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Entries for December 2018

Preliminary CWD detection triggers response plan

Preliminary CWD detection triggers response plan

By Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

Tennessee’s Chronic Wasting Disease Response plan has been enabled following a preliminary positive detection of CWD in white-tailed deer in Hardeman and Fayette counties. The response plan involves a coordinated effort between TWRA, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, and other partners. Seven deer in Fayette County and three in Hardem... READ MORE

New CWD rules restrict import of Tennessee harvested deer

New CWD rules restrict import of Tennessee harvested deer

By Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife

To further safeguard Kentucky’s deer and elk from chronic wasting disease, the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources announced new restrictions Dec. 15 on the importation of deer from Tennessee. Effective immediately, hunters are prohibited from bringing any deer from Tennessee into Kentucky unless the brain and spinal column have been re... READ MORE

CWD detected for first time in two counties

CWD detected for first time in two counties

By Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

The presence of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in deer has been detected for the first time in central and north-central Nebraska counties of Valley and Keya Paha. Game and Parks conducted CWD sampling operations at deer check stations in its northwest and north-central deer management units during the 2018 November firearm deer season. Hunters are ... READ MORE

Results show 9 more deer suspect for CWD

Results show 9 more deer suspect for CWD

By Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks

Test results from CWD surveillance samples taken during the last week of Montana’s general hunting season showed nine more deer to be suspect of chronic wasting disease. South of Billings in Carbon County, two mule deer—a buck and a doe—and a white-tailed buck from CWD-positive areas showed suspect for the disease. Along the Hi-Li... READ MORE

Hunters harvest 44,572 bucks in traditional firearms season

Hunters harvest 44,572 bucks in traditional firearms season

By West Virginia Division of Natural Resources

Preliminary data collected from the electronic game checking system indicates that deer hunters in West Virginia harvested 44,572 antlered deer during the two-week buck firearms season which ran from Nov. 19 through Dec. 1. According to Gary Foster, assistant chief of Game Management, the top 10 counties for buck harvest in 2018 were Randolph (1,68... READ MORE

2018 fall turkey harvest up 28 percent

2018 fall turkey harvest up 28 percent

By West Virginia Department of Natural Resources

Turkey hunters harvested 1,215 birds during the fall season, according to the Division of Natural Resources. That’s an increase of 28 percent above the 2017 season, and only 4 percent below the five-year average. “Even with the incredibly wet summer we had this year, poult production was up from last year,” said Mike Peters, game ... READ MORE

Enforcement increases deer carcass surveillance

Enforcement increases deer carcass surveillance

By David Rainer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Photo: “When you see your local Conservation Enforcement Officer patrolling near a state line, know that what you are actually seeing is the front line in the fight against CWD,” says Matt Weathers, WFF Enforcement chief. – Photo Courtesy Billy Pope, ADCNR. Alabama hunters who travel out of state should be aware that the Enforceme... READ MORE

Hunters take 144 alligators during 2018 seasons

Hunters take 144 alligators during 2018 seasons

By Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Alabama hunters harvested 144 alligators during the 2018 seasons, with the heaviest weighing in at 700 pounds. A total of 260 tags were issued in the four hunting zones. John Herthum of Montgomery took the 700-pound gator that measured 11 feet, 10 inches in the Southeast Zone, which includes private and public waters in Barbour, Coffee, Covington, ... READ MORE

Spring turkey applications accepted until Dec. 27

Spring turkey applications accepted until Dec. 27

By Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

Even though snow has barely touched the ground in some areas in Utah, the state's turkey hunters are already preparing for next spring. To hunt turkeys on limited-entry units in Utah next spring, applications must be submitted no later than 11 p.m. Dec. 27. Applications for spring 2019 limited-entry turkey hunting permits are being accepted online.... READ MORE

Firearm season deer harvest sees increase

Firearm season deer harvest sees increase

By Illinois Department of Natural Resources

A preliminary total of 80,896 deer were taken by hunters during the seven-day Illinois Firearm Deer Season that concluded Dec. 2. The 2018 preliminary harvest total compares to the final total of 80,117 deer harvested during the firearm season in 2017. The preliminary harvest for the second segment of the firearm season Nov. 29 to Dec. 2 was 22,06... READ MORE

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