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Father and Son Charged in Massachusetts Bear Killing

Back in September 2011 we reported about a Massachusetts man who had his black bear confiscated by the Environmental Police, due to suspicions that the bear was taken illegally. At that time Mark Burdzy Jr and Sr were both adamant that the bear was taken legally. 

Now several months later after an extensive investigation by the state and federal Environmental Police, that included DNA testing of the confiscated bear and a gutpile, both men are being charged with illegally killing the black bear.

CSI Not Just for Human Cases

Wyoming Game and Fish Department needed to go a bit further with charging three people; Shenae Blakemore, 29, Cody Gilligan, 23, and Colton Lapp, 19, with poaching a trophy class mule deer. Game wardens had found the trophy buck in a shed in Worland. They had been investigating something else when they came upon the buck. When asked about the buck, Lapp told them that the buck had been shot by Blakemore in an open area near the Black Hills by Sundance.

Carry at Starbucks

In states allowing open carry or concealed carry, signs were popping up in store windows banning weapons inside the stores. One place you will not find one of these signs is at a Starbucks. Starbucks is taking the stance of following the state law, if it is allowed in the state it's allowed at Starbucks.

Conflict of Interest?

Washington hunters are coming together in efforts to stop the confirmation of Jay Kehne to the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission. Kehne is a paid employee of Conservation Northwest, some hunters call it an extreme environmental group. They believe that the F&W Commission is already green enough, and adding Kehne would just exacerbate the situation for hunters. It seems the commission does not support the fishermen and hunters of the state.

Virginia Sunday Hunt Bill Killed Early by House

Hunters were excited, the Virginia State Senate had passed SB 464, 29-1. This bill was going to allow Sunday hunting on private land, with landowner's permission. Now there are cries of foul play by the House committee, early Wednesday morning they killed the bill, supporters of the measure described it as a stealth attack.

What Happens When Police Officers Aren't Aware of the Law?

Mark Fiorino resides in Pennsylvania, and has been mugged more than once, so he exercises his right to bear arms. Mark keeps a Glock .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol on his hip at all times. Pennsylvania allows open carry, without needing a permit under the Open Carry Law. Mark has been stopped by police in Lansdale, where the police officer knew that Mark had the right to open carry, the officer told him to have a nice day, that was that. Or they would ask Mark if he has a permit, if asked to show it, Mark would explain the Open Carry Law, and that would be fine. That is how it should be, the officer was aware of the law or would listen to Mark, and Mark was left to his business.

Pleasant Valley Elk Gets a Reprieve

If you've been following the story on the bull elk that escaped from a farm in Greene County, Pennsylvania, here is some more to the story.

Kentucky Game and Wildlife biologists came up to West Virginia to assist with tranquilizing and transporting the elk to the West Virginia Wildlife Center. Kentucky has an elk population, and their biologists were better equipped for handling this elk.

Montana Wolf Hunt Set to End

Wolf season is set to end in Montana, and quotas have not been met. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks extended the wolf season by a month and a half in December. Now they are considering doing that again for Unit 250 in the Bitterroot Valley area. This unit has a quota of 18 and only 6 wolves have been harvested. If approved the season will go on until April 1st.

Kansas Hunters Push for Stricter Poaching Penalties

David Kent of Topeka, Kansas is a poacher that has angered hunters. Kent illegally shot a 14 point buck in November of 2011. The buck's Boone and Crocket score is 198 7/8 inches, which surpassed the previous record antlers measuring in at 198 2/8 inches, a record set in 1974. Hunters are upset with the lack of consequences that Kent faces for his actions.

Drain Tunnel Creates Nice Den for Black Bear

A black bear has chosen a man-made den for its winter hibernation, a drain tunnel in Wisconsin. The drain tunnel is safe and dry for the bear, so it may stay in there up to four more months. The DNR suggests leaving bears alone while they are hibernating.

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