Latest Hunting News

Decision Upholds Hunting Program at Lake Shelbyville
Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Brent Manning today hailed the decision of a federal judge upholding hunting and trapping programs managed by the Department at Wolf Creek State Park and Shelbyville State Fish and Wildlife Area at Lake Shelbyville in central Illinois.
Return Black-Tail Deer Radio Collars and Ear Tags
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife researchers ask hunters who legally harvest a radio-collared or ear-tagged black-tailed deer in the south Cascade mountains to return the collar or tag to ODFW. Radio collars can be re-used and researchers verify that the ear tag is from their project.
Dare County Bombing Range Closed Until Further Notice
As a result of recent terrorist activity and a heightened national security posture, access to the Dare County Bombing and Electronic Combat Range has been limited to official business only. Gates normally opened to allow public access to the range property will remain closed until further notice. [Editor's Note 8/22/02: We have recieved information that the Dare Game Land is now back open for hunting. Please visit this link for a map.]
Poachers Draw Stiff Sentences Under New Law
The Texas Parks and Wildlife has posted an article explaining the increased poaching penalties that were passed in 1999. Under these new penalties it is possible to receive a felony conviction, 2-10 years of jail time for repeat offenders, and suspension of hunting rights for multiple years. As the article states "some poachers are getting a severe kick in the pants".
Hunters Can Take Firearms on Airplanes
The Game, Fish, and Parks Department has posted a short article detailing the steps to take in order to transport firearms during a commuter flight. While this was published in South Dakota the rules apply in general to the FAA, so anybody flying with guns should review this article. The article also encourages people to check with their local airlines about any changes to firearm rules a few days prior to your trip.
Special Deer Hunts Cancelled
The special controlled deer hunts scheduled at NASA Plum Brook Station, near Sandusky, and at the Ravenna Army Ammunition Plant in Portage County, have been cancelled, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
Support for Sportsmen Against Hunger Requested
Hunters this fall and winter can assist Illinois food pantries and help feed the needy by donating all or part of their deer harvest to the Illinois Sportsmen Against Hunger program.
Reporting Deer Harvest not Mandatory
Deer and turkey hunters are reminded they are not required to report their harvest to a license vendor as stated under Reporting Instructions on the back of their tag. Since they are not required to report their harvest, hunters will not receive a verification tag or be subject to the $145 fine for failing to report their deer or turkey harvest.
Managed Hunts Scheduled
Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today that managed deer hunts will be held at three locations in Southern Maryland: the Billingsley Tract in Upper Marlboro during the muzzleloader and firearm seasons; the Rosaryville State Park in Upper Marlboro during the firearm season; and, the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, also during the firearms season.
Applications for Controlled Deer Reduction Hunts
Applications are available to participate in a controlled deer herd reduction in 13 Indiana state parks. The reduction will take place on November 19 & 20 and December 3 & 4. Thirteen state parks and one nature preserve are included in the herd reduction this year. The state parks are Brown County, Chain O?Lakes, Charlestown, Clifty Falls, Harmonie, Indiana Dunes, Lincoln, Pokagon, Shades, Tippecanoe River, Turkey Run, Versailles and Whitewater. Twin Swamps Nature Preserve will also conduct a herd reduction.