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Entries for November 2018

CWD confirmed in second Issaquena County whitetail

CWD confirmed in second Issaquena County whitetail

By Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks

The National Veterinary Services Laboratory has confirmed the hunter-harvested 2.5-year-old, female white-tailed deer voluntarily submitted in Issaquena County Nov. 1, 2018, tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). “This deer was harvested by a hunter on Mahannah Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and voluntarily submitted to our drop-... READ MORE

Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus members introduce CWD study act

Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus members introduce CWD study act

By Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation

On Nov. 15, Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus Member Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming introduced the Chronic Wasting Disease Transmission in Cervidae Study Act. Joining Sen. Barrasso in bipartisan support for the bill were nine original co-sponsors, eight of whom are CSC members, including Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia. The bi... READ MORE

Preliminary deer harvest lower than last year

Preliminary deer harvest lower than last year

By Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

Preliminary deer harvest in Nebraska is 5 percent behind last year’s pace. From Sept. 1 through Nov. 26, there were 47,532 deer checked, compared to 49,923 in 2017. Mule deer buck harvest decreased slightly, with 8,575 taken, compared to 8,609 in 2017. This is still the second highest recorded mule deer buck harvest on record bodes well for N... READ MORE

Deer hunters having best year since 2002

Deer hunters having best year since 2002

By Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

With the regular firearms season for deer concluding Dec. 1, the new online registration system shows deer hunters have had a very good year in Maine, perhaps the best in over 15 years. The numbers are still preliminary, but as of Nov. 26, hunters in Maine had taken 30,299 deer, the most since 2004 when the deer kill was 30,926. With the muzzleload... READ MORE

Youth hunters harvest 2,556 deer in late season

Youth hunters harvest 2,556 deer in late season

By Missouri Department of Conservation

Preliminary data shows that young hunters ages 6 through 15 harvested 2,556 deer during Missouri’s late youth portion of the 2018 deer hunting season, Nov. 23-25. Of the 2,556 deer harvested, 1,140 were antlered bucks, 336 were button bucks, and 1,080 were does. Top counties were Wayne with 47, Ripley with 46, and Franklin, Macon and Osage wi... READ MORE

Hunters take 58,836 deer during first firearms weekend

Hunters take 58,836 deer during first firearms weekend

By Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Hunters harvested a preliminary total of 58,836 deer during the first weekend of the Firearm Deer Season Nov. 16-18. In 2017, they took 51,450 deer during the first firearm weekend. The seven-day Firearm Deer Season concludes Nov. 29 through Dec. 2. Other deer hunting opportunities in the weeks ahead are Muzzleloader-Only Deer Season Dec. 7-9; Late... READ MORE

Annual survey sees slight decline in wild turkey harvest numbers

Annual survey sees slight decline in wild turkey harvest numbers

By South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

More than 50,000 hunters took to the South Carolina woods hoping to harvest an Eastern wild turkey during the 2018 season.  While remaining the state’s second most popular game animal (behind only white-tailed deer) the state’s spring turkey harvest was down about 6 percent in 2018, when compared with 2017, according to the most re... READ MORE

Maryland deer firearms season opens Nov. 24

Maryland deer firearms season opens Nov. 24

By Maryland Department of Natural Resources

The two-week firearm hunting season for sika and white-tailed deer opens Nov. 24 and runs through Dec. 8. “The two-week firearms season remains our most popular hunting opportunity in the state,” according to Paul Peditto, Wildlife and Heritage service director. “More than one-third of the harvest occurs during this two-week ... READ MORE

99,567 deer taken during firearms opening weekend

99,567 deer taken during firearms opening weekend

By Missouri Department of Conservation

Preliminary data shows deer hunters harvested 99,567 deer Nov. 10 and 11, during the opening weekend of the fall firearms deer season. Of the deer harvested, 55,887 were antlered bucks, 9,573 were button bucks, and 34,107 were does. Top harvest counties for opening weekend were Franklin with 2,057 deer checked, Callaway with 1,971, and Benton with ... READ MORE

False alarm: CWD is not found in NY

False alarm: CWD is not found in NY

By New York Department of Environmental Conservation

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has not been found in a suspected positive sample from an adult female deer killed by a bowhunter in Chautauqua County and submitted for testing in routine surveillance efforts. An initial screening test by the Animal Health Diagnostic Center at Cornell University suggested the deer as a possible CWD case. A... READ MORE

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