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Preliminary All Season Deer Numbers
The 2001 combined Massachusetts deer seasons will likely rank as the fourth highest deer kill in the state's history when all data cards are tallied. Preliminary figures generated by phone calls to 73 official deer check stations around the state suggest licensed archery hunters took 2886 deer, shotgunners took 6014 and muzzleloading enthusiasts tagged 846. Four additional deer were taken during the special hunt for paraplegic sportsmen. The preliminary all season total of 9750 deer places 2001 behind the 2000 (11096), 1995 (11059) and 1997 (10286) seasons in terms of combined harvest. An additional 101 deer were taken as part of the Quabbin Reservation Controlled Hunt and are considered separately from the statewide totals.
Bear Identification Test Required To Hunt Black Bear
Black bear hunters in Montana are now required to successfully complete a bear identification test in order to obtain a Montana black bear hunting license. The new identification program is intended to prevent mistaken killings of grizzly bears and to help Montana maintain its black bear hunting season. The new mandatory bear identification program will help hunters learn to identify whether a bear is a black bear or a grizzly bear and then test their identification skills with a 15 question multiple choice test.
Proposed Hunting Regulation Changes
The Department of Natural Resources has released proposed new regulations. If approved, deer hunting on private lands within Wildcat Hollow State Wildlife Area in Perry and Morgan counties during the Special Area Primitive Weapon Season would be discontinued to allow for fall turkey hunting at these sites. Also, river otters may be delisted as an endangered species allowing for game management.
Public Meetings on Deer Management
For the third year in a row, Dr. Gary Alt, Pennsylvania Game Commission Deer Management Section supervisor, is keeping his pledge to meet with the public about the agency's new direction in deer management. The meetings will start on January 16th, after the Board of Game Commissioners gives preliminary approval to the 2002-2003 deer seasons and bag limits.
Man Sustains Mountain Lion Injuries
A Colorado Springs man was treated and released from a local hospital after a confrontation with a mountain lion. The man told the Colorado Division of Wildlife he went outside about 9 p.m. to investigate a commotion in his back yard and saw an animal attacking his small dog. The man thought the attacking animal was a german shepherd and entered the fray to defend his dog. The attacking animal turned out to be a mountain lion
Closed Deer Zones Re-Open
Good news for deer hunters in northeast Arkansas. Water levels on area waterways have receded to a level that will allow the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to re-open deer season in that area of the state. AGFC director Hugh Durham signed a proclamation today opening the two zones immediately.
How Often Should Firearms Be Cleaned?
Have you ever wondered when or how often you should clean your gun? If so, the South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks (GFP) has put together an article on proper gun maintenance. They discuss when and how muzzleloaders, shot-guns, and center fire rifles should be cleaned. The GFP also discusses the tools and materials you will need to clean your firearms properly with a minimal cost.
Preliminary Firearm Deer Hunting Season Figures
Preliminary figures indicate 39,398 deer were taken during the 2001 regular firearm season, a hunter success rate of about 54 percent, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.
Second Young Sportsman's Deer Hunt
Tennessee's second Young Sportsman's Deer Hunt in both Units A and B will be held on January 12-13, 2002, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).
Applications Begin, Apply Early
Because of the complications of the anthrax mail terrorism and hoaxes, the Game and Fish Department (GFD) is urging hunters to apply early this year. Nonresident elk hunters and all limited quota spring turkey and bison hunters must have their applications to the GFD's Cheyenne office by 5 PM Jan. 31. The deadline for both resident and nonresident moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat applications is Feb. 28 and nonresident deer and antelope is March 15.