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Permits remain for Arizona 2018 spring javelina hunts
PHOENIX — Arizona hunters who were unsuccessful in the recent 2018 spring draw still have an opportunity to receive a hunt permit-tag for javelina. As of Tuesday, 1,691 leftover hunt permit-tags were available for general hunts that begin Feb. 23. There also were 1,432 hunt permit-tags for archery-only hunts that begin Jan. 1; 1,239 hunt […]

Juvenile Whooping Cranes Released at Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge
Twelve juvenile whooping cranes were released into the wild Wednesday (Dec. 6) at the Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge near Grand Chenier as part of an ongoing effort to protect the species from extinction. These 12 cranes join 11 juvenile whooping cranes, which were released on Nov. 9 on the nearby White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WLWCA) […]

Commission approves CWD hunt in south central Montana
The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission approved the Bridger Special Chronic Wasting Disease Hunt at its regular monthly meeting Thursday. The hunt will begin on Dec. 15 and go through Feb. 15. Licenses will go on sale Dec. 11. The goal of the hunt is to determine prevalence and distribution of chronic wasting disease within […]

Wild Turkey Reproduction Holding Steady Across South Carolina
Annually since the early 1980s, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has conducted a Summer Turkey Survey to estimate reproduction and recruitment of wild turkeys in South Carolina. The survey involves agency wildlife biologists, technicians and conservation officers, as well as many volunteers from other natural resource agencies and the general public. This year […]

West Virginia fall turkey hunters harvest 948 birds
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Fall turkey hunters harvested 948 birds during the 2017 season, according to figures released by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. The fall harvest is down 54 percent compared to the 2016 season, but only 23 percent below the five-year average. “As predicted in the 2017 Mast Survey and Hunter […]

Arkansas biological samples reveal 70 new cases of CWD
Seventy new cases of chronic wasting disease have been found in Arkansas since deer season opened in September, according to samples collected by Arkansas Game and Fish Commission biologists, taxidermists and veterinarians. Although the number of positive cases is high, no samples from new areas of the state have been found so far. The disease […]

Illinois Firearm Season Preliminary Harvest Totals 80,021 Deer
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Hunters harvested a preliminary total of 80,021 deer during the seven-day Illinois Firearm Deer Season that concluded on Sunday, Dec. 3. The 2017 preliminary harvest total compares to the final total of 79,559 deer harvested during the firearm season in 2016. The preliminary harvest for the second segment of the firearm season […]

Indiana DNR needs more submissions from deer hunters
The DNR is asking deer hunters for continued help with a disease surveillance program in Franklin and Fayette counties. State biologists are sampling deer harvested from portions of those two counties for bovine tuberculosis (bTB). But after a slow start to the deer firearms season, the program is running behind. Biologists have collected just 30 […]

New York Hunters Report More Deer in 2017
New York State hunters have been more successful in 2017 than last year through the first several weeks of big game seasons, Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today. Early reports from New York hunters through Dec. 3, show that hunters reported taking approximately 18 percent more deer in the Northern Zone […]

Coyote Catalog Available for North Dakota Hunters, Landowners
The Coyote Catalog, a statewide effort designed to connect coyote hunters and trappers with landowners who are dealing with coyotes in their areas, is open for the winter. A partnership between the North Dakota Department of Agriculture and the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, the Coyote Catalog can be a good way for hunters […]

California Recreational Abalone Fishery to be Closed in 2018
The California Fish and Game Commission yesterday voted to close the 2018 northern California recreational abalone fishery due to ongoing environmental conditions that have significantly impacted the abalone resource. The closure affects next year’s recreational abalone season, which was scheduled to open on April 1, 2018. The Commission’s 4-0 decision (Commissioner Jacque Hostler-Carmesin was absent) […]

New Partnership Protects Wetlands, Endangered Plant
LEESBURG, Ga. – Landowners and government agencies are teaming up in southwest Georgia to conserve rare wetlands and their rarest plant species – endangered Canby’s dropwort. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently awarded $1.19 million to restore and permanently protect 850 acres of cypress wetlands and their Canby’s dropwort populations in Lee County, just north […]

Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter
DOVER – To achieve public compliance through education and enforcement actions that help conserve Delaware’s fish and wildlife resources and ensure safe boating and public safety, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers between Nov. 27- Dec. 3 made 1,590 contacts with hunters, anglers, boaters and the general public, including 120 vessel boardings for boating […]

TPWD Announces Opening of Guadalupe River Fishing Leases
AUSTIN – The Canyon Reservoir Tailrace, located below Canyon Reservoir on the Guadalupe River, is considered one of the top trout fishing destinations in the United States. To help anglers access the river during the peak of the cool-weather trout fishing season, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has leased four access areas from private […]

Information sought in unlawfully killed elk
LAS VEGAS – Game and Fish conservation officers are seeking information regarding two elk calves that were illegally killed near Guadalupita. On Dec. 5, a conservation officer responded to County Road A-020 to a report of an injured elk. When the officer arrived, he found two elk calves that had been shot and left to […]

FWC approves several changes to Gulf cobia management
At its December meeting in Gainesville, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) took final action to approve several changes to the management of cobia in state waters of the Gulf of Mexico. These changes are based on stakeholder input and concerns from anglers, and will further promote sustainable management of this fishery. Approved […]

FWC approves changes to Gulf greater amberjack season
At its December meeting in Gainesville, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) set the greater amberjack recreational season in Gulf state waters to open May 1-31 and Aug. 1-Oct. 31. This change is similar to pending changes in Gulf federal waters. Greater amberjack is overfished and undergoing overfishing, and the season has closed […]

Oregon continues delay of commercial Dungeness crab season
NEWPORT, Ore. – The opening of the commercial Dungeness crab season will be delayed until at least Dec. 31 along the entire Oregon coast as testing shows crabs are still too low in meat yield in some areas of the coast. The ocean commercial Dungeness crab season in Oregon is targeted to open Dec. 1, […]

Zebra Mussels Found In Geary State Fishing Lake
PRATT – The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) has confirmed the presence of invasive zebra mussels in Geary State Fishing Lake in Geary County. Zebra mussel larvae, also called veligers, were detected in routine samples collected by KDWPT staff. With this discovery, staff returned to the lake and located an established population […]

Recreational crab harvesting reopens on a portion of Oregon coast
The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announce that recreational crabbing is now open from the north jetty of the Coquille River to the Columbia River. An area from Tahkenitch Creek (north of Winchester Bay) to Cape Foulweather (north of Newport) was previously closed due to elevated domoic acid […]

FWC approves new Critical Wildlife Area in Volusia County
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) today approved a new Critical Wildlife Area in Volusia County. The small island, known as Port Orange Colony and now approved as a CWA, shelters hundreds of brown pelicans during nesting season. It is less than 2 acres but is one of the largest breeding sites for […]

Registration for 21st Annual Mickelson Trail Trek is Opening Soon
PIERRE, S.D. – Registration is opening at 8 a.m. MT on Dec. 13 for the 21st Annual Mickelson Trail Trek. Bicyclists can sign up online at mickelsontrail.com. South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks officials encourage bicyclists to register early to ensure spots in the Trek, which will be held Sept. 14-16, 2018. The […]

Illinois Firearm Season Preliminary Harvest Totals 80,021 Deer
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Hunters harvested a preliminary total of 80,021 deer during the seven-day Illinois Firearm Deer Season that concluded on Sunday, Dec. 3. The 2017 preliminary harvest total compares to the final total of 79,559 deer harvested during the firearm season in 2016. The preliminary harvest for the second segment of the firearm season […]

More Lower Michigan Deer Suspect CWD
With the firearm deer season complete, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has now identified a total of 30 free-ranging white-tailed deer that are confirmed or suspected to have chronic wasting disease. Several thousand additional samples are awaiting testing by Michigan State University, so numbers for this deer season could still change. Since May 2015 […]

Support for Equipment to Track Rare Turtles and Rabbits
CONCORD, N.H. — Want to help endangered wildlife? You have an opportunity to help provide emerging technologies used by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program to track rare turtles and rabbits in the Granite State. “The Nongame Program’s 2017 December appeal will help fund staff research and purchase monitoring […]
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