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  • March 22, 2012

    Coalition of Outfitters Try to Block New Mexico Hunting Lottery Changes

    By Chad Love

  • March 21, 2012

    Illinois Angler's Bug-Eyed Puggle Pictures Go Viral

    By Chad Love

    It's a somewhat embarrassing bit of personal trivia, and one I don’t often publicize, but the fact remains that at one time I was a reporter for (brace yourself) PEOPLE magazine. Yes, for six years I stalked celebrities, hid in bushes and chased limos. And in all that time, even as I had a kennel full of hunting dogs at home, I got exactly one assignment involving dogs, and none involving dogs that hunt or fish. I mean, it's not like PEOPLE is full of those kinds of stories, right? Well...

  • March 21, 2012

    SC School Principal Removes Mounts from Office After Complaints

    By Chad Love

    A South Carolina school principal's collection of African game mounts has been removed from his office following an overwhelming deluge of... two complaints.

    From this story on postandcourier.com:

    An extensive collection of African animals that a school principal shot has been removed from his office. Summerville High School Principal Buddy Chapel confirmed Monday that he had moved the hunting trophies -- a stuffed lioness, antelopes, wildebeests and other creatures -- that filled every wall. The collection generated controversy after it was featured in a Jan. 19 story in The Post and Courier's Your Lowcountry section.

  • March 21, 2012

    Kentucky Resists Animal Rights Groups, Votes to Expand Bear Hunting

    By Chad Love

    Resisting pressure from animal rights groups, the Kentucky Wildlife Commission just voted to expand bear hunting opportunities in the state.

    From this story on kfvs.com:

    The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission has voted to set aside a week each year for shooting a limited number of bears that dogs have chased up trees or cornered on the ground. Commissioners had scrapped that proposal two weeks ago after the Humane Society of the United States criticized the practice as cruel and unsporting. But they unanimously reversed themselves on Monday to set aside four weeks for hunters to chase bears with dogs and one week to allow them shoot some of those bears.

    The hunting will be restricted to a 45,000-acre tract in Harlan County, a 43,000-acre tract in Bell County and a 20,000-acre tract in Letcher County. Kentucky becomes 1 of fewer than 20 states that allow hunters to chase bears with dogs.

  • March 20, 2012

    Vintage Gun Ad: Innocent Sign of The Times? More of a Plain Bad Idea

    By Chad Love

    Is this vintage gun ad from Iver Johnson an innocent reminder of a bygone era, or is it just a really, really bad idea, even in the context of the gun-friendlier time in which it ran? You be the judge.

    What say you, F&S readers?

  • March 19, 2012

    It's a Coyote... It's a Wolf... It's a Woyote?

    By Chad Love

    Coyote? Wolf? Coydog? Woyote? Everyone else has an opinion on the monstrous, 82 lb. whatever-it-is that was recently shot in Canada. Might as well chime in with yours.

    From this story on telegram.com:

    The story of the 82-pound coyote not only has this province and the Internet buzzing, but wildlife watchers across the country are talking about it, too. Memorial University is doing the DNA testing on the brute, shot this week by Joe Fleming on the Bonavista Peninsula. The story garnered nearly 60,000 hits on The Telegram website and more than 180 comments by mid-afternoon Thursday.

  • March 16, 2012

    A Taste for Tush: Black Bear Bites Florida Woman's Behind

    By Chad Love

  • March 16, 2012

    Round Two: Group Again Pushes for Federal Lead Ammo Ban, Restrictions

    By Chad Love

    For cryin' out loud, here we go again. After being defeated last year, serial lawsuit-filing anti-hunting organization the Center for Biological Diversity is back at it on lead ammo. If at first you don’t succeed...

    From this story in the New York Times:

    Citing risks to birds and to human health, roughly 100 environmental groups formally asked the federal Environmental Protection Agency this week to ban or at least impose limits on lead in the manufacturing of bullets and shotgun pellets for hunting or recreation. The use of such ammo by hunters puts about 3,000 pounds of lead into the environment annually and causes the death of 20 million birds each year from lead poisoning, said Jeff Miller, a conservation advocate at one of the groups, the Center for Biological Diversity.

  • March 15, 2012

    Discovery Channel Gives Bear Grylls the Boot

    By Chad Love

    For the past seven years, American audiences have thrilled (or gagged) at the sight of Bear Grylls gleefully digging in to putrefying animal parts, insect larvae, mammalian reproductive organs and other various and sundry items that would give your average turkey vulture pause. But maybe not any more. It seems that Bear and Discovery Channel have parted ways...

    From this story on the BBC:

    TV adventurer Bear Grylls, star of the survival show Man vs. Wild, has been sacked by the Discovery Channel. The US channel said: "Due to a continuing contractual dispute with Bear Grylls, Discovery has terminated all current productions with him." Grylls, who has presented the show since 2006, is known for eating insects and drinking animal urine in the wild. His publicist confirmed the move saying they could not reach a "mutual agreement on new programming".

  • March 15, 2012

    Judges Uphold Delisting of Wolves in Montana, Idaho

    By Chad Love

    A panel of federal judges has ruled that shielding the delisting of wolves from court review did not violate the Constitution.

    From this story in the Missoulian:

    Shielding the delisting of Rocky Mountain gray wolves from court review didn’t violate the Constitution’s separation of powers doctrine, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday. A three-judge panel unanimously rejected the arguments of several environmental groups that claimed wolves lost their federal Endangered Species Act protection in Montana and Idaho before their populations had recovered. Last year, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, passed an amendment giving Montana and Idaho wildlife agencies control of wolf populations in their states and blocking further judicial review.

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