Chronic wasting confirmed in deer found near Williston
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota has documented its first deer death caused by chronic wasting disease and officials are concerned because it happened in an area where the devastating wildlife...
Vermont plans meetings on deer, moose hunts
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is holding public hearings this spring to discuss deer and moose hunting.
The state will release the results of the deer hunting...
Man pleads not guilty to poaching charges
SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) — A 62-year-old Wyoming man has pleaded not guilty to poaching more than 100 deer over a two-year period.
The Sheridan Press reports that Gregg Lambdin entered not guilty...
Wisconsin CWD-containment deer farm fencing rule expires
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin rule aimed at slowing the spread of chronic wasting disease between captive and wild deer has expired before it even took effect.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection isn't saying whether he thinks his agency should take over regulating deer farm fencing from wildlife...
Sioux Falls police kill 60 deer to reduce crashes
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sioux Falls police have killed 60 deer to reduce traffic crashes and landscaping damage in the city.
The Sioux Falls Police Department began its fifth annual deer...
Vermont considering changes to deer hunting regulations
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board plans to consider new rules including allowing first-time adult deer hunters to participate in a youth hunting season proposed for late...
Idaho ‘ghost trail’ on the cusp of making a comeback
LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — Andrew Mackey was glassing for mule deer on the steep, tawny slopes of the Snake River breaks on the Craig Mountain Wildlife Management Area south of Lewiston when he...
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man accused of illegally killing more than a dozen deer and elk will have 41 of 45 counts pending against him dismissed as part of a plea deal.
HOLLAND, Ind. (AP) — Conservation officers say a southwestern Indiana man illegally killed a deer most hunters "would consider a buck of a lifetime," but hoped he might skirt a rule by freezing it...
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Chronic wasting disease is becoming more prevalent in deer in western Kansas, according to a state wildlife official.
The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism...
Vermont officials consider changes to deer hunting
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board is considering a series of drastic rule changes for deer hunting season.
The Times Argus reports the rule changes unveiled Feb. 27...
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' state budget doesn't propose any new strategies to fight chronic wasting disease despite years of demands from his own party for more...
USDA hunters kill dozens of deer in Long Island state parks
BABYLON, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says its hunters have killed nearly four dozen deer at state parks on Long Island because large herds are damaging the landscape.
Hunters advised to look out for chronic wasting disease
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Hunters in Colorado are being advised to be on the lookout for a contagious disease that kills deer.
The Daily Camera reports chronic wasting disease has now spread to...
Deer disease found in 2 more Mississippi counties
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Cases of debilitating deer disease have been confirmed in two more Mississippi counties, making it present in five counties.
Fatal brain disease found in a wild deer in Crow Wing County
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Wildlife managers have confirmed chronic wasting disease in a wild deer in Crow Wing County of east-central Minnesota, marking the first discovery of the fatal brain disease among the state's wild deer outside the southeastern corner of Minnesota.
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Correction: Wasting Disease story
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — In a story Feb. 11 about a Forest County deer testing positive for chronic wasting disease, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the only registered deer farm in Marinette County, where the animal was born, is Koz Deer Farm. Marinette County actually has nine registered deer farms. The infected animal was born on a farm registered to Wild River Whitetails LLC, the same entity that owns the Forest County hunting ranch where the deer wound up.
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Minnesota lawmaker seeks tougher action against deer disease
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota needs to take comprehensive action this year to stop the spread of chronic wasting disease, lawmakers and hunters said Monday as they promoted legislation aimed at stopping the outbreak of the fatal brain disease before it becomes endemic in the state's whitetail herd.
State officials use ‘robo deer’ to snare would-be poachers
WOODBINE, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey wildlife officials say they caught three would-be poachers with the help of a stuffed "robotic" deer.
West Virginia deer kill up slightly in 2018
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — State wildlife officials say the number of white-tailed deer killed in West Virginia during the recently completed hunting seasons rose slightly compared to a year ago.
The Division of Natural Resources says in a news release that hunters killed 108,856 deer last year. That's compared to 108,160 deer in 2017 and an 11 percent drop from the five-year average.
