Whitetail Deer Hunting News

Vermont Deer Hearings Begin March 26

If you have an interest in Vermont's white-tailed deer you will want to attend one of the annual public hearings being held in March and May by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department to discuss the deer herd.

The meetings begin March 26 in Castleton and Montpelier.

New York DEC: Record Bear Harvest and Steady Deer Take in 2011

Hunters in New York State harvested more than 228,350 deer and 1,250 bears during the 2011 hunting seasons, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced today. The deer take nearly matched the 2010 deer take while a new record was set for the bear harvest in southern New York.

Virginia's Bear, Deer, Turkey Harvest Data Announced

Wildlife biologists with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) have compiled preliminary figures for deer, turkey, and bear harvests for the 2011-2012 fall/winter hunting seasons. The white-tailed deer harvest was slightly up from last year while the turkey harvest increased significantly. The bear harvest was down from the previous year. Poor and spotty mast crops across the state this past fall coupled with management actions to meet population objectives all factored into fluctuations in populations and harvest trends.

Washington Hunters Have Until March 31 to Apply for Multiple-season Permits

Deer and elk hunters have until March 31 to enter their name in a drawing for a 2012 multiple-season permit, which can greatly increase their opportunities for success in the field.

In mid-April, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will randomly draw names for 8,500 multiple-season deer permits and 1,000 multiple-season elk permits.

Wabash Valley, Indiana Men Face 28 Wildlife Violations

Indiana Conservation Officers served arrest warrants Thursday on James L. Jacob, 37, of Brazil, and Ronald Hayne, 62, of Terre Haute for multiple alleged violations of wildlife laws following a 12-month investigation.

Conservation Officers allege that Jacob committed one Class D felony, five Class B misdemeanors, and 14 Class C misdemeanors, and that Hayne committed eight Class C misdemeanors.

Delaware’s 2011-12 Deer Harvest Down Slightly from Last Season

Delaware hunters harvested 13,559 deer during the 2011-12 season, a 4.4 percent drop from the previous season’s 14,183, but well within the harvest totals for the past five years, the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife announced today.

Iowa Deer Harvest Lower for Sixth Straight Year

Hunters reported harvesting 121,407 deer in Iowa during the 2011-12 seasons, which is 4.5 percent lower than the 127,094 deer reported in 2010-11.  To date, Iowa’s deer population has been reduced by 30 percent from its peak in 2006, and is still declining.

Louisiana DWF Agents Issue Citations for Illegal Deer Hunting Activity

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited ten Louisiana citizens for alleged deer hunting violations from December of 2011 to February of 2012 in Webster and Bienville parishes.

After receiving a public tip about illegal night hunting activities in Webster and Bienville parishes, agents initiated an investigation in December of 2011 that led to several illegal hunting violations.

Antler Measuring Sessions Set Across South Carolina

Antlers will abound throughout the Palmetto State as the search for new state record deer antlers gets underway during the S.C. Department of Natural Resources' annual series of measuring sessions.

Attend a Deer Open House in Utah

Proposals that wildlife biologists will put together soon will affect the number of deer hunting permits that will be available in Utah this fall.