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.

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Deer Hunters Have a New Range for Shooting Practice

Finding a quality shooting range where you can enjoy sighting in a deer rifle or plinking with the youngsters sometimes can be a challenge, but many state wildlife agencies offer quality sites MDWFP is pleased to announce the opening of Mississippi’s newest public shooting range. McHenry Shooting Range, located in South Mississippi near Perkinston,...

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Leading Charity Evaluator Issues Warning for Animal-Rights Groups

Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities, has stripped their rating of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and other animal rights groups and replaced them with a “Donor Advisory” warning. Charity Navigator rates organizations from one to four stars, with four being the highest rating possible. According to Charity...

Does are in the crosshairs in West Virginia.

Game Commission Increases Permits for Antlerless Deer Hunts

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is enlisting assistance from hunters in an effort to slow the spread of chronic wasting disease. The Game Commission has developed a permit that can be used to hunt antlerless deer, but can be used only within the boundaries of what is known as Disease Management Area 2 – the...

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What Has Suddenly Killed 50 Deer in This Breeding Facility?

Deer deaths aren’t uncommon in summer months, especially in the Southeast and Midwest, once temperatures climb and if lack of rainfall concentrates watering holes or dries up sites. But when 50 deer die in a high-fenced breeding facility, that raises immediate eyebrows and questions. It also gets state wildlife and agricultural officials involved pretty...

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Coyotes Changing Deer Dynamics, Getting More Scrutiny

It’s no secret that coyotes love to eat deer, whether it’s fawns they find or older deer brought down by two or more songdogs working as a team. Researchers in Pennsylvania have been studying the expansion and impacts of the Eastern Coyote on deer populations. They looked at information from Canada to the Southeast...

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Applications Due for Controlled Hunts in Big Buck State

Applications are now being accepted for controlled deer and waterfowl hunts on selected Ohio public areas during the 2014-15 season. According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, hunters have until Thursday, July 31, to submit permit applications for a random drawing. These special hunts are held on selected public areas to provide additional...

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Lowest Number of Deer Tags Offered in 34 Years

Deer hunters are losing more than 11,500 hunting permits from last season due to a continued decline in population numbers and more than 2 million acres of Conservation Reserve Program habitat being put back into crop use. North Dakota hunters will find themselves with fewer opportunities this year. Randy Kreil, wildlife chief for the...

Ohio is a fantastic state for big buck hunters but numbers of white-tailed deer can cause problems for farmers and in urban areas.

Damaging Deer Deserve Death? Maybe, Some Say

Depredation permits are utilized for farmers with deer populations that impact agricultural crops, and regulated urban deer hunting programs are used for populations in cities and parks. How does a state with a large population of white-tailed deer, a large population of humans, a mix of big cities and rural areas, and a strong...

Enclosures often pit landowners and hunters against state wildlife officials and others in a never-ending debate.

High Fence Deer Battle Reaches Attorney General’s Crosshairs

The debate has raged for years between landowners, wildlife agencies and, occasionally, the judicial and legislative branches in different states: when a landowner erects a high fence on his property and captures otherwise wild deer, or moves deer into the enclosure, are they his property or do they still belong under the purview of...

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Disgraced Celebrity Hunter Fires Back at State Agency With Massive Lawsuit

Disgraced celebrity hunter William “Spook” Spann has sued the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s top official and other TWRA officers or officials for what he says is harassment after being “rigorously targeted” for the last three years. Spann in 2013 accepted a six-month hunting probation penalty after a trial for multiple charges stemming from a...