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Texas 2019 Gulf Shrimp Season to Open July 15
Posted on: 07/12/19

The Gulf of Mexico commercial shrimp season for both Texas state and federal waters will open 30 minutes after sunset Monday, July 15, 2019. The opening date is based on an evaluation of the biological, social and economic information to maximize the benefits to the industry and the public. Federal waters (from 9 to 200 nautical miles offshore) will...

AGFC Adds Three New Fields to 2019 Permit Dove Hunt Lineup - Applications Open Aug 1st
Posted on: 07/11/19

Hunters looking for a private-land dove hunt this season will find their opportunities enhanced by an additional three locations and 82 more permits available each weekend in September through the Arkansas GFC drawn permit hunt system. The AGFC has lined up the same field it has had for two years, near the community of Blakemore between England and Lonoke on Arkansas Highway 31. But it has added...

Hawaii DLNR Issues Temporary Closure of Hunting in Mauna Kea Forest Reserve July 15-Aug 12
Posted on: 07/11/19

In an effort to protect public safety and provide security and safety for the movement of heavy construction equipment associated with the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on Hawai‘i Island’s Mauna Kea, DLNR Chair Suzanne Case has ordered the temporary closure for hunting of hunting units A, K, and G in the Mauna Kea Forest Reserve and Natural Area Reserve for hunting, effective July 15, 2019. This means...

Illinois Offering Black Carp Bounty Available to All Anglers
Posted on: 07/11/19
The Illinois DNR is encouraging all fishers in the region to report and turn in any specimens of invasive black carp that they capture. The IDNR offers a $100 bounty for each black carp harvested by commercial fishers and all sport anglers/bow-fishers. The bounty is available to captures within Illinois and also the surrounding region, based on the need for biological information, which may include the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee. What to do if you capture a black carp...

Plans underway for 2019 Minnesota Governor's Pheasant Hunting Opener
Posted on: 07/11/19

Planning is underway for the ninth annual Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener, being held Oct. 11-12. This year’s event will be held in Austin, located in the southeastern part of the state. It is the first time Austin has hosted the event. In addition to pheasant hunting, the weekend event will include...

No Wisconsin Sharp-Tailed Grouse Permits Issued for fall 2019
Posted on: 07/11/19

In light of new scientific data and concerns over future viability of the sharp-tailed grouse population in Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will not issue hunting permits for the fall 2019 hunting season. This decision comes as a result of a review of the spring 2019 survey data as well as from a new scientific population model which show...

Wisconsin 2019 Furbearer Trapping & Hunting Permit Application Deadline Aug 1st
Posted on: 07/11/19

Aug. 1 is an important deadline for Wisconsin trappers and hunters who wish to pursue bobcat, fisher and river otter this fall. Permit applications for fall trapping seasons can be purchased for $3 ($6 for bobcat applications) online or at DNR service centers, and at all license agents. Drawings will take place in August, with permits issued in September. 2019 fall season dates are as follows...

Wisconsin Spring Waterfowl Survey Results Show Good Production
Posted on: 07/11/19
Wisconsin's 2019 spring waterfowl population surveys indicate stable to increased numbers of the main species of breeding waterfowl as well as excellent wetland conditions, which should result in increased waterfowl production this year across most of the state. This year, we saw slightly fewer numbers of total birds than the 2018 estimates. However, there is essentially no change in the mallard and wood duck population estimates, and DNR staff observed increases in...