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OR: Commission gets first look at proposed ocean salmon seasons at March 9 meeting

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will be briefed on options for the upcoming ocean salmon seasons when it meets in Corvallis on March 9 at the Comfort Suites, 1790 NW 9th St. The meeting begins at 8 a.m. and a full agenda can be found here http://www.dfw.state.or.us/agency/commission/minutes/12/03_mar/index.asp The Commission will be presented with a range of…

MO: Turkey hunting clinic open to youths ages 9 through 15

BLAIRSTOWN– Hunters age 9 through 15 who want to learn about turkey hunting can register for a youth turkey hunting clinic March 24. The clinic is cosponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation and Everhart’s Wilderness Lodge. It will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the lodge, which is northwest of Clinton. The event gives young people…

SC: Spring turkey hunters should order tags now for upcoming season

Although most spring turkey hunters have recently received their turkey tags by mail, those who have not received them should order tags now so they will receive them before the season opens. Hunters can determine if they should have received their tags by mail by checking their hunting license. If “Turkey Tags” appears on their hunting license the tags should…

SC: Adult-youth fishing open at Bonneau Ferry

Bonneau Ferry Wildlife Management Area (WMA), located near Cordesville in Berkeley County, is opening for another season of fishing. This adult/youth only fishing area provides a great family opportunity to enjoy good fishing in an uncrowded natural setting. Fishing on Bonneau Ferry WMA will be allowed on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays during daylight hours only from March 3 through Oct….

TX: Lake Ray Roberts Produces Toyota ShareLunker

ATHENS—Big bass are where you find them, and Stan Lawing of Poetry, Texas, proved that while fishing in a Bass Champs tournament on Lake Ray Roberts March 3. Lawing had reeled his spinner bait almost all the way back to the boat when a 13.06-pound bass took it. That fish is now Toyota ShareLunker 530. Lawing reported the fish bit…

TX: Outlook Promising for Spring Turkey Hunting

AUSTIN— Despite lingering dry conditions in some parts of Texas, prospects for this year’s spring turkey season remain promising, thanks to a carryover of mature gobblers, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologists. Rio Grande spring turkey hunting season in the 54-county South Zone runs March 17-April 29 with special youth-only weekends set for March 10–11 and May 5–6….

WA: Sport clam season opens early at Point Whitney Tidelands, later at Point Whitney Lagoon

Action: The sport clam fishing season at Point Whitney Tidelands (excluding Lagoon) will open immediately. The sport clam fishing season at Point Whitney Lagoon will open on April 1, 2012. Effective date: Point Whitney Tidelands: Immediately through March 31, 2012. Point Whitney Lagoon: April 1, 2012 through April 30, 2012. Species affected: All clams. Location: Point Whitney Tidelands and Point…

WA: South Fork Toutle River will close to fishing

Action: Close the South Fork Toutle River to fishing. Effective Dates: March 16, through June 1, 2012. Species affected: All Species Location: From the mouth to the 4100 Rd. Bridge Reason for action: Increases the steelhead spawning closure by two weeks to further protect wild steelhead. Other information: Matches spawning closure for steelhead in other Region 5 streams. Information contacts:…

KS: Proposed amendment could change senior license exemption bill

Proposal addresses seniors’ concerns while helping agency TOPEKA (March 2, 2012)– Earlier this year, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) asked the Kansas Legislature to consider eliminating the hunting and fishing license exemptions for persons 65 years of age and older. A bill to remove the exemptions was introduced into the Kansas Senate as SB 314, and…

GA: Burton’s Ferry Boat Landing Creates Better Access for Boaters and Anglers

SYLVANIA, Ga. (3/1/2012)Anticipating thousands of users each year, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Screven County today dedicated the Burton’s Ferry Boat Landing, giving boaters and anglers improved access to the Savannah River. This facility includes the existing double wide boat ramp. A new gangway and 40-foot floating access pier was added to the site, along with a new…

FL: Strict attention to Lee manatee zones necessary

“A high and tragic number of seven manatee deaths from vessel strikes have been documented in Lee County this year,” said Capt. Denis Grealish, area law enforcement supervisor for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). “Boaters beware that we have increased our patrols on the water, and enforcement of vessel speed limits in manatee protections zones will be…

