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Minnesota DNR Enacts CWD Deer Strategy
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is taking the next steps in implementing its Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) incident response plan. They include inviting landowners to participate in a deer sampling process, and putting in place a deer feeding ban.
Federal laboratory confirms CWD diagnosis In Minnesota Deer
Monday, January 31, 2011
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) received confirmation from a national laboratory on Jan. 25 verifying that the sample from a southeastern Minnesota white-tailed deer tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).
Illinois Deer Harvest Totals Over 180,000 Deer
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 181,936 deer during all 2010-11 seasons. Deer hunting in the state closed on Jan. 16 as hunters wrapped up the archery season and the last segments of the late-winter and special Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) deer hunting seasons.
Alabama Wildlife Officials Urging Hunters To Keep Safety In Mind
Saturday, January 15, 2011
With approximately two weeks of deer hunting season left, officials with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) are reminding hunters to take measures to ensure their safety. Three fatalities related to falls from treestands have occurred recently in Alabama.
Deer Study To Begin In Northwestern Minnesota
Monday, January 10, 2011
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the University of Minnesota will launch a pilot research project later this month to gain a better understanding of movements and habitat use of white-tailed deer in northwestern Minnesota.
Regulations For Colorado Antler Shed Hunters
Sunday, January 2, 2011
The Colorado Division of Wildlife is reminding antler hunters that the collection of shed antlers in the Gunnison Basin is regulated by strict guidelines.
The purpose of the regulations is to protect vulnerable wildlife species, especially Gunnison sage-grouse and mule deer, explained J Wenum, area wildlife manager in Gunnison.
Iowa Deer Harvest Down 6% From 2009
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Hunters have reported harvesting more than 108,000 deer so far through the DNR's harvest reporting system, which is 6.4 percent behind the 2009 levels, or about 7,000 fewer deer. Harvest totals have been lower each of the past few years as the deer herd approaches targeted population goals in more counties.
"We are expecting that the kill would be down at least 4 to 5 percent this year," said Tom Litchfield, state deer biologist with the DNR. "The statewide deer population has been shrinking for the past five years and a lower harvest is a natural outcome of that population trend."
Wisconsin DNR Conducting Aerial Deer Surveys
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Department of Natural Resources biologists will conduct an aerial deer count over parts of the chronic wasting disease Management Zone (CWD-MZ) of southern Wisconsin during December and January, weather permitting.
Agency staff will use a helicopter and airplanes to help estimate the number of deer in the entire CWD-MZ.
South Carolina Hunters Seeking New Buck Regulations
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
South Carolina deer hunters are asking for changes to the state’s deer management approach based on public opinion data gathered by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
Much of the discussion among hunters is related to concern over the unregulated harvest of antlered bucks, and an estimated 25 percent decline in the State’s deer population over the last 10 years according to DNR biologists. Currently there is no enforceable limit on the number of bucks a hunter can take during the season.