Advice To Prevent Hypothermia

HARRISBURG, PA – Pennsylvania Game Commission Hunter-Trapper Education Division Chief Keith A. Snyder is reminding hunters, trappers and other outdoors enthusiasts to plan well to avoid hypothermia.

“Anyone heading afield for late fall and winter hunting and trapping seasons should be aware of the threat of hypothermia and how to combat it,” Snyder said. “Hypothermia occurs when Read more

IDNR Conservation Police Charge Michigan Residents in Deer Poaching Case

Springfield, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources Office of Law Enforcement announced recent charges filed in Cook and Sangamon counties against five men from Illinois and Michigan. The arrests came after a five month long deer poaching investigation.

Illinois DNR Conservation Police conducted an investigation into a group of hunters who were taking several trophy-quality whitetail deer. After a thorough investigation with the assistance of Michigan Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officers, Indiana Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, five hunters were charged with committing numerous Wildlife Code violations involving 31 whitetail deer. The largest buck, taken in Cook County, was a large non-typical deer scoring 213 5/8 inches and valued at $25,000. Read more

RMEF Moves to Fight Wolf Lawsuit

MISSOULA, Mont.-The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is seeking to defend the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s authority to manage and control wolves as part of a state-approved plan.

Oregon wildlife officials recently announced the agency would use lethal means to stop two wolves known to habitually kill livestock in Wallowa County. Animal rights and wolf activist groups sued the state, claiming that any loss of wolves could cause “irreparable harm” to wolf recovery in Oregon. That argument was rejected in a previous lawsuit heard in a Montana federal court. But an Oregon court granted a temporary stay to stop the search for the two wolves until the legal merits of the case can be considered.  Read more

Deer Hunter Catches Fire, Dies

An 84 year-old deer hunter in Minnesota died after falling from a tree, when his clothes caught fire, while attempting to light a propane heater.

A good reminder to “dry run” all heaters by checking hoses, connections for leaks, igniters, etc. I have found that mice will chew through the rubber propane supply lines, and if the tank had not been shut off, all the gas will be gone.

Check connections with a solution of soap and water.

To ignite, have the lit match or igniter ignited when the gas is turned on and make sure to stay away from the heater element – especiall over the top of it. Keep clothing away.

Since igniters are noisy, we keep a good supply of dry, “strike anywhere” wood matches handy by enclosing them in a pill bottle fastened by electrical tape to the heater’s frame.  They can be dipped in hot wax for long-term storage and resistance to moisture.

Ventilation is required to be safe.

Fear This: Lightning

By Glen Wunderlich

When my friend, Joe Reynolds, and I headed to the deer woods last week, we had high hopes in an area that has been good to us over the years. Joe would take a favorite ladder stand site and I would use my climbing tree stand in a rather open area of hardwoods. But, this hunt would end just minutes after ascending 25 feet above ground for a reason more important than wallhangers: Thunder! Read more

IDNR Conservation Police Make Arrests in Deer Poaching Case

Giant buck valued at $35,000…

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Charges have been filed against three individuals after an 11-month investigation by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Office of Law Enforcement in a deer poaching case. The three men were cited for numerous Wildlife Code violations including the illegal take of a potential state-record whitetail deer, and now face charges through the Grundy County State’s Attorney’s Office. Read more

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