Whitetail Deer Hunting News

Oklahoma Controlled Hunts Application Online Now

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's popular controlled hunts program is open to online applicants now.

The controlled hunts program offers once-in-a-lifetime elk and antelope hunts, highly sought-after buck hunts, and a range of other quality deer and turkey hunting opportunities through randomized drawings that only cost sportsmen $5 to enter. Opportunities offered through the program include hunts on Department or other government-owned or managed lands where unrestricted hunting would pose safety concerns or where overharvest might occur.

Nonresident North Dakota Any-Deer Bow Licenses Remain

The nonresident any-deer bow license lottery has been held and 24 licenses remain for the 2012 season.

Ohio Wildlife Council Approves 2012-13 Hunting and Trapping Regulations

Deer hunters have until noon the following day to check in their deer.

The Ohio Wildlife Council approved hunting and trapping regulations for the 2012-13 hunting seasons, during the April 4 meeting, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

Seven west-central Ohio counties will move from deer Zone A to Zone B; those counties are Auglaize, Darke, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Preble and Shelby. Madison County, currently in Zone B, will move to Zone A.

Montana Hunting Permit Drawing Results Available Soon

With the new March 15 deadline to apply for 2012 deer and elk hunting permits, comes the wait for the drawing results.

"Hunters' anxious to hear if they drew a deer or elk permit will know the drawing results the week of April 16," said Ron Aasheim, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks spokesperson."These will be the first big game hunting permit drawing results of the year."

Maryland Deer Test Negative for Chronic Wasting Disease

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reports that all of the 305 samples taken from white-tailed deer this season tested negative for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Samples taken this year bring the overall total of deer tested in Maryland to 7,483. The first and only deer in Maryland to test positive for CWD was harvested in 2010 in Allegany County.

Changes Proposed for New York Deer Hunting Regulation to Implement Five-Year Management Plan

New Rules Would Include Youth Deer Hunt, Longer Bow Seasons, Mandatory Antler Restrictions in More Areas and Other Deer Hunting Changes

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today proposed rules affecting deer and bear hunting in New York to implement the state's Five-Year Deer Management Plan, Commissioner Joe Martens announced today.

Texas PWD Opens Deer Season in Metro Dallas Counties, Approves Silencers

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission approved opening a hunting season for deer in Dallas, Collin, Rockwall and Galveston counties as part of changes to the 2012-13 Statewide Hunting Proclamation.

New Hampshire Wildlife Harvest Summary Available

A rich source of information for future hunts is now out from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. The newly published 2011 New Hampshire Wildlife Harvest Summary summarizes data gathered by wildlife biologists from the various 2011 New Hampshire hunting seasons. This annual publication provides a complete breakdown of 2011 hunting season statistics, including many totals by town and Wildlife Management Unit (WMU).  Statistics are provided for deer, moose, bear, turkey and furbearers.

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Considers Arkansas Hunting Season Proposals

During today’s monthly meeting of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, commissioners were presented with proposals for the 2012-13 hunting seasons. Commissioners will study the proposals and make a final decision at their April meeting.

AGFC Chief of Wildlife David Goad presented the proposed changes to the Commission. “We’ve heard what the public has been saying and we’re trying to follow their input,” Goad said.

Several changes are proposed for the 2012-13 hunting season. A quick rundown of a few of the proposed changes:

Important Information for Arizona Sportsmen and Other Wildlife Enthusiasts – Part 1

A great deal of discussion has occurred over the past few months on important issues related to hunting, fishing and wildlife management. As part of its promotion of the partial privatization or diversion of Arizona's wildlife resources, one constituent group recently circulated an “open letter” regarding problems, or challenges, facing sportsmen.