Spotlighting for deer may soon become legal for members of a Wisconsin Native American tribe if a federal judge rules in their favor.
From this story on jsonline.com: A federal judge is scheduled to hear arguments over whether the Wisconsin Chippewa can hunt deer at night. U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb two weeks ago declared the state's ban on night deer hunting extends to tribal hunters, scuttling the Chippewa's request until Wednesday's hearing.
A Canadian deer hunter who vanished on Nov. 15 was finally rescued this weekend after wandering the bush for three weeks.
From this story in the http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/Lost+Manitoba+hunter+describes+survive... " target="_blank">Calgary Herald: A hunter who turned up after being lost in the southeast Manitoba bush for three weeks says thoughts of his family and the hundreds of people who were looking for him kept him going. "(It was) my wife and my son and the knowledge that the search and rescue community and people I don't even know were out looking," said Brad Lambert, who turned up safe and sound Saturday after spending 21 nights in his truck, stranded in the bush. "That means a great deal."
There's an old reporter's adage about story sources that goes thusly, "trust, but verify." It's also a damn useful refrain for life, romance and, oh, yes, the deer woods. Especially the next time you kneel down to pat the deer you've just shot and thank it for giving its life to you, because possession of said life might not yet, in point of fact, been fully transferred...
From this story on New Hampshire's unionleader.com: Everett Gray said he plans to retire from deer hunting after being gored by an eight-point buck he shot with his .257 Roberts rifle. "My brother gave me that rifle," Gray said Sunday. "I shot my first deer with it, and I just shot my last."
A TV hunting "personality" has pleaded guilty to illegally taking a Kansas buck in 2007.
From this story on kansascity.com: A professional hunter from Tennessee pleaded guilty Tuesday to killing a deer in Kansas and illegally taking it across state lines. William Spann, 50, of Dickson, Tenn., admitted in his plea in Kansas federal court that he had violated state law in 2007 by killing the white-tail deer on land in Stafford County owned by another person, when his permit allowed him to hunt only on land that he owned.
A Pennsylvania hunter was left dangling in a tree after his tree stand apparently fell apart—with him in it.
From this story on cbsnews.com: A western Pennsylvania hunter whose tree stand broke had to be rescued from his perch, where he was left dangling about 15 feet off the ground. Brush Valley assistant fire chief Al Pluchinsky says James Yoder, of Johnstown, was hunting late Saturday afternoon when the stand came apart. Yoder's feet got tangled and he was dangling, although his hunting partner helped by trying to hold his head somewhat upright while they yelled for help.
Hundreds of deer are leaping to their death from a bridge in Idaho, and officials say they don't know what to do about it.
From this story on ksee24.com: The frightening scene of hundreds of deer jumping to their deaths off a 120-foot bridge in Idaho is bewildering wildlife officials who are finding themselves at a loss on what to do. With motorists and state officials catching sight of the deers' tragic leap and fall off High Bridge, just east of Boise, witnesses are rallying for some way to prevent their tragic deaths.
According to the story, the deer are startled by cars while crossing the bridge and jump over the side. In 2010 an underpass was built for the deer in an effort to keep them off the bridge, but apparently deer are still making their way onto the bridge.
While there have not yet been any definitive, research-based links between chronic wasting disease and game-farm der, the anecdotal evidence certainly keeps piling up. Pennslyvania recently discovered the state's first case of CWD, which came from a game-farm deer. Now, a second deer from the same facility has also tested positive.
From this story on pennlive.com: A second deer from the deer farm in New Oxford, Adams County, has been confirmed to have been infected with chronic wasting disease, according to the state Department of Agriculture. The same deer enclosure on a 1.5-acre lot that also includes a residence at 1491 New Chester Road, New Oxford, was the site of Pennsylvania's first confirmed case of CWD, an always fatal disease in cervids like deer, elk and moose. Previous lab tests confirmed CWD Oct. 10 in a 3.5-year-old doe that died Oct. 4 in the enclosure.
Here's a number that aptly demonstrates both the amazing number of deer in this country as well as the undeniable ascendance of deer hunting as the most popular way to introduce children to the sport of hunting: Missouri youth hunters bagged more than 19,000 deer in that state's one-weekend youth deer hunt.
From this story on greenwichtime.com: Missouri's younger hunters bagged more than 19,000 deer in the first youth weekend deer hunt of the season. The state Conservation Department says hunters ages 6 through 15 killed nearly 19,300 deer this past Saturday and Sunday, up almost 18 percent from last year. The counties with the top harvests were Franklin with 417 deer, Osage with 400 and Howell with 395. The department says the youth deer hunting season is part of its efforts to recruit new hunters. In 2001, Missouri had about 40,000 deer hunters under age 16, and now there are about 70,000.
A hunter accidentally shot his own foot in Minnesota. It looks like he'll be okay, but it's an important safety reminder for you handgunners out there.
From this story on parkrapidsenterprise.com: A Sartell man was hospitalized after he accidentally shot his foot while deer hunting Sunday evening, according to a report from the Todd County Sheriff’s Office. Daniel Hayes, 26, of Sartell, Minn., was allegedly injured at around 6:30 p.m. five miles north of Clarissa, while unloading his firearm. The gun discharged, hitting Hayes in the foot and leaving him with non-life-threatening injuries, the report stated. The report also said Hayes was hospitalized in Staples, and later transported for care in St. Cloud. The case is still under investigation.
So remember: when you're pointing the muzzle of your gun at the ground, make sure your foot's not in the way...