DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa hunters will be able to use semi-automatic weapons including AR-15 rifles to kill deer in more parts of the state during a newly created antlerless season in January under a bill signed by Gov.
HILTON HEAD, S.C. (AP) — The manager of a gated community on the South Carolina coast says a dead alligator found on the property had been shot.
The alligator carcass was collected and removed last week from private property on Hilton Head Plantation, general manager Peter Kristian told The Island Packet.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Forty people on Friday were offered permits to hunt moose in New Hampshire this fall following the state's 35th annual lottery.
Winners were selected from a pool of 6,033 applicants.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Deer hunters would be able to use semi-automatic rifles during a newly created antlerless season in January under a bill approved by lawmakers Tuesday and sent to the governor.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Deer hunters in Mississippi will have a chance to harvest a buck in velvet during the state’s first early archery hunt in September.
The season is set for Sept. 16-18.
Russ Walsh, wildlife chief of staff for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, said those dates reach a balance between allowing bucks to reach their maximum antler growth for the year and giving hunters a chance to harvest them before they shed their velvet.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona House has approved several election bills in bipartisan votes.
The measures approved Tuesday, which have all already passed the Senate, make relatively minor changes to election procedures.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The number of licenses for this year's deer hunt in North Dakota has been reduced because of an outbreak of a viral disease last year.
The state Game and Fish Department is making 64,200 licenses available, down 8,000 from last year.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A hunting group is suing the state of Maine to overturn the state's longstanding ban on Sunday hunting.
Hunting bear, moose, wild turkey and deer is popular in Maine, but the state has barred Sunday hunting for generations.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota wildlife officials are looking to increase the number of bighorn sheep hunting licenses for the next two years.
The bighorn sheep hunting season proposal for the 2022 and 2023 seasons increases the ram bighorn sheep licenses from eight to 10, with an additional license being made available for auction.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota wildlife officials say bighorn sheep are making a comeback in the state following a crippling disease outbreak in the Badlands.
There are almost 450 bighorns among populations managed by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, the National Park Service and the Three Affiliated Tribes Fish and Wildlife Division, The Bismarck Tribune reported.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The number of alligators in Pelahatchie Bay is becoming a problem so the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks has proposed a hunting season to help reduce the population.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — An attempt to open up Sunday hunting in Maine has been shot down in committee.
Hunting big game animals such as bears and moose is a popular activity in Maine, but the state is home to a law that bars hunting on Sunday.
OMAHA, Neb (AP) — Nebraska Game and Parks officials are investigating after about 300 dead snow geese were found recently on a road west of Falls City in Richardson County.
Thousands of the birds are migrating through Nebraska and there is no hunting limits during conservation season.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — More hunting licenses for elk will be offered by North Dakota’s Game and Fish Department this year, but there will be fewer moose licenses.
A bighorn sheep hunting season could also take place, depending on the pending results of summer sheep population surveys.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is holding public hearings this month on next fall's proposed moose hunt in the northeastern part of the state and the health status of the deer herd.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A mountain lion that was born in Nebraska has been killed in Montana, a first for both states.
The Lincoln Journal-Star reports that the mountain lion was just a kitten in 2018 when state biologists found it and a sibling in a den in the Pine Ridge area near Chadron and attached yellow ear tags.
ESSEX, Vt. (AP) — Public hearings will be held this month on the status of the migratory game bird populations and this year's proposed hunting seasons for them in areas of Vermont and New York, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department said.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is offering hunter education classes around the state for hunters who wish to purchase licenses.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is proposing a fall moose hunt in the northeastern part of the state to reduce the effects of winter ticks on the animal's population.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wolf hunting and trapping has ended for the season in southwestern Montana after hunters killed 82 wolves in the region, the state Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks said Thursday.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A handful of Maine's winter hunting seasons for small game animals are ending for the spring.
The bobcat season ends on Feb. 21, while the fox season lasts until Feb. 28.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota House committee on Monday killed a proposal to grant tribal members free access to the state's parks and recreation areas and to provide free licenses to hunt and fish on non-tribal land.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana wildlife commissioners on Friday moved to shut down gray wolf hunting in a portion of the state around Yellowstone National Park, amid mounting criticism over a record number of the animals shot or trapped after roaming across the park boundary this winter.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's wolf population remained steady at about 1,500 last year, state wildlife managers said Thursday.
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game made the population estimate public during an Idaho Fish and Game Commission meeting.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Steve McDaniel is retiring after five years as director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.
