Off Season Hunting News

Wildlife Artists Invited to Enter 16th Annual Maryland Black Bear Conservation Stamp Design Contest

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites artists to submit their original artwork for the 16th Annual Black Bear Conservation Stamp Design Contest. Both Maryland residents and non-residents may enter now through Friday, March 16, 2012.

“The proceeds from the sale of the Black Bear Stamp and other related products are used to compensate farmers in Maryland who experience agricultural damage caused by black bears,” said Patricia Allen, Information & Education program manager for DNR’s Wildlife & Heritage Service.

NSSF Seeks State Agency Proposals for Hunting Heritage Partnership Grants

The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry, is now accepting proposals from state and regional wildlife agencies for Hunting Heritage Partnership (HHP) grants.

Black Hills, South Dakota Snowmobile Trail Rerouted by Mountain Pine Beetles

The mountain pine beetle epidemic will affect a major Black Hills snowmobile route in the Dumont area when the trail system opens for the season on Dec. 15.

According to the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks and the U.S. Forest Service, portions of snowmobile Trail 2 in the Northern Hills Ranger District will be closed to snowmobiling this winter so trees infested with the beetles can be removed. Crews need cut the infested trees before the beetles take flight next summer, searching for new trees to infest.

Master Fly-fisher to Teach Class at Texas FFC Jan. 14

Expert fly-fisher Bob Cappallo of Corsicana will teach fly-fishing for beginners at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens January 14, 2012, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The class is open to adults 18 and older. No fly-fishing experience is required. Equipment will be provided, but students may bring their own. The $50 fee for the class includes entrance to TFFC for the day of the class, lunch and a season pass to TFFC so students can return for more fishing as often as they like.

Salazar, Mead Reaffirm Commitment toward Development of Landscape Level Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Strategy in the West

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Wyoming Governor Matt Mead today convened a meeting with representatives from eight western states to discuss ongoing efforts to conserve the greater sage-grouse and identify next steps in implementing a landscape level strategy that will benefit the species while maintaining a robust economy in the West.

Hunting Is Safer Than Golf and Most Other Activities (Not to Mention Football, Basketball and Soccer)

Don't let anyone tell you otherwise: Hunting with firearms is safe; in fact, hunting with firearms is one of the safest recreational activities in America.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA’s Fisheries Service Propose Policy to Improve Implementation of Endangered Species Act

A new federal policy proposed today will help clarify which species or populations of species are eligible for protection under the Endangered Species Act and will provide for earlier and more effective opportunities to conserve declining species.

The public is invited to comment on the policy, proposed by the Interior Department’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries), the two federal agencies responsible for administering the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Comments will be accepted for the next 60 days.

Final Month of NSSF Facebook Photo Contest: 'Post Your Best Shot'; 10 Winners, Top Prize $50

There's one last chance to win a $50 gift card and other great prizes in the National Shooting Sports Foundation's Facebook Photo Contest. The theme for December, the final month in the year-long contest, is "Post the photo you like most that is related to target shooting, hunting or firearm ownership."

Win With "The 12 Days of Ugly Stik"

Facebook users can win free tackle, apparel and accessories in the 2011 "The 12 Days of Ugly Stik" contest. Prizes start with a dozen winners of Ugly Stik logo caps on the first day. Prizes gain in value each day with the 12th day grand prize package valued at $240 that includes a personalized Ugly Stik rod, along with apparel and accessories.

Latest Endangered Species Bulletin Focuses on the Challenges to Species Recovery in New Online Format

Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proudly announces the Endangered Species Bulletin has taken on an online exclusive format that will be updated bi-monthly to ensure timely updates regarding endangered and threatened species issues. Each edition will include an in-depth feature article coupled with several supporting articles, a live endangered and threatened species news feed, plus other new and social media offerings.