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Entries for April 2019

Mule deer numbers remain above long term average

Mule deer numbers remain above long term average

By North Dakota Game and Fish Department

Results from the April spring mule deer survey by the Game and Fish Department indicate western North Dakota’s mule deer population is down from last year, but still 14 percent above the long-term average. Biologists counted 2,454 mule deer in 298.8 square miles during this year’s survey. Overall mule deer density in the badlands was 8.... READ MORE

Enforcement K9 Unit is a different breed

Enforcement K9 Unit is a different breed

By David Rainer | Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Photo: The WFF K9 Unit has tracking dogs available in four of the five districts in the state with plans to add one in District 1 soon. Luke goes everywhere Kiser goes, even on water patrol. One turkey hunter was extremely grateful that the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) Law Enforcement Section has a K9 unit, although there is litt... READ MORE

2,965 wild turkeys taken on opening day

2,965 wild turkeys taken on opening day

By Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Ohio hunters in the south zone checked 2,965 wild turkeys April 22, the first day of the spring wild turkey hunting season for 2019. Hunters can view the 2019 spring turkey season zone map and harvest regulations at wildohio.gov.  Ohio’s spring wild turkey season is divided into two zones: a south zone, which is open from Monday, April... READ MORE

2018 deer season success rates summarized

2018 deer season success rates summarized

By North Dakota Game and Fish Department

A total of 48,717 North Dakota deer hunters took approximately 31,350 deer during the 2018 deer gun hunting season, according to a post-season survey. Overall hunter success for both antlered and antlerless white-tailed deer was 64 percent, with each hunter spending an average of 4.4 days in the field. Game and Fish made available 55,150 deer gun l... READ MORE

May 15 is moose hunt application deadline

May 15 is moose hunt application deadline

By Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife

The deadline to apply for the popular Maine Moose lottery is May 15 for the 2019 hunt. The online application process is fast and simple, and hunters receive instant confirmation that they have successfully entered the lottery.  To get started, click here. Hunters can fill out the online moose permit application, and indicate several preferen... READ MORE

Survey program looking for a few good turkey hunters

Survey program looking for a few good turkey hunters

By South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

The Big Game Program is inviting dedicated hunters who hunt turkeys in South Carolina to participate in periodic online surveys. The information hunters provide will help the Big Game Program better understand the experiences, techniques and factors of success for wild turkey hunters in South Carolina. It will also help biologists learn more about... READ MORE

Number of CWD samples for 2018 surveillance increases

Number of CWD samples for 2018 surveillance increases

By Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

There were 1,060 white-tailed deer that tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Wisconsin during the 2018 surveillance year from April 1 through March 31. This compares to 597 that tested positive during the 2017 surveillance year; however, state wildlife heath officials say the number of deer tested in 2018 was double that of 2017. M... READ MORE

Antlerless hunting opportunities expand for 2019-20

Antlerless hunting opportunities expand for 2019-20

By Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

White-tailed deer hunters in 41 Texas counties in the Blackland Prairies and Post Oak Savannah ecoregions will see expanded opportunities to take antlerless deer during the 2019-20 season, following changes adopted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. The decision to liberalize harvest restrictions on antlerless deer comes after several year... READ MORE

Biologists find deer survival is good statewide

Biologists find deer survival is good statewide

By Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

While winters with heavy snow can be hard on deer and other big game animals, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources biologists report adult deer survival is currently at 92 percent statewide. Biologists typically track deer survival rates from Dec. 1 to Nov. 30. While they are currently only about a third of the way through their survival monitoring ... READ MORE

Youth hunters harvest 2,540 turkeys

Youth hunters harvest 2,540 turkeys

By Missouri Department of Conservation

Young turkey hunters in Missouri harvested 2,540 turkeys during the 2019 spring youth season, April 6 and 7. According to preliminary data, top harvest counties were Franklin with 61 turkeys harvested, Laclede with 56, and Texas with 52. Warm weather and sunny skies helped increase this year’s youth-weekend harvest over last year’s wher... READ MORE

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