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The latest news and information for antelope, deer and elk hunting in your neck of the woods and beyond.

Western States with 2019 Over-the-Counter Elk Tags
Posted on: 05/14/19
If you want to hunt elk in the West, in order to get tags in the best units and to hunt during times when there is less competition, you will have to draw a tag and you usually need a lot of points to do it. But that is a different article. Here is the best information needed to hunt elk this year in the west...

A Hunters Pre-Season Checklist
Posted on: 08/18/18

You are a hunter. Your thoughts are now drifting toward cool, crisp mornings, falling leaves and maybe a bit of snow cover on the ground. It is time to do your homework. Here is a handy, but extensive checklist for you to use to make certain that you are fully prepared when your hunting season arrives...

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Wisconsin Hunters, Local Businesses Increase CWD Surveillance
Posted on: 05/24/19

About 1,500 Wisconsin deer were sampled and tested for chronic wasting disease in Lincoln, Langlade, Oneida, Forest and Vilas counties during the 2018 CWD surveillance year (Apr. 1, 2018 - Mar. 31, 2019). The DNR encouraged hunters to submit tissue samples from harvested adult deer in two surveillance areas near Rhinelander. These targeted CWD surveillance efforts occurred in...

CDFW Offering Reward for Information on North State Elk Poaching Case
Posted on: 05/23/19

CDFW Californians Turn in Poachers and Polluters Program (CalTIP) is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the poacher responsible for killing four Roosevelt elk in Humboldt County last December. On Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, CDFW wildlife officers responded to...

Chronic Wasting Disease Detected in 25 Deer in Western Maryland
Posted on: 05/23/19

The Maryland DNR reported recently that 25 white-tailed deer sampled in Allegany and Washington counties during 2018 tested positive for chronic wasting disease. Twenty-two of the positive samples came from within the existing Chronic Wasting Disease Management Area while three samples came from Washington County Harvest Management Unit 251 adjacent to...

CPW Offering Reward for Information on Deer Poaching Case out of Park County
Posted on: 05/20/19

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is asking the public to report any information regarding three mule deer that were illegally killed in Park County. Through Operation Game Thief, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering a $1,000 reward for any information that leads to charges in this case. The partial remains of the three deer were dumped on U.S. Forest Service property in the vicinity of Park County Road 90, north of Eleven Mile Reservoir. At least two...

Mississippi Proposed Rules for 2019-2020 Deer Season
Posted on: 05/20/19

MDWFP) has recently proposed deer hunting regulations for the 2019-2020 seasons. The summpery of changes are as follows: Public and Private Land - Increase antlerless bag limit to five (5), except remain two (2) in the Southeast Zone. Bonus tag for hunters that submit a CWD-positive deer during hunting season and choose to relinquish the meat. Private Land Only - Allow one of three-buck bag limit to be any antlered deer. WMAs and Open Public Land...

Apply Now for Unique Wisconsin 2019 Deer Hunts at Sandhill Wildlife Demonstration Area
Posted on: 05/17/19
Two unique Wisconsin deer hunting opportunities to be held this fall (2019) at Sandhill Wildlife Demonstration Area will provide opportunities for youth to learn to hunt and one for beginning adults. A one-day learn-to-hunt workshop is open to both youth ages 12-15 and adult beginners. The deadline to apply for either the learn to hunt workshop or the two-day antlerless-only hunt is June 30, 2019. Applications are available on the DNR website. In addition...

Georgia 2019 Quota Hunt Applications for All Hunts Open June 1
Posted on: 05/15/19

Georgia 2019 Quota Hunt Applications for All hunts open June1st, except rabbit, youth small game and dog-deer, which open September 1. Quota hunts are managed hunts that allow a set number of hunters to participate. Quota permits are non-transferable; a drawn hunter may not give his/her slot to person who was not drawn. Deadlines for each hunt type are...

South Dakota 2019 Deer Hunting Application Deadlines Coming in June
Posted on: 05/15/19

South Dakota 2019 resident and non-resident deer hunting application deadlines coming in June for West River Deer | East River Deer | Apprentice Deer | Black Hills Deer | Custer State Park Deer | Refuge Deer | Muzzleloader Deer. Applications available online. All deer seasons available to - the public are included in this application, with the exception of...

SDGFP Proposed Changes for 2019 Archery Deer Hunting Season
Posted on: 05/15/19

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission proposed three changes that would impact nonresident archery hunters for the 2019 deer hunting season. In addition, one change was proposed that would impact resident archery hunters. The Commission’s proposal would first impose a delayed start date for nonresident archery deer hunters on public lands; including...

Apply by May 22 for Washington 2019 SPECIAL Big Game Hunt Opportunities
Posted on: 05/15/19

Apply for Washington's 2019 SPECIAL PERMIT opportunities for big game multiple species across the state by May 22, 2019. Hunter will have the opportunity to hunt Deer, Elk, Mountain Goat, Bighorn Sheep, and Turkey. If you are drawn for a special permit, you will obtain access to hunting opportunities that are unavailable during the general hunting season. If you were to...

California Lead-Free Hunting Takes Effect Statewide July 1
Posted on: 05/14/19

The California DFW wants to remind hunters that beginning July 1, 2019, nonlead ammunition will be required when taking wildlife with a firearm anywhere in California. California will become the first state in the nation to require nonlead ammunition for all firearms-related hunting. CDFW strongly recommends that hunters acquire and practice with nonlead ammunition well before heading afield, particularly in advance of upcoming...

Apply for Arizona 2019 Big Game Fall Hunts by June 11
Posted on: 05/13/19

The AZGFD is accepting online applications for 2019 hunt permit-tags issued through the draw process for deer, fall turkey, fall javelina, bighorn sheep and fall bison. All online applications must be received by the department by 11:59 p.m. (Arizona time) Tuesday, June 11. All paper applications must be received by 7 p.m. (Arizona time), Tuesday, May 14. As a reminder, applicants must...

Apply by May 31 for Idaho 2019 Super Hunt Drawings
Posted on: 05/13/19

The deadline for Idaho's first Super Hunt drawing for deer, elk, moose and pronghorn hunts is May 31. Super Hunt entries are $6 each. Super Hunt Combo entries are $20 each. No license is needed to enter a Super Hunt drawing for either residents or nonresidents. For the first Super Hunt drawing in June, tags for....