Next hunting opportunity in the state is for black bear. Hunters can lay bait for bears starting July 29 and start hunting Aug. 28.
Petitions’ language pushes to close the state’s borders to captive deer from other states; hunting group’s website said it aims to protect the native deer population and limit the killing of confined big game, such as elk, deer, moose, mountain goats and javelin.
Both sides make their points in debate over resident hunting, fishing fees.
Michigan’s grouse season runs Sept. 15 to Nov. 14 and Dec. 1 to Jan. 1. Woodcock, a migratory bird, have an abbreviated season, Sept. 23 to Nov. 6.
The budget bills that first emerged from the House and Senate left out all, or nearly all, the user fee increases the agency sought, and the hikes didn’t make it into the DNR’s budget bill until the very end of the session.
Hunters killed 18,860 wild turkeys this spring, a 9 percent increase from last year.
Signed bills include license fee hikes, allowance for scopes on muzzleloaders, and other fishing- and hunting-related provisions.
The 2017 season structure designates Ashland, Iron and Vilas counties and the eastern half of Eau Claire County as buck-only.
A number of other Great Lakes states allow woodchuck hunting, including Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois and even Pennsylvania, which is home of Punxsutawney Phil, the famous groundhog that predicts the length of winters.
The state already allows the shooting of feral hogs from helicopters, but that is expensive and has not been very unsuccessful because the aircraft often scare the animals away. Hot air balloons are quieter and offer a more stable shooting platform.
Hunters reported nearly 11,800 turkeys during 2017 spring season.
Hunters checked 19,095 birds during the 2017 wild turkey south zone and northeast zone hunting seasons compared to 16,229 birds in 2016. Youth hunters checked 1,920 birds during the 2017 youth season compared to 1,564 in 2016.
Probably the two biggest misconceptions about culling to improve antler genetics are the “spike” debate and environmental influences.
The final 2017 Environment bill, which Gov. Mark Dayton likely will sign, includes a provision to allow scopes during the blackpowder season.
It’s the combined harvest from the August Canada goose management take and the September Canada goose hunting season.
They’ve teamed to restore thousands of acres of idle, difficult-to-manage habitat for ruffed grouse and woodcock in state forests.
If spring and early summer weather is moderate, production of young should be good this year.
Debate over seniors paying for stocked pheasants continues in Pennsylvania
Outings draw 32 hunters who bagged nine gobblers.
But Maine is still looking to cut down the number of moose hunting permits it offers this year. The state, which has the largest population of moose in the lower 48 states, is reducing the number of moose permits from 2,140 to 2,080.
The 2016 deer take included 106,055 antlerless deer and 107,006 bucks.
Would increase the cost to hunt a trophy buffalo in Custer State Park by $1,500, making the new fee $6,500. The cost to hunt a non-trophy bison bull would increase $1,000 to $3,250.
Request seeks a temporary suspension of wolf hunting altogether and a 31-mile no-hunting “sacred resource protection safety zone” along the outskirts of Yellowstone National Park.
Harvest data shows a continued correlation between the pheasant population and the number of acres of land in the Conservation Reserve Program.
Some resident hunters fear the commercialization of waterfowl hunting in the state, while some business interests want more nonresident hunters and their money in South Dakota.
Turkey hunters are allowed two bearded turkeys per year in most of the state. But in far northern Maine, hunters can take only one. And the state rotates legal hunting weeks based on hunters’ year of birth.