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California 2019 General Deer Season Opens Sept 21 - Outlook Good
Posted on: 09/17/19

California’s general deer season dawns across much of the state Sept. 21, and hunters would do well to scout and hunt those areas scarred by wildfires two to five years ago. “These wildfires often are devastating for us as people, but from a deer’s standpoint, they like young, new growth that comes in after a fire. That is some of the best habitat for deer. Burn scars that are two to five years old provide...

Colorado Issues Emergency Closure for Part of Cherokee State WMA Due to Fire
Posted on: 09/17/19

The McNay Fire that started around noon Sunday has forced the emergency closure of the Lone Pine section on the Cherokee State Wildlife Area (SWA), Colorado Parks and Wildlife announced Monday. The closure will have an affect on archery and muzzleloader deer hunters. The only access to the remaining open parcels, including the Roy Brown, on the lower unit is from County Road 80C. The 25,497-acre Cherokee SWA has...

Colorado 2019-20 Upland Bird Hunting Season Open for Dove, Grouse & Partridge
Posted on: 09/17/19
Colorado 2019 Upland bird hunting season is underway for dove, partridge & grouse. The seasons are as follows: Doves: mourning dove and white-winged dove -- Sept. 1 - Nov. 29 Statewide. Eurasian-collared dove ONLY -- Year-round Statewide; See the Small Game & Waterfowl Brochure for species ID transit instructions. Chukar partridge -- Sept. 1 - Nov. 30 Statewide. Grouse: Dusky (Blue) -- Sept. 1 - Nov. 17 West of I-25 only. Greater sage-grouse: Season 1...

New Michigan Catch-and-Immediate-Release Lake Sturgeon Seasons on 3 Waterbodies
Posted on: 09/17/19
As of Sept 13, as part of a catch-and-immediate-release season, anglers can target lake sturgeon at three Michigan waterbodies. These new opportunities come courtesy of a regulation change recently approved by the Michigan DNR. A hook-and-line, catch-and-immediate-release season is now open on the following waterbodies: St. Marys River (Chippewa County). From the Soo Locks/Compensating Works downstream to the De Tour Village and Drummond Island ferry terminals to...

Michigan 2019 Early Antlerless Firearm Deer Season Opens Sept 21
Posted on: 09/17/19
Hunters eager to get a start on Michigan’s deer seasons will take to the woods this weekend, Sept. 21-22, for the early antlerless firearm season – open on private lands in select Lower Peninsula deer management units. To participate in this season, hunters must have a private-land antlerless deer license issued for the DMU in which they are hunting, or a deer management assistance permit valid for that DMU. Leftover antlerless deer licenses will...

Minnesota 2019 Inaugural Statewide Youth Deer Season Opens Oct 17
Posted on: 09/17/19

Minnesota offers mentors an ideal way to share hunting knowledge and traditions with youth ages 10-17 during its inaugural statewide youth deer season. The four-day season begins Thursday, Oct. 17, and concludes Sunday, Oct. 20. It coincides with statewide teacher workshops, so many Minnesota students don’t have school during the youth season’s first two days. To participate, youth must be 10-17 years old and...

Minnesota 2019 Regular Waterfowl Season Opens Sept 21 - Outlook Good
Posted on: 09/17/19
Duck hunting is expected to be good when Minnesota’s regular waterfowl season opens a half-hour before sunrise on Saturday, Sept. 21. “We’re continuing to see favorable counts of breeding ducks in Minnesota and North America so we hope hunters enjoy what’s shaping up to be a great season. The duck season structure is similar to recent years. Duck season will be open for 60 days in each of the three waterfowl zones...

North Dakota Waterfowl Hunters Reminded of ANS Regulations
Posted on: 09/17/19

North Dakota waterfowl hunters are reminded to do their part in preventing the spread of aquatic nuisance species into or within the state. Waterfowl hunters must remove plants and plant fragments from decoys, strings and anchors; remove plants seeds and plant fragments from waders and other equipment before leaving hunting areas; remove all ...

Remaining North Dakota 2019 Fall Turkey Licenses Available Sept 25
Posted on: 09/17/19
The 2019 fall wild turkey lottery has been held and more than 1,000 licenses remain in nine units, according to the North Dakota GFD. Unsuccessful applicants will have a refund issued directly to their credit card. Beginning at 8 a.m. Central Time on Sept. 25, all remaining licenses will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Hunters are allowed a maximum of five licenses for the fall season. Resident and nonresident hunters must...