Whitetail Deer

Firearms deer take one of lowest in recent years

With ice and or snow seriously lacking in many parts of the state, hordes of sportsmen and sportswomen appear to be reflecting on the recent firearms deer hunting season. Phone calls, emails and letters have been flooding into the MON office over the last few weeks from hunters across the state. Some call to share their success stories from the recent…

MA: 2011 Preliminary archery and shotgun deer season results

Preliminary information on the archery and shotgun deer season results have been compiled though some check stations have yet to report their tallies. For the 2011 archery deer season, a preliminary statewide total of 3,689 deer were checked in at official deer check stations. The Western District office tallied 397 deer while Connecticut Valley District office reported 430. Central District…

Special Red Deer Hunting Season in Claiborne County, Jan. 14-22

Nashville – A special red deer hunting season is set to be held in Claiborne County on Jan. 14-22. The special red deer hunting season was established last spring in an effort to manage the small population of the exotic deer. At the December meeting of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission, an amendment to the proclamation allows for an expansion…

Muzzleloader harvest tops 15,000

Jefferson City – Hunters shot 15,238 deer during the muzzleloader portion of Missouri's firearms deer season, the second-largest muzzleloader harvest on record. Top harvest counties were Oregon with 314, Franklin with 285 and Callaway with 281. This year's muzzleloader harvest was up 18 percent from last year and fell just short of the record 15,907 deer checked during the 2009…

School daze: Deer cull halted

The bunny huggers are at it again. It seems Binghamton University, located not in Binghamton but here in Vestal (Broome County), has a deer problem. The deer apparently have found the university's nature preserve much to their liking and, as deer are apt to do, reproduced to the point where there are way too many of them. As a result,…

SD: Deer Seasons Reopen for Antlerless Harvest

PIERRE, S.D. – Big game hunters will get another opportunity to harvest antlerless deer as the East River Deer season and West River Deer season both reopen from Dec. 31, 2011 to Jan 8, 2012. All unfilled tags are valid for antlerless deer harvest only. Unsold licenses remain in some management units for the East and West River Deer seasons….

Extended Deer Seasons

When is enough gun deer hunting enough? Should I deer hunt in southern Wisconsin during the Holiday Hunt, which closes Jan. 8? And during the landowner season, which continues through March 31? Or is it best to be a traditionalist and hunt during the nine-day season and then stop; maybe just hunt the first weekend of the regular gun season…

FBI shooting range is popular deer hangout

Quantico, Virginia (AP) – Call it a playground for Bambi and G-Men, where imaginary criminals are hunted and deer are the spectators. The 547-acre (220-hectare) FBI Academy, where some of America's best marksmen fire off more than 1 million bullets every month, happens to be one of the safest places for deer during hunting season. The property on the Marine…

Politicians enter the argument over deer

Depending on your outlook, of course, it is either a really good thing or a very bad development that elected officials — politicians — are trying to get involved in or interfere with wildlife management in Pennsylvania. And it's all about deer, obviously. Recently we reported that Rep. David Maloney Sr., R-Berks, was seeking cosponsors for a bill he plans…

PA: Bill to create a doe harvest panel

Harrisburg – At the behest of the Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania, the Allegheny County Sportsmen's League and its wildlife-management consultant John Eveland, a state representative has written legislation that would result in fewer antlerless deer licenses being sold. Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Clinton and Centre, recently introduced HB 2034 that he said is "designed to focus the mission of the Pennsylvania…

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…