For anglers it’s a time of transition.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game only allowed eight days of bait fishing on Little Susitna River in 2019, before restricting the river back to artificial lures. That first emergency order was followed by an emergency closure to coho salmon fishing on both Little Susitna River and Deshka River starting on Aug. 21. Even with those changes to the sport fishery, and emergency restrictions that first restricted a portion of the Northern District commercial fishery to one net, and then closed commercial fishing in the same area, the Little Su final coho count came in at less than half of the Department’s spawning escapement goal range of 10,100 to 17, 700. Even when the Little Su sport fishery was open to bait fishing, success rates and consequently participation rates were considerably lower than would occur on years with an on time in river return large enough to make the goal range. Recent rains and slightly higher water levels triggered 253 coho to swim past Little Su Weir on Sept. 2, but according to an ADF&G source there were very few remaining salmon staging behind the weir when it was pulled on Sept. 3.
My hunting partner, Gnarly Dan, and I had decided to apply for a caribou drawing permit hunt for the 2019 hunting season. We discussed the various hunts available and decided the DC590, Talkeetna Mountains hunt, was probably our best option. We had also decided to apply for the party permit option. That way either we both would have a permit or neither of us would.
Labor Day is often considered the unofficial end of summer with the kids going back to school, cooling weather and dwindling daylight hours. Over the years, the holiday has earned the unfortunate connotation as the end of fishing season to many anglers, too.
Jones County native Darrin Herndon bags a turkey during the opening week of the 2019 Spring Turkey Season, but Sports601’s cameraman found himself in the unluckiest of spots. Watch and listen as Herndon decribes his hunt late Tuesday morning on March 19.
ASHEVILLE — In July, the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy purchased 62 acres at Doll Branch in the Highlands of Roan, protecting important habitat resources and picturesque mountain views.
As you roam the field this fall, be sure to take a break from scanning the horizon for game to look down at the ground once in a while. Not only will this help you avoid stepping on a cactus or a rattlesnake, you might also see one of Eastern Montana’s rarely seen critters — the greater short-horned lizard.
Family Fishing Dynasty?… Here’s one of the many, right here in Napa County. Let me start you off with St. Helena angler Kirsten Hampton Brown. Kirsten and her ace fishing partner, Marty Mullarkey, scored 65 trout on fly rods in their third year fishing the Yellowstone River together. Their numbers are trending nicely: 60 fish in year one, 61 last year, and now 65.
A man born and raised in North Idaho has officially claimed the top spot and the $500,000 prize on the History Channel survival show "Alone."
HEFLIN — If it grows out of the dirt in Cleburne County, Melanie Taylor Spaulding knows about it or wants to know about it.
Despite a drought in new wind development proposals over the last decade, about $8 billion could flow into ongoing wind energy projects in Wyoming, providing one possible solution to the state’s precarious revenue outlook.
WASHINGTON – The National Park Service on Wednesday released a plan to identify gaps in the current National Park System to better inform future decision-makers – including the incoming Trump Administration -- of options that more fully represent the nation’s natural and cultural resources, and the experiences of all Americans.
A new study using a NASA satellite instrument orbiting Earth has found that small, environmental changes in polar food webs significantly influence the boom-and-bust cycles of phytoplankton. These findings will supply important data for ecosystem management, commercial fisheries and our understanding of the interactions between Earth’s climate and key ocean ecosystems, NASA said.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Unprecedented warming air temperature in 2016 over the Arctic contributed to a record-breaking delay in the fall sea ice freeze-up, leading to extensive melting of Greenland ice sheet and land-based snow cover, says a NOAA-sponsored report released Tuesday.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced $900,000 in grants under the Wolf Livestock Demonstration Project Grant Program. Grants will be distributed to the states of Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin.
Scientists at NOAA say the arrival of La Niña’s has caused global temperatures to cool from the record warm conditions experienced earlier in the year.
La Nina has arrived and is favored to stick around through winter, scientists at NOAA say. Forecasters say the climate phenomena likely will contribute to drier and warmer weather in the southern U.S. and wetter, cooler conditions in the Pacific Northwest, and across to the northern tier of the nation this winter.
WASHINGTON -- In the final weeks of the Obama administration, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is finalizing rules that would further restrict the management of non-federal oil and gas development on lands of the National Wildlife Refuge System. The Obama Administration has said protecting and expanding refuges is part of the president's environmental legacy.
Thanks to a La Nina influence, the southern United States will have a drier and warmer winter, while the northern U.S. should face a wetter, cooler winter, forecasters from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center said Thursday.
HARKERS ISLAND, N.C. – Cape Lookout National Seashore re-opened most of its facilities Tuesday after conducting assessments of park resources and facilities following Hurricane Matthew. High surf limited officials from inspecting all parts of the park.
HONOLULU, Hawaii -- Scientists working in the Hawaiian Archipelago are calling some of the deep coral reefs found in the region’s so-called oceanic “twilight zone” the most extensive on record, with several large areas of 100 percent coral cover.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Elephants, rhinos and lions will headline next week's meeting in South Africa to fight trafficking of endangered species.
BILLINGS, Mont. -- ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. has agreed to pay $12 million in damages to resolve claims stemming from the July 2011 oil spill into the Yellowstone River, according to a consent decree filed in federal court Wednesday.
WASHINGTON – Twenty states will receive federal grants totaling $44.8 million to help protect threatened and endangered species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Friday.
LA JOLLA, Calif. -- How do you find whales that dive so deep and spend so little time at the surface that some species have never been observed alive? Sometimes you just have to listen closely.
WASHINGTON -- President Obama on Thursday designated the first marine national monument in the Atlantic Ocean, protecting fragile deep-sea ecosystems off the coast of New England as the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument.
PHILADELPHIA – For the fifth time, James Hautman of Chaska, Minn has won the Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest. He made it a family affair.
SAN DIEGO -- In a ceremony that signaled to the world the United States is committed to ending the scourge of wildlife trafficking, confiscated rhino horn items with an estimated black market value of $1 million -- including whole horns, ornate objects and items falsely marketed as medicinals -- were reduced to ashes.
Visitation numbers for August decreased slightly in Yellowstone National Park. The overall decrease for August 2016 totaled 1.5 percent below August 2015. However, the first seven months of 2016 are up 4.3 percent compared to the previous year.
Endangered humpback whales in nine of 14 newly identified distinct population segments have recovered enough that they don’t warrant listing under the Endangered Species Act, NOAA Fisheries said Tuesday.
Scientists from the Bishop Museum and NOAA have published a description of a new species of butterflyfish from deep reefs of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in the remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. The study was published Tueday in the scientific journal ZooKeys.
WASHINGTON -- President Obama issued an executive order last week to expand the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument off the coast of Hawaii, creating the world’s largest marine protected area. The expanded boundaries cover more area than all U.S. national parks combined. The area is bigger than Texas.