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

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...

Hunting Gear Checklist for Big Game
Posted on: 08/18/18

Big game hunting needs some amount of seriousness. Planning is necessary due to the risks involved like high altitude, cold weather, exhaustion and fatigue, and attacks from wild animals. Common among the big game animals in North America are moose, elk, deer, caribou, buffalo, big horn sheep, mountain lion and bears. The Hunting Gear Checklist for Big Game covers the necessary hunting equipment needed in the field to transport and perserve your trophy...

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Michigan Holding Public Meetings Regarding Proposed Deer Antler Point Restrictions
Posted on: 09/19/18

The Thumb Hunters for APRs organization will host two public meetings to explain and answer questions about its proposal for new Michigan deer antler point restrictions (APRs) for Huron, Lapeer, Sanilac, St. Clair and Tuscola counties. The meetings will take place...

Wisconsin 2018 Fall Hunting Forecasts
Posted on: 09/19/18

Fall hunting and trapping seasons in Wisconsin are well underway, and a number of hunting and trapping forecasts are now available to help hunters and trappers prepare for their time in the outdoors. Forecasts for the following species can be found at the links below - each forecast is located on the corresponding species page...

Arizona Confirms Disease Affecting Mule Deer in the Prescott Area
Posted on: 09/18/18

The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) has confirmed a disease event affecting some mule deer in the Yavapai Hills community and surrounding areas near Prescott. After receiving reports in recent weeks from residents who observed deer that appeared to be...

Ohio to Hold Controlled Deer Archery Hunt Drawing in Mercer Wildlife Area
Posted on: 09/18/18

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is hosting a one-time drawing Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 1:00pm for archery deer hunting on the Mercer Wildlife Area. Participants must register prior to 1:00 pm and show a valid 2018-19 hunting license and deer permit. Controlled hunt dates include...

Ohio State Parks Offer Special Archery Hunt Lotteries on Sept 22
Posted on: 09/18/18

Approximately 1,600 acres of quality deer hunting land will be available to archers as part of controlled hunts at Buck Creek, Caesar Creek, Deer Creek, Findley, Malabar Farm and Maumee Bay state parks, according to the Ohio (ODNR). Hunters must be present at the drawing location they are interested in hunting. Deer harvested in these controlled hunts will not...

West Virginia 2018 Archery & Crossbow Seasons Open Sept 29
Posted on: 09/18/18

West Virginia's 2018 archery and crossbow seasons for white-tailed deer, black bear and wild boar will open Saturday, Sept. 29. The archery and crossbow deer and bear seasons run through Dec. 31. The wild boar archery and crossbow season is a split season, with the first segment also from...

Idaho 2018 Nonresident/Second Deer & Elk Tags on Sale - Going Fast
Posted on: 09/17/18

Idaho 2018 Nonresident/Second Deer & Elk Tags are on sale. Nonresident tags are limited to 12,815 elk tags, which are also available as second tags. The limit on those tags is 12,815, and after their sold out, no more will be issued. Through Sept. 14, there were...

Special Archery Deer Hunting Opens in East Minnesota River Refuge
Posted on: 09/17/18

A special archery deer hunt opened Saturday, Sept. 15 in the East Minnesota River Refuge, according to the Minnesota DNR. The number of permits to be issued is not limited, but hunters must apply before hunting. The refuge is located in Blue Earth and Le Sueur counties along the east bank of the Minnesota River. It is open to archery hunting until...

Apply for Nebraska 2018 Lottery for Deer Hunting Access on the Central Platte River by Sept 30
Posted on: 09/17/18

Nebraska hunters may enter a lottery to gain deer hunting access to Platte River Recreation Access (PRRA) lands in the central Platte River Valley. Applications, limited to one per person, will be accepted by mail or in person at the Game and Parks service center in Kearney from Sept. 1 through 5 p.m. on Sept. 30. The Commission will choose 47 hunters from...

South Dakota Modify's Changes to the Deer Drawing Structure Proposal
Posted on: 09/17/18

Last week, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed several changes to the deer drawing structure proposal. The most significant change now going into the October Commission meeting is that drawings for East River, West River, Black Hills and Muzzleloader deer seasons would be combined in the first and second drawings. In the first draw, applicants would have to...