Author: Ryan Wilby

The Continued Spread of CWD: Cases in Missouri, Texas, Pennsylvania and Arkansas

Fearing the off season like an NFL owner is not something most hunters are typically concerned about. While many of us are relishing in the spoils of (hopefully) successful big game seasons, as state wildlife agencies report results from testing, there is ample cause for concern. As hunters, it might come as a surprise to most to hear that we are deeply connected to the animals we so vehemently pursue. The fact is; we care about the quarry we chase more than most do. Not much else can illustrate this point as the inherent concern that cloaks us when...

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$18k in Fines and Weekends in Jail for Texas Poacher

While there is nothing unique or awe-inspiring about illegally killing a wild animal, one recent case of poaching in the state of Texas has put a spin on the punishment involved. As jail time for such offenses continues to gain steam as a mainstream penalty and is often paired with hefty fines, a 34-year-old Texas man is learning this fact the hard way. In one of the state’s more bizarre poaching cases of the 2017 hunting season, images of a massive 19-point buck made their rounds, eventually catching the eye of Texas Game Wardens. The Rumor Mill As rumors...

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BHA Steps Up with Reward After Missoula Hunter’s First Bull is Stolen

After conquering a feat many hunters have yet to, 23-year-old Ethan Donaldson returned to his pickup truck the day after shooting his first bull elk and found the animal missing. It was a Sunday and the last day of the big game season when Donaldson dropped the 5-point bull. Prompting a phone call from the field to his father, Donaldson gleamed with excitement, recanting the story of his first bull and looked forward to telling him in person. As Donaldson, his brother and two friends dropped off the elk to be processed on the way home that day, the...

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Black Bears Return to the Eastern Nevada Landscape

After an 80-year hiatus, black bears have returned to their historic range in the Great Basin of eastern Nevada. Two decades worth of research and data from a recent study have confirmed successful re-colonization of black bears in the region.   The “E” Word   Extirpation, or the process of completely removing a particular species from portions of their historic range, is something mankind is familiar with and often responsible for. Throughout the early 1900’s, many wildlife species have been wiped out and the black bear was no exception. Regarded as a pest and sought out for their luscious...

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Montana Hunter Expedites Oregon’s First Case of CWD by Importing Infected Carcass

The spread of chronic wasting disease is something fish and game departments across North America are trying desperately to slow. When it comes to transmission from animal to animal, the disease can spread at an alarming rate but not as quickly as when aided via motor vehicle transfer. Fuel-Injected (or Carbureted) Importation The state of Oregon (and many others) have established strict rules regarding the importation of certain parts of deer, elk, and moose that can establish the presence of the deadly disease. Any part of such animals that contains central nervous system tissue – like a skull with...

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