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Nevada May Legalize Shooting Wolves

Wildlife commissioners are considering classifying wolves in the state of Nevada as unprotected, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal. This would place wolves, at least at the state level, in the same class as coyotes.

The discussion was largely prompted by a federal judge's August decision to reinstate wolves as an endangered species in Idaho and Montana and concern the federal government might infringe on Nevada's right to manage wolves, which could threaten big game and livestock.

Two Different Wisconsin Hunters Take Locked Bucks

It's somewhat unusual to report on a hunter taking a pair of locked antler bucks. However it appears that this happened at least twice in Wisconsin this year with two separate hunters. The first is Jon Christian of Montello Wisconsin, has his story and amazingly a before and after video of the locked bucks. Apparently Jon's brother-in-law's trail cam happened to record the bucks fighting and he didn't discover the video until after Jon legally took both bucks.

Pennsylvania Hunter Takes 43 Point Buck

In the record books there are typicals, non-typicals, and then less common freaks of nature. In other words non-typical, non-typicals. It appears that Steve McCartney in PA has taken one of these freaks on the opening day of rifle season. The buck doesn't appear to be particularly tall or wide, however it has numerous points throughout its rack.

Details are kind of schetchy right now, but has a brief story, video, and slide show up about Steve, the buck, and the hunt. Visit the link to check out more detailed photos.

No Charges Filed in Self Defense Grizzly Killing

Glen FortschIn 2009 an elk hunter in Wyoming shot and killed a charging brown bear while trying to haul out a downed elk. After a long investigation the hunter, Glen Fortsch, has been cleared of any wrong doing.

The has a story up about Glen and the nerve wracking wait to find out if he would be charged.

Anti-Hunting Group Files Last Ditch Lawsuit to Stop NJ Bear Hunt

New Jersey's planned black bear hunt is scheduled to start on Monday and animal rights groups are trying their hardest to stop the hunt. According to the group behind this year's suit is the same group that successfully stopped New Jersey's 2007 hunt.

Motorist Catches Anaconda Bighorn Herd on Camera

If you live in deer country catching deer crossing the road this time of the year is nothing special, same goes for elk in the West. How many of you can say you have caught bighorn sheep crossing the road? How about 30 at one time? In Colorado you can occasionally catch a scene like this on the climb to (or descent from) Eisenhower tunnel on I-70 in the spring or fall.

This is just what happened to Evan Barrett of Butte Montana. has his story and a much bigger version of the photo.

Wolf ESA Protection in Doubt

On Monday the governors of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho had a closed door meeting with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. All three governors have been pressing the Fish and Wildlife Service to turn over management of wolves to the states.

The Denver Post has a write up about the meeting and the general state of wolves in the western U.S.

Wyoming Wildlife Manager Supports Grizzly Hunt

With the number of brown bears in and around Yellowstone National Park hitting all time highs some are starting to talk about the need for grizzly hunts to manage the population.

The Washington Post has a brief article up that suggests that grizzly hunts may have support in the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

Elk Return to Missouri Hits a Snag

On Monday we posted about Missouri finalizing plans to reintroduce elk to the state. Apparently not everyone is excited about the prospects of large ungulates in the Show-Me state. has a write up about a couple of state representatives that have issues with Elk returning to Missouri.

Tough Times in the Taxidermy Business

The Great Recession has hit nearly every segment of the U.S. economy and taxidermists are no exception.

The Star Tribune has a rambling article up about the taxidermy trade and takes an interesting look at Storm Amacher and her business. It's worth a read if for no other reason than to learn about how a European mount is prepared with bugs.

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