Muzzleloader Hunting News

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.

Michigan Muzzleloader Deer Season Opens Dec. 3rd

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment reminds hunters that muzzleloader season for deer opens Friday, December 3rd in the Zone 1 (Upper Peninsula) and Zone 3 (southern Michigan).

The season runs for 10 days in the U.P. and 17 days in southern Michigan.

Hunters must possess appropriate license tags,  firearms license or combination license tags to take an antlered buck, or antlerless deer licenses to take antlerless deer.

Muzzleoading season in Zone 2 (northern Lower Peninsula) runs from Dec. 10-19.

Vermont Muzzleloader and 2nd Archery Season Opens Dec. 2nd

Hunters have good reason to be excited about Vermont's muzzleloader deer season and the second part of the archery deer season, both occurring December 4-12 this year. Hunters participating in the rifle season that ends November 28 are taking many older, larger bucks due to the antler restriction that began in 2005.

A legal buck must have at least one antler with two or more points one inch or longer. The main antler beam counts as one point, regardless of length.

North Dakota's Deer Muzzleloader Season Opens Nov. 26th

North Dakota's muzzleloader deer season opens at noon Friday, Nov. 26 and continues through Dec. 12. Hunters with a lottery muzzleloader license can hunt white-tailed deer statewide.

In addition, unfilled second, third or other concurrent season any-antlerless, antlerless whitetail or antlerless mule deer licenses are still valid, but only in the unit to which the license is assigned. Hunters with these licenses must use a muzzleloader and hunt only the species printed on the license.

Oklahoma Deer Muzzleloader Season Begins Oct. 23rd

After a successful black bear season ended Oct. 1 when hunters harvested 32 bears on opening day - reaching the season quota and therefore officially closing the season - sportsmen are now enjoying deer archery season and gearing up for deer muzzleloader season Oct. 23-31.

Kansas Offers Plenty of Hunting Opportunities in September

Most hunters recognize September as the month when Kansas hunting seasons begin, and dove season, which opens Sept. 1 each year, usually comes to mind. However, several other hunting opportunities unfold in the first autumnal month, including rail, snipe, teal, archery antelope, muzzleloader deer, muzzleloader and archery elk, and youth/disabled deer seasons.

New Mexico Outdoor Expo - Aug 21-22

Anyone who wants to fire a muzzleloader, tie a fishing fly, shoot a bow or learn dozens of other outdoor skills is invited to a free weekend of family fun Aug. 21-22 at the New Mexico Outdoor Expo at the Albuquerque Shooting Range Park.

Many Texas Hunt Applications Due August 12th

Hunters hoping to take advantage of economical quality hunts on state-managed lands are reminded of upcoming application deadlines. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will be offering adult and youth only hunts by special drawing for a wide variety of species as part of its Public Hunting Program.

Applications for several hunt categories, including all archery only and crossbow hunts, pronghorn, and TPWD private lands hunts are due by 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12. All gun deer and youth deer hunt category applications must be received by 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2.

New Mexico Leftover Elk, Deer and Javelina Tags Available in August

Youth and adult hunters who missed a shot at a big-game hunting license during this year's annual drawing will have another chance this August when the Department of Game and Fish puts more than 5,000 deer, elk and javelina licenses up for sale on the agency Web site.

Florida Quota Hunt Permits Will Not be Mailed This Year

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) wants to make hunters aware that beginning this year, quota permits for general gun, archery, muzzleloading gun, family, youth, airboat and track will not be mailed out to successful applicants as they have been in the past.