Author: Bruce Billingsly

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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Small Plane Crashes into Two Elk During Landing

In a rare incident, a pilot and his passenger in a small single-engine plane struck a pair of elk just moments after touching down on an airstrip on the Oregon Coast. Pilot Todd Rudberg, 49, and his passenger Valeria Villacin, 43, had just touched down at the Nehalem Bay State Park airstrip at 5:14 p.m. Saturday.  It was just moments after that an elk darted out in front of the plane and was struck by the small vessel.  In an effort to avoid contact with the animal, the plane’s pilot attempted to relaunch the plane to avoid the animal...

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Pair of Bull Elk Euthanized After Charging Incidents

Officials with Parks Canada announced that two bull elk in Canada’s Banff National Park have been put down after two separate charging incidents during the last week of August. While typically not a threat to humans for much of the year, bull elk can get awfully territorial this time of year as these large animals engage in rutting behavior.  During the breeding season or rut, bull elk set out to gather potential mates and often become overly protective of any cows in their area. As such, in areas such as National Parks, the risk for human contact elevates either...

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Elk Hunter Survives Grizzly Attack

A man lay in a hospital bed recovering from his injuries Tuesday morning after bugling in more than a burly bull elk. Hunting near the Dry Gulch, Cascade Creek area in southwestern Montana, Tom Sommer and a friend were doing their best to call in a bull elk when they stumbled across a grizzly bear feasting over a carcass.  In an attempt to scare the bear away, the pair yelled at the bear before it decided to charge the pair of hunters. Deploying bear spray on the attacking animal, only one of the men was able to get his...

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Bass Pro Donates Over 80 Boats to Harvey Relief Efforts in Texas

While they may be headquartered many miles away in Missouri, the team at Bass Pro Shops is doing their part to assist those affected by the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey over the past week. Working directly with local, state and federal agencies, which include police, fire and rescue teams, Bass Pro has provided relief efforts with over 80 boats. The Tracker boats donated by the outdoor retailer are in use by teams on the ground in the Houston area.  In addition to the watercraft, the retailer also earmarked $40,000 worth of relief supplies through a donation to the...

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