Whitetail Deer Hunting News

Holiday Antlerless Deer Season Brings Christmas Cheer to Oklahoma Hunters

Christmas family traditions range from eating out and attending services on Christmas Eve to giving out gifts and stockings filled with treats. But in Oklahoma, families can even go deer hunting over the Christmas holidays.

This year the holiday antlerless deer gun season will be open for 10 days starting Dec. 16 and running through Dec. 25 in open areas.

Deer Hunters Helping Ohioans in Need

Venison donations will be accepted through February 5, 2012 

Ohio deer hunters have donated more than 79,750 pounds of venison to local food banks since opening day of deer season on September 24, according to Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry (FHFH) and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.
 
Maryland Deer Hunters See Increased Firearm Season Harvest

Maryland deer hunters experienced a range of weather for the two-week firearm season and harvested an estimated 41,421 deer ─ a 2 percent increase from last year’s harvest of 40,694 deer for the same period. This year’s total included 14,302 antlered deer and 27,119 antlerless deer. Sika deer totals were 455 antlered and 549 antlerless.

Indiana Park Hunts Make Inroads on Habitat Recovery

Controlled deer hunts at state park properties are achieving the intended result of habitat recovery, but analysis of information collected this year indicates deer numbers remain above desired levels at many locations.

Volunteer hunters harvested 1,546 deer during four days of controlled hunts at 21 state parks in November. That’s only the 10th highest total in 18 years of state park hunts, but resource biologists say harvest numbers alone have limited value in determining success.

Iowa January Antlerless Deer Licenses on Sale Soon

Licenses for the January antlerless deer season may be purchased beginning Dec. 15 for select counties. The season is open to all hunters regardless of any other deer licenses they have obtained.

Maine DIFW Reminds Hunters Of Transport Law

Are you hunting out of state? Maine hunters should know the regulations surrounding bringing harvested deer, elk, moose or caribou back into the state of Maine.

Currently it is illegal to bring the whole carcass of a deer, moose, elk or caribou into Maine (except if it comes from New Hampshire, Quebec, Newfoundland, Labrador or New Brunswick).

Already this fall Maine has had hunters bring in whole carcasses from Virginia and New York, both states that have identified Chronic Wasting Disease in their borders. These deer were confiscated and destroyed.

Alabama Continues Monitoring for Chronic Wasting Disease

State wildlife officials want hunters and landowners to know Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in deer has not occurred in Alabama and they hope to keep it that way. The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) is taking several measures to help prevent the disease from reaching the state.

Deer Hunters in West Virginia Harvest 59,835 Bucks During the Buck Firearms Season

Preliminary data collected from game checking stations across the state indicate deer hunters in West Virginia harvested 59,835 bucks during the two-week buck firearms season, which ran from November 21 through December 3, according to Frank Jezioro, Director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR). The 2011 buck harvest was 38 percent more than the 2010 harvest of 43,461.

Upstate South Carolina Mobility Impaired Deer Hunts are Big Success Again in 2011

Mobility impaired hunters were once again treated to a unique opportunity to take part in two special deer hunts this year on 43 well-managed and exclusive, private tracts of land in the Upstate.

During 2011 at the two special hunts, 43 hosts provided opportunities for 167 hunters in Cherokee, Laurens, Newberry, Spartanburg and Union counties. Attending the hunts were 140 hunters, and they harvested 46 deer (19 bucks and 27 does). There is no application fee or any other costs to participate in the events.

2011 Michigan Firearm Deer Season Started Slow, Picked up Speed

The Department of Natural Resources has indicated the 2011 firearm deer season harvest appears to have increased slightly compared to the 2010 season. Southern Michigan is the only region where final firearm harvest figures are expected to decrease. Preliminary estimates are based on cumulative reports from the field, license sales figures, and check station activity, and are later replaced by the final harvest figures generated using the annual mail survey.