Muzzleloader Hunting News

Primitive Weapons Deer Season Approaching
Muzzleloader users are eagerly awaiting the opening day of primitive weapons deer season, Saturday, Oct. 11, when hunters may use either archery equipment or muzzleloading firearms. Last year more than 64,000 muzzleloader hunters harvested approximately 23,700 deer, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division (WRD).
More Muzzleloader Only Deer Licenses Available
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is providing more hunting opportunity this fall for deer hunters using muzzleloading rifles, Director Joel Brunsvold announced today. The Department is making thousands of additional muzzleloader-only deer permits available for the 2003 season.
New Rule Eliminates Firearm Possession Restrictions During Hunting Seasons
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has rescinded all administrative rules that restrict the possession of firearms during certain hunting seasons. However, hunters must follow existing rules that govern the type of weapon used to hunt big game, game birds or furbearers. As a result of the action, for example, bow hunters may choose to carry a firearm while deer or elk hunting.
Young Hunter Essay Contest
The Kansas Hunter Education Instructor Association invites hunters 18 and younger to compete in an essay contest, with prizes awarded to winners in two categories: 13 and younger, and 14 through 18. Winners in each age category will be awarded new muzzleloading rifles.
Wildlife and Crossbow Rules Finalized
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department today announced final state rules regarding wildlife and wildlife management, as well as crossbow hunting. The new rules decrease the number of days during which muzzleloader or firearms hunters may hunt antlerless deer in some parts of the state during the upcoming deer hunting seasons.
More Muzzleloader Only Deer Licenses Available
"In a continuing effort to increase antlerless deer harvest in South Dakota, roughly two hundred more muzzleloader licenses will be available than last year," said Regional Wildlife Manager Andy Lindbloom of Pierre.
Primitive Weapons Deer Season Opens December 27-30th
Many good deer hunting opportunities remain for hunters planning to participate in the statewide primitive weapons deer season, December 27-30, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.
Record Muzzleloader Buck
Many Vermont hunters have taken large bucks this fall, but William Atwood of Bolton has a special reason to celebrate. Atwood toppled Vermont's record for the biggest buck taken by muzzleloader since the muzzleloader season was established in 1986.
Second/Third Season Deer Licenses Can Be Used After Gun Season
Second and third season licenses can be used during the muzzle-loader and bow seasons with the appropriate legal weapon - a muzzle-loader during the muzzle-loader season, and a bow during the bow season. Unit, sex and species requirements printed on the license must be followed.
Deer Permit Applications Deadline Nearing
The deadline to apply for a Vermont muzzleloader season antlerless deer hunting permit is September 20, according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. "This year's permit total is 25 percent lower statewide than last year," says wildlife biologist John Buck. "We felt it necessary to reduce the number of permits in most wildlife management units due to winter-related losses of deer in 2000-2001. Permit numbers in the southern four management units and Grand Isle were increased or reduced only slightly. Ten of Vermont's 24 wildlife management units will have no antlerless permits this year."