Hunting News

Deer population objectives, boundary recommendations in the works in Wisconsin

MADISON — Early in September, County Deer Advisory Councils will provide preliminary recommendations on county deer population objectives for the next three years and potential changes to Deer Management Unit (DMU) boundaries for online public review and comment. The online public comment period regarding these recommendations will begin after noon on Sept. 11 and run through Sept. 22, 2017. Preliminary…

Former flood prone farmland now popular wildlife area

Water is being added to a 25-acre wetland complex on the Buffalo Creek Wildlife Area ahead of the duck season. The wetland has a nicely developing crop of smartweed, which is favored by ducks. Hunters like it, too, for cover. (Photo courtesy of the Iowa DNR) COGGON, Iowa — Word is starting to spread through hunting circles in east central…

Vermont youth push continues with waterfowl hunt

(Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department)MONTPELIER, Vt. — A youngster’s first hunt can mark the beginning of a lifelong passion for the outdoors and a commitment to wildlife conservation. That’s the premise behind Vermont’s upcoming youth waterfowl hunting weekend, Sept. 23-24. “Vermont’s youth waterfowl hunting weekend helps ensure that young hunters get the quality training and experiences they need for lifelong…

3 indicted on big-game hunting charges in Alaska national park

Dall sheep. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A federal grand jury has indicted three men on charges connected to illegal hunting in an Alaska national park. The indictment names 44-year-old Jeffrey Harris of Poulsbo (PAWLS-boh), Washington, 72-year-old Dale Lackner, of Haines, Alaska, and 47-year-old Casey Richardson of Huson (HEW-son), Montana. Federal prosecutors say the hunts occurred at a…

DNR designates new wildlife lands for public use

Buetiful Acres Wildlife Management Area. (Minnesota DNR)Up to now, relatively few people had the opportunity to wade through the remnant native prairie within 167 acres that Jerry Bue and his family owned near Marshall. But recently, Bue, 91, and his family donated the land, helping to make it part of Minnesota’s system of wildlife management areas (WMA), where anyone can…

DNR waterfowl specialist: Outlook good for duck, goose seasons

Minnesota goose hunters should expect a good season for Canada geese.The forecast is calling for a favorable Minnesota waterfowl season. “Habitat conditions look good in most areas, wild rice reports are good for hunters in the northern portions of the state and waterfowl numbers are favorable,” said Steve Cordts, waterfowl specialist with the Minnesota DNR. The waterfowl season opens Saturday,…

Fewer sharptails and Huns, more ruffed grouse expected in North Dakota hunts

Ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus) standing on his drumming logNorth Dakota’s popular hunting seasons for grouse and partridge will open Saturday, Sept. 9. State Game and Fish Department upland game biologist R.J. Gross says hunters will likely see fewer sharptails and Huns compared to last year, while ruffed grouse numbers are up from 2016. Gross said that hot, dry early summer…

CWD tests mandatory for deer harvested in central, north-central and southeast

Precautionary testing during the first two days of firearms deer season will determine whether chronic wasting disease may have spread from captive deer to wild deer in central and north-central Minnesota, the DNR said in a news release Monday, Aug. 28. All hunters in affected deer permit areas will be required to have their harvested deer tested on Saturday, Nov….

Alaska hunting guide charged with herding bears to clients

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An Alaska master hunting guide has been charged with using assistants on snowmobiles to herd grizzly bears toward clients, making it easier for hunters to shoot the animals.  Brian Simpson, 55, of Fairbanks, also is charged with guiding on a national preserve without a permit. Simpson’s company is Wittrock Outfitters-Alaska. Messages left with the business were not returned. Online…

Errors noted in hunting regs handbook, map

Several Southeast permit areas were incorrectly listed in multiple designations in the print version of the regulations. The correct designation for those permit areas are: 344-Hunters Choice; 341,342,343 and 347- Managed; 346- Intensive. They are correctly displayed on the map depicted above and in the online version. (Minnesota DNR)Hunters should be aware of several errors in printed copies of the…

DNR: Outlook good for Iowa squirrel hunters

(Photo courtesy of the Iowa DNR)Squirrel hunters should expect to find an average to above average squirrel population over most of the state, with higher squirrel numbers in areas with quality oak and hickory trees, according to the Iowa DNR. Squirrel season opens Sept. 2. Fox squirrels can be found anywhere there are a few acres of trees, but gray…