Whitetail Deer

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…

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…

Early Minnesota antlerless-only deer hunting season approaches

Hunters in portions of southeastern Minnesota can harvest antlerless deer in an early antlerless-only season from Thursday, Oct. 19, to Sunday, Oct. 22, in deer permit areas 346, 348, 349 and 603 in Fillmore, Houston, Olmsted and Winona counties, according to the DNR. “This hunt aims to reduce the deer population because of high deer densities that damage agricultural crops…

Whitetails Unlimited, Wisconsin DNR team on apple tree project

Whitetails Unlimited recently partnered with the Wisconsin DNR to plant mini-apple orchards on various public hunting lands throughout Wisconsin. Each mini-orchard will consist of eight to 12 apple trees. According to a Whitetails Unlimited news release, the project will not only create an additional food source for white-tailed deer, but also generate additional deer hunting opportunities for hunters utilizing these…

DNR continues surveillance plan to monitor Ohio’s deer herd for CWD

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Portions of Holmes and Wayne counties will retain their designation as a Disease Surveillance Area (DSA) 2015-01 as part of the state’s ongoing surveillance efforts for chronic wasting disease, according to the Ohio DNR. This designation requires that additional rules be followed in this area. In 2014 and 2015, 19 captive white-tailed deer tested positive for CWD…

Wright County white-tailed deer herd tests negative for CWD

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Board of Animal Health has lifted a quarantine in place since May 15 following the depopulation and testing of a chronic wasting disease-exposed Wright County white-tailed deer herd. CWD was not detected in any of the 30 white-tailed deer samples collected. The herd was initially placed under quarantine because the Board traced animal movements from…