Firearm Hunting News

Conservation Department Shooting Ranges Available
Wintertime, and the living is . . . boring! No matter how much we love to curl up with a good book or surf the Internet, at times between New Year's Day and April Fool's Day most of us feel the need to get outdoors. When cabin fever strikes, some of the closest opportunities are found at shooting ranges operated by the Missouri Department of Conservation.
11 year-old Wins Gold at World Skeet Championship
Four months after picking up a shotgun for the first time, 11-year-old Jon Michael McGrath from Tulsa broke 122 clays out of 125 to capture a gold medal in the World Skeet Championship. It all began in June of 2003 when McGrath went to the Boy Scout Camp Tom Hale near Talihina, Oklahoma. One day of the weeklong summer camp was a free day, where scouts could participate in their choice of activities, and Michael wanted to shoot a shotgun.
Firearms Deer Harvest Up
Missouri's 2003 firearms deer season had some ups and downs, but the final tally shows that hunters bagged 254,367 deer. That is up almost three percent from last year's record harvest of 247,826.
New Sighting-In Range For Hunters
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) opened its new sighting-in range at the C.F. Phelps Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Fauquier County this week. The facility, located off Rogers Ford Road, offers hunters a safe place to become more proficient with their firearms. Unlike shooting ranges, the sighting-in range will not be available for organized competitive shooting.
First Sunday Firearms Hunt
On Sunday, firearm deer hunters were able to hunt on private land in 12 counties (Allegany, Calvert, Caroline, Cecil, Charles, Dorchester, Garrett, Kent, Queen Anne’s, St. Mary’s, Talbot, Washington) for the first time in modern deer hunting history. An estimated 2,899 deer were tallied on Sunday bringing the opening weekend preliminary total to 15,533. This tally is almost equal to the preliminary total of 15,473 deer taken in 2002.
Bucks-Only Deer Firearm Season Opens November 24
West Virginia 's 2003 bucks-only firearm season opens on November 24 and closes December 6, according to Ed Hamrick, Director of the Division of Natural Resources. "The opening of West Virginia 's buck season is the highlight of the year for many hunters," said Hamrick. "Ninety percent of the state's hunters participate in buck hunting, and we expect more than 350,000 hunters will be afield during the two-week season."
Deer Gun Season Opens Statewide December 1st
Approximately 450,000 hunters are expected to participate in this year's statewide deer-gun season that begins Monday, December 1, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.
Police to Open Firing Ranges on November 15th
The Illinois State Police will open its firing ranges on Saturday, November 15, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to the public for the purpose of sighting in shotguns and handguns, which are being allowed during the regular firearm deer season for the first time this year. In a related note, there has been a change in the allowable ammunition which can be used by individuals using handguns during the regular firearm deer season. Bottleneck cartridges will be allowed.
Firearm Deer Season Begins November 1st
As deer hunters ready for opening day, hunters will find the most deer in the southern and central areas of the state, but some of the biggest deer in Western, Northern and Eastern Maine. The regular firearm season for deer opens on Saturday, November 1 for residents, and Monday, November 3 for nonresidents.
General Deer Hunting Season Open
Washington's modern firearm general deer hunting season opens statewide Saturday, Oct. 11. With participation expected to at least match last year's 147,000-hunter turnout, the general deer season is by far the state's most popular hunting season.