Archery Hunting News

Big Game Tag Numbers Set
Oregon's Fish and Wildlife Commission completed the final stage of the 2002 big game regulations process with their adoption of big game tag numbers. Archery deer hunters got some good news with a change in bag limit in several units across central Oregon. Hunters in the Hood, Biggs, Fort Rock, Heppner, Maupin, Silver Lake units, and that part of the Columbia Basin unit open to archery hunting, as well as in the White River unit outside the National Forest, will be allowed to harvest any deer instead of the previous bag limit of one buck. This is the first year this bag limit applies to the Maupin unit. Commissioners voted also to recognize the Canyon Creek archery-only area with traditional archery limitation for the first week of the general season.
2002 Nonresident Any-deer Bow Tags
Nonresidents interested in bowhunting North Dakota may still purchase a white-tailed deer bow tag. However, this fall's any-deer archery tags, good for either whitetail or mule deer, have all been issued, according to Carrie Whitney, licensing supervisor for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.
Expanded Hunting Opportunities
Regulations and season dates have been set by the Ohio Wildlife Council for the 2002 hunting season, which includes new deer hunting zones, a five-week extension of the fall turkey season for archery hunting, and an increase in the squirrel hunting bag limit.
Tentative Approval of Crossbow Expansion
The Board of Game Commissioners gave preliminary approval to the use of crossbows during the statewide firearms seasons for deer, bear and elk, as well as in special regulations areas during archery seasons. Legislation made crossbows available to certain hunters with qualifying medical disabilities in 1991. Those medical limitations were broadened in 1993. Today, about 28,000 Pennsylvanians have crossbow permits. In 2001, the Game Commissioners permitted hunters to use crossbows in special regulations counties during the regular and special firearms deer seasons.
Bowhunting Education Courses
South Dakota's big game archers who need certification should note that dates for National Bowhunter Education Foundation (NBEF) courses are becoming available.
Record Bow Bear Hunt; Firearms Bear Hunt Down
Bear archery hunters set a new record during the 2001 bear archery season, taking 463 bears which surpasses the previous record harvest of 424 in 1999. Bear firearms hunters harvested 781 animals during the 2001 gun season. This figure is 24% below the record bear firearms harvest of 1,024 set in 2000. A total of 1,244 bears were harvested during the combined bear archery and firearms seasons which is 6% below the record 1,328 bears that were taken in 2000.
Nonresident Any-Deer Bow Licenses Available
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will have 772 any-deer bow licenses available to nonresidents in 2002, up from 547 issued in 2001.
Archery Deer Hunting Season May Set Record
Preliminary archery deer season figures, compiled by MassWildlife's five district offices, suggest a new record may be on the horizon. A preliminary total of 2,886 deer were checked by official stations across the state, ahead of the 2,811 record-setting total established in 2000. By regional Wildlife District, the tally is as follows: Western 320, Valley 442, Central 567, Northeast 522, and Southeast 1,035. Final figures for the archery, shotgun and primitive firearms deer seasons will be generated in late winter or early spring after all deer kill report cards have been entered into the deer database and analyzed.
Primitive Deer Harvest Likely Down; Gun Outlook Better
Deer hunting across the state has been slow and biologists are reporting that although some hunters have had good success, they anticipate the rut is still ahead.
Archery Season Opens October 6
Approximately 155,000 bowhunters are expected to participate in the statewide archery deer hunting season that opens October 6, according to wildlife experts with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).