Firearm Hunting News

Bellemont Shooting Range Takes Major Step Forward
After almost eight years of study, the Bellemont Shooting range near Flagstaff took a major step forward last week with final approval of a land exchange package between the Coconino National Forest and the Arizona Game and Fish Commission.
California Report Confirms Ballistic Imaging Limitation
In a report to California’s legislature, state Attorney General Bill Lockyer acknowledges his Department of Justice finds technical limitations and a poor success rate in its attempts to expand ballistic imaging technology, designed to identify individual firearms found at crime scenes, into a database encompassing non-crime firearms.
Preliminary Shotgun Deer Season Figures Are Up
Licensed Bay State hunters took advantage of nearly ideal conditions for much of the shotgun deer season, reporting 8,199 deer at official check stations according to preliminary figures compiled by MassWildlife's five District offices. The shotgun season opened statewide on December 2 running through December 7 on Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard and through December 14 across the remainder of the state. During the 2001 shotgun season a total of 6,057 deer were checked. The highest shotgun season kill on record was 1995 when 8,131 deer were taken.
2002 Firearm Deer Season Harvest Estimates
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced preliminary estimates of the 2002 Michigan firearm deer season harvest. The DNR estimate shows approximately 288,000 deer taken, of which 158,000 were antlered and 130,000 were antlerless. This estimate is 15 percent below the previous five-year average, which includes 5 of the top 7 harvest years on record. The state's record harvest occurred in 1998, when 351,475 deer (187,632 antlered, 163,843 antlerless) were taken.
Preliminary Opening Day Firearm Deer Harvest Numbers Up Seven Percent Over Last Year
Preliminary reports on the opening day of the firearms deer season, collected from check stations by Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife and Heritage Service staff, show that hunters took 15,473 deer, up seven percent from last year's preliminary opening day numbers.
Commission Considers Extended Deer Gun Season and Special Youth Hunt
The Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission heard at its regular December meeting that the Wildlife Department will be proposing a variety of hunting regulation changes for next year at public meetings to be held in January across the state. Most prominent on the list of changes are proposals to add seven days onto the regular deer gun season, and create a special three-day antlerless only youth deer gun season in mid-October.
Rifle Deer Season Begins December 2nd
With Pennsylvania's two-week firearms deer season beginning Dec. 2, nearly one million hunters are preparing for the first change in antler restrictions since 1953. "The recent deer seasons truly have been seasons of change for Pennsylvania hunters," noted Game Commission Executive Director Vern Ross. "But we believe the changes - antler restrictions and increased antlerless deer hunting opportunities - will improve deer management and deer hunting in this state, and we are committed to making it work. Hunters are telling us they like what they're seeing and they're willing to support us. They want the Game Commission to stay the course."
Deer Gun Season Looks Promising
Falling leaves and falling temperatures signal one thing to Oklahoma hunters, the much-anticipated deer gun season is right around the corner. Running Nov. 23 through Dec. 1, the deer gun season is undoubtedly Oklahoma's most popular hunting event in terms of overall participation. Modern firearms hunters also enjoy the greatest success in terms of harvest.
Modern Gun Deer Season Opens on November 9th
More than 250,000 hunters are expected to take to the field during the upcoming Kentucky modern gun deer season which opens statewide on Saturday, November 9. Deer hunters will generate about $350 million to the state's economy while enjoying this recreational opportunity and helping to manage this valuable natural resource.
Regular Firearms Season Opens November 2nd
As deer hunters ready for opening day, hunters will find deer populations in southern and central areas of the state have rebounded from the severe winter of 2001, but in northern and eastern Maine, the effects are still being felt. The regular firearm season for deer opens on Saturday, November 2 for residents, and Monday, November 4 for nonresidents.