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Apply for Arkansas 2020 Alligator Hunt Permits by June 30
Posted by TBC Press on: 06/17/20

Hunters interested in chasing an Arkansas alligator on public land and water this fall have until midnight June 30 to put their name in the hat. Applications for the 2020 Arkansas alligator season are available online. Each permit authorizes the harvest of one alligator, which must be at least 4 feet long. Alligator hunting is allowed 30 minutes after sunset until 30 minutes before sunrise Sept. 18-21 and Sept. 25-28. Each permit holder may have up to...

Colorado 2020 Elkhead Reservoir Fishing Classic June 27 through July 5
Posted by TBC Press on: 06/17/20

With almost $10,000 in cash prizes this year, anglers of all ages should begin planning for Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Fifth Annual Elkhead Reservoir Fishing Classic, June 27 through July 5. The week-long fishing tournament at Elkhead Reservoir State Park near Craig offers great fun, great fishing and $9,500 in cash prizes. You must register at the reservoir during the event to be eligible for the cash prizes. There is no tournament entry fee but...

Colorado Proposing Changes to 2020 Archery Hunting in the Routt National Forest
Posted by TBC Press on: 06/17/20

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials in Steamboat Springs are proposing changes to archery hunting in a portion of the Routt National Forest. A virtual public meeting is planned for Wednesday, June 24 at 6 p.m. to share the proposed regulatory changes and gather public input. The proposed change would apply to Game Management Unit (GMU) 14, which stretches from Steamboat Springs east to the Continental Divide and north to...

Hawaii Announces 2020 Black-Tailed Deer Season on Kaua'i
Posted by TBC Press on: 06/17/20

Deer hunters can now apply to hunt as the Hawaii DLNR announce the opening of the black-tailed deer hunting season on the island of Kaua‘i. Rules and conditions regulating game mammal hunting in Title 13, Chapter 123 will be in effect. The application deadline for the regular deer rifle tag season is 3:30 p.m. Friday, August 7, 2020. The public drawing will be held at the Līhu‘e State office building on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. Lottery results will...

IDNR Cancels 2020 Waterfowl Blind Drawings
Posted by TBC Press on: 06/17/20

The Illinois IDNR recently announced it has elected to cancel all waterfowl blind drawings for 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Existing blind holders will be allowed to maintain their blinds through the 2020-2021 waterfowl season; drawings canceled in 2020, as well as those drawings scheduled for 2021, will resume in 2021. The drawings, typically held in June and July, frequently draw...

Iowa 2020 Pheasant Nesting Outlook Positive after Mild Winter
Posted by TBC Press on: 06/17/20

Iowa’s recent mild winter and dryer than normal April and May could lead to positive results for pheasant hunters this fall. Hen survival increases during mild winters, and more hens mean more nests and more nests typically means more pheasants in the fall. Reports of early and large pheasant broods have been reported, suggesting a good hatch is underway. The nesting forecast is based on...

Iowa DNR Accepting Applications for 2020 Deer Hunting Workshops
Posted by TBC Press on: 06/17/20

The Iowa DNR is offering a program to teach skills needed to hunt, butcher and cook wild deer to individuals who have little to no deer hunting experience. The Field to Fork program is accepting applications for its Ames and Waterloo classes. The program consists of skills building sessions at an indoor archery range, classroom time and a workshop weekend designed to teach skills necessary to become efficient archery hunters. Attendance is limited to...

Missouri Applications for 2020 Managed Deer Hunts Available July 1st
Posted by TBC Press on: 06/17/20

Beginning July 1, 2020 through July31, deer hunters can apply online through the Missouri MDC website for a shot at more than 100 managed deer hunts throughout the state for archery, muzzleloading, and modern firearms from mid-September through mid-January at conservation areas, state and other parks, national wildlife refuges, and other public areas. Some managed hunts are held specifically for youth or for people with disabilities. Hunters are selected by a weighted random drawing. Draw results will be available...