Category: Hunting Forecasts News

Above Average Season Expected for Texas Deer Hunters

Above Average Season Expected for Texas Deer Hunters

AUSTIN — Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) biologists predict a fruitful white-tailed deer season in many regions of the state. Although conditions are drying statewide, rains in September helped to create an abundance of quality forbs and shrubs, both of which are critical for providing good deer nutrition. The general deer season runs from […]
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Michigan DNR Announces 2020 Deer Hunting Season Outlook

Michigan DNR Announces 2020 Deer Hunting Season Outlook

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has released its annual deer hunting preview just ahead of the 2020 seasons, opening with this weekend’s Liberty Hunt (Sept. 12-13) for youth and hunters with disabilities. Overall, conditions are looking excellent for the upcoming seasons, and hunters can expect conditions that meet or exceed 2019. Hunters who have […]
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MDC forecasts challenging spring turkey season

MDC forecasts challenging spring turkey season

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri turkey hunters can expect a challenging spring season according to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). The spring turkey hunting season starts with a youth-only weekend April 6-7. The regular spring season runs April 15 through May 5. Although the good hatches of 2011, 2012, and 2014 helped bolster turkey […]
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Alabama Duck Hunters Hope for Repeat of Last Season

Alabama Duck Hunters Hope for Repeat of Last Season

The snowstorm that skirted just north of the state recently should be good news for Alabama’s duck hunters. The waterfowl seasons in Alabama are always weather-dependent. If it’s cold and snowy north of us, the birds will migrate in significant numbers into Alabama. Without the cold or precipitation to cover their food sources, the birds […]
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MDC predicts quail season to be good in parts of state

MDC predicts quail season to be good in parts of state

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – With quail-hunting season starting Nov. 1, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) advises hunters that overall quail production was about the same as last year, but below the 10-year average. MDC staff note that good hunting can be found in areas with quality habitat in north and west-central portions of the […]
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MDC predicts fall turkey hunting to be challenging

MDC predicts fall turkey hunting to be challenging

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — With fall firearms turkey season and archery season underway, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) advises hunters it could be a challenging season. This year’s annual wild turkey brood survey shows statewide turkey production was below average. The statewide poult-to-hen ratio (PHR) for this year was 0.9, which was 13% higher […]
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2018 Michigan Deer Hunting Forecast

2018 Michigan Deer Hunting Forecast

For many years, the DNR has provided a forecast of the upcoming deer seasons. In the 2018 Michigan Deer Hunting Prospects report https://www.michigan.gov/documents/dnr/Deer_Hunting_Prospects_470587_7.pdf, the DNR anticipates a successful year for many deer hunters, with indicators showing deer numbers to be up over last year. Biologists are expecting the number of deer taken to increase slightly […]
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Kentucky Dove Season Preview

Kentucky Dove Season Preview

FRANKFORT, Ky. – For the middle of August, much of Kentucky looks as green as late May. Corn is high and robust, pastures are green and streams run bank full. The lush conditions should translate into productive hunting when the dove season opens Sept. 1. “Sunflowers look great overall,” said Wes Little, migratory bird biologist […]
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Iowa’s 2017 shotgun deer season preview

Iowa’s 2017 shotgun deer season preview

The first of Iowa’s popular shotgun deer seasons is Dec. 2-6 when an expected 60,000 orange-clad hunters head to the timber. That group will be followed by another 60,000 hunters who prefer the Dec. 9-17 second shotgun season. Each contingent will also pack along thousands of antlerless tags, to extend their time in the field. […]
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Nebraska deer hunting prospects looking good for 2017

Nebraska deer hunting prospects looking good for 2017

LINCOLN, Neb. – Excitement and anticipation are building for Nebraskans as the Nov. 11 opener of firearm deer season approaches. Deer populations for 2017 are higher for mule deer and about the same for whitetails. Favorable habitat and weather conditions this past year should provide for good fawn production and good survival of adults and […]
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Higher Minnesota deer harvest predicted

Higher Minnesota deer harvest predicted

When Minnesota’s deer season ends Sunday, Dec. 31, it is quite likely the harvest will be in the 200,000 range. This Minnesota Department of Natural Resources projection is above last year’s harvest of 173,213, below the 2003 record harvest of 290,525 and similar to the most recent 20-year average of 205,959. Prior to 2000, deer […]
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Kansas 2017 Upland Bird Hunting Forecast Available

Kansas 2017 Upland Bird Hunting Forecast Available

PRATT – The wait is over for Kansas bird hunters. The 2017 Kansas Upland Bird Hunting Forecast is available online and in printed form. The report summarizes data from spring and summer surveys and predicts what pheasant, quail and prairie chicken hunters may experience across Kansas this fall. The good news is that it’s good […]
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Kentucky waterfowl season promising

Kentucky waterfowl season promising

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The moderate drought conditions across Kentucky brought baked, cracked yards, dust, fires and streams as low as any time in recent memory. This would seem a negative for the upcoming waterfowl season, but the summer’s ample rains provided a cushion against the fall dry spell. “We had a good summer growing season […]
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