Hunting News

Warm weather not dampening Minnesota waterfowl hunting

Undeterred by warm weather, many Minnesota waterfowl hunters are reporting fair to good hunting success since the season began on Sept. 23, Ducks Unlimited said in a migration update Wednesday, Oct. 18. According to the Minnesota DNR, waterfowl hunters are taking advantage of excellent wild rice production this year, with solid numbers of ring-necked ducks in most areas now, the…

Pennsylvania man sentences for assault, poaching

Rusty Stephen Garlock, 25, of Three Springs, Pa., was sentenced recently in Huntingdon County court after pleading to charges stemming from an assault on Wildlife Conservation Officer Richard Macklem II as he attempted to stop Garlock’s vehicle during a poaching incident in 2016, the Pennsylvania Game Commission said in a news release Wednesday, Oct. 18. Huntingdon County President Judge George…

Retired high school teacher reaches goal with 11-point buck; bowhunters ahead of last year’s pace

Dave McCarthy has been a patient deer hunter, if nothing else. The bowhunter from Rantoul has been wanting to harvest a Pope and Young buck for decades, and last week his hard work — and patience — paid off. Dave McCarthy with the 11-point buck he took in Greene County on Oct. 11. On Oct. 11, he took an 11-point…

Colorado wildlife officials urge hunters to leave drones at home

DENVER — Colorado wildlife officials say they’re seeing more hunters illegally using drones when they’re in the field as ownership of the small, remotely-operated flying vehicles increases. State Parks and Wildlife Assistant Director Heather Dugan said in a statement that drones are illegal for scouting hunting grounds or locating animals that later will be shot. Dugan says such actions violate state regulations…

In Minnesota, when school is out this week, youth deer hunting season is in

With many school kids in Minnesota on fall break, youth ages 10-15 can participate in a special deer season that runs from Thursday, Oct. 19, to Sunday, Oct. 22, in 28 permit areas of southeastern and northwestern Minnesota, including Twin Cities metro permit area 601, according to the Minnesota DNR. Deer permit areas open to the hunt are: 101, 105,…

CWD testing required in deer permit area 603 for early antlerless, youth hunts

Hunters in permit area 603 taking part in the early antlerless-only or youth deer hunting seasons are required to have their deer tested for chronic wasting disease and cannot move an adult deer carcass out of the permit area until a negative test result is received, the Minnesota DNR said in a news release Monday, Oct. 16. The antlerless-only and…

A few birds taken during Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener

Gov. Mark Dayton addresses media and guests during the 2017 Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener in Marshall.Hunters reported birds but few good opportunities in the Marshall area during the seventh annual Governor’s Pheasant Hunt on Saturday. The Marshall area hosted Gov. Mark Dayton, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith and hundreds of guests for the weekend festivities, with 153 hunters harvesting 28 roosters during…

Michigan ringnecks: ‘Pheasant hunting is still alive and well in our state’

While Michigan pheasant populations have been in decline for several years, pheasants can be found in southern Lower Michigan and in some areas of the Upper Peninsula, according to the Michigan DNR, with the best counties for pheasant hunting in south-central to mid-Michigan and into the Thumb, the agency said. According to the release, there also are some localized concentrations…

Funding change means less enforcement time for Montana game wardens

HELENA, Mont. — A legislative change in the funding for the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department means game wardens will be required to do more wildlife management work, making them less available for conservation law enforcement needs. The agency published a fact sheet on its website last week explaining the change. Big game hunting season begins on Oct. 21. The change…