Entries for October 2016
Moose hunters see 72% success rate for 2016
By New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
Preliminary reports indicate 52 hunters succeeded in taking a moose during the state’s 9-day season which ended Oct. 23. With a total of 72 permits issued, the statewide success rate hit 72 percent compared to the 2015 overall success rate of 69 percent.
More than 8,000 people entered the moose hunt lottery for a chance to win a permit for t... READ MORE
CWD testing required opening weekend Nov. 12-13
By Missouri Department of Conservation
To help find and limit the spread of Chronic wasting disease (CWD), the Conservation Department needs the help of deer hunters who harvest deer in the areas where the disease has been found.
Mandatory testing is required in the CWD management zone.
CWD has been found in northeast, central and east-central Missouri. According to wildlife-disease e... READ MORE
Game and Parks to sell firearm deer permits on Veterans Day
By Nebraska Game and Park Commission
Hunters will be able to buy firearm deer permits at Game and Parks Commission offices on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. The offices will be closed for all other business.
The November firearm deer season is Nov. 12 through 20.
Game and Parks offices Customer Service will be available to sell permits at the Lincoln headquarters; district offices in Allian... READ MORE
Early muzzleloader season harvest numbers drop
By Kentucky Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources
Warm, windy weather played a role Oct. 17 and 18 in early muzzleloader season when hunters took 2,987 deer, a number sharply down from 2015 when hunters benefitted from the timely arrival of a cold snap. Biologists with Fish and Wildlife Resources say deer numbers are good across the state, but early returns from the 2016-17 season could portend a ... READ MORE
Muzzleloader deer, elk, bear seasons open Oct. 22
By Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
Opening day for muzzleloader or primitive firearms deer hunting season on Oct. 22 will be the first chance for adult deer hunters to take a firearm into the field. It is also opening day for muzzleloader elk season on private lands in open zones only, and opening day for muzzleloader bear season in open areas only until 20-bear quota is met. In 201... READ MORE
Firearms deer hunting season opens Oct. 22
By Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Firearms deer hunters take to the woods beginning Oct. 22, continuing through Jan. 8, 2017 statewide. During firearms deer season last year, over 302,000 hunters harvested almost 300,000 deer.
Georgia hunters have access to more than one million acres of public hunting land, including over 100 state-operated wildlife management areas. Special hunt... READ MORE
Mule deer numbers increase by 100,000 in 4 years
By Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
When Utah's general rifle buck deer hunt begins Oct. 22, hunters will find the number of deer in the state is the highest it has been since the 1980s.
The number of bucks, compared to the number of does, is also impressive. Surveys conducted by DWR biologists, report a total population of more than 384,000 mule deer. In just four years, the... READ MORE
Treestand accidents mar archery season opening
By Mississippi Dept. of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks
When deer season officially opened across the majority of Mississippi, it ushered in fall's favorite pastime for many hunters. However, Conservation Officers responded to many treestand-related incidents and three reported treestand-related accidents. Treestand accidents are the leading cause of injury to hunters. Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks urge... READ MORE
Commission may delay restriction on killing feral hogs
By Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
A temporary reversal of regulations prohibiting the take of feral hogs on Commission-owned property was proposed Oct. 13 by Commission Director Jeff Crow.
The proposal stems from public comments after the regulation was passed in May. Confusion over the reasoning behind the regulation was a primary concern.
If the regulation change passes, hunter... READ MORE
Early muzzleloader deer season starts Oct. 15
By New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation
Early muzzleloader season in the Northern Zone begins Oct. 15 and continues through Oct. 21. Only antlered deer may be taken during muzzleloader season in WMUs 6A, 6F, 6J and 6N.
Because the 2015-16 winter was exceptionally mild, hunters are expecting to see more deer this fall.
The season is especially popular among Northern Zone deer hunters wh... READ MORE
Alabama joins 36 other states with new CWD regulations
By Alabama Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources
Under new regulations, hunters who harvest white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk and moose in CWD-affected states are not allowed to bring the whole deer carcass back to Alabama.
Any deer body part that contains spinal or brain tissue is specifically banned from Alabama.
“Alabama’s late to the dance, but we’re at least there now,&rd... READ MORE
Primitive weapons season opens Oct. 15
By Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Georgia’s week-long primitive weapons deer hunting season opens Oct. 15. More than 45,500 hunters took to the woods in 2015 with primitive weapons, bringing in over 9,000 deer.
During primitive weapons season, hunters may use archery equipment, muzzleloading shotguns 20 gauge and larger, and muzzleloading firearms.44 caliber or larger.... READ MORE
More pheasants than ever for Pennsylvania hunters
By Pennsylvania Game Commission
A season in which more birds will be released statewide awaits Pennsylvania’s pheasant hunters when about 240,000 pheasants – 25,000 more than last year – are made available for the 2016-17 seasons.
The season begins Oct. 8 with a one-week season for junior hunters, and opens to hunters statewide on Oct. 22 and runs through Nov. ... READ MORE
15,000 pheasants released in time for youth hunts
By Ohio Department of Natural Resources
More than 15,000 ring-necked pheasants will be released at 24 Ohio public hunting areas this fall to provide additional hunting opportunities across the state.
The Division of Wildlife will release pheasants on Oct. 21 and Oct. 28, prior to the small-game weekends for youth hunters.
Youth ages 17 and younger can hunt statewide for rabbit, pheasa... READ MORE