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KS: Westar Energy Team novice turkey hunts April 1-17

Registration deadline March 23; preference given to inexperienced hunters PRATT — Staff at Jeffrey Energy Center (JEC) are inviting youth who have not harvested a turkey to participate in the center’s spring hunt April 1-22 at JEC, about 45 minutes northwest of Topeka.   Youth must be accompanied by an adult mentor, preferably one who does not have turkey hunting…

KS: 12th Annual Council Grove Spring Turkey Hunt April 7

Young hunters ages 11 through 16 invited; registration deadline March 23 COUNCIL GROVE — Many young Kansans have not yet experienced the thrill of a Kansas spring turkey hunt. The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) — in cooperation with Council Grove area chapters of the National Wild Turkey Federation and Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation, as well…

MS: Anticipation Builds for the Opening of Spring Turkey Season

JACKSON – Excitement among turkey hunters in many parts of the state is building as the 2012 spring turkey season gets closer. The 2012 spring turkey season will open on March 15th and will run through May 1st. Two years ago, MDWFP biologists reported that the 2010 hatch was well above average, which should translate into an abundance of 2-year-old…

MO: Only three hooked lures allowed on Alabama rigs in Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY Mo — A multi-lure rig for largemouth bass fishing, commonly called the Alabama or umbrella rig, is a hot topic this spring because anglers are having good success catching fish with them. But while the rigs allow multiple lures to be used, Missouri’s Wildlife Code allows no more than three lures or baits with hooks for each pole…

OR: ODFW aims to develop chinook fishery on Coast Fork Willamette

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – For the first time in more than three decades the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will release a substantial number of spring chinook salmon into the Coast Fork Willamette River in hopes of establishing a recreational fishery between Cottage Grove and Springfield.   The department plans on March 12 to release about 210,000 chinook salmon smolts…

IN: DNR gives temporary OK to umbrella rigs

Indiana DNR director Robert E. Carter Jr. has signed a temporary rule that establishes a limit on the number of hooks allowed on a rig or lure array used for sport fishing, essentially making so-called umbrella rigs legal through the remainder of this year.   Until recently, umbrella rigs were a traditional saltwater trolling apparatus used effectively in the northeastern…

GA: Johnson County High School Wins Georgia-NASP Regional #5

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/27/2012) Johnson County High School took top shooting honors at the final regional archery tournament Saturday in Wrightsville.   Johnson County shot a team score of 3,028, topping five other competing schools for the overall highest-scoring team honors at Georgia-NASP Regional No. 5 in their home gym.   Johnson County High captured the high school division title…

New report shows Delaware continues to lose valuable wetlands despite conservation efforts

Report demonstrates importance of wetlands in cleaning water, reducing flooding, protecting the coast and providing habitat   DOVER (Feb. 27, 2012) – A new report released this week prior to the biennial Delaware Wetlands Conference concludes that despite heightened public awareness of the importance of wetlands and stronger conservation efforts throughout the state to combat their loss, Delaware continues to…

Delaware State Parks 2012 fee season to begin March 1

DOVER (Feb. 27, 2011) – DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation reminds visitors to Delaware’s state parks that entrance fees will be collected beginning Thursday, March 1. The fee season extends until November 30.     Revenue generated from park entrance fees is used to manage more than 26,000 acres of state park lands. The income is used for trail…

CA: Special Turkey Hunting Opportunities Offered in North Central Region

Turkey hunters awaiting the spring turkey season can visit the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) website to apply online for special hunts.   The website lists numerous hunts statewide, including opportunities in the DFG North Central Region, which includes Plumas, Sierra, Butte, Glenn, Lake, Colusa, Yolo, Sutter, Yuba, Nevada, Placer, El Dorado, Sacramento, Amador, Alpine, Calaveras and San Joaquin…

