REYNOLDSBURG, OHIO – The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) today confirmed the first positive case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in the state in a captive deer herd in Holmes County. The state continues to take quarantine action to control the further spread of the disease. There is no evidence that CWD has affected the wild deer population in the state. Continue reading
DRT has created a Terminal Shock™ .243 bullet to meet the demands of hunters who require a .243 minimum for their state while hunting big game. DRT’s new .243 projectile is lead free, extremely accurate, and has the devastating wound ballistics that DRT’s Terminal Shock™ line is known for. Continue reading
Out of Africa Charged with Wildlife Crimes, Fraud and Money Laundering
The owners of Out of Africa Adventurous Safaris were charged with conspiracy to sell illegal rhinoceros hunts in South Africa in order to defraud American hunters, money laundering and secretly trafficking in rhino horns, announced Sam Hirsch Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division; George L. Beck, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama; and Dan Ashe, Director of the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The indictment was unsealed today in Montgomery, Alabama following the federal indictment.
The indictment charges Dawie Groenewald, 46, and his brother, Janneman Groenewald, 44, both South African nationals, and their company Valinor Trading CC (d/b/a Out of Africa Adventurous Safaris) with conspiracy, Lacey Act violations, mail fraud, money laundering and structuring bank deposits to avoid reporting requirements. The Lacey Act, the nation’s oldest criminal statute addressing illegal poaching and wildlife trafficking, makes it a crime to sell animal hunts conducted in violation of state, federal, tribal and foreign law. Continue reading
Enjoy interactive activities about bird song, feathers, and more
Ithaca, N.Y.-We know birds have feathers-but what are they made of, how do they work, and how many kinds are there? Birds sing songs-but how do they produce those sounds, what do they mean, and can you learn to identify birds by sound alone? If just knowing the name of a bird isn’t enough, then it’s time to make new discoveries at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s All About Bird Biology website. The new site is designed to appeal to anyone who’s even a little bit curious about what makes birds tick. Continue reading
One year after launching its blog, the Natural Resources Commission Youth Conservation Council is opening up that public platform – http://michiganycc.wordpress.com/ – to young outdoor voices across the state. The Youth Conservation Council, established by a Natural Resources Commission resolution in 2012, provides a forum where a diverse group or conservation-minded teens can talk about and take action to protect, promote and enhance Michigan’s outdoor recreation opportunities – including everything from hunting, fishing and trapping to hiking, wildlife viewing and camping.
The YCC blog was one of the council’s first projects, initially providing a place where members could share their own outdoor experiences. Now the Youth Conservation Council wants to hear from the rest of Michigan’s young outdoor enthusiasts. Continue reading
The Department of Natural Resources today announced that its Dansville shooting range in Ingham County – located at 1819 Kelly Road in Mason, within the Dansville State Game Area – will reopen Saturday, Nov.1, after extensive renovations have been made to the facility. The range will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday through Monday, and closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. The last shot will be fired at 4:45 p.m. Plans are to close the range for the winter Dec. 15 and reopen in the spring as weather allows. Continue reading
Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS ) adopted a new weapons policy by allowing those “permitted by law” to carry at TCAPS facilities and events. Details here…