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CNB Fishing News Maryland: Unconfirmed Report Flounder Being Caught Back Bays of OC

Maryland Fishing Report – March 22, 2023 Olivia Hedges recently caught this fine-looking trout in a youth fishing area. Photo by Justin Hedges The signs of spring are everywhere, and among them is the traditional opening day of Maryland trout season on Saturday, March 25 in many of the put-and-take trout management waters throughout the state. Trout anglers will be out fishing in their favorite waters and enjoying the generous stockings from Maryland Department of... Read more →

CNB Fishing News Delaware: Youth-Only Day Trout April 1

Designated Trout Streams are Closed to All Fishing From March 18 Until Youth-Only Opening Day on April 1 Delaware’s 2023 upstate stream trout season will open for youth anglers under age 16 at 7 a.m. on Saturday, April 1, followed by the opening of the regular trout season for all anglers a half-hour before sunrise the next day, Sunday, April 2, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced today. Fishing will be... Read more →

51st Running of the Iditarod Trail Race Ends

Megan Pacer The 51st running of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race has ended. Jason Mackey and his dog team crossed under the burled arch in Nometoday at 5:03 p.m. Alaska time to conclude the race. Musher Jason Mackey before the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in downtown Anchorage on Saturday, March 4. (Emily Mesner / ADN) Mackey completed the race in 12 days, 2 hours and 3 minutes. As... Read more →

CNB Fishing News: Despite The Chill Maryland Anglers Are Not Discouraged

By Keith Lockwood, fisheries biologist Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Maryland Fishing Report – March 15 Angelina Watts holds up a beautiful yellow perch caught recently. Photo by Rich Watts An old saying is that March comes in like a lion, and truer words could not be spoken this past week. The forecast now calls for warmer and less windy weather, so anglers will be out enjoying good fishing for trout that was stocked in... Read more →


BY Megan Pacer Hi, ADN Iditarod fans, We hope you all enjoyed following along as Ryan Redington was crowned the new Iditarod champion yesterday. Seeing the first member of his legendary mushing family win the race after all that the Redingtons have contributed to competitive sled dog racing over the years certainly struck a chord with a lot of Alaskans. As part of his winnings, Redington will be presented with a bronze statue of... Read more →

NJDEP Destroys 21 Acres of Old Trees & Wetlands in Glassboro WMA

The Sierra Club, New Jersey chapter is outraged with NJDEP’s decision to clear cut 21 acres of mature forest and critical wetlands at the Glassboro Wildlife CNBNews graphic files Management Area. Over 100 year old trees were cut including the ShortLeaf Pine, White Oak, and Swamp Chestnut Oak and over 10 acres of wetlands were destroyed. There was no public hearing or input on DEP’s plan nor was there a 14 step process that would... Read more →

CNB Fishing News Maryland: Large-Mouth-Bass Active

Maryland Fishing Report – March 8 by Keith Lockwood, fisheries biologist Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Michael Hughes went fishing with his parents and caught and released this largemouth bass. Photo by Kelly Hughes March is upon us and anglers young and old are feeling the urge to venture to their favorite fishing location. Maryland Department of Natural Resources crews are busy stocking trout in many locations for put-and-take anglers. Largemouth bass are becoming more... Read more →


image courtesy of the Anchorage Daily News ANCHORAGE, ALASKA(March 8, 2023)(ADN)--We're another day and another hundred miles or so into this year's race, and more teams are hunkering down for their required 24-hour rest. Continued warm weather is scrambling some mushers' strategies. The heat influences where and when mushers choose to bed for their mandatory 24-hour break, forcing some to abandon their first choice and pivot to an alternate plan. That was the case for... Read more →


Which one of the 33 mushers dropped out of the race today? photo courtesy of the Alaska Daily News Hi, ADN Iditarod fans, We're getting a glimpse of strategy as mushers come out of the Alaska Range and start planning their mandatory rests. As teams crossed the range Monday, warm and sunny conditions convinced many mushers to take a midday break ahead of Rainy Pass, to take advantage of lower temperatures overnight. And that warm... Read more →


