Western New York Muskie season is now closed, with the exception of the lower Niagara River and Lake Ontario, where the season closes Dec. 15. The upper Niagara River produced a few nice late-season fish like the 50-inch trophy reeled in by Rebecca Gaulteri of Hamilton, Ontario. She was fishing with Capt. Chris Cinelli of Grand Island and managed to…
Hunters will have opportunity to make up ground this weekend.
More than 750 deer heads were examined in a core surveillance area around Dickinson County. Hundreds more were checked in an area that extended into Marquette County.
Man who was elk hunting told authorities he shot the bear after it approached his hunting camp three different times. However, investigators found only one set of bear tracks outside the camp and determined that it wasn’t a case of self-defense.
Fifty-six percent of the deer taken in the muzzleloader-only season were does.Hunters harvested 3,863 deer during the 2018 muzzleloader-only season, which took place this past weekend. The harvest tally was up slightly from the 3,765 taken in 2017. According to the Illinois DNR, harvest sex ratios were 56 percent does and 44 percent bucks (2,172 to 1,691). The top five counties for muzzleloader…
A preliminary total of 80,896 deer were taken by hunters during the seven-day Illinois firearms season compared to 80,117 in 2017.
It is the first detection of the disease in Houston County since testing began in 2002. If confirmed positive, the DNR will offer landowner shooting permits in the area around where the deer was harvested and continue to collect samples as opportunities arise through deer-vehicle collisions or archery harvest. The DNR also will consider special hunts in January or February, depending on results from additional samples.
Conservation Officer Jacqueline Hughes checks a deer hunter’s license. (Minnesota DNR) They’ve saved a hunter’s life, helped remove a deer running wild through the basement of a home and taught firearms safety classes. They’ve busted poachers, had lunch with kids and learned the ins and outs of natural resources law enforcement. Since their training began in May, the Minnesota DNR’s…
Residents and nonresidents can participate in the hunts from Friday, Dec. 21 to Sunday, Dec. 23 and Friday, Dec. 28 to Sunday, Dec. 30 in deer permit areas 603, 347 and 348, and portions of deer permit areas 343 and 345 that are south of Interstate 90.
Amid challenging weather, hunters in Ohio checked 60,557 white-tailed deer during the 2018 weeklong deer-gun season. Last year, hunters checked 72,814 deer over the same period.
Late-season hunts, landowner shooting permits, post-season deer culling and public meeting planned.
And at least 30 of the points are scorable, the DNR says.
Hunters encouraged to check deer in counties where state is actively monitoring for CWD, particularly Gratiot, Isabella, Jackson and Kent.
Meanwhile, the fall turkey harvest was about average this year.
Three hunters suffered non-fatal shooting injuries during the hunt that began Nov. 17 and ended Sunday.
They’re urging the federal Department of Agriculture to develop a national tracking system for the deer disease as well as standards for transporting deer across state lines.
Students collected tissue samples from deer as hunters brought the animals into testing stations in parking lots, gas stations and forestry offices around the state. The DNR will use the information to track the disease’s prevalence in the state and determine quarantine areas to help contain the disease.
State also sees 10 percent increase in black bear harvest – 1,993 compared to 1,796 in 2017 – and more bears are yet to be taken in extended seasons in many Wildlife Management Units.
This year’s first day sees 13,614 deer harvested, compared to 22,366 last year.
Park biologist spotted grizzly bears feeding on carcasses of three elk, at least one that was killed by a hunter.
Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 58,836, up from 51,450 in 2017.
The issue involves a mystery: About half of the elk calves born in southwestern Colorado die within six months. Of the survivors, another 15 percent perish before they turn a year old. And researchers don’t know why.
Despite fewer hunters, kill totals up nearly 13 percent from 2017.
There are multiple game birds and waterfowl worth pursuing for Pennsylvania hunters during their time away from work and school.
One of the more intriguing bears taken was a 679-pound male shot at 5 yards with a .357 handgun.
According to data from the Wisconsin DNR, the state sold about 824,500 deer licenses in 2017, about 50,400 fewer than 1999.