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New York Encon Patrol Notes
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New York Encon Patrol Notes

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Division of Law Enforcement enforces the 71 chapters of New York State’s Environmental Conservation Law (ECL), protecting fish and wildlife and preserving environmental quality across New York. In 1880, the first eight Game Protectors proudly began serving to protect the natural resources and people of New...

More Than $808,000 for Education Grants From Wildlife Fines
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More Than $808,000 for Education Grants From Wildlife Fines

LITTLE ROCK – More than $808,000 is available for Arkansas schools and educators for conservation education grants in 2022-23, thanks to fine money derived from wildlife and fishing violations and a partnership between the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s Division of Rural Services. Teachers and administrators may apply for...

Arkansas Launches Online Bass Survey
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Arkansas Launches Online Bass Survey

LITTLE ROCK – Last week, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission launched a series of public forums to give Arkansas’s bass anglers an opportunity to provide input on the state’s latest Reservoir Black Bass Management Plan. Five of the 11 open-house style forums planned have been held so far, but AGFC biologists are adding an online...

Nomination Deadline for 2022 Arizona Game and Fish Commission Awards Looming
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Nomination Deadline for 2022 Arizona Game and Fish Commission Awards Looming

PHOENIX — If you were thinking of nominating someone for an Arizona Game and Fish Commission award but haven’t yet submitted it, there’s still time. Nominations can be submitted online up through Aug. 24, 2022. The purpose of these awards is to recognize Arizonans who have contributed significantly to the conservation of the state’s wildlife,...

Interior Columbia and Snake River Salmon and Steelhead Maintain Listing Status
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Interior Columbia and Snake River Salmon and Steelhead Maintain Listing Status

NOAA Fisheries has released 5-year reviews for seven salmon and steelhead species in the Interior Columbia Basin protected by the Endangered Species Act. The reviews found that species in the Snake River and upper and middle Columbia River should retain their current listing statuses. However, climate change increases the urgency of recommended recovery actions. These...

Dutch Anglers Save Fish as Rhine Drought Bites
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Dutch Anglers Save Fish as Rhine Drought Bites

GIESBEEK, Netherlands (AFP) — Angler Mark Kouwenhoven grins as he wades into what’s left of a dried-up Dutch lake where his colleagues are throwing slime-coated fish into buckets. It’s not the kind of catch they’re used to — but that’s because this time they’re helping the government to save the fish from the drought gripping...

Slip Bobbers Are Simply Effective
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Slip Bobbers Are Simply Effective

The slip-bobber method for presenting bait to fish has been around for several decades. Over time, however, this simple yet often effective method got pushed to the side by much of the diehard angling crowd (me included) in favor of what are viewed as more complex, higher order fishing presentations that often garner terms like...

American Wildlife Conservation Partners Honor Johnny Morris
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American Wildlife Conservation Partners Honor Johnny Morris

MISSOULA, Mont. – The American Wildlife Conservation Partners (AWCP), a consortium of 50 of the top hunting-conservation organizations and wildlife professional societies in the country, outlined policy priorities and recognized Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris during their summer meeting. The annual event was hosted last week at Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Missouri, and...

New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission Announces 2021 Awards of Excellence
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New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission Announces 2021 Awards of Excellence

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission has honored several individuals with the 2021 Commission Awards of Excellence for outstanding efforts in the conservation field in support of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s mission. The 2021 Commission Awards of Excellence are as follows: HABITAT STEWARDSHIP AWARD OF EXCELLENCE David Roby, Sr.,...

IGFA Relief Funds Headed to Montana After Historic Flooding
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IGFA Relief Funds Headed to Montana After Historic Flooding

DANIA BEACH, FL – The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) announced today that it is partnering with the Fishing Outfitters Association of Montana (FOAM) to distribute $30,000 of relief funding from the IGFA’s Worldwide Anglers Relief Fund (WARF) to the recreational fishing industry in wake of the historic flooding that took place earlier this summer...