Category Archives: Fish & Game News

Missouri Sets Migratory Game Bird And Waterfowl Hunting Seasons


At its April 5 meeting, the Missouri Conservation Commission approved recommendations from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) for the upcoming 2018 migratory-game-bird-hunting seasons and 2018-2019 waterfowl-hunting seasons. Continue reading Missouri Sets Migratory Game Bird And Waterfowl Hunting Seasons

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WY Game And Fish Department Raffle Off Hunting Gear To Fight Brucellosis


The Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGF) has hit upon a unique method to fight brucellosis in the state’s elk herds. Continue reading WY Game And Fish Department Raffle Off Hunting Gear To Fight Brucellosis

Pennsylvania Bear Harvest Ninth Best All Time


Despite one of the worst opening days in more than three decades of bear hunting, Pennsylvania charted yet another Top 10 bear harvest in 2017.

Hunters harvested 3,438 bears in the 2017 seasons, with an archery harvest of 493 bears and the extended season harvest of 1,083 bears setting records for those seasons.

Black bearForty-eight bears weighing 500 pounds or more, including 14 weighing 600 pounds or more and two weighing 700 pounds or more, were part of the 2017 harvest.

Bears were taken in 57 counties and 22 of Pennsylvania’s 23 Wildlife Management Units (WMUs).

The totals represent a rebound from what was a rough start to the firearms bear season when widespread wind and rain noticeably reduced hunter participation on opening day – traditionally the top day for bear hunters.

“Only 694 hunters were successful on opening day, compared to the usual 1,500 hunters who typically harvest a bear,” said Game Commission bear biologist Mark Ternent.

“In fact, the last time opening-day harvest dipped below 700 bears was in 1982 when bear season was only two days and the statewide bear population numbered less than 5,000 animals,” Ternent said.

Participation returned to normal by the second day and hunters proceeded to take 1,852 bears in the general season, which is just over 70 percent of the average.

New bear-hunting opportunities – including an earlier bear archery season that overlaps with a week of the archery deer season and expanded extended bear seasons – paved the way for new records in those seasons, making up for some of the opening-day loss.

“The net result is that 2017 ranks as the ninth best all-time bear harvest, and hunters will have the same season opportunities and a strong bear population again in 2018,” Ternent said.

The all-time bear harvest high was recorded in 2011, when 4,350 bears were harvested. Hunters harvested 4,164 in 2005. All other bear harvests have been less than 4,000.

While the 2017 harvest was down compared to 2016’s harvest of 3,529, harvest totals increased within the Game Commission’s Northeast and Southeast Regions.

Washington State Fish And Wildlife Commission Issues New Hunting Regulations


The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission (WFWC) adopted new hunting regulations through 2020 for deer, elk, waterfowl and other game species at its April public meeting. Continue reading Washington State Fish And Wildlife Commission Issues New Hunting Regulations