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Maine deer season with record permits to start soon

Oct. 18, 2021 02:01 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A deer hunting season that will include a record number of permits will begin soon in Maine. The state gave out more than 150,000 any-deer permits this year and is hoping for more participation in the hunt to help manage the growing deer herd. The...

Youth hunters asked to bring deer to reporting stations

Oct. 17, 2021 11:42 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is encouraging hunters who take part in the state's annual youth and novice deer hunt next weekend to bring any deer they take to one of the state's 19 biological reporting stations. That helps state...

Firearms deer hunting season opens in Georgia

Oct. 16, 2021 14:41 PM EDT

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) — The Georgia firearms deer hunting season opened Saturday, and state wildlife officials are optimistic. “With some awesome bucks already taken in archery season, I think we are in for an excellent firearms season," Charlie Killmaster, state...

North Dakota offers license refunds to 30,000 deer hunters

Oct. 15, 2021 14:33 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota is offering license refunds to nearly 30,000 deer hunters due to an outbreak of a viral disease in the western part of the state. It's the second straight year that the state’s Game and Fish Department is offering refunds to...

Louisiana: tag and validate deer, turkey by smartphone

Oct. 13, 2021 11:38 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Hunters in Louisiana can now use their smartphones to tag and validate deer and turkey immediately after killing one, the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said. This must be done before moving the deer or turkey, and either the tag...

Minnesota halts deer importation, movement within state

Oct. 11, 2021 14:55 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota imposed an emergency order Monday blocking the importation and movement of deer into and within the state to slow the spread of chronic wasting disease from deer farms and protect the state's wild deer herd. “This disease poses a...

Vermont detects viral disease that often kills deer

Oct. 11, 2021 12:52 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A frequently deadly viral disease that affects deer has been confirmed in Vermont for the first time, the Department of Fish and Wildlife said Monday. The cases of epizootic hemorrhagic disease have been confirmed in deer in Castleton and West...

Maine concerned hunters aren't taking enough deer

Oct. 10, 2021 11:28 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine is reviewing its deer permitting system because of concerns that hunters aren't harvesting enough to adequately manage the population. Maine's deer herd is around 300,000 and has been steadily growing for several years. The state uses the...

Site of popular amusement park for sale in SW Michigan

Oct. 09, 2021 07:32 AM EDT

COLOMA, Mich. (AP) — A rural amusement park popular for decades in southwestern Michigan is on the auction block. Visitors could pet animals, ride a Ferris wheel or train and listen to music at Deer Forest in Coloma. The 25-acre site in Berrien County is for sale, along...

Whitmer vetoes bill to ease restrictions on feeding birds

Oct. 08, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

GAYLORD, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed a bill that would have protected people from possible legal action if they fed birds in areas where deer and elk roam. Whitmer said the bill conflicted with state efforts to keep the animals from congregating and...