Author: Forrest Nelson

Missouri Hunter Harvests 14-Point Doe

Rare circumstances allowed for a truly unique hunting experience for one Missouri hunter after he harvested a 14-point deer that turned out to be a doe. Following the deer for a few months on his property in Clearmont, Eric Howard stated that trail camera footage he had collected made this deer his target for this year’s firearm season. Acting on a Hunch According to an interview with KMA Land, Howard had his suspicions about the deer after viewing multiple trail camera pictures. Noticing that the impressive rack was still underdeveloped for the time of year, he suspected that the...

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Healthy California Elk Herds Call for Updated Management Plan

Outgrowing original management plans drafted in the 1980s, California wildlife officials are heading back to the drawing board. According to officials with California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife, the state’s elk populations have increased from 3,500 to 13,000 over the last four decades. These numbers show the need for a new plan that will continue to allow these majestic creatures to flourish.   California’s Diversity   North America is home to three distinct species of elk; Roosevelt, Rocky Mountain and Tule elk. While the state does have populations of all three species, it is the only place on the...

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The Kids Are Alright After Wisconsin Eliminates Age Restrictions for Hunting

A week ahead of Wisconsin’s nine-day gun deer hunting season was set to open, Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill that would afford the right to hunt to anyone in the state, regardless of age. The bill, supported by both Whitetails Unlimited and the National Rifle Association, did away with both the 12-year minimum age required to purchase a hunting license as well as minimum age required for mentored hunts. Age is just a number Up until the bill was put into effect on November 13, 2017, Wisconsin residents had to be at least 12 years of age to...

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South Dakota Officials Propose Increase in Elk Tags to Battle CWD

As the battle against the deadly chronic wasting disease (CWD) heats up in hotspots across America, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department is taking the proper precautions to protect their natural resources. Establishing a new antlerless elk hunting unit in the Custer State Park region, officials believe this will give them additional data and allow them to use what they call, adaptive management when it comes to CWD. Increasing available antlerless tags from 20 to 60, the department is hopeful that additional hunting pressure will alleviate the risk of infection.  Currently running at an infection rate of...

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Aggressive Buck Dispatched After Attacking Marathon Runners

Voicing its disapproval for organized exercise, a young mule deer buck disrupted a marathon in eastern Washington state earlier this month. After receiving a call from one of the participants concerned about the well-being of the marathon runners, officials with Washington’s Department of Fish and Wildlife Police were on the scene. Like a charging bull straight out of the streets of Pamplona, witnesses stated that the buck entered the roadway ahead of the runners and began to act aggressively.  Charging and chasing a number of marathon runners, a pair of men in charge of adequately hydrating participants attempted to...

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