Minnesota Whitetail May Be State's First Wild CWD Case

Last fall an archer near Pine Island Minnesota took a whitetail deer that exhibited symptoms of chronic wasting disease (CWD) infection. While testing is not complete to confirm the diagnosis, it appears to be all but certain. While CWD is more common in western states, this well could be the first case of CWD found in the wild of Minnesota. The Star Tribune has a write up about CWD and the current case.

Ted Nugent Cleared in South Dakota Investigation

It appears that Uncle Ted will not face wildlife charges in South Dakota related to a pheasant hunt last fall. While there was nothing illegal about the hunt, apparently the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Department was concerned about Ted's big game violations in California. The Rapid City Journal has a complete write up.

Heavy Snowfall Cranks Up Colorado Elk Feeding

According to the Craig Daily Press, the heavy snowfall that northwest Colorado has seen thus far this winter is piling up enough to cause elk problems.

The Early Application States

As I mentioned last week, there are a couple of states that force you to think about next year’s hunting plans while it’s still winter.  Alaska, Wyoming, Arizona, Utah and Montana have application deadlines that occur before many Eastern hunters even begin to come out of hibernation.  Here in the west, we tend to know about our own state’s deadlines, but if our state has a May or June application, we run the risk of missing all the earlier opportunities, or feeling like we’re “stuck” with OTC or leftover tags.

Wyoming Studies CWD Impacts on Mule Deer

The University of Wyoming and the Wyoming State Veterinary Lab (WSVL), in conjunction with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) are involved in a multi-year project to quantify the effects of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) on South Converse mule deer herd. While CWD is lethal to mule deer and other ungulates, what is not understood is the wider effects on the general population when CWD concentration increases in a localized area.

Russians Hunt Potential 400 Wolf Pack

The Yakutia (Sakha) region lies in eastern Siberia and is positively one of world's least populated places, with a size nearly as large as India and a population of less than a million people. Apparently with all that open space, wolf packs can get quite large. According to, hunters are gathering to cut down on the oversized pack of wolves.

Remote Controlled Shotgun Setup Attracts Homeland Security

A utility contractor working in Georgia stumbled upon a remotely rigged set of six Benelli shotguns in a powerline right-of-way. According to The Augusta Chronicle, the shotguns were set up three to a bench with two separate benches.

Utah Mule Deer May Receive Emergency Feeding

With the recent spate of cold and wet weather, Utah wildlife officials are closely monitoring the state's herd for signs the deer need supplemental feeding. The Daily Herald has a brief write-up on the emergency feeding of the mule deer.

Taser: The New Backcountry Defense

If you spend a significant amount of time in the backcountry, chances are good you either carry or have considered carrying a sidearm for defense. Taser has developed a "less lethal" solution to carrying a sidearm, that fires electrically charged probes rather than bullets. According to Taser the gun is specifically designed to incapacitate wildlife, presumably moose, bears, and any other threatening wildlife.

New Wisconsion Whitetail Deer Record

After the required 60 days of drying it appears that a buck taken by Brian Inda of Wautoma will be Wisconsin's new state record. The rack measured out at 187 5/8 inches which is just a bit bigger than the previous record set in 2006. has a nice photo and a complete write up on the buck.

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