Numerous changes coming in 2017-2018 for deer, antelope and elk.
Pronghorn antelope tags will also be reduced, but tag numbers for elk hunts will not be affected.
Hunters last year harvested nearly 119,500 deer — down 4 percent from the 2015 harvest of nearly 124,800 deer — and collisions across Indiana numbered more than 14,000, down nearly 9 percent.
In addition to the eagle language, House Bill 1204 reduces the age from 16 to 12 for individuals to qualify for an apprentice hunter validation license, and allows youth who turn age 11 before the end of the calendar year to receive a whitetail doe license valid for only the youth deer hunting season.
Four free-ranging whitetail deer tested positive for the disease, in Iosco, Oscoda, Presque Isle and Roscommon counties.
Overall hunter success was 66 percent, with each hunter spending an average of 4.4 days in the field.
White-tailed deer hunting changes include modifications to bag limits for several counties throughout the state.
John Walker was cited in 2015 for placing corn and pumpkins near his deer stands on his Washburn County property. A circuit judge tossed the citation, finding there wasn’t any evidence Walker intended to hunt over the food.
Positive test from this sample size increases concern that more CWD-positive deer might be present in the immediate area where the deer was taken.
Supporters, opponents make push as plan nears final approval.
Updates expected as New York State Department of Environmental Conservation continues to upgrade deer harvest calculation system.
Plan covers action items like surveillance and monitoring, education and outreach, biosecurity and safety, research, and public involvement.
Oftentimes, a deer believed to be an antlered female is actually not a female at all, or may be part female. Or, the animal could possibly be a buck with serious reproductive problems — just a few of many possible explanations.
Agency sampled more than 6,000 deer for chronic wasting disease statewide in 2016; positive detections primarily within the endemic area in southern Wisconsin.
Hunters harvested an estimated 333,254 deer in 2016-17, the commission said – an increase of about 6 percent compared to the agency’s 2015-16 harvest estimate of 315,813.
All but one of those positives were in a cluster that was about four miles west of Lanesboro.
Among the restrictions now covered by regulation is the prohibition on importing into Pennsylvania any high-risk parts from deer, elk, moose or other cervids harvested within states or Canadian provinces where CWD is present.
What I like most about CDAC is that assessments and recommendations are determined according to each individual county’s specific deer season goals.
Baiting, feeding ban in CWD-affected counties the one remaining tool the DNR has to slow CWD spread.
Board of Game Commissioners gives final approval to 2017-18 hunting/trapping seasons.
Author spent 45 minutes traversing his northwest Ohio environs looking for deer.
In 2005, CWD was found in captive and wild white-tailed deer in Oneida County. After intensive disease response efforts, no subsequent cases have been detected.
Five-year study one of the largest in the nation; researchers’ goal is to collar 100 deer per year.
Annually, the DNR tests thousands of white-tailed deer for bovine TB statewide. Due to this new steer finding, hunters within the 3-mile radius of this facility will be asked to voluntarily submit their deer heads for TB testing. This increased surveillance effort is planned to ensure the disease has not spilled over into the deer population.
Perhaps a Wisconsin County Deer Advisory Council meeting will provide some clarity into how other states take initiative to include public insight into the policy-making process of any given deer season.
Agency looking to capture 500 deer over five years in two study areas; predators also being collared.