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Underwater Grasses in Portion of Chesapeake Bay Expand 10 Percent
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources reported today that underwater grass abundance – a key indicator of improving water clarity and quality – increased for the fourth straight year in the state’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay, reaching a record of 59,277 acres. This represents a 10 percent increase from 2015, and also surpasses Maryland’s […]

The National Rifle Association Launches NRA Carry Guard
ATLANTA – On Monday, the National Rifle Association of America announced the launch of NRA Carry Guard, a program created to provide America’s most comprehensive insurance and legal coverage, as well as best-in-class training for those who carry a gun. NRA Carry Guard members can access many great benefits including legal assistance and the ability […]

Coyotes coexist in the urban landscape
FRANKFORT, Ky. – An expansion from its historic range in the interior plains brought the coyote to Kentucky where as recently as the early 1970s sightings of these animals were still considered rare. Coyotes are now common across the state but their presence in urban and suburban areas can surprise residents. “People in cities like […]

Public fishing on private ponds now available near Reserve
RESERVE – Anglers now can fish at two spring-fed ponds on private property outside of Reserve under a new Open Gate lease negotiated by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. The ponds at Rancho Grande Estates off N.M. 180 about seven miles west of Reserve will be stocked by the department with trout […]

Illinois new state record crappie was a hybrid
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Division of Fisheries today confirmed that a new state-record hybrid crappie was caught at Kinkaid Lake in Jackson County on March 28. The fish, caught by Ryan Povolish of Carbondale, weighed 4 pounds, 8.8 ounces. The fish appeared to be a black crappie, but genetic […]

Study Shows Americans Deep Appreciation for Nature
The findings from an unprecedented national study of Americans’ relationship to nature reveal an alarming disconnection, but also widespread opportunities for reconnecting. The results are prompting nature conservation, environmental education and outdoor recreation leaders to rethink how they work to connect people with nature. “The Nature of Americans National Report: Disconnection and Recommendations for Reconnection” […]

Grouper fishing reopens May 1 in Atlantic, Monroe County waters
Anglers targeting grouper in Florida state and federal waters of the Atlantic, including state waters off Monroe County, will be able to take home some of their catch starting May 1, when the season for several species reopens to recreational and commercial harvest. The following species will reopen to harvest May 1: gag, black, red, […]

Citizen advisory committees to recommend Habitat Stamp projects
SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has scheduled statewide Habitat Stamp Program Citizens Advisory Committee meetings for 2017. Citizen advisors will prioritize Habitat Stamp-funded projects for 2018 and 2019. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend the following regional Citizen Advisory Committee meetings: Southwest: 10 a.m. May 15, Gila […]

Pilot Peak Lahontan Cutthroat Trout Released into Truckee Basin
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will start releasing Pilot Peak Lahontan cutthroat trout into Truckee area waters to give Sierra Nevada anglers the opportunity to catch some trophy sized trout in a year or two. Last week CDFW received a shipment of cutthroat trout eggs from the U. S. Fish and Wildlife […]

St. Louis angler snags state-record skipjack herring – Photo
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports Steven Wengler of St. Louis became the most recent record-breaking angler in Missouri when he snagged a skipjack herring on the Mississippi River. The new “alternative method” record fish caught by Wengler on April 17 weighed 1 pound, 14 ounces. Wengler’s recent catch broke […]

Game, Fish and Parks Officers Now Equipped with Body Cameras
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) law enforcement officers will now be equipped with body cameras to increase transparency and enhance officer safety. “Our officers already do a tremendous job,” said GFP department secretary Kelly Hepler. “It is our hope that the implementation of body cameras will ultimately make their jobs […]

PFBC Approves Change to Boating Regs
HARRISBURG, Pa. – At its quarterly business meeting held here today, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) adopted a proposed rulemaking order which would allow wake surfing in or on the wake of a motorboat provided the boat’s propulsion system is specifically designed for the activity. Currently, boating regulations prohibit wake surfing behind boats […]

Join a bioblitz to survey species on wildlife management areas
What’s a bioblitz? Think of it as a wildlife adventure where you get a chance to find, identify and catalogue all the plants and animals you see while exploring Florida’s wildlife management areas. During this year’s 75th anniversary of the Florida WMA system, for the first time bioblitzes are happening around the state, guided by […]

