Deer

Game warden catches poacher via dating app

An Oklahoma woman looking for love got more than she bargained for when she unwittingly shared her exhilaration about illegally shooting a “bigo buck” on a dating app with a state game warden. Oklahoma Game Warden Cannon Harrison said he uncovered the poaching in a conversation on Bumble with a McIntosh County woman. She talked about using a spotlight to…

Always sad to see deer season end

Some hunters are ready for deer season to end, but I’m seldom one of them. Especially this year, when the weather interrupted numerous hunting plans. It was a crazy deer season where the weather was concerned, starting from the beginning. I hunt primarily in the Northern Zone, and our early archery and muzzleloading seasons featured plenty of rainy days, including…

Wisconsin hunters: Watch what you’re wearing during post-hunt photo sessions

Deer hunters use good judgement in the field and should continue the same when taking post-hunt photos. Make sure the photo depicts legal and ethical behavior. In this photo, neither hunter is wearing a blaze orange hat, although the adult does have a blaze orange hood. If this photo was taken in Wisconsin, the photo depicts illegal behavior since a…

Muzzleloader harvest up slightly in 2018

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…