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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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Apply by April 7 for Colorado 2020 Big Game Hunting Permits
Posted on: 04/03/20

Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s on-line hunting license application site is open around-the-clock and hunters are urged not to wait until the last minute to apply for 2020 big-game licenses. Deadline to apply is April 7 at 8 p.m. Please review the big game section of the CPW web site for background information on Colorado’s hunting seasons and how to apply. The web pages include harvest statistics from...

Hawaii Cancels 2020 Lana‘i Axis Deer Hunt Due to COVID-19 Risks
Posted on: 04/03/20

The Hawaii 2020 deer rifle season within the Lana‘i Cooperative Game Management Area, is being cancelled due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19. The season was scheduled to run through May 17, 2020. The DOFAW reports efforts are underway to notify hunters who are impacted by this cancellation. A new date for the hunt has not been set, but...

Apply for North Dakota 2020 General Deer/Muzzleloader Lottery in Early May
Posted on: 04/03/20

The North Dakota 2020 general deer and muzzleloader lottery applications will be available online in early May, with a deadline of June 3. Landowners who are interested in a 2020 deer gratis license can start the online-only application process now by visiting the North Dakota GFD website. The deadline for applying is June 3. Since 2018 the GFD has...

Arizona 2020 Leftover Elk Permit-Tags Remain Only for “Low Density” Hunt
Posted on: 03/31/20

The Arizona GFD random draw for 2020 elk hunts has been over for weeks, and all leftover permit-tags are gone -- with one exception. More than 600 hunt permit-tags remain available for the minimal occurrence zone/low-density hunt in game management units 12A, 12B, 13A and 13B. There are two ways that hunters can purchase these leftovers on a first-come, first-served basis by...

Deadline to Apply Online for Montana 2020 Deer/Elk Permits April 1
Posted on: 03/27/20

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds hunters that the deadline to apply for deer and elk licenses for nonresidents and deer and elk permits for everyone is April 1. The purchase deadline for spring black bear is April 14 without a 24 hour wait. Hunters should apply now and not wait until the last minute. Hunters who are applying for special licenses or permits will need to do so online and will still need to...

MAPLand Act Would Put Public Land Access into the Digital Age
Posted on: 03/20/20
For today’s hunters and anglers, the GPS has become an omnipresent tool not only for orienteering, but for finding access to public lands and waters in the first place. A bill recently introduced in Congress could make computerized tools even more effective in unlocking hunting and fishing spots. Americans own 640 million acres of federal public land – national parks, national forests, wildlife refuges and Bureau of Land Management ground. These lands provide invaluable opportunities for hunting, fishing, camping and the like. However...

Oregon 2020 Big Game Tag Auctions Rescheduled & Now Bid-by-Phone
Posted on: 03/20/20

Several Oregon big game tag auctions are being rescheduled from original dates currently printed in the 2020 Big Game Regulations. The Lewis and Clark chapter of Safari Club International (SCI) has rescheduled their auction for a Statewide Deer Tag for Friday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m., (from original date of March 14). The live auction will be bid-by-phone only. Hunters wishing to bid on the deer tag should...

Arizona Leftover Hunt Permit-Tags Available for 2020 Elk Hunts
Posted on: 03/18/20

Arizona hunters still have an opportunity to receive a hunt permit-tag for select 2020 elk hunts. There are 824 leftover hunt permit-tags — 677 for the minimal occurrence zone/low density (general) hunt in game management units 12A, 12B, 13A and 13B. All remaining hunt permit-tags will be available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis as follows...

Minnesota Confirms CWD in Dakota County Wild deer
Posted on: 03/18/20

A wild deer in Dakota County was confirmed positive for chronic wasting disease, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said. The deer, an adult male, was reported by a local resident near Farmington as displaying neurological symptoms and was tested as part of the DNR’s risk-based disease surveillance program. It is the first detection of the fatal neurological disease in a wild deer in this county, and...

Hawaii has a New Online Hunt Application System
Posted on: 03/16/20

The State of Hawaii, DLNR, Division of Forestry and Wildlife has built a new online hunt application within the Go Hunt Hawaii website! Going forward this will be the system you will use to apply for Mouflon Sheep and Axis Deer hunting on Lanai. The new system will be live beginning March 23, 2020. In preparation for the upcoming hunt application period, we highly recommend that...

Nevada Accepting 2020 Big Game Applications
Posted on: 03/16/20

The Nevada big game application period opens Monday, March 16 online at the departments website. NDOW has multiple resources to help you apply, including the Big Game Hunting Regulations, bonus point data, Big Game Application Seminars on March 25 in Reno and Las Vegas and more. Hunters need a tag to hunt Nevada's big game populations like...

Whitetail Heritage of Ohio Accepting 2020 Hunt Applications
Posted on: 03/13/20

The 2020 Whitetail Heritage of Ohio is now accepting hunt applications through Sept 11. Great hunt opportunity for 1st time hunters and youths. Applications should be mailed to; Eric Sheely 6001 Twp. Rd. 264 Millersburg, Ohio 44654. Hunt Date: Saturday October 03, 2020. Location: Pilgrim Hills Camp 33833 Township Road 20, Brinkhaven, OH. All selected applicants will...

Best Public Lands Near Big Cities
Posted on: 03/11/20

If you live in a big city and love to hunt and fish, it can be a struggle to find a place to pursue those passions and find success. Hooking into a hot bed of smallies or shooting a doe, few ducks or rabbits for the pot is more difficult in urban areas than the back 40. That’s where this list comes in...