Author: Bruce Billingsly

LSU Scientist Makes CWD Testing Breakthrough, Paves Road for Vaccine

Chronic wasting disease has dominated headlines since its initial discovery roughly 30 years ago and does not show much sign of slowing down. With new cases popping up in places such as Montana, where the disease had yet to be found, scientists, biologists and hunters alike are scrambling to contain the deadly condition. Last week, the Louisiana State University College of Agriculture released information about a breakthrough made by animal scientist Frank Bastian. Spending the bulk of his career studying chronic wasting disease, mad cow disease, and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, his team is now able to grow the bacteria and...

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Special CWD Mule Deer Hunt Proposed by Montana FWP

Following two confirmed cases of chronic wasting disease (CWD), Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has released the details on a special CWD mule deer hunt. Awaiting the approval of the Fish and Wildlife Commission, the hunt is a key piece of Montana’s chronic wasting disease plan that is still in the draft process. Labelled as the “Bridger” CWD hunt due to the proximity to the town of Bridger remains in draft form as officials await the final testing results from samples taken during this year’s hunts. Hunters Needed One of the biggest questions surrounding the hunt is whether hunters...

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Vermont Man Clubs Mother with 30-30 Over Chunk of Venison

That’s right.  A Vermont man was in court Monday morning facing a felony charge of first-degree aggravated domestic assault with a weapon after attacking his mother over his newly-acquired venison. After downing a deer, the accused, Zachary C. Merriam, 21, allegedly became overly protective of the coveted provisions as an altercation broke out. Sharing is caring, pal. Unwilling to share the bounty of his harvest with his mother, Merriam reportedly took after her with the same gun used on the deer. With his 30-30 in hands, he allegedly used the rifle as a club, beating his 40-year-old mother with...

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10-Years of Poaching Leads to Charges for Twin Brothers

While seemingly proving science’s theory that twins have near identical brainwave patterns, Montana officials have finally put the hurt on a pair of twin brothers after a lengthy investigation. Trophy-Caliber Charges Concentrating their efforts around a Fergus County ranch, investigators believe the two brothers spent the better part of ten years illegally killing trophy-caliber elk. To clarify, Montana law defines a trophy elk as having at least six points on one antler; a main beam length on each antler of at least 43 inches and an inside spread of at least 36 inches. Seven of the illegally killed elk...

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Soldier’s Elk Head Stolen from Truck While Packing Out Meat

It was his first successful elk hunt and one that was unfortunately tainted by the distasteful actions of another individual. After spending a number of days in Colorado’s backcountry, the man was able to have harvested an impressive 6×6 bull elk during the late afternoon hours of October 18. As he began to process the animal, he began the arduous process of packing the animal out of the backcountry, one load at a time. While placing the final load into his truck bed at around 2 a.m., he noticed that many of the items in his truck bed had...

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