Bloggers on Hunting

Fewer fall shotgun turkey hunters, fewer birds taken in 2011

Firearms turkey hunters in the state took 638 birds during the 9-day season, down 11 percent from last year's total of 716. "This continues a long term trend in both declining harvest and participation in fall turkey hunting, with many hunters choosing to concentrate on archery deer hunting during this time period," Paul Brewer, DNR's turkey biologist, pointed out. Evidence…

Deer harvest down, but success to report

The firearms deer kill remains down from last year, when firearms hunters killed a total of more than 174,000 deer. Through Tuesday, hunters have killed 83,500 whitetails, compared with about 101,000 at the same time last year. Many hunters report heavy wind during the first three days of the season was the primary factor that reduced harvest. Deer simply don't…

Pheasant Hunting

Wisconsin pheasant hunters, for the most part, are finding out just what two to three tough winters can do to wild pheasant populations. While carryover of state-released birds, or birds raised by landowners, have made a difference in some years, much of that carryover was wiped out by deep snow, icy crusts and sub-zero temperatures. Of course pheasant populations, as…

Online hunter match program possibly on way out

Athens, Ohio – A pilot project begun by the DNR Division of Wildlife several years ago to match farmers and hunters could be on its last legs. The project, huntohiofarms.com, was started at the urging of the Ohio Farm Bureau to match farmers suffering crop damage with willing hunters. The Division of Wildlife recently drafted a letter to the Ohio Farm Bureau,…

Numbers don't lie on Sunday hunting

The numbers were telling. They were revealed during a recent public forum with the Pennsylvania Game Commission and two state legislators. The event was held in Hanover Township, Luzerne County, and the panel consisted of Game Commission Executive Director Carl Roe, Commissioner Jay Delaney and state Reps. Ed Staback and Gerald Mullery. Both are on the House Game and Fisheries…

More hunter access to private lands

Hunters can look forward to some new public lands this fall, thanks to the new Voluntary Public Access (VPA) program. This program will open more land for hunters, fishermen, trappers and wildlife enthusiasts, beginning in September, but it may be a short-term gain. The VPA program is brand new to Wisconsin and funded by a grant through the 2008 Federal…

Have we overshot turkeys in Minnesota?

The 2011 Minnesota spring wild turkey hunt almost assuredly will not set a new state harvest record. Given the huge record kill of 2010, that's not entirely surprising. The state can't set a record every year, particularly after liberalizing the tagging system last year set the table for a strong kill. Still, did harvest have to drop this much? Consider…

Deer bill, NRB appointees up for Senate hearing May 5

Bass culling, bear bills up for Senate committee vote May 5 Sportsmen who have been following the progress of the bass culling bill, bear hunting bill, deer hunting bill and the appointment of three new Natural Resources Board members might be interested to know that the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Environment will meet on Thursday, May 5 beginning…

CWD in PA: a question of when, not if

A prediction made by two Pennsylvania Game Commission officials recently is extremely alarming. One official – PGC wildlife veterinarian Dr. Walter Cottrell – said in a story that appeared in Pennsylvania Outdoors News that it's probable that chronic wasting disease is either already in the state or it's only a matter of time before it arrives. Cottrell's remark was made…

Big Gathering of Wisconsin Waterfowlers Coming Up

Some of Wisconsin's most avid duck and goose hunters will migrate to Stevens Point on March 4 and 5, for the 9th annual gathering and something that I think all waterfowl hunters will find beneficial. Although there are several organizations (such as Wisconsin Waterfowl Association, Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, Ducks Unlimited, Delta Waterfowl, and WI DNR) that help to co-sponsor the…