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NE: Family Archery Program to Begin in Lincoln

A new family archery-shooting program begins in Lincoln on March 10. The Families on Target Program will be held at the Air Park Recreation Center on Saturdays through April from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Families can enjoy archery shooting in a fun, relaxed atmosphere under the guidance of City of Lincoln Parks and Recreation staff. Equipment will be provided….

LA: 29,630 Acres Added to Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) today announced a property acquisition that will conserve and preserve the largest contiguous tract of wetland forest remaining in the lower Mississippi River Alluvial Valley.Partners in the transaction made the announcement at the Livingston Parish governmental complex. The 29,630 acres acquired by LDWF will…

FL: FWC offers hunter safety course in Broward Co.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will host a free hunter safety course on March 17 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students will learn about hunting laws, safe gun handling and hunter ethics/responsibility, among other topics, before taking the final test. The course also includes live-firing instruction on a shooting range. People seeking certification must successfully complete…

FL: FWC offers hunter safety course in Collier Co.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will host a free hunter safety course on March 17 from 8 a.m.to 2 p.m. and March18 from 8 a.m. to noon. Attendance on both days is required for certification. Participants must successfully complete the online portion of the course prior to attending and bring the final Web report to the FWC…

FL: ‘Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!’ weekend offers angling fun

Women are invited to explore the finest of fishing at the next “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” seminar, hosted March 16-18 at the Naples Harbour Yacht Club in Naples. Held in conjunction with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) through the Sport Fish Restoration Program, “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” is a national organization dedicated to attracting more women to…

HI: Crews busy removing floating trash from Ala Wai Harbor

HONOLULU — Contractors for the DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation today are continuing to work to remove floating trash from the debris trap located at the entrance to Ala Wai small boat harbor near Ala Wai boulevard bridge. Cleanup of the debris trap began Monday at 7 a.m. following heavy weekend rains that washed large amounts of assorted…

DE: Save the date: Duck, Trout Stamp contests set for March 31

Delaware’s Junior Duck Stamp winners also to be displayed at Greenwings event GREENWOOD (March 6, 2012) – Wildlife art enthusiasts, stamp and print collectors, waterfowl hunters, birdwatchers and wetland conservationists will gather beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 31 at the Delaware Ducks Unlimited Greenwings Event at Owens Station in Greenwood for the judging of Delaware’s annual Duck Stamp and…

DE: Fish and Wildlife Enforcement investigates canoe accident, cites teen for no life jackets on board

MILLSBORO (March 6, 2012) – DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement agents cited a canoe owner for negligence after investigating a boating accident Sunday afternoon that involved four teenaged boys fishing in a farm pond near Millsboro. Three of the teens were fishing from the canoe while the fourth, the canoe’s 16-year-old owner, fished from shore. The canoe capsized,…

GA: Restoring Raccoon Creek

Raccoon Creek in the Etowah River Watershed of Northwest Georgia is critical to the long-term survival of a variety of aquatic insects, and fish, including the federally endangered Etowah darter and threatened Cherokee darter, the lined chub, and the recreationally-fished redeye bass. But threats loom. The creek flows through Paulding County in Metro Atlanta, one of the country’s fastest growing…

ID: Deer Killed To Control Exotic Louse Infestation

With help from USDA Wildlife Service, Idaho Fish and Game killed 60 mule deer in Riggins to help stop the spread an infestation of exotic lice. In March 2009, a male mule deer about nine months old suffering from hair loss was reported in Riggins. Officials who responded found the deer dead and sent it to Idaho’s Wildlife Health Lab…

NC: Wildlife Commission to Host Special Wild Turkey Hunting Program

BREVARD, N.C. (March 6, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will host a free “Talkin’ Turkey” program March 24, from 9 a.m. until noon. The program is being coordinated by the Commission’s Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education. The informative program is suitable for ages 12 and older. Wildlife enforcement officers will discuss the history of wild turkey in North…

OR: April 27 brine shrimp permit lottery canceled

SALEM, Ore. — ODFW announced today it has canceled the April 27 lottery for two commercial brine shrimp permits. The lottery was canceled when two existing permit holders decided to appeal the revocation of their permits. The state issues only three commercial permits to harvest brine shrimp from Lake Abert in southeast Oregon. The appeals will be heard by commercial…

