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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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Texas General Deer Season Opens Nov 7 with Above Average Season Expected
Posted by TBC Press on: 10/30/20

Texas 2020 general deer season runs from Nov. 7 through Jan. 3, 2021 in the North Zone and Jan. 17, 2021 in the South Zone. A special youth-only gun deer season is set for Oct. 31- Nov. 1 and Jan. 4-17, 2021. TPWD biologists predict a fruitful white-tailed deer season in many regions of the state. Although conditions are drying statewide, rains in September helped to create an abundance of quality forbs and shrubs. Hunters in the...

Minnesota Reminds Deer Hunters of Regulations as Firearms Season Opens Nov 7
Posted by TBC Press on: 10/29/20

Minnesota’s firearms deer season begins half an hour before sunrise on Saturday, Nov. 7, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources expects nearly half a million hunters to participate. Firearms deer season is one of several seasons for deer hunters. Archery deer season opened Sept. 19 and lasts through Thursday, Dec. 31. Muzzleloader deer season is from Saturday, Nov. 28, through Sunday, Dec. 13. Hunters are advised to...

MDC Finds First Case of CWD in Pulaski County
Posted by TBC Press on: 10/29/20

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports it has recently confirmed the first case of chronic wasting disease (CWD) found in Pulaski County. The confirmed case is from an adult male deer harvested by a hunter near Waynesville. A tissue sample was collected from the deer for CWD testing as part of MDC’s routine annual statewide surveillance for the disease. MDC will provide hunters in the Pulaski County area with opportunities to..

MDC Reminds Hunters of Baiting Regulations During Deer/Turkey Seasons
Posted by TBC Press on: 10/29/20

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds hunters to be aware of baiting regulations during the fall deer and turkey hunting seasons. The use of bait, including grain or other feed placed or scattered to attract deer or turkey, while hunting is illegal. The regulations are in place to help limit the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in deer and to ensure fair chase. In addition...

Deer Hunters Reminded: CWD Testing Mandatory in Southwest Colorado
Posted by TBC Press on: 10/28/20

Colorado reminds successful deer hunters in Southwest CO that their harvested animals must be tested for CWD. The testing is being done this year as part of CPW’s CWD Response Plan and is critical for deer management planning. Testing is being required because CPW is working to determine the current prevalence of the fatal disease in western Colorado. In Southwest Colorado, the Game Management Units where testing is required are...

Idaho Panhandle Region Operating Nov Check Stations to Monitor for CWD
Posted by TBC Press on: 10/27/20

Idaho Fish and Game staff will be collecting samples from deer at hunter check stations across the Panhandle over two weekends in November as part of a statewide surveillance program for CWD. Check stations will be operated November 14, 15, 21 and 22 from 10 a.m. to sunset. Hunters can also bring their own lymph node samples or deer heads into the Regional Office at 2885 W Kathleen Avenue, Coeur d’Alene from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Friday. Check stations will be located at...

Limited 2020 Idaho Non-Resident DAV Reduced-Price Deer & Elk Tags on Sale Dec 1st
Posted by TBC Press on: 10/27/20

Idaho new rules for 2021 Legislative approval included a limit on the number of reduced-price deer and elk tags available for nonresident disabled American veterans. The new limit is 500 nonresident DAV deer tags and 300 nonresident DAV elk tags for over-the-counter deer and elk hunts. Because the number of nonresident DAV reduced-price tags will be limited for over-the-counter hunts, they are expected to to sell out quickly and will go on sale Dec. 1, 2020 at 10 a.m. Mountain Time. In addition....

Idaho Nonresident Fee Increase Takes Effect Dec 1
Posted by TBC Press on: 10/27/20

Most nonresident hunters, anglers and trappers will pay higher prices for licenses, tags and fees in Idaho starting Dec 1st. Price increases will vary by item, but here are new prices for some of the most popular licenses and tags for adult nonresidents. Nonresidents cannot buy 2021 hunting, fishing or trapping licenses until Dec. 1, however, they can buy three-year licenses at current prices, which will be valid through 2022. Nonresidents hunters can buy...

New York 2020 Deer Management Permits Still Available
Posted by TBC Press on: 10/27/20

New York (DEC) recently announced that remaining Deer Management Permits (DMPs) in several of the State's WMUs will be available to hunters beginning Nov. 1. Deer populations are generally at or above desired levels in the units with leftover DMPs," Commissioner Seggos said. In these areas. DMPs, which allow hunters to harvest antlerless deer, are issued for specific WMUs to control deer populations. In some WMUs...