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Colorado Conducting Mandatory CWD Testing for 2019 Season
Posted on: 09/26/19
Colorado CPW will be conducting mandatory chronic wasting disease (CWD) testing during the 2019 hunting season in specific Game Management Units (GMU) as part of efforts to control the spread of CWD with its Colorado CWD response Plan. Beginning in late September, CPW will be sending out letters to Colorado rifle season deer (buck and doe) hunters who have been selected for mandatory CWD testing. Seventy-eight GMUs, including...

Iowa 2019 Fall Turkey Hunting Season Opens Oct 1st
Posted on: 09/26/19
Iowa’s 2019 fall turkey season runs from Oct. 1 to Dec. 6 and Dec. 23 to Jan. 10 for archery only license hunters and Oct. 14 to Dec. 6 for gun/bow license hunters. Successful hunters are asked to save one lower leg for disease testing. Simply cut the leg at the joint between the feathered portion of the leg and the scaled part of the lower leg, wrap the scaled portion in a paper towel, place it in a zip top bag and freeze it. Step 2 - is...

Iowa Blackhawk Bottoms Wildlife Area is Hidden Gem for Waterfowl Hunters
Posted on: 09/26/19
Just south of Burlington, near the mouth of the Skunk River, this small Mississippi River backwater is quietly becoming one of Iowa's better walk-in duck hunting locations in southeast Iowa, made possible through a cost-share program with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that is focused on restoring aquatic ecosystems. To the untrained eye, the roads leading to the area may look more like a construction site than a wildlife area, but once you reach this hidden gem...

Michigan 2019 Regular Waterfowl Hunting Season Opens in Upper Peninsula Sept 28
Posted on: 09/26/19
Michigan 2019 waterfowl hunting season for ducks, coots and mergansers in the North Zone (Upper Peninsula) opens Sept. 28 through Nov. 24, with an additional weekend hunt Nov. 30-Dec. 1. Goose season in the North Zone opened earlier this month and continues through Dec. 16. Anyone 16 or older who is interested in waterfowl hunting needs a base license, a waterfowl hunting license and the federal migratory bird hunting stamp. Hunters coming from other states can...

Ohio 2019 Fall Turkey Hunting Season Opens Oct 12
Posted on: 09/26/19

Ohio 2019 fall turkey hunting season opens Oct. 12, 2019 to Dec. 1, 2019. Bag limit is 1 (either sex). With hunting opportunities available on both public and private land throughout the state, there is likely a location near you. A hunter is required to complete the game-check process following the harvest of a wild turkey. Hunters must still report their harvest of turkeys but they are no longer required to..

Ohio 2019 Deer Archery Season Opens Sept 28
Posted on: 09/26/19

Ohio hunters will have their first opportunity to pursue white-tailed deer when archery season opens on Saturday, Sept. 28. The 10 counties with the highest deer harvest last year were: Coshocton, Tuscarawas, Ashtabula, Muskingum, Licking, Guernsey, Knox, Holmes, Carroll, and Trumbull. hunters may only take one antlered deer regardless of location or method of take. Deer bag limits are...

States Close Columbia Salmon, Steelhead Seasons
Posted on: 09/26/19

Fisheries managers from Oregon and Washington announced that recreational salmon and steelhead fishing will close effective 12:01 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 26 for the mainstem Columbia River from the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line upstream to Highway 395 near Pasco, Wash. The closure remains in effect through Oct. 31 downstream of...

Minnesota Reminds Out-of-State Hunters About Carcass Import Restrictions
Posted on: 09/24/19

Hunters who harvest a deer, elk or moose out of state cannot bring the entire animal back to Minnesota. The restriction is part of the DNR’s comprehensive strategy to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease to Minnesota deer, elk and moose. Hunters cannot bring whole deer, elk, moose and caribou carcasses into Minnesota. Hunters wanting to bring their harvest back to Minnesota should plan to...