A Massachusetts state trooper shot a 66-year-old woman who was walking her dogs when he mistook her pets for a deer.
The trooper indicated that he had mistaken her dogs’ tails for those of deer. It’s sure time for a hunter’s safety refresher and an eye exam. More here…
Authorities say a Indiana man, who shot and killed a 17-year-old boy playing paintball games, says he mistaked the teen for a coyote in a wooded area on his property.
WTHR-TV reports (http://bit.ly/uPuSb1 ) prosecutors will decide whether 41-year-old Jason Bagley will face charges in the shooting. More here…
By Glen Wunderlich
With deer season finished, hunters still have many opportunities to continue activities afield in the pursuit of one of Michigan’s under-utilized natural resources: small game. If the pounds are piling up, maybe it’s time to consider a meal of wild rabbit or squirrel.
If you are at all like most deer hunters, Read more
“Gray wolves are thriving in the Great Lakes region, and their successful recovery is a testament to the hard work of the Service and our state and local partners,” said Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe. “We are confident state and tribal wildlife managers in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin will effectively manage healthy wolf populations now that federal protection is no longer needed.”
Read more: http://www.outdoorhub.com/news/salazar-announces-recovery-of-gray-wolves-in-the-western-great-lakes-removal-from-threatened-and-endangered-species-list/#ixzz1hyGxAs1h
Michigan officials are creating new rules to guide the state’s revised hunting program for young adults.
The minimum hunting age has been dropped and the new law permits youngsters under the age of 10 to hunt with an adult at least 21 years of age.
The mentor must have previous experience and hold a valid hunting license. Proposed rules call for the mentor to be within an arm’s length of a child carrying a weapon.
Regulations are expected be proposed at a Jan. 12 meeting of the Natural Resources Commission. The commission could vote on the plan in February, and licenses could be ready for sale in March.
A Long Island violator has been popped by the law for filling deer tags for his wife and hunting over illegal bait. Yep, from hero to zero, just like that! Photo and story here…
The pitch sounds almost sounds palatable. But, I wondered about the motive. Here’s your answer…
This from the U.S. Sportsman’s Alliance.
If you have never heard of the Wildlife Land Trust, now could be a good time to take note. This project is a subsidiary of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the country’s largest animal rights group. This anti-hunting trust reported control or ownership of more than 100 “sanctuaries” in 38 states.
Hunting and trapping are prohibited on these sites, many of which are donated to the HSUS. In fact, they boast that “recreational and commercial hunting and trapping will always be prohibited”.
Unfortunately, they garnered $5 million in donations last year alone for this trust.
Additional details, in case you want to determine if these anti-hunting properties are located near you, can be found at: www.wlt.org. And in true HSUS fashion, you’ll spot a donation link if you go there.
(Columbus, Ohio) – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that gray wolf populations in the Western Great Lakes region have exceeded recovery goals and should no longer be protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Once official, this move will return wolves to state management in Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and some portions of adjoining states.
In an even bigger victory for sportsmen, the Service also announced that it has reversed its previous view that two wolf species exist in the Western Great Lakes region. Read more
A Montana Sportsmen’s group is offering $100 and an annual membership for photos of wolves killed in the hunting season. It is feared that the quota of 220 won’t be met, because not enough hunters are focusing on wolves. More here…
“Somebody” at the White House made sure that congressional “negotiators” withdrew a rider that would have prevented environmentalists to sue as part of a pending agreement to, once and for all, remove Wyomning wolves from the endangered species list. It now appears as though the whackos will have veto power, once again.
As always, it will be emotion trumping science with the aid of any technicality that can be used advantageously. And, these animal rightists, who claim to be helping animals, continue to drain governmental funds through lawsuit after lawsuit.
The give and take are part of the government’s $1 trillion spending bill. Legislative approval is still needed for the agreement on Wyoming’s wolves. More deatails at the link here…