Off Season Hunting News

Oregon Anglers Who Turn in Tags Could Win Drift Boat, Other Prizes

Anglers who turn in their 2011 combined angling tag before May 18, 2012 could win one of 100 outdoor products, including a complete drift boat package.

ODFW is sponsoring the promotion to try to increase the number of returned tags. Currently, the department estimates, only 20 percent of anglers return their combined tags, which are required to fish for salmon, steelhead, sturgeon and Pacific halibut.

“We get a lot of important harvest information from harvest tags,” said John Seabourne, operations manager for the ODFW Fish Division.

Mother and Cub Reunion in New Hampshire

Biologists warm up bear cub, bring it back to mother bear in new den.

Washington DFW Will Accept Public Comments on Proposed Hunting Rules Through Feb. 21

Hunters and other members of the public will have through Feb. 21 to comment on new hunting rules proposed for the 2012-14 seasons.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is accepting written comments on more than a dozen proposals, ranging from allowing waterfowl hunters to use electronic decoys to adding a day to western Washington elk seasons.

Becoming An Outdoors Woman Camp Application Deadline is April 15 in Wyoming

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department reminds Wyoming women that the application deadline for the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman camp is April 15.

Shooting Sports Field Day Set for Feb.11 near Garnett, South Carolina

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources and the South Carolina 4-H program will be conducting a shooting sports field day from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Palachucola Shooting Range adjacent to the Webb Wildlife Center near Garnett in Hampton County.

Out-of-State Snowmobilers Reminded to Obtain a Montana Permit

Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) is reminding non-residents planning to snowmobile in Montana this year that they should obtain a $25 non-resident permit.

Antler Gathering Course Now Online in Utah

Gathering antlers that drop off the heads of deer, elk and moose is an activity that's grown in popularity across the country, including here in Utah. The challenge with shed-antler gathering is that it happens during the worst time of the year for the animals and the habitat the animals rely on in the winter.

NRA Now Accepting 2012 Youth Education Summit Applications

The National Rifle Association is accepting applications from high school sophomores and juniors across the country for the National Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S.) from June 25 to July 1, 2012 in Washington, DC.

North American Bat Death Toll Exceeds 5.5 Million From White-nose Syndrome

On the verge of another season of winter hibernating bat surveys, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists and partners estimate that at least 5.7 million to 6.7 million bats have now died from white-nose syndrome. Biologists expect the disease to continue to spread.

MidwayUSA Donates Firearm Collection to the Youth Shooting Sports Alliance

MidwayUSA recently donated over 500 rifles to the Youth Shooting Sports Alliance (YSSA), a developmental program that helps support youth education, hunting and shooting.