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Fishing and Hunting News staff ? Oct. 17, 2005

Alabama: The DCNR re-opened Pike County Public Fishing Lake on Sept. 7.

Alaska: GMU 10, the Aleutian Islands, will be open to hunting geese for the first time in 30 years.

Arizona: Jose M. DeLeon of Glendale, Ariz., caught a state record rainbow trout weighing 13 pounds, 6.4 ounces on Sept. 8 from Woods Canyon Lake

Arkansas:
The Ivory-billed Woodpecker, once thought to be extinct, has been confirmed and documented in the Cache River and White River forests.

California: The American River Salmon Festival returns to the Nimbus Hatchery and Lake Natoma Oct. 8?9 in Rancho Cordova.

Colorado: The DOW has recommended an increase in the resident allocation of deer and elk licenses. See the DOW recommendation at wildlife.state.co.us.

Connecticut: A bald eagle originally banded as a chick in Connecticut in 1993 is confirmed to be nesting in Hinsdale, N.H.

Delaware: The DNR and Environmental Control is investigating three separate fish kills of juvenile Atlantic menhaden discovered Sept. 8 in areas of Rehoboth Bay.

Florida: Permit holders are allowed to take two alligators from designated areas during specific harvest periods running through Oct. 8.

Georgia: Beginning immediately, hunters can access an approved hunter education course on the Internet at www.beasafehunter.org. Hunters then must attend a two-hour (minimum) review/test course.

Hawaii: The DLNR added a 100-foot long barge to the Wai'anae Artificial Reef on Aug. 25.

Idaho: The FGC has introduced legislation to remove limits on walleye and northern pike except in designated waters being managed for these species.

Illinois: Successful deer hunters this fall must register their harvest by 10 p.m. on the same calendar day the deer is taken by calling (866) ILCHECK or at dnr.state.il.us/vcheck.

Indiana: As of July 1, 2005, Indiana Lifetime Licenses are no longer available.

Iowa: Youa Lovan of Pleasant Hill, Iowa, caught a 33-inch, 19-pound, 10-ounce wiper from the Des Moines River below Saylorville on Aug. 29.

Kansas: Kansas hunters can now purchase licenses, permits, stamps and more, by calling (800) 918-2877. Go to www.kdwp.state.ks.us/news/hunting.

Kentucky: High water temperatures in August forced the cancellation of rainbow trout stockings across the state.

Louisiana: The DWF has delayed the opening and closing dates of the 2005 wild alligator harvest season, slated to run Sept. 14?Oct. 13 statewide.

Maine: This past year, 85,451 hunters applied for an Any Deer permit, and 48,341 of those hunters, or 57 percent, applied online. That's up from 48 percent last year, and 42 percent in 2003.

Maryland: This year's migratory Canada goose hunts at Sassafras Natural Resources MA and Tuckahoe SP will be held on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday Nov. 17?24 and Dec. 17?Jan. 28, 2006.

Massachusetts: The FWB voted to add two weeks to the existing November bear hunting season effective in 2006.

Michigan: The NRC approved a conservation order to allow for hunting opportunities at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park. The park currently is closed to hunting and trapping.

Minnesota: The DNR has confirmed the discovery of Eurasian watermilfoil in seven new lakes this summer, all within 60 miles of the Twin Cities.

Mississippi: The Private Lands Dove Field Program is a new effort offering public dove hunting opportunities on private property, according to wildlife biologist Scott Baker.

Missouri:
This is the second year that Missouri's archery deer season opened in mid-September. Previously, opening day was Oct. 1. The season runs through Nov. 11 and Nov. 23-Jan. 15.

Montana: FWP officials say grouse and pheasant hunting in the north-central and eastern portions of the state are expected to be significantly improved over 2004.

Nebraska: Surveys indicate pheasant populations increased in the western half of the state, while those in the east declined or held steady.

Nevada: The DOW released more than 1,000 chukar partridge in Clark, Lincoln and Nye counties that were trapped at China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station near Ridgecrest, Calif.

New Hampshire: When small game hunters send in their small game survey form, they will be entered into a raffle for a hunting rifle donated by Sturm Ruger.


New Jersey:
The FGC has presented DEP Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell with a Draft Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy to guide future management of black bears in New Jersey.

New Mexico: The discovery of chronic wasting disease in a mule deer in the Sacremento Mountains has prompted the DGF to require deer and elk hunters to observe restrictions regarding the handling of animals in some areas of southern New Mexico.

New York: New York State DEC acting commissioner Denise M. Sheehan announced that DEC plans to conduct an angler creel survey on New York's Lake Ontario tributaries starting this fall.

North Carolina: Hunters in the state's northeastern counties can enjoy the area's first Atlantic population Canada goose season since 1991. Five hundred permits will be available for this initial season.

North Dakota: The 2005 brood index from the GFD's annual mid-July survey was up 38 percent from last year, and 140 percent from the 1955?2004 average.

Ohio: Felony indictments were filed Wednesday in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court against 14 individuals and five businesses associated with Ohio's Lake Erie commercial fishing industry.

Oklahoma: The water level may be down, but the fishing at Lake Texoma is as good as ever. Anglers on the sprawling reservoir are reporting excellent striped bass fishing over the last several weeks.

Oregon: After a nine-day closure, DFW reopened chinook fishing north of Tilla mook Head back on Sept. 17.

Pennsylvania: The DCNR Bureau of Forestry is participating in the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Deer Management Assistance Program. The DMAP program has allowed the Bureau of Forestry to request additional antlerless deer permits that will be offered to the public.

Rhode Island: The DEM is reminding recreational saltwater anglers that Atlantic bluefin tuna now being found in nearshore Rhode Island waters are a federally regulated species. A federal fishing permit is required.

South Carolina: Funds from the sale of the popular "Gone Fishing" license plate will go to the DNR to be used to protect South Carolina's marine resources.

South Dakota: The DGFP's annual pheasant brood survey. Results indicate the highest number of pheasants per mile in the past 40 years, surpassing the previous high in 2003.

Tennessee: The WRA invites anglers to review and comment on a draft Trout Management Plan at tennessee.gov/twra/drafttroutplan.pdf, or call (615) 781-6575. Only written comments received by Nov. 30, 2005, will be accepted.

Texas: Changes to the 2005-06 waterfowl hunting regulations adopted by the PWC include a reduced scaup limit, an aggregate "dusky duck" bag limit and a 39-day season within the season for pintails and canvasbacks.

Utah: Wild turkey hunters could find themselves hunting on private property that's been closed in the past under two programs the DWR would like to implement for Utah's 2006 spring turkey hunt.

Vermont: The winners of Vermont's 2005 moose hunting permits were drawn Aug. 11 by Gov. Jim Douglas and past successful moose hunter Cassandra Hamwey at a lottery drawing in Montpelier.

Virginia: The DGIF reminds waterfowl hunters they will need to purchase a mandatory Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp unless license exempt.

Washington: The DFW is accepting public comment on a proposed package of sport fishing rules for the 2006-07 fishing season.

West Virginia: The DNR announced today it has received confirmation that a road-killed deer in Hampshire County tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease.

Wisconsin: People around Wisconsin will have an opportunity to comment on proposed hunting regulations changes for 2006, including an experimental two-year suspension of the October gun deer hunting season known as Zone T. For more information contact Keith Warnke (608-264-6023).

Wyoming: The DGF Web site now lists landowners who are not part of the Walk-in Hunting or Hunter Management Area Programs, but are offering limited access to hunters.

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