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Pennsylvania Hunter Takes Massive Black Bear

David Price of Cresco Pennsylvania shot a 875 pound black bear with a crossbow last week. Mr. Price was hunting with his brothers and cousins and reportedly had been after the bear for a few years. The Times-Tribune of Scranton PA, has a write up about the bear, the hunter and the hunt.

The bear apparently had a history with the state Game Commission and was known as "Bozo" by locals. According to this this op-ed piece over at the Pocono Record, Bozo was fed for years by Leroy Lewis, for which Mr. Lewis was cited.

Poacher X Taunts Idaho Fish and Game

Last week we ran a brief press release from the Idaho Fish and Game about an anonymous "Poacher X" that sent in a letter to the F&G about his/her poaching experiences.

KVAL.com is running a brief article about the poaching case with a couple of the photos that were apparently sent to the Idaho F&G.

Southwest Wyoming Deer Hunting: Regions G, K and W

In South Central Wyoming we’ve got some more famous deer country in the Red Desert around Rock Springs and Green River, and in the Southwest around Kemmerer as the main hubs in Regions G, K and W.  There is a tremendous amount of public land in these units, primarily BLM, but also some National Forest.  Much of this will be open country that can be effectively hunted from the main roads. 

Northwest Wyoming Deer Hunting: Regions R, F and H

When we get to Northwest Wyoming’s Regions R, F and H, we’re looking at a combination of high mountains, rugged wilderness, and vast basins between them.  The mountains and basins just west of the Bighorn Range divide makes up most of Region R.  West of there and up into the mountains bordering Yellowstone National Park is Region F. South of Yellowstone National Park and extending down past the famed mule deer country of Pinedale is Region H.  There are vast tracts of public lands throughout each of these regions.  Even the BLM parcels are quite large.  If you want to hunt the national forests, don’t forget that nonresidents cannot hunt the designated wilderness areas without a guide. 

Federal Judge Rules for Wyoming in Wolf Case

The last couple of weeks have seen a lot of wolf management related news and here is another interesting note in the wolf wars. Federal Judge Alan Johnson decided for Wyoming in the lawsuit brought by the state against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Specifically Wyoming sued the FWS for refusing to allow the state to regulate wolves outside of Yellowstone.

Crossbow Law Divides New York Hunters

This year New York took on the issue of crossbow hunting and in 2011 NY hunters will be able to use a crossbow to hunt in any season but the early bow season. Furthermore you can only use the crossbow for big game, predators and small game hunting are still banned. The law sunsets on December 31st 2012 for evaluation.

Montana FWP Seeks Halving Bitteroot Wolf Pack

Under the Endangered Species Act states can petition the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove wolves if it can be demonstrated that they are unacceptably impacting elk or deer herds. Montana, like Idaho in that states "Lolo" zone, will seek to have 12 wolves removed from the West Fork of the Bitterroot.

Two Wolves Poached in Montana

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a $2,500 reward for information about two wolves that were poached in the Flathead National Forest. The two wolves were found in two separate locations and both died of gunshot wounds.

NBC Montana quotes Fred Hodgeboom, president of Montanans For Multiple Use “If the executive government isn’t going to [delist wolves], the judicial isn’t going to do it, then the people are going to do it themselves.”

Grizzly Chasing Tourists Fined

File this one in the not-so-bright-news category. If you have spent any length of time in the outdoors... scratch that... if you have a pulse and are over the age of three you know that chasing bears is a bad idea. Chasing a sow with cubs is plain dumb, and chasing a grizzly sow with cubs is just a hair short of bear assisted suicide. However given a large enough population, one can always rely on statistics to produce a few souls that have missed this message.

BGH Integrates Facebook

Over the last few days we have taken a few steps to integrate Facebook.com with BigGameHunt.net. On most pages of our site you will now find the familiar Recommend button to share a given article, news item, review, etc with your network of friends and family on Facebook.

We have also set up a BigGameHunt Facebook page here. If you would like to follow some of our latest info on Facebook you can do so by visiting the linked page and adding it to your likes. Depending on the interest in Facebook, we may come up with some novel ways for you to separate the streams of info coming from BGH into specific areas of your interest.

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