Whitetail Deer Hunting News

Deer Permits Available
There are still plenty of 2002 Nebraska deer hunting permits available and now both resident and nonresident hunters who have not yet obtained their first deer hunting permit, as well as those who were unsuccessful in obtaining a permit in a draw unit, can purchase their first permit, including remaining permits in draw units.
Antlerless Permit Reminder
Bay State deer hunters are reminded that an antlerless deer permit will be mandatory for any archer, shotgunner or muzzleloader wishing to harvest an antlerless deer during all 2002 deer seasons. The application deadline is July 16. Mail-in applications are provided with 2002 paper licenses purchased from town clerks and vendors while electronic license buyers may apply on-line during or after the purchase of an e-license. The July 16 deadline is firm regardless of the manner by which a sportsman or woman applies.
Deer Hunting Permits
Important notice for Illinois deer hunters. A non-resident archery deer permit fee of $226, plus a processing fee, will be in effect beginning in the fall of 2002. This permit includes an either-sex and an antlerless-only permit. Non-resident firearm permits are $200. Non-resident deer hunters must also purchase a non- resident hunting license in addition to their permit and habitat stamp. Non-resident hunters may purchase either the annual license ($50.75) or the five-day license ($28.75) depending on the amount of time they will be hunting.
Antlerless Deer Hunting Deadline
The deadline for hunters to apply for Hunter's Choice and bonus antlerless deer permits for the 2002 deer hunting seasons is July 20. Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologists estimate the statewide fall 2002 whitetail population will be around 1.7 million animals.
Record White-tailed Deer Population
For the second consecutive year the North Dakota Game and Fish Department will issue a record number of deer gun licenses. The department will make available 116,925 licenses for the fall 2002 season, up from 106,350 last year, according to Randy Kreil, game and fish wildlife division chief. The 10 percent increase in licenses, according to Kreil, is intended to reduce deer numbers to unit management goals. "Several mild winters and the resulting increase in reproductive success have raised the state's white-tailed deer population above management objectives," he said.
Meat Processor Indicted
A Dallas mesquite meat market owner and employee have been indicted on felony charges for illegal commercial waste disposal and another employee pled guilty to a lesser charge after Texas Parks and Wildlife Department investigators collected evidence alleging that the men dumped white-tailed deer carcasses from more than 700 animals near streams that feed Lake Tawakoni.
Antler Restriction Proposed
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has included an experimental deer season with antler restrictions in their proposal for the 2002/03 Hunting Season Dates and Regulations. The experimental season will be in effect for the parishes of Iberville, Pointe Coupee and West Baton Rouge only. The restrictions will not apply to that portion of Iberville Parish east of the Mississippi River, the Sherburne Wildlife Management Area Complex, and those private lands owned by Adams and Summers, which are totally surrounded by the Sherburne complex.
Antlerless Deer Permits
MassWildlife Deer Project Leader Bill Woytek presented proposed antlerless deer permit allocations by Deer Management Zone (DMZ) to the Fisheries and Wildlife Board at their April meeting. Archers, shotgunners and muzzleloaders will be required to possess and use an antlerless deer permit and tag to take any antlerless deer during all seasons beginning this fall, and must apply for a permit before the July 16 deadline. Woytek's plan calls for no change in permit numbers from the 2001 allocation, with the exception of a reduction in permits for DMZ 12 (Cape Cod) to reflect the change in the zone boundary between DMZs 12 and 11. A total allocation of 41,050 permits for the combined 2002 white-tailed deer seasons was presented to and approved by the Board.
Non-Resident Any Deer Applications Available
Nonresident Any-Deer hunting license applications are available though Sunday, June 2, from the Electronic Licensing System for Iowa telephone ordering system. Applicants must call 1-800-367-1188 to apply for a license. A nonresident Any-Deer license costs $220.50, the small game hunting license is $80.50 and the habitat fee is $8.50. A nonrefundable application fee based on a percentage of the total cost of the license(s) will be added to all telephone orders. The Any-Deer license applications are available until June 2. Any remaining licenses will go on sale June 29 until the quota is filled, the final day of the season for which the license is valid, or Dec. 14, which ever comes first.
Any-Deer Permit Increases Recommended
After reviewing data associated with last year's deer harvest and combining it with population objectives designed by the public, the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife biologists have recommended an increase in the number of Any-Deer permits for the 2002 season. This year, IFW is recommending 76,575 any-deer permits which is an increase by 22,000 from the 54,406 permits issued last year.