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  • September 27, 2012

    Nebraskans to Vote on Making Fishing and Hunting Rights Part of State Constitution

    By Chad Love

    Voters in the Cornhusker State will go to the polls this November to decide if the right to hunt and fish should be a part of their state constitution.

    From this story on kearnethub.com
    Nebraskans have hunted, fished and trapped since frontier territorial days. Hunting and fishing are part of the state's legacy of conservation and stewardship of the natural heritage. And they are big business. Hunters and anglers spent $709.1 million on trips, equipment and other related expenditures in Nebraska last year. Now voters will be asked on Election Day whether to enshrine a right “to hunt, to fish and to harvest wildlife'' in the Nebraska Constitution.

  • September 27, 2012

    Trafficking Sting Recovers More Than 500 Sets of Deer, Big Game Antlers

    By Chad Love

    An Alberta, Canada man is facing numerous charges after a sting that netted more than 500 sets of illegal antlers.

    From this story in the Calgary Herald
    An east-central Alberta man and his business are facing charges after a four-month undercover investigation into illegal big-game trafficking led to the discovery of 500 sets of deer antlers and other antlers from moose, elk and caribou. The antlers were seized Aug. 25 when Fish and Wildlife officers executed a search warrant at an auto-repair business in Sedgewick, Alberta Justice and Solicitor General said in a news release Tuesday.

  • September 27, 2012

    CA Governor Signs Bill Banning Use of Dogs for Hunting Bears, Bobcats

    By Chad Love

    In a move that most people expected, California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill that will outlaw the use of dogs for hunting bears and bobcats.

    From this story in the Los Angeles Times
    Hunters in California will no longer be allowed to use dogs to hunt bears and bobcats under legislation signed Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown in response to complaints the practice is cruel and unsporting. Brown approved the ban, which takes effect Jan. 1, after heavy lobbying by groups including the Humane Society of the United States and a coalition of celebrities including Doris Day, Ellen DeGeneres and Bill Maher. The bill was introduced by Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), who noted that hunting bears with hounds has previously been outlawed in 14 states, including Arkansas, Colorado, Montana, Oklahoma, Oregon and Wyoming. ``There is nothing sporting in shooting an exhausted bear clinging to a tree limb or a cornered bobcat,'' Lieu said Wednesday.

  • September 25, 2012

    Idaho Game Wardens Search for Grizzly Shot by Elk Hunters

    By Chad Love

    An Idaho grizzly bear that was shot and wounded by elk hunters managed to escape and is now being hunted by Idaho game wardens.

    From this story on oregonlive.com:

    Wildlife officials in eastern Idaho say they were unable Sunday to find a grizzly bear wounded a day earlier by elk hunters as they tried to retrieve a six-point bull elk carcass in the Island Park area west of Yellowstone National Park. Steve Schmidt of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game said a team of seven well-armed wildlife officers reported finding the blood trail of the bear near the elk carcass but that it disappeared after about 460 yards.

  • September 25, 2012

    Senate Punts Polar Bear Carcass Bill Decision Past General Election

    By Chad Love

    A bill that would, among other things, allow the importation of polar bear trophies into the United States is getting the US Senate a bit, well, bearish themselves.

    From this story on yahoonews.com:

    On its last day in session before the election, the Senate tied itself in knots over 41 polar bear carcasses that hunters want to bring home from Canada as big game trophies. After punting tough decisions on far weightier issues like raising taxes and cutting spending, Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., insisted that the Senate address the wide-ranging sportsmen's bill before voting on must-pass legislation to prevent the government from shutting down at the end of next week.

    According to the story, the bill's polar bear provision would allow 41 hunters who killed polar bears in Canada, just before a 2008 ban on polar bear trophy imports took effect, to bring the bears across the border. The hunters involved were not able to bring the trophies home before the Fish and Wildlife Services listed them as a threatened species.

  • September 24, 2012

    State Officials: 2012 Maine Bear Season Best Since 1993

    Remember that massive, record-setting Maine black bear a few weeks back?

    As it turns out, that wasn't a fluke, as Maine is experiencing one of the best black bear seasons ever.

    From this story on seacoastonline.com:

    Maine hunting guides are telling state game officials that 2012 will go down in the record books as one of the best years ever to hunt bears in the state. Guides are seeing record bear numbers as well as record-sized bear, including the new state record of 699 pounds this season. Many others are in the 600 and 500 pound weight classes. State officials say Maine hasn't had a bear hunting season like this since 1993, when the previous record 680-pound bear was taken.

  • September 24, 2012

    New Trend in Jewelry Sales? Buy Her a Diamond, Get a Free Hunting Rifle

    By Chad Love

    Here you go, guys. She wants a ring. You want a new gun. Buy her the ring. Get the gun. Everyone lives happily ever after...

    From this story in USA Today:

    A Georgia jewelry store owner has come up with a new way to sell diamonds, WSB-TV reports. Give away free guns with each purchase. "A lot of our customers are hunters, and it just seemed like a great thing to do," Mike Geller, who owns two D. Geller and Son Jewelers, told the station. "It's unbelievable! There's websites that got a million hits about it." Customers who purchase diamonds worth $2,499 or more from the Cobb County stores get free hunting rifles.

  • September 21, 2012

    Possible World Record Yellowfin Tuna Landed Off Cabo San Lucas

    By Chad Love

    A California man fishing off the Mexico coast has landed a potential world-record yellowfin tuna.

    From this story on worldfishingnetwork.com:

    Guy Yocom of Dana Point, California brought in a monster yellowfin tuna that could very well be the new all-tackle IGFA world record. The fish – caught 180 miles offshore from Cabo San Lucas - was weighed on two different scales registering 427.5 pounds on one and 427 pounds on the other. IGFA representative Minerva Saenz was present for the weigh-in and has sent off the scales to be verified and checked for certification.

  • September 19, 2012

    French Hunter Shot by His Dog, Loses Hand

    By Chad Love

    Last year, you may recall the Utah lab that accidentally shot his master in the buttocks while the pair were duck hunting.

    Well, a similiar incident occurred recently in France.

    From this story on abcnews.com:
    The last thing an experienced hunter would expect is to be shot by his “best friend” while they’re out hunting together. Especially when “best friend” actually refers to his dog. But that’s exactly what happened last weekend to 55-year-old Rene of France, who refused to give his last name. “He jumped on me as if to give me a hug,” said Rene, “and as he jumped, his paw hit the trigger.”

  • September 18, 2012

    Bench Shaped Like Fishing Lure Stolen and Returned

    By Chad Love

    Someone (Joe Cermele, maybe?) really, really must have wanted this bench to tie their living room together, but the pangs of guilt apparently outweighed their sense of style.

    From this story in the Sacramento Bee:
    Police in Idaho Falls have recovered a bench shaped like a fishing lure that was stolen from along the Snake River last week. Officers say the bench, which was reported missing last Wednesday, was found at about 9:30 a.m. Monday following a tip from a resident.

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