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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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Colorado to Update Management Plan for White River Deer Herd - Seeks Public Input
Posted on: 01/16/19

The management plan for the White River mule deer herd is due for an update in 2019 and Colorado CPW managers say the public's input will be critical in light of significant changes that have affected the herd over the past two decades. A 30-day public comment form is available and in addition, the public can provide input directly to agency personnel at a public meeting, 6 p.m., Jan. 23 in...

Regulation Details for Minnesota Special Late-Season Deer Hunts in Southeastern Area
Posted on: 01/15/19

Minnesota hunters interested in another opportunity this winter to harvest deer can find details about a special hunt that takes place from Friday, Jan. 25, to Sunday, Jan. 27, and Friday, Feb. 1, to Sunday, Feb. 3, in deer permit area 346 in parts of Winona and Houston counties. The hunt is open to both residents and nonresidents. A limited number of special permits will be available on a first-come, first-served basis starting at...

Self-Service CWD Sampling Stations Deployed in North Alabama
Posted on: 01/14/19

The Alabama (WFF) has deployed six self-service Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) sampling stations in north Alabama as part of its increased CWD sampling surveillance efforts in the state. The sample station freezers are in Fayette, Lamar, Marion, Franklin, Lauderdale, and Colbert counties, and are available to receive deer head samples...

Total Deer Testing Positive to CWD in Iowa up to 44 for the 2018 Season - Includes a New Area
Posted on: 01/14/19

Fourteen tissue samples from wild Iowa deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease, bringing the total deer testing positive to chronic wasting disease in Iowa to 44. The Iowa DNR (DNR) is waiting for results on follow up tests for two suspect samples that could raise the total positives for the year to 16. Eight positive deer were confirmed in...

South Dakota Proposes a Compromised Approach to the Deer Drawing Structure
Posted on: 01/14/19

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission unanimously passed a new deer license allocation proposal that would allow a hunter to apply for two of the six deer seasons in the first draw. These seasons include: East River/Special Buck, West River/Special Buck, Black Hills, Muzzleloader, Refuge and Custer State Park. Special Buck license holders would be limited to...

Apply Now for Kentucky’s 2019 Quota Elk Hunts
Posted on: 01/11/19

Quota elk hunters can now apply for a new, either-sex archery/crossbow permit for Kentucky’s 2019 elk season. This new permit gives archery and crossbow hunters the freedom to choose whether to take a bull or a cow,” said Gabe Jenkins, elk program coordinator for the Kentucky DFWR. The deadline to apply is midnight (Eastern time) April 30. In addition to the new permit...

Iowa Antlerless Deer Season Opens Jan 11 in Four Counties
Posted on: 01/10/19

Iowa's special January antlerless deer season will open in Allamakee, Clayton, Wayne and Appanoose counties this Friday Jan 11, 2019. Of those four counties, only Allamakee County has licenses remaining. The January antlerless deer season is January 11-27 and is only open in Allamakee, Clayton, Wayne and Appanoose counties.Hunters may use...

Rhode Island Acquires 58 Acres of Forestland in Hopkinton For Recreational Use
Posted on: 01/10/19

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Acquisition of 58 acres – including 1,300 feet of frontage on Blue Pond – preserves critical habitat and provides additional opportunities for hiking, fishing, and hunting within the Rockville Management Area. The management area supports habitat capable of providing for a wide variety of game wildlife including...

Rhode Island Archery Deer Hunting on Block Island (Zone 4) Through Feb 22
Posted on: 01/10/19

Rhode Island archery deer hunting on Block Island (Zone 4) Through Feb 22. Written permission from a landowner must be obtained before hunting on private land and presented to and countersigned by the Block Island Chief of Police. All deer taken must be reported to DEM within 24 hours using...

West Virginia’s First Mountaineer Heritage Hunting Season is Jan 10-13
Posted on: 01/09/19

Big game hunters in West Virginia will have the opportunity to take part in the state’s first Mountaineer Heritage Season this week, which runs Thursday through Sunday, Jan. 10-13. During the four-day season, hunters may take a deer or a bear using only primitive weapons. We’re calling it the Mountaineer Heritage Season because hunters may only use...

Wisconsin 2019 Turkey Bonus Harvest Authorizations Available for Purchase Beginning March 18
Posted on: 01/09/19

A total of 244,968 authorizations were available for Wisconsin spring 2019 turkey season. Bonus harvest authorizations that were not issued in the drawing will be available for purchase beginning March 18, and the scheduled sales dates are...

Apply for Wyoming 2019 Big Game Elk & Turkey Hunts by Jan 31
Posted on: 01/09/19

Wyoming 2019 Big game hunt applications opened on Jan. 2. All applications must be submitted online. Residents and non-residents can apply for elk, antelope, deer, spring turkey, bighorn sheep, moose and mountain goat. The first deadline is Jan. 31 for nonresident elk and resident and nonresident spring turkey. In addition...

Tennessee Big Game Hunting Closed in Mississippi River Floodwaters Zone
Posted on: 01/08/19

Due to high waters in the Mississippi River Floodwaters Zone, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has announced the closure of all big game hunting in the zone, effective Sunday, Jan 6, 2019. The Mississippi River stage has reached 34 feet at the Caruthersville, Mo. gauge. In accordance with Proclamation 16-45, all big game hunting is closed immediately in the...

Connecticut Now Accepting Applications for 2019 Deer Lottery Permits
Posted on: 01/07/19

Starting January 1st Connecticut 2019 deer lottery permit applications can be submitted online or on January 2, 2019 at select DEEP locations during office hours. Changes to note: Roraback WMA (Area 61) has been changed to a No-lottery Area and is no longer part of...