Entries for February 2016
Missouri’s feral hog strike team gets funding boost
By Missouri Department of Conservation
Conservation and agriculture groups and the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation have joined the Department of Conservation to provide more trapping equipment to the state’s feral hog strike team while educating the public about feral hogs.
“The number of requests MDC gets asking for help with feral hogs continues to increase as l... READ MORE
Arkansas confirms CWD in elk taken in 2015
By Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
An elk harvested near Pruitt on the Buffalo National River during the October 2015 hunting season tested positive for chronic wasting disease, according to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
This is the first time an animal in Arkansas has tested positive for the disease, which is fatal to elk and white-tailed deer.
In 2006, the Commission cr... READ MORE
Another low for Kansas hunting-related incidents
By Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism
Just six hunting-related incidents reported in Kansas for 2015 ties the record low set in 2013. Unfortunately, one hunter lost his life.
While six incidents is an amazingly low number considering hunters recorded more than 5 million hunter-days last year, it doesn’t lessen the impact on a family and community that lost one of its members.
M... READ MORE
Pennsylvania’s 2015 bear harvest third highest ever
By Pennsylvania Game Commission
It was a large harvest, and a heavy one. Pennsylvania hunters harvested 3,748 bears in 2015, the third highest tally in state history. A whopping 68 of those bears topped the 500-pound mark.
The harvest total represents an increase compared to 2014, when 3,371 bears were taken.
With the 2015 total now official, the eight largest bear harvests al... READ MORE
Hunter survey shows need for mandatory reporting
By David Rainer
The white-tailed deer still reigns supreme for Alabama’s hunters. The Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) Division’s recent email survey confirms that fact without question. WFF sent the email survey to 127,000 hunting license holders who bought their licenses online. A total of 12,801 of the email recipients responded to th... READ MORE
Texas state park to expand axis deer removal
By Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Officials at Garner State Park, a treasured Hill Country destination, are looking to stronger control measures for the estimated 200 exotic axis deer that inhabit the park. Scheduled public hunts have been insufficient to remove adequate numbers of the invasive species.
More than 100 permitted public hunters annually averaged just 43 axis de... READ MORE
Maryland deer harvest declines 3 percent
By Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Maryland hunters harvested fewer deer than last year during the combined archery, muzzleloader and firearm seasons September 11, 2015, through January 30, 2016.
The harvest of 84,022 deer represents a 3 percent decrease from last year’s total of 86,883. Biologists attribute the decline to reduced deer numbers in some rural areas and poor wea... READ MORE
Maine’s 2016 moose permit lottery now open
By Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife
The 2016 Maine moose permit online application process is now open and accepting applications.
The online application process is fast and simple and provides instant confirmation when applicants successfully enter the lottery.
To apply click here. The deadline for online applications is May 16, 2016.
Paper applications are available by call... READ MORE
Utah deer herd surveys show big game is thriving
By Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
The number of buck mule deer in Utah has increased again this year.
"Based on surveys our biologists conducted in 2015, most of Utah's big game populations are doing really well,” according to Judi Tutorow, wildlife licensing coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources.
Every fall, after the deer hunts are over, DWR biologists condu... READ MORE
Yamaha Kodiak 700 Named 2015 “Utility ATV of the Year” by ATV.com
By Yamaha Motor Corp., USA
Kennesaw, Ga. – February 1, 2016 – Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, the leading manufacturer of ATV and Side-by-Side (SxS) vehicles for ranchers and farmers, recently earned ATV.com’s 2015 “Utility ATV of the Year” Award for the all-new 2016 Kodiak 700. “The Kodiak 700 is setting new standards for affordable, durable, ha... READ MORE