Whitetail Deer

OH: No fatalities experienced during gun deer season

Last fatality in gun season was in 2009   Columbus – There were no fatal gun accidents and six non-fatal incidents during the recently ended seven-day, deer gun season, the DNR Division of Wildlife reported. The last fatality occurred in 2009. Typically, the first day of deer gun season experiences the most hunting pressure, said Matt Ortman, DOW hunter safety…

OH: Deer gun harvest drops 14 percent

Columbus – Ohio hunters took 90,282 white-tailed deer during the state's popular, week-long deer gun season, which ran Nov. 28 through Dec. 4, according to the DNR Division of Wildlife. In 2010, hunters checked a total of 105,034 deer during the same time period. "Hunters clearly took advantage of the weather as the week progressed. They trimmed the deficit from…

ID: Don't forget to report on deer, elk, pronghorn tags

Hunters who have not yet filed their mandatory hunter reports might be getting a phone call. Fish and Game is calling a random sample of hunters who have not yet filed their required reports. It includes only individuals whose hunts closed by December 1. Calls will be made in the evenings through Friday, December 23. At least three attempts will…

MN: No jump for final deer hunt

Muzzleloader kill mirrors slow start to firearms season St. Paul – Muzzleloader deer hunters killed fewer animals this season than they had since 2002, and the 7,018-deer take was off 22 percent from last year. The kill was similar to 2009, and "this turned out to be about an average muzzleloader year," said Lou Cornicelli, wildlife research manager for the…

A quick check on deer

Another firearms deer season is in the bag. My little group had a pretty darn good year, but that, of course, is a small sample size. Statewide, the numbers show a deer season that was – from a harvest perspective, anyway – a little worse than last year. Firearms hunters last year killed about 174,000 deer. This year's take of…

IL: Firearms deer hunters meet DNR expectations

Springfield – Luke Michael Tilly may eventually discover the deer hunting depression that goes with setting the bar extraordinarily high at such an early age. Translation: At 12, Tilly may never again kill a buck like his first. But why should he care? The 10-pointer Tilly took in Peoria County on Nov. 18, the opening day of firearms season, was…

IL: Poaching charges involve ‘trophies’

Springfield – High-dollar antlers are causing legal and ethical problems for hunters who covet and pursue them. Two separate major deer poaching cases came to light in a one-week period earlier this month, putting focus on the "trophy" aspect of hunting in the state. In total, eight hunters are facing multiple charges. DNR announced on Nov. 7 that it has…

IL: State’s deer hit neutral

Springfield – Slowly, but surely, Illinois' deer population is reaching equilibrium. There have been a lot of factors, but a better harvest sex ratio is a primary factor. "I would have to say the sex ratios of our harvest the last couple years have been really, really good, and that has gotten us where we are," said Paul Shelton, upland…

PA: New USP president now a lobbyist on deer issue

Harrisburg – Pittsburgh businessman Randy Santucci took over as president of the Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania Oct. 10. On Oct. 11 he was in the Governor's Office here meeting with three advisers of Gov. Tom Corbett, talking about the "deer problem" in much of the northern tier. Santucci, who had been very involved in the group's failed lawsuit against the…

Deer bill, NRB appointees up for Senate hearing May 5

Bass culling, bear bills up for Senate committee vote May 5 Sportsmen who have been following the progress of the bass culling bill, bear hunting bill, deer hunting bill and the appointment of three new Natural Resources Board members might be interested to know that the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Environment will meet on Thursday, May 5 beginning…