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Maine moose season beginning as bear season winds down

Sep. 26, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (AP) — Maine's annual moose hunt is soon to get started just as the state's bear hunt is beginning to wind down. The moose hunt begins in limited parts of the state, mostly in the far north and Downeast region, on Monday. The moose hunt is broken up into several short stretches, and...

Covey, a wirehaired pointing Griffon, retrieves a blue grouse in the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest, is shown in an undated photo. (Thom Bridge/Independent Record via AP)

Montana's mountain grouse offer long seasons in high country

Sep. 26, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Few things may be more heart-pounding for a hiker or hunter than a mountain grouse’s unexpected flush along a quiet trail. Whether it’s a chance encounter while archery hunting for elk, or toting a shotgun in the company of a bird dog for long jaunts along the Continental...

DNR asks thousands of hunters to participate in deer survey

Sep. 18, 2020 12:53 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources is asking thousands of deer hunters to record what they see in the woods this fall as part of the department’s largest-ever hunter survey to better understand why they’re passing up shots. The DNR plans to contact more than...

DNR estimates wolf population up about 13%

Sep. 17, 2020 4:27 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin wildlife officials estimate that the state's wolf population has increased by about 13%. The Department of Natural Resources said Thursday that surveys put the overwinter population between 1,034 and 1,057 wolves. The 2018-19 estimate was 914 to 978 wolves. Modeling indicates...

3 Mexican wolf pups cross-fostered into an Arizona pack

Sep. 15, 2020 12:04 AM EDT

PINETOP, Ariz. (AP) — Three Mexican wolf pups have successfully been cross-fostered into a pack in northeastern Arizona, according to state Game and Fish Department officials. They said biologists used remote trail cameras late last month to document eight Mexican wolf pups in the Hoodoo Pack in the Apache...

Busy portion of Maine's bear hunt ahead

Sep. 14, 2020 9:31 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's bear hunt is entering the final two weeks of the year in which most bears are harvested. The state uses its bear hunt to try to control the growth of the bear population, which has climbed steadily in recent years. Most of the bears are harvested during the stretch of the...

Deer shot by teen may set new Kansas record for size

Sep. 13, 2020 2:41 PM EDT

KIOWA COUNTY, Kan. (AP) — A 14-year-old Kansas girl may have set a new deer hunting record in the state with a buck she killed this month. Paslie Werth shot a 40-point whitetail buck while hunting on family property in Kiowa County with her father. The deer unofficially measured 282 6/8 inches, which would...

Michigan deer herd in good shape for fall hunting season

Sep. 13, 2020 9:31 AM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A mild winter and plentiful food have put Michigan's deer herd in good shape, making for what wildlife officials expect will be a promising fall hunting season. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said in its annual forecast that conditions across the state are as good...

FILE -In this Feb. 5, 2001 file photo, a mule deer buck stands among a herd of grazing deer at their wintering grounds in Paradise Valley south of Livingston, Mont. State wildlife officials are reminding hunters heading into the field this fall to watch for signs of chronic wasting disease, which can affect deer, elk and moose. Hunters are also asked to have their animals tested for the neurological disease. If an animal tests positive, federal health officials recommend strongly against eating the meat. (Erik Petersen/Livingston Enterprise via AP, File)

Hunters reminded to watch for chronic wasting disease

Sep. 13, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — As hunters brace for a 2020 field season in the middle of a COVID-19 pandemic, they’ve still got to deal with a more persistent wildlife disease problem: chronic wasting disease. “It still isn’t going away,” Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 1...

Maine deer, turkey hunts getting started for fall

Sep. 12, 2020 2:13 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Two of Maine's most popular fall hunting seasons are getting started. The archery season for deer begins on Saturday with the “expanded archery” part of the hunt. During this part of the deer hunt, it's legal to hunt deer via archery in designated parts of the state. The...