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Big game draw permit application opens June 11

Big game draw permit application opens June 11

By Nebraska Games and Parks Commission

Residents and nonresidents may apply for one 2018 Nebraska deer permit in any draw unit beginning June 11, and residents may apply for one elk permit and one buck or either-sex antelope permit in available units. The application period begins at 1 p.m. Central Time June 11. Paper applications must be received by the Game and Parks Commission by 5 p... READ MORE

Public alligator hunting lottery closes June 15

Public alligator hunting lottery closes June 15

By South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

The 2018 Public and Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Alligator Hunting season lottery drawing application deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on June 15. Tag fees, if selected, vary by program. A $10 nonrefundable application fee is required to apply for the Public Lands Hunt and a $15 nonrefundable application fee is required to apply for the WMA Alligator ... READ MORE

Firearm and archery deer permit lottery closes June 30

Firearm and archery deer permit lottery closes June 30

By Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Resident and nonresident deer hunters can apply now for the second lottery drawing for 2018 Firearm Deer and Muzzleloader-only Deer permits. The second firearm season runs from Nov. 29 to Dec. 2; the first firearm season runs Nov. 16 to 18, and muzzleloader-only season runs from Dec. 7 to 9. Hunters may also use a muzzleloader permit with a muzzle... READ MORE

Apply for public alligator permit drawing by June 7

Apply for public alligator permit drawing by June 7

By Mississippi Dept. of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks

The Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks is accepting applications for the 2018 public alligator season through June 7. The season runs from August 31 through September 10. A total of 930 permits will be available within 7 hunting zones across the state for the 10-day season. Permits are limited by a random drawing, and an application is re... READ MORE

New agreement triples python removal effort

New agreement triples python removal effort

By Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Everglades National Park and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are partnering to expand Burmese python removal efforts within the park by allowing paid FWC contractors to remove pythons. The partnership expands the park’s Python Removal Authorized Agent Program by tripling the maximum number of participants in the park fr... READ MORE

Bear & Son Cutlery Official Knife Sponsor of Buckmasters

Bear & Son Cutlery Official Knife Sponsor of Buckmasters

By Bear & Son Cutlery

Bear & Son Cutlery, the leading brand in American-made specialty sportsman's knives, joins an elite group as an official knife sponsor for Buckmasters. The membership-based association founded by Jackie Bushman, uses education to further promote deer hunting, wildlife conservation, and to cast a positive image of deer hunters across the country... READ MORE

CWD plan updated to be self-contained

CWD plan updated to be self-contained

By David Rainer/Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

A significant threat to Alabama’s deer hunting tradition occurred last season when a 4 1/2-year-old buck in west-central Mississippi tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD), which is always fatal. Mississippi has tested more than 1,400 deer since October 2017 and no other animals have been detected with CWD. Louisiana has also cond... READ MORE

Five counties report record turkey harvest

Five counties report record turkey harvest

By Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Hunters reported harvesting 3,861 wild turkeys during the 2018 regular spring and junior hunt turkey seasons. This year’s harvest was 8 percent lower than the record 2017 harvest, but well above the 10-year average of 3,406. “Turkey populations continue to grow in a few areas of the state, but several years of below-average reproduction... READ MORE

Online quota hunt applications open June 1

Online quota hunt applications open June 1

By Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Beginning June 1, hunters can apply electronically for quota hunts including adult/child, deer, alligator, waterfowl, dove and many others.   “You will definitely want to be sure to get your quota hunt applications in between June 1 and September 1 for the chance to get the area of your choice,” according to John Bowers, chief of ... READ MORE

Junior hunter field day in multiple locations June 2

Junior hunter field day in multiple locations June 2

By Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Budding outdoor enthusiasts with interests in fishing, hunting, shooting sports or wildlife management can get expert guidance June 2 in Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Queen Anne’s counties during Junior Hunter Field Day. The free events are designed for those aged 8 to 16. Online registration is required and limited. Maryland youth can re... READ MORE

Hunters harvest 11,700 turkeys during spring season

Hunters harvest 11,700 turkeys during spring season

By Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Turkey hunters reported harvesting 11,700 Iowa birds this spring, which is 100 birds fewer than were harvested in 2017. Iowa’s spring turkey seasons began April 7 with the youth season and ended on May 20. Hunters purchased nearly 50,000 spring turkey tags. Hunters can assist the DNR with its annual population estimates by reporting all the... READ MORE

Game Commission expands CWD rules

Game Commission expands CWD rules

By Pennsylvania Game Commission

Pennsylvanians who harvest deer anywhere in New York, Ohio, Maryland or West Virginia no longer may bring them home without first removing the carcass parts with the highest risk of transmitting chronic wasting disease (CWD). In the fight to slow the spread of CWD in the Commonwealth, the Pennsylvania Game Commission has updated its executive order... READ MORE

Spring turkey harvest numbers drop

Spring turkey harvest numbers drop

By Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Hunters harvested a preliminary statewide total of 13,500 wild turkeys during the spring turkey season, including the youth season. The 2018 total compares with the statewide turkey harvest of 15,720 in 2017. The statewide preliminary total includes the Youth Turkey Season harvest of 1,139 birds, compared with the record youth harvest of 1,539 tur... READ MORE

2018 SuperTag chances are on sale now

2018 SuperTag chances are on sale now

By Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks

Montana's SuperTag chances for the hunt of a lifetime are now on sale. Hunters can win the SuperTag drawing by purchasing one or more $5 SuperTag chances for the fall 2018 hunting season. Eight SuperTag hunt licenses are offered—moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, elk, deer, antelope, mountain lion and bison. Winners may hunt any district op... READ MORE

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

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