Off Season Hunting News

Fish and Wildlife Service Awards $1.4 Million in Grants for Research and Management of White-nose Syndrome in Bats

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced seven grant awards totaling approximately $1.4 million to continue the investigation of white-nose syndrome (WNS) in bats, and to identify ways to manage it. White-nose syndrome has killed more than 5.5 million bats in eastern North America and has spread rapidly across the United States and into Canada since it was first detected in 2006.

Family Fish Camp at Lake Texana State Park, Texas

Lake Texana State Park and Fishing’s Future, a non-profit organization dedicated to bring children and their parents together through the outdoor experience of fishing, is teaming up to host a Family Fish Camp at Lake Texana State Park at 9:30 a.m., Sunday, April 15.

New Study Shows No-frills Direct-mail Reminders Are Working to Motivate Hunters to Renew Their Hunting Licenses

Inexpensive Campaigns Can Provide Needed Revenue Boost to State Agencies

When encouraging hunters to renew their hunting licenses via direct mail, no-frills black-and-white postcards hit the bull's-eye, according to a new study sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry.

Bushnell and Country Music Star Craig Morgan Partner to Benefit Folds of Honor and Military Families

Bushnell Outdoor Products, an industry-leader in high performance sports optics for more than 60 years, has announced a music download donation partnership with country music star and award-winning TV host Craig Morgan to benefit the Folds of Honor Foundation. A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Army, Morgan has written and dedicated a new song titled “What Matters Most” to the heroes Folds of Honor supports.

New Hampshire Wildlife Harvest Summary Available

A rich source of information for future hunts is now out from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. The newly published 2011 New Hampshire Wildlife Harvest Summary summarizes data gathered by wildlife biologists from the various 2011 New Hampshire hunting seasons. This annual publication provides a complete breakdown of 2011 hunting season statistics, including many totals by town and Wildlife Management Unit (WMU).  Statistics are provided for deer, moose, bear, turkey and furbearers.

MidwayUSA's Choose Your Weapon Debuts on Outdoor Channel

New in 2012, MidwayUSA's Choose Your Weapon, is a show that studies the weapons and hunting techniques required for hunters to have an exciting and successful hunt, no matter what the species or the location.

Moffat County, Colorado Students Help Study Mule Deer

A group of six Moffat County High School juniors and seniors enjoyed a unique learning opportunity as they helped Colorado Parks and Wildlife researchers and managers study mule deer as part of an ongoing research project in the Piceance Basin.

Arizona Game and Fish Outdoor Expo to Offer New Attractions, Old Favorites

Outdoor enthusiasts won’t want to miss the Arizona Game and Fish Department Outdoor Expo on Saturday, March 31, and Sunday, April 1, at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix. 

The family-friendly Expo offers loads of activities, exhibits and presentations for everyone ranging from novices to seasoned outdoor recreationists. Best of all, admission and parking are free!

Michigan DNR Offers Women's Handgun Course for a Concealed Pistol License

The Department of Natural Resources' Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program is offering a handgun class for women interested in obtaining a concealed pistol license (CPL). Taking place at the Caledonia Sportsman's Club in Alto on April 14-15, the program will include a basic class for the beginner as well as the course required by state law to obtain a Michigan CPL.

No previous shooting experience or skill level is needed to attend. Participants must be at least 21 years old and are required to attend both days of the two-day course, running from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Florida's Free Kids’ Fishing Clinic Promises Day of Learning and Fun

Teaching children a lifelong hobby, instilling appreciation for our marine environment and providing a fun, family outing are the objectives for Saturday’s Kids’ Fishing Clinic in Fernandina Beach.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will offer a free Kids’ Fishing Clinic for children between the ages of 4 and 16 on Saturday, March 24. The clinic will take place at Fort Clinch State Park, from 9 a.m. to noon. Advance registrationis not required.