Firearm Hunting News

Maryland Elk Neck State Park Rifle Range Set to Reopen Jan. 17th

Elk Neck State Forest has announced that the rifle and shotgun ranges on site are tentatively scheduled to reopen at 4 p.m. on January 17, 2011. The date is subject to delays due to inclement weather. Please contact the forest office prior to using the facility to ensure that it is open.

The pistol range will close for several weeks beginning January 17 for renovations and repairs. During this closure, the rifle and shotgun ranges will remain open for use during normal hours of operation.

Ohio State Preemption Law is Valid Concerning Firearms, Components and Ammunition

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled (5-2) that the state's preemption law is valid. The City of Cleveland had sued over the 2007 law that replaced the confusing plethora of local laws concerning firearms. In that claim, Cleveland unsuccessfully made the case that the state and federal government had not done enough to regulate self-defense rights, leaving the city free to regulate everyone who happened to be inside its city limits.

Ohio Whitetail Weekend Hunt Successful

Hunters killed 21,064 deer during the weekend of gun hunting, December 18-19, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.

The extra weekend of gun hunting was first offered in 2006 in response to hunters' request for additional weekend days to pursue white-tailed deer, the state's number one big game animal. In 2009, hunters took 19,900 deer during those two days.

Michigan Firearm Deer Season Harvest Similar to 2009

Initial estimates suggest Michigan firearm deer hunters killed about the same number of deer statewide this year as in 2009, according to the Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DNRE). Reports regarding deer harvest ranged widely, from significant increases in some locations to declines in others, potentially a result of concentration of deer around the excellent mast crops available this fall.

Maryland Deer Gun Season Has Ended - Muzzleloader Opens Dec. 18th

Maryland deer hunters endured less than favorable weather conditions for the two-week deer firearm season and harvested an estimated 40,694 deer — a 9 percent decrease from last year's harvest for the same period. The total included 13,605 antlered deer and 27,089 antlerless deer. Included in the totals were 516 antlered and 565 antlerless sika deer.

Illinois Hunters Harvest 98,700 Deer During Firearm Season

Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 98,700 deer during the seven-day firearm deer season on Nov. 19-21 and Dec. 2-5, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) announced. A total of 99,419 deer were taken during the 2009 firearm season.

Kentucky's Cow Elk Season Opens Dec. 11th

Kentucky's quota firearms hunt for cow elk opens in southeastern Kentucky's 16-county elk zone this Saturday, December 11.The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources issued 600 quota hunt cow permits this year.

"While our bull elk season is timed to coincide with the rut, cow season starts after the breeding ends, when cows congregate in large herds," said Tina Brunjes, deer and elk program coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. "In large herds, elk are more visible, and more likely to stay out in the open."

Nebraska Deer Hunters Have Record Year

Nebraska's November firearm deer harvest set a record this fall, rising 18 percent over last year, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

The 2010 November firearm deer harvest was 63,300, compared to 53,767 in 2009. Most of the increase is from antlerless white-tailed deer harvest, as 21,000 bonus antlerless white-tailed deer tags were added this year.

Maryland's Elk Neck State Forest Rifle Range Closed for Repairs

The rifle and shotgun ranges at Elk Neck State Forest will be closed beginning November 30, 2010 for renovations and repairs. This closure should last several weeks. During the closure, the pistol range will remain open for use during normal hours of operation.

Users are reminded that the pistol range is restricted to the use of revolvers and pistols only. No long rifles of any sort are permitted at facility.

Questions, comments, or concerns should be directed to the Forest Office at (410) 287-5675.

2 Louisiana Men Cited for Night Hunting After Accidental Shooting

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agent cited two Ouachita Parish men for alleged night hunting violations on Nov. 23.

James Allen Clark, 18, of West Monroe, and Tyler Blaine Jones, 17, of Calhoun, were each cited after they arrived at Glenwood Hospital Emergency room seeking treatment for a gunshot wound.

On the morning of Nov. 23 while allegedly attempting to illegally night hunt from Okaloosa Road in South Ouachita Parish, Jones was struck in the head by a ricocheted bullet from Clark’s .270-caliber rifle.