From the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

- Deer, Bear, Turkey Harvest Data Announced

White-tail deer image from the Virginia.Gov website Richmond, Virginia — While Virginia deer and turkey harvests reflected a decline from last year, the black bear harvest reached record numbers. Wildlife biologists with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) have compiled the preliminary figures for the 2014-15 fall/winter hunting season. A bumper crop of acorns across the state coupled with management actions to meet population objectives and some higher than normal disease mortality all factored into fluctuations in populations and harvest trends.

White-tailed Deer

During the past deer season 190,745 deer were reported killed by deer hunters in Virginia… find out more about Virginia's deer, turkey & black bear harvest ...

From the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources - Apply now! Time is running out

As application period winds down, DWR shares exciting news about deer in Utah

This fall's buck deer hunt could be one of the best ever in Utah.
This fall's buck deer hunt could be the best ever in Utah - Photo by Scott Root

This fall's deer hunt could be one of the best Utah's hunters have seen in years. If you want to participate, you need to submit your application soon.

Applications to hunt deer, and other big game animals in Utah, are due online no later than 11 p.m. on March 5.

Applications are being accepted for every big game hunt except the general-season bull elk hunt. General-season elk permits will be available, on a first-come, first-served basis, starting July 14.

Exciting news

After the hunts were over last fall, biologists with the Division of Wildlife Resources visited areas in Utah where deer congregate in the winter. What they found is promising news for the state's deer hunters.

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From the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks - Elk And Deer Permit Application Due March 16

Elk images from the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks website March 16 is the deadline to apply for Montana's 2015 deer and elk hunting permits. An easy-to-use application packet is available from all hunting license providers, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks offices and online at fwp.mt.gov.

FWP urges hunters to apply online. "It's fast, convenient and accurate," said Ron Aasheim, FWP spokesman in Helena.

Resident hunters need a 2015 conservation and elk license to apply for a special elk permit but everything else needed to apply is in the application and information packet, Aasheim said.

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From the Pennsylvania Game Commission - New Pennsylvania License Plate celebrates Hunting Heritage

Pennsylvania’s new Hunting Heritage license plate

Proceeds from sales to be used for conservation initiatives statewide

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - Hunters are known for putting on drives.

And drivers now can make known the pride they take in being Pennsylvania hunters.

Pennsylvania’s new Hunting Heritage license plate – an official plate issued by the state Department of Transportation – is available to order from the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Each plate costs $56, of which $25 goes to the Game Commission to be used for conservation initiatives.

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From the Hawaiian Department of Land and Natural Resources - Archery Hunting to open in the Puuanalulu Game Management Area for 2015

Archery Hawaiian Pig Hunts from Hook You Up Hunts Feral Hawaiian Pig Hunts - photo courtesy of Hook You Up Outfitters

Hilo, Hawaii - The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife, announces the opening of archery hunting in the Hawaii Island Puuanahulu Game Management Area (GMA) beginning Sunday, March 1, 2015, and continuing on weekends and State Holidays through Sunday, June 28, 2015.   

Annual closure of the archery season in this GMA will be from July through February.  Season length, bag limits, and hunting areas are those established in Title 13, Chapter 123, “Rules Regulating Game Mammal Hunting.”  The following conditions and restrictions will apply for the hunt:

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From GAMO Outdoor USA - GAMO OUTDOOR USA BRINGS BACK THE “SQUIRREL MASTER CLASSIC

GAMO's 2015 Squirrel Master Classic

Fort Lauderdale, Florida,– Gamo Outdoor USA (www.gamooutdoorusa.com) in partnership with Buckmasters organization is bringing back the “sequel” of the highly successful, ratings breaker  Hunting event/TV show from 2014, the “Squirrel Master Classic” on its 2015 edition.

The “Squirrel Master Classic” is an outdoor event that started in 2014 and will be held each and every year with the “Best of the Best” in hunting across the nation. Gamo Prostaff participating includes hosts from Bone Collector, Shawn Michaels MRA Hunting, Jackie Bushman from Buckmasters, Doug Koenig from Doug Koenig Championship Season, the latest addition to Gamo’s Prostaff, the hosts of Hardcore TV show, and special appearance by  Chase Landry (Swamp People).

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From the Pennsylvania Game Commission - PENNSYLVANIA BEAR HARVEST IMPRESSIVE AGAIN IN 2014

Black bear image from American Hunter magazine

With the totals now official, the top seven harvests in state history all have occurred in the past decade.

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - It’s official: The trend of recent bear seasons taking their place in the Pennsylvania record books continues.

Pennsylvania hunters harvested a total of 3,366 bears in 2014, the seventh-highest tally in state history, the Pennsylvania Game Commission reported today.

With 2014 totals now official, the seven largest bear harvests all have occurred in the past decade.

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From Hornady® - Zombies in the Heartland – Pandemic 2015

Hornady® and Heartland Public Shooting Park Present Zombies in the Heartland – Pandemic 2015 3-Gun Match

Zombies in the Heartland Grand Island, Nebraska - “Molon Labe” is the mantra as Zombie hunters are called to the 2015 Zombies in the Heartland Pandemic. The Zombie match will take place May 29 through May 31 at the Heartland Public Shooting Park in Grand Island, Nebraska and there will be a special industry day for all sponsors on May 28th.  Hornady® is the presenting sponsor of the fourth annual 3-Gun event. Registration will begin April 2, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. with a live link posted to the Zombies in the Heartland homepage.

 In its fourth year, this popular match will feature 10 competitive stages and five side match stages... more on Zombie hunting in Nebraska ...

From The Shooting Wire - Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Marksmanship Unit Announces The Easley "Deadeye" Award

Brig. General Claudius M. Easley

College Station, Texas - The Corps of Cadets Marksmanship Unit (CCMU), at Texas A&M University, has created a new Trophy to be presented each year at the Scholastic Pistol Program (SPP) Southwest Winter Regional competition in College Station, TX on February 7th, 2015. The trophy will be known as The Easley "Deadeye" Award.

The Easley "Deadeye" Award is named in honor of Brig. General Claudius M. Easley, USA. and will be presented annually to the High-Scoring Service/Senior Military Academy centerfire team at the SPP Southwest Winter Regional.

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