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November 7, 2019 | 8 minute read
St. Marks, Florida — The slash pine forest is thick and overgrown, impenetrable due to walls of saw palmetto, gallberry and fetterbush. A hunter this season would more likely get lost in there than bag a whitetail. Next season, though, will be different. Dan Frisk, project leader for the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, stands by a deer stand used for the youth hunt each December on the refuge. Learn more...
November 7, 2019 | 2 minute read
On Sept. 11, 2019, Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery and its Friends Group hosted the eighth annual Wounded Warrior Fishing Event. Typically, five or six fishing guides volunteer their services to take 25 wounded veterans out for a morning of striped bass fishing on Lake Cumberland. Seven guides volunteered this year, allowing the staff to offer an additional five spots on the voyage. With the warm lake temperatures, low oxygen this time of year, and lack of rain, even the stripers were showing signs of stress and weren’t biting often. Learn more...
October 7, 2019 | 8 minute read
Apalachicola, Florida — In 1907, a New York doctor, patent-medicine salesman and one-term congressman bought St. Vincent Island for $12,500 and set about turning the palmetto and pine-fringed preserve into a “wildlife emporium.” Dr. Raymond Pierce built trails, cottages, barns, dams and sluice gates to create duck ponds. He grew vegetables and raised cattle. And he also imported a menagerie of exotic Asian antlered beasts including sambar deer from India, a prized trophy for big-game hunters. Learn more...
October 3, 2019 | 1 minute read
Delayed harvest stockings are done annually from late fall to early spring, providing a captivating experience for anglers feeling the urge for some good trout fishing aside from the regular stocking months of March - September. Learn more...
June 25, 2019 | 7 minute read
Thomaston, Georgia — Rule 1 in the art of angling: You have to master the worm. “Ewww!” The teen holding the fishing rod recoiled at the sight of a wad of wigglers. “No. Uh-uh!” — that, from a buddy peering over his shoulder. And a third reaction, courtesy of a fellow who stood 6-foot-2 or more: “I ain’t touching that!” Thus did the guys from the city get introduced to a bit of country. Learn more...
June 10, 2019 | 1 minute read
Dark skies and occasional heavy rains did not stop die-hard anglers from attending the Seniors Fishing Rodeo at Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery June 7; more than 150 anglers ages 55 to 90 years old attended. Rock Creek was stocked with beautiful rainbow and brook trout each day, including some fish weighing as much as 4 pounds. A free hotdog lunch was provided to participants courtesy of Friends of the Hatchery, Trout Unlimited of Blue Ridge #696 and Blairsville #692, Save-A-Lot Blue Ridge, Coca Cola, and Pepsi Cola. Learn more...
June 9, 2019 | 1 minute read
Rainy weather did not stop more than 500 people from attending the Kids Fishing Rodeo at Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery on June 8, 2019. Rock Creek was stocked with beautiful rainbow and brook trout, including some fish weighing as much as 4 lbs. A free hotdog lunch was provided to participants courtesy of Friends of the Hatchery, Trout Unlimited of Blue Ridge #696 and Blairsville #692, Save-A-Lot, Coca Cola, and Pepsi Cola. Learn more...
In addition to the conservation of wildlife and habitat, many national wildlife refuges offer a wide variety of quality fishing opportunities. Every year, about 7 million anglers visit national wildlife refuges, where they can find knowledgeable staff and thousands of volunteers. Learn more...
July 24, 2019 | 2 minute read
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is inviting the public to comment on the proposed establishment of Green River National Wildlife Refuge in Henderson County, Kentucky. Working at the direction of Congress and in close cooperation with the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the Service has worked to increase hunter access and conserve important wildlife habitat on approximately 24,000 acres in the proposed refuge. A draft land protection plan (LPP) and environmental assessment (EA) have been developed in cooperation with partners as part of the process. Read the full story...
Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery was constructed in 1975, making it one of the newest in the federal hatchery system. With an annual budget of $1,200,000, this station produces approximately 1 million brown, brook, cutthroat and rainbow trout weighing 275,000 pounds every year. Fish are stocked into over 100 different public fishing waters in cooperation with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. The majority of the fish are stocked in waters managed by the federal government. Learn more...