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
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
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+
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
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%
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
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
Nebraska now Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact member state
By Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
Nebraska has joined the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact (IWVC), an agreement that recognizes the suspension of hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses in states that are members of the compact.
Any person whose license privileges or rights are suspended in any compact member state may also be suspended in all other member states. Nebraska bec... READ MORE
Hunters register 70,724 deer during opening weekend
By Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Minnesota firearms hunters registered 70,724 deer during the first two days of deer season, according to the Department of Natural Resources.
Preliminary numbers from opening weekend show the number of deer registered was essentially the same as from 2016. Of the deer harvested, 57 percent were bucks, compared to 67 percent of the first weekend ha... READ MORE
USFWS expands hunting, fishing on 10 wildlife refuges
By United States Fish and Wildlife Service
In an effort to increase access to hunting and fishing on public lands, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced a final rule to open or expand opportunities across 132,000 acres on 10 national wildlife refuges.
This brings the number of refuges where the public may hunt up to 373, and up to 311 where fishing is permitted. The final rule b... READ MORE