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Quail season opens Nov. 12

Oklahoma’s quail season opens Nov. 12 and runs through Feb. 15, providing hunters with an opportunity to hunt one of the most popular game birds in Oklahoma.The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation has conducted annual roadside surveys in August and October since 1990 to index quail populations across Oklahoma. Department employees run 83 different 20-mile routes in all counties except…

NY: ECO shortage around 40; academy class requested

Albany – DEC has a serious shortage of environmental conservation officers that could grow if a long-awaited contract is approved and many ECOs choose to retire at that point.Peter Fanelli, DEC’s director of law enforcement, said the division is currently down 38 officers, a number that includes ECOs, lieutenants, investigators, investigative lieutenants, captains, majors and one colonel.”I’ve been saying it…

Minnesota Governor Dayton asks Congress for help with invasive carp

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Gov. Mark Dayton outlined an urgent case Monday for stopping invasive Asian carp from spreading widely in Minnesota’s waters, convening a summit where he said the state will need help from Congress and where officials discussed whether a Mississippi River lock and dam in Minneapolis should be permanently closed. At the meeting billed as a…

Louisiana Seeking Private Land to Lease for Public Dove Hunts on Sept. 3

Aug. 8, 2011– The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is now seeking fields to lease from private landowners for the Sept. 3 opening of the 2011-12 dove season. Since 1994, LDWF has leased fields for public hunting access on the opening day of dove season. Suitable fields are recently harvested grain fields or freshly cut pastures that are…

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Approves Online Application Process for Oyster Harvester Permits in Lake Calcasieu

August 4, 2011 – Today the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission passed a motion amending the rules by which Oyster Harvester Permits are issued for Lake Calcasieu. As required by Act 329 of the 2011 Louisiana Legislative Session, anyone seeking to commercially harvest oysters in Lake Calcasieu must have one of 126 special Oyster Harvester Permits issued by the Louisiana…

CO: EHU: Women and elk hunting

Women comprise the fastest growing segment of the population with regard to hunting and shooting sports participation. Sabrina Schnelker provides her first hunt experiences and discusses some interesting lessons as seen through the eyes of a first time elk hunter. Read about her third season elk hunt last year and take note of the variety of lessons she learned while…

OK: Wildlife Expo to feature Oklahoma angling opportunities

Some would say if you have never had a chance to catch a fish, then you really haven’t experienced Oklahoma, but you can at this year’s seventh annual Oklahoma Wildlife Expo slated for Sept. 24-25.The Wildlife Expo, held at the Lazy E Arena just north of Oklahoma City, provides visitors a chance to fish for free in a stocked pond….

SD: Antelope Applications Available

Prairie and Custer State Park Antelope Licenses are available.Online applications are now being accepted for the 2011 Prairie and Custer State Park Antelope Seasons. For more information and to apply, visit:http://gfp.sd.gov/hunting/big-game/antelope/default.aspxPaper applications will be available next week at authorized agents. Categories: Import

Wants info from old Bob Steiner column on contacting officials

I got this letter recently, and decided that being able to access this information would be good for readers of my blog, too…  “Not long ago Bob Steiner wrote a column that included information about how to contact certain officials, including game and fish commissioners, politicians and the like. He supplied phone numbers, addresses, and e-mail addresses. I have been…

SD: Riders Can Still Register for 14th Annual Mickelson Trail Trek

LEAD, S.D. – Openings still exist for riders to take part in the 14th Annual Mickelson Trail Trek, say park officials. The deadline for early registration for the Sept. 16-18 ride is July 1. After that, merchandise is not included with registration. Registration can be completed online by visiting www.mickelsontrail.com and following the “Trail Trek” link. Registration is available on…

OK: Fishing Report for June 22, 2011

This weekly fishing report is provided by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. CENTRAL Arcadia: June 20. Elevation slightly below normal, water 84 and muddy. Bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits at 3-5 ft. around the dam and brush piles in the mornings. Channel catfish good on worms and cut bait off bottom along the banks early and late. Crappie…

ID: F&G Commission adds salmon season, adjusts limits

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission Monday, June 6, increased the bag limits on adult Chinook salmon in the Clearwater River drainage to two per day and six in possession. The commissioners also set a limited jacks-only season on another section of the upper Salmon River. Fish and Game fishery managers estimate the numbers of adult Chinook heading back to…

UT: Fish for free on June 4

If you’re looking for a fun activity that’s close to home and doesn’t cost much, mark June 4 on your calendar.Free Fishing Day is June 4, 2011 June 4 is Free Fishing Day in Utah. You won’t need a fishing license to fish in the state that day. “Make plans now to get out with your family and enjoy a…

