Hunting and Fishing News & Blog Articles
MANHATTAN – Youth and disabled hunters have until July 21 to apply for an assisted deer hunt at Tuttle Creek Lake. This event is limited to 25 hunters. The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, Riley County Fish and Game Association and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Tuttle Creek Lake are partnering […]
MELVERN LAKE – The Kansas Bowhunters Association (KBA) will hold a carp bowfishing contest at Melvern Lake on June 11-12, 2016. The group will headquarter at the Sundance Primitive Campground north of Lebo. Signs will direct archers to the area. KBA members invite anyone who has an interest to attend. Whether you’re a seasoned bowfisher […]
PIERRE, S.D – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission opened more of the state for deer hunters to harvest antlerless whitetail deer during the archery season. In recent years, GFP has closed certain areas of the state for antlerless deer harvest due to lower deer populations. Whitetail deer numbers are increasing across […]
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The eighth annual Missouri Archery in the Schools Program (MoNASP) state tournament drew 1,450 students in grades 4-12 from 94 schools across the state. Winning teams and individuals, along with other teams and individuals who had qualifying scores, will go on to compete in the National Archery in the Schools Program […]
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will host the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) Illinois State Tournament on Saturday, April 2 at the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. Participation remains strong as 1,015 archers from 35 schools have registered to compete. Participation in the State Tournament has […]
The past winter was hard on the deer herds. Snowfall in most areas was well above the average, and the storms made more difficult browsing for the deer. In response, each spring, Idaho Fish and Game captures and collars does and fawns across the state. This monitoring provides vital, real-time information allowing biologists to react to changing herd sizes quickly. Fawn mortality was expected to be extremely high in some areas. In response, Fish and Game eliminated antlerless general season hunts in the following units: 48, 49, 52, 66A, 68, 70, 71, 72, 73, 73A, 74, 75, 76, 77 and 78.
Idaho Fish and Game seemed to fear the winterkill would devastate deer herds. These fears were well founded, as fawn survival rate was the second-lowest seen in 20 years. However, the mortality was much lower than early projections.
About 30% of radio-collared fawns and 90% of collared does survived the harsh conditions last winter with deep snow and frigid temperatures on low-elevation winter range.
In the past 19 years, the lowest survival rate was in the 2010-2011 winter, when only 26% of collared fawns survived. Over this period, the average survival rate has been 57%, almost double the survival from this past winter. Although not the worst season on record as some expected it to be, last winter definitely did some lasting damage to mule deer herds going forward.
This will be welcome news if you missed the May 1 trophy species application deadline. In years past, you would be out of luck and a year behind. However, with this change, hunters can purchase bonus points for any species that they did not apply for that year. The purchase window is July 3 to September 30.
This new feature at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks was set up by House Bill 623, introduced by Rep. Kerry White during the 2017 Legislature.
The legislation also does away with the expiration of bonus points. In the past, if a hunter failed to apply for more than two years, he would forfeit all his accumulated points. The new law eliminates point expiration, allowing hunters the flexibility to keep their points through sustained application gaps.
The fee to purchase a bonus point without applying for a license is $15 per species for residents. Nonresidents are charged $25 each for elk, deer and antelope and $75 each for moose, sheep and goat. If purchasing online, transaction fees will apply.
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Every fall we have the great privilege of taking hunters from across the United States on once in a lifetime hunts. Many trophy bull elk call southern Colorado home. For one lucky Eastmans’ Bowhunting journal subscriber a hunt for rutting bulls in Colorado with Guy Eastman filming the whole experience for Eastmans’ Hunting TV is always one of our favorite hunts. This fall we have added an antelope hunt in Colorado for a lucky Digital Journal subscriber. This will be the first time that we have ever offered a hunt as a prize for subscribing to the Digital Journal.
For subscribers to the Hunting Journal, we take them to Eastern Montana to hunt rutting mule deer on the open prairie. We have had many hunters harvest quality bucks and made many new friends through the experience. Give this video a watch! We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed taking Mike Irwin to Montana for a trophy mule deer hunt with Sizzlin S Outfitters!