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Lab confirms second hunter’s deer CWD positive

Lab confirms second hunter’s deer CWD positive

By Michigan Department of Natural Resources

A 1.5-year-old buck, harvested in October in Sidney Township of Montcalm County, has been confirmed positive for Chronic Wasting Disease by the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa. This is the 11th case of CWD to be confirmed in a free-ranging deer in Michigan. Three additional suspect positives d... READ MORE

WNS remains serious threat to Arkansas bats

WNS remains serious threat to Arkansas bats

By Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

Blake Sasse, nongame mammal program coordinator for the Game and Fish Commission, updated Commissioners at the November meeting on the status of white-nose syndrome, a disease that is killing bats by the millions in the U.S. “You hear about CWD with deer, and we’re all concerned with it, but I’m equally concerned about WNS in our... READ MORE

Maryland firearms season opens Nov. 25

Maryland firearms season opens Nov. 25

By Maryland Department of Natural Resources

The Maryland two-week firearm deer season opens Nov. 25 and runs through Dec. 9. Hunters may use firearms to harvest sika and white-tailed deer during this hunting season. “The two-week firearms season is our most popular hunting opportunity in the state,” according to Wildlife and Heritage Service Director Pau... READ MORE

Drone use illegal while hunting

Drone use illegal while hunting

By South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks

South Dakota hunters are reminded that using drones while hunting is illegal. In addition, outdoor enthusiasts should be aware drone usage is not allowed in any state park or recreation area without prior approval from the state park manager. It is also illegal to scare, chase, harass, disperse, rally or disturb wildlife by any means other than ... READ MORE

104 elk taken during weeklong elk season

104 elk taken during weeklong elk season

By Pennsylvania Game Commission

More than 89 percent of the hunters participating in Pennsylvania’s 2017 elk hunt have taken home a trophy. The Game Commission reports 104 elk were taken by hunters during the regular one-week elk season that ended Nov. 4. For those licensed to hunt antlered elk, also known as bulls, the success rate was 100 percent. The 2017 harvest incl... READ MORE

Buck and antlerless firearms seasons open Nov. 20

Buck and antlerless firearms seasons open Nov. 20

By West Virginia Department of Natural Resources

When the traditional buck firearms season starts Monday, Nov. 20, hunters should see plenty of deer with the season opening so close to the rut. The season runs through Dec. 2. “Hunters should enjoy a great deer season in 2017,” said Gary Foster, assistant chief in charge of wildlife management. “West Virginia’s deer seaso... READ MORE

Opening weekend harvest totals 94,000+

Opening weekend harvest totals 94,000+

By Missouri Department of Conservation

Preliminary data shows deer hunters in Missouri harvested 94,977 deer during the opening weekend of the November portion of the fall firearms deer season Nov. 11 and 12. Of the 94,977 deer harvested, 54,027 were antlered bucks, 9,535 were button bucks, and 31,415 were does. Top harvest counties for opening weekend were Howell with 2,095 deer che... READ MORE

Landowners warned to check value of their trees

Landowners warned to check value of their trees

By Illinois Department of Natural Resources

With high market prices for hardwood logs and lumber, timber sellers need to exercise caution. That’s the advice to Illinois forest landowners from the Division of Forest Resources. Landowners stand to be paid record-high prices for their mature forest trees and logs on farm and forest holdings, thanks to outstanding market prices for hardwo... READ MORE

145,054 deer taken in second weekend; harvest up 10%

145,054 deer taken in second weekend; harvest up 10%

By Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Minnesota firearms hunters registered 145,054 deer through the second weekend of deer season, and preliminary results show that number is up 10 percent from 2016. Of the deer harvested, 54 percent were bucks, compared to 63 percent during the same period in 2016. In Zone 1, in northeastern Minnesota, total firearms harvest was up 25 percent. In Z... READ MORE

22,000 Deer, 105 turkeys harvested in early season

22,000 Deer, 105 turkeys harvested in early season

By Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Maryland hunters harvested more deer during the early hunting season compared with 2016. The early portion of the archery and muzzleloader seasons wrapped up with hunters taking an estimated 22,199 deer in September and October, an 11 percent increase from last year’s official harvest of 19,923. The two-month harvest included 12,583 deer ta... READ MORE

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