Entries for November 2017
Hunters check 22,366 deer on firearms opening day
By Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Hunters checked 22,366 white-tailed deer Nov. 28, opening day of Ohio’s deer-gun hunting season.
Deer gun season remains open through Dec. 3. Two additional days of deer-gun season, Dec. 16 and 17, have been added to increase the opportunity for people to hunt with firearms.
Past year’s harvest summaries and weekly updated harvest re... READ MORE
Hunters take 161,057 deer; harvest up 16 percent
By Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Firearms hunters registered 161,057 deer through the third weekend of deer season, according to the Department of Natural Resources.
Preliminary results through the third weekend show that the number of deer registered was up 16 percent from 2016. Of the deer harvested, 53 percent were bucks, compared to 63 percent during the same period in 2016.
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Harvest totals 1,053 turkeys during fall season
By Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Ohio hunters harvested 1,053 wild turkeys during the 2017 fall wild turkey season, open in 67 counties from Oct. 14 to Nov. 26. This year, 11 counties were open during the fall turkey season for the first time.
Wild turkeys were extirpated in Ohio by 1904 and were reintroduced in the 1950s by the Division of Wildlife. Ohio’s first modern day... READ MORE
November firearms harvest sees uptick at 191,368 deer
By Missouri Department of Conservation
Preliminary data shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 191,368 deer during the November portion of fall firearms deer season Nov. 11- 21.
Of the 191,368 deer harvested, 99,431 were antlered bucks, 20,148 were button bucks, and 71,789 were does. Top harvest counties were Howell with 4,564 deer checked, Texas with 4,374, and Franklin with 4,... READ MORE
Opening weekend harvest totals 51,365 deer
By Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 51,365 deer during the first weekend of the firearm deer season Nov. 17 to 19. Hunters took 54,452 deer during the first firearm weekend in 2016.
Illinois’ seven-day firearm deer season final portion runs Nov. 30 through Dec. 3.
Other deer hunting opportunities in the weeks ahead include ... READ MORE
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
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
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
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