FL: Take a kid turkey hunting

March 10-11 is Youth Spring Turkey Hunt Weekend in Florida. This Saturday-Sunday hunt, which occurs the weekend prior to the opening of spring turkey season in each hunting zone, was established in 2011 on private property. It was such a huge success that this year the two-day hunt also is included on 78 of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation…

DE: Volunteer instructors still sought by Division of Fish & Wildlife for March 10 training session for youth fishing program

SMYRNA (March 5, 2012) – The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife is looking for additional volunteers to be trained as instructors for the 2012 season of Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs (HOFNOD) program. A training session will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 10 at the Aquatic Resource Education Center, located east of…

CA: New study will help protect vulnerable birds from impacts of climate change

Scientists from the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) and PRBO Conservation Science have completed an innovative study on the effects of climate change on vulnerable birds. This first-of-its-kind study prioritizes which species are most at risk and will help guide conservation measures in California.The study was published today in the journal PLoS ONE. “What’s most exciting about the study…

Wolf OR7 Returns to Oregon

After drawing much public attention for his historic trek into California, the gray wolf designated as OR7 has turned north and crossed back into Oregon. Originally part of a wolfpack in northeastern Oregon, OR7 wandered more than 1,062 miles in Oregon in September through December of last year before crossing into California last December 28. Gray wolves were extirpated in…

AZ: Wildlife are not pets: A number of reasons exist for laws

KINGMAN, Ariz. – There’s no denying the fact that wildlife might appear to make for a nice pet, especially the youngsters one might believe can be domesticated. “There’s no such thing,” said Zen Mocarski, public information officer for the Game and Fish Region 3 office in Kingman. “Yes, wild animals may sometimes appear comfortable around people and some have been…

AZ: First meeting of Sportsmen’s Constituent Group to be held March 22

A most important first meeting of the newly created Sportsmen’s Constituent Group (working title at this point) will be held on Thursday, March 22, from 6-9 p.m., at the Arizona Game and Fish Department headquarters at 5000 W. Carefree Highway in Phoenix. The meeting will discuss how to best unite constituents (sportsmen/women and other wildlife enthusiasts, whether affiliated with an…

OR: Enter to win guided youth turkey hunt in Jackson County

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — ODFW’S Access and Habitat program is offering youth hunters (age 17 and under) the opportunity to win a guided turkey hunt on a private ranch in Jackson County during the spring 2012 season.   To enter the drawing to win one of 10 hunts at the C2 Ranch, fill out this online application. Mail it to…

NM: Weekly Fishing Report Feb. 28, 2012

This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.   Northeast   Charette Lakes – Closed for the season and will reopen next spring. Cimarron River – No…

NE: March Outdoor Calendar

The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in March:   March 2 – Crane viewing begins, Fort Kearny State Historical Park visitors center, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 308-865-5305 March 3 – Becoming an Outdoors-Woman birding workshop, 9-11 a.m., Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium, Gretna, 402-471-6009 March 8 – Prescribed Burn Training Workshop, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Table…

KS: Special spring turkey hunt applications available online

Special hunts application deadline March 18; regular season April 11-May 31 PRATT — To encourage youth involvement in turkey hunting, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) will offer special hunts on select state wildlife areas this spring. In addition, KDWPT is joining with private landowners to offer special turkey hunts on private lands. Private land special hunts…

KS: State, Federal Agencies acquire Cherokee County land

Property to be restored to benefit wildlife and the public CHEROKEE COUNTY — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Kansas Field Office and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) (collectively known as “Trustees”) have acquired 711 acres in Cherokee County. The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) will hold title to the property and be…

KS: Bison being moved from Sandsage Wildlife Area

Drought forces temporary move of 40 animals GARDEN CITY — A two-year drought is forcing the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) to move bison from the Sandsage Bison Range and Wildlife Area, near Garden City, to Maxwell Wildlife Area, in McPherson County north of Canton. The drought has depleted forage on the area, and the move is…