Whitetail Deer Hunting News

Information on Lead in the Meat of Wild Game

Recent studies have provided important, new information about lead fragments in venison and other game harvested with lead ammunition. Following are some facts from those studies.

Iowa's Remaining Hunting Seasons Starting to Close

Iowa’s pheasant, late muzzleloader and archery deer, and fall turkey seasons close on Jan. 10.  The January antlerless deer season is Jan. 11 to 29. Furbearer seasons, squirrel, quail, partridge and grouse remain open until Jan. 31.

Rabbit season is open until Feb. 28. Crow season is Jan. 14 to March 31. Pigeon season closes on March 31. Beaver trapping season closes on April 15.

2011 South Dakota Firearms Antlerless Season Closes Sunday

The 2011 East and West River Firearms Deer Seasons close Sunday, Jan. 8. The firearms seasons reopened on Dec. 31, 2011 for antlerless deer only.

South Carolina Youth Deer Hunt Day Scheduled Statewide Saturday, Jan. 7

Jan. 7 is scheduled for Youth Hunting Day where youth 17 years of age and under can hunt deer as long as they are accompanied by a licensed adult 21 years or older. Only the youth may take or attempt to take game and license requirements are waived for the youth hunter.

North Dakota's Tentative 2012 Season Opening Dates

To help North Dakota hunters make vacation plans and lodging reservations for hunting seasons in 2012, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department annually provides tentative opening dates for the coming year.

Some popular hunting seasons will have opening day arrive nearly a week later in 2012 due to the calendar change. For example, opening day of pheasant season is always the second Saturday in October, which in 2012 is Oct. 13. Therefore, nonresidents will not be able to hunt on state wildlife management areas or Private Land Open To Sportsmen acres from Oct. 13-20.

CWD Found in Buffalo, Custer, Holt Counties Nebraska

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) in deer has appeared for the first time in Buffalo, Custer and Holt counties, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

There were 1,565 lymph node samples collected from deer taken during the 2011 November firearm deer season, with 26 samples testing positive for CWD. In addition, samples were taken from 37 culled deer that showed clinical symptoms for CWD, with one male mule deer from Garden County testing positive. Those symptoms include a rough, emaciated appearance and a lack of fear of humans.

Iowa's Final Deer Season Begins Jan. 11

The January antlerless deer season begins Jan. 11, for 42 counties, mainly in southern Iowa, and is the final deer season of the year. Even though there may be licenses left for a county not all areas in these counties need to have extra does taken. Hunters are encouraged to work with landowners to determine desired local deer population level and adjust their doe harvest accordingly.

EnCon Police Make Arrest for Deer Hunting Violation in Connecticut
Information Came to Light Through YouTube Video
Officers from the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) Division of State Environmental Conservation (EnCon) Police today arrested Anthony Piana, 44, of 69 Bruning Road New Hartford, on charges related to a deer hunting violation.
Piana came to the attention of EnCon Police officers through a video that had been posted on the Internet site Youtube, which showed him killing a white tail deer.  EnCon Police officers were able to gather evidence
Hunter Injured Wednesday While Hunting Deer in Jones County Iowa

An Olin man received a gunshot wound to his leg while preparing to deer hunt with his father Wednesday afternoon east of Olin.

Larry McCormick, 72, also of Olin, was in the process of loading his .44 caliber black powder pistol when the gun discharged hitting his son, Rodney McCormick, 47, in the leg below the knee as he was exiting the vehicle. The incident occurred shortly after 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Rodney McCormick was air lifted to St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids where he was being treated for what was believed to be a non-life threatening injury.

Chronic Wasting Disease in New Area in Utah

Disease doesn't affect people, but it's fatal to deer.

A deer infected with chronic wasting disease has been found in a new area in Utah. That's not a surprise, though—the new area is next to an area where the disease has been for years.