Latest Outdoor recreation News

Vermont's free ice fishing day slated for this month

Jan. 16, 2022 10:49 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont’s annual Free Ice Fishing Day sponsored by the Department of Fish and Wildlife will be held this year on Jan. 29. On Free Ice Fishing Day, resident and nonresident anglers can ice fish on any Vermont water body that is open to ice fishing without a...

West Monroe riverfront development on the way

Jan. 16, 2022 00:13 AM EST

WEST MONROE, La. (AP) — Downtown West Monroe is one step closer to getting an exciting new look. The City of West Monroe is working on a development that will give citizens recreational access to the Ouachita River. The city has raised the money for the first phase of its ambitious...

Remote artist residencies return to Isle Royale, Porcupines

Jan. 16, 2022 00:02 AM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Artist residency programs in two of Michigan’s most remote parks are once again giving creators the chance to find inspiration through deep solitude and connection with unspoiled nature. Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, located in the western...

Swine fever in wild boars worries Italy's pork industry

Jan. 15, 2022 16:45 PM EST

ROME (AP) — The discovery of African swine fever in northern Italy has Italian pork producers fearing significant economic damage to a major agricultural export and has forced curtailing of the official seasons to hunt for game and to gather prized truffles. Earlier this month, a...

Chicago cites restaurants, gyms for COVID vaccine violations

Jan. 15, 2022 09:39 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago officials have handed out more than 30 citations to businesses for failing to enforce the city's requirement that people show proof of COVID-19 vaccination in many places. The order took effect Jan. 3, and through Wednesday, the city's Business Affairs and...

Scientists: Duck is 1st wild bird flu case in US in 5 years

Jan. 14, 2022 18:35 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A duck killed by a hunter in South Carolina had a contagious and dangerous bird flu that has not been detected in the wild in the U.S. in five years, officials said. The flu poses a low risk to people but can spread quickly through chicken houses and other...

National monument proposed for Nevada site sacred to tribes

Jan. 14, 2022 16:03 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada congresswoman and several elected and tribal officials announced support Friday for national monument designation over a broad area south of Las Vegas they say is biologically diverse and rich with Native American cultural significance. The site would be...

Big South Fork offering one free camping night on Monday

Jan. 14, 2022 04:01 AM EST

ONEIDA, Tenn. (AP) — Visitors to Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area can enjoy a free night of camping to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday on Monday. The park says it is authorizing one night of free camping at Alum Ford Campground. The...

Bridge proposed along section of slumping Alaska park road

Jan. 13, 2022 21:01 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A federal agency is proposing a large steel bridge along a section of the only road that runs through a premier national park in Alaska — a stretch that officials say has been rapidly slumping amid changes in the climate. About half the mostly gravel road...

Negotiations, disagreements on use of state virus funds

Jan. 13, 2022 14:48 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers, attempting to decide how to spend more than $500 million in pandemic relief funds, on Thursday generally agreed on funding broadband and water and sewer projects but disagreed about whether to steer some money to state parks. Lawmakers...