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  • October 17, 2011

    Wyoming Family Faces Millions in Fines, Jail Time for Letting Out-of-State Hunters Use Landowner Tags

    By Chad Love

    A Wyoming family could face jail time and millions in fines for allowing out-of-state hunters to illegally take dozens of game animals on their property using landowner tags.

    From this story in the Billings Gazette:

    Several members of a ranching family near Ten Sleep could face decades of jail time and millions in fines for allegedly allowing out-of-state hunters to tag wildlife with their Wyoming landowner hunting permits, according to a federal indictment. Richard “R.C.” Carter, owner of Big Horn Adventure Outfitters, allegedly took more than a dozen hunters out on his family’s property from 2003 to 2009 to kill elk, deer and antelope. Richard Carter Sr. and Mark Carter — R.C.’s father and younger brother respectively — allegedly used their own tags on the animals shot and falsely claimed in affidavits that they killed them.

  • October 17, 2011

    Video: California TV News Producer Chased By "Aggressive" Turkey

    By Chad Love

    A while back I blogged about the terrifying turkeys of Staten Island, New York. At the time I though it was a problem confined mainly to the boroughs of the greater New York City area, but apparently the phenomenon - much like zombie hordes - has gone national.

  • October 17, 2011

    Oklahoma Crossbow Hunter Brings Down 760lb. Hog While Deer Hunting

    By Chad Love

    --Chad Love

    A quiet morning in his tree stand turned into a Hogzilla death match for one Oklahoma bowhunter who needed every arrow he had to bring down a monster 800-pound hog.

    From this story on kfor.com:

    A Rush Springs man had quite a fright after he was confronted by a nearly 800-pound wild hog. It happened Monday morning when he was hunting on property west of Rush Springs.

    "We'd seen his tracks, but we'd never seen him," Winston Brown said. "I was sitting up in my tree stand waiting on the sun to come up." And that's when he saw it. "It looked like a cow coming from the other end," he said "It came up and the deer ran off."

    They knew what was coming, a 760-pound wild hog. Brown fired his crossbow. "The first arrow struck the shoulder plate," he said. "He kind of grunted real loud and started popping his teeth. He turned and faced me. I think if I had been on the ground and he could have seen me, it would have probably been ugly." Brown shot again.

  • October 17, 2011

    Swedish Hunter Sentenced For Catching Almost 14,000 Wild Birds

    By Chad Love

    Here's one from the "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest - And Right Into a Net" files: A Swedish man was just sentenced to almost two years in jail for-- catching wild birds? Yep, almost 14,000 of them, according to his meticulous records.

    From this story on thelocal.se:

    The 40-year-old Swedish bird enthusiast who caught more than 13,000 wild birds was sentenced on Monday to 18 months in prison for aggravated hunting crimes, animal cruelty, and violating Sweden's protected species laws. "The verdict is clear and states that a serious crime has been committed.

    It also shows that a serious crime leads to a serious sentence," said prosecutor Christer Jarlås, who had argued for 2 years in prison. According to Jarlås, the man's aviary obsession began as a simple hobby before spiralling out of control. He argued the man should be sentenced to two years in prison. ”That is the penalty for this kind of aggravated crimes,” said Jarlås to news agency TT prior to the verdict. The 40-year-old is believed to have been hunting and catching birds since January 2005 until being caught in June 2010. He is also suspected of taking eggs and baby birds from nests. The man kept an extensive database which included notes of the 13,983 birds and eggs collected.

  • October 13, 2011

    Hunting MN Bison In The Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge?

    By Chad Love

    Will Montana hunters someday get the opportunity to hunt wild, free-ranging bison in Montana's Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge?

    From this story in the Billings Gazette:

    Jim Posewitz is confident he will see a huntable herd of free-roaming, wild bison somewhere in Montana in his lifetime. "We'll have to hurry, though," he said, smiling. Posewitz is 76. A Montana conservationist, hunter, author and promoter of hunter ethics, Posewitz has lent his voice to the National Wildlife Federation's push to have bison restored to the 1.1-million-acre Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge in northeastern Montana. "What better place, what better species and what better time?" he said.

  • October 13, 2011

    Red Tide Causes Huge Fish Kill Off Florida Coast, Moving North

    By Chad Love

    A red tide off the Florida coast is killing hundreds of fish as it moves up the coastline toward Sarasota, Florida.

    From this story in the Miami Herald:

    A red tide that formed off the southwest Florida coastline is creeping toward Sarasota. State wildlife officials say they noticed a large fish kill on Tuesday near Sanibel Island. So far, wind conditions and currents have kept the dead fish off the area's beaches. But officials say that could change in the next few days.

  • October 13, 2011

    South Africa To Ban All Rhino Hunts If Poaching Doesn't Stop

    By Chad Love

    The legal hunting of rhinos in South Africa may become a thing of the past very soon due to a dramatic increase in poaching incidents.

    From this AP story:

    South Africa could ban rhino trophy hunting if other efforts to curb poaching fail, the environment minister said Wednesday. "The minister of water and environmental affairs reserves the right to institute a moratorium if there is a clear abuse or absolute collapse in any of the provincial permitting systems," Minister Edna Molewa said in a statement.

  • October 13, 2011

    Michigan Hunter Attacked By Screech Owl In His Tree Stand

    By Chad Love

    One Michigan hunter recently discovered that it's not wise to p#$@ off the wise old owl.

    From this story on mlive.com:

    Jason Longbrake wonders if while out hunting Sunday morning, he became the hunted. Sitting in his tree stand and waiting for the sun to rise, something slammed into his head. Whatever it was grabbed for his eye, Longbrake said. Moments later, he saw a screech owl sitting in a nearby tree. “I don’t know if it saw my eye as something it wanted,” he said Wednesday.

  • October 12, 2011

    NJ Woman Kicks Dead Bear After it Attacked Her Llamas, Breaks Toe

    By Chad Love

    Here's one from the "Don't Kick Them When They're Down" files, or maybe the "Don't Make Me Angry. You Won’t Like Me When I'm Angry" files. A New Jersey woman who was defending her llamas against an aggressive black bear ended up receiving a broken toe in the melee after repeatedly kicking the now-dead bear's head in a self-described "hissy fit."

    From this story on lehighvalleylive.com:

    Lydia Chiappini was asleep on a couch in her art studio when she awoke to the screams of one of her llamas being mauled by a bear. But she didn't think too much of it at first. "I thought he might have been wrestling with another llama because they make the same noise, you know?" Chiappini said Monday. She quickly, however, found herself between her llama and the bear, an intruder police ended up shooting.

  • October 12, 2011

    Massachusetts Family Lost In Corn Maze Calls 911

    By Chad Love

    Who says the average American has lost that trail-blazing, pioneering spirit of rugged individualism and self-reliance that made this country great?

    From this story in the Washington Post:

    Authorities in Massachusetts say a family that got lost in a seven-acre corn maze called 911 for help, apparently taking advantage of the police department’s motto that says “We Want To Be Bothered.” The maze at Connors Farm in Danvers can take up to an hour to navigate. A police officer entered the maze with a farm manager to search for the disoriented father, mother and two children. The family didn’t realize they had almost made their way out and were just 25 feet from the street.

    Yep, regular Natty Bumppos we are...