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Wisconsin Driver Smacks Trophy Buck

Hitting a deer in a moving vehicle is universally considered unlucky, unless you're Brenda Morga of Richland County Wisconsin. Mrs. Morga totaled her $6,000 car but has been offered as much as $10,000 for the buck's head.

The Wisconsin State Journal has the complete story about the buck and the fortunate accident.

Coyote Hunter Calls in a Surprise

In recent years it has become easier to put the stealth on coyotes. High quality realistic digital remote callers, new cover scents, new scent blockers, and a wide array of camo patterns that let you virtually disappear and let the game come to you. Keep in mind that you might get more than you bargained for in big cat country.

The Las Vegas Review Journal has a story about hunter Ryan England and his recent eventful coyote hunt.

Early Snow Hard on Colorado Elk

The winter of 2010 has ushered in early snow for the Western Slope of Colorado and with that early snow has come a wave of early ski resort openings. While that's great news for skiers and Colorado ski resort employees, the early snow has a darker side for local elk herds.

The Steamboat Pilot has a write up about the initial impact on the elk herds around the Yampa Valley in northwest Colorado.

Elk Will Return to Missouri in 2011

Missouri will join Arkansas, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Tennessee in reintroducing elk to the Show-Me state. The initial plan calls for releasing up to 150 wild elk into Reynolds, Carter, and Shannon counties.

According to the initial reintroduction will begin next year in a 346 square mile restoration zone.

Idaho Sheriff Holds 308 SSS Wolf Pack Raffle

Idaho County Sheriff Doug Giddings is holding a raffle and the grand prize is a Winchester 308 Featherweight Model 70 and a shovel. Raffle tickets went on sale Friday for $1 each, or 11 for $10. The drawing is planned for March 8.

According to the Spokesman-Review and the Lewiston Tribune the SSS in the contest name does not stand for Shoot, Shovel, and Shut up. Rather it stands for "safety, security, and survival."

Wolves Run Amok in Georgian Village

Most wolf news we cover is located in North America. However it appears that the country of Georgia has a wolf problem that makes the North American variety seem tame. According to a wolf pack has been razing the town of Sajijao.

“The wolves have killed as many as 100 farm animals in the village recently,” said Roman Rekvava, mayor of the village of Sajijao. “They prowl through the village at night,” he said in comments broadcast on Imedi television today.

Utah Not Immune from Bear Attack Lawsuit

The Utah Supreme Court recently ruled that the state of Utah is not immune from a lawsuit brought by the family of Sam Ives. In 2007, Sam was camping with his family in American Fork Canyon when he was attacked and killed by a black bear. The Salt Lake Tribune has a write up about the Utah Supreme Court ruling.

Stricter Gun Control Support at Historic Low

Gallup has their annual gun control poll up here. This year's poll continues the trend of previous polls showing less support for more gun control and growing support for no change or less gun control. 44% of Americans want more gun control, 42% want to keep it as it is, and 12% want less gun control.

Surprise December BigGameHunt Grand Slam Challenge Round

As most of you may be aware by now, we have been conducting a contest called the BigGameHunt Grand Slam Challenge contest each month since July. BGH members compete based on the quantity and quality of their contributions to the BigGameHunt website.

Originally we intended to only hold five rounds, one for each of the months from July through November. However we are pleased to announce that we will be having a surprise 6th round starting off December 1st and running though the final day of 2010. The reason we decided to have an additional round is because Vanguard generously offered a variety of binoculars, tripods, and shooting sticks to sponsor December. We decided to throw in a Remington 700 XCR in 300 Remington Ultra Mag and a few Wyoming knives to bring the total number of prizes up to 10.

Non-Resident Takes Rare Colorado Desert Bighorn

Colorado isn't known for its desert bighorn population. However while the population is small it is also growing and this year marks the first year that a non-resident was able to take a Colorado desert bighorn. Do not get too excited though if you're thinking of applying from out-of-state, only one non-resident license was awarded this year.

The Denver Post has a good write up on this year's hunt by Dick Sapa of Montana.

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