Yes, that is sarcasm in our headline. Anybody who has ever heard Joe Biden speak publicly knows he wants to ban firearms. It is hard to find any occasion where he doesn’t talk about banning guns. It is likely that he talks about it in his sleep. Nonetheless, we do feel it is important to point out whenever he renews his call to ban firearms, as he did last week while speaking at the House... Read more →


image source Wikipedia WILLOW, ALASKA (MARCH 5, 2023)(ADN)--The 33 mushers racing in this year's Iditarod have taken off from Willow, embarking on their nearly thousand-mile journey to Nome. They'll first drive toward the checkpoints of Yentna and Skwentna before heading into the Alaska Range on Monday. Brushkana musher Jessie Holmes was the first to launch from the starting line, leaving just after 2 p.m. with a team of eager sled dogs pulling at the gangline.... Read more →

Spectators Watch Today's Iditarod Ceremonial Start

(MARCH 4, 2023)--In complete contrast to last year's snowy start, clear blue skies greeted mushers, dog teams and spectators for today's Iditarod ceremonial start in Anchorage. It was a lively scene — both downtown and in other parts of the city — as fans, families and children gathered to cheer for mushers as they cruised by with their dog teams. The din of excited sled dogs echoed along Fourth Avenue, and bundled-up spectators packed liked... Read more →

The Iditarod Countdown: Race Begins Sunday

Hi, ADN Iditarod fans, The start of the 2023 Iditarod is almost upon us! We hope you're getting excited for this weekend's race kickoff — both the ceremonial start in Anchorage tomorrow, and Sunday's restart in Willow. Here are a few things to know as the race start approaches: • First, meet the mushers! This year's field may be the smallest in race history, but it's full of veterans and a crop of rookies as... Read more →

State Attorneys General to Biden on “Assault Weapon” Ban: Nope, Nada, Not Having It

SUPPORT NRA-ILA Following his State of the Union (SOTU) speech earlier this month, in which President Joe Biden yelled, “Band [sic] ‘assault weapons’ now!”, the president predictably included the same demand last week in remarks at the National Association of Counties legislative conference. “I’m gonna say something that’s always controversial but there is no rationale for assault weapons and magazines that hold 50, 70 bullets. Got it done once. Gonna do it again.” A day... Read more →

CNBNews Hunting Maryland: Midwinter Waterfowl Survey 2023 Results Released

Maryland Department of Natural Resources February 7, 2023 Annual Survey of Wintering Waterfowl Finds Increase in Diving Ducks Canvasbacks in the Choptank River, photo by Kenny Page, submitted to the 2022 Maryland DNR Photo Contest. In early January, aerial survey teams of pilots and biologists from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) made visual estimates of the ducks, geese, and swans along most of the state’s Chesapeake Bay, Potomac River, and Atlantic coast shorelines.... Read more →

CNB Hunting/Fishing Maryland News: Stealthy (and Cute!) Owls

Native Animal Profile: January 5, 2023/ Out of the 18 species of owls found throughout North America, eight species of owls are seen in Maryland. Some are very common, such as the eastern screech owl or barred owl, yet some can only be seen occasionally in the winter or during migration, like the majestic snowy owl and the short-eared owl. While owls like the great horned owl and barred owl spend time in Maryland year-round,... Read more →

NRA-ILA Report:Biden-Appointed Judge Issues PI against NJ Anti-Gun “Public Nuisance” Law

New Jersey’s losing streak trying to defend its recent gun control laws in court continued last Tuesday when a federal judge – appointed by Joe Biden, no less – issued a preliminary injunction against enforcement of a law designed to get around the federal Protection of CNBNews graphic files Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA). The case is National Shooting Sports Foundation v. Platkin. The case concerns a New Jersey statute, section 2C:58-35, which purports... Read more →

