Latest Hunting News

Remaining Deer Hunting Permits
Nebraska resident hunters wishing to purchase 2001 deer hunting permits remaining in nine "draw" units and those who have not yet purchased a deer hunting permit in a "buy" permit unit may purchase them on a first- come, first-served basis either online or from Game and Parks Commission permitting offices.
Bighorn Applications
Resident hunters who have always dreamed of taking a trophy bighorn sheep may apply for a Nebraska's 2001 bighorn sheep hunting permit through Aug. 20. Only one bighorn sheep hunting permit will be allowed this year. The winner will be determined by a drawing held at the August 2001 Nebraska Game and Parks Commission meeting at Commission headquarters in Lincoln. The winner need not be present, he or she will be notified by certified mail.
Report Black Bear Sightings
In March, four female Louisiana black bears and their cubs were relocated through a joint venture between the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Louisiana State University and, the Black Bear Conservation Committee (BBCC). The bears were relocated to the LDWF Red River Wildlife Management Area (WMA).
DNA Evidence Used in Illegal Bear Killing Case
Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officials successfully prosecuted a man who illegally harvested a denned sow during the first day of the 2000 bear hunting season. The hunter claimed the bear had been collected legally; however eye witness reports and DNA evidence proved otherwise.
Mexican Wolf Reintroduction Update
Update on the mexican wolf reintroduction effort for May 2001.
Hunting and Fishing License Fees Increased
The Iowa Legislature passed a bill (HF 720) to increase hunting and fishing license fees and sent it to Governor Tom Vilsack for consideration. The bill primarily increases fees for people living outside of Iowa, but it also includes provisions that will make it a little more costly for Iowans to hunt and fish in this state. Licenses to hunt and fish in Iowa have cost the same since 1992.
Spring Mule Deer Survey
Western North Dakota's mule deer population continues to increase, based on observations during the annual spring mule deer survey in April.
2000 Pronghorn Harvest Report
Pronghorn hunters during the 2000 rifle season harvested 1,029 pronghorns, an increase of 386 from 1999, according to data compiled by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.
Bighorn Sheep Auction License Brings $39,000
Lee Anderson of Minneapolis, Minnesota paid $39,000 for North Dakota's bighorn sheep auction license at the March 17 Minnesota-Wisconsin Chapter of the Foundation for North American Wild Sheep annual meeting in Minneapolis. In comparison, last year's license sold for $20,000.
2001 Moose, Elk and Bighorn Sheep Harvest Report
North Dakota's moose, elk and bighorn sheep hunters had a successful 2001 season. Harvest statistics released by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department show overall hunter success was 91 percent for moose, 46 percent for elk and 100 percent for bighorn sheep.