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Basic Hunting and Fishing Facts
How many South Dakotans hunt and fish? What is the economic impact of hunting and fishing in South Dakota? Information to these questions and more are currently available on the Game, Fish and Parks website.
Military Bases Reopen to Hunters
Four of Florida's military bases that closed their gates to hunters in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks have reopened at least part of their facilities to hunters. Eglin Air Force Base, near Ft. Walton Beach, is again selling permits to hunt on most of its land. Interested hunters should contact Eglin's Jackson Guard office at (850) 882-4164 for more information.
2002 Licenses Available
Anglers and hunters purchasing a sporting license will notice a change when they get their 2002 license. Gone are the multiple forms for different licenses. Now license agents will have the ability to issue any license with just one sheet of paper by checking the appropriate box.
Big Game Awards Honor Texas Hunting Heritage
The rewards of hunting may be self-apparent, but the recognition of the role it plays in Texas often goes unnoticed.
Live Test For CWD In Deer
A test for chronic wasting disease that samples tonsil tissue from live mule deer has been developed by the Colorado Division of Wildlife, providing a new tool to help prevent the spread and reduce the prevalence of the disease in wild and captive deer herds. The testing of tonsil tissue appears to also be effective in white-tailed deer, but is not effective for elk because the disease develops differently in the two species. There continues to be no live test for elk. The test was developed in conjunction with Colorado State University in Fort Collins and the University of Wyoming in Laramie.
Firearm Deer Harvest 2001 Season Totals
Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 99,167 deer during the 2001 firearm deer season. The preliminary figure compares with a harvest total of 101,533 deer taken during the 2000 firearm season.
Firearm Deer Season Harvest
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced its preliminary estimates of the 2001 Michigan firearm deer season harvest. The DNR estimate shows there were 283,000 deer taken, of which 167,000 were antlered and 116,000 were antlerless. This estimate is 16 percent below the previous five-year average. The state's record harvest occurred in 1998 when 351,475 deer (187,632 antlered, 163,843 antlerless) were taken.
Bear Season Total Reaches 489
The number of black bears taken by Vermont hunters reached a total of 489 as of December 5. "This is Vermont's third bear harvest in a row over 400," said wildlife biologist Scott Darling, who chairs the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department's bear team. "Prior to these last three years, the only time the bear kill went over 400 was in 1966."
Mandatory Harvest Reports
Every sportsman who hunts deer, elk and antelope in Idaho must fill out a mandatory harvest report. It's not only the law, but provides critical information for wildlife managers. Hunters' harvest reports are the backbone to analyzing how many people went hunting, where they hunted and how many were successful. Wildlife biologists rely on this information to manage big game populations and help set hunting seasons for the next year.
Special Season Antlerless Deer Hunts
The Division of Wildlife is holding a series of special season antlerless deer hunts in game management units 19 and 191 as part of the agency's continuing efforts to reduce deer densities in areas affected by chronic wasting disease. Three-hundred special season licenses will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis starting Dec. 10 at the Fort Collins Service Center.