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Grizzly Bear Attacks Elk Hunter & Guide in Wyoming

CODY (RELEASE) – Last week, a hunter and her guide were injured by a grizzly bear in the backcountry while elk hunting on public land south of Cody. Both individuals were injured in the attack, but the injuries were not life threatening. On the evening of October 26, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department was notified by the Park County Sheriff’s Office that two individuals had been injured by a grizzly bear while hunting on the Shoshone National Forest in the Boulder Basin area.  Game and Fish personnel immediately began an investigation that included interviews with the victims and examination...

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CWD Found on Western Slope of Bighorn Mountains for First Time

CHEYENNE (RELEASE) – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department diagnosed chronic wasting disease (CWD) for the first time in Deer Hunt Area 52 on the western slope of the Bighorn Mountains.  The Game and Fish Wildlife Health Laboratory confirmed CWD in a mule deer buck harvested by a hunter on Oct. 16 near Crystal Creek on public land. Deer Hunt Area 52 borders Deer Hunt Area 122 to the west and Deer Hunt Area 51 to the south, both of which are in the CWD endemic area for deer. To date, CWD has not been detected in the adjoining...

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Early South-Central Montana Harvest Numbers Show Increased Elk Harvest, Decreased Deer Harvest

BILLINGS (RELEASE) – The number of hunters who stopped at Fish, Wildlife and Parks check stations in south-central Montana during the first two weekends of the 2017 general big-game season was down from last year. The deer harvest also was lower than in 2016, but the number of checked elk was up sharply from a year ago. FWP operated four check stations that also were open last year – at Columbus, Laurel, Big Timber and Lavina. At those stations, 1,705 hunters checked 109 white-tailed deer – down from 113 last year – and 225 mule deer – down from...

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Minnesota Police Officer Hits Deer While Traveling at 114 MPH

Ahead of the gun season in Minnesota, a sheriff’s deputy with the Isanti County Sheriff’s Office was responding to a call when he suddenly struck a whitetail deer on a secluded stretch of highway. According to reports, the officer was responding to a call about a man with a gun inside a local restaurant and after the collision is lucky to be alive. His Dodge Charger suffered serious damage in the crash including a smashed windshield, bent bumper guard and smoking hot...

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Pair of Missouri Poachers Face Jail Time, Nearly $20k in Fines

PRATT, KS (Release) – Hunter BOTTCHER, 20, Otterville MO, and Samuel Hawieson, 20, Sedalia MO appeared in the Pratt County District Court on October 24, 2017 where they each pleaded guilty to seven separate Kansas wildlife violations, including Criminal Hunting, Hunting with the Aid of Artificial Light, Hunting with the Aid of a Motor Vehicle, Illegally Taking Trophy Big Game Deer, Hunting without Valid Deer Tags, Taking Wildlife after Legal Hours, and Illegal Ammo for Taking of Big Game. The defendants were sentenced to sixty days in the Pratt County Jail, suspended, and placed on a twelve-month supervised probation....

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