permits to be issued is not limited, but hunters must apply before hunting. The refuge is located in Blue Earth and Le Sueur counties along the east bank of the Minnesota River. It is open to archery hunting until...

Apply for Nebraska 2018 Lottery for Deer Hunting Access on the Central Platte River by Sept 30
Posted on: 09/17/18

Nebraska hunters may enter a lottery to gain deer hunting access to Platte River Recreation Access (PRRA) lands in the central Platte River Valley. Applications, limited to one per person, will be accepted by mail or in person at the Game and Parks service center in Kearney from Sept. 1 through 5 p.m. on Sept. 30. The Commission will choose 47 hunters from...

New York 2018 Commercial Summer Flounder Fishery Re-Opens Oct 1
Posted on: 09/17/18

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has notified State-licensed commercial fishermen that New York State's marine waters has temporarily closed commercial summer flounder (fluke) harvest and landings. The commercial summer flounder fishery will reopen on Oct. 1 as planned. In addition...

North Dakota Allocates Three Bighorn Sheep Licenses for 2018 Season
Posted on: 09/17/18

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is allocating three bighorn sheep licenses for the 2018 hunting season, two fewer than 2017. One license is available in Unit B3 and one in B4. Also, one license, as authorized under North Dakota Century Code, was auctioned in spring by...

North Dakota Sportsman Against Hunger Accepting Goose Meat
Posted on: 09/17/18

Waterfowl hunters are reminded that the North Dakota Community Action Sportsmen Against Hunger program is again accepting donations of goose meat taken through the regular waterfowl season. This includes Canada geese taken through...

North Dakota 2018 Waterfowl Season Opens Sept 22
Posted on: 09/17/18

North Dakota’s 2018 waterfowl season opens for North Dakota residents Sept. 22, while nonresidents may begin hunting waterfowl Sept. 29. The season for swans opens Sept. 29 for both residents and nonresidents who have purchased a swan license. Hunters may take...

South Dakota Modify's Changes to the Deer Drawing Structure Proposal
Posted on: 09/17/18

Last week, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed several changes to the deer drawing structure proposal. The most significant change now going into the October Commission meeting is that drawings for East River, West River, Black Hills and Muzzleloader deer seasons would be combined in the first and second drawings. In the first draw, applicants would have to...

New Mule Deer Antler Restriction in the Southeast Texas Panhandle
Posted on: 09/17/18

Texas hunters pursuing mule deer this fall in Briscoe, Childress, Cottle, Floyd, Hall, and Motley counties will be required to comply with a new antler restriction regulation that prohibits harvest of any mule deer buck with a main beam outside spread of less than 20 inches. Mule deer archery-only season in the antler restriction counties occurs Sept. 29 – Nov. 2, with the general firearm season occurring...