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California 2018 Bear, Elk & Bighorn Hunting Seasons Open Soon
Posted on: 09/12/18

While deer are by far the most frequently hunted big game species in California, many hunters also enjoy fair chase of bear, elk and bighorn. Some of the seasons for these species are already underway, but the majority will open over the next month. The upcoming general season opening and closing dates vary by...

Texas 2018 Statewide Early Teal & Eastern Zone Canada Goose Season Opens Sept 15
Posted on: 09/12/18

The 16-day statewide early teal and Eastern Zone Canada goose season in Texas will run Saturday, Sept. 15 through Sunday, Sept. 30. The daily bag on teal is six, with a possession limit of 18. Bag limit for Canada geese will be three and a possession limit of six in the Eastern Zone only. Conditions are shaping up for what could be...

Washington/Oregon Close Columbia River to Salmon Fishing Sept 13
Posted on: 09/12/18

Starting Thursday (Sept. 13), fishing for salmon will be closed on the mainstem Columbia River from Buoy 10 upstream to Hwy 395 in Pasco under new rules approved recently by fishery managers from Washington and Oregon. Deep River in Washington and other tributaries in...

Wisconsin 2018 Ruffed Grouse Hunting Season Opens Sept-15 - Board Considering Shorter Season
Posted on: 09/12/18

The Wisconsin ruffed grouse season opens in Zone A, Sept. 15 and ends Jan. 31, 2019. In Zone B, the season will open Oct. 20 and close Dec. 8. However, to address concerns over a noted decrease activity in drumming activity, a decrease in fall harvest last year and concerns regarding disease risk, the Natural Resources Board is considering...

Wisconsin 2018 Fall Turkey Hunting Season Opens Sept 15
Posted on: 09/12/18

Wisconsin fall turkey hunters can look forward to good opportunities this year, said Mark Witecha, Wisconsin DNR upland wildlife ecologist. The fall turkey season runs from Sept. 15 to Jan. 6 in Turkey Management zones 1-5, and Sept. 15 to Nov. 16 in zones 6 and 7. The use of dogs to hunt wild turkey is allowed statewide for the fall seasons. New this year...

Wisconsin Reminds Hunters that Collared Deer are Legal to Harvest
Posted on: 09/12/18

This fall, hunters may spot collared or ear-tagged whitetail deer in the fields and woods of southwest Wisconsin. These deer have been tagged as part of a mortality study by the Wisconsin DNR and are legal to harvest. DNR staff collared a random sample of deer, so the collars do not indicate anything about the deer's health or...

Wisconsin Hunters Asked to Test Deer for CWD & Assist with Surveillance Efforts
Posted on: 09/12/18

Wisconsin deer hunting seasons are about to begin with archery and crossbow Sept 15, and DNR staff remind hunters who harvest deer to have adult deer tested for chronic wasting disease. This is particularly important in areas affected by CWD. DNR staff continue to utilize disease surveillance objectives (disease assessment and disease detection) statewide, and will...

Wisconsin 2018 Deer Season Opens with Bowhunting Sept 15
Posted on: 09/12/18

Wisconsin hunters will have their first opportunity to enjoy the outdoors during the 2018 archery and crossbow deer seasons, which run concurrently statewide from Sept. 15 to Jan. 6, 2019. The archery and crossbow season is extended to January 31, 2019 in metro sub-units and some counties offering the antlerless-only holiday hunt. Deer hunters in Iron County will be the only...