News Update for August 13th

MIDWEST North Dakota: Get out for early goose season For the last few seasons, the state Game and Fish Department has moved the early goose season date back from the historical Sept. 1 opener to mid August. This year again follows that trend, with the season starting on August 15. But early season goose hunting isn’t easy, you’re going to need lots of suntan lotion and bug repellent. -Wisconsin: Groups push to ban lead in hunting and fishing -Minnesota: Lost in the woods, fishing for trout -Kansas: Proven hot weather crappie tactics
MIDWEST Missouri: Don’t give up on warm-water walleyes Bull Shoals Lake, which is well known for its crappie and bass fishing, is a hidden treasure when it comes to walleye fishing. To catch ‘eyes here on hot summer days, use light line and target main-lake points that have good ambush cover, such as boulders or brush with deep water nearby. -Michigan: Oil Spill steals hot fishing spot on Kalamazoo River -Ohio: Poachers pay $7,794 for illegal deer -Ohio: Early bird season approved -Illinois: Rednecks prepare for fishing tournament Photo by: Joed
WEST Colorado: Bolder bears send wildlife officials back to the drawing board Bears wandering into subdivisions or near mountain homes are becoming steady problems along the Front Range, wildlife officials say, and that has spurred a wider effort to educate the public and to perhaps rewrite Colorado’s bear management playbook. State wildlife officials have planned two meetings where they will ask the public for ideas about how best to manage Colorado’s estimated 12,000 black bears. -Montana: Protests spew over Montana-Gulf pipeline plan -Wyoming: State stocks alpine lakes with flying fish
WEST Oregon: High duck numbers lead to 107-day season Another year of strong duck counts has prompted state wildlife officials to call for a 107-day duck hunt this fall and winter. This will mark the 14th year in a row that Oregon has had an extended waterfowl season. Duck numbers in major breeding areas of Alaska, Canada, Montana and the Dakotas are up 21 percent compared with the long-term average, with redheads and green-winged teal still hovering at near-record levels. -Washington: Huge chinook run headed for Columbia -California: Bear season opens Saturday -Montana: Ancient bison hunting site uncovered Photo by: J.M. Garg
SOUTH Kentucky: Hunters looking forward to good squirrel season Kentucky’s fall squirrel season opens Sat., Aug. 21 and the outlook is promising. “Squirrels are our most stable and abundant small game species,” said Ben Robinson, small game biologist for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Early in the fall season, squirrels feed heavily on hickories. A good hunting strategy is to look for trees with maturing nuts that squirrels are beginning to cut. -Texas: A wing stop in September -Texas: Thieves hit hunting charity for wounded veterans
SOUTH Alabama: Trophy gators growing scarcer Alabama’s fifth gator season opens Friday, and hunters are going to be out looking for trophy males. But giant delta gators are growing scarcer and killing female gators more effectively knocks down the population, which is one of the intended purposes of the hunt. -Tennessee: Man remembers each of his 28,250 fish -Louisiana: Signs of regrowth seen in oiled marshes
EAST New Hampshire: Moose permit auction brings in big bucks Moose permit auctions are bringing big bucks to Vermont and New Hampshire. Five moose hunting permits were auctioned off in each state this week. Fourteen people vied for a Vermont permit. The winning bids range from $4,151 to $4,570, bringing in a total of $21,976. Vermont’s proceeds go to Fish and Wildlife educational programs. -Vermont: Casting for recovery needs votes -Pennsylvania: Growth of women hunters on the rise -New Jersey: Mysterious fish kill in Delaware Bay Photo: New Hampshire Fish and Game Department