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First Stage Of Kansas Deer Research Project Complete
EMPORIA – A comprehensive deer research project being conducted by Kansas State University and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) is off to a good start. The collaborative effort, which is designed to learn more about mule deer and white-tailed deer in northwestern Kansas, began this February with the goal of capturing […]

MDC Cape Nature Center hosts Feeding Frenzy March 8
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center invites the public to view live feedings of the center’s resident reptiles, amphibians and fish Thursday, March 8, from 1 to 2 p.m. “A lot of people ask us what the feeding routine is for our resident animal educators,” said Sara Turner, MDC Nature Center […]

Elk Brucellosis Surveillance Set for Tendoys and Madison Valley
As part of its multi-year Targeted Elk Brucellosis Surveillance Project, in the coming weeks Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is planning elk capture operations in both the Tendoy Mountains and Lima Peaks southwest of Dillon and on the eastern side of the Madison Valley. In the Tendoys and Lima Peaks, up to 100 female elk […]

ODNR to Offer Maple Syrup Festivals, Hikes in March
COLUMBUS, OH – As we head toward the beginning of March, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is offering several free events for friends and family to enjoy! Take advantage of seeing some of Ohio’s beautiful natural resources up close and personal this month through winter hikes, maple syrup festivals and animal programs. Full […]

Aiken County wildlife area opens to the public Saturdays in March
Aiken County’s Crackerneck Wildlife Management Area and Ecological Reserve will be open to the public on the first four Saturdays during the month of March (2, 9, 16 and 23). The final Saturday (March 30) will be reserved for a youth turkey hunt. Crackerneck Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and Ecological Reserve is composed of 10,600 […]

Hearings set for Proposed Panhandle Mule Deer Regulation Changes
AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has set three public hearings in the Panhandle to seek public comment on two proposed mule deer hunting regulation changes. The proposals are to open a mule deer season in Lynn County and initiate an experimental antler restriction in Briscoe, Childress, Cottle, Floyd, Motley, and Hall counties. […]

Public’s Help Sought for 2018 Anchorage Moose Survey Project
Anchorage — State wildlife biologists this week will embark on an innovative, citizen assisted, ground-based survey to count moose in the Anchorage Bowl. And as with a pilot study conducted in February 2017, public participation is critical to success. “Like last year, we’ll be collecting DNA samples from moose around the city and using genetics […]

Ballistic vests to receive second life with Arkansas enforcement officers
LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission approved a minute order today granting 167 ballistic vests from AGFC inventory to Vest for Life, an organization that distributes functional body armor to law enforcement agencies that do not have the budget to purchase them. The vests had reached the five-year limit on the manufacturer’s […]

Raft Creek restoration developing into duck magnet
GEORGETOWN – Despite horrible conditions throughout the state for much of the 2017-18 waterfowl season, one wildlife management area has continued to provide hunters with increasingly good hunts since its purchase. Steve N. Wilson Raft Creek Bottoms WMA in White County turned in impressive harvest numbers, especially considering the conditions. Rainfall was extremely scarce leading […]

Range Approved For Big Island Hunter Safety Program
HONOLULU – The Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) voted today to approve an area of land on Hawai‘i island as a public shooting range for the purpose of supporting the state’s Hunter Safety program. Hunters have long sought an established area on Hawaiʻi Island for practicing hunting safety measures. Known as Mile Marker […]

More trout are heading to Idaho fishing holes
Do anglers prefer more trout or larger trout? Idaho Fish and Game is answering that question by providing both in 2018 and beyond. Fish and Game will stock more rainbow trout throughout the state than in recent years thanks to the 2017 license and tag fee increase, and many trout will be bigger. “Our hatchery […]

Consumption Advisories Eased in Lower Delaware River and Delaware Bay
RENTON – The Department of Environmental Protection has eased consumption advisories on certain fish species caught in the lower Delaware River and Delaware Bay, an indication of improving ecological conditions as levels of contaminants decline, Acting Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today. Among the key changes include removing all advisories for weakfish for both the […]

DEC Environmental Conservation Police Officer Highlights
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs) enforce the 71 Chapters of NY Environmental Conservation Law, protecting fish and wildlife and preserving environmental quality across New York. In 2017, the 301 ECOs across the state responded to 26,400 calls and issued 22,150 tickets for crimes ranging from deer poaching […]

