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Colorado Hosts the 2019 International Sportsmen's Expo in Denver Jan 10-13
Posted on: 01/07/19

The Rocky Mountain region's largest outdoor, fishing, hunting and travel show returns January 10-13, 2019 at the Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St., Denver, CO 80202. 500+ exhibiting companies. Hundreds of free seminars. Three contests, new features, and...

Connecticut Now Accepting Applications for 2019 Deer Lottery Permits
Posted on: 01/07/19

Starting January 1st Connecticut 2019 deer lottery permit applications can be submitted online or on January 2, 2019 at select DEEP locations during office hours. Changes to note: Roraback WMA (Area 61) has been changed to a No-lottery Area and is no longer part of...

Kansas Unit 4 Spring Turkey Permit Deadline Feb 8
Posted on: 01/07/19

Five hundred spring turkey permits are allocated for Kansas residents in Turkey Management Unit 4, which covers the southwestern quarter of Kansas. While spring turkey permits in all other units are available over the counter and online, Unit 4 permits are issued through a lottery drawing and the deadline to apply is Friday, Feb. 8, 2019...

Minnesota Offers Additional Late-Season Deer Hunts in Southeastern Area
Posted on: 01/07/19

The Minnesota DNR is offering additional late-season deer hunts in southeastern Minnesota following the discovery of chronic wasting disease in a wild deer taken in Houston County. Residents and nonresidents can participate in the hunts from Friday, Jan. 25, through Sunday, Jan. 27, and Friday, Feb. 1, through Sunday, Feb. 3, in deer permit area 346. The DNR will...

Oregon Extends Mandatory Reporting Deadline for Big Game & Turkey
Posted on: 01/07/19

The deadline to report all 2018 big game and turkey tags has been extended until April 15, 2019 (from Jan. 31) to give hunters more time to report under ODFW’s new licensing system. The new deadline applies to all 2018 deer, elk, cougar, bear, antelope and turkey tags. Anyone who purchased one of these tags needs to report—even if...

States Close Sturgeon-Rentention Fishing at the Dalles Pool on the Columbia River
Posted on: 01/07/19

Fishery managers from Washington and Oregon announced that The Dalles Pool on the Columbia River closed to sturgeon-retention fishing in at the end of day Sunday, Jan. 6. The announcement came just four days after the fishery opened Jan. 1, prompted by...

Tennessee Angler Closes out 2018 Season with Monster Blue Catfish
Posted on: 01/07/19

A woman fishing in Tennessee closed out 2018 with a bang after reeling in a giant 88-pound ‘River Monster’ catfish on Kentucky Lake. The details behind landing this Kentucky Lake river monster have not been revealed, but the TWRA confirmed the Kentucky Lake river monster was “released safely” back into the lake. Kentucky Lake is...

Posted on: 01/07/19

At the beginning of 2018, the Toyota ShareLunker program debuted a new year-long season for anglers to enter their 8 pound and larger bass for prizes, recognition, and to help the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department promote and enhance bass fishing in Texas. On Dec. 31, staff wrapped up the first year of the revamped program with a total of...

TPWD Urges Hunters & Landowners to be Vigilant for Signs of CWD
Posted on: 01/07/19

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) has confirmed chronic wasting disease (CWD) in three white-tailed deer in Medina, Dallam, and Hartley Counties, and in three mule deer in Hudspeth, Hartley, and El Paso Counties. TPWD emphasizes that the discoveries underscore the importance for aggressive detection...

Washington Puget Sound Sport Crabbing Closed; Harvest Reports Due by Feb1
Posted on: 01/07/19

With all Puget Sound marine areas in Washington now closed to recreational crab fishing, sport crabbers will have through Feb 1 to report their results for the winter season. State fishing rules require that all sport crabbers licensed to fish for Dungeness crab in the Sound report the results on their winter Catch Record Card to...