Off Season Hunting News

Time To Sign Up for Minnesota DNR Hunter Education Class

Now is prime time to sign for a Firearms Safety Hunter Education Class offered by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), according to Capt. Mike Hammer, DNR Enforcement Division education program coordinator.

“Now is the time for people to register for a class if they want to hunt this fall and need to complete a Firearms Safety Hunter Education class to be eligible to hunt,” Hammer said. “There are lots of dates and locations around the state to choose from this spring.”

Alaska's Board of Game to Meet in Fairbanks, March 2-11

The Alaska Board of Game will meet March 2 – 11, 2012, in Fairbanks at the Wedgewood Resort to consider over 100 proposals regarding hunting and trapping regulations in the Interior regions as well as other topics.

See Hundreds of Tundra Swans in Utah

Seeing and hearing just one tundra swan is enough to take your breath away.

Utah's Deer Doing Well as Winter Winds Down

March and April are critical months

As they do every winter, biologists with the Division of Wildlife Resources have been watching Utah's deer herds closely.

Adult Salmon, Steelhead Will be Released Above Round Butte Dam, Oregon

This fall adult salmon and steelhead could migrate and spawn in the upper Deschutes, Metolius, and Crooked river basins for the first time in more than 50 years under a one-year strategy recently developed by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon and others.

U.S. and Russia Pledge to Work Together for Wildlife Conservation

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced the completion of a work plan for cooperation on wildlife conservation activities with the Russian Federation through 2012. The work plan will guide bilateral conservation efforts throughout the year.

Attend Mountain Lion Workshop at Powder Valley Nature Center, Missouri

Confirmed sightings of mountain lions in Missouri have been on the rise for over a year, prompting curiosity, concern and fascination for these elusive big cats. In response, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the University of Missouri/St. Louis (UMSL) are teaming up to host the two-day Cougar Ecology, Behavior and Verification Workshop on Saturday and Sunday, March 24 and 25, at MDC's Powder Valley Nature Center in Kirkwood.

Minnesota's Moose Population Continues to Decline; Hunting Season to Be Evaluated

Minnesota’s moose population continues to decline, dropping from an estimate of 4,900 in 2011 to 4,230 in 2012, according to the annual aerial survey by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

“Estimates from the survey and results from research using radio-collared moose both indicate that the population has been declining in recent years,” said Mark Lenarz, DNR forest wildlife group leader.

Minnesota’s moose population was estimated at 8,840 in 2006 and has trended downward since then.

Antlerless Moose Hunts for Alaska's GMU 14A for Fall 2012 Cancelled

The Alaska Department of Fish & Game has cancelled all antlerless moose hunts in GMU 14A for the 2012 moose hunting season due to high numbers of moose deaths caused by deep snow.

Delaware’s 2011-12 Deer Harvest Down Slightly from Last Season

Delaware hunters harvested 13,559 deer during the 2011-12 season, a 4.4 percent drop from the previous season’s 14,183, but well within the harvest totals for the past five years, the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife announced today.