Author: Ryan Wilby

The Little Deer That Could: Key Deer Seem to Have Survived Another Catastrophe

The smallest and perhaps most susceptible deer species here in North America has once again had its chances for survival challenged.  The Florida Key Deer, coming off a miraculous recovery after doing battle against screwworm for the past two years, was once again walloped, this time by a natural disaster named Irma. As the storm surged through south Florida and the Florida Keys earlier this week, it was anyone’s guess as to how the wildlife in the area would fare.  With millions of humans issued strict evacuation orders, the decision was made to leave the small deer to fend...

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University Researcher Suggests Hunting Would Help BC’s Ailing Caribou

University of Alberta researcher Robert Serrouya has a solution to restoring British Columbia’s ailing caribou populations, and it isn’t calling for the additional culling of wolves. While wolves remain plentiful on the BC landscape and their numbers require sound management, Serrouya has investigated additional conservation solutions to restore caribou populations.  As the culling or hunting of wolves continues to come under scrutiny, Serrouya’s research has shown that additional hunting opportunities for both moose and deer would greatly increase caribou survival in areas where populations are dwindling. “There’s about 50 herds in B.C., and only 10 per cent of those...

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Historic Pheasant Hunt Returns to Pennsylvania

A program roughly 50 years in the making has finally come to fruition in the state of Pennsylvania – one that will see a historic hunt many thought would never again take place. Going back to the early 1970’s, ring-necked pheasant populations in the Keystone State were plentiful and hunting them over open agricultural fields was a favorite pastime of many in that era.  As land management, re-forestation and agricultural changes started to take place, so too did the decline of these iconic game birds. Over the years, the hunters that have pursued these birds have watched annual harvest...

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Montana Fish & Wildlife Sets Sights on 5,000+ Acre Wildlife Management Area

Located north of Yellowstone National Park, Montana officials are considering the acquisition of over 5,000 acres in an area state biologists and officials believe to be a pertinent migration corridor out of the park. According to the commission, the land has been on the market for some time and its importance to the winter activities of elk cannot be understated. “It’s important to the state of Montana because of the importance it plays in elk winter range,” Rick Northrup, the habitat bureau chief for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks told the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. The first steps in the...

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Turkey Poacher Crashes Car Fleeing Scene of Crime

Idiocy truly is something reserved for the poaching community, which I would like to add, has nothing to do with the hunting community, despite what some news sources would like to label it as. This sentiment was apparent after an Ontario man decided he was going to illegally get himself a bird last spring but wasn’t quite able to nail the getaway portion of his plan. According to the Ontario Conservation Officers Association, a Toronto man pleaded guilty and was slapped with a number of fines after he got into a car accident while attempting to leave the scene...

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