Western New York Brown trout and steelhead were dominating the fishing report, with walleye not far behind. Buffy Frank of Lockport caught a monster brown trout while fishing a favorite Niagara County Lake Ontario tributary. Using a black marabou jig tipped with wax worms, she hauled in a 34-inch brownie that tipped the scales at better than 15 pounds. She…
The possibility of tweaking the hunting rules has sounded alarms in the hunting and animal welfare communities in state that boasts one of the largest black bear population in the country.
“It will be a pretty big deal if we get CWD in North Carolina. … It could have a big impact on our deer herd and hunting.”
A growing concern for Idaho Fish and Game is hunters using vehicles, particularly all-terrain vehicles, to hunt. ATVs may be allowed for hunting in some areas with restrictions, but not for hunting big game.
While two positive deer were taken in unit 3F2, an area of North Dakota known to have CWD, a third was taken from Divide County in deer unit 3A1, previously considered free of CWD.
Central Region Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County) — There’s a layer of skim ice on Alum Creek Lake as of this writing on Dec. 9. Prior to ice-up, however, anglers were focusing their efforts on smallmouth bass and crappies. Some smallmouth were found in the south pool, biting on plastics. Crappies can be caught at this time of year using…
Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission tout stockings were in progress at select fisheries in recent weeks. For a schedule, visit www.fishandboat.com NORTHWEST REGION Lake Erie — Lake trout were reported on spoons off the mountain when conditions allowed through early December. Anglers are advised that docks are out at Northeast Marina and Shades Beach. Lake Erie tributaries — Steelhead and…
Editor’s note: Ice is forming on rivers and lakes across the state, but not at the same rate. While there was good ice in areas of the Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula last week, lakes in southern Michigan were still not safe for foot travel. With warmer temperatures in the forecast anglers are advised to use extreme caution when…
Much of the state washed out on Dec. 15-16.
David Berry Jr. was ordered to watch the Disney classic at least once a month during his year-long jail sentence in what conservation agents have called one of the largest deer poaching cases in state history
It’s being called one of the most egregious poaching events ever seen by Alaska state wildlife troopers.
Ohio’s hunters checked 9,625 white-tailed deer; last year, the harvest was 14,115.
Western New York Muskie season is now closed, with the exception of the lower Niagara River and Lake Ontario, where the season closes Dec. 15. The upper Niagara River produced a few nice late-season fish like the 50-inch trophy reeled in by Rebecca Gaulteri of Hamilton, Ontario. She was fishing with Capt. Chris Cinelli of Grand Island and managed to…
Hunters will have opportunity to make up ground this weekend.
More than 750 deer heads were examined in a core surveillance area around Dickinson County. Hundreds more were checked in an area that extended into Marquette County.
Man who was elk hunting told authorities he shot the bear after it approached his hunting camp three different times. However, investigators found only one set of bear tracks outside the camp and determined that it wasn’t a case of self-defense.
Fifty-six percent of the deer taken in the muzzleloader-only season were does.Hunters harvested 3,863 deer during the 2018 muzzleloader-only season, which took place this past weekend. The harvest tally was up slightly from the 3,765 taken in 2017. According to the Illinois DNR, harvest sex ratios were 56 percent does and 44 percent bucks (2,172 to 1,691). The top five counties for muzzleloader…
A preliminary total of 80,896 deer were taken by hunters during the seven-day Illinois firearms season compared to 80,117 in 2017.
It is the first detection of the disease in Houston County since testing began in 2002. If confirmed positive, the DNR will offer landowner shooting permits in the area around where the deer was harvested and continue to collect samples as opportunities arise through deer-vehicle collisions or archery harvest. The DNR also will consider special hunts in January or February, depending on results from additional samples.
Conservation Officer Jacqueline Hughes checks a deer hunter’s license. (Minnesota DNR) They’ve saved a hunter’s life, helped remove a deer running wild through the basement of a home and taught firearms safety classes. They’ve busted poachers, had lunch with kids and learned the ins and outs of natural resources law enforcement. Since their training began in May, the Minnesota DNR’s…
Residents and nonresidents can participate in the hunts from Friday, Dec. 21 to Sunday, Dec. 23 and Friday, Dec. 28 to Sunday, Dec. 30 in deer permit areas 603, 347 and 348, and portions of deer permit areas 343 and 345 that are south of Interstate 90.
Amid challenging weather, hunters in Ohio checked 60,557 white-tailed deer during the 2018 weeklong deer-gun season. Last year, hunters checked 72,814 deer over the same period.
Late-season hunts, landowner shooting permits, post-season deer culling and public meeting planned.
And at least 30 of the points are scorable, the DNR says.
Hunters encouraged to check deer in counties where state is actively monitoring for CWD, particularly Gratiot, Isabella, Jackson and Kent.
Meanwhile, the fall turkey harvest was about average this year.