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Oregon Has Shocking Level of Mule Deer Poaching

OregonLive has a solid write up on a mule deer study conducted by state wildlife officials over the last five years.

The state study was conducted from Bend to the California border. Of 500 mule deer fitted with radio-collars between July 2005 and last January, 128 died during the research. Of those, poachers killed 19 and hunters legally shot 21. Cougars killed 15 and eight were hit and killed by cars. Of the rest, five succumbed to coyotes, disease claimed five and four died while tangled in fences or from some other accident ... Biologists listed 51 as "cause of death unknown," but poachers could have taken some of those, he said. "Sometimes we just find the radio collar laying out in the sagebrush,"

Vermont Hunter Takes Albino Moose

While details are not clear on the hunt or the hunter, it appears that a rare albino moose was taken during Vermont's 2010 season. NECN.com has a short video with a photo of the moose here.

Mark Scott, director of Wldlife at the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, says albino moose are extremely rare. He guesses there are only a couple in Vermont.

Pennsylvania Wildlife Officer Killed in Line of Duty

A suspected deer poacher gunned down Wildlife Conservation Officer David Grove in Adams County Pennsylvania last week. The Gettysburg Times has a complete write up on the crime and the suspected poaching.

At 10:30 p.m. Thursday, the 31-year-old Grove observed spotlighting and shots from a Chevy pickup truck in the area of Schriver Road and Red Rock Road, in rural Freedom Township. After conducting a vehicle stop, Grove ordered Johnson — the driver — and passenger Ryan Laumann outside. Grove also ordered Johnson to throw his keys out of the window, and Johnson complied. The 27-year-old Johnson used a .22-caliber rifle to shoot a spiked deer.

Jack Russell Terrier Trees Mountain Lion

Jack, an aptly named 17 pound Jack Russell terrier more accustomed to chasing squirrels, treed a mountain lion near the family farm in Colman South Dakota. The Argus Leader has a write up about Jack, Virtus and Chad Strenge and a day they probably won't forget anytime soon.

[Jack] chases squirrels around their Colman farm every day, but he made such a fuss Tuesday morning that Virtus, Chad's father, had to step out of the shop to investigate. They could hardly believe what Jack had found. "He comes running back in saying, 'Get the gun, there's a mountain lion out there,' " Chad Strenge said. "I said, 'Yeah, right.'"

Minnesota Man Takes 21-Point Buck with a 410

Glen Senske, of Blue Hill Township near Princeton Minnesota, initially didn't plan to make much of the 2010 hunting season after a doctor told him he would not be able to hunt this year. Senske has hunted for 27 years and apparently was not about to let an injury slow him down, so he rigged up a 410 shotgun for this hunting season. The Princeton Union Eagle has a more detailed story about Glen and his buck.

Oklahoma Ups Boone & Crockett Prospects

The Oklahoman has a good write up about how Oklahoma has been improving the number of B&C whitetail deer taken in recent years, particularly the non-typical variety. In the past 15 years there has been a shift toward quality management rather than just "if it's brown, it's down."

More Oklahoma landowners are managing for trophy bucks today than they were 10 and 20 years ago.

Minnesota Man Hits Bear with Combine

Tom Wightman was combining his cornfield just south of Red Wing Minnesota with Darrell Breuer last week, when they heard a loud noise. The two got down from the cab to find quite a surprise according to the Pioneer Press.

"Holy cow! Is that what I think we're looking at?" Breuer recalled saying.

"We sat there on the platform and decided we weren't going down there until we were sure it was dead," Wightman said.

When they ventured down, the men realized the combine had killed a black bear.

Labrador Dramatically Cuts Caribou Hunts

The Newfoundland and Labrador officials are making significant cuts in caribou hunting after a new population count. The current government estimates put the George River herd at roughly 74,000 animals which is just 10% of the 776,000 estimated in 1993.

First Time Hunter Takes 350+ Nebraska Bull

While Nebraska is not known for a large elk population, it does have a small quality elk hunt for those that are lucky enough to be drawn. For Becky McFarlane Nebraska's elk hunting proved to be the perfect location for her first elk hunt.

The Sioux City Journal has a good write up about Becky and the hunt.

Wolf Attack Hunters Statements Posted

Last week we posted an entry on the self defense killing of a wolf by a pair of Flathead Valley hunters. Currently the NewAmerican is running an article with written statements of Mark Appleby and Mario Benedict on the wolf pack attack.

Apparently the two hunters saw no fresh sign of wolves or other predators and felt comfortable enough to have lunch near the carcass for awhile before quartering up the elk.

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