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Arizona 2020 Leftover Elk Permit-Tags Remain Only for “Low Density” Hunt

by TBC Press on 03/31/20

Arizona 2020 Leftover Elk Permit-Tags Remain Only for “Low Density” Hunt   The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s 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... READ MORE

Michigan 2020 Spring Turkey Hunting Season to Open April 18 - OTC permits may still be available

by TBC Press 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. For a full list of regulations and legal descriptions see the Wildlife Conservation Order. 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... READ MORE

New Hampshire 2020 Spring Turkey Hunting Season to Proceed as Scheduled

by TBC Press on 03/31/20

New Hampshire 2020 Spring Turkey Hunting Season to Proceed as Scheduled   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... READ MORE

Pennsylvania Fishing Regulations Changes for Trout & Atlantic Striped Bass

by TBC Press on 03/31/20

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) recently announced several changes to the 2020 trout season changes to the Atlantic striped bass fishing regulations within the Delaware Estuary, Delaware River, and West Branch Delaware River. Other changes include... READ MORE

All Colorado Parks and Wildlife Campgrounds Now Closed Until Further Notice

by TBC Press 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... READ MORE

Deadline to Apply Online for Montana 2020 Deer/Elk Permits April 1

by TBC Press 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... READ MORE

West Virginia Residents can Enjoy FREE Fishing through April 24

by TBC Press on 03/27/20

West Virginia Residents can Enjoy FREE Fishing through April 24   West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has announced that to encourage solitary outdoor activity during the coronavirus outbreak, state residents can enjoy free fishing through Friday, April 24. The requirement to possess a fishing license to fish in state-regulated waters has been waived for state residents, though anglers must practice safe social distancing. Law enforcement officers with the DNR will continue to patrol all... READ MORE

Wyoming Parks to Stay Open - Visitor Centers Closed

by TBC Press on 03/27/20

Wyoming’s state parks like the Grand Teton and Yellowstone offer a variety of outdoor alternatives for solo adventurers and small family groups alike. Hiking and biking are popular activities at nearly all parks, while some offer fishing, boating, archery and other sports. With plenty of wide-open spaces, individuals and families can explore on their own or establish a safe distance between themselves and others. While parks are open, indoor spaces including... READ MORE

Migratory Bird Laws You May Not Know -- Printer Friendly Version Available

by TBC Press on 03/26/20

Migratory Bird Laws You May Not Know  Attn: waterfowl hunters, tell your friends !

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 federal agents raided his Kansas duck lodge. He was later accused of... READ MORE 

Maryland Fishing Update and Changes Due to COVID-19 Virus

by TBC Press on 03/26/20

Due to COVID-19 virus Maryland has a few changes anglers should be aware of, as well as other fishing regulations. In order to protect public health and safety and to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus, all Licensing and Registration Centers are now closed. Governor Hogan has issued an executive order related to licenses, permits, registrations, and other authorizations that may be expiring or... READ MORE

Ohio Update and Changes to 2020 Controlled Turkey Hunting Drawings

by TBC Press on 03/26/20

Ohio Update and Changes to 2020 Controlled Turkey Hunting Drawings   Due to the COVID-19 virus, the Ohio DNR has made some changes to the 2020 controlled turkey hunting drawings. Changes to the Killbuck Marsh & Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area Refuge Youth Turkey Drawings. The in-person drawings for youth turkey hunting at Killbuck Marsh & Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area refuges have been changed to a mail-in drawing this year. The in-person drawings have been cancelled. Changes to the Controlled Wild Turkey Hunting Drawings at Eagle Creek Wildlife Area are... READ MORE

ODNR Update on Operations During Coronavirus Outbreak

by TBC Press on 03/26/20

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) continues to operate in accordance to guidance from the Ohio Department of Health and Governor Mike DeWine in the wake of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Ohio. We want to assure our guests that we are monitoring the situation closely and doing all we can to protect our staff and the public. Outdoor Properties; As of right now, public outdoor spaces at... READ MORE

Oregon Cancels Two 2020 Bighorn Sheep Hunts due to Disease Outbreak

by TBC Press on 03/26/20

 Oregon Cancels Two 2020 Bighorn Sheep Hunts due to Disease Outbreak  ODFW is cancelling both Lookout Mt. Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep hunts in northeastern Oregon. Hunters will not be able to apply for or draw a tag to hunt bighorns in this herd during the fall 2020 season. The cancelled hunts are in the Lookout Mt. Unit east of Baker City, Ore. where a respiratory disease was found in bighorn sheep in mid-February 2020. Testing has revealed that... READ MORE

States Close 2020 Columbia River Fisheries

by TBC Press on 03/26/20

The state of Washington and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife recently  announced that it will close recreational salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River, effective Thursday, March 26 at 11:59 p.m. Oregon and Washington jointly manage fisheries in the mainstem Columbia River bordering both states and seek to have concurrent regulations. Washington and the ODFW anticipates the Columbia River salmon and steelhead fishing closure lasting... READ MORE

Iowa 2020 Statewide General Spring Turkey Hunting Season Opens April 13

by TBC Press on 03/25/20

Iowa 2020 Statewide General Spring Turkey Hunting Season Opens April 13   Iowa’s spring turkey seasons begin with the youth only season April 10-12, followed by the first general season April 13-16, second season April 17-21, third season April 22-28 and fourth season April 29-May 17. There is also the archery only season April 13-May 17. Hunters buying their tags online will need to plan accordingly and do it early. For hunters and anglers who choose to... READ MORE

2019 North America Sportshows

       *** 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 STATES OFFERING FREE FRESHWATER FISHING ***
Most state are waiving freshwater fishing licenses and offering FREE fishing during the COVID-19 pandemic, so PLEASE check with the Department of Fish and Game in your state or the state you wanted to visit.

       *** 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...