Deer News

Stay up to date on everything happening in the whitetail world! From record bucks to weird happenings, the D&DH news crew stays on top of all things deer.

Whitetail Buck Deer (Photo by NPS)

How Much Tax Money Will Your State Get?

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced March 25 that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will distribute nearly $1.1 billion in excise tax revenues paid by sportsmen and sportswomen to state and territorial fish and wildlife agencies to fund fish and wildlife conservation and recreation projects across the nation. “People who enjoy hunting,...

Dennie Bowman of North Carolina with his giant spike buck killed in late 2013.

Have You Seen This Freakishly Gigantic Spike Buck?

Most deer hunters consider a nontypical buck to be one with a regular rack and drop tines, kicker points, weird tines or anything else abnormal that would make you do a double-take. What about a gigantic buck with foot-long spikes? Yep, that probably would qualify as a nontypical? It darn sure is freaky! Dennie Bowman...

Idaho deer

Major Changes in Store for Deer Hunters, Seasons

Major changes for deer hunters include increased extra antlerless tags, a new youth antlerless hunt, more controlled season hunt tags and new muzzleloader hunting dates, all of which sound positive for hunters. The Idaho Fish and Game Commission adopted the 2014 seasons for deer, elk, pronghorn, black bear, mountain lion and gray wolf as...

Wildlife restoration and excise tax revenue aid programs assist wildlife and hunters.

Shorter Season, Fewer Tags as Deer Struggle to Recover

A combination of weather and disease that ravaged the deer population in one midwestern state has prompted wildlife agency officials to make some drastic changes for the upcoming deer season. Regulations designed to help deer herds grow in much of the state were adopted by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioners at their meeting...

michigan deer

Deer Management Assistance Plan Gets Started

Michigan’s new Deer Private Land Assistance Network grant program, known as Deer PLAN, will begin taking applications April 1. The Deer PLAN, funded by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Fish and Game Fund, is designed to support private-land deer habitat improvement projects in the northern Lower Peninsula. “There are two primary goals applicants should...

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How Stupid Were These Poachers to Do What They Did?

Ever watch a television police drama and see the criminal do something that makes you think, “Duh, that wasn’t too smart. You’ll probably get caught for that mistake.” Yep, everyone makes mistakes. Ultimately, the stupid mistakes eventually catch up with you, as in the case of some poachers investigated and convicted for multiple violations...

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No CWD Discovered in Widespread Testing

None of the dreaded chronic wasting disease has been found in Arkansas’s deer herd. That’s the bottom line of a report from the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory which did extensive analyses for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission on a set of samples submitted during the 2013 sampling period. Chronic wasting disease is a...

Chronic Wasting Disease is fatal to deer and now is in more than two dozen states and Canadian provinces.

Where Has This Fatal Disease to Deer Been Found Now?

A deer killed during the 2013 season has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease, which is fatal to deer and is now found in more than two dozen states and Canadian provinces. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources received laboratory confirmation Feb. 28 that a second white-tailed deer killed in Maryland tested positive for...

North Dakota Mule Deer

What Would You Tell These Wildlife Agency Officials?

Outdoor enthusiasts are invited to attend a North Dakota Game and Fish Department advisory board meeting in their area. These public meetings, held each spring and fall, provide citizens with an opportunity to discuss fish and wildlife issues and ask questions of their district advisors and agency personnel. The governor appoints eight Game and...

North Dakota buck

More Than Half of Licensed Hunters Successful, But is That OK?

If slightly more than half of hunters had a success rate for a deer season, would you consider that to be good or bad? That’s what one state’s wildlife officials will be reviewing, along with other regulation proposals, to present to the public later this spring. North Dakota deer hunters took approximately 28,600 deer...