Deer Forecast 2003 State Notes

A number of states and provinces have regulations changes pending at press time, so check local regulations prior to any hunt. Following is a list of other newsworthy proposals or changes in state/provincial hunting regulations.



Alaska - Either-sex hunting on Kodiak Road system. More liberal doe season (Oct - Dec, either-sex) on Kodiak Island.

Arkansas - More conservative season structure and bag limits are proposed by staff. Recommendations will be voted by Commission in April 2003.

California - In a new preference point system, points were awarded to applicants who did not receive their first choice hunt/zone in '02 season. This year will be the first season points are used to distribute tags. Hunting fees may increase.

Connecticut - January seasons will be held in 2 of 12 deer management zones. Some zones have been realigned.

Colorado - This is the fourth year of the state's 5-year deer management plan.

Georgia - Last year was the first year that able-bodied hunters could use crossbows during the archery season.

Hawaii - Another hunting unit could possibly be added for archery and black powder hunters.

Illinois - A maximum of 12,843 nonresident archery permits are available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning July 12th.

Kansas - A suburban unit is being considered with an additional month of archery season and up to four antlerless tags per hunter. Reduction in hunting pressure is proposed throughout much of the state. Fewer tags may be issued in some units and seasons could be shortened.

Kentucky - Bag limit in Zone 2 counties will be increased to four deer with a firearm (still only one buck per season). Archery season will start earlier.

Maine - Expanded archery season dates and possible unlimited number of antlerless deer permits are pending.

Maryland - Sunday hunting is now legal (one Sunday in November and the first Sunday in firearms season) on private land in 12 counties. Crossbows are now legal for all hunters during archery season.

Missouri - The number of units open for antlerless-only archery permits will likely increase.

Montana - Look for expanded either-sex seasons and additional antlerless "B" licenses in some areas.

Nebraska - Hunting over bait is now legal.

New Jersey - Pending, increased days of archery hunting specific zones that allow unlimited harvest of antlerless deer.

New Mexico - Bow season now begins on weekends rather than fixed dates. The January bowhunt has been shortened to 9 days and opens later, on January 10. Out of 350 deer tested for CWD, 6 have tested positive.

North Carolina - Five extra days will be added to the end of the traditional firearms season (ends on fourth Friday after Thanksgiving).

Ohio - Youth shotgun season for deer is set for Nov. 22-23. Deer zones and bag limit changes are pending.

Pennsylvania - Antler restrictions (3 or 4 points on one side) will be statewide except for youth, disabled hunters, and active duty military personnel. A point is defined as a tine 1-inch in length from base to tip.

Rhode Island - Fees for licenses and permits have increased.

South Dakota - Antlerless deer license fees for nonresident hunters have been lowered.

Virginia - Urban archery season may be lengthened from January 5 to March 27, 2004. An optional $2 donation box for "Hunters For the Harvest" will be available on the hunting license application.

Wisconsin - As of March 31, 2003, 94 out of 32,541 deer have tested positive for CWD. Most are in southwest Wisconsin. Special regulations in CWD Zones are suggested. DNR is proposing a permanent ban on all baiting and feeding.

British Columbia - New seasons are "pending" for deer.

Nova Scotia - A new regulation was proposed that would allow deer hunters to hunt for bears throughout the deer season.

Ontario - New archery and rifle seasons are being considered for WMUs 3, 15A, and 15B. Changes are being considered for the archery seasons in WMU 54 and 56.

Saskatchewan - Residents may have the opportunity to buy a second either-sex license in some Forest Zones.

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