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Montana Sets 2020-21 Migratory Bird & Waterfowl Seasons
Posted by TBC Press on: 06/25/20

Waterfowl and webless migratory bird regulations for the 2020-21 hunting seasons have been approved by the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission. No paper applications will be accepted by mail. An application will be available on the website for your use or to be taken to an FWP office to be entered over the counter. Of special interest to some hunters will be the deadlines for applying for special licenses for sandhill cranes and swans. Hunting Seasons are...

New Mexico Resident Youth & Senior Hunters 2020 Elk License Sale Begins July 8
Posted by TBC Press on: 06/25/20

New Mexico resident youth and senior hunters who applied and were unsuccessful in the 2020-2021 big-game draw are eligible to purchase one of nearly 1,900 antlerless elk licenses. The licenses will go on sale through the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish’s Online License System at 10 a.m. MDT July 8. Licenses will be sold online only on a first-come, first-served basis. The sale is designed to encourage unsuccessful youth and senior draw applicants and includes...

Oregon Adds More Openings to Central Coast 2020 Spring All-Depth Halibut
Posted by TBC Press on: 06/25/20

Two additional openings have been added to Oregon’s Central Coast Subarea, increasing anglers’ opportunity to harvest the quota for the spring all-depth halibut fishery. July 16-18 and July 30-August 1 were added, making a total of eight openings for this popular fishery. The Central Coast Subarea includes ports from Port Orford to Garibaldi. Remaining openings are...

South Dakota Habitat Stamp Requirement in Effect July 1
Posted by TBC Press on: 06/25/20

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department (GFP) is reminding outdoor enthusiasts the habitat stamp requirement goes into effect July 1. The habitat stamp was created by the 2020 South Dakota legislature. A habitat stamp is required for anyone 18 years of age or older when purchasing or applying for a hunting, fishing or furbearer license. The annual fee for the habitat stamp is $10 for residents and $25 for nonresidents. A habitat stamp is not required for...

Alaska Bear Hunting Regulation Changes Are NOT Extreme
Posted by TBC Press on: 06/23/20
While not surprising, another unbelievable and untrue headline has emerged concerning Alaksa and bear hunting regulations.“Trump administration makes it easier for hunters to kill bear cubs and wolf pups in Alaska,” with the tagline, “A ban against luring mothers from their dens with doughnuts and other treats will be lifted.” The Trump administration is scaling back the expanded federal regulations to match the state regulations. In other words, state and federal policy are aligning on bear hunting regulations, and the situation is not nearly as extreme as these news sources portray it to be...

New Florida Fishing Regulations for Biscayne National Park Effective July 1
Posted by TBC Press on: 06/23/20

Several regulatory changes aimed at achieving fishery management goals in Biscayne National Park go into effect starting July 1. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will return in five years to provide an update on monitoring and progress toward management goals and to evaluate the effectiveness of these changes. Changes effective July 1, 2020, include: Increasing the minimum size limit for...

Great American Outdoors Act Approved by Senate, Moves to House
Posted by TBC Press on: 06/23/20

Last week, Senators voted to pass the Great American Outdoors Act, thanks in large part to the support from hunters, anglers and dedicated conservationists. In overwhelming fashion, the bill was passed by a vote of 73-25, and this legislation is now on its way to the House of Representatives. If signed, the Great American Outdoors Act will allocate billions of dollars to directly support outdoor recreation in two major ways. The first is...

Apply for LDWF 2020 Elbow Slough WMA Lottery Dove Hunts by July 31
Posted by TBC Press on: 06/23/20

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for Elbow Slough Wildlife Management Area (WMA) lottery dove hunts for the 2020-21 hunting season. The deadline to apply is July 31, 2020. All lottery applications are now only available on the LDWF website. Those wanting to apply should...