Grants will Help Boost Angler and Boater Numbers
WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced a $60 million cooperative agreement with the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF) to help retain and recruit recreational anglers and boaters of all ages. Zinke is also announcing $14 million in Boating Infrastructure Grants (BIG), which support water-related outdoor recreation and tourism by […]

Experience spring bird migration at Ponca SP’s Marsh Madness
LINCOLN, Neb. – Enjoy the wonders of the spring bird migration from scenic Ponca State Park (SP) during Marsh Madness on March 3, 10 and 17. The park’s location adjacent to the Missouri River presents a significant flyway that serves as the feeding, breeding and staging ground for migratory birds. Ponca SP is listed as […]

Goose Island Reopening for Overnight Visitors Starting March 1
ROCKPORT— After months of recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey, Goose Island State Park is reopening its gates to overnight guests beginning March 1. “We are excited to welcome campers back to Goose Island State Park just in time for spring break,” said Robbie Merritt, Interim Superintendent of Goose Island State Park. “We hope that visitors […]

Spring Break Reservations Filling Fast at Texas State Parks
AUSTIN — With spring break less than a month away, Texans are finalizing their travel plans for the weeklong vacation from routine. Texas State Parks campsite reservations are filling fast, but many hidden gems still have sites available. Well-known favorites such as Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, Garner State Park, and Inks Lake State Park […]

Florida spring turkey season opens March 3
Florida’s spring turkey season opens Saturday, March 3, on private lands south of State Road 70, making it one of the first spring turkey hunting opportunities in the country. Florida is also the only place in the world where the Osceola subspecies of wild turkey is found. Also known as the Florida wild turkey, abundant […]

Invasive Giant Salvinia Found at Lake Athens
AUSTIN – Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) inland fisheries staff found in total, less than 1 acre of invasive giant salvinia in multiple locations near Lake Athens Marina boat ramp Feb. 19. The day following the giant salvinia discovery at Lake Athens, the TPWD Brookeland aquatic habitat enhancement team (AHE) surveyed the impacted area […]

Migratory Game Bird Hunting Seasons Proposed for 2018-19
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is accepting public comment on the proposed 2018-2019 Migratory Game Bird Hunting Seasons. The public comment period will close at noon March 14. The seasons will be finalized in early spring after the department reviews public input and obtains approval from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “We look […]

Wildlife Conservation Board Funds Environmental Improvement and Acquisition Projects
At its Feb. 22 quarterly meeting, the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) approved approximately $17.9 million in grants to help restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat throughout California. Some of the 15 approved projects will benefit fish and wildlife—including some endangered species—while others will provide public access to important natural resources. Several projects will also […]

States set 2018 Columbia River spring Chinook seasons
PORTLAND, Ore. – Fishery managers from Oregon and Washington set spring Chinook salmon seasons for the Columbia River today during a joint state hearing. The lower Columbia River recreational spring Chinook season will take place from Thursday, March 1 through Saturday, April 7 from Buoy 10 upstream to Beacon Rock, plus bank angling from Beacon […]

Laurel man arrested for multiple deer hunting violations
LAUREL – DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police concluded an investigation that began during Delaware’s deer hunting season with the Feb. 18 arrest of a Sussex County man for multiple deer hunting violations. Ethan G. Cahall, 21, of Laurel, was charged with four counts each of: failure to attach deer tag to antlerless deer, […]

DNR seeks volunteers for annual frog and toad survey
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is seeking volunteers throughout the state to assist with its annual frog and toad survey, an effort that helps biologists monitor frog and toad abundance and distribution in the state. Declining populations of frogs, toads and other amphibians have been documented worldwide since the 1980s. Studies suggest amphibians are […]

Snow Geese Descend On Lovewell State Park
It’s been called the Serengeti of the sky, when snow geese descend on Lovewell Reservoir in late winter. In some years, estimates have put peak numbers at around 1 million snow geese. The show, one of the best wildlife spectacles in Kansas, is just beginning. “When you look up in the sky, it’s just solid […]
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