Whitetail Deer Hunting News

Deer Management Working Group Formed
Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) Secretary Mike Hayden has announced the formation of a unique group of Kansans. The Kansas Deer Management Working Group has been assembled to provide the department with recommendations to maintain responsible deer management policies through legislative and management proposals that will govern the future of deer hunting in Kansas. The working group will meet for the first time on Aug. 1 in Topeka.
Anterless Permits At Record Level
"Deer are abundant following a string of mild winters," Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Commissioner Allen Garber said. Deer hunting opportunities this fall in Minnesota will be unparalled." A record number of antlerless permits will be offered. In a number of permit areas hunters will be allowed to shoot more than one deer. "While this is certainly good news for deer hunters, we need the cooperation of hunters and landowners to keep Minnesota's deer population at manageable levels," Garber said.
2002 Antlerless Deer and Wild Boar Apps Available
Applications for the 2002 Antlerless Deer and Wild Boar seasons are now available at all West Virginia hunting and fishing license agents, DNR district offices, Elkins Operations Center, and Charleston Office, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Division of Natural Resources? Wildlife Resources Section. These applications are for hunting opportunities in counties, or areas, of the state where wildlife biologists have determined that a limited number of permits are necessary.
Controlled Deer Hunt Applications
Hunters wanting to participate this fall in special controlled deer and waterfowl hunts must submit their permit applications to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife by July 31. These special hunts are held each fall on certain public areas to provide additional hunting opportunities. Applications are available by calling the ODNR Division of Wildlife at 1-800-WILDLIFE and from wildlife district offices located in Akron, Athens, Columbus, Findlay and Xenia or on the ODNR web site at Ohiodnr.com
Deer Feeding and Baiting Banned
Effective July 3, 2002, it will be illegal to feed or bait deer in Wisconsin. The prohibition on feeding and baiting are a part of the efforts to control Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) and reduce the chance that CWD will become established in new areas of Wisconsin, state wildlife officials say.
Managed Deer Hunt Applications
From July 1 through Aug. 15, hunters can apply for one of Missouri's 61 managed deer hunts by calling 800-829-2956 between 4 a.m. and midnight seven days a week or online at www.conservation.state.mo.us. To apply by phone you need the information contained in the 2002 Fall Deer & Turkey Hunting Information booklet.
Controlled Deer Herd Apps
Applications are now available to participate in a controlled deer herd reduction in 14 Indiana state parks and one nature preserve. The reduction will take place on Monday, Nov. 18; Tuesday, Nov. 19; Monday, Dec. 2; and Tuesday, Dec. 3. The 14 state parks are Chain O'Lakes, Clifty Falls, Harmonie, Lincoln, McCormick's Creek, Ouabache, Potato Creek, Shades, Shakamak, Spring Mill, Tippecanoe River, Turkey Run, Versailles and Whitewater Memorial. Twin Swamps Nature Preserve also is included in the herd reduction program this year. "This program is successfully restoring ecosystems in state parks that were damaged for many years by an overpopulation of white-tailed deer," said John Goss, DNR director.
White-Tail CWD Monitoring Started
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife is taking a proactive step by adding chronic wasting disease (CWD) to the list of diseases it routinely tests for in the state's white-tailed deer population. CWD has not been found in Ohio's deer herd. "There are no indications that chronic wasting disease exists in Ohio, but we believe it is prudent to aggressively monitor Ohio deer for this disease," said Mike Budzik, chief of ODNR's Division of Wildlife.
White-Tail Deer Permit Apps
The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks has announced that applications for 2002 deer permits are now available. For those hunters who wish to take a mule deer (called an Any Deer permit), an application must be submitted to the agency by July 12. All other resident deer permits and game tags, including Whitetail Either Sex permits, may be purchased anytime through the next-to-last day of the deer seasons.
Record Number of Antlerless Deer Permits
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is offering nearly 80,000 additional antlerless permits this fall compared with last year. The total of 363,765 permits is an increase of 28 percent from 2001. It is the highest number of antlerless permits ever offered by the DNR. In 1992, the DNR offered the previous high of 322,030 permits.