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Florida Neighborhoods May Harbor Deadly Disease-Carrying Monkeys
Posted on: 02/10/20
Feral rhesus macaque monkeys that had been confined to Florida's Silver Springs State Park have been spotted recently in neighborhoods in Jacksonville, St. Johns, St. Augustine, Palatka, Welaka and Elkton. In all, a dozen confirmed sightings of the feral, invasive monkeys. A significant proportion of the troop carries herpes B virus, which can be fatal to people, and FWC Commission officials say people should avoid contact with the monkeys. The potential ramifications are...

Georgia Opens New Canoochee Sandhills WMA in Southeast
Posted on: 02/10/20
More than 6,300 new acres at the Canoochee Sandhills Wildlife Management Area, located in Bulloch and Bryan Counties, is now available for southeast Georgia outdoor enthusiasts, thanks to the partnership efforts of multiple agencies and Foundations. The Canoochee Sandhills WMA is a mix of sandhill, flatwoods, bay swamp, and floodplain forest, including fire-adapted uplands and flatwoods, and frequently-saturated wetlands, including floodplains that border...

Apply for Georgia 2020 Spring Turkey Hunting in New Camden County WMA by Feb 15
Posted on: 02/10/20
A new southeast Georgia wildlife management area (Ceylon WMA in Camden County) has just opened, with turkey season hunting dates recently approved. The application deadline is Feb. 15, 2020 for quota turkey hunts. If you have already applied for turkey quota hunts, and wish to add Ceylon, you'll need to log in to your account and amend your selection BEFORE the application deadline. Quota turkey hunt dates for Ceylon WMA are...

Apply for Oregon 2020 Spring Black Bear Hunts by Feb 10
Posted on: 02/10/20

Time is running out to apply for Oregon 2020 spring black bear hunting. Deadline to apply is TODAY, Feb 10, 2020 at 11:59 p.m Pacific Standard Time. Hunters can apply using ODFW’s new online licensing system or at a license sales agent or ODFW office that sells licenses. A 2020 Annual Hunting License is required to apply. Remember the SW Oregon spring bear hunt is now a controlled hunt and...

Utah Requires Ethics Course Before Harvesting Shed Antlers
Posted on: 02/10/20

Collecting antlers that fall off the heads of deer, elk and moose each winter is a popular pastime in Utah. Before you head outdoors to collect shed antlers, though, you are required to complete the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources' Antler Gathering Ethics course. Completing the course is mandatory if you want to gather shed antlers from Feb. 1 through April 15. If you wait until after April 15 to gather antlers, you don’t need to complete the course. After you finish the course, you must...

Apply for Utah 2020 Big Game Hunts by March 5
Posted on: 02/10/20

The application period for Utah's big game hunts is underway, so if you're interested be sure to take note of the dates. The application period opened on Thursday, Jan. 30 and runs until 11 p.m. on March 5. The big game hunts include the following species: Bighorn sheep (desert and Rocky Mountain), Bison, Elk, Moose, Mountain goat, Mule deer and Pronghorn Antelope. There will be new hunts this year for...

Apply for Utah 2020 Spring Black Bear Hunting by Feb 24
Posted on: 02/10/20
Do you have what it takes to bear hunt in Utah's backcountry? Now's the time to apply for hunts. The deadline to apply is Feb 24. Both residents and nonresidents can apply for a bear permit--or a bonus point--online or by phone. Here’s what you need to know in order to apply for a bear multi-season limited-entry permit, limited-entry permit, restricted pursuit permit, bonus point or restricted pursuit permit bonus point...

Successful Arkansas Hunters can Submit an Application for the Triple Trophy Award
Posted on: 02/07/20

The 2019-20 Arkansas deer seasons are winding to a close, and only a few stalwart archers are still looking for a last-minute harvest before their Feb. 29 deadline. But there’s plenty of time for successful hunters to submit an application for the AGFC Triple Trophy Award. Deadline to apply is April 10, 2020. Hunters who qualify for the Triple Trophy Award must...