Hunting News

Jan. 1 changes to permanent hunting, fishing, trapping licenses

Jan. 1 changes to permanent hunting, fishing, trapping licenses

By Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department

Hunters, anglers and trappers are being reminded changes to permanent licenses go into effect starting January 1, 2018. A permanent license is currently available free to Vermont residents 70 or older. Beginning January 1, a resident 66 or older may purchase a permanent license for a one-time fee of $60. All licenses may be purchased at a license a... READ MORE

Test results show no new outbreaks of CWD in wild deer

Test results show no new outbreaks of CWD in wild deer

By Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

No chronic wasting disease has been detected more than 11,000 precautionary samples from deer hunters harvested this fall in north-central, central and southeastern Minnesota. “This is good news for Minnesota,” said Lou Cornicelli, wildlife research manager. “The results lend confidence that the disease is not spread across the l... READ MORE

Firearm preliminary harvest totals 80,021 deer

Firearm preliminary harvest totals 80,021 deer

By Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Hunters harvested a preliminary total of 80,021 deer during the seven-day Illinois firearm deer season that concluded Dec. 3. The 2017 preliminary harvest total compares to the final total of 79,559 deer harvested during the 2016 firearm season. The preliminary harvest for the second segment of the firearm season Nov. 30 to Dec. 3 was 28,656 deer... READ MORE

Statewide bear harvest down 30 percent

Statewide bear harvest down 30 percent

By Pennsylvania Game Commission

Hunters during the final day of Pennsylvania’s statewide bear season harvested 168 bears, raising the 2017 statewide season harvest to 1,796 – an about 30 percent decrease compared to the 2,579 bears taken during the four days of the statewide season in 2016. Extensive rain on opening day Nov. 18 led to the harvest decline. Comprehensiv... READ MORE

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

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