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Entries for January 2016

Doe genetics make rut periods range wide in the South

Doe genetics make rut periods range wide in the South

By David Rainer

Deer hunters in Alabama currently are likely experiencing the gamut of rutting activity across the state. Because of the state’s diverse topography and wildlife management heritage, some hunters may see deer in the heat of rut, while others are watching young bucks start to chase does as the rut kicks off. For others, the rut is so 2015. A st... READ MORE

Buckmasters 2016 Life Hunt elements: Inspiration, Perspiration, Dedication

Buckmasters 2016 Life Hunt elements: Inspiration, Perspiration, Dedication

By David Rainer

Photo: Tori Blocker of Mobile, Ala. with her dad, Phillip (right) and Rusty Morrow of the Alabama Conservation Enforcement Officers Association help celebrate Tori's deer. —Photo by David Rainer Inspiration comes in abundance at the annual Buckmasters Life Hunt at Sedgefields Plantation in west central Alabama. Each year, the Buckmasters Amer... READ MORE

WV whitetail 2015 harvest increases 32 percent

WV whitetail 2015 harvest increases 32 percent

By West Virginia Division of Natural Resources

Preliminary counts of deer registered through the new electronic game checking process indicate West Virginia hunters harvested 138,493 white-tailed deer during the recently completed bucks-only, antlerless, muzzleloader, archery, crossbow and youth/Class Q/Class XS deer seasons. The 2015 harvest was 32 percent higher than the 2014 deer harvest of... READ MORE

Missouri deer seasons end; prelim total of 279,401 taken

Missouri deer seasons end; prelim total of 279,401 taken

By Missouri Department of Conservation

Missouri's 2015-2016 deer-hunting seasons ended Jan. 15 with reports of a preliminary total harvest of 279,401 deer. Top counties for the overall seasons were Texas with 5,812 deer harvested, Franklin with 5,463, and Howell with 5,440. Hunters took 258,341 deer during the 2014-2015 deer hunting seasons. Deer hunting ended at the close of archery ... READ MORE

38th SHOT Show® opens in Las Vegas

38th SHOT Show® opens in Las Vegas

By National Shooting Sports Foundation

Firearm industry professionals gather at largest trade show for target shooting, hunting, outdoor and law enforcement products. The 38th Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show®) opened its doors this January 19 at the Sands Expo Center with expectations running high given the energized market in America for firearms, ammunition and... READ MORE

Yamaha Launches 2016 National Hunting and Fishing Day Sweepstakes

Yamaha Launches 2016 National Hunting and Fishing Day Sweepstakes

By Yamaha Motor Corp., USA

All-New Kodiak 700 ATV to be Given Away in Support of NHF Day. Kennesaw, Ga. – January 19, 2016 – Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, the industry leading manufacturer of ATV and Side-by-Side (SxS) vehicles for outdoorsmen and women, is supporting the National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF Day) again in 2016, this year giving away the all-new Yamah... READ MORE

WV hunters set record for black bear harvest

WV hunters set record for black bear harvest

By West Virginia Division of Natural Resources

Hunters in West Virginia harvested 3,195 black bears during the combined 2015 archery and firearms seasons, according to Colin Carpenter, black bear project leader for the Division of Natural Resources. Preliminary harvest data for the combined 2015 seasons was 17 percent higher than the record set in 2012 of 2,735 bears. The black bear harvest of... READ MORE

U.S. hunters now take more mature bucks than yearlings

U.S. hunters now take more mature bucks than yearlings

By Quality Deer Management Association

Whitetail hunters are taking more mature bucks than 1 1/2-year-old or yearling bucks for the first time in modern history, according to data compiled by the Quality Deer Management Association for its 2016 Whitetail Report. In the 2014-15 hunting season, the most recent season with complete deer harvest data available from every whitetail stat... READ MORE

Hunters check 12,505 deer in OH muzzleloader season

Hunters check 12,505 deer in OH muzzleloader season

By Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Hunters checked 12,505 white-tailed deer during Ohio’s muzzleloader season, Jan. 9 to 12, an increase over the 2015 muzzleloader season when 13,724 white-tailed deer were checked. Ohio’s archery season remains open through Sunday, Feb. 7. The goal of Ohio’s Deer Management Program is to provide a deer population that maximizes r... READ MORE

Illinois hunters see increase in 7-day harvest

Illinois hunters see increase in 7-day harvest

By Illinois Department of Conservation

Deer hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 86,771 deer during the seven-day firearm deer season that closed Dec. 6. That figure compares to 76,575 deer harvested during the seven days of firearm season in 2014. Preliminary harvest figures for the second segment of the firearm season Dec. 3 to 6 totaled 28,803, compared with 24,745 d... READ MORE

Remote controlled gadgets cannot be used to pursue wildlife

Remote controlled gadgets cannot be used to pursue wildlife

By Arizona Game and Fish Department

Arizona’s Game and Fish Department is reminding sportsmen who may recently have received a drone as a gift that flying a wildly popular drone must comply with state and federal wildlife laws and regulations. The Federal Aviation Administration predicted more than 1 million drones would be bought as holiday gifts. Like Santa’s sleigh, d... READ MORE

Missouri reports alternative methods

Missouri reports alternative methods

By Missouri Department of Conservation

Deer hunters in Missouri harvested 11,061 deer during the alternative-methods portion of the 2015-2016 Missouri firearms deer-hunting season, December 19 to 29. Of the total harvest, 2,994 were antlered bucks, 1,594 button bucks, and 6,473 does. Top harvest counties were Franklin with 260 deer harvested, Howell with 247, and Texas with 235. The h... READ MORE

A common scents look at the rut in the South

A common scents look at the rut in the South

By David Rainer

Photo: Young deer usually don’t respond to presence of humans like mature bucks and Alpha does, which react instantly when human scent is detected. Mature deer will also change travel corridors and other behaviors when those areas have human scent. Finally, Alabama deer hunters got a week of weather where sweating and pouring rain weren&rsqu... READ MORE

Nebraska surveys deer hunters through Jan. 22

Nebraska surveys deer hunters through Jan. 22

By Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

Nebraska’s survey of deer hunters continues through January 22. The survey, conducted every five years, is designed to gather hunter information about experiences, attitudes and opinions related to the 2015 deer season. The public input is important to the Commission and is another way hunters can participate in Nebraska’s deer manage... READ MORE

Gunnison Basin closed to shed collecting until March 15

Gunnison Basin closed to shed collecting until March 15

By Colorado Parks and Wildlife

To minimize disturbance to wildlife during the cold winter months, shed antler collecting is prohibited in the Gunnison Basin until March 15. After that date, collectors must be aware of regulations for this activity established by Colorado Parks and Wildlife. "Special regulations have been in place for several years, so anyone planning to collect... READ MORE

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