Off Season Hunting News

Iowa Deer Harvest Lower for Sixth Straight Year

Hunters reported harvesting 121,407 deer in Iowa during the 2011-12 seasons, which is 4.5 percent lower than the 127,094 deer reported in 2010-11.  To date, Iowa’s deer population has been reduced by 30 percent from its peak in 2006, and is still declining.

Workshop Series at Henges Shooting Range, Missouri Aims to Improve Turkey Hunting Skills

The 2012 spring turkey season runs from April 16 through May 6 with the spring youth turkey season running March 31 and April 1. The Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Jay Henges Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center is offering a series of workshops during the month of March to help hunters get more out of the upcoming spring turkey season. These include special presentations by the state’s turkey biologist, turkey calling and hunting techniques, and shotgun patterning.

Greenfield Township Youth Wins National Junior Wild Turkey Calling Contest

Hunter Wallis, 14, of Greenfield Township, Pa., earned the extreme honor of being crowned a champion turkey caller.

Wallis demonstrated his remarkable talent in front of the huge crowd and was named the victor in the Junior Division at the Mossy Oak/NWTF Grand National Turkey Calling Championships in Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 12. Wallis also won the Junior Division in 2011.

Women’s North Carolina Weekend Getaway Teaches Outdoor Skills and Fun

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering an outdoor skills weekend workshop for women, April 13-15, at the Eastern 4-H Conference Center in Columbia, N.C.

Idaho Fish & Game Sets Big Game Scoring Day in Idaho Falls

A big game scoring day has been scheduled for Wednesday, February 29, at the Idaho Fish and Game regional office in Idaho Falls.

Measuring will be done according to Boone & Crockett standards.

Anyone interested must bring their antlers, horns or skulls to the Fish and Game's Idaho Falls office on Tuesday, February 28, no later than 5 p.m. in order for them to be scored. The office is at 4279 Commerce Circle, Idaho Falls.

Antler Measuring Sessions Set Across South Carolina

Antlers will abound throughout the Palmetto State as the search for new state record deer antlers gets underway during the S.C. Department of Natural Resources' annual series of measuring sessions.

Summer Jobs for Youth in America’s Great Outdoors

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which manages the country’s 556 national wildlife refuges, hopes to hire more than 2,300 young people this summer, as it did in 2011. Apply now to work on a national wildlife refuge or other public land.

NSSF's First Shots® Learn-to-shoot Seminars Excite Miami and Sacramento Area Residents

Big Turnout on Second Stop of Program's National Tour

The Super Bowl is over, March Madness hasn't begun yet and the Republican primary season is a muddle. What is one to do for excitement?

Georgia DNR Hosts Shotgun Patterning Days to Prep for Turkey Season

Give it a shot! Turkey season opens March 24th. Are you ready? 

The Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division and the Georgia State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) are hosting “Give It A Shot!,” shotgun patterning days in February and March. Choke tubes and ammunition options will be available to test with your shotgun.  

Watch Parts of the Utah Sky Turn White, Feb. 24–26

See as many as 20,000 snow geese at the annual Utah Snow Goose Festival

It's a sight you have to see to believe: thousands of pure white snow and Ross' geese lifting off Gunnison Bend Reservoir amid honks and the beating of wings.