The troubles plaguing deer and deer hunting in the United States are the same ones plaguing hunting itself. Whether it’s fewer hunters, access to land, or poor public perceptions of hunting, their impacts on deer hunting are obvious.
Deer hunters in Maine harvested 22,490 deer in 2014. The total is the second-highest of the past six years. State Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife deer biologist Kyle Ravana says heavy early snow in November helped hunters track deer more easily.
Spring and summer are hunting, fishing, camping, and hiking seasons. It is also the time of year when ticks are out. Take precautions and avoid tick bites. They can be much more than just an inconvenience.
Scientists do know that genetics account for a whopping 85 percent of a human’s susceptibility to mosquito bites. They've also identified certain elements of body chemistry that, when found in excess on the skin's surface, make mosquitoes swarm closer.
Keeping animals and motorists safe is the aim of two wildlife underpasses that were incorporated into a $10.6 million reconstruction of Highway 200. The high-traffic highway runs through the heart of a bustling wildlife corridor, prompting the extra spending so wildlife can cross under rather than across the highway.
In an effort to better work with wildlife agencies, lobby lawmakers and shape policy nationwide, several top deer hunting organizations have banded together to pool their strength in an effort to preserve America’s top game species.
Declining habitat and some tough winters have taken a toll on deer. Deer populations remain well below management objectives in most hunting units, and a conservative approach to hunting is needed to help with recovery efforts.
Nearly 100,000 turkey hunters statewide spend their mornings tiptoeing through forests and fields trying to entice a big gobbler into shooting range. About 30,000 of them find success each year, enough to catapult Michigan to the No. 7 spot for spring turkey hunting nationally.
A bill expanding background checks to encompass nearly all gun sales in the northwestern state of Oregon made it through the state Legislature on Monday, overcoming obstacles that stymied two previous attempts to pass similar laws.
State wildlife officials, responding to a declining number of deer in the Upper Peninsula due to harsh winters, have drawn up a list of options, including a ban on deer hunting in that region in the fall.
Visitors can walk through a man-made cypress swamp, go bowling or shoot arrows at the archery range. A 105-room hotel designed like a hunting lodge has balconies overlooking the indoor swamp. There are also live ducks, alligators and fish.