Whitetail Deer Hunting News

Minnesota Deer Harvest Declines 7 Percent in 2011

Lower deer populations and a windy first weekend of the firearms season resulted in Minnesota’s deer harvest dropping 7 percent in 2011, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Minnesota hunters harvested 192,300 deer during the 2011 season, a drop of 15,000 from the 207,000 deer harvested in 2010.

Illinois Deer Harvest Totals 181,411 During 2011-12 Seasons

Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 181,411 deer during all 2011-12 seasons.  Illinois deer seasons closed last weekend as hunters concluded the Archery Deer Season and the last segments of the Late-Winter and Special Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) deer hunting seasons on Jan. 15.

Delaware DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter Jan. 11-18

Reminder for the week: Hunters required to tag deer in field

To achieve public compliance through education and enforcement actions that help conserve Delaware’s fish and wildlife resources and ensure safe boating and public safety, DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement agents issued 15 citations between Jan. 11 and Jan. 18 and responded to reports of gunshots, injured animals and trespassing.

California Hunters and Wildlife Both Win With Big Game Fund-Raising Tags

Random drawings expected to generate more than $250,000 for big game conservation in 2012

The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is pleased to announce four random drawings for big game license tags in 2012. These drawings will raise funds needed for vital wildlife conservation programs.

Theft in Minnesota Threatens Deer Habitat Restoration Experiment

The discovery of an equipment theft is threatening the continuation of a remote white cedar plantation designed to improve deer habitat in northern St. Louis County.

A Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wildlife employee reported the theft of solar panels, a wiring harness, and battery, used to create an electric barrier to deer and protect a northern white cedar planting experiment that began in 1997 as a partnership with the Minnesota Deer Hunter’s Association (MDHA). The equipment was valued at $1,000.

Iowa's Regular Deer Seasons End

The final regular deer season ended Jan. 10 when the late season muzzleloader and the archery season closed. Deer hunters had reported taking nearly 113,000 deer at the end of the season which is about 4 percent lower than was reported last year at this time and about 21 percent below the reported harvest in 2006.

While the harvest is lower, the number of deer licenses issued during the regular seasons has stayed about the same since 2006.

Inaugural Monster Buck Classic (We Are Kansas) Event, Scheduled for January 27th-29th, 2012

The first annual Monster Buck Classic We are Kansas event, Presented by Mossy Oak Properties of the Heartland, will be making its debut  at the Kansas ExpoCentre in Topeka, KS January 27-29, 2012.  This will be  Kansas’ first ever annual statewide Buck contest and Deer Hunting Expo.

Upstate South Carolina Youth Deer Hunts Offer Special Days Afield

Special Upstate youth deer hunts were held during the latter part of 2011, and 54 young hunters took part, many of them on their first deer hunt.

New York DEC Seeks Information About Sick or Dead Deer

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is asking the public to report any instances of deer appearing sick or acting abnormally. DEC is only investigating deer that appear to have died from unknown causes and not those that were killed by a vehicle, the agency announced today.

Anyone who sees a white-tailed deer acting abnormally or who finds a dead deer that was not struck by a vehicle is asked to report the animal to the nearest DEC regional office or to an Environmental Conservation Officer or Forest Ranger.

New York DEC Amends Chronic Wasting Disease Regulations in Response to Maryland Discovery

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has revised its Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) regulations to prohibit the importation of certain parts of white-tailed deer taken in the state of Maryland effective immediately, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens announced today.