From the Maryland Department of Natural Resources - Muzzleloader Deer Season to Reopen December 20

Deer running through the woodsThe second portion of Maryland’s muzzleloader deer season begins on Saturday, December 20 and runs through January 3, 2015. Hunters who possess a valid Maryland hunting license and a Muzzleloader Stamp, or are exempt from the hunting license requirements, may use muzzleloading firearms to hunt white-tailed and sika deer during this season.

The bag limits for the season are:

From the Pennsylvania Game Commission - Record-book Buck to be scored Dec. 16 in Harrisburg

Jeff Lenzi, of Allegheny County, poses with the buck that has potential to top the Pennsylvania records book for typical bucks. Lenzi harvested the buck Oct. 10, and on Tuesday, Dec. 16, he’s scheduled to bring the rack to Harrisburg to have it scored officially and find out if it’s the new No. 1 Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - By now, you might have heard about an Allegheny County buck taken two months ago during the statewide archery season; a buck so large it might be a new Pennsylvania state record.

Will it measure up as the No. 1 buck on record?

That remains to be seen, but viewers everywhere can watch live online as the buck is measured and its official score recorded.

Allegheny County hunter Jeff Lenzi, who harvested the massive 10-point buck Oct. 10, is scheduled to bring the rack to the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s headquarters on Tuesday, Dec. 16, to have it officially scored.

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From the Iowa Department of Natural Resources - Make These Upcycled DIY Shotgun Shell Wreaths for Your Favorite Hunter This Holiday Season

Upcycled DIY shotgun shell and casing wreath instructions from Iowa Outdoors magazineSpend time together crafting these simple, yet elegant projects in an afternoon. Each has a refined look, yet are surprisingly simple—perfect for beginner to expert crafters. Use these idea starters, then add your own style.

Shell and Rifle Casing Wreath

Supplies Needed:

• One 8-inch diameter vine wreath form

• Floral wire

• Mixture of washed, spent shotgun shells and brass shell casings

• Decorative wired ribbon    

• 20-count strand of lights (either battery operated or plug-in depending upon your intended location.)

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Whitetail deer  - image from Michigan Department of Natural Resources website

From the Michigan Department of Natural Resources - New dates for Michigan's muzzleloader deer season

The Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that the 2014 muzzleloader deer season opens across the state Friday, Dec. 5.

"Having a statewide opener for muzzleloading season really eases confusion hunters have on when and where this season starts," said DNR deer biologist Ashley Autenrieth.

Zones 1 and 2 will remain open until Dec. 14. Zone 3 has seven more days of muzzleloader hunting, with the season ending Dec. 21. For hunting zone information, see the 2014 Hunting and Trapping Digest or visit Michigan.gov/hunting.

Hunters must have a base license and either a deer license or deer combo license to take an antlered deer... more on Michigan's deer season for muzzleloaders ...

From the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection - Six-day Firearm Deer Season Opens Monday, December 8

Happy and proud youth with his first buck - image from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection website Trenton, New Jersey - Garden State hunters are finalizing plans and gearing up for the December 8 start of New Jersey's Six-day Firearm Deer Season. The Six-day or traditional "buck" season runs this year through December 13, and will provide great memories and countless hours of excitement for sportsmen and sportswomen throughout New Jersey.

The season bag limit is two antlered deer, but the first buck must be reported via the Automated Harvest Report System before a second buck can be pursued. Hunters who do not harvest a buck or only harvest one buck during the six-day season have the opportunity to take one antlered deer during the Permit Shotgun season if they purchase an antlered buck shotgun permit in addition to the regular zone permit. However, if a hunter harvests two antlered deer, he/she forfeits the opportunity to harvest an antlered deer during the Permit Shotgun season.

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From the Pennsylvania Game Commission - Bear Harvest during statewide season close to last year's pace

Meanwhile, bear hunting during the extended seasons has resumed in some parts of state.

Black bear image from Pennsylvania Game Commission website

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - In the wintry weather that enveloped much of Pennsylvania on Nov. 26, the final day of the statewide firearms bear season, hunters harvested 100 bears, according to preliminary figures released today by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

That final-day total pushed the harvest during the four-day 2014 season to 2,444, down slightly compared to the 2,473 bears taken during the statewide season in 2013.

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From the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks - Primitive Weapons Season for Deer Opens December 2

A hunter posing with her first deer, Sharkey County, MS Jackson, Mississippi - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) reminds hunters that the statewide Primitive Weapons Season for deer opens December 2 and runs through December 15 in all three Deer Management Zones.  Antlerless deer and zone-legal bucks are eligible for harvest.  Hunters may take one legal buck per day not to exceed three per license year.  On private lands, the antlerless deer bag limit is five per license year with no daily limit.  On U.S. Forest Service lands, the antlerless bag limit is one per day, not to exceed three per year.  

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From the Maryland Department of Natural Resources - Firearm Deer Season to Open November 29; New Sunday Hunting Opportunities

Successful Maryland deer hunter - image from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources website Annapolis, Maryland - The two-week firearm deer season opens November 29 and runs through December 13, 2014. Hunters who possess a valid Maryland hunting license or are exempt from license requirements may use firearms to harvest white-tailed and sika deer during this season.

The bag limits for the season are:

From the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources - This year's Wisconsin nine-day gun deer hunt kicks off another season of
11-year old Shane Olson with his deer
11-year old Shane Olson with his deer
WDNR Photo
traditions, memories and excitement

Madison, Wisconsin - With fall nearly finished, the annual nine-day Wisconsin deer hunt ushers in the creation of new memories and excitement as hunters throughout the state take part in this time honored tradition.

This year's nine-day hunt has been a very safe one thus far, and hunters throughout Wisconsin have done an excellent job of learning new rules and regulations, according to Kevin Wallenfang, big game ecologist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Weather conditions have been highly variable across the state from fog to rain to freezing rain, with a great deal of hunters experiencing ideal hunting conditions, he said.

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