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State-by-State 2020 Spring Turkey Hunting Forecast
Posted on: 02/07/20

Attention turkey bums: There is great spring hunting opportunities available coast to coast from March through early June. Choose from Florida Osceolas in early March or hard-gobbling Easterns open throughout the Southeast and Midwest. Head to Texas for loud-mouthed Rios or north to the prairies for last-chance Merriam’s. Each state has an Overall Outlook, Potential Spring 2020 Hotspots and Quick Tips to help you start planning your Spring 2020 hunts...

When is the Best Time for Shed Antler Hunting?
Posted on: 01/22/20

When should you start shed hunting? Today we’re going to tackle that very question. But first, why is it an important question to have an answer to in the first place? Why Is It Important To Know When To Start Shed Hunting? Assuming you’d like to find piles of shed antlers this year, the timing of when you shed hunt is important for three reasons:1.The Impact of Human Pressure, 2.Rodent chewing and 3.Human Competition. So How Do I Know When To Start Shed Hunting?...


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       *** DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS SOME OUTDOOR EVENTS MAY BE CANCELED OR POSTPONED ***:
Hunter education clinics, youth clinics, fishing tournaments or derbies, Outdoor Expos and more are canceled or postponed so PLEASE check with the Department of Fish and Game in your state or the state you wanted to attend.

       *** MOST STATE PARKS ARE OPEN***  However due to the COVID 19 Virus, visitor centers and some facilities like bathrooms, campgrounds and boat ramps may be closed. PLEASE check with the Department of Fish and Game in your state or the state you want to visit. UPDATE: Yellowstone is now closed to all visitors. For the latest updates and information on our National Parks see the National Parks website

       *** FOR THE GOOD OF ALL ***
States are doing their best to allow parks and fishing to remain open to the public, HOWEVER it is YOU that must follow the guidelines set, such as social distancing to help control the spread of COVID-19. If WE dont follow these guidelines everyone will loose privileges such as hiking, fishing and more during this pandemic.


ATTN: Hunters - Hunter Education Courses Online

With Hunter Education classes closed in the states amid the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S., hunters can still complete courses online for most states. Any potential hunter that needs to complete the hunter education certification can take online hunter education courses that provide a convenient alternative to the classroom course. Some States also may have their own online courses as well. Hunter-ed.com has worked with IHEA-USA, more than 45 state agencies responsible for...

Arizona 2020 Leftover Elk Permit-Tags Remain Only for “Low Density” Hunt
Posted on: 03/31/20

The Arizona GFD random draw for 2020 elk hunts has been over for weeks, and all leftover permit-tags are gone -- with one exception. More than 600 hunt permit-tags remain available for the minimal occurrence zone/low-density hunt in game management units 12A, 12B, 13A and 13B. There are two ways that hunters can purchase these leftovers on a first-come, first-served basis by...

Michigan 2020 Spring Turkey Hunting Season to Open April 18 - OTC permits may still be available
Posted on: 03/31/20

The Michigan 2020 Spring Turkey Hunting Season to open April 18 and run through May 31.Detailed information about spring turkey regulations, management units, hunting hours and more can be found in the Spring Turkey Digest. Any leftover licenses will be sold until quotas are met. Any limited-quota licenses that remain as of March 30 at 10 a.m. EST may be purchased by any hunter, including...

New Hampshire 2020 Spring Turkey Hunting Season to Proceed as Scheduled
Posted on: 03/31/20

The Granite State’of New Hampshire's 2020 spring turkey hunt remains slated to open on May 1, and run through May 31, with the youth turkey hunt taking place the preceding weekend, Saturday, April 25, and Sunday, April 26. However, this is subject to change based on the statewide efforts to control the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Because of this public health emergency, many licensing agents may be closed or...

All Colorado Parks and Wildlife Campgrounds Now Closed Until Further Notice
Posted on: 03/27/20

As the State of Colorado continues taking measures to combat the spread of COVID-19, CPW will close all playgrounds, campgrounds, camping and camping facilities (including yurts and cabins) at Colorado’s state parks as well as camping at State Wildlife Areasas of March 26 until further notice. CPW will notify all campers currently on-site to vacate immediately. non-campground outdoor areas of parks, including trails, boat ramps, marinas and shorelines remain open foe now. Restrooms also remain open, however...

Deadline to Apply Online for Montana 2020 Deer/Elk Permits April 1
Posted on: 03/27/20

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds hunters that the deadline to apply for deer and elk licenses for nonresidents and deer and elk permits for everyone is April 1. The purchase deadline for spring black bear is April 14 without a 24 hour wait. Hunters should apply now and not wait until the last minute. Hunters who are applying for special licenses or permits will need to do so online and will still need to...

Migratory Bird Laws You May Not Know -- Printer Friendly Version Available
Posted on: 03/26/20

This article deals with Q&A from a former duck guide, who broke migratory bird laws, and is trying to make sure you don’t make the same mistakes. The information is based on federal law. Be sure to check with state agencies to make sure you are in compliance with state law. Ryan Warden became an expert on migratory gamebird regulations in 2011 after...