The State of NJ Loses Another Round in Gun Control Fight

By Christian Wade | The Center Square contributor Jan 31, 2023 (The Center Square) — New Jersey has lost another round in legal fights over its tough gun control laws, with a federal judge expanding the number of places where the state can't restrict lawful gun owners from carrying firearms as the case plays out in court. In a ruling issued Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Renee Marie Bumb issued a restraining order barring the... Read more →


Youth Waterfowl Hunting Day and Snow Goose Conservation Order to Open; Other Seasons Continue Small game and furbearer hunting and trapping opportunities continue into February in addition to the Snow Goose Conservation Order opening that begins Wednesday, Feb. 1 and the second special youth waterfowl hunting day on Saturday, Feb. 4, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced today. The Snow Goose Conservation Order will be closed Saturday, Feb. 4 for the... Read more →

After Nine Year Investigation Federal Baiting and Poaching Charges Against Bowmars Dropped

Social media stars, record-setting bowhunters, and couple-preneurs, Josh and Sarah Bowmar out of Ankney, Iowa who’s been in the limelight recently as part of a federal investigation related to hunts they conducted with a Nebraska outfitter, announce that all hunting violations against them have been dismissed after a nine-year battle to clear their name. Josh and Sarah Bowmar Josh states, “Since the investigation began in 2014, nine years ago, we have been under constant surveillance... Read more →

Sierra Club Urges NJ for Effective Non-Lethal Bear Management 

Today the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife held a public hearing on their Comprehensive Bear Management Policy and Amendments (CBBMP). On November 15, 2022, the Governor enacted a new Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy (CBBMP) through emergency rulemaking. An approved CBBMP is required for a bear hunt to occur. The New Jersey Sierra Club opposed the emergency rulemaking and bear hunt and urge the Murphy Administration for stronger non-lethal management efforts. Anjuli Ramos-Busot released... Read more →

GOOD NEWS: Bald Eagle Population Continues to Climb in NJ

WITH 250 ACTIVE NESTS IDENTIFIED IN 2022 (23/P4) TRENTON – The bald eagle population in New Jersey continues to climb, according to the 2022 New Jersey Bald Eagle Project Report developed by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Fish and Wildlife and the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, with 250 active nests identified last year, Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today. The 250 active nests (meaning the nests produced eggs) represent... Read more →

Delaware's Piping Plovers Have Modest Nesting Success

DOVER, DELAWARE (JANUARY 17, 2023)(CNBNews)Beach-nesting piping plovers – a federally-listed threatened species and a Delaware state-listed endangered species – experienced modest nesting success in Delaware during 2022, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced today. Seven pairs of piping plovers have recorded nesting at The Point at Cape Henlopen State Park and 17 additional nesting pairs were documented at Fowler Beach on Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, making for a total of 24... Read more →

Dealaware's Hunting Seasons Continue Into 2023

Coyote Harvest Reporting Required by DNREC Within Next Business Day Additional firearm deer hunting seasons opening in January and the continuing archery deer hunting seasons provide the last chance for hunters to harvest deer during the 2022/23 hunting season, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced today. Deer hunters are encouraged to harvest does (female deer) during deer hunting seasons to help manage the size and quality of Delaware’s deer population. Deer... Read more →

Pennacchio/Durr Bill Securing Access to Public Lakes for Recreational Fishermen Advances

Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senator Ed Durr that would preserve access to any state-owned lake that is open to boats with or without onboard motors was approved by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee. Legislation sponsored by Sen. Joe Pennacchio and Sen. Ed Durr that would preserve access to any state-owned lake that is open to boats was approved in committee. (Pixabay) “There is growing concern about the lack of public boat... Read more →

Association of NJ Rifle and Pistol Clubs File Lawsuit to Overturn Carry-Killer Law

