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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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California 2019 General Deer Season Opens Sept 21 - Outlook Good
Posted on: 09/17/19

California’s general deer season dawns across much of the state Sept. 21, and hunters would do well to scout and hunt those areas scarred by wildfires two to five years ago. “These wildfires often are devastating for us as people, but from a deer’s standpoint, they like young, new growth that comes in after a fire. That is some of the best habitat for deer. Burn scars that are two to five years old provide...

Colorado Issues Emergency Closure for Part of Cherokee State WMA Due to Fire
Posted on: 09/17/19

The McNay Fire that started around noon Sunday has forced the emergency closure of the Lone Pine section on the Cherokee State Wildlife Area (SWA), Colorado Parks and Wildlife announced Monday. The closure will have an affect on archery and muzzleloader deer hunters. The only access to the remaining open parcels, including the Roy Brown, on the lower unit is from County Road 80C. The 25,497-acre Cherokee SWA has...

Michigan 2019 Early Antlerless Firearm Deer Season Opens Sept 21
Posted on: 09/17/19
Hunters eager to get a start on Michigan’s deer seasons will take to the woods this weekend, Sept. 21-22, for the early antlerless firearm season – open on private lands in select Lower Peninsula deer management units. To participate in this season, hunters must have a private-land antlerless deer license issued for the DMU in which they are hunting, or a deer management assistance permit valid for that DMU. Leftover antlerless deer licenses will...

Minnesota 2019 Inaugural Statewide Youth Deer Season Opens Oct 17
Posted on: 09/17/19

Minnesota offers mentors an ideal way to share hunting knowledge and traditions with youth ages 10-17 during its inaugural statewide youth deer season. The four-day season begins Thursday, Oct. 17, and concludes Sunday, Oct. 20. It coincides with statewide teacher workshops, so many Minnesota students don’t have school during the youth season’s first two days. To participate, youth must be 10-17 years old and...

Strong Storms in Iowa Cause Flooding, Closures at Yellow River State Forest
Posted on: 09/16/19
Flash flooding has forced closures at the Iowa Yellow River State Forest campgrounds and trails. The flash flood hit during the evening hours on Thursday, September 12, and has covered many roads. All of the campgrounds are currently closed. The Creekside equestrian campground will remain closed for the season, Little Paint campground will open as work is completed, Big Paint campground will open September 19, and Frontier equestrian campground will...

Maryland Opens Additional Wildlife Management Areas for Hunting
Posted on: 09/16/19

The Maryland DNR announced two new public hunting opportunities in state WMAs. Browns Branch WMA in Queen Anne’s County and Popes Creek WMA in Charles County are now open to regulated hunting and trapping. Those interested in hunting the area must possess a free Central Region seasonal permit and make daily reservations. Hunting on the 1,172-acre Browns Branch WMA will be...

Montana Special 2019 CWD Hunt for District 400 - Licenses on Sale Sept 23
Posted on: 09/16/19

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 4 is scheduling a special chronic wasting disease hunt south of Chester this fall along the Marias River near the Moffat Bridge. The hunt is designed to determine the prevalence of the disease in the area. The CWD B licenses will go on sale at 8 a.m., Sept. 23. For the hunt, FWP will sell 50 mule deer either-sex B licenses and 300 mule deer antlerless B licenses that can only be used in...

North Carolina 2019 Youth Deer Hunting Day is Sept 28
Posted on: 09/16/19

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has designated Saturday, Sept. 28, as a Youth Deer Hunting Day for 2019. On this day, youth 17 and younger may use any legal weapon to hunt deer of either sex and are not required to be accompanied by an adult if they have completed a hunter education course. The Youth Deer Hunting Day provisions apply to both private and public lands. Hunters age...

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Posted on: 09/13/19

The Arkansas GFC is rolling out additional opportunities for hunters to get their deer tested for chronic wasting disease throughout the state this deer season. More than 130 testing locations have been established through regional offices, drop-off locations and participating taxidermists. All of these options are free to the hunter and are completely voluntary. With new cases of...

Montana 2019 Big Game Hunting Seasons & Forecast
Posted on: 09/13/19

Montana 2019 big game hunting season is underway and FWP in addition to the following hunting seasons and forecast, provides online information about hunting access, including our popular Block Management Program. Through the program, we coordinate with landowners to provide hunting access to more than 7 million acres of private land. The interactive Hunt Planner map allows users to look at information for various species, including...

Minnesota DNR Confirm Deer with EHD Found in Stearns County
Posted on: 09/12/19

The Minnesota DNR has confirmed the first two cases of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) in wild white-tailed deer in Minnesota. EHD is a viral disease that is spread by a biting insect called a midge. The outbreak is limited to Stearns County. The disease incubates for 5-10 days, and most infected deer die within 36 hours of exhibiting symptoms. The DNR suspects several deer in the St. Stephen area have recently...

West Virginia 2019 Archery & Crossbow Seasons Open Sept 28
Posted on: 09/12/19

West Virginia 2019 archery and crossbow seasons for white-tailed deer, black bear and wild boar will open Saturday, Sept. 28 and run through Dec. 31. BEAR; Buy a Bear Damage Stamp (Class DS). Nonresidents need a Class EE Bear Hunting License and Conservation Stamp (Class CS or CS/LE) and if they are hunting on the national forest they must have..