Author: Ryan Wilby

76 Year Old Montana Hunter Kills Bison with Bow, Donates Portion of Meat to his Community

Following the University of Montana’s basketball team’s win over Boise State on Friday night paired with the football team’s win over Eastern Washington on Saturday, Clark Bartkowski was having a great birthday weekend. As part of his 76th birthday celebrations, Clark was slated for a bison hunt in Gardiner, Montana early Sunday morning. Despite an early morning call from his guide stating that the bison they were after had been found by another group of hunters, the 76 year old outdoorsman insisted they continue on. It didn’t take long before the two men spotted a pair of bulls, but...

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Alberta Elk Poacher Fined $6,640

Two men have been charged after a bull elk was shot out of season in St. Louis, Saskatchewan last February. Doug Carl Risling of Prince Albert, Alberta has since pleaded guilty to illegal hunting, unlawful possession of caribou antlers, illegal storage of a handgun and possession of a restricted handgun without a license. Mr. Risling has been handed a $6,640 fine combined with a year of probation and is barred from hunting for two years. His accomplice, the man who allowed the elk to be shot on his land, was also handed a $2,310 fine for unlawfully hunting elk...

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Montana Highway Patrol Captures Video of a Herd of Jaywalking Elk

Trooper Doug Samuelson captured some great footage and provided helpful tips on how to avoid possible collisions with these majestic creatures. In the caption posted on the Montana Highway Patrol’s Facebook page, they poked fun at the fact that this herd of elk were unfortunately not polite enough to cross at a designated wildlife crossing sign. Much work has been done over the past number of years to reduce the number of collisions between wildlife and automobiles. The Montana Department of Transportation completed a wildlife monitoring evaluation in 2007, which included the installation and monitoring of a number of...

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Vermont Boasts Healthiest Deer Population Since 1940

MONTPELIER, Vt. – The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department says preliminary numbers show 12,710 deer were taken during Vermont’s 2015 deer hunting seasons. Reports from big game check stations indicate hunters had successful deer seasons in 2015, taking 3,398 deer in archery season, 1,277 in youth season, 6,592 in rifle season, and 1,443 in muzzleloader season.  The 12,710 deer brought home by hunters yielded more than 630,000 pounds of local nutritious venison. “Compared to the previous three-year averages, harvest numbers increased slightly during the archery and rifle seasons, but decreased during the youth and muzzleloader seasons,” said deer project...

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Controversial Coyote Hunting Contest Returns to Alberta

The death threats have returned to an Alberta man who goes solely by the name of Paul, to protect his family from harassment. This Saturday will mark the fifth coyote hunting contest he has hosted in Alberta, where it is legal to shoot coyotes on private land with landowner permission, no license or permit required. Despite the legality of this organized activity aimed at merely a little friendly competition, Paul has come under fire on social media. Blatant death threats on social networks or through other means have unfortunately become the norm for anglers and hunters, as many prominent...

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