Whitetail Deer Hunting News

Deer Hunters Cautioned to Avoid Diseased Deer
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has re-released a September 5, 2001 news article cautioning hunters to be alert to signs of anthrax in their harvested deer. If hunters happen upon a dead or harvested deer that has a swollen neck, open sores/lessions, or bleeding from the nose/anus they should leave the carcass and report the location to the DNR. Given the recent anthrax events across the U.S. it is important to note that occasional anthrax outbreaks in deer populations are normal.
Archery Season Opens October 6
Approximately 155,000 bowhunters are expected to participate in the statewide archery deer hunting season that opens October 6, according to wildlife experts with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
Poachers Draw Stiff Sentences Under New Law
The Texas Parks and Wildlife has posted an article explaining the increased poaching penalties that were passed in 1999. Under these new penalties it is possible to receive a felony conviction, 2-10 years of jail time for repeat offenders, and suspension of hunting rights for multiple years. As the article states "some poachers are getting a severe kick in the pants".
Reporting Deer Harvest not Mandatory
Deer and turkey hunters are reminded they are not required to report their harvest to a license vendor as stated under Reporting Instructions on the back of their tag. Since they are not required to report their harvest, hunters will not receive a verification tag or be subject to the $145 fine for failing to report their deer or turkey harvest.
Applications for Controlled Deer Reduction Hunts
Applications are available to participate in a controlled deer herd reduction in 13 Indiana state parks. The reduction will take place on November 19 & 20 and December 3 & 4. Thirteen state parks and one nature preserve are included in the herd reduction this year. The state parks are Brown County, Chain O?Lakes, Charlestown, Clifty Falls, Harmonie, Indiana Dunes, Lincoln, Pokagon, Shades, Tippecanoe River, Turkey Run, Versailles and Whitewater. Twin Swamps Nature Preserve will also conduct a herd reduction.
Special Youth Deer Season
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources encourages all young hunters age 12-16 to participate in the special youth firearm deer season scheduled statewide Sept. 22-23. A properly licensed youth is allowed to take one deer.
Anterless Deer Permits Drawn
Results of the 2001 annual drawing for antlerless deer permits in Massachusetts' fifteen Deer Management Zones (DMZ) are can be viewed when you click here.
Special Archery Deer Hunts
The Game and Parks Commission is offering a unique deer hunting opportunity to 40 archers interested in helping reduce the deer population on 350 acres of timber bordering the Platte River in Sarpy County.
Special October Deer Hunt Applications Available
The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Green Bank, West Virginia, has announced that applications are now available and are being accepted for the special October controlled deer hunt at the NRAO site. This controlled hunt is organized and planned in cooperation with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR).
Abandoned Baby Deer
Each year, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries receives dozens of calls from concerned citizens who have found "abandoned" baby deer. With the best of intentions, these concerned citizens pick up the baby deer and take them home. They then call LDWF to retrieve them.