Author: Forrest Nelson

Pa. Conservation Officer Fatally Shot Man Who Assaulted, Tried to Drown Him

Details about the harrowing tale of a deadly confrontation between a Pennsylvania Conservation Officer and another man are beginning to surface. According to reports, a state Fish and Boat Commission officer was on patrol when he came into contact with another man along the Susquehanna River in Plymouth Township.  From that point, details are still being released but it is believed that an altercation quickly broke out between the two men. “For some reason, a fight ensued with that male. The officer was struck repeatedly and so far the evidence tends to indicate that there may have been an...

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Two Louisiana Men Who Imported Deer from CWD Farm Plead Guilty

After a thorough investigation, a pair of Louisiana men were charged with conspiring to illegally smuggle deer by officials from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Cited for a number of Lacey Act violations, the two men; Edward L. Donaldson Jr., 75 and John Jared Oertling, 42, were in court this week where they entered a guilty plea for their reckless actions. The two men admitted to conspiring to import live whitetail deer between 2010 and 2012 to the Turkey Trot Ranch, a high-fence game farm they manage on behalf of Oertling’s wife, Jill Marie Donaldson. In addition to...

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Kentucky Officials Believe EHD in Deer is Finally in Decline

As cooler fall temperatures grace much of the Bluegrass State, officials with the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Department are optimistic that the presence of EHD in the state’s deer population is on its way out. Bred in watering holes during the hot summer heat, tiny midge flies act as hosts to the deadly disease and transmit it to mammals such as whitetail deer. In what was referred by many as an epidemic this year in eastern Kentucky, whitetail herds were hit hard. “It’s a disease we see in our deer herd every year. Some years it can be severe...

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Montana Officials Seeking Information Regarding Two Poached Elk

As most of us eagerly set out into the woods during this cherished time of year, tag in hand, there are still, unfortunately, those that operate with brazen ignorance to both the laws and the management of wildlife. This month, officials with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks made two separate discoveries of illegally killed bull elk and are actively seeking help from the hunting community.  As part of their investigations into these types of crimes, the tips and information they receive from law-abiding members of the hunting community are often what allows them to finally lay charges. The first...

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Wisconsin Hunter Survives Grizzly Attack

Walking quietly through the woods under the cover of what remains of the night sky each morning is something every hunter does when pursuing they prey of choice.  To gain an advantage over your target, employing scent control strategies and moving through heavily forested areas without being detected is the name of the game. As such, in rare instances, we sometimes end up closer than expected to other wildlife, some dangerous, some not. Such was the case for Seth Ziegler and his father in early September as they entered the mountains high above Dubois, Wyoming.  With bows in hand,...

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