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  • January 31, 2012

    Indiana DNR Takes No Position on High-Fence Hunting-2

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    The Indianan Department of Natural Resources apparently has no comment on the issue of high-fence hunting operations. This take-no-position position came to light last week during a committee meeting in Indianapolis to determine whether the state should legalize high-fenced hunting. 

    Such a move would be good news for the four high-fenced hunting preserves already operating in the state but a disappointment to critics who feel such operations are unethical and hold the potential to spread disease to wild animals.

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  • January 30, 2012

    Liam Neeson Eats a Wolf For New Movie, The Grey-11

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    "A few guys did upchuck. We all knew what we were eating. All I can say is it was very game-y,” is how actor Liam Neeson described eating wolf meat for his new survival movie The Grey. Yes, Neeson and his castmates ate wolf.

    In order to better prepare his actors for a scene in which they would be eating wolf, The Grey director Joe Carnahan had his actors actually eat wolf. The wolf was obtained from Smithers, British Columbia (where the movie was filmed). Trapper Dick McDiarmid who also provided wolf carcasses for the movie, donated the wolves. It's legal to hunt and trap wolves in British Columbia.

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  • January 27, 2012

    New PA Poaching Law Lets Criminals Off Easy-15

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    Pennsylvania’s Act 54 — a new poaching law that was supposed to be tough on criminals — recently set the bar low with a weak sentence from Bradford County’s Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey Smith.

    Sixty-year-old, Everett Leonard faced a potential seven years in prison with a $43,000 fine, and his 32-year-old son Everett Tyler a whopping 24 years with a $100,00 fine for the slaughter of 32 whitetail deer on two separate occasions, in Armenia Township in 2010. Or at least that’s what Act 54 would have allowed if there weren’t a lack of mandatory minimums.

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  • January 27, 2012

    Cape Town Baboon Wars Continue-8

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    A baboon was found dead last Wednesday in the Da Gama Park section of the Western Cape’s capital city. The City of Cape Town veterinarian Dr. Elzette Jordan told the Daily News that the vermin died from a fatal airgun shot to the head. Although Jordan said “The animal was shot at close range,” the death was not believed to be a suicide. Rather, it is believed a human shot the one-year-old primate.

    This is just one more incident in the on-going war Cape Town residents are waging against baboons. Despite the fact that harming the (what are basically) coyotes with opposable thumbs is illegal, many residents have taken the law into their own hands when they feel threatened or find their property destroyed.

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  • January 27, 2012

    Wolf Reintroductions Considered for Elk Control in Colorado-15

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    While it's unlikely federal wildlife officials will reintroduce wolves into southern Colorado in order to reduce elk populations, the measure is at least being considered.

    Spurred by a public comment, U.S. Fish and Wildlife is kicking around the idea of reintroducing wolves as a means of controlling elk numbers on the Baca National Wildlife Refuge, according to Chieftain.com. Cottonwoods and willows have been hit hard by elk herds on the refuge, which sits just west of Great Sand Dunes National Park, about 50 miles north of the New Mexico borderline.

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  • January 27, 2012

    Suppressors Could Become Legal For Hog Hunting in Georgia-7

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    The Georgia Senate is considering a bill that would allow hunters to utilize suppressors (silencers) on rifles and shotguns when hog hunting.  According to the Morris News Service, the bill came about at the urging of sheriffs who want to cut down on the number of noise complaints they receive about hunters.

    Republican Senator John Bulloch from the south Georgia town of Ochlocknee took the sheriff’s concerns to heart by sponsoring what is now known as Senate Bill 301.  Bulloch feels the bill will not only help with noise complaints but also allow hunters to take more than one hog at a time since the lower decibel shot will most likely fail to scare off any additional pigs.

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  • January 26, 2012

    Quail Numbers Drop in Texas, Hunting Seasons in Limbo-0

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    Quail populations have declined by 2.8 percent each year over the last 20 years in Texas and now wildlife managers are considering making sweeping changes to hunting seasons and regulations.

    Yesterday, Texas Parks and Wildlife commissioners decided to hold off on making any major changes to the quail hunt until they are able to get more data. Changes that were on the table included splitting the state into two zones, lowering the bag limit in the eastern zone from 15 to 5 and shortening the season by a month.

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  • January 25, 2012

    Potential State Record Striped Bass Caught in Virginia-0

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    A potential Virginia state record striped bass nearly slipped away, twice.

    Captain Tim Cannon was fishing off Virginia Beach when he received a call from another captain telling him to head to Cape Henry because the fish were feeding. He decided to troll two sets of white parachute rigs at the new location. When one of the rods tipped, angler Cary Wolfe jumped on it and started reeling.

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  • January 25, 2012

    Two Free-Ranging Missouri Deer Tested Positive for CWD-8

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    Samples from two deer taken during the 2011 Missouri fall firearms deer season have tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).

    The samples were obtained from a pool of 1,077 tissue samples of free-ranging deer taken in the north-central portion of the state. Both positive samples came from Macon County and are the first CWD-positive results for free-ranging deer in the state. 

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  • January 25, 2012

    Electronic Duck Stamp Program Could Extend to All States-2

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    After four years, a pilot program that sells electronic duck stamps might become a permanent if passed by the Senate.

    There are currently eight states participating in the program, and if passed, the bill would give the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service the ability to extend the sale of electronic duck stamps to hunters in all states, according to the Associated Press.

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