Author: Bruce Billingsly

Five Deer Test Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease in Maryland

The state of Maryland confirmed their first case of chronic wasting disease in white-tailed deer back in February of 2011 and just recently confirmed five more affected animals this past week. After receiving laboratory confirmation that five white-tailed deer harvested in the state of Maryland, the state’s total overall cases has risen to 11.  While four of the five deer were harvested in a chronic wasting disease management area, the remaining deer was taken near Cumberland, Maryland.  This case is the first documented case recorded outside of the chronic wasting disease management area. “Chronic wasting disease is an unfortunate...

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Deer Hunting Changes Proposed in New Brunswick

New Brunswick’s Department of Natural Resources is proposing a pair of changes to deer hunting regulations in the eastern Canadian province. The first proposed change will allow crossbows to be used during traditional bow seasons, a method of bow hunting that often comes under fire from traditional bow hunters. Critics are often noted arguing that the use of a crossbow is too similar to that of a gun, stating the ability to have an arrow pre-loaded, many feel, gives that hunter an unfair advantage.  Denis Landry, the Minister of Natural Resources, disagreed when asked if crossbow hunters would have...

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Two Men Charged with Illegally Hunting Using a Helicopter

A tip came in during the fall of 2015 about a helicopter being used to hunt big game in Newfoundland and Labrador.  After the department of Justice and Public Safety searched the reported site, the helicopter was then seized by authorities and released the following day after evidence was collected. Jeffery Byrne and Daniel Byrne are facing charges after being accused of using an aircraft to hunt, possessing a big game animal and possessing a loaded firearm in an aircraft. The helicopter originally belonged to Canadian Helicopters Limited and was seized on a Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro property. The...

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Florida Conservation Officer Corrals Two Deer Lost at Sea

A Florida Fish and Wildlife officer was called into an unusual situation after two deer ended up 1,000 feet offshore at a beach in Florida on Sunday. Major Bruce Cooper was patrolling Panama City Beach when a kayaker flagged him down, alerting the officer that she had spotted a pair of deer run directly into the water, swimming away from the shore. After quickly surveying the sea, Cooper spotted two heads in the water, noting they looked just like two birds sitting on the surface, and immediately moved in.  As he approached the two deer it was apparent they...

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NRA All Access Posts Teaser for Cameron Hanes: The Bowhunting Athlete

In a 3-minute trailer released by NRA All Access earlier this week, we get a glimpse of the discipline that is the life of Cam Hanes.  Regarded as one of today’s premier bowhunters, Cam pushes the envelope and is a daily inspiration to his growing legion of fans. Amassing close to 186,000 Facebook fans, 127,000 Instagram followers and nearly 63,000 YouTube subscribers, Cam’s “nobody cares, work harder” attitude is spreading like wildfire. The attention-grabbing trailer depicts Hanes hitting the gym, shooting his bow and reflecting briefly on his childhood, as he embarks on his journey to become the ultimate...

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