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Deer hunting roundup from around the U.S.

September 30, 2013 at 04:57 AM

Prairie State Outdoors

Cincinnati again allows deer bow hunting in parks

CINCINNATI (AP) — One of Ohio's largest cities is again allowing bow hunting of deer in certain parts of its park system this fall to address overpopulation.

That means access to some of Cincinnati's parks is restricted for safety reasons while bow hunting season is under way.

The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/18jrmF8 ) reports the deer population in some parts of the parks is 10 times as large as officials say it should be for a given area. Authorities say the overpopulation damages the wildflowers and forests and can threaten resident safety by creating a greater risk of traffic crashes involving deer.

The park system's land manager, Jim Godby, says it took decades for the deer population to grow so large, and it may take decades to scale it back.
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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com

NY to issue bonus permits to cut deer population

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The state Department of Environmental Conservation will issue "Bonus Deer Management Permits" to kill antlerless deer of either sex in areas of high deer population this fall, in efforts to thin the herd.

Bonus permits will be issued starting Tuesday in Suffolk, Westchester, eastern Albany and central Monroe counties.

Bonus permits are issued to increase hunter participation and antlerless deer harvest in areas with abundant deer. These permits are available to hunters who take an antlerless deer on a regular permit or a bonus permit in one of the four units. There's no fee, and applicants won't have to present a deer head or carcass to get one as they did in the past.

The agency says increasing the number of traditional doe permits hasn't been effective in reducing deer numbers in many areas.

Poor acorn crop could affect W.Va. hunting seasons

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Acorns are scarce across West Virginia but other mast items such as hickory nuts and walnuts are abundant.

The Division of Natural Resources' annual survey shows that white oak is down 57 percent from 2012 and 38 percent below the 42-year average. Chestnut oak is down 74 percent from 2012 and 51 percent below the long-term average.

"We're looking at an oak mast failure," Chris Ryan, DNR supervisor of game management services, told the Charleston Gazette (http://bit.ly/18BZbA3). "This is one of the sparsest acorn crops we've had in the 42 years since we started conducting mast surveys."

"Oak makes up a majority of the biomass in a lot of places," Ryan said. "The lack of acorns this fall will affect the hunting seasons for deer, bears, turkeys and squirrels."

While the acorn crop is poor, the overall mast is just above average, thanks to large increases in beech and other mast items.

"For all mast species combined, the index is 1 percent above our 42-year average," Ryan said. "So food is available. The key to hunters' success will be finding places where food sources are relatively concentrated."

Beech is up 186 percent from 2012 and 100 percent above the long-term average. Walnut, hickory, apples and black cherry also increased from 2012 and are above the long-term average.

Ryan says the DNR is predicting higher kills during the deer archery, antlerless deer and muzzleloader deer seasons. The buck firearms kill is expected to be similar to 2012.

"Mast does have a small impact, but hunting pressure is the factor that has the greatest effect on the buck season, especially during the first three days. With this year's opening day falling as late on the calendar as it can (Nov. 25), and with the extreme oak conditions, I think hunters are more likely to see a lot of deer feeding along the edges of fields," he said.

Despite the poor acorn crop, the DNR expects the combined bear firearm and archery season kills to break a record.

Ryan said turkey hunters should focus on areas where there are black cherry trees and grapevines. Squirrel hunters should concentrate on areas where there are beech and hickory trees.
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Information from: The Charleston Gazette, http://www.wvgazette.com

Ohio deer hunters can check deer via smartphones

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Deer hunters in Ohio can use their smartphones to report harvested white-tailed deer through an enhanced state website beginning this weekend.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says the website has been enhanced to make it mobile-friendly. Valid email addresses and phone numbers are required to use the site on a mobile device.

The website is available for all hunters to report the deer they harvest. Game-check transactions are available online and by telephone seven days a week, including holidays.

A new tagging procedure administered by the department's Division of Wildlife requires hunters to make their own game tag to attach to a deer. All hunters must then report their deer harvest using the automated game-check system.

Ohio hunters checked 218,910 deer in the 2012-2013 season.

Chalmette man pleads guilty in hunting mishap

CHALMETTE, La. (AP) — A Chalmette man has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the shooting of a man he mistook for a deer while hunting.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says 28-year-old Joshua D. Starr was ordered to pay a fine of $1,000 after he pleaded guilty in state court on Thursday to charges of negligent injury and hunting deer during illegal hours.

The department says Starr was hunting in a wooded area of St. Bernard Parish on Jan. 4 when he accidentally shot a man with a shotgun from a distance of about 24 yards.

The victim was treated for his injuries at a New Orleans hospital.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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