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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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CWD Remains Biggest Concern in Southeastern Minnesota
Posted on: 01/22/20

During the 2019 hunting season and special hunts, chronic wasting disease was confirmed in 27 wild deer, all from southeastern Minnesota. CWD was not detected in wild deer in central and north-central Minnesota. Overall, this is good news for Minnesota’s wild deer. The disease is still relatively rare across the state, and the CWD-positive test results this year came from areas where we had the most risk, said Lou Cornicelli, DNR wildlife research manager. However...

Field Notes of a Colorado Rookie Sportsperson
Posted on: 01/21/20

Ten months of classroom study, days of target practice at the shooting range and hours of immersing myself in the ethics and strategies of hunting all built to a climax on the weekend after Christmas: my first big game hunt. The anticipation was almost overwhelming as, on Dec. 28, my daughter, Natalie, and I embarked on our first big game hunt as members of Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Rookie Sportsperson Program (RSP). On the big day, Natalie and I met Wilkins at...

North Dakota Confirms CWD Found in Deer
Posted on: 01/20/20

Eight deer taken during the 2019 North Dakota deer gun season tested positive for chronic wasting disease, according to Dr. Charlie Bahnson, wildlife veterinarian for the North Dakota GFD. All were antlered deer taken from areas previously known to have CWD – six from unit 3F2 and two from 3A1. Bahnson said six of the eight were mule deer, with two whitetails from unit 3F2. CWD was not detected in any deer harvested in...

TWRA Seeks Input for 2020-21 and 2021-22 Hunting Season Regulations
Posted on: 01/20/20

The TWR is soliciting comments for its 2020-21 and 2021-22 hunting seasons’ regulations. The state’s hunting seasons are set every two years, except for waterfowl and other migratory birds which are set annually. This is an opportunity for the public to provide ideas and share concerns about hunting regulations with TWRA staff. The comment period will be open through Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. In addition...

Three Tennessee Counties Have CWD Status Changed
Posted on: 01/20/20

Three counties have had their chronic wasting disease (CWD) status changed due to the confirmation of the disease (CWD) in new areas of southwest Tennessee. Haywood and Chester counties have be reclassified from high risk counties to CWD-positive counties after deer tested positive in the respective counties. Lauderdale County has been added as a high-risk county after a deer tested positive in Tipton County within...

Louisiana Deer Hunting Closed in Areas with High Water
Posted on: 01/17/20

Deer hunting in portions of Deer Area 5 in the Atchafalaya Basin, including Attakapas Wildlife Management Area (WMA), is closed due to flooding, the Louisiana (LDWF) announced recently. Deer hunting in those portions of Iberville, St. Martin, St. Mary and Iberia parishes west of the East Atchafalaya Basin Protection Levee, east of...

Oregon Hunters Reminded to Report Hunt Results by Jan 31
Posted on: 01/17/20
Every Oregon hunter who purchased 2019 big game or turkey tags needs to report their hunt results by the deadline, which is Jan. 31, 2020 for most tags. Hunters are required to report on each deer, elk, cougar, bear, pronghorn and turkey tag purchased—even if they were not successful or did not hunt. Sports Pac license holders need to report on each big game or turkey tag issued. Hunters who fail to report deer and elk tags by the deadline will be penalized $25 when...

White-tailed Deer Die-Off in Oregon Blue Mountains due to EHD
Posted on: 01/17/20

Tests conducted by ODFW confirmed that EHD is responsible for the die-off of an estimated 2,000 white-tailed deer in eastern Oregon. The EHD outbreak impacted white-tailed deer on the western face of the Blue Mountains from Milton-Freewater to the Pilot Rock area. Mule deer in the area were not documented to be affected by the EHD outbreak. ODFW is still determining if deer tags for the fall 2020 seasons need to be reduced or hunts cancelled in...

MDC & Partners to Host Free Landowner Workshops
Posted on: 01/15/20

The MDC, Quail Forever and the National Wild Turkey Federation have partnered to host a seminar series for landowners every Tuesday evening in February. MDC Private Land Conservationist Julie Norris said topics will include Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), timber harvests and contracts, forest wildlife management, quail management and Missouri stream health. The courses will be at...

Iowa Public Meeting in Sergeant Bluff Regarding CWD Jan 15
Posted on: 01/09/20

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is hosting a public meeting to discuss chronic wasting disease and a new, enhanced monitoring effort on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the Sergeant Bluff Community Center, 903 Topaz Drive, in Sergeant Bluff. The meeting is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Woodbury County is part of a new chronic wasting disease zone after a road killed wild deer tested positive...