Author: Bruce Billingsly

Montana Officials Identify Suspects After Eight Mule Deer Found Illegally Shot with Shotgun

Early Sunday morning Block Management Technician Dave Walter received a tip that would eventually lead local game warden Todd Tryan to a gruesome scene. Scattered across an approximate two-mile radius, Trynan uncovered eight dead or mortally injured mule deer, including two pregnant does, one deathly injured fawn and 22 spent 12-gauge shells. “I’ve seen senseless killing before in my 10 years, but this incident ranks right up there among the worst,” said Tryan.  “I’m also tired of having to put wounded animals like that fawn out of their misery, all because of blatant disregard for Montana’s public resources.” The...

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Fired Up Moose Attacks Hunter Who Shot Him Twice

If you have ever encountered the largest species of the deer family, there is no questioning their size and brute strength. Weighing upwards of 1,500+ pounds, these majestic animals are a treat to behold and even more stunning to hunt. That said, much like any other big game mammal, they deserve all the respect in the world and extreme caution should be taken when approaching one. Last week a Newfoundland hunter found that out the hard way.  An experienced hunter, Rodney Buffett was hunting moose on Newfoundland’s south coast with his fiancé when a large 14-point bull presented himself....

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Michigan’s 10th Case of CWD Surfaces During Youth Hunt

Harvested in Montcalm County during last months youth hunting season, a 3 1/2 –year-old doe is believed to be Michigan’s 10th free-ranging deer with chronic wasting disease. After an initial round of testing, the preliminary results indicate the presence of the disease but the DNR has stated that they are still awaiting final confirmation from Michigan State University’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. “We cannot thank this family enough for bringing their deer to a check station,” said Dr. Kelly Straka, DNR state wildlife veterinarian. “Without their effort, the disease may have gone undetected in this area. We encourage hunters from...

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National Park Service Seeking Volunteers to Reduce Grand Canyon Bison Herd

If you pride yourself as someone who is physically able and proficient with a firearm, the National Park Service (NPS) wants your help reducing the budding bison population in Grand Canyon National Park. After months of planning, the National Park Service announced the upcoming cull earlier this month that would see the growing population of bison reduced by about 60 percent.  With a population residing somewhere between 400 and 600 animals, the NPS prepared an Initial Bison Herd Reduction Environmental Assessment (EA) and later signed a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). The plan would see the herd reduced...

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Sec. Zinke Signs Order to Expand Access, Conservation and Wildlife Management

Making good on one of his earliest promises, Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke signed Secretarial Order 3356 which will serve as an extension of Secretarial Order 3347, which he issued on his first day in office. The newest order sets out to support and expand outdoor recreation opportunities for all Americans, enhance conservation stewardship and improve wildlife management. “Hunting and fishing is a cornerstone of the American tradition and hunters and fishers of America are the backbone of land and wildlife conservation,” said Secretary Zinke. “The more people we can get outdoors, the better things will be for...

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