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More deer taken during firearms season may be CWD-positive

More deer taken during firearms season may be CWD-positive

By Michigan Department of Natural Resources

With firearm deer season complete, the Department of Natural Resources has identified 30 free-ranging white-tailed deer as confirmed or suspected to have chronic wasting disease. Several thousand additional samples await testing by Michigan State University, so numbers for this deer season could still change. Since May 2015 when the first CWD deer ... READ MORE

Hunters asked to watch for abandoned oil and gas wells afield

Hunters asked to watch for abandoned oil and gas wells afield

By New York Department of Environmental Conservation

No one knows the fields and forests of New York State better than hunters and trappers. That’s why they are being asked this hunting/trapping season, to help protect critical habitat and water sources by watching for abandoned gas and oil wells. Hunters are asked to report abandoned, unsealed wells that lack identification or are in visibly ... READ MORE

Hunters harvest 44,455 bucks during 2017 firearms season

Hunters harvest 44,455 bucks during 2017 firearms season

By West Virginia Division of Natural Resources

Preliminary data collected from the Division of Natural Resources’ electronic game checking system indicate deer hunters in West Virginia harvested 44,455 bucks during the two-week buck firearms season from Nov. 20 through Dec. 2. This year’s harvest is close to the 46,071 bucks collected in 2016. The buck harvest increased in the E... READ MORE

Fall turkey hunters harvest 948 birds

Fall turkey hunters harvest 948 birds

By West Virginia Division of Natural Resources

Fall turkey hunters harvested 948 birds during the 2017 season, which puts the fall harvest down 54 percent compared to the 2016 season. The harvest, however, is only 23 percent below the five-year average. “As predicted in the 2017 Mast Survey and Hunter Outlook, we expected this fall’s harvest to be down from a year ago,” said... READ MORE

Opening weekend reports harvest of 13,514 deer

Opening weekend reports harvest of 13,514 deer

By Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Hunters reported harvesting 13,514 deer on the opening weekend of Maryland’s 2017 firearm season, the state’s most popular hunting season. The total includes 6,242 antlered and 7,272 antlerless deer, with sika deer comprising 201 of the antlered and 188 of the antlerless totals. The two-week deer firearm season runs through Dec. 9. F... READ MORE

Early deer harvest numbers higher than 2016

Early deer harvest numbers higher than 2016

By Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

Preliminary deer harvest in Nebraska is 3 percent ahead of last year’s pace. From Sept. 1 through Nov. 30, there were 49,923 deer checked, compared to 48,633 in 2016. Mule deer buck harvest has increased for the fourth consecutive year, with 8,609 taken, compared to 8,499 in 2016. “This bodes well for Nebraska, as mule deer buck harv... READ MORE

72,814 deer checked to date during gun season

72,814 deer checked to date during gun season

By Ohio Department of Natural Resources

With two days remaining in deer-gun season, hunters checked 72,814 white-tailed deer during the 2017 weeklong deer-gun hunting season. Last year, hunters checked 66,758 deer during the weeklong deer-gun season. Dec. 16 and 17 remain in deer-gun season. Muzzleloader season is Jan. 6-9, 2018. Archery season remains open through Feb. 4. Past year&r... READ MORE

Fall firearms antlerless season totals 7,728 deer

Fall firearms antlerless season totals 7,728 deer

By Missouri Department of Conservation

Preliminary data shows deer hunters in Missouri harvested 7,728 deer during the antlerless portion of the fall firearms deer season, which ran Dec. 1-3. Top harvest counties were Callaway with 250, Macon with 212, and Pike with 205 deer checked. Last year’s harvest total was 6,503. The Department of Conservation reduced the length of the ... READ MORE

Hunters check 22,366 deer on firearms opening day

Hunters check 22,366 deer on firearms opening day

By Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Hunters checked 22,366 white-tailed deer Nov. 28, opening day of Ohio’s deer-gun hunting season. Deer gun season remains open through Dec. 3. Two additional days of deer-gun season, Dec. 16 and 17, have been added to increase the opportunity for people to hunt with firearms. Past year’s harvest summaries and weekly updated harvest re... READ MORE

Hunters take 161,057 deer; harvest up 16 percent

Hunters take 161,057 deer; harvest up 16 percent

By Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Firearms hunters registered 161,057 deer through the third weekend of deer season, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Preliminary results through the third weekend show that the number of deer registered was up 16 percent from 2016. Of the deer harvested, 53 percent were bucks, compared to 63 percent during the same period in 2016. ... READ MORE

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