Whitetail Deer Hunting News

Wisconsin Leads Nation in Trophy Whitetail Bucks

The number of trophy bucks taken in Wisconsin has risen by 857 percent in 30 years, with a record-breaking 383 entries during the five years ending in 2010, according to historical records kept by the venerable Boone and Crockett Club.

Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife Reminder: Keeping Deer as ‘Pets’ Isn’t Just a Bad Idea – It’s Also Illegal

In the past week, the Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section has responded to three separate incidents in which white-tailed deer were either kept as pets illegally or raised by people and then released to roam free. In each of these instances, the animals were living in the wild but had lost their natural wariness of humans and would readily approach them looking for food. Two of these incidents involved minor injuries to a neighbor, one of whom was a child.

New Jersey's 2012 Deer Classic Winners

The Garden State Deer Classic is an annual event showcasing hunter entries in New Jersey’s Outstanding White-tailed Deer Program, which was initiated by the Division of Fish and Wildlife in 1964.

Ohio Wildlife Council Hears Proposals for 2012-13 Deer Hunting Seasons

Changes would allow hunters until noon the following day to check in their deer.

Maryland DNR Announces Deer Season Harvest for 2011-12

Maryland deer hunters harvested 98,029 deer during the 2011-2012 bow, muzzleloader and firearm seasons combined. This figure is similar to last year’s harvest of 98,663 deer. The antlered harvest increased 3 percent to 34,416 this year, while the antlerless harvest declined 3 percent to 63,613 deer. The harvest totals include 2,657 sika deer; a 4 percent decrease from last year’s total for this species.

Final Numbers Are in for Ohio's 2011-12 White-tailed Deer Season

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife announced that 219,698 deer were taken during Ohio's 2011-12 hunting season, compared to 239,379 in the 2010-11 season. The top three counties with the highest number of deer taken this season were: Coshocton, Licking and Tuscarawas.

Michigan's Northern Lower Regional Deer Advisory Team Will Meet For the First Time Feb. 11

The inaugural meeting of the Northern Lower Regional Deer Advisory Team (NLRDAT) is set for Saturday, Feb. 11. The meeting will be held at the Ramada Inn Conference Center, 2650 I-75 Business Loop, Grayling, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pennsylvania Hunter Exposed to Rabies by Field Dressing Deer

Pennsylvania Game Commission officials today announced that a Lancaster County hunter has undergone post-exposure rabies shots after harvesting and field dressing a deer on Jan. 20, in Valley Township, Chester County, that ultimately tested positive for rabies.

“The hunter contacted us about his concerns that the deer was unfit for human consumption,” said John Veylupek, Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer (WCO).

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: 2011-2012 Deer Season Ends With Fourth Largest Overall Harvest

Kentucky's 2011-12 white-tailed deer season ended Jan. 16 with hunters posting the fourth largest overall harvest ever recorded.

"The 119,656 deer taken was the highest total since the 2008-2009 season," said Tina Brunjes, deer program coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. "Good hunting weather may have been a contributing factor to the excellent harvest during the last two months of the season."

Arkansas GFC Exploring Antler Restriction Changes

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Wildlife Management Division is exploring antler restriction changes for several wildlife management areas and three deer zones. These antler restriction proposals are directly tied to habitat quality and harvest objectives.

Wildlife management division personnel have selected 16 WMAs scattered across the state that have excellent deer management potential. They will be managed as areas where hunters can go and have a good chance of taking a really nice deer.