Great Britain’s Hunting Act of 2005 made it illegal for hunters to pursue foxes, deer, hares and mink with hounds.
Almost seven years later Agriculture Minister Jim Paice publicly decried the act stating, “The current law simply doesn’t work. I am in favour of hunting with dogs – and the coalition agreement clearly states that we will have a free vote on whether to repeal the act.”
We're counting down the top five videos on Outdoorlife.com in 2011. At number five is Hornady’s commercial for their Zombie Max and Proven Z-Max bullets. Buy this for your favorite zombie lover or stock up for the Zombie Apocalypse.
2012 is only days away, and we thought this would be a good time to take a look back at some of the wildest videos on Outdoorlife.com this year. Over the next week, we will announce the top five most viewed videos on the site. But first, here’s a bonus video you haven’t seen before.
Illegal ivory trading is on the rise. And while the official numbers are being calculated, 2011 looks to be a record-setting year for large-scale seizures of illicit ivory worldwide, according to Traffic, a conservation group that monitors trends in wildlife trading.
There have been 13 large-scale seizures this year, where an estimated 52,196 pounds of ivory was collected – it would take at least 2,500 elephants to produce that much ivory, according to Traffic. The latest discovery took place at a port in Kenya on Dec. 21. The shipment was on its way to Asia. It contained 727 pieces of ivory equaling 5,676 pounds.
The Missouri state auditor's office released a study yesterday finding that the Show-Me state's elk restoration program has cost three times more than initially estimated. This boils down to about $30,000 per elk, according to the Associated Press.
The study said the Missouri Department of Conservation spent about $1.2 million on employee salaries, equipment and habitat improvement. In June, the department released 34 radio-collared elk in southern Missouri. The department says there are now 36 elk, including five calves and it has plans to introduce up to 150 elk over several years.
The most carefree deer, turkey, bears and groundhogs in all of Virginia, if not in all of North America, can be found at the FBI Academy at Quantico. Despite the fact that the 547-acre facility is the training ground for the FBI’s most elite forces and each month sees more than 1 million bullets fired down range, the animals on the facility have come to understand that the FBI allows no hunting.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has put on hold a plan to capture, castrate, then release 200 wild stallions from the Pancake Complex near Ely, Nevada after wild horse advocates sued the government agency in U.S. District Court last week. But while the castration plan awaits its date in court, the BLM did reach a compromise with the court on Thursday that will allow them to move forward with its plan for a long-term removal of roughly 1,800 wild horses from the area (removal to where and how was unavailable at press time).
What to do with feral horses is one of the most sensitive issues facing US public lands today. Horses are an invasive species, the same as feral pigs and in some instances cause just as much damage to the natural environment. But the fact that they are horses brings about an emotional issue that makes any action against them controversial.
I’m not exactly sure what’s going on in this picture but I’m pretty sure that the dog – yes, I’m told that’s a dog – did something dog-like that irritated the moose to the point of an attempted dog stomping. Fortunately, the dog looks like he’ll get away in time but knowing dogs, I’m sure he’ll return to bug the moose again and again. Of course this is nothing new; dogs have always been jerks to moose.
I’m not sure why. I asked my kid’s lab Stoney about dog-moose hate but being the untrained, lovable dunce that she is, she sat in response. When I asked her a second time she put out her paw to shake. So why dogs pester moose to the point of violence remains a mystery to me.
Fishing buddies Tim McKneely and Mark Alexander started their holiday by breaking a decade old record for the largest catfish caught on Lake Worth, near Fort Worth, Texas on Monday.
The two 24 year olds worked together to land the 72-pound blue catfish. When the monster cat ripped into the shad baited hook, Alexander set the hook and passed the rig off to McKneely to reel him in. "I knew he was big, just not how big until I got him up and he started rolling,” McKneely told the Fort Worth Star Telegram. “The fish came in easily, but was the devil to land. He bent our net and broke our fish grips.”
UFC superstar Brock Lesnar plead guilty for failing to affix a tag to a mule deer he took on a November hunting trip in a courtroom in Medicine Hat, Alberta this Tuesday. Medicine Hat’s chief prosecutor Ramona Robins dropped the previous charges of spoilage and illegal possession of wildlife.