Whitetail Deer Hunting News

Deer Hunting Still Goin’ Strong in Florida's Zone D

t seems the deer in my neck of the woods have been a lot more nocturnal than usual, and my hunting season has been pitiful thus far. As I type this, I have harvested only one deer. Now I did shoot a nice fall gobbler sporting an 11-inch beard on my 2/3-acre Sopchoppy River lot, but that hardly counted, since I was really tryin’ to get a doe during Zone D’s antlerless deer season.

North Dakota Nonresident Any-Deer Bow Licenses

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will have 682 any-deer bow licenses available to nonresidents in 2012. However, pending the final proclamation, antlerless mule deer may not be legal to harvest within a large area of western North Dakota.

The deadline for applying is April 1. A lottery will be held if more applications are received than licenses available. If licenses remain after April 1, they will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants can apply together as a party. A separate check is required for each application.

Texas PWD Proposes Opening Deer Hunting Near Dallas

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is considering opening deer hunting in three North Texas counties and another on the upper coast this fall as part of recommended changes to the 2012-13 Statewide Hunting Proclamation.

TPWD staff recommended an open season for deer in Dallas, Collin, Rockwall and Galveston counties during a presentation Wednesday to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission’s Regulations Committee.

Missouri Archery Deer, Turkey Harvests Up From Last Year

Bowhunters posted increases in both deer and turkey harvests during Missouri’s 2011-12 archery deer and turkey hunting seasons, topping the previous year’s figures by more than one-third.

Web Page Helps Utah Deer Hunters

Switch to 30 hunting units leads to questions from hunters

Utah's five deer-hunting regions have been split into 30 smaller areas—called units—for the 2012 hunt.

CWD Found in Two Free-ranging Deer from Macon County, Missouri

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) received two positive test results for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) from 1,077 tissue samples taken from free-ranging deer harvested by hunters in north-central Missouri during the 2011 fall firearms deer season. Both positive test results were from adult bucks harvested by Missouri hunters in Macon County, and are the first CWD-positive results for free-ranging deer in Missouri.

MDC plans to obtain more tissue samples for CWD testing by harvesting additional deer in the immediate area where the two infected deer were harvested.

Mississippi Abundant Acorn Crop Contributes to Reduced Deer Sightings in 2011

Mississippi's 2011-2012 deer season has been interesting to say the least.  Prior to the season, MDWFP Deer Program Biologists were concerned with meeting hunters' expectations due to an abundant statewide acorn crop.  Many hunters understand that deer observations tend to be less during years of heavy acorn production.  "This reduction in deer observations is caused by one major factor; if deer have ample access to food, they tend to move much less," said MDWFP Deer Program Biologist, Lann M. Wilf.

Illinois DNR Conservation Police Arrest DeWitt County Man on Animal Torture, Wildlife Offenses
Charges stem from 2010 case involving running over deer with ATV near Clinton Lake 

Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Conservation Police today announced criminal charges are being sought against a Clinton, Illinois man alleged to have participated in February 2010 incidents in which seven deer were run over with an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) near Clinton Lake. 

Government Advised Persons to Dispose of Captive White-tailed Deer in an Acceptable Manner

Conservation officers with the Department of Natural Resources have informed individuals that they must dispose of captive white-tailed deer in an acceptable manner. Natural Resources Minister Bruce Northrup made the announcement today.

New Jersey Automated Game Check System (AGCS) FAQs

Q. What if I can't check in my deer by 7pm?