Whitetail Deer Hunting News

Preliminary Data Shows Record November Deer Harvest in Nebraska

The state saw a record November deer harvest in 2011, according to preliminary data from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The harvest of 64,548 deer was an increase of 865 from last year.

The harvest total comprises deer taken Nov. 12-22 with firearm, archery and Season Choice permits.

Preliminary Count Shows Wisconsin Hunters Harvested 226,260 Deer During the Nine-day Season

No hunting fatalities recorded for second consecutive year

A call around survey of 600-plus deer registration stations all across Wisconsin completed today shows a preliminary harvest total of 226,260 for the just completed nine-day gun deer hunting season, up 3.6 percent from 2010. At the same time, hunters posted the second all around safest season on record.

Ohio White-tailed Deer Hunters Challenged by Weather

Coshocton County leads the state with 1,197 deer checked

Hunters took 23,600 white-tailed deer on a rain-soaked Monday, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The deer-gun season remains open through Sunday, December 4 then reopens for two days on Saturday and Sunday, December 17-18.

New York DEC Police Ticket Dozens for Deer Poaching

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) police officers recently concluded a blanket deer taking enforcement detail in the Capital Region and surrounding areas in conjunction with the states of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont, DEC announced today.

Antlered Female Deer Crop Up in Missouri’s Deer Harvest

The Kinks didn’t have white-tailed deer in mind when they wrote the lyrics to rock song “Lola,” but five antlered female deer reported to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) lend new meaning to the phrase, “It’s a mixed-up, muddled-up, shook-up world.”

MDC Resource Scientist Emily Flinn specializes in deer biology. She says she has received five reports this year from hunters who shot antlered deer that appear, at least externally, to be female.

Mississippi Primitive Weapon Season for Deer Opens December 2nd

Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Deer Program reminds hunters that Primitive Weapons Season for deer opens Friday, December 2nd and runs through Thursday, December 15th in all deer zones. Antlerless deer and zone legal bucks are eligible for harvest. Hunters may take both an antlerless deer and a legal buck in the same day.

Iowa's First Shotgun Deer Season Begins Saturday

The Iowa DNR expects that nearly 90,000 hunters will be heading to the woods and fields during Saturday’s opening day for first shotgun season. Iowa’s shotgun deer seasons are the most popular among hunters and account for more than half of all deer harvested. Although hunters will still have good hunting opportunities they can expect to find fewer deer across much of the state. They may need to hunt a little longer this year to be successful.

Deer, Elk Harvest Finishes Behind Last Year in Northwest Montana

Whitetail deer harvest picked up during the last two weekends of the deer and elk hunting season but still finished behind last year’s totals.

According to FWP Wildlife Manager Jim Williams, the number of whitetail deer, mule deer, and elk checked were down from last year. “The results at our check stations are an indication that deer and elk populations are still down throughout northwest Montana. We’ll know the details of total harvest for each hunting district after the telephone hunter surveys are completed this spring.”

Deer Hunting Plays Important Economic Role in Oklahoma

According to Joanna Matthews of the Antlers Chamber of Commerce, deer hunting season has an important impact on the local southeast Oklahoma community.

“It is like Christmas,” she said. “The Friday before opening day of rifle season, the highways and stores are all packed with people coming in to hunt.”

West Virginia DNR Law Enforcement Requests Public Help in Deer Slaughter Case

At least 13 deer were shot, killed and left lying on the ground in the Fairmont area during the month prior to the start of the deer firearms seasons this week, and the Law Enforcement Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is requesting help from the public to solve this case. The deer were found in the Apple Valley / Boothsville area, according to Capt. William Persinger of the WVDNR District 1 Office in Farmington.