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  • December 29, 2011

    Conservation Groups Claim New Federal Guidelines to Protect Sage Grouse are Flawed

    --Chad Love

    Some conservation groups are blasting new proposed federal guidelines for protecting sage grouse habitat as critically flawed.

    From this story in the Billings Gazette:

    Conservation groups across the West expressed disappointment Wednesday in a federal document that will guide the management of sage grouse habitat over the next several years. The Bureau of Land Management's new Instruction Memorandum, released Tuesday, recommends policies needed to mitigate the threats to sage-grouse habitat until long-term protection measures are developed.

  • December 29, 2011

    Special NJ Nighttime Coyote Hunt Starts Next Monday

    By Chad Love

    Hot on the heels of New jersey's contentious, litigious and largely successful bear season comes the Garden State's first special nighttime coyote hunt.

    From this story on newjerseynewsroom.com:

    First it was the black bears, now it’s coyotes. Beginning next Monday, New Jersey will permit hunters to shoot the wolves on the spot for a special hunting season. The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife estimates more than five thousand coyotes are running wild around in the Garden State. Biologist Andrew Burnett says they usually prey on rodents and rabbits, but can easily attack small pets, alarming many residents and pet owners.

  • December 28, 2011

    Chinese Man Builds $600 Military Style ATV

    By Chad Love

    So you really want an ATV for your hunting spot, but just don't have the money to buy one. You could keep hoofing it, which would keep you healthy. You could steal one, which would probably land you in the klink, or you could do what this guy did and just make your own.

    From this story (Lost in Translation Warning: The grammar in the linked story reads a bit like a cheap toy instruction manual.) on chinahush.com:

    Chinese folks have always had the self-entertaining mindset to compare little things to big renowned things even just for the slightest resemblance. We had a post last year talking about a homemade knockoff Lamborghini by a 25 years old guy. Recently a chef from Zigong City, Sichuan Province became famous on the Internet for spending only about 4000 yuan in designing and handcrafting what netizens called a knockoff “Hummer."

  • December 28, 2011

    Gun in Girl's Purse Went Off in a Wyoming Starbucks

    By Chad Love

    Here's one from the "Would You Like That Frappuccino Leaded Or Unleaded?" files. Customers at a Cheyenne, Wyoming Starbucks got a surprise recently when a young girl's purse gun went off--in her purse.

    From this story in USA Today:

    Police in Wyoming say nobody was hurt when a small gun that was inside a girl's purse fired while she was in a Cheyenne Starbucks. The bullet went through a chair and into a wall and narrowly missed several customers. Police say the mishap occurred while officers were at the coffee shop around 7:00 a.m. on Monday. They found a gunshot hole in the purse and a small, Derringer-type, double-barrel .38 Special inside.

  • December 23, 2011

    Brock Lesnar Pleads Guilty to One of his Alberta Charges

    By Chad Love

    Remember Brock Lesnar's run-in with Canadian wildlife authorities? The professional fighter has owned up and entered a guilty plea to one of the charges, and the other two have now been dropped.

    From this story in the Vancouver Sun:

    UFC star Brock Lesnar has pleaded guilty to one of the hunting charges he faced, paid a $1,725 fine and said he looks forward to coming back to Alberta for another hunt after last year’s “misunderstanding.” A lawyer representing the ex-heavyweight mixed martial arts champion entered the plea in a courtroom in Medicine Hat on Tuesday. Lesnar had been facing three charges laid by Alberta Fish and Wildlife officers. Those were: unlawful possession of wildlife (a whitetail deer), wastage of edible flesh (of a mule deer) and failure to immediately affix a tag to an animal. The first two charges have now been dropped. 

  • December 23, 2011

    Gray Wolf Hunting and Trapping Season Expected in Minnesota

    --Chad Love

    Could Minnesota hunters get the chance to hunt wolves next season? It's starting to look that way.

    From this story in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:

    A wolf hunting and trapping season could begin in Minnesota as soon as next fall, following Wednesday’s news that the state’s gray wolves will be removed from the federal government’s threatened species list and management returned to the state within 30 days. But details of a wolf season have yet to be worked out, Department of Natural Resources officials said Wednesday.“We’re considering a season that would involve both hunting and trapping,’’ said Ed Boggess, DNR Fish and Wildlife Division director. “It could be in effect this fall; it may take longer.’’ 

  • December 22, 2011

    A Reminiscence: Old School Mail-Order Ads

    By Chad Love

    Last night I was flipping through an old Field & Stream and marveling at all the wonderful old mail-order ads that I (and I'm sure many of you) grew up reading. For children who came of age in the olden days of paper-based print, being mesmerized (and more often than not, duped) by the ads in the back of magazines and comic books was a rite of passage. Who among us (or at least those among us old enough to remember polyester clothing) didn’t – at least once – send off our hard-earned paper route or allowance money, dazzled by the allure of Sea Monkeys, hypnotizing coins, X-ray glasses, spook hands or live seahorses?

  • December 21, 2011

    Virginia to Begin Charging Non-Hunters, Anglers for Access to Public Land

    By Chad Love

  • December 20, 2011

    You Think Your Duck Spot is Crowded?

    By Chad Love

    Here's one from the "So You Think Your Duck Spot Is Crowded?" files...

    Last week I got the chance to spend a few days hunting the Stuttgart, Arkansas area (duck hunting and rice capital of the world) with the good folks of Ducks Unlimited. In addition to hunting, one of the most interesting parts of the trip was a tour of what is undoubtedly one of the biggest and most famous public duck hunting areas in the nation, Bayou Meto a huge, 33,000-acre WMA with some 13,000 acres of flooded green timber mallard Nirvana into which DU has invested a tremendous amount of habitat and conservation work.

    With all that duck habitat, Bayou Meto is, understandably, a rather popular place with duck hunters. How popular? The DU biologists told me that, on average, there are anywhere from 1,200-1,500 duck hunters utilizing Bayou Meto every day.

  • December 20, 2011

    Five BC Bighorns Dead: Work of Wildlife Serial Killer?

    By Chad Love

    Someone is killing British Columbia's bighorn sheep, and wildlife officers have no idea why.

    From this story in the Globe and Mail:

    In his 26 years as a conservation officer, Steve Wasylik says he's never before seen the brazen thrill-killing that has recently targeted bighorn sheep near Kamloops. "There was simply no effort to recover the animals," Mr. Wasylik said. "They weren't trophy animals." Over the past week, five Californian bighorn sheep have been shot dead in two separate incidents. Two rams were found near Lytton, about 150 kilometres southwest of Kamloops, on Dec. 13. The second incident occurred three days later, when two rams and a ewe were found shot dead on a ranch in the Big Bar area near Clinton, 120 kilometres northwest of Kamloops. There have been no further reported incidents.

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