Latest Hunting News

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.
Penned Hunting Banned
Conservation Minister Oscar Lathlin officially banned penned hunting in Manitoba with a January 3rd proclamation of the Wildlife Amendment Act. "The government will no longer permit any new penned hunting operations in Manitoba," said Lathlin. "Officials are working with current operators and owners on the elimination of penned hunting in the province."
Sportsmen Against Hunger Crusade
Department of Natural Resources Director Brent Manning announced today that the Illinois Sportsmen Against Hunger Program will begin the One Million Meals Crusade.
Hunters Ready For Bear Season
August 27 marks the beginning of bear hunting season in Maine, and several factors, including this summer's dry weather, could make 2001 a very successful season for bear hunters in Maine.
Year-end Sting Nabs Violators
In recent weeks, state wildlife enforcement officers wrote 150 citations to hunters for a variety of law violations. Most of the infractions of the law involved non-residents with no hunting license, hunting over bait, and hunters not wearing hunter orange while deer hunting. Other citations were written for hunting from a public road, resident hunters with no hunting license, possession of illegal deer, unplugged shotgun, and killing a deer with spike antlers.
Preliminary Black Bear Harvest Results
The Game Commission announced that hunters came up slightly short in their efforts to establish a new state record bear harvest in the recently concluded three day bear season. "Our preliminary bear harvest figures show hunters took 3,060 bears in the three day season held last week," said Game Commission Executive Director. "It marks only the second time bear hunters have harvested 3,000 or more bears in a three day season and both harvests occurred in the past two seasons."
Hand Written Licenses
The computerized licensing system to issue hunting and fishing licenses remained shut down Monday afternoon due to problems with a new software program, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said. Officials are working to get the system operational as soon as possible.
High Water Forces Closure of Deer Season
Torrential rains that caused flooding in northeast Arkansas have forced the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to close deer season in that area.
November Firearms Deer Harvest Tops 205,000
Missouri hunters enjoyed nearly perfect weather for the second year in a row and posted a record harvest of 205,867 deer during the November firearms deer hunt. Conservation Department officials said last year that a repeat of the record 2000 deer harvest - 201,165 - was as unlikely as a repetition of the nearly flawless weather, but this year's conditions were even better than last year's.
Grand Jury Indicts 10 in Antelope Slaughter
A Dallam County grand jury has returned felony indictments on 10 individuals who allegedly participated in the killing of about two-dozen antelope last December in the Texas Panhandle. The slaughter was the single largest illegal killing of game in Texas in many years and could be the single largest illegal killing of antelope within the United States ever recorded. The indictments were handed down as a result of an intensive investigation lasting almost a year to the day after the discovery of roughly 24 dead antelope on grassland pasture west of Kerrick, Texas.