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Final deer harvest totals more than 285,400

Final deer harvest totals more than 285,400

By Missouri Department of Conservation

Missouri's 2019-2020 deer-hunting season ended Jan. 15 with a preliminary total deer harvest of 285,483. Of the deer harvested, 133,914 were antlered bucks, 27,931 were button bucks, and 123,638 were does. Top harvest counties for the overall deer season were Franklin with 6,247 deer checked, Callaway with 5,703, and Texas with 5,157. Hunters harve... READ MORE

8 deer positive for CWD in 2019 gun season

8 deer positive for CWD in 2019 gun season

By North Dakota Game and Fish Department

Eight deer taken during the 2019 North Dakota deer gun season tested positive for chronic wasting disease, according to Dr. Charlie Bahnson, wildlife veterinarian for the Game and Fish Department. All were antlered deer taken from areas previously known to have CWD – six from unit 3F2 and two from 3A1. Bahnson said six of the eight were mule ... READ MORE

Commission hears 2019 elk, bear harvest reports

Commission hears 2019 elk, bear harvest reports

By Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

Arkansas’s bear and elk harvests showed slight declines during the 2019 season, but biologists report that much of the decrease could be attributed to last year’s extremely productive hard mast. According to Myron Means, large carnivore program biologist, hunters harvested 432 black bears in Arkansas during 2019. The report was made at ... READ MORE

New deer and moose feeding regulation adopted

New deer and moose feeding regulation adopted

By New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

A new regulation now in effect aims to reduce problems caused by wildlife feeding and establish strict procedures for the use of tick-control devices designed to treat deer. Prohibiting the feeding of wild deer and moose is a best management approach to reduce risks associated with communicable wildlife diseases like chronic wasting disease, ... READ MORE

Comprehensive Conservation Enhancement Act passes

Comprehensive Conservation Enhancement Act passes

By Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation

On Jan. 9, the Senate passed Senate Bill 3051, America's Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act, by amending the bill into House Resolution 925, the North American Wetlands Conservation Extension Act, which passed the House in late November 2019. The language contained in the ACE Act was offered as a floor amendment to H.R. 925, where it passed th... READ MORE

1,050 wildlife illegally killed in Utah in 2019

1,050 wildlife illegally killed in Utah in 2019

By Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

Conservation officers reported that 1,050 animals were illegally killed in Utah in 2019, a slight increase from the total number killed the year before. The total combined value of the wildlife that was illegally killed was over $386,000. While more individual animals were illegally killed in 2019, the total monetary value was lower than in 2018, d... READ MORE

2019 deer harvest fourth highest since 2000

2019 deer harvest fourth highest since 2000

By Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department

Preliminary numbers show 16,479 deer were taken during Vermont’s 2019 deer hunting seasons, the fourth highest total since 2000. Reports from big game check stations indicate hunters had successful deer seasons in 2019, taking 3,739 deer in archery season, 1,636 in youth season, 7,467 in rifle season, and 3,637 in muzzleloader season. The 16,... READ MORE

Weather contributes to firearms season harvest drop

Weather contributes to firearms season harvest drop

By Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Hunters reported taking 27,088 deer during the state’s most popular hunt, the two-week firearms season. The total harvest was 14% lower than last year’s official count of 31,631. Bad weather on key weekends contributed to the decline in many parts of the state. More than 2,000 deer were taken on the two Sundays during the seas... READ MORE

12,000 deer taken during alternative-methods portion

12,000 deer taken during alternative-methods portion

By Missouri Department of Conservation

Preliminary data shows deer hunters in Missouri harvested 12,002 deer during the alternative-methods portion of the fall firearms deer season, Dec. 28 - Jan. 7. Top harvest counties were Callaway with 315 deer harvested, Franklin with 297, and Pike with 261. The harvest total for last season’s alternative-methods portion was 12,109. Archery ... READ MORE

Turkey hunt applications on WMAs available Jan. 15

Turkey hunt applications on WMAs available Jan. 15

By Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

Turkey season may open at the beginning of April, but now is the time to plan for a successful season. Begin by applying for a wildlife management area turkey hunt permit beginning Jan. 15. Many good public turkey hunting opportunities exist, particularly on the large cooperative WMAs owned by the U.S. Forest Service. However, turkeys and turkey hu... READ MORE

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