New Jersey (December 22, 2022)-- At the same moment Gov. Murphy signed illegal carry-killer legislation into law earlier today, ANJRPC filed an epic federal lawsuit seeking to swiftly and decisively block the blatantly unconstitutional new measure. ANJRPC is also seeking a restraining order to immediately halt the implementation of the new law while the case proceeds. Click here to see a copy of the complaint filed in the case, and to monitor ongoing new case... Read more →


Records Pond Fishing Pier Closed for Public Safety Pier to Reopen Upon Completion of New Boat Ramp Construction The Records Pond fishing pier in Laurel in Sussex County has been closed effective immediately for public safety due to warping of the pier’s decking, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced today. The decking will be replaced in conjunction with the new public boat ramp project at Records Pond to be managed by... Read more →

NRA-ILA Report: NJ Anti-Gun Senate Democrats Voted 21-16 to Advance A.4769

The vote may be final, but the final outcome is far from certain. Yesterday, anti-gun Senate Majority Democrats voted 21-16 to advance A.4769 to the Governor’s desk. Anti-gun Gov. Phil Murphy will undoubtedly sign the legislation. However, this latest episode of political theatre is nothing more than disgruntled legislators thumbing their noses at the United States Supreme Court, which reaffirmed the right to concealed carry in this summer’s landmark Bruen decision. Trenton lawmakers wasted a... Read more →

Watching Wildlife on an ATV Trail in Minnesota (video)

One year on an ATV trail was filmed in Minnesota by Voyageurs Wolf Project; the video shows the various animals using an ATV trail from July 2021- October 2022 in Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota. It is seven minutes long, but even so, it is a fascinating look at the many wildlife species in that neck of the woods. Pay attention, as there are one species you don't see throughout the year-long plus film. We... Read more →

GUEST OPINION: NRA-ILA Opposes New Jersey's Senate Plans Attacking Concealed Carry

The New Jersey Senate plans to take a final vote on Monday on legislation that attacks concealed carry and completes weeks of scheming to do an end-run of this summer’s Bruen decision. This brazen act of defiance is almost certain to initiate more litigation, as these lawmakers remain undeterred when it comes to advancing their own political agendas, even if that means ignoring the rule of law and their sworn oaths to defend the Constitution.... Read more →

Pennsylvania Deer Hunters Didn't Like Change in Hunting Season But Now...

Ysbrand Cosijn / (The Center Square) – Pennsylvania’s recent shift of deer season’s start date wasn’t universally loved, but the deer harvest has continued to grow since 2015. The Pennsylvania Game Commission upset a number of hunters in 2019 when it voted to move the start of deer season to the Saturday after Thanksgiving, rather than the Monday after Thanksgiving. Hunters have adjusted, however. About 435,000 deer were harvested in the 2020-21 season, compared... Read more →

Black Bear Hunting Season Begins Dec. 14

REQUIRED FOUR-DAY EXTENSION OF BLACK BEAR HUNTING SEASON BEGINS WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14 (22/P46) TRENTON – The Department of Environmental Protection’s New Jersey Fish and Wildlife today announced that the December black bear hunting season will be extended by four days this week per state regulations. The season extension will begin a half-hour prior to sunrise on Wednesday, Dec. 14 and will end a half-hour after sunset on Saturday, Dec. 17. CNBNews graphic file New Jersey’s... Read more →

CNB Fishing Maryland: Striped Bass Season Closes on Saturday

By Keith Lockwood, Fisheries Biologist Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The Maryland Chesapeake Bay striped bass season closes at the end of the day on Saturday, December 10, after which striped bass fishing in the Bay and its tributaries will be limited to catch and release. The main stem of the tidal Potomac River will be open to striped bass fishing until December 31, with a two-fish-per-day limit if the fish measure over 20 inches.... Read more →

