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Wild duck tests positive for avian influenza

Wild duck tests positive for avian influenza

By Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed Eurasian H5 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in a wild, hunter-harvested American wigeon in Limestone County, Alabama. In January 2022, Eurasian H5 HPAI was detected in South Carolina and has since been detected in 14 additiona... READ MORE

Rule change to amend statewide alligator hunt rules

Rule change to amend statewide alligator hunt rules

By Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approves

Commissioners have approved proposed rule amendments related to the statewide alligator harvest that would allow program participants an additional 7 hours a day of hunting and add airbows with a tethered arrow as a legal method of take. The proposals would provide greater flexibility for hunt participants while continuing the management of Florida... READ MORE

Time to reserve free trees for backyard buffers

Time to reserve free trees for backyard buffers

By Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Waterfront and streamside landowners can reserve free tree seedlings through the Backyard Buffers program, available in 23 Maryland counties. The Department of Natural Resources is offering free tree seedlings to landowners who have a creek, drainage ditch, stream or other waterway on or near their property through the Backyard Buffers program, now... READ MORE

CWD testing completed for 2021 hunting season

CWD testing completed for 2021 hunting season

By North Dakota Game and Fish Department

With most chronic wasting disease testing completed, the Game and Fish Department reports 26 deer tested positive during the 2021 hunting season. Fourteen were from hunting unit 3F2, eight from unit 3A1, and one was found in unit 3B1. Single positive deer were also found in three units (3C, 3D1 and 3E2) where the disease had not been previously de... READ MORE

Virginia’s first elk hunt, a conservation milestone

Virginia’s first elk hunt, a conservation milestone

By Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

Ten years after the successful restoration of elk to their historic Virginia range, the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) is accepting applications for its first elk hunting season through March 30, 2022. "Instituting the first-ever managed elk hunt a mere decade after restoration is an indicator that the state’s elk herd is gro... READ MORE

2021 bighorn sheep, moose and elk harvests

2021 bighorn sheep, moose and elk harvests

By North Dakota Game and Fish Department

Harvest statistics released by Game and Fish Department show overall hunter success during the 2021 season was 80% for bighorn sheep, 90% for moose and 65% for elk. The department issued four bighorn sheep licenses and auctioned one. Four of the five hunters harvested a bighorn ram. Of the 470 moose licenses the department issued last year, 448 hun... READ MORE

Preliminary deer harvest of 147,004 drops from 20-21 totals

Preliminary deer harvest of 147,004 drops from 20-21 totals

By Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 147,004 deer during all 2021-2022 archery and firearm seasons that concluded Jan. 16. The total preliminary deer harvest for all seasons compares with a total harvest for all seasons of 162,752 deer in 2020-2021. During the 2021-2022 deer seasons, hunters took 43.75% does and 56.25% males. Arch... READ MORE

Expanded bicycle, electric bicycle use starts Feb. 28

Expanded bicycle, electric bicycle use starts Feb. 28

By Missouri Department of Conservation

Bicycles and electric bicycles will be allowed on many MDC conservation-area service roads and multi-use trails starting Feb. 28. Multi-use trails allow a variety of users, such as horseback riders, bicyclists and hikers. Service roads are non-public roads on MDC areas used by staff to conduct resource management activities. Many service roads are ... READ MORE

Turkey lottery applications close March 2

Turkey lottery applications close March 2

By South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

The application period for turkey lottery hunts on public lands has been extended through March 2 at 5 p.m.Those applying after Feb. 28 will notice a completely different licensing and lottery hunt application system that will go live the morning of March 1. Because the current system will be shut down on the afternoon of Feb. 28 to convert to the ... READ MORE

Bear, deer, turkey harvest data totals decease in 2021-22

Bear, deer, turkey harvest data totals decease in 2021-22

By Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources

Wildlife biologists have compiled preliminary figures for the 2021-22 hunting season. Bear, deer and fall turkey harvests all decreased from the previous season, as expected. The 2021-22 season was the first season which hunters were required to report their game through the harvest reporting system using phone, internet or the GoOutdoor... READ MORE

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