Archery Hunting News

Deer Bow Hunters Hit the Field Oct. 1st
Archery deer season opens Oct. 1, and bowhunters are on the move. They are scouting hunting spots, checking their equipment and getting in shape for Missouri's three-month bow season. Archery deer season runs through Jan. 15, with a break for the firearms hunting season Nov. 16 through 26.
Bowhunters Tackle New Buck Regulations
Bowhunters are gearing up for a new challenge this fall. They will be the first hunters to participate in a season governed by the Pennsylvania Game Commission's new buck antler restrictions. These regulations represent the first changes in the state's antler restrictions in 50 years.
Additional Deer Archery License Deadline Oct. 12th
West Virginia resident and nonresident archery deer hunters are reminded that they must purchase their additional deer archery licenses (Class RB or RRB) prior to October 12, 2002, the opening day of archery season, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Section.
Phone Line For Additional Game Seal
A specific phone line has been established for hunters wanting an additional game seal for deer hunting in selected areas of southern Ontario, Natural Resources Minister Jerry Ouellette has announced. Deer hunters who want an additional seal can get one by calling toll-free 1-800-387-7011, Monday to Friday, between September 9 and September 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Deer Permits Still Available
Nebraska's 2002 archery deer season opens Sept. 15, the muzzleloading season opens Dec. 1, and hunters still have time to purchase their permits before opening day so they don't miss a day hunting. There are an unlimited number of both archery and muzzleloader permits available, but hunters may have no more than two permits that allow the taking of antlered deer.
Deer Archery Season Opens September 14
This year's Maryland deer archery season opens Sept. 14, and runs through Jan. 31. While archery deer hunting and the harvest data obtained from hunters is critical to the management of this species, archery hunting is also a traditional outdoor recreational experience. More than 37,000 bowhunters spend approximately 500,000 hunting days afield each year pursuing abundant deer populations across Maryland's varied landscape.
Non-Resident Archery Deer Permits Still Available
Fewer than 300 non-resident archery deer permits remain available for the 2002-2003 archery deer season. Permits are available by telephone, toll-free at 1-888-673-7648. A total of 12,843 were available beginning July 13. Non-resident archery permits are not available at hunting license vendors.
Archery Deer Application Deadline Approaching
South Dakota's archery deer season opens Saturday, Sept. 21, and if archers want to have their archery deer license by that date, state Game, Fish and Parks officials say archers need to submit their application no later than Aug. 23.
Bowhunter's Course Scheduled
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) Hunter Education Section and the Florida Bowhunters Council are conducting a free bowhunting course on Sat., Aug. 31, as part of the annual Bowhunter Jamboree at the Citrus Wildlife Management Area.
Crossbow and Muzzleloader Use Expanded
The Board of Game Commissioners today gave final approval to a regulatory change to allow hunters to use crossbows during the elk and bear seasons and the statewide firearms deer season (Dec. 2-14), including the Special Regulations Areas counties (Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia). This provision will be in effect for hunters to take advantage of during the 2002-2003 seasons. Under the new regulation, use of crossbows still is prohibited during the early and post-Christmas archery seasons; the October antlerless deer season; the October muzzleloader season; and the post-Christmas flintlock season. In addition, the Board prohibited the use of crossbows in the Special Regulation Areas counties during the late firearms deer season (Dec. 26-Jan. 11).