Opening weekend harvest totals 51,365 deer
By Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 51,365 deer during the first weekend of the firearm deer season Nov. 17 to 19. Hunters took 54,452 deer during the first firearm weekend in 2016.
Illinois’ seven-day firearm deer season final portion runs Nov. 30 through Dec. 3.
Other deer hunting opportunities in the weeks ahead include ... READ MORE
Lab confirms second hunter’s deer CWD positive
By Michigan Department of Natural Resources
A 1.5-year-old buck, harvested in October in Sidney Township of Montcalm County, has been confirmed positive for Chronic Wasting Disease by the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa.
This is the 11th case of CWD to be confirmed in a free-ranging deer in Michigan.
Three additional suspect positives d... READ MORE
WNS remains serious threat to Arkansas bats
By Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
Blake Sasse, nongame mammal program coordinator for the Game and Fish Commission, updated Commissioners at the November meeting on the status of white-nose syndrome, a disease that is killing bats by the millions in the U.S.
“You hear about CWD with deer, and we’re all concerned with it, but I’m equally concerned about WNS in our... READ MORE
Maryland firearms season opens Nov. 25
By Maryland Department of Natural Resources
The Maryland two-week firearm deer season opens Nov. 25 and runs through Dec. 9. Hunters may use firearms to harvest sika and white-tailed deer during this hunting season.
“The two-week firearms season is our most popular hunting opportunity in the state,” according to Wildlife and Heritage Service Director Pau... READ MORE
Drone use illegal while hunting
By South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks
South Dakota hunters are reminded that using drones while hunting is illegal.
In addition, outdoor enthusiasts should be aware drone usage is not allowed in any state park or recreation area without prior approval from the state park manager.
It is also illegal to scare, chase, harass, disperse, rally or disturb wildlife by any means other than ... READ MORE
104 elk taken during weeklong elk season
By Pennsylvania Game Commission
More than 89 percent of the hunters participating in Pennsylvania’s 2017 elk hunt have taken home a trophy.
The Game Commission reports 104 elk were taken by hunters during the regular one-week elk season that ended Nov. 4. For those licensed to hunt antlered elk, also known as bulls, the success rate was 100 percent.
The 2017 harvest incl... READ MORE
Buck and antlerless firearms seasons open Nov. 20
By West Virginia Department of Natural Resources
When the traditional buck firearms season starts Monday, Nov. 20, hunters should see plenty of deer with the season opening so close to the rut. The season runs through Dec. 2.
“Hunters should enjoy a great deer season in 2017,” said Gary Foster, assistant chief in charge of wildlife management. “West Virginia’s deer seaso... READ MORE
Opening weekend harvest totals 94,000+
By Missouri Department of Conservation
Preliminary data shows deer hunters in Missouri harvested 94,977 deer during the opening weekend of the November portion of the fall firearms deer season Nov. 11 and 12.
Of the 94,977 deer harvested, 54,027 were antlered bucks, 9,535 were button bucks, and 31,415 were does.
Top harvest counties for opening weekend were Howell with 2,095 deer che... READ MORE
Landowners warned to check value of their trees
By Illinois Department of Natural Resources
With high market prices for hardwood logs and lumber, timber sellers need to exercise caution. That’s the advice to Illinois forest landowners from the Division of Forest Resources.
Landowners stand to be paid record-high prices for their mature forest trees and logs on farm and forest holdings, thanks to outstanding market prices for hardwo... READ MORE
145,054 deer taken in second weekend; harvest up 10%
By Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Minnesota firearms hunters registered 145,054 deer through the second weekend of deer season, and preliminary results show that number is up 10 percent from 2016.
Of the deer harvested, 54 percent were bucks, compared to 63 percent during the same period in 2016.
In Zone 1, in northeastern Minnesota, total firearms harvest was up 25 percent. In Z... READ MORE