On Dec. 31, 2015, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the Fish and Game Commission (Commission) were notified by the director of the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) that, in consultation with the director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), a determination has been made that...

The Nature Conservancy and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources are pleased to announce the protection of a 3,986 acre tract known as Altama along Georgia’s Altamaha River, in Glynn County near Interstate 95.

This land features extensive tidal freshwater wetlands and pine flatwoods and provides substantial habitat for wildlife including...

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants waterfowl hunters and others to know that rising flood waters will most likely force staff to close the Department’s Ten Mile Pond Conservation Area in southeast Missouri for public safety at some point over the next few days. The closure will hap...

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Students learn and apply real-world skills in school forests across Minnesota, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

Throughout the school year, students use these outdoor classrooms to learn and apply math, art, science, language arts and social studies while gaining an appreciation of natural resources.

Ther...

Deer suspected positive for CWD found in Watertown Township; Jan. 12 public meeting setWith deer hunting seasons coming to a close, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources wants to thank the important partners who have emerged in the ongoing fight against chronic wasting disease (CWD) – a neurological disease always fatal once contracted by d...

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Last chance – enter now to win over $4,000 worth of hunting gear and hunt of a lifetime.

The Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that time is running out to apply for a chance to win over $4,000 worth of hunting gear and hunting licenses for elk and bear. The last day to apply for the 2016 Pure Michigan Hunt...

Whether teaching a new angler to bait a hook, improving habitat for wildlife, leading a nature hike in the woods, expanding an off-road vehicle trail, or spearheading dozens of other efforts, for the staff at the Michigan Department Natural Resources, 2015 was one of the agency’s busiest and best years.

Here is a quick look at some of the year’s b...

MANHATTAN – The Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission will conduct a public meeting in Manhattan at the K-State Alumni Center, 1720 Anderson Ave. on Jan. 7, 2016. The afternoon session of the meeting will begin at 1 p.m. and recess at 5 p.m. The evening session will convene at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend both sessions and t...

FAIRFAX, Va. – NRA Publications will present its annual Golden Bullseye Awards and Golden Bullseye Pioneer Award at an invitation-only breakfast on Friday, May 20, during the 2016 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Louisville, Kentucky.

“We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Golden Bullseye Awards,” said Doug Hamlin, Executive Dir...

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MANSFIELD, Ga. –The Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop series provides a practical introduction to a wide variety of outdoor recreational skills and activities. One of these workshops, hosted by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, is scheduled to take place Feb. 19-21 at the Okefenokee National Wildlife R...

Northeast

Charette Lakes: Closed for the season.

Cimarron River: Stream flow on Monday near Cimarron was 22 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Conchas Lake: Fishing was slow for all species. Fishing pressure was light.

Cowles Ponds: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Coyote Creek: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Eagle Rock...

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is now accepting applications for its Natural Resource Volunteer Program (NRVP) to serve in the Eureka area.

Motivated individuals with an ability and willingness to convey conservation principles to the public are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be confident and capable of speaking with...

Twenty-four potential new conservation officers will report Sunday, Jan. 3, in Lansing to attend the Department of Natural Resources’ conservation officer training academy. The Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards-sanctioned academy will be led by the DNR’s Law Enforcement Division employment and training section.

The 24 recruits will...

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Cheyenne – The Southeast Wyoming Chapter of the Muley Fanatic Foundation held a Camo Cache collection to benefit the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Forever Wild Families program at its 3rd annual fundraising banquet. Game and Fish expresses its appreciation for this support.

The Muley Fanatic Foundation is a...

Weekends — Sandhill Crane Wetland Tour at the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve. CDFW docent-led public tours are available to view greater and lesser sandhill cranes at Woodbridge Ecological Reserve outside of Lodi, W Woodbridge Road (95242). Self-guided tours are also available and are enhanced with interpretive panels. For more information about t...

Fitness resolutions come and go each year, but spending quality time with friends and family is no fad – and taking that family time out for a walk can make it a powerful fitness pledge.

The Department of Natural Resources encourages Michigan residents to resolve to make 2016 #MiShoeYear and to put on their shoes, skis or skates to go outside and...

Following public review that wrapped up this past fall, fishing regulations will change on 17 lakes and one stream starting in March, while existing regulations on five lakes will become permanent, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said.

The changes involve three types of regulations that are specific to individual waters: new...

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is inviting the public to ring in the New Year by enjoying a guided hike through one of the state’s scenic state park lands.

