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24,447 turkeys highest spring harvest recorded

24,447 turkeys highest spring harvest recorded

By Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources

Virginia hunters harvested 24,447 turkeys during the 2023 spring turkey season, the highest spring turkey harvest ever recorded in the state. The previous record was 20,580, set during spring 2015. DWR biologists anticipated the spring turkey harvest would increase during the 2023 season as indicated by above average brood survey results in 2021. T... READ MORE

Alligator harvest permit application opens June 6

Alligator harvest permit application opens June 6

By Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Beginning June 6, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will accept online applications for Alligator Harvest Permits. The permits allow for the harvest of an alligator in one of Alabama’s five designated Alligator Management Areas (AMA); there is no fee to apply for a permit. A total of 260 Alligator Harvest Permits will be di... READ MORE

Public input sought for adjusting permit prices

Public input sought for adjusting permit prices

By Missouri Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation is proposing adjusting prices for most hunting, fishing, trapping, and commercial permits to keep up with rising costs of goods and services it uses to manage than 1,000 conservation areas, nature centers, shooting ranges, fish hatcheries and other facilities. Most MDC permit prices have not increased in 20 years whil... READ MORE

4,706 acres added to expand public hunting opportunities

4,706 acres added to expand public hunting opportunities

By Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

Beginning with the 2023-24 hunting seasons, AGFC will add 4,706 acres of public hunting land in The Natural State. With a partnership between AGFC and Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, two new WMAs have been formed: Goat’s Beard Bluff Natural Area and Sugarloaf Mountains-Midland Peak Natural Area. Goat’s Beard Bluff Natural Area en... READ MORE

Hunters harvest 16,121 turkeys in spring season

Hunters harvest 16,121 turkeys in spring season

By Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Turkey hunters harvested a preliminary statewide total of 16,121 wild turkeys during the 2023 spring turkey season. This compares with the 2022 statewide turkey harvest of 13,701. The top five counties for the 2023 harvest were Jo Daviess, 595; Jefferson, 487; Pike, 419; Pope, 379; and Randolph, 370. The record harvest total for the spring season ... READ MORE

Spring harvest up for total of 14,800 turkeys

Spring harvest up for total of 14,800 turkeys

By Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Despite a rainy cold closing weekend across much of state, Iowa’s wild turkey hunters reported harvesting more than 14,800 birds through the mandatory registration system, an increase of nearly 3,000 over the 2022 harvest. Iowa’s spring turkey seasons began April 7 with the youth season and ended on May 14. Hunters purchased nearly 54,5... READ MORE

Annual surveillance confirms 96 deer for CWD

Annual surveillance confirms 96 deer for CWD

By Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Chronic wasting disease was confirmed in 96 deer that were tested during the 2022 monitoring season, including deer from three new counties – Jasper, Grundy, and Lucas. With the addition of Jasper County, CWD has again come into central Iowa. The DNR will be hosting public meetings in Newton and in Black Hawk County in the coming months to di... READ MORE

Nonresidents can sign up May 15-June 30 for unused nonresident license

Nonresidents can sign up May 15-June 30 for unused nonresident license

By Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks

Beginning May 15, and running through June 30, nonresident hunters can register for the Alternate’s List on MyFWP for an unused nonresident combination license (big game, general elk and general deer combination licenses). The licenses were returned by customers, and  Fish, Wildlife & Parks resells the returned licenses through the A... READ MORE

Completing the transition from non-hunter to hunter

Completing the transition from non-hunter to hunter

By David Rainer | Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Photo: Adam Arnold displays the turkey he harvested at Portland Landing SOA this past season. After the 2023 spring turkey season, Adam Arnold considers his transition from non-hunter to member of the hunting community complete. Although 33-year-old Arnold has held a fishing license for many years and has enjoyed using the Cahaba Wildlife Managemen... READ MORE

Turkey harvest increases 21%; 9,193 birds checked

Turkey harvest increases 21%; 9,193 birds checked

By Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

At the end of the last week of the 2023 turkey season, hunters checked 9,193 checked birds, an increase of 21% over 2022, and the first time since 2017 the harvest topped the 9,000-bird mark. Last year’s brood survey also indicates good reproduction for more mature gobblers on the ground next year as well. Arkansas numbers are trending up th... READ MORE

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