The most deer were killed in Preston, Randolph, Jackson and Upshur counties.
Wyoming man charged with poaching more than 100 deer
SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) — A 62-year-old man has been charged with poaching more than 100 deer in northern Wyoming.
KROE-AM reports Gregg Lambdin has been charged with 11 counts of wanton destruction of big game animals in Sheridan County.
His attorney, Jeremy Kisling, declined to comment Thursday.
State: Hunters harvest more than 172,000 deer for 2018-2019
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State officials say hunters in Ohio harvested more than 172,000 white-tailed deer throughout the state's 2018-2019 season for a decrease of more than 14,000 deer compared with last season.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says 172,040 deer were checked in the 2018-2019 season. A total of 186,247 were checked in the 2017-2018 season.
Officials catch would-be poachers with deer decoy
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey wildlife officials say they have caught three would-be poachers thanks to the help of a "robotic" deer decoy.
NJ.com reports the lifelike stuffed deer was placed in wooded areas around South Jersey in December as part of a hunting enforcement effort.
Bill would let Nebraska farmers allow earlier deer hunting
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Farmers who are tired of deer destroying their crops could get a new incentive to let hunters onto their land under a bill in the Nebraska Legislature, but some outdoors groups and state officials aren't thrilled with the idea.
The proposal would create special permits for landowners to hunt deer up to a week before the official firearm hunting season starts, if they open at least half of their land to hunters during the regular season.
Proposal to allow crossbows divides Maine’s deer hunters
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The three largest hunting groups in Maine all oppose a proposal to allow the use of crossbows during the archery season for deer in the state.
Deer hunting is a way of life in Maine, where hundreds of hunters seek white-tailed deer every fall. But the hunting groups said during a Wednesday hearing they fear adding crossbows to the hunt would reduce deer hunting opportunities for other sportsmen in the state.
Preliminary approval given for Saturday deer season opening
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners has given preliminary approval to opening the firearms hunting season for deer on a Saturday rather than a Monday.
The commissioners on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to an opening day of Saturday, Nov. 30, the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
If the change wins final approval at an April meeting, the firearms season would be expanded to 13 days, including three Saturdays rather than two under the current schedule.
South Carolina: Deer raised by humans went on attack
AIKEN, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina authorities killed a deer that had been hand-raised by humans after the animal became aggressive and attacked several people in Aiken.
Department of Natural Resources biologist Charles Ruth says the 1-year-old male deer had lost its natural fear of humans and become more aggressive around people.
3 more Mississippi deer found with chronic wasting disease
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Three more cases of chronic wasting disease have been found in Mississippi deer, bringing the total to nine.
Lawmakers seek stronger action against fatal deer disease
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Some Minnesota lawmakers want to crack down on deer farms as concern grows about the persistence of chronic wasting disease among wild deer in the southeast. They point to neighboring Wisconsin, where the fatal brain disease is well-established, as an example of what could happen if Minnesota fails to take more aggressive action soon.
Taxidermy helps capture the moment
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The memory is etched in the mind so clearly, that split second when the huge buck walked out of the thicket.
The joy back at home, admiring the take before butchering the animal for steaks, roasts, sausage and burgers, is something that never will be forgotten.
It will help when the deer, from its shoulders up, is hanging on the wall in all its splendor — so lifelike that it seems that moment in time was happening all over again.
Long-time taxidermist brings hunting memories to life
CANTON, Ohio (AP) — In the workshop behind his Perry Township garage, Bob Hanley brings dead critters to life.
Not a literal, "It's alive," Frankenstein-style reanimation. Hanley's handiworks are very much dead. They only appear life-like.
Hanley is a taxidermist — a trade that is part sculpture, part upholstery and part leatherwork. He has a taxidermy diploma on the wall but taught himself most of what he knows about mounting trophy fish, birds and quadrupeds.
Baby pudu named for Korean pop star debuts at LA Zoo
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fans of a Korean pop star have raised more than $2,000 to name a baby deer at the Los Angeles Zoo after their favorite doe-eyed singer.