First Day Hikes are scheduled at six Nebraska parks on New Year’s Day, part of a larger effort of the America’s State Parks alliance.

Bob Hanover, assistant parks division administrator,...

A fish kill in a southeastern Minnesota trout stream last summer was likely caused by a combination of conditions following heavy rain on July 28, rather than any single chemical, biological or environmental cause, according to a state report released today. Within a few hours of an angler’s report of dead fish in the South Branch Whitewater R...

Cheyenne – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has launched an online tool to help hunters plan their upcoming 2016 Wyoming adventure. The tool known as the Big-Game Wyoming Hunt Planner, revolutionizes the area maps available for Wyoming and combines species-specific hunt information, drawing odds, license details, and harvest information.

“Wyomin...

In response to the dramatic decline of lion populations in the wild, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today announced it will list two lion subspecies under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Panthera leo leo, located in India and western and central Africa, will be listed as endangered, and Panthera leo melanochaita, located in eastern...

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NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is now accepting entries for its 2016-17 photo contest for publication in the Tennessee Wildlife Magazine’s annual calendar issue.

All interested photographers are invited to submit their best photos on fishing and wildlife species native to Tennessee, and fishing and...

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is now accepting public comment on proposed regulation changes that would allow the use of big bore air rifles as a legal implement for taking big game at certain times and places in New York, beginning in the fall 2016 hunting seasons, Acting Commissioner Basil Seggos announced...

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The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife has been informed that in January and February, 2016, the Hunters Helping the Hungry (HHH) program will be waiving the fee hunters are asked to pay when donating deer. Normally hunters contribute $10 to $25 per deer to defray the costs of the program. More than 1,500,000 meals...

Clinton Bald Eagle Watch

Saturday, Jan. 9

This event is in its 32nd year. In coordination with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Pam Steinhaus, with contributions from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Clinton CCB, numerous conservation organizations and the Iowa DNR. Wonderful family entertainment...

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is offering a special junior apprentice duck hunt at Grizzly Island Wildlife Area on Wednesday, Dec. 30. Spaced blinds on Pond 11 and the Crescent Unit of the wildlife area will be closed to the general public and available only to junior apprentice hunt participants and their chaperones.

An...

Hunters this spring will get more time to enjoy being outdoors while trying to bag a wild turkey, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said.

Turkey hunting time periods will be longer, all will include weekends and more time periods will be available to each hunter. Five one-week time periods will be followed by one longer time period...

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Based on a multi-agency, multi-year study of one of the most complex river systems in Pennsylvania, the two most likely causes for the population decline of smallmouth bass in the Susquehanna River are endocrine-disrupting compounds and herbicides; and pathogens and parasites.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental...

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KIMBALL, Mich. – The NRA Foundation has awarded the Blue Water Sportsman’s Association (BWSA) of Kimball, Michigan, four grants totaling nearly $8,000. BWSA introduces 4-position smallbore rifle shooting to youth aged 10 to 18 and awards shooters for their achievements with rankings and medals.

“The program is important f...

People who live in southwest Florida can learn to identify and safely capture Burmese pythons at upcoming 2016 Python Challenge™ in-person training sessions in Lee and Collier counties.

Training for Lee County is on Dec. 20 at the Olga Community Center in Fort Myers, with both morning and afternoon sessions. Can’t make it to the December training? Y...

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DURHAM, N.H. — The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will hold a public hearing in January on proposed marine aquaculture and crab harvest reporting rule changes, as well as amendments to the rules on lobster tail processing. The hearing will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 5, 2016, at the Urban F...

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Interested in snook research and management? Attend the 2016 Snook Symposium Jan. 13 in Orlando. Register online and learn more at MyFWC.com/Snook2016.

The day-long discussion is open to the public and will focus on snook management and research in Florida, including the results of the soon-to-be released 2015 stock...

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – At its meeting on Dec. 11, the Missouri Conservation Commission approved recommendations by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) for the 2016-2017 deer-hunting season and the 2016 turkey-hunting seasons. The recommendations include turkey-hunting and deer-hunting season dates, changes to turkey-hunting allowed m...

CONCORD, N.H. — Hikers, climbers, back country skiers, kayakers and other outdoor enthusiasts are encouraged to purchase their voluntary annual Hike Safe Card for 2016. Card sales help ensure that N.H. Fish and Game Law Enforcement Conservation Officers, trained in wilderness rescue, are there to come to your aid if the unexpected occurs in a r...

