Montana Reps Push State Wolf Hunt

With a new congress in session the process of getting to work on new legislation has just begun. Two Montana representatives, Senator Jon Tester and Congressman Denny Rehberg are pushing the Department of the Interior to allow a Montana wolf hunt this year. NBC Montana has a video and brief story up about their efforts.

North Dakota May Post $100 Coyote Bounty

North Dakota's coyote population is growing and the state is considering upping the bounty to $100 for any hunter. The Bismark Tribune has the full story.

Count Down Starts on Missouri Elk Reintroduction

A species reintroduction is a coordinated effort of many people and agencies. The process has started for Missouri's new elk herd, with the capture of 46 elk in Kentucky which will eventually make their way to Peck Ranch. Kansas City Info Zine has a write up about capturing the elk and the testing that is involved before the elk make their way to their new home.

Potential New South Dakota P&Y Mule Deer Record

Last year's hunting season won't be forgotten soon by Brandon Beitelspacher. On October 16th Brandon took a buck that has an official net score of 203-5/8". The Argus Leader has Brandon's full story.

CWD Confirmed in Wild Minnesota Deer

We posted a few days ago about the potential that a sick deer taken last hunting season will be confirmed as Minnesota's first wild CWD case. A federal laboratory has confirmed the Chronic Wasting Disease diagnosis according to the Pioneer Press.

Greater Yellowstone Grizzly Moving Toward Management Change

With Yellowstone brown bears at peak population counts and heightened conflicts with livestock and humans, the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee is reviewing how to change grizzly management. The Missoulian has a write up on what's driving this management review and what to expect for the future.

Another Mountain Lion Turns Up in Missouri

Over the weekend a group of coyote hunters shot and killed a mountain lion in northeastern Missouri. While this cat, along with the one we mentioned last week still need to be checked to verify they are wild, this definitely looks like cats are moving east.

Connect Mid Missouri has a write up on this most recent cougar that weighs in at 130 pounds.

Montana "Wardens" Reality Show Shot Without Proper Permits

The Outdoor Channel has a new reality TV show based around the adventures of Montana game wardens. Unfortunately the show's producers are now under investigation themselves by the U.S. Forest Service for not obtaining the correct permits while filming in the Bitterroot National Forest. The Missoulian has a write up on the case.

The U.S. Forest Service is investigating the filming of a reality television series featuring Montana game wardens because it appears at least one segment was filmed in the Bitterroot National Forest without a permit, Northern Region spokesman Brandan Schulze said.

Minnesota Health Department Nixes Bear Roast

Tiffany's Sports Lounge had planned an unusual feast as a part of Sunday's NFC Championship game pitting the Packers against the Bears. Bar patrons would have been offered a free slice of cooked black bear legally harvested during last fall's hunting season, but the health department thought otherwise. The Pioneer Press has the full story.

Trail Cam Photographs Mountain Lion in Eastern Missouri

A hunter's trail cam, snapped a night time photo of a cougar prowling the eastern Missouri town of Chesterfield earlier this month. This brings the total confirmed mountain lion sightings in Missouri to three since November. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has a complete write up on the confirmed sighting.

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