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Deer hunter fatally shoots himself with crossbow

Dec. 6, 2019 12:24 PM EST

ALSACE TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man fatally shot himself with a crossbow while he was hunting on his property, officials said. The Berks County coroner's office announced that James Jacobs, 75, died on Wednesday, the Reading Eagle reported. Jacobs and his son were deer hunting when troopers...

West Virginia man accused of illegally hunting buck

Dec. 5, 2019 3:10 AM EST

BLOOMINGROSE, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man is accused of illegally hunting a buck and shooting across a public highway to do so. Emmett Estep, 44, has been charged with offenses including hunting from a motor vehicle and shooting across a public highway, The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported. Estep...

Police: Deer hunter dies in fall from tree stand

Dec. 4, 2019 1:30 PM EST

BOYERTOWN, Pa. (AP) — State police say a deer hunter was killed in a fall from a tree stand in eastern Pennsylvania. Police in Berks County say the body of 69-year-old Thomas Kane of Hereford was found by relatives Tuesday night below the 30-foot-high stand in District Township. Police said Kane was...

Legislature sends Whitmer bill to lift ban on deer baiting

Dec. 3, 2019 5:40 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s Republican-led Legislature has given final approval to a bill that would lift a state ban on using bait to hunt deer, but it faces a veto from Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Baiting deer and elk is prohibited throughout the entire Lower Peninsula and parts of the...

DNR: Nine-day gun deer harvest down 25% from 2018

Dec. 3, 2019 1:54 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — New data from the state Department of Natural Resources shows hunters killed dramatically fewer deer during Wisconsin’s nine-day gun season than last year. Preliminary figures show hunters killed 160,769 deer during the season that ended Sunday, down 25% from 213,972 last year....

Vermont Fish and Wildlife asking hunters to report wildlife

Dec. 3, 2019 8:16 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is asking hunters to report the different types of wildlife they spotted in the woods during the rifle deer hunting season. The survey is like a diary in which hunters record how many hours they hunted and how many deer, moose, bears, or...

Syracuse deer-culling program to start this week

Dec. 3, 2019 8:06 AM EST

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Sharpshooters will soon begin culling deer in Syracuse under a plan approved by city officials. Under the plan, professionals trained by the U.S. Department of Agriculture will start baiting traps for deer this week. Sharpshooters working at night will later shoot the deer feeding at...

Agency investigates video of deer beaten by apparent hunters

Dec. 1, 2019 4:12 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Game Commission says it is investigating a video circulated on social media showing two males apparently beating an injured deer. In a Facebook post Sunday, the commission called the conduct portrayed in the video “reprehensible and potentially a violation of...

Final deer days of year for Maine archers, muzzleloaders

Dec. 1, 2019 8:59 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s deer hunt is heading into its last two weeks for archers and hunters who use muzzleloaders. The state’s season for deer hunters who use muzzleloaders begins on Monday and runs to Dec. 14. The muzzleloader season is open all over the state this coming week. The...

Court dismisses man’s case for return of seized deer skull

Nov. 30, 2019 1:09 PM EST

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A court has dismissed a Vermont man’s lawsuit asking the city and local police department for the return of a deer skull that was seized from him. Vermont Superior Court Judge William Cohen granted the town of Bennington and Bennington Police Department’s request this...