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OK: March 31 deadline for Outdoor Oklahoma magazine photography contest

Outdoor Oklahoma magazine is on the search for photography that showcases Oklahoma’s outdoors and wildlife for its annual Readers’ Photography Showcase issue. The entry deadline for the annual contest is March 31, and the annual “Readers’ Photography Showcase” article is featured in the July/Aug issue. Both professional and amateur photographers are eligible for the chance to have their digital photos…

SD: Black Hills Trails Experiencing the Best Snow of the Year

PIERRE, S.D. – After a shortage of snow this winter, a South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks official says snowmobiling in the Black Hills is in full swing.   Two to two-and-a-half feet of snow fell in the Black Hills in the last 10 days, and snowmobile trails are in excellent condition, said District Park Supervisor Shannon Percy,…

South Dakota GFP Offers Apple App for Hunters and Anglers

The South Dakota Department of Game Fish and Parks has just released a smart-phone application that will make life easier for hunters and anglers.   The GFP application, or app, is a free download at the App Store for users of the Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. It allows sportsmen to purchase and apply for licenses via their phones,…

NH: Last Call for Junior Duck Stamp Contest – $500 Prize

CONCORD, N.H. – Kids who want to enter New Hampshire’s 2012 Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest should start putting the finishing touches on their masterpieces. Entries must be postmarked by March 15. The contest is a chance for New Hampshire youth from kindergarten through grade 12 to create original artwork depicting any North American duck or goose. Entries are judged…

CO: Denver area hunters invited to big game seminars

DENVER – Are you planning on hunting big game in 2012 and have questions about how to get a license? Join us for an introduction to big-game licenses in Colorado. Learn about how the draw and preference point system works, how to determine your odds of drawing a limited license, what is the difference between limited and over-the-counter licenses, when…

NJ: Native Fish Art and Writing Contest Entry Deadline Approaching!

Entries for the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Native Fish Art and Writing contest must be received by Friday, March 2, 2012. This contest provides an excellent opportunity for fourth through seventh grade students to learn about New Jersey’s native fish.   Participants must write a short story about a year in the life of a native New Jersey…

NJ: Conservation Education Program Offered

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife is inviting schools and teachers to incorporate the exciting Trout in the Classroom (TIC) program into their classrooms as part of a multi-faceted curriculum offering that can help develop a respect and better understanding of New Jersey’s expansive natural offerings and the importance of conservation.   Trout in the Classroom is a science-based…

SD: Fish Houses Must Be Removed From Lakes by Feb 29

The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Department is reminding anglers that all fish houses must be removed from the ice by midnight, Feb 29th. Shelters may still be used after that day, but must be removed daily.   The GFP is urging anglers that have ice houses still on the ice to use extreme caution when removing them. Ice…

OK: Important conservation supporter to host annual banquet

A local conservation organization is hosting a sportsmen-tailored event that offers a chance to pick up new outdoor merchandise while supporting wildlife conservation efforts in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Station Chapter of Safari Club International’s 27th Annual Convention Banquet and Fundraiser is slated for March 3 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. The convention features an auction for a…

ND: 2012 Season Opening Dates, Calendar of Events

Year – Around Seasons: Badger, fox, and coyote firearms, traps, archery, and pursue with hounds. Beaver and raccoon firearms, traps, archery, underwater cable device, and pursue with hounds (raccoons only).   For more information on seasons see our hunting, fishing, and trapping regulations.   March 2012 10: spring crow season opens 10: hunter ed instructor workshop, Dickinson 15: deadline to…

ND: Remove Permanent Fish Houses

State law requires permanent fish houses to be removed from North Dakota waters by midnight March 15. Nancy Boldt, water safety coordinator for the state Game and Fish Department, said anglers should exercise caution because mild weather conditions this winter have resulted in unstable ice conditions in many areas of the state. “It is always important to check ice thickness,…

ND: Darkhouse Spearfishing Season Closes March 15

Anglers are reminded that North Dakota’s darkhouse spearfishing season closes March 15. Individuals who would still like to get out for the first time this year must register with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. Registration is available through the department’s website, gf.nd.gov, or through any Game and Fish Department office. March 15 is also the deadline for anglers…

Wisconsin sturgeon spearing season ends Sunday

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) _ The sturgeon spearing season will soon end, with low harvest numbers expected.The state Department of Natural Resources reports spearers harvested 22 fish Saturday. That makes the season total 306 fish on Lake Winnebago and 548 for the entire Lake Winnebago System. The 16-day season ends at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.That compares to more than 1,400 fish in…

MT: Online Hunter Education Available To Adults

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks offers hunter education on the Internet to anyone 18 years and older. State law requires anyone born after Jan. 1, 1985 to take a hunter education course and complete a field course before purchasing a hunting license in Montana. The $15 online course allows adults to take the required hunter education course at their convenience….

MT: Hunters’ 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…

MT: Spring Turkey Permit Application Deadline Is March 8

Hunting Montana’s spring male turkey hunting season begins April 14 this year. The deadline to apply for a Montana spring turkey permit in some Montana counties is March 8. The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission has also expanded some general turkey hunting areas in western Montana. Applicants, must have a 2012 conservation license to be eligible to apply, will…

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Annual Report Now Online

Headlines Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ 2011 Annual Report, now available online at fwp.mt.gov, features an introduction by Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer and FWP Director Joe Maurier. Annually FWP issues such a report to review the year’s formative events and accomplishments in the areas of fish, wildlife and state parks management. “New this year to FWP’s Annual Report is the…

MD: BPW Approves Preservation Of 1,027 Acres Through Rural Legacy Program

Easements in Allegany, Baltimore, Charles, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Washington and Wicomico Counties Annapolis, Md. – Governor Martin O’Malley today announced Board of Public Works (BPW) approval to preserve 1,027 acres of Maryland landscape in Mountain Ridge, Piney Run, the Zekiah Watershed, Foreman Branch, Dividing Creek, Mid-Maryland Washington, and Quantico Creek Rural Legacy Areas through Rural Legacy Program easements. “These projects…

MD: BPW Approves Preservation Of 342 Acres In Frederick, Queen Anne’s And Washington Counties Through Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program

Annapolis, Md. – Governor Martin O’Malley today announced Board of Public Works (BPW) approval to preserve 342 acres of streamside forests, natural areas and wetlands, including properties in Frederick, Queen Anne’s and Washington Counties through the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) easement option. “Thanks to these Maryland landowners, our State will continue to see enhanced natural areas and improved water…

IN: Blue Grass Pit bass fishing improves under new rules

Special bass fishing regulations at Blue Grass Pit are paying off for anglers.   The 195-acre Blue Grass Pit at Blue Grass Fish & Wildlife Area in Warrick County has become one of the best largemouth bass fisheries in southwest Indiana. DNR fisheries biologists credit the pit’s success to regulations enacted in 2003, including a two-bass bag limit and an…

AZ: Raven shot, reward offered for information

KINGMAN, Ariz. – A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the shooting of a raven. The raven was shot on or about Feb. 10 near Kingman Middle School, and the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Operation Game Thief program is offering a reward of up to $100 for information in the case….

Mark your calendars for the Arizona Game and Fish Outdoor Expo

Don’t forget to mark your calendars to attend the Arizona Game and Fish Department Outdoor Expo on Saturday, March 31 and Sunday, April 1, at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix. Arizona’s largest hands-on outdoor expo offers loads of fun activities, exhibits and educational presentations for the entire family: See live wildlife (hawks, owls, reptiles) Learn target archery Take…