CNB Hunting News/Video: The 182" Missouri Buck

source dodTV Logging Leads To Terry Drury’s 182” Missouri Booner, The Story Of Double Stickers | Deer Season 22 On this episode of Deer Season 22, we’re going back to the state of Missouri for the full story of an incredible buck known as Double Stickers. After 3 years of history, a giant logging operation, and who knows how many hours of working on the farm during the off-season, Old Man Winter develops a plan... Read more →

CNB Hunting/Fishing Maryland: Watch for Gamefish Moving out of River Mouths to the Bay

Maryland Fishing Report – November 30 Largemouth bass, photo by Nathan Fernandez If you dress warmly there are plenty of fishing opportunities this week. There is good fishing for striped bass along with freshwater species like largemouth bass. Offshore in the Atlantic Ocean, fishing for sea bass is excellent with everyone onboard catching a limit. Forecast Summary: November 30 – December 6: Maryland can expect unstable early December weather conditions this week with a chance... Read more →

Delaware's Hunting /Trapping Seasons Open in December

Additional Delaware hunting and trapping seasons are set to open in December, including a special antlerless deer season, which opens on Dec. 10 and extends through Dec. 18, and multiple furbearer trapping seasons opening Dec. 1, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced today. Duck, Canada goose, woodcock, snipe and other hunting seasons also open during the month. Archery and crossbow hunters are reminded that they are not allowed to harvest antlered... Read more →

Animal Protection Organizations Take Legal Action to Stop NJ Bear Hunt

TRENTON, New Jersey (Nov. 29, 2022) ─ Today, a coalition of state and national animal protection groups, including the Animal Protection League of New Jersey, the Humane Society of the United States, and Friends of Animals, launched an emergency court challenge to the black bear trophy hunt that is scheduled to begin Dec. 5. The hunt was authorized by the New Jersey Fish and Game Council earlier this month. Hunt clubs nominate six of the... Read more →

CNBNews Fishing Delaware: State Parks Annual Passes, Surf Fishing Permits to go on Sale Nov. 29

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced today that 2023 Delaware State Parks annual passes and surf fishing permits will go on sale starting at 8 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 29. Annual passes and surf fishing permits may be purchased at any state park office Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Passes and permits may also be purchased online at, with an estimated timeframe for delivery of three to... Read more →

CNB Fishing News Maryland Report, Nov. 23

by Keith Lockwood, the fisheries biologist Maryland Department of Natural Resources Photo by Monty Hawkins Everyone at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources wishes you a pleasant and warm Thanksgiving holiday. More than a few anglers will slip out for a little fishing before the big celebration or on the weekend. There are plenty of exciting fishing opportunities out there this week. Forecast Summary: November 23 – November 29: Conditions will be sunny all week... Read more →

NRA-ILA ALERT: New Jersey's Bruen-Buster Bill Is Back For Full Assembly Vote

On Monday, November 21, the full Assembly is expected to vote on A.4769. This legislation started out as a “copy-cat” strategy, mimicking what New York did to lash out at the Supreme Court post-Bruen. The bill arbitrarily and drastically expands the number of places labeled as “sensitive places” where concealed carry is prohibited. Over the last month, the bill has been assigned to multiple committees and amended several times to clean up drafting errors, among... Read more →

CNB Fishing News: Be Prepared for Cold Weather in Maryland

Maryland Fishing Report – November 16 Photo by Travis Long Colder temperatures have anglers bundling up to enjoy the good fishing available for various species still being caught this fall. Anglers can now be dressed in duck hunting garb, gloves, knee boots, or warm clothing. Be prepared and have fun! Forecast Summary: November 16 – November 22: We will experience a sunny, cool week with a low chance of rain. There will be windy conditions... Read more →

New Jersey Reinstates Bear Hunt

TRENTON, New Jersey (Nov. 15, 2022)─Today, the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Fish and Game Council reinstated its controversial black bear trophy hunt. The emergency rulemaking that the council used circumvents standard procedures requiring appropriate notice of the action to the public and the opportunity for public comment on the proposals. By law it may be used only when the public is facing “imminent peril.” Yet, the public is not in “imminent peril”... Read more →

