Saturday, March 25, 2017

Moose Icons

The moose is one of the world's most iconic big game animals. Moose are known for their large antlers, unpredictable behavior, and ungainly appearance.

Always popular, moose are often depicted as icons. The following are examples of moose iconography:







Moose Facts

Moose occur in northern regions around the world.
In North America, moose are found throughout Canada and in several northern states of the USA.
The moose is the largest member of the deer family in North America.
Male moose are known as 'bulls' or 'bull moose'.
Females are known as 'cows'.
The plural form of moose is moose.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

North Carolina Waterfowl Hunting Seminars

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) and Ducks Unlimited are offering seven waterfowl hunting seminars this fall.

The free seminars, which will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., are designed for new and experienced hunters. Topics will include waterfowl identification, hunting methods, decoys and calling, firearms and ammunition selection, specialty clothing, and bird cleaning and cooking.

Additional hunting information not covered in the seminar also will be available. Pre-registration is required and participants must register online. 

Seminars will be held in several North Carolina locations in October and November.

This is the first time the Commission has partnered with Ducks Unlimited to provide free waterfowl hunting seminars.

The seminars also provide a forum for Ducks Unlimited to promote its Sportsmen for Tomorrow program, according to Justin Aycock, the N.C. youth and education coordinator for the North Carolina chapter of Ducks Unlimited.

“Sportsmen for Tomorrow’s goal is to promote youth involvement in the outdoors and conservation,” said Aycock. “These seminars will engage a new generation of sportsmen, so that we can pass on the waterfowl hunting and conservation tradition.”

For more information on Ducks Unlimited, visit www.ducks.org.

For more information on the seminars, visit www.ncwildlife.org.

source:  North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

2016-17 USA Game Bird Hunting Seasons

In December, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced it is proposing continued liberal game bird season lengths and bag limits for the 2016-17 hunting seasons.

Each year, USFWS works in partnership with states from four Flyway Councils (Pacific, Central, Mississippi and Atlantic) to establish regulatory frameworks for hunting season lengths, dates and bag limits. States select their individual seasons from within the federal frameworks.

The announcement can be viewed at http://www.fws.gov/home/feature/2015/pdfs/Proposed-frameworks-2016.pdf.

USFWS publishes migratory game bird regulations each year in the Federal Register.

source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Delaware Hunting Photo Contest

Photos of hunters pursuing their favorite quarry will be showcased in the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife’s 2015/16 Delaware Hunting Photo Contest.

The winning photo will be featured on the cover or inside of the 2016/2017 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide to be published next year.

A judging panel will be looking for photos that best portray this year’s contest theme, “Hunters in Action.” Judges also will look at technical criteria including resolution, clarity and composition.

The contest is open to Delaware residents of all ages, with a maximum of three entries per person. To be eligible, photographs must have been taken in Delaware.

For more information, please visit the Fish & Wildlife photo contest page on the DNREC website.

source: Delaware - DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife

Thursday, September 24, 2015

National Hunting and Fishing Day 2015

National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF Day) will be held Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. Formalized by Congress in 1971, National Hunting and Fishing Day was created by the National Shooting Sports Foundation to celebrate the conservation successes of America’s hunters and anglers.

A wide range of NHF Day events are held annually throughout the USA.

For more information, visit www.nhfday.org 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

USA National Wildlife Refuge Hunting Opportunities

In March, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) officals announced that the agency will expand hunting and fishing opportunities throughout the National Wildlife Refuge System, opening up new hunting programs on six refuges and expanding existing hunting and fishing programs on another 20 refuges.

The rule also modifies existing refuge-specific regulations for more than 75 additional refuges and wetland management districts.

Under the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, the Service can permit hunting and fishing where they are compatible with the refuge’s purpose and mission. Hunting, within specified limits, is permitted on more than 335 wildlife refuges. Fishing is permitted on more than 271 wildlife refuges.



The following refuges will allow hunting for the first time:

New York

Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge

Oregon

Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge
Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Pennsylvania

Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Wyoming

Cokeville Meadows National Wildlife Refuge




USFWS is expanding hunting on the following refuges:

California

Colusa National Wildlife Refuge

Florida

Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge

Idaho

Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge

Illinois

Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge
Middle Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge

Indiana

Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge and Management Area

Iowa

Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge
Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge
Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge

Maine

Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge

Missouri

Mingo National Wildlife Refuge

New Mexico

San Andres National Wildlife Refuge

Oregon

Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge
Julia Butler Hanson Refuge for the Columbian White-Tailed Deer (OR and WA)
Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

Texas

Aransas National Wildlife Refuge
Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge

Vermont

Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge

Washington

Willapa National Wildlife Refuge

To view a complete list of all hunting/sport fishing opportunities on refuges, please visit the following guides: http://www.fws.gov/refuges/hunting/ and http://www.fws.gov/refuges/fishingguide/.

source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Saturday, March 1, 2014

2014 Vermont Spring Snow Goose Season

In Vermont, a special spring season will open for snow geese as a result of a special management action referred to as a “Conservation Order” allowed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and adopted by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board.

The measure was adopted at the recommendation of federal and state wildlife scientists in response to concerns about a growing number of snow geese across North America.

Eight states in the Atlantic Flyway (Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Vermont) will hold a Spring Snow Goose Conservation Order in 2014.

The Vermont 2014 Spring Snow Goose Conservation Order will occur statewide from March 11 through April 25. A 2014 Spring Snow Goose Harvest Permit is required and is available at no charge on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s website (vtfishandwildlife.com). Hunters may also call the Essex Junction Office (802-878-1564) to request a permit.

In addition to this permit, hunters will need a 2014 Vermont hunting license, 2014 Harvest Information Program (HIP) certification, a 2013 federal migratory hunting stamp, and a 2014 Vermont migratory waterfowl stamp.

Hunters can register with the Harvest Information Program by going to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department website or by calling toll free 1-877-306-7091 during normal business hours.

Hunters who obtain a permit will be required to complete an online survey after April 25 and prior to May 16, 2014, whether they hunted or not. Hunters without access to the internet may obtain a copy of the survey by calling 802-878-1564.

According to Vermont Fish & Wildlife, snow geese typically move through the Champlain Valley in late March and early April. 

source: Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department