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  • January 3, 2013

    Deer Carcass Thrown from VA Highway Overpass

    By Chad Love

    We've all heard news stories about items being illegally tossed from highway overpasses. It's a stupid and dangerous thing to do. Usually it's something like rocks, cans or bricks that get dropped on cars below, often with tragic and deadly consequences. But a deer? Well, you just have to read the story.

    From this story on myfox8.com
    A truck driver said a deer was tossed from an overpass along I-295 in Virginia and slammed into his big rig. According to WTVR, the accident happened around 12:30 a.m. Friday just before exit 22A on I-295, according to a Miami-based trucking company. A representative from that company told WTVR one of their truck drivers saw someone on top of the Buffin Road overpass toss a deer, with a rope tied around its neck, off the bridge. “All I know is that when I came up on the bridge it wasn’t hanging there,” the driver told WTVR Reporter Jake Burns.

  • December 20, 2012

    Federal Judge Blocks WI Tribe from Hunting Deer at Night

    By Chad Love

    Looks like Wisconsin's Chippewa tribe members will not be able to hunt for deer at night for the remainder of the tribal season. A federal judge blocked that plan earlier this week.

    From this story on twincities.com
    U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb wrote in her order that the tribes overstepped their authority when they granted tribal hunters permission to kill deer at night without the state's approval. The judge said the move violated a ruling she made more than 20 years ago that requires the Chippewa and the state to negotiate changes to tribal hunting rules and get her approval before making them final. She encouraged both sides to reach a deal. "The proper response cannot be for each side to decide on its own what the law permits, particularly with an issue that involves public safety concerns," Crabb wrote.

    How do you feel about the judge's decision?

  • December 20, 2012

    IL Man Fined for Illegally Collecting Whitetail Deer Semen

    By Chad Love

    If you didn't think the craze for creating big bucks at any cost could get worse, or weirder, then read on.*

    From this story on the Dallas Morning News
    An Illinois geneticist must pay $30,000 and serve three years of probation for illegally obtaining valuable semen from whitetail deer in East Texas. A federal judge in Tyler sentenced 55-year-old Raymond Favero of Braidwood, Ill. Favero in July pleaded guilty to wrongful acquisition of wildlife in interstate commerce. Texas law bars importing live whitetail deer or mule deer amid concerns about transmittable diseases. Prosecutors on Wednesday said Favero must also pay a $6,000 fine and $24,000 to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Federation.

  • December 19, 2012

    Missouri Alternative Deer Hunting Season Kicks Off

    By Chad Love

    Missouri deer hunters, it's time to grab your air rifle, handgun or crossbow and head to the woods because the Show Me state's "alternative methods" deer season is now underway.

    From this story on ky3.com:
    It's called Missouri's alternative methods deer hunting season. It runs from now through Christmas Day. More hunters are hitting the woods with a historical game plan. Hunters have used black-powder muzzleloader rifles for years, but the Department of Conservation says there was an increase in people interested in hunting with handguns and crossbows. They wanted to expand opportunities to use those tools without hurting the deer population. If hunters want to be a little more traditional, they can use longbows or even a tool called an atlatl which is like a spear. Officials say hunters like the historical aspect as well as the challenge.

  • December 14, 2012

    Potential Female Record Buck Tagged in Oklahoma

    By Chad Love

    A massive non-typical whitetail deer arrowed by an Oklahoma woman may be the largest buck ever taken by a female bowhunter in the Sooner State.

    From this story on newsok.com:
    Linet Navarro of Chandler likes to bake cakes and kill deer. On Nov. 8, Navarro killed the biggest whitetail of her life and perhaps the largest ever by a woman with a bow in Oklahoma. Her non-typical buck has a net green score of 175 2/8. A check of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's Cy Curtis records — a listing of big deer killed by Oklahoma hunters — show that larger non-typical bucks have been killed by female hunters with a gun, although it appears none have with a bow. The Wildlife Department does not distinguish between male and female hunters in the Cy Curtis record book. “Maybe they should,” Navarro said. “They could start it this year.”

  • December 12, 2012

    Federal Judge to Hear WI Native American Tribe's Request to Hunt Deer at Night

    By Chad Love

    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. 

  • December 10, 2012

    Survival: Deer Hunter Rescued After Being Lost in Manitoba for Three Weeks

    By Chad Love

    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."

  • December 3, 2012

    NH Man Gored by Downed Buck Says He's Done With Hunting

    By Chad Love

    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."

  • December 3, 2012

    Oklahoma Deer Hunter Tags Rare Antlered Doe

    By Chad Love

    Almost anyone not missing a chromosome or two will agree that it's just not cool to walk up to a female and utter the words "nice rack." But in this case, well, it's true...

  • November 29, 2012

    Hunting Show Personality Fined for Poaching Kansas Buck

    By Chad Love

    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.