Governor Deal Signs HB 208
BRUNSWICK, GA – Governor Nathan Deal held a signing ceremony for House Bill 208 at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Coastal Regional Headquarters in Brunswick on Tuesday, April 25, at 4:00 p.m. House Bill 208 makes changes in Georgia law to simplify the hunting and fishing license structure while also adjusting fees for resident […]

Mountain Lion DNA Found Inside Pescadero Home
A trace of mountain lion DNA was identified in a blood sample taken from inside a home in Pescadero, confirming reports that a mountain lion entered an occupied home and took a dog off the bed where the homeowner was sleeping. On Monday, Apr. 17, 2017, a Pescadero homeowner called 911 at 3 a.m. to […]

Spiny Lobster Report Cards Due by April 30
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds 2016-2017 Spiny Lobster Report Card holders to submit online or return their cards by April 30, 2017, as required by law. The cards must be reported even if no lobsters were taken or no attempts were made to take lobsters. Information collected from the cards provides […]

Public Auction of Surplus and Confiscated Items Set for May 1
FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will conduct its spring public auction of surplus and confiscated items May 1 at department headquarters in Frankfort. Surplus auction items include Polarkraft and Alumacraft boats, Mercury boat motors, four-wheel-drive Chevy, Ford and Dodge trucks, a Case track-hoe, office equipment and more. Bidding on […]

FWC making it easier, more rewarding to remove pythons
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is launching new programs to encourage people to help remove nonnative Burmese pythons from the Everglades ecosystem and surrounding area. Two new programs and a new Executive Order will provide people with incentives and expanded opportunities to remove these invasive constrictors. The Python Pickup Program is a […]

2017 Family Fishing Festivals Set for May and June
HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) has scheduled several opportunities in May and June for families to learn fishing skills and enjoy fishing. The PFBC is holding three Family Fishing Festivals in May and three in June. These events lead up to the two statewide Fish-for-Free Days – the Sunday before […]

2016 New Hampshire Wildlife Harvest Summary Available
CONCORD, N.H. — As hunters gear up for the fall season in New Hampshire, a rich source of information available to them is the 2016 New Hampshire Wildlife Harvest Summary, which presents final data summarized by wildlife biologists from the 2016 New Hampshire hunting seasons. This annual publication provides a complete breakdown of hunting season […]

Concession opportunities available in Michigan state parks
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced opportunities for operating concessions to provide goods and/or services in Michigan state parks. Those interested may visit the state of Michigan’s website for a list of current opportunities. Click on Open Bids, then choose Miscellaneous Commodities and Services from the Show Bids for Category drop-down menu. […]

Michigan fishing gets under way Saturday with spring openers
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds anyone who fishes to dust off their gear and get ready for the opening of two fishing seasons Saturday, April 29. The statewide trout season and the Lower Peninsula inland walleye, northern pike and muskellunge seasons all open that day. Anglers are reminded that in Upper Peninsula waters […]

Turkey Donation Program provides helps families in need
MADISON – New for the spring 2017 turkey season, hunters now have the option of donating their harvested turkey to needy families through the new Turkey Donation Program. Donated turkeys will be processed free of charge and meat will be provided to local food pantries. For the spring 2017 turkey hunt, three pilot counties, Dodge, […]

Man Pleads Guilty to Poaching Trophy Mule Deer in Uptown Butte
A poaching case which drew local attention and outrage is now closed. A 20-year-old Butte man pled guilty this week to killing the trophy mule deer buck that was left mortally wounded on North Main Street in Uptown Butte in September of 2016. Kyler Olsen pled guilty to several charges including unlawful possession, shooting with […]

Catfish Season Kicks Off at Neighborhood Fishing Lakes
AUSTIN – It’s officially catfish stocking season in Texas, and thanks to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Neighborhood Fishin’ program families won’t have to travel outside of the city to catch them. TPWD began stocking thousands of catchable-sized channel catfish in 18 Neighborhood Fishin’ lakes across the state April 21. The lakes are located […]
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