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  • September 30, 2010

    Muley Stuck Between A Rock...and a Lake

    By Chad Love

    A mule deer who was either [A] hungry and a poor planner; or [B] despondent and just wanted to end it all, recently jumped off a cliff and into Lake Powell. Maybe he was trying to prove Santa and his Reindeer Only policy wrong...

    From this story in the Desert News: 

    A hungry mule deer on the cliffs of Lake Powell took to the air, then jumped into the water Saturday, before being returned to solid ground by officers from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. The four-by-four point buck was trapped in Moqui Canyon, about two or three miles north, or "up lake," of Bullfrog Marina, said Sean Spencer, a conservation officer who assisted in the rescue.

  • September 29, 2010

    Take a Deer Aztec-Style

    By Chad Love

    Are you bored with your space-age 325-feet-per-second bow? Do you no longer find the thrill in your minute-of-gnat's-ass big-game rifle? Are you looking for a challenge? A real challenge? A get-back-to-your-roots challenge? Well, here it is, at least if you live in Missouri.

    From this story in the Columbia Missourian:

    One knee on the ground, Justin Garnett, 27, scraped an elderberry stem with a knife he made from volcanic glass. Within 30 minutes, he turned the stem into a weapon favored by Aztec war gods. The weapon is called atlatl, pronounced “AT’-lat-ul”. Its name originated from the Aztec language, meaning “water thrower” for hunting fish and mammoths. It wasn't until 2007 when the atlatl could be used in Missouri to hunt small game such as squirrels. In November, Missouri will become the second state in the U.S. where this weapon, which dates to at least 28,000 years ago, can be used to hunt deer. Alabama took the lead in 1996.

  • September 29, 2010

    A Heck of a Start

    By Chad Love

    A Michigan teen recently kicked off her hunting career in a big way. A really, really big way.

    From this AP story: 

    A 17-year-old Michigan girl began her big game hunting career with a bang ˜ or rather a whoosh ˜ by killing a 448-pound black bear with a bow and arrow from 16 yards away.

  • September 27, 2010

    Montana Initiative Could Raise License Fees, Gut Outfitter Industry

    By Chad Love

    A state ballot initiative in Montana would eliminate guaranteed out-of-state tags for outfitters in favor of a lottery.

    From this story in the Missoulian: 
    Depending on whose argument you accept, Initiative 161 will either help hunters access more private land or gut Montana's hunting outfitter industry.

  • September 23, 2010

    Ohio Deer Hunters Dig Bows

    By Chad Love

    An astounding eight in ten Ohio deer hunters are now using archery equipment to deer hunt, and crossbows are a big reason for that.

    From this story in the (Northern Ohio) News-Herald
    "... the Wildlife Division believes that up to 350,000 of the state's deer hunters will take to the fields and forests armed with some form of archery tackle. That's about eight in 10 Ohio deer hunters, said Mike Tonkovich, the Wildlife Division's deer management administrator.

  • August 30, 2010

    Colorado Elk & Deer Outfitter Indicted on Illegal Baiting Charges

    By Chad Love

    From this story in the LA Times:
    A federal grand jury in Denver has indicted a Colorado hunting outfitter for allegedly placing hundreds of pounds of salt near stands of trees in the White River National Forest to attract deer and elk for out-of-state clients. The Denver Post reports that outfitter Dennis Rodebaugh, 69, of Meeker, Colo., and guide Brian Kunz, 54, of Augusta, Wis., who worked as a guide for Rodebaugh, are charged with 10 felony counts of conspiracy and of violating the Lacey Act. Each of the 10 felony counts carries a maximum punishment of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, and, under the Lacey Act, vehicles and equipment used in the commission of the crimes are forfeited.

  • August 18, 2010

    Ted Nugent Busted for Game Violations in California

    By Chad Love

    Ted Nugent, the man everyone loves to love or loves to hate, was recently popped with several game violations after filming an episode of his hunting show in California.
    From this story in the Sacramento Bee
    Rock star Ted Nugent, a 1970s guitar hero for hits including "Cat Scratch Fever," has recently created a successful second career as an advocate for hunting and outdoor ethics. His television show, "Spirit of the Wild," is a four-time "Golden Moose" award winner on the Outdoor Channel. He has used his celebrity status to help promote better pay and working conditions for California game wardens, and consistently rails against poachers and other wildlife criminals. So it was with a double take of disbelief that two California game wardens sat down in February to watch the show, and witnessed Nugent allegedly violate several California hunting laws.

  • August 17, 2010

    Why "Red-State Programming" is Hot

    By Chad Love

    Does a bad economy mean more blue-collar reality television like hunting and fishing shows?
    From this story on Fox News:
    With the economy in the doldrums, more Americans are turning to down-home television shows about hunting, fishing, building and the art of making an honest living. Rather than hitting Broadway or joining "Celebrity Apprentice," former "American Idol" finalist Kristy Lee Cook is starring in a new hunting reality program “Going Country” on Versus, which takes place in America's backwoods instead of Beverly Hills.

  • June 23, 2010

    NJ Bowhunters One Step Closer to 150-Foot Shooting Distance

    By Chad Love

    Bowhunters in New Jersey are one step closer to expanded hunting opportunities, thanks to senate passage of a law that reduces the minimum hunting distance from buildings from 450 to 150 feet.

    From this story on
    The State Senate Monday overwhelmingly approved a bill that would reduce from 450 feet to 150 feet the distance a bow hunter can be from a private home when shooting at deer. Seven senators voted against S1181, while 25 approved the bill.