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As part of a conservation program for the endangered Mount Graham red squirrel, the Arizona Game and Fish Department, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and University of Arizona conducted an annual squirrel survey and estimated approximately 263 animals in the Pinaleño Mountains of southeastern Arizona....

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Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a Wisner man for alleged deer hunting violations on Dec. 10 in Franklin Parish.

Agents cited Jacob W. Jones, 39, for taking a six point buck with no basic or big game hunting licenses and failing to comply with deer tagging requirements.

LDWF agents...

Commercial fishing for Non-Sandbar Large Coastal Sharks will open in Louisiana waters at 12:01 a.m. January 1, 2016. Federal waters will also open in the Gulf of Mexico at this time.

The commercial and recreational season for the harvest of all sharks in Louisiana state waters will be closed from 12:01 a.m. April 1, 2016 until 12:01 p.m. July 1,...

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) continues to work with legislators, community groups, partner agencies and landowners to grow awareness about and eradicate feral hogs from the landscape. MDC has learned from other states, and through trends in Missouri, that hunting does not help to eradicate hogs and results in...

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It’s not too late to submit your application for 2016 pheasant releases through Montana’s Upland Game Bird Enhancement Program.

Landowners interested in raising and releasing ring-necked pheasants have until Jan. 15, 2016 to submit an application.

Under Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Upland Game Bird Release Program,...

COLUMBUS, OH – Hunters checked 73,399 white-tailed deer during Ohio’s 2015 deer-gun hunting season, Nov. 30-Dec. 6, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). This represents a significant increase over last year’s harvest of 65,484 deer. During the 2013 deer-gun season, 75,408 deer were checked.

To date, for the 2015 deer...

Survey results for the 2014-15 hunting season show there was an increase in both rabbits jumped per hour and rabbits harvested per hour over the previous year, according to biologist Michael Hook, Small Game Program Leader with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.

Through intensive field observations, South Carolina rabbit hunters and quail...

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Preliminary data collected from the new electronic game checking system indicate deer hunters in West Virginia harvested 66,374 bucks during the two-week buck firearms season, which ran from Nov. 23 through Dec. 5, 2015, according to Paul Johansen, chief of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife R...

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SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Fall turkey hunters checked in 1,131 turkeys this fall from 33 open counties, according to Keith Krantz, wild turkey and upland game bird project leader for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR). Leading the state, Randolph County hunters reported harvesting 114 birds, followed...

MADISON, Wis. – An emergency rule governing the lake trout harvest in Lake Superior gained approval Wednesday from the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board.

The rule, which includes a daily bag limit of three lake trout in key recreational areas, was developed through extensive public input including an online survey, two public meetings this fall as...

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2 Mudpuppy 300x157 1 At first glance, it’s hard to know what to make of this creature. A head like a dragon, gills on the outside of a fish-like body… what is this thing? The mysterious mudpuppy is the largest member of the salamander family in Iowa. It’s mostly nocturnal, never leaves the water and unlike almost every other reptile or amph...

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Two Bismarck anglers were rescued from a Kidder County lake after they couldn’t get back to shore because the ice had heaved and melted away from the shoreline.

North Dakota Game and Fish Department district game warden Greg Hastings, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service warden Ben Cleghorn, and Stutsman County sheriff’s d...

This winter is not a good time to try to kill a mule deer illegally in Utah.

Conservation officers with the Division of Wildlife Resources are conducting massive patrols on ranges on which deer congregate in the winter. They’re conducting the patrols with one goal in mind: to protect Utah’s mule deer from poachers.

Tony Wood, chief of the DWR’s Law E...

ELMORE, Vt. – Vermont’s third annual Free Ice Fishing Day is January 30, 2016. To celebrate, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is holding an Ice Fishing Festival at Lake Elmore State Park in central Vermont.

The festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free and families with kids are encouraged to attend.

Fish &...

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering fly-fishing clinics this winter at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center for novice anglers, intermediate anglers and Boy Scouts who want to earn their Fly-Fishing Merit Badge.

Basic Fly-Fishing Clinics

Basic Fly-Fishing Clinics, designed for anglers with little to no...

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Sheridan – CWD is a fatal neurological disease of deer, elk and moose. The elk was found in elk hunt area 34 – an area that overlaps with deer hunt areas where CWD was previously documented and is bordered on the north by elk hunt area 35 where CWD had already been documented.

The elk was found by a landowner and...