The final 2017 Environment bill, which Gov. Mark Dayton likely will sign, includes a provision to allow scopes during the blackpowder season.
Part of disease tracing effort reaching back to 2016 Crow Wing County case.
The 2016 deer take included 106,055 antlerless deer and 107,006 bucks.
Chronic wasting disease sampling in 2016 turns up 25 positive cases, all in the area of DMA 2 — the only area of the state where CWD has been detected in the wild.
Disease has never been found in the wild here, and if the continued surveillance through next fall’s seasons shows the same result, no CWD in the wild, the surveillance program will end.
Basically, it boils down to costs vs. benefits, and how the variances in this ratio affect buck movements during the breeding season in countless ways. But it doesn’t end there, as we’re well aware of how buck activity comes to life around the end of October.
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department wants to cut the number of deer hunting licenses and tags available for the next two years by more than 10,000.
Following up on recent DNR research into deer hunting participation trends, the project was designed to be completed before the 2017-2019 deer hunting regulations are established.
State recommending increase in muzzleloader season antlerless deer permits to account for increase in deer population following another mild winter.
While much attention is paid to growing big bucks, it all begins with doe health, and spring food plots that include self-regenerating perennials.
Regulations set in 2017 are recommended to be in place for three years.
Despite the belief that a new state law expanding the firepower allowed for hunting on private land would increase the number of deer kills, harvest lowest since 2003.
It allows hunters to donate whole field-dressed deer at participating meat processors, food pantries and other charitable organizations. In 2016, a record 528 hunters participated, and Nebraskans received more than 28,000 pounds of venison.
State hunters reported 149,811 deer killed during the 2016-2017 hunting season, down 7.8 percent from the 2015-2016 season.
Spring and perennial food plots can have a giant impact on doe and fawn health during the crucial periods of gestation and lactation.
The purpose of the resolution is to have scientists and experts “advise the NRC, the DNR or other applicable agencies on further steps and actions which could be implemented to substantially mitigate or eliminate CWD in Michigan.”
But statewide, Wyoming plans to offer more licenses for antelope, mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk and bighorn sheep. Fewer moose and bison licenses will be offered.
Numerous changes coming in 2017-2018 for deer, antelope and elk.
Pronghorn antelope tags will also be reduced, but tag numbers for elk hunts will not be affected.
Hunters last year harvested nearly 119,500 deer — down 4 percent from the 2015 harvest of nearly 124,800 deer — and collisions across Indiana numbered more than 14,000, down nearly 9 percent.
In addition to the eagle language, House Bill 1204 reduces the age from 16 to 12 for individuals to qualify for an apprentice hunter validation license, and allows youth who turn age 11 before the end of the calendar year to receive a whitetail doe license valid for only the youth deer hunting season.
Four free-ranging whitetail deer tested positive for the disease, in Iosco, Oscoda, Presque Isle and Roscommon counties.
Overall hunter success was 66 percent, with each hunter spending an average of 4.4 days in the field.
White-tailed deer hunting changes include modifications to bag limits for several counties throughout the state.
John Walker was cited in 2015 for placing corn and pumpkins near his deer stands on his Washburn County property. A circuit judge tossed the citation, finding there wasn’t any evidence Walker intended to hunt over the food.
Positive test from this sample size increases concern that more CWD-positive deer might be present in the immediate area where the deer was taken.