Hunting News

Entries for May 2018

CWD plan updated to be self-contained

CWD plan updated to be self-contained

By David Rainer/Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

A significant threat to Alabama’s deer hunting tradition occurred last season when a 4 1/2-year-old buck in west-central Mississippi tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD), which is always fatal. Mississippi has tested more than 1,400 deer since October 2017 and no other animals have been detected with CWD. Louisiana has also cond... READ MORE

Five counties report record turkey harvest

Five counties report record turkey harvest

By Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Hunters reported harvesting 3,861 wild turkeys during the 2018 regular spring and junior hunt turkey seasons. This year’s harvest was 8 percent lower than the record 2017 harvest, but well above the 10-year average of 3,406. “Turkey populations continue to grow in a few areas of the state, but several years of below-average reproduction... READ MORE

Online quota hunt applications open June 1

Online quota hunt applications open June 1

By Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Beginning June 1, hunters can apply electronically for quota hunts including adult/child, deer, alligator, waterfowl, dove and many others.   “You will definitely want to be sure to get your quota hunt applications in between June 1 and September 1 for the chance to get the area of your choice,” according to John Bowers, chief of ... READ MORE

Junior hunter field day in multiple locations June 2

Junior hunter field day in multiple locations June 2

By Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Budding outdoor enthusiasts with interests in fishing, hunting, shooting sports or wildlife management can get expert guidance June 2 in Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Queen Anne’s counties during Junior Hunter Field Day. The free events are designed for those aged 8 to 16. Online registration is required and limited. Maryland youth can re... READ MORE

Hunters harvest 11,700 turkeys during spring season

Hunters harvest 11,700 turkeys during spring season

By Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Turkey hunters reported harvesting 11,700 Iowa birds this spring, which is 100 birds fewer than were harvested in 2017. Iowa’s spring turkey seasons began April 7 with the youth season and ended on May 20. Hunters purchased nearly 50,000 spring turkey tags. Hunters can assist the DNR with its annual population estimates by reporting all the... READ MORE

Game Commission expands CWD rules

Game Commission expands CWD rules

By Pennsylvania Game Commission

Pennsylvanians who harvest deer anywhere in New York, Ohio, Maryland or West Virginia no longer may bring them home without first removing the carcass parts with the highest risk of transmitting chronic wasting disease (CWD). In the fight to slow the spread of CWD in the Commonwealth, the Pennsylvania Game Commission has updated its executive order... READ MORE

Spring turkey harvest numbers drop

Spring turkey harvest numbers drop

By Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Hunters harvested a preliminary statewide total of 13,500 wild turkeys during the spring turkey season, including the youth season. The 2018 total compares with the statewide turkey harvest of 15,720 in 2017. The statewide preliminary total includes the Youth Turkey Season harvest of 1,139 birds, compared with the record youth harvest of 1,539 tur... READ MORE

2018 SuperTag chances are on sale now

2018 SuperTag chances are on sale now

By Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks

Montana's SuperTag chances for the hunt of a lifetime are now on sale. Hunters can win the SuperTag drawing by purchasing one or more $5 SuperTag chances for the fall 2018 hunting season. Eight SuperTag hunt licenses are offered—moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, elk, deer, antelope, mountain lion and bison. Winners may hunt any district op... READ MORE

Registration opens June 5 for 2018 alligator hunts

Registration opens June 5 for 2018 alligator hunts

By Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Online registration for the 13th annual regulated alligator hunts opens June 5 at 8 a.m. Registration must be completed by 8 a.m. on July 11. A total of 260 Alligator Possession Tags will be distributed among four hunting zones. The administrative fee to apply for an Alligator Possession Tag is $22, and individuals may register one time per zone. ... READ MORE

Public help needed for wild turkey, ruffed grouse sightings

Public help needed for wild turkey, ruffed grouse sightings

By Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR)

The public is asked to participate in surveying wild turkeys and ruffed grouse by reporting sightings of these two species. Every year, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife conducts a turkey and grouse brood survey to estimate population growth. The brood survey relies on the public to report observations of all wil... READ MORE

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