Minnesota DNR announces new live peregrine falcon webcam

A live webcam has been placed in a peregrine falcon box that is located in the Bremer Bank building in downtown St. Paul, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR).The falcons can be viewed by clicking here. “We are very excited to provide this webcam, which allows the public a close-up view into the lives of these incredible…

NY: Fluke regs loosened somewhat

But 20.5-inch minimum still frustrates anglersEast Setauket, N.Y. – New York’s revised summer flounder (fluke) regulations will offer a longer season in 2011, as well as an increase in the daily limit from two fish to three and a reduction in the size minimum from 21 inches to 20.5.But those alterations won’t be enough to appease shore-based anglers and boaters…

Hooray for me; the heck with you

I’ve been disappointed reading many of the comments left by hunters in response to articles published in statewide news media about the meetings on the Lower Peninsula deer baiting ban. So many of those commenting seem to have no concern for anyone else but themselves.Hunting seems to be like everything else these days – infected with the prevalent “hooray for…

WI: Calendar of Events Issue: 8

Banquet/FundraiserApril 23: Melrose-North Bend Area WTU Banquet, 5:30 p.m., North Bend Lions Club Park. For more info call Jim Wiltinger, 608-689-2224.April 23: Dunn County WTU Banquet, 5 p.m, D.A.V. Veterans Center. For more info call Nathan Schultz, 715-214-8190.April 25: Blue Hills Country WTU Banquet, 5:30 p.m., Renegade’s Bar & Restaurant. For more info call Dustin Linder, 715-418-0644.April 25: Marinett County Chapter TU Banquet, Schussler’s Supper…

Arizona Fishing Report #A6

These Arizona fishing reports are long and loaded with detailed information on specific bites on specific waters… here’s to your great day on the water! Here’s a piece of great news — we surveyed Tempe Town Lake last week and guess what? IT’S BACK! Our biologists are still crunching the numbers, but the survey showed lots of largemouth bass ranging…

VHS fish disease caused gizzard shad fish kill in Milwaukee Harbor ship canals

MILWAUKEE – A mid-March fish kill of thousands of gizzard shad in the Milwaukee Harbor ship canals was caused by the fish virus viral hemorrhagic septicemia, or VHS, according to results released March 31 from the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Madison. The finding represents the first time VHS has been detected in Wisconsin’s waters of Lake Michigan since 2008,…

PA: Surprise: PF&BC OKs gas-leasing program

Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission has spent a lot of time over the last two years surveying streams, lobbying lawmakers and reaching out to the public for help in monitoring the impacts of Marcellus shale gas development on the state’s environment.Now, it’s preparing to work with – and take money from – those same drillers.At a special…

OK: Waterfowl Report for March 1, 2011

Conservation Order Light Goose Season is open February 14 to March 30. For additional information and regulations visit wildlifedepartment.com.  NORTHEAST Kaw: Habitat conditions are poor, with low quantities of millet sedges and natural waterfowl vegetation. Goose numbers are fair. Hunting activity is light, with fair success. Bird movement in the area has been moderate. SOUTHEAST Red Slough: Goose numbers are…

Agencies getting tough with ship ballast dumping

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) – After decades of delay, government officials are beginning to crack down on cargo ships that allow foreign invasive species to hitchhike to U.S. waters, where they have turned ecosystems upside down and caused billions of dollars in economic losses. Organisms as large as adult fish and as small as bacteria lurk in ship ballast tanks,…

WI: DNR asks for a $37 million hike in next budget

Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – The DNR is requesting a budget that totals $583.4 million for 2011-12, and $583.2 million for 2012-13. The two-year total is about $37 million more than the two-year current budget for 2009-11. The budget was approved by the Natural Resources Board at its September meeting, but the actual budget likely will change based on results of…

Wisconsin Calendar of Events – Issue 22

Banquet/FundraiserOct. 29: Iowa County WTU Banquet, 6:30 p.m., Dodger Bowl. For more info call Erik Miller, 608-935-3690.Oct. 30: White Pine Friends of NRA Banquet, 4:30 p.m., Club 13. For more info call Joe, 715-339-2421.Nov. 2: Winnebago Home Builders Assoc. WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., LaSures Hall. For more info call 920-235-2962.Nov. 3: Western Monroe County DU Banquet, 5:30 p.m., Club 16. For more info…

Southern opener not a washout this year

Editor Albany – Compared to last year’s washout, the opening weekend of the 2009 Southern Zone firearms deer season was a pretty good one. But although the opening weekend harvest was up from last year’s kickoff, keep in mind whitetail hunters didn’t have a tough act to follow on the heels of the 2008 opener marked by soaking rains across…