Gov. Jim Justice said McDaniel will take on an advisory role to the DNR when he retires at the end of the month.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine moose hunters had less success than usual during last year's hunt despite an increase in hunting permits.
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife said 68% of hunters harvested a moose during the fall hunt, the Bangor Daily News reported.
ROME (AP) — The discovery of African swine fever in northern Italy has Italian pork producers fearing significant economic damage to a major agricultural export and has forced curtailing of the official seasons to hunt for game and to gather prized truffles.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Hunters in Vermont took more than 15,000 deer in this year's seasons, several thousand less than in 2020, based on preliminary reports, according to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's hunting seasons for winter game birds are in full swing.
Maine is home to numerous seasons for game birds such as ducks and quails. The seasons for ruffed grouse, bobwhite quail and pheasant all run until Dec.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma tribal leaders said Monday that Gov. Kevin Stitt's decision to not renew hunting and fishing license compacts with the Cherokee and Choctaw nations is part of an ongoing dispute between the tribes and the Republican governor.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's deer hunting season is coming to a close.
The muzzleloader season, which started a week ago, ends on Sunday.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The final stretch of Maine's annual deer hunt is ending for the year on Saturday.
The last two weeks of the deer hunt are reserved for people who hunt using muzzleloaders and some archers.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A member of Mississippi's wildlife, fisheries and parks commission says the commission may step back from a proposal to reduce the area for duck hunting at a popular wildlife management site.
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The number of antlered white-tailed deer killed in West Virginia during the two-week firearms season went up 10% compared with a year ago, wildlife officials said.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's annual deer hunt is entering its final few days of the year with the season for hunters who use muzzleloaders.
Muzzleloaders are firearms that are loaded through the front end.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Hunters killed thousands fewer deer during Wisconsin's nine-day gun season this year than in 2020, according to preliminary state Department of Natural Resources data released Monday.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's big fall hunting seasons ended for the year on Saturday.
The state's “big four” game animals are black bears, wild turkeys, white-tailed deer and moose. The seasons for bears, deer and moose all ended on Saturday, and the turkey season ended earlier in the month.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's 16-day rifle deer hunting season is wind downing.
The season started on Nov. 13 and ends Sunday.
Deer hunters still have other opportunities this year.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — State wildlife biologists are again proposing a ban on the use of trail cameras in hunting a few months after they pulled the proposal to further survey hunters after some initial backlash.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — With hunting season underway, wildlife agencies in New Hampshire and Vermont have started testing for COVID-19 in white-tailed deer, as antibodies for the virus have been found in deer in other states, according to a government study.
WHITEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina hunter who disappeared this week in North Carolina’s Green Swamp has reunited with his family after searchers found him “cold, hungry, and dehydrated,” a sheriff's office said.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine hunters who harvest deer with the use of muzzleloaders will start their season soon.
Muzzleloaders are firearms that use projectiles that are loaded from the front end of the gun.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The annual buck firearms season is expected to bring thousands of hunters to West Virginia's woodlands.
The season traditionally opens on the Monday before Thanksgiving.
STURGIS, Mich. (AP) — A 10-point buck sought sanctuary inside a southern Michigan church on opening day of the state's firearm deer hunting season.
Pastors at Grace Sturgis encountered the buck inside the church's auditorium on Monday before it leapt through a window and back into the wild.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's big four hunting seasons are coming to a close for the year.
The seasons for moose, white-tailed deer and black bears all end on Nov. 27. The season for wild turkey has already ended.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's modern gun deer season has opened.
The season opened statewide on Nov. 13 and continues through Nov. 28, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources said in a statement.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Commissioners in North Dakota's largest city will be asked Monday to consider ending a wildlife management program that allows bow hunters to kill deer within city limits.
Fargo Police Chief Dave Zibloski said a recent study shows that harvest rates are low, the plan is no longer effective and it has created a public safety threat.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's moose hunters have not had a lot of success this fall.
The state is home to an annual fall moose hunt that attracts tens of thousands of applicants for a limited number of permits.
PINE CITY, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz was among the thousands of hunters who took to the field Saturday for Minnesota’s firearms deer hunting season opener.
Walz hunted with Brady Crocker and Kevin Hinze on the Hinze family’s private property in Pine County.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — With Rhode Island's deer hunting season underway, state wildlife officials are reminding hunters that deer taken during the first two days of the muzzleloader season Saturday and Sunday must be physically checked at one of five state-operated sites.