CNB Fishing News Delaware: Low-Digit Surf Fishing Tag Auction to Start Nov. 22

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will hold its annual low-digit surf fishing plate auction starting Tuesday, November 22, at 9 a.m., at The online auction benefits Delaware State Parks. CNBNews graphic files Between Nov. 22 and Dec. 9, bidders will have the option to bid on 15 tags, including Nos. 32, 58, 143, 226, 355, 488, and on eight “choice” categories, ranging from tags 51 to 9999. For the choice... Read more →

CNB Fishing/Maryland Report Nov. 9

by Keith Lockwood, fisheries biologist Maryland Department of Natural Resources Kaelyn O’Hop has a good reason to smile as she holds up this great-looking striped bass she caught recently. Photo by Travis Long Chilly nights and pleasant days are heralding late fall, and anglers are trading their lighter clothing for more substantial and warmer attire to enjoy the outdoors and the wonderful fishing opportunities of the season. The University of Maryland Eastern Shore has designed... Read more →

Delaware Drivers Watch Out For Deer; Its Mating Season

Extra Vigilance on Roads Called for as Days Shorten and Deer Become More Active Morning and Evening source CNBNews graphic files Use extra caution on the roads during the deer mating season is the warning to Delaware drivers from the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, the Office of Highway Safety (OHS) within the Department of Safety and Homeland Security and Delaware State Police (DSP). Late October through November is the peak period for... Read more →

Maryland Anglers Catching Striped Bass, Trout, Large Crabs, Blue Catfish, White & Yellow Perch

Maryland Fishing Report – November 2 November 2, 2022 Photo by Rich Watts There is a wide variety of fishing opportunities this week for Maryland anglers. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has stocked trout in many put-and-take waters, including ponds that are ideal for our younger anglers. Striped bass fishing is at its zenith in the Chesapeake Bay, and extra-large crabs are being caught in the Bay and tidal rivers. Forecast Summary: November 2... Read more →

New Jersey Legislature Amends and Delays Bruen-Buster Bill

The proverbial can was kicked down the road again in Trenton last week. In recent years, most Democrats have had a habit of introducing anti-gun legislation so poorly drafted that chaos ensues. Last week was no exception; this is only the latest dysfunction among anti-gun Democrat politicians. Their attempt to completely thwart concealed carry in New Jersey by labeling nearly everywhere a “sensitive place” hit a snag. A.4769 was scheduled to vote on the Assembly... Read more →

CNB Fishing News Delaware: DNREC to Pilot Changes to Surf Fishing Permit Program for 2023

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced today changes are to be piloted for the 2023 surf fishing permit program after record interest in the program in 2022. One of the biggest changes will be the elimination of a cap in effect since 2019 on the number of permits sold annually. The DNREC Division of Parks and Recreation will replace the cap for 2023 with a technology-based reservation system for managing capacity... Read more →

CNBNews Hunting Maryland:Youth, Veteran, and Military Waterfowl Hunting Days Set for 2022-23

October 19, 2022 Maryland’s youth hunters, veterans, and military personnel will be afforded a unique opportunity to experience Maryland’s tradition of waterfowl hunting on two special hunt days: Nov. 5, 2022 and Feb. 4, 2023. On these two days, hunting for ducks, geese, and coots on public and private lands in Maryland will be offered exclusively to eligible hunters 16 years of age or younger, military veterans of any age as defined in section 101... Read more →

CNB Hunting Maryland: Fall Turkey, Small Game Seasons

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that squirrel, rabbit, fall turkey, and other seasons are either underway or set to open in the coming weeks. Hunters are also reminded that changes have been made to ruffed grouse and bobwhite quail seasons. “During this time of year, Maryland offers many other excellent opportunities to get afield and make memories,” Wildlife and Heritage Service Director Paul Peditto said. “Small game hunting is ideal for new... Read more →