Off Season Hunting News

Nevada DOW Offers Muzzleloading Class

The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) will host an introductory muzzleloading class March 17 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Clark County Shooting Range Education Center. There is no fee for the class and all equipment will be provided. Students will not be permitted to use their own muzzleloading firearms.

Nebraska Commissioners Will Consider Big Game Recommendations March 9

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioners will consider staff recommendations for 2012 big game regulations when they meet March 9. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. at Game and Parks’ Lincoln headquarters, 2200 N. 33rd St.

There will be a public hearing at 9:45 a.m. for big game recommendations, which will include a new 126-day River Antlerless deer season that targets 1,800 miles of river corridor.

Cape Girardeau Nature Center, Missouri, Offers Program on "Orphaned" Wildlife

The Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center will host Baby Animals, a Nature Center at Night event on March 8 from 5-8 p.m. Participants will learn what to do if they find young wildlife. A presentation at 6 p.m. will give information on what to do to keep them healthy and wild.

Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) Naturalist Greg Jacobs said spring is a great time to observe wildlife and it’s an important season for animal populations as this is when most young are born.

Louisiana’s Coastal Forest Conservation Initiative Adds 29,630 Acres to Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) today announced a property acquisition that will conserve and preserve the largest contiguous tract of wetland forest remaining in the lower Mississippi River Alluvial Valley.Partners in the transaction made the announcement at the Livingston Parish governmental complex.

Prairie Chicken Tours Offer Colorado Wonder

Birders, families, and wildlife fans alike will delight in this opportunity to watch the annual courtship dance of the greater prairie chicken, one of Colorado’s amazing avian inhabitants.  On weekends throughout March and April, the town of Wray, Colorado in partnership with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife, will offer guided tours to view the birds - locally called the "sandhill dancers" - in their natural habitat.

Experience the Great Outdoors at the Arizona Game and Fish Department Outdoor Expo

Come on out on Saturday, March 31 and Sunday, April 1, for the FREE Arizona Game and Fish Department Outdoor Expo, held on the 1,600-acre grounds of the world-renowned Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix.

Arizona’s largest hands-on outdoor expo offers loads of fun activities, exhibits and educational presentations for the entire family:

Idaho Fish and Game's Annual Fur Auction Set for March 31

Idaho Fish and Game will auction furs, hides, antlers, traps and miscellaneous hunting and fishing equipment on Saturday, March 31, at the Southwest Region office, 3101 S. Powerline Road, Nampa.

Anyone interested may view the items beginning at 8 a.m., with the auction beginning promptly at 10 a.m.

2012 Hunting Seasons Discussed at Public Meetings Across Wyoming

Hunters interested in the Wyoming Game and Fish Department proposals for the 2012 big game and bird seasons are invited to attend any of the eight public meetings to be held throughout the state the last week of March.

During these information gathering meetings, the Game and Fish will be soliciting input on all big game species as well as wild bison seasons and general hunting regulations. In addition, comments are being taken on proposed turkey, uplandbird, early migratory bird seasons, small game, and the Light Goose Conservation Order.

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Seeks Public Input for Virginia Wild Turkey Management Plan

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF), in cooperation with Virginia Tech's Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, recently initiated an effort to develop a Virginia Wild Turkey Management Plan, similar in scope and intent to the existing statewide management plans for black bear and white-tailed deer. Virginia Tech personnel will be hosting a series of focus group meetings in March and April to discuss various aspects of wild turkey management with Virginians who have a strong interest in management of wild turkeys.

Two Winter Rescues in New Hampshire’s White Mountains

On Sunday, February 26, 2012, Conservation Officers from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department responded to two separate incidents involving unprepared hikers on Mt. Lafayette in Franconia, NH.

During the first incident, four hikers from Lowell, MA were rescued after calling 911 and stating that they were unable to move due to the extreme cold and high winds near the summit of Mt. Lafayette. The rescued hikers included: Padraic Mahoney-Pierce (age 29), Brian Mahoney-Pierce (age 27), Sean Mahoney-Pierce (age 31) and Julie Sarago (age 26).