Hunting News

Thousands apply for Missouri bear hunting permit

(Photo by Windigo Images)JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri’s first-ever bear hunt is drawing plenty of interest. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that 6,335 people applied for one of the 400 permits the Missouri Department of Conservation will issue for a harvest of 40 bears. Revenue from those applications amounted to more than $63,000. Winners of a random drawing of eligible…

Disease could threaten Vermont’s rabbits, hares

(Photo by John Hall, Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department)The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department says a disease affecting rabbits and hares previously found in western states may be moving eastward.  Rabbit hemorrhagic disease (RHDV2) is a virus known to be extremely lethal to wild and domestic rabbits, including cottontail rabbits and snowshoe hares. RHDV2 was first found in New Mexico…

Boone & Crockett Club: Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota among tops for trophy whitetails

MISSOULA, Mont. — Minnesota continues to rank No. 4 for Boone and Crockett Club trophy whitetail with 1,194 total entries in the recently released sixth edition of the Club’s “Records of North American Whitetail Deer.” Also noted in the book are the overall state and provincial rankings. Wisconsin continues to rank at the top with 1,822 total entries, followed by Illinois (1,445 entries),…

Wisconsin wolf season to run Feb. 22-28

(Photo courtesy of Wisconsin DNR)MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin DNR announced Monday that a wolf harvest season will take place Feb. 22-28. All hunters and trappers interested in obtaining a wolf harvest permit or preference point must apply beginning at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16. The application period will close at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20. Customers may apply through…