Indicating it is a step toward reaching the Hispanic community with hunter safety information and that it enables more hunting licenses to be sold, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources is adding a Spanish-language version of its online hunter safety course. AP.
A health inspector for the state of Kentucky issued an ordered closing the Red Flower Chinese Restaurant in Williamsburg after a road-killed deer was found in the kitchen. Inspector Paul Lawson said the restaurant owner's son apparently brought the dead deer to the eatery, but claimed he didn't plan to serve it to customers. AP.
A bowhunter and member of the Metro Bowhunters Resource Base contracted to cull deer at Valley Park in Mendota Heights, Minn. failed to harvest any whitetail last week, but he successfully directed law enforcement authorities to two teenagers—aged 17 and 19—he spotted harvesting marijuana plants, some as tall as eight feet, in a wooded area of the municipal park. Nick Ferraro in The Pioneer Press.
Reacting to criticism of breeding salmon that enter the Feather River Hatchery near the base of Oroville Dam without knowing whether they are fall- or spring-run, the Department of Fish and Game is instead this year culling them and donating the fish to local food banks. "It was clearly pointed out that we needed a clearer separation of the runs, and this is where we start doing it," said Stafford Lehr, F&G fisheries branch chief. Modesto Bee.
Wildlife biologists in Ohio are telling bowhunters heading afield in The Buckeye State to watch for odd behavior in some whitetails due to an outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD), confirmed in 11 counties. A squirrel hunter in Lawrence County reportedly was forced to kill a menacingly approaching deer with his .22 rifle after efforts to drive it away repeatedly failed. Columbus Dispatch.
Wyoming's first regulated wolf hunt begins Monday, with a quota of 52 wolves in the northwestern portion of the state, excluing Yellowstone National Park. Wolves will be targeted as predators in about 85 percent of the state, where they can be killed by almost any method, including poisoning, hunting by aircraft and trapping, until Oct. 15, when licensed hunting rules are imposed in the zone. Jackson Hole News and Guide.
The 84-year-old Lake County, Fla. woman who lost her arm during a brutal alligator attack at a canal near her home Wednesday was in stable condition after undergoing surgery Friday at Orlando Regional Medical Center. State wildlife officials trapped and killed the 7-foot, 5-inch alligator suspected of biting off Carol Hough's right arm. Orlando Sentinel.
When Vaughn, NM Police Chief Ernest "Chris" Armijo annnounced yesterday he was stepping down because delinquent child support and new felony charges prevent him from owning or carrying a firearm, the department was left with only one certified member, Nikka, a Belgian Malinos K-9 officer. The Guadalupe County Sheriff's Department is aiding Vaughn with its law enforcement. AP and KRQE.
In the end, California Gov. Jerry Brown surpised no one Wednesday when he signed a measure banning the use of pursuit hounds in the hunting of black bears and bobcats in the state. If Hell temporarily iced over and Brown had reneged, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) promised to launch a ballot initiative in The Golden State to achieve the same goal. SF Chronicle.
The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) is opposing plans by Alabama’s private "Big Buck Project" to release captive whitetail "breeder bucks" into the wild in Marengo County and is asking it to keep its farm-raised deer away and apart from the native whiltetail population. "I was shocked to learn that Alabama does not have a law that prevents what is being proposed in Marengo County," said QDMA CEO and wildlife biologist Brian Murphy.
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks has confirmed the new record for heaviest alligator, harvested on Saturday, Sept. 22. by the hunting party of Tom Grant of Boyle, MS on a private hunting club near Fitler in Issaquena County. The new weight record of 697.5 pounds exceeds the previous record of 690.5 pounds, taken by Brian Jackson of Brandon on private lands in Issaquena County in 2011.
Jesse Dinkel, from Yucaipa, Calif., was fishing with companions at a mountain lake near San Bernardino Saturday when small black bear snuck into their campsite and swiped another angler's backpack containing an iPad. "The backpack was by a picnic table, and somebody yelled, 'Hey, there's a bear!' And we turned and saw it running with the backpack in its mouth," Dinkel told the NY Daily News. "The owner was pretty upset."
During its annual meeting held earlier this month in Hilton Head, SC, the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) bestowed its inaugural Johnny Morris Award to its namesake, and founder of Bass Pro Shops, in recognition of his lifetime of service to the cause of fish and wildlife conservation. The new award will be conferred annually to a citizen conservationist who exemplifies Mr. Morris’ extraordinary leadership at the highest level and steadfast commitment to solving large-scale natural resource challenges.
While on a bus tour in Ohio, Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan reportedly made a quick stop the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World located in Forest Park, where he purchased some camouflage gloves and a coat for his daughter, Liza, 10. He told reporters he plans to take Liza deer hunting this year in Wisconsin and Oklahoma, where she'll use the Remington 700 .243 junior model rifle she received last Christmas. ABC News.
When Nolan Calvin cleaned the large lake trout he caught Sept. 11 at Idaho's Priest Lake and found what appeared to be a severed human finger inside, he called the Bonner County Sheriff's Dept. Detectives linked it through fingerprints to Haans Galassi of Colbert, who lost four digits in a wakeboarding accident on June 21. The sheriff’s office offered to return the finger to Galassi, but he declined.
"I'm like, uhhh, I'm good," he said. Spokesman-Review.