The Outdoor News “year in review” appeared in this week’s print edition, and here’s how staffers ranked the biggest outdoors stories from a year that brought us public lands battles and President Trump
Agency spokesman said that, through mostly confiscations, the site gathered many more dead deer than it could give away, resulting in the pileup of deer left to decompose naturally
Total harvest of 16,160 is second-highest since 2002
DNR managers say the cost of tracking and monitoring CWD is worth it as the state has been able to keep the deer disease at bay compared to neighboring states
But still some time for furbearer and goose seasons
Comes on the heels of a third positive CWD confirmation for white-tailed deer in the wild in southeastern Minnesota
Kicks off with the winter bow season opener Jan. 1
Nearly 900 bears taken — 34 percent above the preceding five-year average of 668 bears, 19 percent above 2015.
Disease detected as part of state’s voluntary monitoring program for the disease.
And opportunities to harvest more deer still await.
Still, deer harvest down 6 percent from 2015.
Muzzleloader numbers provide bit of a bounce-back in Illinois, pulling numbers closer 2013 and ’14.
In all probability, the opportunity to make up for Ohio’s to-date deer kill will be overrun with deep snows, holiday shopping and a general lack of interest that can be traced back to deer-hunting over-exposure.
It’s coming up on a busy time in the field — again — for Iowa deer hunters as the muzzleloader season opens and archery reopens Dec. 19.
“I’m not going to sit in the house and knit.” Instead, 85-year-old Illinois woman continues a 60-year tradition of deer hunting.
In Pennsylvania, the Hunters Sharing the Harvest program is making the most of the state’s deer take.