Entries for September 2017
Arkansans harvest record number of alligators
By Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
In two long weekends, Arkansas hunters harvested 94 alligators during the 2017 alligator hunting season, eclipsing the previous record of 66 taken in 2016.
Mark Barbee, biologist at the Monticello Regional Office who coordinates the annual hunt, said the increase is largely the result of increased permits being available to hunt.
“We’... READ MORE
Fall turkey hunters will see below average population
By Missouri Department of Conservation
With fall firearms turkey season running Oct. 1-31, the Department of Conservation advises hunters it could be a challenging season based on the annual wild-turkey brood-survey.
Statewide turkey production was below average likely due to a combination of poor nesting success and low poult survival from strong storms during spring and early summer.... READ MORE
Game and Parks launches new site for all permits
By Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
The Game and Parks system has launched a new website for the sale of hunting, fishing and state park permits.
The site, which went live on Sept. 28, offers improved navigation, mobile responsiveness and many other features including:
• Information about each type of permit offered by the Game and Parks Commission, including accompanying sta... READ MORE
Commission confirms case of rabid deer
By North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
Wildlife Resources Commission has recently confirmed a rare case of rabies in a deceased deer in Cherokee County.
The Commission received multiple reports of dead deer around water sources and dying deer having trouble standing up, no fear of humans and lack of coordination. Rabies, epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) and chronic wasting disease (... READ MORE
Hunters asked to guard against fire this fall
By South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks
This fall, hunters going into the field are being asked to be diligent in preventing and detecting fires under the extreme dry conditions in certain parts of the state.
Tom Kirschenmann, assistant director for the Division of Wildlife, said hunters are helpful in preventing and catching fires early.
“Hunters are among our very best fire-pr... READ MORE
Wolf population increases with rise in deer density
By Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Results from the 2016-1017 wolf population survey suggest Minnesota’s wolf population has increased 25 percent since the previous year’s survey.
After remaining stable during the past four years, the survey estimates that within Minnesota’s wolf range there were approximately 500 wolf packs and 2,856 wolves. The survey’s ma... READ MORE
Zinke order increases public access to federal lands for hunting, fishing
By U.S. Department of the Interior
On Sept. 15, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke signed Secretarial Order 3356, which seeks to expand access on public and private lands and to promote hunting and fishing among youth, veterans, and minority communities.
The goal is to support and expand hunting and fishing, enhance conservation stewardship, improve wildlife management, and ... READ MORE
All hunters can now use crossbows during archery seasons
By Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Hunters in Illinois may use crossbows during archery hunting seasons, including the state archery deer season and the fall turkey archery season beginning October 1.
The new law amends the Illinois Wildlife Code to repeal restrictions on the use of crossbows during archery hunting seasons in Illinois.
Previously Illinois law allowed the use of cr... READ MORE
970 antlerless deer gun and fall turkey licenses available
By North Dakota Game and Fish Department
More than 970 antlerless whitetail deer gun licenses are still available in three units after Game and Fish recently completed its second lottery drawing.
Whitetail doe licenses remaining in units 3F1 (314 licenses), 3F2 (477 licenses) and 4F (183 licenses) will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 8 a.m. Sept. 27.
These li... READ MORE
Mandatory CWD sampling planned Nov. 11-12
By Missouri Department of Natural Resources
On opening weekend November 11 and 12, the Department of Conservation will conduct mandatory CWD sampling of harvested deer in 25 counties, and will offer voluntary CWD sampling throughout entire deer season.
Hunters who harvest deer in any of the counties in the CWD Management Zone during opening weekend must present their harvested deer at one o... READ MORE