Muzzleloader Hunting News

Deer Permits Still Available
Nebraska's 2002 archery deer season opens Sept. 15, the muzzleloading season opens Dec. 1, and hunters still have time to purchase their permits before opening day so they don't miss a day hunting. There are an unlimited number of both archery and muzzleloader permits available, but hunters may have no more than two permits that allow the taking of antlered deer.
Deer Licenses Still Available
More than 33,000 North Dakota deer gun licenses are still available after the State Game and Fish Department recently completed its second lottery drawing. These licenses are available to hunters who do not already have a license, or as second and third licenses.
Crossbow and Muzzleloader Use Expanded
The Board of Game Commissioners today gave final approval to a regulatory change to allow hunters to use crossbows during the elk and bear seasons and the statewide firearms deer season (Dec. 2-14), including the Special Regulations Areas counties (Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia). This provision will be in effect for hunters to take advantage of during the 2002-2003 seasons. Under the new regulation, use of crossbows still is prohibited during the early and post-Christmas archery seasons; the October antlerless deer season; the October muzzleloader season; and the post-Christmas flintlock season. In addition, the Board prohibited the use of crossbows in the Special Regulation Areas counties during the late firearms deer season (Dec. 26-Jan. 11).
Expanded Hunting Opportunities
Regulations and season dates have been set by the Ohio Wildlife Council for the 2002 hunting season, which includes new deer hunting zones, a five-week extension of the fall turkey season for archery hunting, and an increase in the squirrel hunting bag limit.
Changes Proposed for Muzzleloader Hunting
The Board of Game Commissioners gave preliminary approval to a regulatory change that would allow hunters participating in the October muzzleloader antlerless deer season to use "any long gun muzzleloading firearm." The change, requested by Commissioner Stephen Mohr of Bainbridge at the January meeting, aims to provide hunters more options and opportunities in the early muzzleloader season. The season, which was established by the Game Commission in 2000, serves as a management tool to reduce antlerless deer numbers in the herd prior to the start of the whitetail breeding season. The number of hunters participating in the hunt does appear to be growing.
How Often Should Firearms Be Cleaned?
Have you ever wondered when or how often you should clean your gun? If so, the South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks (GFP) has put together an article on proper gun maintenance. They discuss when and how muzzleloaders, shot-guns, and center fire rifles should be cleaned. The GFP also discusses the tools and materials you will need to clean your firearms properly with a minimal cost.
Muzzleloading Firearms Regulations
The Massachusetts Primitive Firearms deer season will run from December 10 through 15 statewide. Regulatory changes for the 2001 Primitive season made by the Fisheries and Wildlife Board at their August meeting include allowing the use of sabot rounds regardless of composition as well as jacketed and belted projectiles. The Board also approved the use of telescopic sights, with the exception of laser sights or any other sights which project a beam. Closed, in-line ignitions, including those using shotgun (209) primers were also sanctioned.
Muzzloader Hunters Be Careful
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) and Department of Forestry (DOF) are urging hunters to use extra caution while in the woods. Muzzleloading Deer Season started on Monday, November 5 east of the Blue Ridge (except on National Forest lands in Amherst, Bedford and Nelson counties) and will start west of the Blue Ridge (and on National Forest lands in Amherst, Bedford and Nelson counties) on November 12. General Firearms Deer Season is scheduled to start on Monday, November 19. Extremely dry weather conditions led Governor James S. Gilmore, III to issue an open air burning ban on October 26, which will remain in effect until existing weather conditions improve with significant rain or snow.
Primitive Deer Harvest Likely Down; Gun Outlook Better
Deer hunting across the state has been slow and biologists are reporting that although some hunters have had good success, they anticipate the rut is still ahead.
Managed Hunts Scheduled
Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today that managed deer hunts will be held at three locations in Southern Maryland: the Billingsley Tract in Upper Marlboro during the muzzleloader and firearm seasons; the Rosaryville State Park in Upper Marlboro during the firearm season; and, the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, also during the firearms season.