Greg Ray, president of NRA Outdoors, a hunting and fishing trip agency, keeps getting calls from folks who own AR rifles but want to take them beyond the shooting range. Does Ray have a hunt for them?
Stable and healthy are probably the two best words to describe the Mississippi deer herd. “The herd was in very good shape coming out of winter and into spring, as Mississippi had an outstanding acorn crop and a very mild winter in 2011,” said William McKinley, whitetail deer program biologist for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks.
It’s a fine time to be a deer hunter in Indiana. For proof, you only have to look to recent Hoosier deer harvests.
About 1 million deer are found in Minnesota, which represents a stabilization of the population as numbers had been trending down just a few years ago.
The deer hunting opportunities are booming in Kentucky, and the chances to kill a trophy buck keep getting better. The annual deer harvest has been right around 116,000 deer each of the last five years, during which time Kentucky’s posted its third and fourth highest kill totals of all time.
Drought in Texas is very real but its overall impact has not been as great on deer herds as one might assume.
The big news for New York deer hunters is an overhaul of the state’s deer hunting seasons to add more hunting opportunities.
Missouri estimates its deer herd at 1.4 million animals, a number that’s been relatively stable over the last several years. While the overall number has remained about the same, various deer populations within the state have certainly shifted.
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