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Results show 9 more deer suspect for CWD

Results show 9 more deer suspect for CWD

By Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks

Test results from CWD surveillance samples taken during the last week of Montana’s general hunting season showed nine more deer to be suspect of chronic wasting disease. South of Billings in Carbon County, two mule deer—a buck and a doe—and a white-tailed buck from CWD-positive areas showed suspect for the disease. Along the Hi-Li... READ MORE

Hunters harvest 44,572 bucks in traditional firearms season

Hunters harvest 44,572 bucks in traditional firearms season

By West Virginia Division of Natural Resources

Preliminary data collected from the electronic game checking system indicates that deer hunters in West Virginia harvested 44,572 antlered deer during the two-week buck firearms season which ran from Nov. 19 through Dec. 1. According to Gary Foster, assistant chief of Game Management, the top 10 counties for buck harvest in 2018 were Randolph (1,68... READ MORE

2018 fall turkey harvest up 28 percent

2018 fall turkey harvest up 28 percent

By West Virginia Department of Natural Resources

Turkey hunters harvested 1,215 birds during the fall season, according to the Division of Natural Resources. That’s an increase of 28 percent above the 2017 season, and only 4 percent below the five-year average. “Even with the incredibly wet summer we had this year, poult production was up from last year,” said Mike Peters, game ... READ MORE

Enforcement increases deer carcass surveillance

Enforcement increases deer carcass surveillance

By David Rainer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Photo: “When you see your local Conservation Enforcement Officer patrolling near a state line, know that what you are actually seeing is the front line in the fight against CWD,” says Matt Weathers, WFF Enforcement chief. – Photo Courtesy Billy Pope, ADCNR. Alabama hunters who travel out of state should be aware that the Enforceme... READ MORE

Hunters take 144 alligators during 2018 seasons

Hunters take 144 alligators during 2018 seasons

By Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Alabama hunters harvested 144 alligators during the 2018 seasons, with the heaviest weighing in at 700 pounds. A total of 260 tags were issued in the four hunting zones. John Herthum of Montgomery took the 700-pound gator that measured 11 feet, 10 inches in the Southeast Zone, which includes private and public waters in Barbour, Coffee, Covington, ... READ MORE

Spring turkey applications accepted until Dec. 27

Spring turkey applications accepted until Dec. 27

By Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

Even though snow has barely touched the ground in some areas in Utah, the state's turkey hunters are already preparing for next spring. To hunt turkeys on limited-entry units in Utah next spring, applications must be submitted no later than 11 p.m. Dec. 27. Applications for spring 2019 limited-entry turkey hunting permits are being accepted online.... READ MORE

Firearm season deer harvest sees increase

Firearm season deer harvest sees increase

By Illinois Department of Natural Resources

A preliminary total of 80,896 deer were taken by hunters during the seven-day Illinois Firearm Deer Season that concluded Dec. 2. The 2018 preliminary harvest total compares to the final total of 80,117 deer harvested during the firearm season in 2017. The preliminary harvest for the second segment of the firearm season Nov. 29 to Dec. 2 was 22,06... READ MORE

CWD response intensifies in southeastern Minnesota

CWD response intensifies in southeastern Minnesota

By Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

The Department of Natural Resources is taking additional steps to help limit the spread of chronic wasting disease in wild deer in southeastern Minnesota. Eleven new cases of wild deer infected with the neurological disease were discovered this fall in or around the CWD disease management zone in Fillmore County. In response, the DNR is opening two... READ MORE

Gun season sees increase as hunters take 211,430 deer

Gun season sees increase as hunters take 211,430 deer

By Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

During Wisconsin’s the nine-day gun deer season Nov. 17-25 preliminary numbers show 211,430 deer were registered, an increase over the 197,733 deer taken during the 2017 season. This year’s total included 104,388 antlered deer. Gun deer license sales had reached 576,277 by season's end, a 2 percent drop from last year’s totals. ... READ MORE

Record 106,797 deer taken in modern gun season

Record 106,797 deer taken in modern gun season

By Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources

A record 106,797 deer were taken over Kentucky’s 16-day modern gun season that concluded Nov. 25, topping the previous record from 2015 by almost 1,400 deer. “We anticipated an increase in harvest for the season due to several changes in deer regulations implemented earlier this year,” said Gabe Jenkins, deer and elk program coord... READ MORE

6,585 deer harvested during antlerless portion

6,585 deer harvested during antlerless portion

By Missouri Department of Conservation

Preliminary data shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 6,585 deer during the antlerless portion of the fall firearms deer season, Nov. 30 to Dec. 2. Top harvest counties were Callaway with 261, Osage with 201, and Pike with 193 deer checked. Last year’s harvest total was 7,773. Archery deer hunting continues through Jan. 15, 2019. Th... READ MORE

CWD confirmed in second Issaquena County whitetail

CWD confirmed in second Issaquena County whitetail

By Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks

The National Veterinary Services Laboratory has confirmed the hunter-harvested 2.5-year-old, female white-tailed deer voluntarily submitted in Issaquena County Nov. 1, 2018, tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). “This deer was harvested by a hunter on Mahannah Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and voluntarily submitted to our drop-... READ MORE

Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus members introduce CWD study act

Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus members introduce CWD study act

By Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation

On Nov. 15, Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus Member Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming introduced the Chronic Wasting Disease Transmission in Cervidae Study Act. Joining Sen. Barrasso in bipartisan support for the bill were nine original co-sponsors, eight of whom are CSC members, including Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia. The bi... READ MORE

Preliminary deer harvest lower than last year

Preliminary deer harvest lower than last year

By Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

Preliminary deer harvest in Nebraska is 5 percent behind last year’s pace. From Sept. 1 through Nov. 26, there were 47,532 deer checked, compared to 49,923 in 2017. Mule deer buck harvest decreased slightly, with 8,575 taken, compared to 8,609 in 2017. This is still the second highest recorded mule deer buck harvest on record bodes well for N... READ MORE

Deer hunters having best year since 2002

Deer hunters having best year since 2002

By Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

With the regular firearms season for deer concluding Dec. 1, the new online registration system shows deer hunters have had a very good year in Maine, perhaps the best in over 15 years. The numbers are still preliminary, but as of Nov. 26, hunters in Maine had taken 30,299 deer, the most since 2004 when the deer kill was 30,926. With the muzzleload... READ MORE

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