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Registration opens June 5 for 2018 alligator hunts

Registration opens June 5 for 2018 alligator hunts

By Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Online registration for the 13th annual regulated alligator hunts opens June 5 at 8 a.m. Registration must be completed by 8 a.m. on July 11. A total of 260 Alligator Possession Tags will be distributed among four hunting zones. The administrative fee to apply for an Alligator Possession Tag is $22, and individuals may register one time per zone. ... READ MORE

Public help needed for wild turkey, ruffed grouse sightings

Public help needed for wild turkey, ruffed grouse sightings

By Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR)

The public is asked to participate in surveying wild turkeys and ruffed grouse by reporting sightings of these two species. Every year, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife conducts a turkey and grouse brood survey to estimate population growth. The brood survey relies on the public to report observations of all wil... READ MORE

Spring turkey harvest for 2018 largest in 15 years

Spring turkey harvest for 2018 largest in 15 years

By West Virginia Division of Natural Resources

According to preliminary data, turkey hunters in West Virginia harvested 12,274 gobblers this spring, which is a 15-year high and a 6 ercent increase over the 2017 harvest. This year’s harvest also is more than 10 percent above the 10-year average, said Mike Peters, Game Bird and Small Game Project Leader. All but two DNR districts reported... READ MORE

Hunters report increase in turkey harvest

Hunters report increase in turkey harvest

By David Rainer, Alabama Dept. of Conservation & Natural Resources

The Game Check numbers from the recently completed wild turkey season are in, and a slight uptick in hunter success was indicated. According to Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) Director Chuck Sykes, those numbers need to be viewed with caution. Last year, hunters reported the harvest of 9,177 turkeys through the mandatory Game Check... READ MORE

Deer lottery application now open

Deer lottery application now open

By North Dakota Game and Fish Department

While it may seem like winter just ended, it is now time to apply for the 2018 deer gun lottery. A total of 55,150 licenses will available to hunters this fall; the number is 650 more than last year. There will be no paper applications this year. Hunters may apply by calling (800)406-6409 or by applying online. Licenses allocated by lottery inclu... READ MORE

Landowners can earn payments for public walk-in access program

Landowners can earn payments for public walk-in access program

By Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

Parcels of land enrolled in the Oklahoma Land Access Program (OLAP) will earn payments for the landowner or lessee while helping to preserve America's hunting and fishing traditions by allowing public walk-in access. Entering its second year in September, OLAP is looking to build on its initial success by increasing the number of private land hunti... READ MORE

Public asked to help DNR document bear expansion

Public asked to help DNR document bear expansion

By Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Minnesota’s black bear range has been slowly expanding southward and westward. To better understand and document this expansion, the Department of Natural Resources has designed a new reporting application tool on its website to gather bear sightings made by the public outside the primary bear range. Minnesota’s primary bear range cover... READ MORE

Spring mule deer survey complete

Spring mule deer survey complete

By North Dakota Game and Fish Department

The Game and Fish Department completed its annual spring mule deer survey in April, and results indicate western North Dakota’s mule deer population is similar to last year, and 45 percent above the long-term average. Biologists counted 2,540 mule deer in 245.8 square miles during this year’s survey. Overall mule deer density in the bad... READ MORE

June 30 deadline for second deer permit lottery

June 30 deadline for second deer permit lottery

By Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Resident and nonresident deer hunters can apply for the second lottery drawing for 2018 firearm and muzzleloader only deer permits. June 30 is the deadline to apply for the second lottery. For more information, check the IDNR website. Season dates include the first firearm season Nov. 16 - 18, 2018; second firearm season Nov. 29 - Dec. 2, 2018; mu... READ MORE

Mossberg Says “No More” to Dick’s Sporting Goods

Mossberg Says “No More” to Dick’s Sporting Goods

By Mossberg & Sons, Inc.

Mossberg & Sons, Inc. has announced a decision to discontinue selling products to Dick’s Sporting Goods and its subsidiary Field & Stream in response to their hiring of gun control lobbyists in April 2018. Effective immediately, O.F. Mossberg & Sons will not accept any future orders from Dick’s Sporting Goods or Field & ... READ MORE

Landowners can enroll in OFW program until June 15

Landowners can enroll in OFW program until June 15

By Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

Private landowners have until June 15 to enroll their land in the Open Fields and Waters (OFW) Program. Through OFW, landowners can earn additional income for allowing walk-in hunting, trapping and/or fishing access on their properties. John Laux, Upland Habitat and Access Coordinator for Game and Parks, said OFW is a win-win for both private lan... READ MORE

Nearly 35,800 turkeys harvested during spring season

Nearly 35,800 turkeys harvested during spring season

By Missouri Department of Conservation

Preliminary data shows that turkey hunters checked 34,055 birds during Missouri’s 2018 regular spring turkey season April 16 through May 6. Top harvest counties were Franklin with 760 birds checked, Texas with 732, and Laclede with 657. Young turkey hunters harvested 1,729 birds during the 2018 spring youth season, April 7-8, bringing the ov... READ MORE

Nonresident deer application now open

Nonresident deer application now open

By Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Nonresident deer hunters can apply for a 2018 Iowa deer license or purchase a preference point beginning May 5 at 6 a.m. CST. Applications will be accepted until midnight June 3, 2018. For fastest service, hunters should apply online through their user account in the online license sales site. Applications are also accepted 24 hours a day by call... READ MORE

Hunters check 10,415 turkeys in opening week

Hunters check 10,415 turkeys in opening week

By Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Ohio hunters checked 10,415 wild turkeys during the first week of the wild turkey hunting season, April 23 to 9.The state’s spring wild turkey season is divided into the south zone, which is open from April 23 to Sunday, May 20, and the northeast zone, which is open from April 30 to May 27. In 2017, hunters in the south zone checked 10,293 wi... READ MORE

Elk application period opens May 1

Elk application period opens May 1

By Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

The application period opens May 1 for public land permits next fall in the Buffalo River country of northwest Arkansas. From 12 a.m. May 1 until 11:59 p.m. June 1, applications will be accepted online. The total number of elk permits available for public draw will be established during the Commission’s May 17 meeting. It is anticipated to be... READ MORE

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