Biggest question now should be how to pull off a 2020 season in light of COVID-19 concerns.
The biggest change the DNR proposed was extending the nine-day gun season to 19 days.
Produces a ‘what the heck’ moment for the author.
Deer hunters listened in remotely and may now submit online comments regarding CDAC recommendations.
Solid science-based discussions needed in both arenas to avoid hyperbole.
Results from 2019 deer, bear and spring turkey seasons among the best ever.
The percentage of older bucks in the 2019-20 deer harvest remained amazingly high. About 66 percent of the bucks taken by hunters were at least 2½ years old. The remainder were 1½ years old.
Which firearms are a growing number of white-tailed deer hunters taking afield these days? The answer might surprise you.
Young buck was found nearly 100 miles from the state’s primary CWD area.
It was the department’s “working assumption” that the workers got TB from infected deer “but we can’t say for sure.”
Many not pleased with PGC’s proposal to reinstate statewide concurrent anterless and antlered season.
The DNR will expand deer feeding bans in central Minnesota starting today due to additional discoveries of chronic wasting disease in captive deer in late 2019.
And isn’t there something gun deer hunting can take from sturgeon spearing to at least attempt to hold interest, anticipation, camaraderie, excitement, and traditions?
Hunters take about 14,000 less whitetails in 2019 than the previous year. Wildlife experts say that while there are a number of factors that likely contributed to the decline, the most prominent is the outbreak of hemorrhagic disease that killed thousands of deer across the state.
National percentage of yearling bucks in the total antlered buck harvest fell to 30%, the lowest ever recorded.
New test results bring the total number of counties in Iowa where wild deer have tested positive to eight.
Concurrent deer seasons give hunters a choice and increase the odds for success for those with limited time to hunt.
Hunters in all seasons top last year’s total by more than 10,000.
NRB would add 10 days to gun deer season, shorten the early crossbow season and strike the December antlerless deer season.
A Saturday opening day has its merits as well as its drawbacks, but if more hunters can get to go, then why not? For this hunter, keeping it to a Monday would prove far less frenzied.
Total license sales also dipped, from 806,442 to 794,712. More hunters turned in their deer for sampling for chronic wasting disease, though; the DNR collected 17,828 samples statewide compared to 17,200 in 2018.
Also, the DNR confirms that a wild deer tested positive in Buffalo Township in Marquette County – the second wild deer that tested positive for CWD in the county. The first detection was during the previous deer season.
Natural Resources Board members looking for shorter crossbow season, adding 10 days to gun season, statewide deer baiting ban and more.
But CWD was not detected in wild deer in central and north-central Minnesota.
State now in position to make some sensible changes to deer hunting regulations.
Wheels of justice have turned slowly in the case of 2 teens who tortured buck, but slow justice can be good justice.