Author: Ryan Wilby

17-Year Study Highlights Mule Deer Aversion to Energy Development

A recently published study analyzed 17 years’ worth of telemetry data that could very well change future federal land usage plans when it comes to oil and gas exploration. “Mule Deer and Energy Development — Long-term Trends of Habituation and Abundance,” appears in the journal Global Change Biology and was led by biologist Hall Sawyer along with associates Ryan Neilson and Dale Strickland.  Working on behalf of Western Ecosystems Technology (WEST) Inc., their data spanned a two-year period prior to development and 15 years during development.  Their plan was to determine the habitual behaviors mule deer and other large...

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Meet Outrider: The Company Focused on Expanding Hunting Access Across North America

Touted by some as the Airbnb of the hunting world, Outrider set out to create a platform for what they refer to as “landsharing.” In an effort to increase access to hunting property in heavily privatized states such as Texas, Outrider has created a platform that is not only making it easier for hunters to book hunts, but also one that provides benefits to landowners. Working as part of the sharing economy business model that has seen companies such as Airbnb and Uber explode, Outrider allows private landowners to list their properties on the Outrider website and forthcoming apps. ...

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Watch: Florida Woman Dispatches Python with Handgun to Protect Her Livestock

One thing is for certain, Rachel Elizabeth Valverde of Naples, Florida takes her livestock seriously.  As one of South Florida’s most notorious invasive species, the Burmese Python has been wreaking havoc on the ecosystem since they were originally discovered in the 1980’s.  Acting as an alpha predator, these large snakes are decimating the small mammal populations in the Everglades and taking a toll on the whitetail deer in the area as well. RELATED: Three Deer Found in the Belly of Everglades Python Valverde had her camera with her as she set out in search of one of her goats...

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Eight Indicted on 66 Charges in Ohio Poaching Ring

Dozens of animals and eight individuals made up one of the largest poaching rings in recent history in the Buckeye State.  The charges were something you would be more accustomed to seeing from gangster and mafia bosses and included money laundering, grand theft, telecommunications fraud and racketeering among many others. All told, the eight individuals were handed 66 charges by Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley as was announced by officials from Ohio’s Division of Wildlife. The undercover sting operation, covertly known as “Operation North Coast” was kicked off accidentally, when an undercover wildlife officer ran into the ringleader, John...

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North Carolina Bill to Safeguard Hunting & Fishing Rights Resurfaces

As a resurrection of sorts, a North Carolina bill aiming to protect hunting and fishing rights under the state’s constitution has resurfaced in the Tar Heel State. Senate Bill 677 was created to safeguard hunting and fishing as legal rights in the state and was originally tabled a year ago that never got to a vote in the House. The trio of sponsors and lifelong hunters include Sen. Danny Britt from Robeson County, Sen. Norman Sanderson from Pamilico County and Sen. Andrew Brock from Davie County and issued the following joint statement: “This constitutional amendment will protect for future...

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