Whitetail Deer Hunting News

Chronic Wasting Disease Not Detected in Ohio Deer

CWD testing performed by Ohio Department of Agriculture

North Carolina Wildlife Commission Seizes Illegally Held Deer

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission on Thursday, March 15 seized and euthanized four adult white-tailed deer being held without permit or license in Iredell County.

Wildlife Law Enforcement Officers obtained a search warrant, and biologists from the Wildlife Management Division used immobilization drugs to remove the captive deer safely from the property.

The Next Pure Michigan Hunt Winner Could Be You

Would you like to hunt elk and bear, along with other species in Michigan next year? You can if you win one of three Pure Michigan Hunt (PMH) packages. However, to win you need to apply. Applications for the 2013 drawing are now available for purchase. You can purchase an unlimited number of $4 applications for Michigan's "Hunt of a Lifetime" from now until Dec. 31. Three winners will be drawn to win the ultimate prize package of licenses to hunt elk, bear, turkey, deer and waterfowl, plus various hunting merchandise yet to be determined.

Maine Preliminary 2011 Deer Harvest Numbers Released

Maine’s 2011 deer season resulted in a total harvest of 18,839 deer by resident and non-resident hunters.  Although the winter of 2010-2011 was tough, especially mid-winter, snow disappeared rapidly and deer benefited from spring rains and a relatively early spring green up.  Overwinter survival of fawns increased, giving a boost to yearlings available during the fall hunting season.  Increased success by archers and youth hunters alike continues to demonstrate the allure of bowhunting, and the interest of young hunters in pursuing one of North America’s most exciting game species.

Virginia DGIF Recognizes Assistance of Hunters, Reports Two New CWD Positives in Western Frederick County

Not unexpectedly, two new cases of chronic wasting disease (CWD) have been detected very close to where CWD-infected deer were found in 2009 and 2010. Both deer - a 4.5 year old buck and 1.5 year old doe - were killed by a hunter in November 2011 in western Frederick County, Virginia, very close to the West Virginia border. Given the proximity of these new positives to the previous cases, changes to the current management actions or restrictions are not anticipated, although CWD surveillance in that particular area may be heightened.

River Antlerless Deer Permit Part of Nebraska's Big Game Changes

A change in strategy has the state’s antlerless white-tailed deer harvest focused on river corridors. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioners adopted big game regulation amendments at their meeting in Lincoln on March 9.

Indiana's Deer Harvest Down in 2011, but Still 4th Best

Indiana deer hunters bagged fewer deer during the 2011 season than the year before, but the 129,018 total was still the fourth-best season on record, according to a report from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Fish & Wildlife.

The total represented a 3.7 percent drop from the all-time record harvest of 134,004 in 2010. In the 60-year history of the state’s modern deer hunting era, hunters have bagged almost 2.99 million deer.

Oregon Big Game Raffle Tickets on Sale Until May 7: 2011 Winner Bagged Trophy Elk for Under $50 in Tickets

Elgin resident Chad Thompson bought just 15 2011 elk raffle tags, spending under $50—but won a three-month long hunting season, a privilege some pay thousands for at auction. Thompson ended up bagging a trophy animal on public land (Wenaha Wildlife Area), an elk that green scored over 400”.

“It was the first time I had bought raffle tickets,” said Thompson. “I got the 15 ticket package, sent them off and forgot about them. I was pretty surprised when I won.”

Iowa DNR to Hold Public Meetings to Discuss Fall Hunting and Trapping Regulations

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is hosting public meetings tonight to discuss possible changes in the hunting and trapping regulations for this fall.

The changes would affect deer and waterfowl hunters as well as hunters and trappers who pursue bobcats and otters. Proposed changes would stabilize deer numbers in some areas, potentially add a third zone for waterfowl and increase the harvest number of otters and bobcats.

Minnesota DNR to Reassess Deer Population Goals

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will begin reassessing deer population goals this spring.

From 2005 through 2007 the DNR used an extensive public input process to establish deer population goals for all of the state’s approximately 130 deer permit areas. Now that those goal populations have been achieved in most areas, the DNR will use a similar process to reevaluate population goals in 23 permit areas in southwestern and north-central Minnesota.