Arizona Deer, Elk Clear of Chronic Wasting Disease

2315295No cases found in 750-plus samples tested from latest hunting seasons

PHOENIX — The Arizona Game and Fish Department has announced that Arizona continues to be clear of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), a neurodegenerative wildlife disease that is fatal to deer and elk.

Department officials did not find any cases of CWD in the 750-plus deer (mule and white-tailed) and elk that were harvested by hunters and voluntarily submitted for testing in 2016. Game and Fish has been testing for the presence of the disease in Arizona since 1998. While CWD has been found in the neighboring states of Utah, New Mexico and Colorado, the disease has not been detected in Arizona.  Continue reading

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Testing Deer for Disease

Testing DeerMonitoring program launched after bovine tuberculosis found in Indiana

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 31, 2016) — Kentucky is participating in a three-state effort to test white-tailed deer for the presence of bovine tuberculosis.

While bovine tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease that primarily affects cattle, it also can infect deer. The disease has not been detected in Kentucky’s deer herd.  Continue reading

10 Tips for Calling Rut-Time Bucks

10 Tips

By Gary Sefton

Most deer-hunting seasons around the country coincide with at least some part of the whitetail rut, so in all likelihood you’ll have the opportunity to hunt during this peak-activity period. Using deer calls can be productive during this phase, if you keep in mind the fact that mating anticipation will be the prime motivating factor.  Bucks are looking for does! Check out these 10 tips for rut-time bucks. Continue reading

Crossbows Welcome

Crossbows WelcomeBy Chuck Roberts

Once outcast and scorned, crossbows have found their way into mainstream archery seasons.

Physical dams are designed to hold back water. For decades, a theoretical dam of ignorance and prejudice held back the flow of crossbows into the hands of fit, healthy hunters.
There was a small spillway in states like Ohio and Arkansas, but much of the remainder of the country remained “safe” from the evils of horizontal archery tackle. Continue reading

Dixie Deer

Dixie Deer

By Stephanie Mallory

The time has never been better to take a trophy buck in a Southern state.

Times are changing for the Southern deer hunter. As a general rule, hunters don’t take to change well, but these changes are putting a big smile across many Southern hunters’ faces. In short, Southern hunters are bagging bigger bucks than ever before. Continue reading