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Kansas offers free wasting disease testing on hunted deer

Dec. 2, 2020 1:53 PM EST

EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas wildlife officials are offering deer hunters in the state free testing for chronic wasting disease on the carcasses of deer they kill during the 2020-2021 deer hunting seasons. The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism is offering the testing in conjunction with the...

More hunters afield, more deer taken in Wisconsin this fall

Dec. 1, 2020 2:05 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — More Wisconsin hunters took to the field this fall, and they brought home more deer during the just-completed gun season. The state Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday that deer licenses of all kinds were up 3.5% from the same time last year, with female hunters remaining the...

In this Thursday,  June 4, 2020 photo provided by the Wroclaw Zoo a rare Philippine mouse-deer is hiding in a thicket at the Zoo in Wroclaw, Poland. The zoo was the first one ever to record on video the birth of a mouse-deer on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020 but experts have not yet been able to determine the sex of the young, recluse animal. There are only 12 animals of this highly endangered species in Europe's zoos, including just one confirmed male. and experts are hoping the young one is a male and will help the population grow. (AP Photo/Zoo Wroclaw)

Polish zoo captures rare mouse-deer birth on video

Dec. 1, 2020 12:28 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A zoo in Poland says it's the first to have captured on video the birth of a rare Philippine mouse-deer, and everyone's hoping it’s a male so it can help the endangered species breed. The night birth on Nov. 10 at 2:24 a.m. at the Wroclaw Zoo was filmed by a camera in the...

Season arrives for Maine's hunters who use muzzleloaders

Dec. 1, 2020 1:45 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — It's the start of the season for Maine's deer hunters who seek their quarry using muzzleloaders. Muzzleloaders are firearms that are loaded through the gun barrel. A subset of New England's hunters prefer to use muzzleloaders to pursue deer, and they have their own season each year....

Rifle deer hunting season is over while archery continues

Nov. 30, 2020 1:13 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's 16-day rifle deer hunting season has ended but the archery deer hunting season continues, and a second muzzleloader season starts this week. The archery season runs through Dec. 15. The muzzleloader season starts Saturday and runs through Dec. 13. During the archery...

Last day on the calendar for Maine's big fall hunts

Nov. 28, 2020 9:14 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The final day has arrived for most of Maine's big fall hunting seasons. The firearms seasons for bears, moose and deer all end on Saturday. The season for wild turkeys, the other species in Maine's “big four,” ended earlier in the month. The muzzleloader season for deer...

Missouri hunters take down fewer deer during firearm season

Nov. 26, 2020 5:13 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Fewer deer were killed in Missouri during the firearm portion of the hunting season. Hunters killed 176,604 deer during the 11-day season that ended Tuesday, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation. The opening weekend of the season, when the vast majority of deer are...

In this photo provided by the Wyoming Migration Initiative, migratory elk cross Granite Creek in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming, on May 19, 2018. Big-game animals have traveled the same routes across Western landscapes for millennia but scientists only recently have discovered precisely where they go in pursuit of the best places to spend summer or wait out winter. Now the U.S. Geological Survey has published a collection of migration maps based on the latest research using GPS tracking and statistical analysis techniques. (Gregory Nickerson/Wyoming Migration Initiative, University of Wyoming via AP)

New migration maps serve as tools to help big game in West

Nov. 26, 2020 11:36 AM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The life-or-death journey made by mule deer during the second-longest big game migration in North America came down to their ability to squeeze through a fence — a discovery made by scientists using wildlife GPS tracking techniques to map animal migrations in the West in...

DNR: Opening weekend deer harvest up 2.3% from 2019

Nov. 24, 2020 5:46 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Hunters killed slightly more deer during opening weekend of Wisconsin's traditional nine-day gun season than last year, state wildlife officials said Tuesday. The Department of Natural Resources released data that shows hunters harvested 95,257 deer from Saturday morning through Sunday...

Federal judge overrules Alaska attempt to block special hunt

Nov. 24, 2020 9:42 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A judge has ruled that the federal government was correct in allowing a southeast Alaska tribe to organize an out-of-season hunt because of the coronavirus pandemic. Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy's administration sued to block future hunts, arguing that permitting a special moose and...