UT: Possible wolf sightings

SPRINGVILLE — For the past year and a half, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources has been investigating reports that wolves might be in a remote area east of Springville in north-central Utah. On March 4, while flying over the area in a helicopter, personnel with the USDA-Wildlife Services found the best evidence yet. The personnel were performing coyote control…

WA: First morning razor-clam dig of the year set for March 10-11

OLYMPIA – State fishery managers approved a morning razor clam dig at four ocean beaches this weekend (March 10-11) after marine toxin tests confirmed that the clams on those beaches are safe to eat. The dig, scheduled at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks beaches, marks the first time this season that clam diggers will be allowed to harvest…

OK: Chermac Energy Corporation and Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation enter into agreement concerning Lesser Prairie Chicken

OKLAHOMA CITY – Chermac Energy Corporation and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) entered into a Memorandum of Agreement to voluntarily partially offset potential habitat loss for the Lesser Prairie Chicken (“LEPC”). The MOA covers voluntary payments for possible affects to LEPC and their habitat caused by a planned 55 mile high voltage transmission line from near the Kansas…

California wildlife official under fire for cougar hunt

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The photo shows a hunter with a proud smile with a mountain lion in a snowy wilderness — a memento from a successful Idaho hunting trip that has become a political nightmare for the hunter. He is the state Fish and Game Commission president in California, where cougar killing is banned. Since the photograph surfaced in…

MT: Hunter Education Classes Set for Belgrade, Bozeman and Manhattan

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks announces the scheduling of spring hunter education classes in Belgrade, Bozeman and Manhattan. Registration is required, and students under 18 years of age must have the consent of a parent or guardian. Belgrade The spring Belgrade Hunter Education class will take place March 19-23, 2012 at the Belgrade Middle School (410 Triple Crown Road) from…

MT: FWP Corrects Reports of “NEW” Permit for Elk Archers

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials said today that a widely reported “new elk tag” for archers in the eastern half of Montana is causing confusion among hunters. Several reports following the FWP Commission meeting last week suggested that FWP would offer a new “900-15” elk archery permit that would be good for use in up to 21 limited entry…

MT: Hunter’s Bear Identification Training Required

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds all black bear hunters it is their responsibility to avoid mistakenly shooting a grizzly bear during the state’s upcoming spring black bear hunt. Montana’s spring black bear hunting season begins April 15. Before first-time bear hunters can purchase a black bear hunting license, he or she must be certified by successfully completing FWP’s bear…

Montana’s Wolf Population Up 15 Percent In 2011

At least 653 wolves were counted by FWP wolf specialists at the end of 2011 according to the annual wolf conservation and management report released Wednesday by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. FWP’s report, which is available online at fwp.mt.gov, shows Montana’s minimum wolf population increased by 87 wolves or about 15 percent in 2011, compared to an eight percent…

MT: Wolf Hunting Season By The Numbers

State wildlife officials today released the tallies charting the overall accomplishments of the 2011-12 wolf hunting season. The wolf hunting season ended with a total harvest of 166 wolves, 75 percent of the overall quota of 220 wolves. The season was initially set to end Dec. 31, 2011, but the FWP Commission extended wolf hunting until Feb. 15 to allow…

MT: New Deadline for Trails Programs – Grant Applications

State Parks (Helena, MT) – Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) is announcing a timeline change for two trails grant programs: the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) and the Off-Highway Vehicle Program (OHV). The new 2012 grant application deadline will be extended to August 1 instead of the typical deadline of July 1. The change is due to the RTP program transitioning to…

NE: Prescribed Burns Scheduled This Spring

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will conduct prescribed burns this spring when conditions are favorable. The primary goal of a burn is to reduce invasive species competing with native species. Burning also improves the diversity and quality of habitat available to a variety of wildlife. Areas scheduled for burning, by region, are (wildlife management areas unless otherwise noted): Northwest:…

NE: Commissioners Will Consider Big Game Recommendations March 9

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioners will consider staff recommendations for 2012 big game regulations when they meet March 9. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. at Game and Parks’ Lincoln headquarters, 2200 N. 33rd St. There will be a public hearing at 9:45 a.m. for big game recommendations, which will include a new 126-day River Antlerless deer season that…

NC: Wildlife Commission Offers Summer Camp on Becoming an Outdoors Diva

RALEIGH, N.C. (March 5, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will offer a free weeklong day camp for young women ages 13-17 at its Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education on June 25-29. Becoming an Outdoors Diva is modeled on the popular Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program for adults. “Teen girls can learn some of the same skills found in…