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Entries for December 2016

Preliminary season deer harvest sees minor decrease

Preliminary season deer harvest sees minor decrease

By New Hampshire Fish and Game Department

Preliminary numbers are now available for fall hunting seasons. The unofficial deer kill for New Hampshire’s 2016 hunting season was 10,702, down 2 percent from the 2015 final total of 10,895 deer taken. This estimate represents the 7th largest harvest in the last 9 years, and is similar to the 20-year average of 10,912. Deer hunting seasons... READ MORE

Hunters check 9,000+ deer during 2-day gun season

Hunters check 9,000+ deer during 2-day gun season

By Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Hunters braved less than ideal weather conditions Dec. 17 and 18, and checked 9,228 white-tailed deer during Ohio’s 2016 two-day deer-gun hunting season. In 2015, 9,447 deer were harvested during the same season. Hunters have more opportunities to pursue deer this winter with muzzleloader season open Jan. 7 to 10. Archery season remains open... READ MORE

CWD deer samples testing hits halfway mark

CWD deer samples testing hits halfway mark

By Missouri Department of Conservation

Results are in for more than half of approximately 19,200 tissue samples being tested for chronic wasting disease (CWD) collected during Missouri’s mandatory sampling of deer harvested Nov. 12 and 13 in 29 counties in northeast, central and east-central Missouri. From test results, the Department of Conservation has confirmed that two deer te... READ MORE

Popular firearms season sees 12% boost to harvest

Popular firearms season sees 12% boost to harvest

By Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Maryland hunters reported taking 35,078 deer during the two-week firearm season Nov. 26 to Dec. 10. The harvest total was 12 percent higher than last year’s total of 31,304. Fair weather and a reduced harvest in September and October contributed to the increase. Over 4,300 deer were taken on the two Sundays during the season. “D... READ MORE

How one state changed its philosophy of harvesting does

How one state changed its philosophy of harvesting does

By David Rainer

Photo: There are no definitive rules regarding the best time to take does out of the deer herd. If time in the deer stand is limited, WFF Director Chuck Sykes recommends taking does when the opportunity is available.—Photo courtesy David Rainer. When is the best time for hunters to harvest does in Alabama? According to Alabama Wildlife and F... READ MORE

Positive CWD test results reversed for Yell County

Positive CWD test results reversed for Yell County

By Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

Two white-tailed deer previously identified as CWD positive during Arkansas modern gun deer season opener have tested negative for chronic wasting disease during confirmation tests. One of Marion County’s two CWD-positive samples and the lone positive sample in Yell County from those taken during opening weekend of the 2016-17 deer season ha... READ MORE

WMA turkey hunt application period opens Dec. 15

WMA turkey hunt application period opens Dec. 15

By Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

Beginning Dec. 15, Arkansas hunters have one month to apply for limited permits on several wildlife management areas for the 2017 turkey season. April may seem like an eternity for dyed-in-the-wool turkey hunters, but now is the time to start the process of bagging a bird on public land. Some of the best public areas for turkey hunting are too s... READ MORE

Holiday hunt nonresident tags available Dec. 15

Holiday hunt nonresident tags available Dec. 15

By Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Nonresident licenses for Iowa’s special nonresident holiday deer hunt, Dec. 24 to Jan, 2, go on sale Dec.15, and must be purchased at a license retailer rather than the online site. Some antlerless tags are still available for nonresidents. Even if a hunter was not able to get tags through Iowa's annual lottery, or would like to add an ... READ MORE

With all counties open to fall turkey hunts, harvest up 82%

With all counties open to fall turkey hunts, harvest up 82%

By West Virginia Division of Natural Resources

Preliminary numbers show fall turkey hunters checked in 2,066 turkeys this fall, the first time in recent history all 55 counties were open to a fall season. The fall turkey harvest was up 82 percent from 2015. The top 10 counties were Nicholas (140), Randolph (116), Preston (105), Upshur (92), Webster (91), Wood (84), Greenbrier (74), Mason (64)... READ MORE

Opening weekend harvest increases, good weather helps

Opening weekend harvest increases, good weather helps

By Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Hunters took 13,488 deer on the opening weekend of the 2016 Maryland firearm season, the state’s most popular hunting season. The harvest represents a 24 percent increase over last year’s estimate of 10,859 for the same period. The total includes 6,159 antlered and 7,329 antlerless deer with sika deer comprising 224 of the antler... READ MORE

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