Helping your fish survive helps you

Imagine for a minute you are out to sea, line wet, with about 150 feet of water separating boat from the bottom. You feel a tug. Instinct kicks in and you want to yank up to set the hook, but you remember that doesn’t work with circle hooks, a required gear when fishing for reef fish like snapper and grouper in all Gulf waters and in federal waters of the Atlantic south of 28 degrees north latitude. So you gently start reeling it in, hoping nothing eats your catch before you can get it to the boat. Continue reading

Apply now for managed turkey hunts

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri turkey hunters have until Feb. 28 to apply for managed hunts during the 2014 spring turkey season.

This year’s offerings include managed hunts for archers, youths, and people with disabilities. Managed turkey hunts and application procedures are outlined in the Missouir Department of Conservation’s 2014 Spring Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet, which is available online at A print version will be available from hunting-permit vendors and MDC offices and nature centers around the state beginning in mid-February.

Missouri has some of the nation’s best turkey hunting, thanks to the cooperation of MDC, citizens, and landowners in a 25-year restoration program. To learn more about wild turkeys in Missouri, visit Continue reading

Hunters Urged to Practice Safety for Remainder of Deer Season

Two fatal hunting accidents during the past week have Alabama Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) officials reminding hunters to practice safety at all times. The two incidents involved hunters who were not wearing the required hunter orange safety clothing and shooters who did not clearly identify their targets.

“Alabama law requires hunters to wear a minimum of 144 square inches of hunter orange during gun deer season,” said Alabama Hunter Education Coordinator Marisa Futral. “This is equivalent in size to a baseball cap or hat,” she said. Continue reading

Smith & Wesson Donates Safety Equipment to NRA Women’s Programs

FAIRFAX, Va. – The National Rifle Association is pleased to announce that Smith & Wesson® has donated safety equipment valued at more than $500,000 to the NRA Women’s Programs for distribution at the Women on Target and the Female NRA Certified Instructor clinics. This Smith & Wesson contribution provides safety and protection equipment for women as they enter into the world of shooting sports. Continue reading