Despite the fact that invasive feral pigs have all but taken over the lower 48 states (Texas is said to have close to 4 million animals within its borders alone) and have caused millions upon millions of dollars in crop damage, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced Friday that it has introduced legislation that would prohibit hunters from trapping or killing “free-range Eurasian boars.”
Department commissioner Joe Martens explained to The Citizen said that although these animals are a threat to the state’s environment and its natural resources, hunting them hinders the efforts of the DEC and the United States Department of Agriculture to capture the species.
There is a lot of strange stuff going on in this video. But, it's worth getting through to see the unique clip of a wild grizzly seizing up and tumbling downhill. Some media reports are suggesting the bear had a heart attack, but the details behind this video are unknown. According to LiveLeak, it was shot on Kodiak Island.
Anyone who has ever tried to draw a tag in a trophy unit in the West, and especially Wyoming (just ask our editor), will get the joke in this video immediately.
There are plenty of general seasons and over-the-counter units for hunters to chase elk, mule deer, and whitetails all throughout the Rocky Mountain states. But in those units you'll typically experience high hunting pressure and a low number of mature bucks or bulls.
If you want to hunt in places that offer the best chances of seeing a B&C animal, you're either going to have to pay big dollars for an outfitter or throw your name in the tag lottery. Obviously, the makers of this video have been trying, unsuccessfully, to draw a good tag for years.
This video was shot by Swedish hunters and was posted to YouTube late last month. In Sweden, they commonly use dogs to drive moose out of heavy cover. It seems the hunter didn't intend to shoot the small bull until it started charging him. I don't know any Swedish, but I can tell from the tone in the guy's voice that he was plenty nervous.
Luckily, the bull turned away at the very last second.
Big-game hunter and "Winchester Deadly Passion" host Melissa Bachman has found herself the target of a merciless onslaught of negative comments by non-hunters for doing something perfectly legal.
Bachman’s trouble began when she posted a picture of herself with an African lion on her webpage and Facebook page. She wrote of the trophy pic, "An incredible day hunting in South Africa! Stalked inside 60-yards on this beautiful male lion. What a hunt!"
The Boone and Crockett Club’s Trophy Watch posted this photo of a huge bighorn sheep picked up in the late 1960s by a steelhead fisherman in Spences Bridge, British Columbia. During the past 45 years the bighorn skull reportedly changed owners multiple times and was only recently mounted and officially scored. The horns measure 200 2/8 inches, tying this bighorn with two others as the No. 26 largest bighorn in the B&C record books.
While photographing elk at sunrise in the Cataloochee Valley of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a curious young bull approaches a photographer and sniffs his camera. The photographer hunkers down on the road and waits while the elk gently nudges him.
This video was posted to LiveLeak two days ago and illustrates just how creative a predator the wolf can be. According to the post: "Remote cameras planted by a British Columbia environmental group have captured a wolf capturing one of the spawning salmon in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest.
Greg Chase and his family got quite the surprise when an elk took to their backyard trampoline in Evergreen, Colo. Mr. Chase posted a video to YouTube on November 4 of what he and family witnessed. In his description he states that he had just sat down for some morning coffee when he noticed a young elk enter his trampoline. Once on the instrument of bounce, the animal had a difficult time getting off.