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Entries for January 2018

Hunter takes first deer at 77 years old

Hunter takes first deer at 77 years old

By Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

You’re never too hold to harvest your first deer, as Ron Goza proved late last year. Goza is 77, and the button buck he took recently allowed him to receive the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s certificate for My First Deer. “I’ve hunted with my son-in-law the past few years and tried to get one and just never did, year... READ MORE

Hunters post fifth-highest deer harvest on record

Hunters post fifth-highest deer harvest on record

By Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources

Looking at the total number of deer harvested by hunters in Kentucky during the 2017-18 season, it would appear nothing was out of the ordinary. The season ended in January. When it did, hunters had combined to take more than 136,000 deer across the state, making it the sixth consecutive season with a harvest total greater than 130,000 and the fift... READ MORE

2017 deer harvest of 105,544 surpasses 2016 totals

2017 deer harvest of 105,544 surpasses 2016 totals

By Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Hunters reported harvesting 105,544 deer in Iowa during 2017, an increase of more than 4,100 deer from 2016. Iowa’s deer seasons closed on Jan. 10. Most deer were harvested during the two shotgun seasons. Totals for Shotgun 1: 26,546 deer, of which 13,804 were antlerless, 12,742 antlered.  For Shotgun 2: 19,921 deer total, of which 12,... READ MORE

Last chance winter turkey season Jan. 18-20

Last chance winter turkey season Jan. 18-20

By Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Hunters who did not bag a turkey during fall turkey season have one more change during winter turkey season Jan. 18-20 statewide. The winter season was established in 2015 to increase turkey hunting opportunities while minimizing conflicts with other seasons. “Wild turkey populations are at all-time highs in many areas,” said Paul ... READ MORE

Roadkill deer tests positive for CWD

Roadkill deer tests positive for CWD

By Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

A roadkill white-tailed deer collected by Parks and Wildlife Department personnel on U.S. Highway 87 between Dalhart and Hartley has tested positive for chronic wasting disease. This marks the first discovery of CWD in a Texas roadkill and the first case in a Texas Panhandle whitetail. “The roadkill was found along the border between the cur... READ MORE

CWD confirmed in three NW Arkansas counties

CWD confirmed in three NW Arkansas counties

By Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

Chronic wasting disease, detected in Arkansas almost two years ago, has been found in three more counties. Four white-tailed deer in Benton, Washington and Sebastian counties recently tested positive for the deadly disease. The deer in Benton County were a 2 1/2-year-old doe near Decatur and a 5 1/2-year-old doe near Springtown. The Sebastian Count... READ MORE

Deer harvest surpasses 200,000 for sixth straight year

Deer harvest surpasses 200,000 for sixth straight year

By Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

With a month and a half left in deer season for archery hunters, Arkansas’s deer harvest already topped the 200,000-mark at the conclusion of the second modern gun youth hunt held Jan. 6-7. This is the sixth straight year Arkansas hunters have reached this milestone. Arkansas record harvest came in 2012, when hunters harvested 213,487 deer... READ MORE

15 new cases of CWD found in nearly 18,400 deer tested

15 new cases of CWD found in nearly 18,400 deer tested

By Missouri Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation reports 15 free-ranging Missouri deer have tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD) out of the nearly 18,400 test results received so far for the season. The 15 new cases consist of 1 from Cedar County from a hunter-harvested adult buck; 3 from Franklin County from hunter-harvested adult bucks; 1 from Jeffer... READ MORE

Harvest of 108,160 deer reflects slight decrease

Harvest of 108,160 deer reflects slight decrease

By West Virginia Division of Natural Resources

Preliminary counts indicate hunters harvested 108,160 white-tailed deer in West Virginia during the 2017 seasons. The annual harvest was 4 percent below the 2016 harvest of 112,384 deer, and 15 percent below the five-year average of 127,803. A breakdown of the combined 2017 deer seasons reveals 44,127 bucks were harvested during the traditional buc... READ MORE

15,949 deer taken in 2017 season, highest since 2002

15,949 deer taken in 2017 season, highest since 2002

By Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department

Preliminary numbers show 15,949 deer were taken during Vermont’s 2017 deer hunting seasons. Reports from big game check stations indicate hunters had successful deer seasons in 2017, taking 3,585 deer in archery season, 1,461 in youth season, 7,272 in rifle season, and 3,631 in muzzleloader season. The 15,949 deer brought home by hunters yie... READ MORE

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