CA: Convicted Deer Poachers Face Heavy Fines, Penalties

Three Stockton men face prison and jail terms, heavy fines, a forfeited vehicle and destroyed firearms for conspiring to kill and sell deer for profit. In June 2011, after a three week investigation, wardens with the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) arrested Thongseuth Khounchanh, 58; Ti Sila, 51; and Bounleuna Sysenglath, 59; all from Stockton, as they returned…

AR: Hunter Education Class (Fort Smith) March 10

Saturday, March 10, 2012 7:30am until 6:30pm Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center , 8300 Wells Lake Road, Fort Smith, Arkansas 72916 Registration is not required.   For more information please contact Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center at 479-452-3993.   There is no fee for this program thanks to your support of the 1/8 Cent Conservation Sales…

Arkansas’s bear harvest continues to be strong

Hunters harvested more than 400 bears during the 2011-12 season.   The harvest totals were presented to commissioners of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission during its monthly meeting last week. Bear Program Coordinator Myron Means said the harvest numbers could be attributed to private land hunters using bait. He added that the statewide harvest goal is between 350 and…

NJ: Pequest Exhibit Hall Closed for Renovation

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife has announced the Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center has temporarily closed the Center’s Exhibit Hall for renovation and the installation of new exhibits. Educational programming and scheduling and the self guided trail will not be affected by the Exhibit Hall closure, as programs take place mostly outside and in the…

RI: DEM announces emergency shellfishing closure

PROVIDENCE – The Department of Environmental Management announces that the Conimicut Triangle and Area A of Upper Narragansett Bay will be closed to shellfishing beginning at noon today. The closure is being enacted because a significant but unknown quantity of raw sewage entered the Seekonk River from a sewage overflow from the Narragansett Bay Commission’s wastewater collection system in the…

TX: Toledo Bend Toyota ShareLunker Biggest of Season to Date

ATHENS—Toledo Bend, the sprawling reservoir on the border between Texas and Louisiana, produced the sixth Toyota ShareLunker of the current season Saturday, a 14.20-pound largemouth bass that is the largest entered so far this season.   Ryan Pinkston of Center was fishing in a Bass ‘n Bucks tournament when he caught the fish about 2:00 p.m. while fishing in about…

TX: Pronghorn Restoration and Research Seminar March 6 at Sul Ross

ALPINE — The Borderlands Research Institute (BRI) of Sul Ross State University and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) will host a March 6 seminar to discuss current findings of the Pronghorn Restoration and Research Project.   The seminar will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 in the Espino Conference Center, Morgan University Center. Refreshments will be served and…

TX: Trophy Bass Management Symposium March 24 at Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center

ATHENS – Private bass pond managers will get a behind-the scenes look at how Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) inland fisheries biologists monitor fish populations and care for trophy bass at a statewide symposium set for March 23—24, 2012, at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) in Athens.   “There are more than a million private impoundments in the…

WA: Hunters have until March 31 to apply for multiple-season permits

OLYMPIA – Deer and elk hunters have until March 31 to enter their name in a drawing for a 2012 multiple-season permit, which can greatly increase their opportunities for success in the field.   In mid-April, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will randomly draw names for 8,500 multiple-season deer permits and 1,000 multiple-season elk permits.   Winners…

WA: Strong returns of Columbia River chinook salmon, coastal coho projected

OLYMPIA – Fishing opportunities look promising for chinook in Washington’s ocean waters and the Columbia River, as well as for coho in coastal bays and rivers, according to preseason salmon forecasts released today at a public meeting in Olympia.   Forecasts for chinook, coho, sockeye and chum salmon mark the starting point for developing 2012 salmon-fishing seasons in Puget Sound,…

AZ: Fishing Report Feb 28, 2012

Prior to this week’s storm on the day before Leap Day, we had been experiencing the leading edge of the great spring fishing. The storm likely slowed things down. However, given a few days of warmer weather, sport-fish activity levels should pick up again.   If we experience high winds on Friday, as predicted, it could once again delay the…