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Hunters Contract Parapox From Infected Deer

The New England Journal of Medicine has published a study that shows whitetail deer hunters in the eastern U.S. contracted parapox virus from infected deer. The study details the history of two separate hunters that accidentally cut themselves while field dressing separate deer. In both cases they both contracted parapoxvirus from the open wounds and later sought medical treatment for the resulting lesions.

Nebraska Hunter Takes Antlered Doe

The JournalStar.com is running a story about Amanda McFee and her antlered doe. Antlered does are rare but it seems we read about at least one or two being taken each hunting season. The linked article gives some details about why they occur and the frequency in a given population.

As it turns out, antlered does may be unusual, but they're not as unusual as, for example, being struck by lightning. Researcher estimate one out of every 1,000 to 6,000 whitetail does produces antlers, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. One study in Canada found the ratio to be as low as one out of every 517.

Potential New Record North Dakota Mule Deer Buck

The Dickinson Press has an outdoor article up that highlights a few hunting stories for North Dakota. Among the brief descriptions the author briefly mentions a bruiser of a buck that took the 17th annual Big Buck Contest held in Dickinson. Tyson Schwab took buck scores (green score presumably) 216 5/8 and could be a new record for the state.

The Never Ending Pursuit of Poachers

The Newton Daily News is running a story about the Iowa Department of Natural Resource's efforts to crack down on poachers. With Iowa's record book whitetail bucks, comes a herculean effort to catch poachers. As the article notes some cases can take three or four years of investigative work before leading to charges.

175 Pound Wolf is Alaska's Largest on Record

The Fairbanks Daily News Miner is running a good article on the size variation of wolves in Alaska. The largest Alaska wolf ever taken weighed in at a smashing 175 pounds and was trapped in 1939. However most wolves are in the 90-110 pound range.

Utah Elk Hunting: The Limited Units, Part 1

While I’m not particularly high on many of Utah’s general elk opportunities, their limited elk hunts are generally a different story.  Utah’s limited elk hunts can be further broken down by price: premium limited or standard limited.  At $795 (compared to $388) plus the $65 hunting license, there is quite a large premium charged for these tags.  Still, they are somewhat of a bargain compared to the $1,500 charged for the premium limited tags.  And in reality, your travel expenses will probably exceed the price of the limited tag. Sure it adds up, but the price also tends to weed out more casual applicants.  Even the residents are charged $280 for that tag and $508 for the premium limited.  So if you claim to hunt only for the meat, these tags are obviously not for you.  The premium limited entry tag is not for any kind of a different area, it just allows you to hunt during all of the limited seasons.  Since I’m writing this more for the nonresident who likely has a less than a week to hunt, there’s no really good reason to go for the premium tag.

The Final Tale of a Super Bull

The Grand Forks Herald has a story posted about Ryan Muirhead and a massive bull that he and others rescued. Days later the bull succumbed to its injuries and Ryan was allowed to claim the bull. Ryan took the bull to a taxidermist and was green scored at a staggering 456 4/8.

CNN's Deer in Review

A year never passes with more than a few stories of deer breaking-and-entering, chasing people, and generally causing mayhem. This year CNN has put together a short video of some of the more notable deer bloopers caught on tape.

Kentucky Man Shoots Chupacabra in His Front Yard

Last month we posted that chupacabras are probably just mangy coyotes. However Mark Cothren of Lebanon Junction Kentucky might disagree, he shot and killed an animal that looks remarkably like the mythical "goat sucker". However Mark's chupacabra has whiskers and is much smaller than a coyote. Wave3.com has the complete story.

Oregon DFW May Be Sued Over Black Bear Plan

In legal maneuvering that looks similar to anti-hunting groups in New Jersey, an Oregon wildlife group called "Big Wildlife" filed notice that they intend to sue the Department of Fish and Wildlife regarding their black bear management plan. The Mail Tribune has a complete story on the potential lawsuit.

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