The zoo's new baby pudu was named Haechan after a member of K-pop group NCT and its two subgroups, NCT 127 and NCT Dream.
The southern pudu made its media debut Thursday, though he has previously been on public display after he was born Dec. 19.
Outdoors congress to gauge reaction to CWD carcass bounties
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Conservation Congress plans to ask outdoor lovers this spring whether state wildlife officials should again offer bounties for deer infected with chronic wasting disease to get a better read on the disease's prevalence and control its spread.
Woman who hunts deer at age 101 kills 2 with a single shot
MORGANTOWN, Miss. (AP) — A 101-year-old hunter in Mississippi is still at it, and even dropped two deer with one shot.
Missouri man breeds dogs to hunt deer antlers
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Shed hunting is a popular pastime for many outdoors enthusiasts, and an assist from man's best friend can help take that hobby to the next level.
Roger Sigler, of Smithville, Missouri, breeds and trains dogs that are specialized in finding deer antler sheds. He will be one of the featured speakers during the 2019 Topeka Boat and Outdoor Show, which runs Jan. 31 through Feb. 2 at the Kansas Expocentre.
Wildlife vet to discuss fatal deer disease
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is holding two public meetings this month on chronic wasting disease, which it says poses a serious threat to the state's deer population.
The disease has been spreading across North America for a half-century and was recently discovered again on a Canadian game farm.
It infects white-tailed deer, moose and other members of the deer family and is always fatal.
Fish and Game surveys eastern Idaho fawns
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — The helicopter hovered low over the hills southeast of Kelly Mountain, snow billowing up from the ground, and deer bounded down the slope to flee the noisy monster.
Dubuque-area hunters pass on tradition amid hunting decline
SHERRILL, Iowa (AP) — As members of his hunting party looked on, Mike Laugesen crouched in a gully and started to dress the eight-point buck he just shot.
He then used a hunting knife to cut a notch on a state deer tag to affix to the animal. He paused as he fiddled with the paper.
"Easy there, Muzzy. We don't need to take you to the hospital," said Stuart Schueller jokingly, referring to Laugesen by his childhood nickname.
Tests confirm 2 more cases of deer disease in Mississippi
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Two more cases of debilitating deer disease have been confirmed in Mississippi, bringing the total to six.
State: Hunters check over 14,000 deer in muzzleloader season
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State officials say hunters in Ohio harvested more than 14,000 white-tailed deer in this year's muzzleloader season.
Ohio's Department of Natural Resources says hunters in the state checked 14,182 deer in the season that ran from Saturday through Tuesday. That compares with 13,268 deer checked during last year's muzzleloader season.
Ohio hunters will have additional opportunities to harvest deer this winter as the state's archery season remains open through Sunday, Feb. 3.
Crossbows could be in play for Maine’s deer hunters
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's deer hunters would be able to harvest the animals with crossbows if a proposal from a state legislator is approved.
Republican Rep. Tim Theriault of China has submitted a bill that would allow the use of crossbows during the annual deer hunt. The bill specifies that crossbows could be used during the archery portion of the deer hunt, which typically happens in September and October.
Early numbers show hunters took most deer since 2000
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Preliminary numbers from last year's hunting seasons in Vermont show hunters took the most deer since 2000, according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.
Reports from big game check stations show hunters took a total of 18,845 deer, the department said this week.
Alabama steps up monitoring for Chronic Wasting Disease
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — After Chronic Wasting Disease struck deer in nearby states, Alabama is expanding its efforts to monitor the state's deer herd.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is increasing Chronic Wasting Disease sampling surveillance efforts in northwest Alabama, Al.com reported.
Oregon joins other states allowing roadkill for food
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A new law that goes into effect Jan. 1 means people in Oregon will be able to harvest and eat roadkill.
Lawmakers approved the measure in 2017, which states that "salvaging deer and elk struck by vehicles is legal in Oregon." About 20 other states allow people to take meat from animals killed by vehicles.
No jail time for Louisiana man in wild deer sausage sting
CONVENT, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man who authorities say was caught in an illegal deer sausage sting will avoid prison time.