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Wyoming Parks to Stay Open - Visitor Centers Closed
Posted on: 03/27/20

Wyoming’s state parks like the Grand Teton and Yellowstone offer a variety of outdoor alternatives for solo adventurers and small family groups alike. Hiking and biking are popular activities at nearly all parks, while some offer fishing, boating, archery and other sports. With plenty of wide-open spaces, individuals and families can explore on their own or establish a safe distance between themselves and others. While parks are open, indoor spaces including...

Migratory Bird Laws You May Not Know -- Printer Friendly Version Available
Posted on: 03/26/20

This article deals with Q&A from a former duck guide, who broke migratory bird laws, and is trying to make sure you don’t make the same mistakes. The information is based on federal law. Be sure to check with state agencies to make sure you are in compliance with state law. Ryan Warden became an expert on migratory gamebird regulations in 2011 after...

Maryland Fishing Update and Changes Due to COVID-19 Virus
Posted on: 03/26/20

Due to COVID-19 virus Maryland has a few changes anglers should be aware of, as well as other fishing regulations. In order to protect public health and safety and to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus, all Licensing and Registration Centers are now closed. Governor Hogan has issued an executive order related to licenses, permits, registrations, and other authorizations that may be expiring or...

Ohio Update and Changes to 2020 Controlled Turkey Hunting Drawings
Posted on: 03/26/20
Due to the COVID-19 virus, the Ohio DNR has made some changes to the 2020 controlled turkey hunting drawings. Changes to the Killbuck Marsh & Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area Refuge Youth Turkey Drawings. The in-person drawings for youth turkey hunting at Killbuck Marsh & Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area refuges have been changed to a mail-in drawing this year. The in-person drawings have been cancelled. Changes to the Controlled Wild Turkey Hunting Drawings at Eagle Creek Wildlife Area are...

ODNR Update on Operations During Coronavirus Outbreak
Posted on: 03/26/20

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) continues to operate in accordance to guidance from the Ohio Department of Health and Governor Mike DeWine in the wake of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Ohio. We want to assure our guests that we are monitoring the situation closely and doing all we can to protect our staff and the public. Outdoor Properties; As of right now, public outdoor spaces at...

Oregon Cancels Two 2020 Bighorn Sheep Hunts due to Disease Outbreak
Posted on: 03/26/20

ODFW is cancelling both Lookout Mt. Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep hunts in northeastern Oregon. Hunters will not be able to apply for or draw a tag to hunt bighorns in this herd during the fall 2020 season. The cancelled hunts are in the Lookout Mt. Unit east of Baker City, Ore. where a respiratory disease was found in bighorn sheep. Testing has revealed that...

States Close 2020 Columbia River Fisheries
Posted on: 03/26/20

The state of Washington and the Oregon DFW recently announced that it will close recreational salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River, effective Thursday, March 26 at 11:59 p.m. Oregon and Washington jointly manage fisheries in the mainstem Columbia River bordering both states and seek to have concurrent regulations. Washington and the ODFW anticipates the Columbia River salmon and steelhead fishing closure lasting...

Iowa 2020 Statewide General Spring Turkey Hunting Season Opens April 13
Posted on: 03/25/20

Iowa’s spring turkey seasons begin with the youth only season April 10-12, followed by the first general season April 13-16, second season April 17-21, third season April 22-28 and fourth season April 29-May 17. There is also the archery only season April 13-May 17. Hunters buying their tags online will need to plan accordingly and do it early. For hunters and anglers who choose to...