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Deadline for Minnesota Anglers to Remove Fish Houses is March 4
Posted on: 03/01/19

The first deadline for anglers to remove their fish houses from inland waters is the end of the day Monday, March 4, according to the Minnesota DNR. The March 4 deadline applies to lakes south of an east-west line formed by U.S. Highway 10, east along Highway 34 to Minnesota Highway 200, east along Highway 200 to...

Apply for Washington 2019 Multiple-Season Hunt Tags by March 31
Posted on: 03/01/19

Washington deer and elk hunters have until March 31 to enter their names into the drawing for a 2018 multiple-season tag, which can greatly increase the opportunity for success in the field. The WDFW will hold the drawing in mid-April. Winners of the drawing can purchase a special tag allowing them to participate in archery, muzzleloader, and...

Leftover Arkansas 2019 Turkey Hunt Permits Available Online March 12
Posted on: 02/28/19

If you didn’t draw an Arkansas wildlife management area turkey hunt permit during the regular drawing, there’s still a chance to get a spot to hunt some of Arkansas’s most popular WMAs. All leftover permits will be available at on a first-come, first-served online sale beginning 8 a.m., March 12. Each leftover permit requires a $5 processing fee. Each hunter may purchase...

Maryland Proposed 2019-20 Migratory Game Bird Hunting Seasons
Posted on: 02/28/19

The Maryland DNR is now accepting public comment on the proposed 2019-2020 Migratory Game Bird Hunting Seasons. The comment period continues until noon on March 15. Proposed season dates for all migratory game birds can be viewed on the department’s website. The seasons will be finalized in spring 2019. Summery of proposed season dates are...

Michigan 2019 Hand-Netting Season Opens March 1
Posted on: 02/28/19

Michigan’s annual netting seasons are about to get under way. The hand-netting season opens Friday, March 1, while the dip-netting season starts up Wednesday, March 20. Both seasons close May 31. A Michigan fishing license is required. The following species can be taken during both seasons: bowfin, carp, gizzard shad, goldfish, longnose gar, smelt and suckers. Waters open to hand netting include...

Michigan 2019 Lake Trout Regulations to Change in Grand Traverse Bay
Posted on: 02/28/19

Because the 2018 harvest limit for lake trout in Grand Traverse Bay was exceeded, the Michigan DNR is looking at some regulation changes for 2019. Before any changes are proposed to the Commission, the DNR is inviting the public to learn about options during a meeting Wednesday, March 6. To accommodate that required reduction for the 2019 lake trout fishing season, the DNR is considering three options...

Minnesota Ice Fisherman Lands New Catch-and-Release State Record Lake Sturgeon
Posted on: 02/28/19

Minnesota has a new state record lake sturgeon so large that anglers had to drill five holes to fit the 6 1/2 foot long fish through the St. Croix River ice. Early on in the effort to catch the fish on Feb. 9, record holder Darren Troseth knew he had something special on the line. I’ve seen a lot of big sturgeon in my life, but...

Flooding May Affect Public Access During S.C. Special Hog Hunting Seasons in March
Posted on: 02/28/19

Flooding may limit or restrict vehicular access to the properties, including the SCDNR coastal properties that offer special hog hunts during the month of March. Woodbury and Marsh WMAs, as well as the Great Pee Dee Heritage Preserve, in Zone 4 have been affected. Hunters and visitors are urged to exercise extreme caution before entering these properties and asked to...

Washington Forecast Indicates Improved Coho Salmon Numbers for 2019
Posted on: 02/28/19

Fishery managers estimate higher numbers of coho salmon will return to Washington’s waters in 2019 compared to last year, but expect low returns of wild chinook will again make setting fishing seasons a challenge. The forecast meeting marks the starting point for crafting 2019 salmon-fishing seasons in Puget Sound, the Columbia River and...