Off Season Hunting News

Family Archery Program to Begin in Lincoln, Nebraska

A new family archery-shooting program begins in Lincoln on March 10. The Families on Target Program will be held at the Air Park Recreation Center on Saturdays through April from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Families can enjoy archery shooting in a fun, relaxed atmosphere under the guidance of City of Lincoln Parks and Recreation staff. Equipment will be provided. The cost is $3 per person and $8 per family.

Families on Target is a joint effort of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and Lincoln Parks and Recreation.

Wisconsin Bears with Cubs On Public Property Need Understanding and Space, Not Food

With longer days and warming temperatures, bears are moving around their winter dens and in some cases are easily visible. Sows, in particular, will stay close to their dens to care for cubs.

Wildlife biologists with the state Department of Natural Resources are asking people to give these bears a lot of space. Curiosity is natural, and seeing bears is exciting, but when people gather at these sites, the sows feel threatened, according to John Dunn, a DNR wildlife biologist.

Transfer to Save British Columbia Mountain Caribou

Help is on the way for the mountain caribou, as 19 animals from northern B.C. have been transferred to join a threatened herd in the East Kootenays.

The transfer was handled by biologists from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, working alongside local First Nations and volunteers, to bolster the fragile population.

The Purcells-South herd, in the East Kootenay region, is estimated to have fewer than 15 individual animals remaining. The additional caribou are expected to increase genetic diversity and overall herd strength.

New Jersey's 2011 Skillful Angler Awards Winners

The Skillful Angler Awards Program honors the many anglers who catch both freshwater and marine fish which aren't of record size but are impressive and worthy of recognition. Special recognition is given to the anglers who caught the largest fish in each of the freshwater and marine species categories.

Get Ready to Hunt Colorado

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife 2012 Big Game Hunting brochure is now available and limited license applications are being accepted for this fall's big-game hunts. License applications for deer, elk, pronghorn, moose, sheep, goat and bear are due Tuesday, April 3.

Aggressive Moose in Urban Areas of Alaska

The Alaska Wildlife Troopers and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) are receiving numerous calls regarding aggressive or “fearless” moose in urban areas. Deep snow restricts moose movements and limits food availability. Higher than normal numbers of moose are appearing on roadways, trails, school yards, parking lots, and other locations where snow has been removed. These moose are not easily driven off or avoided. Additionally, during a winter like this when potential food resources are limited, moose can be nutritionally stressed and become very agitated and aggressive.

Steven Burney’s Art Selected for Alabama Waterfowl Stamp

A pair of Ross’s geese painted by Steven Burney of Town Creek, Ala., is the winner of the 2012 Alabama Waterfowl Stamp Art Contest. The winning artwork will adorn the 2013-2014 Alabama Waterfowl Stamp. 

A Tribute to Women in Hunting, Conservation

March is officially Women’s History Month. Congress designated the tribute to generations of women whose contributions proved invaluable to American society. Education. Arts. Business. Technology. Medicine. Alongside these areas, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation also is commemorating women’s role in conservation.
“Most Americans appreciate wildlife and wild places, but most also are unaware that these public resources thrive because of hunters—and, more than ever, because of hunters who happen to be women,” said RMEF President and CEO David Allen.

Vermont Deer Hearings Begin March 26

If you have an interest in Vermont's white-tailed deer you will want to attend one of the annual public hearings being held in March and May by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department to discuss the deer herd.

The meetings begin March 26 in Castleton and Montpelier.

New York DEC: Record Bear Harvest and Steady Deer Take in 2011

Hunters in New York State harvested more than 228,350 deer and 1,250 bears during the 2011 hunting seasons, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced today. The deer take nearly matched the 2010 deer take while a new record was set for the bear harvest in southern New York.