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Procedures change for turkey hunters selected in 2020 draws

Procedures change for turkey hunters selected in 2020 draws

By Indiana Division of Fish and Wildlife

Reserved turkey hunt procedures will change on participating Fish and Wildlife Areas (FWAs) for selected turkey hunters completing their hunt registration this year, as a result of COVID-19. The changes will allow turkey hunting to continue on FWAs while maintaining social distancing practices. Selected turkey hunters will be mailed date-specific... READ MORE

Hunters harvest more than 224,000 deer in 2019-20

Hunters harvest more than 224,000 deer in 2019-20

By New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Hunters in New York harvested an estimated 224,190 deer during the 2019-20 hunting seasons. More than 2,600 deer harvested were tested and no evidence of chronic wasting disease (CWD) was found. The 2019 estimated totals include 103,787 antlerless deer and 120,403 antlered bucks. Statewide, this represents a 9% decrease in antlerless harvest and a... READ MORE

Nonresident spring turkey permit sales end immediately

Nonresident spring turkey permit sales end immediately

By Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

The Game and Parks Commission has suspended the sale of nonresident spring turkey hunting permits in an effort to prevent the potential for the spread of COVID-19. Game and Parks will stop selling 2020 nonresident spring turkey permits effective immediately. Nonresidents who have purchased permits will be able to use them, but will not be able to... READ MORE

Hunters take 37,250 deer during 2019 season

Hunters take 37,250 deer during 2019 season

By North Dakota Game and Fish Department

A total of 57,949 North Dakota deer hunters took approximately 37,250 deer during the 2019 deer gun hunting season, according to a post-season survey conducted by the state Game and Fish Department. Game and Fish made available 65,500 deer gun licenses last year. Overall hunter success was 64%, with each hunter spending an average of 4.3 days in th... READ MORE

Additional Closures

Additional Closures

By Buckmasters Online

Conditions change quickly, but for current information on your state DNR response to the COVID-19 pandemic, check your state DNR website, DNR social media channels, DNR Information Center and email updates. Click here for a link to your state website. ARKANSASThe Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has extended temporary closure of AGFC offices, natu... READ MORE

Not funny! Hunt season closure social media posts are hoax

Not funny! Hunt season closure social media posts are hoax

By New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

At the time when the Department of Game and Fish is working hard to process the 2020-2021 big-game draw, prank rumors on social media state the 2020-2021 hunting season has been canceled. This is false, and the Department recommends not clicking on the links provided or any similar post. The Department of Game and Fish reassures New Mexico hunters... READ MORE

Comments on hunting, wildlife regulations due April 15

Comments on hunting, wildlife regulations due April 15

By Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

Although the recent outbreak of COVID-19 and measures to combat it have changed the way the Commission meets, conservation work carries on. AGFC staff are moving forward with a public comment survey to gather public input on changes needed for the 2020-21 hunting season. To take the survey click here. Responses will be collected until April 15 s... READ MORE

Nearly $1 billion distributed from Pittman-Robertson tax for conservation

Nearly $1 billion distributed from Pittman-Robertson tax for conservation

By United States Department of the Interior

America’s sportsmen and sportswomen generated nearly $1 billion in excise taxes during 2019 to support state conservation programs. Those funds, from excise taxes on hunting, shooting and fishing equipment and boat fuel, are being distributed in 2020 to all 50 states and U.S. territories by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. To date, the Ser... READ MORE

UPDATE—Additional State Closures

UPDATE—Additional State Closures

By Buckmasters Online

For current information on your state DNR response to the COVID-19 pandemic, check your state DNR website, DNR social media channels, DNR Information Center and email updates. Click here for a link to your state website. DELAWARE As part of the precautions against the spread of COVID-19, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control... READ MORE

Hunters post highest deer harvest in 15 years

Hunters post highest deer harvest in 15 years

By Pennsylvania Game Commission

Pennsylvania hunters posted their highest overall deer harvest in 15 years when they took 389,431 deer during the state’s 2019-20 hunting seasons, which closed in January, the Game Commission has reported. The 2019-20 deer harvest topped the previous year’s harvest of 374,690 by about 4%. The last time the total deer harvest exceeded t... READ MORE

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