Whitetail Deer Hunting News

Big Game Report Available
Hunters can find just about everything they want know about last year's Oklahoma big game seasons in the 2002 Big Game Report, which is part of the September/October issue of "Outdoor Oklahoma," the official bi-monthly magazine of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. In 2001 sportsmen harvested 101,635 deer, just under the previous year's record of 102,100. The report also outlines where and how the big bucks were harvested.
Phone Line For Additional Game Seal
A specific phone line has been established for hunters wanting an additional game seal for deer hunting in selected areas of southern Ontario, Natural Resources Minister Jerry Ouellette has announced. Deer hunters who want an additional seal can get one by calling toll-free 1-800-387-7011, Monday to Friday, between September 9 and September 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
DNR Asks Deer Hunters for Help
This fall, hunters will be an important part of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' efforts to detect Chronic Wasting Disease in the state's wild deer herd. In addition to volunteering deer for testing in selected sampling areas, hunters are being asked to take advantage of management and intensive harvest permits to help keep the state's deer population in check.
Any Deer Permit Drawing Complete
Hunters were selected today in the annual Any Deer permit drawing. 76,989 Any Deer Permits were issued, including 10,004 bonus permits and 9,636 landowner permits along with the 57, 349 regular Any Deer permits.
Deer Licenses Still Available
Applications for remaining deer gun licenses must be postmarked and in the mail by Sept. 18, reminds Carrie Whitney, licensing supervisor for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. More than 33,000 licenses for antlerless deer are still available in 35 units. These licenses are available to hunters who do not already have a license, or as second and third licenses.
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.
Antlerless Licenses Going Fast
Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Vern Ross announced that, based on today's survey of county treasurers, 21 counties have exhausted their antlerless deer license allocations. Today's survey showed that slightly less than 217,400 antlerless deer licenses remain. To assist hunters in determining which counties still have remaining antlerless licenses, the Game Commission, working with county treasurers, has been updating the antlerless license sales through news releases and regular postings on its website (www.pgc.state.pa.us).
2002 Big Buck Contest
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, the West Virginia Izaak Walton League, and the West Virginia Bowhunters Association are again sponsoring the Big Buck Contest for deer taken between October 12 and December 31, 2002, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Division of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Section. Plaques will be awarded to four overall highest scores in gun typical and non-typical and bow typical and non-typical classes at the National Hunting and Fishing Day Celebration held at Stonewall Jackson State Park in September 2003.
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.
Resident Deer Permits Available
For the 2002-2003 deer seasons, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) again is offering a number of resident deer permits that may be purchased without going through a drawing. Applications for these permits are now available from Wildlife and Parks offices or from the agency's website, www.kdwp.state.ks.us.