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

State by State 2019 Deer Hunting Forecast
Posted on: 07/17/19
A state-by-state analysis of your deer hunting prospects for fall of 2019. One look at America’s current deer hunting scene makes you realize we’re experiencing some pretty good days right now. Coast to coast and border to border, opportunities abound, from tracking big-woods whitetails in the Northeast, glassing for ghost-like mule deer in the Southwest, shivering on a treestand while attempting to ambush a thick-necked Midwest brute, and more...

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...

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Indiana 2019 Deer Firearms Season Opens Nov 16
Posted on: 11/08/19

Indiana deer firearms season runs from Nov. 16 to Dec. 1. The deer firearms license allows one deer to be taken with that license, and it must be a buck. If you want to take a doe with a firearm during the firearms season, a bonus antlerless license, resident youth combo hunt/trap license, deer license bundle, or lifetime license is required. The doe counts toward...

Indiana 2019 Hunting Seasons Opening in November
Posted on: 11/08/19

Indiana hunters will have more opportunities as several hunting seasons open starting Nov 1st: Deer Firearms: Nov. 16 – Dec. 1 - Dove: Nov. 1 – 17 - Pheasant (Cock only): Nov. 1 – Dec.15 - Quail: (north of Interstate 74): Nov. 1 – Dec. 15 - (south of Interstate 74): Nov. 1 – Jan. 10, 2020. Ducks: Central Zone: Nov. 23 – Jan. 12, 2020 - South Zone...

Georgia Offers New Program for Deer Management Assistance on Private Lands
Posted on: 11/05/19

The Georgia Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) is a brand-new program dedicated to assisting hunt clubs and landowners with deer management on private lands, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. How will the program work? Georgia’s DMAP has several levels, each with its own fees and acreage minimums that...

Maryland 2019 Junior Deer Hunting Days Set for November
Posted on: 11/05/19

The Maryland DNR encourages experienced deer hunters to introduce youth to the time-honored cultural and sporting tradition of deer hunting during two Junior Deer Hunting Days in November. The hunts will be held Nov. 16, on private and designated public land in all counties, and Nov. 17 on private land in all counties except...

New Hampshire 2019 Muzzleloader Deer Season is Underway
Posted on: 11/05/19

Over 20,000 muzzleloader hunters are expected to take to New Hampshire’s woodlands during the upcoming muzzleloader deer season, which runs from November 2-12, 2019. Muzzleloaders are single barrel, single shot firearms which require the bullets, primer, and powder to be loaded through a muzzle each time before firing. In New Hampshire, muzzleloader hunters are...

Delaware 2019 Hunting Seasons Opening in November
Posted on: 11/04/19
Numerous Delaware hunting seasons open in November, including the shotgun deer season from Friday, Nov. 15 through Sunday, Nov. 24 (Sunday included). Other popular hunting seasons opening in November include the second season split for ducks and the first season split for Canada goose, with many other hunting seasons also opening. The November shotgun deer season is the most popular deer season. During Delaware’s five-month deer season, nearly 50 percent of the overall annual deer harvest typically occurs during...

High Water in Louisiana Maurepas Swamp WMA Forces Closure of Deer Hunting Season
Posted on: 11/04/19

Rising flood waters in the Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area (WMA) have triggered an automatic deer hunting season closure. The benchmark closure, enacted by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, closes deer hunting in the WMA when the flood gauge reaches 3.0 feet. It will remain closed until...

Louisiana Hunters Asked to Use Caution On Clear Creek WMA Due to Ongoing Seismic Work
Posted on: 11/04/19

The Louisiana LDWF is notifying users of Clear Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) that seismic operations are currently taking place within the WMA and caution should be used. Seismic activities may continue until mid- to late December. For the safety of both hunters and seismic crews, LDWF is asking hunters to avoid areas where seismic activity is taking place. Clear Creek WMA is located in...

New York Remaining 2019 OTC Deer Management Permits Available
Posted on: 11/04/19
The New York DEC announced that remaining deer management permits (DMPs) in several wildlife management units (WMUs) are available to hunters beginning Nov. 1. DMPs, which allow hunters to harvest antlerless deer, are issued for specific WMUs to control deer populations. In some WMUs, all applicants received permits during the initial application process, and the DMP target has not been reached. In these units, DEC will re-open the DMP application process on a first-come, first-served basis. Hunters may apply for up to...

Special Ohio Controlled Hunting & Trapping Drawings Announced
Posted on: 11/04/19
Special controlled hunting and trapping opportunities are available to Ohio residents at the recently purchased Andreoff Wildlife Area and Eagle Creek Wildlife Area according to the ODNR Division of Wildlife. Andreoff Wildlife Area; Registration for all hunts takes place on a first-come, first-served basis and opened online on Nov. 1. Eagle Creek Wildlife Area; The drawing will take place at the Indian Creek Wildlife Area headquarters. The first drawings will be held on Saturday, Nov. 16 at noon. Hunts are available for...

Texas Deer Hunters Welcome Cooler Weather for Opening Weekend
Posted on: 11/04/19

Texas deer hunters hoping for a change in the weather may be in luck for opening weekend of general deer season as weather forecasters predict cooler temperatures across the state. With an estimated 5.3 million deer in the statewide white-tailed deer population, Texas hunters heading to the field this fall are sure to fill their freezers with this season’s bounty. For the first time, 21 counties in south-central Texas can partake in a four-day antlerless season that runs from...

Hunting Opens in Wyoming Grand Teton National Park
Posted on: 11/04/19

The annual fall flood of blaze orange-clad Wyoming hunters strolling the roads around Kelly and Antelope Flats opens in Grand Teton National Park.Capped at 375 permittees, the park’s elk hunt, dubbed a “reduction program,” began Saturday Nov 3 and continues until Dec. 8. The late-season hunt targets herds migrating back from summer ranges on their way to the National Elk Refuge, where...