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“Swamp People” Star Mitchell Guist Dies After Falling from Boat

swampThe History Channel has lost one of the stars of its hit show Swamp People. Mitchell Guist, half of the much loved, rough cut, alligator-hunting Guist brothers has died after falling out of his boat in Louisiana, reportedly after suffering some form of seizure. However, the official cause of death has yet to be determined by Louisiana officials.

2012 Mountain Lion Quotas Up for Public Comment in Montana

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on proposed changes to the 2011 mountain lion hunting quotas and sub-quotas.

Public comment is also sought on an adjustment to the allocation of special mountain lion licenses that would allow an unsuccessful special lion license applicant to purchase a general lion license valid for any open district statewide during the fall season and for any open quota areas in FWP Region 2 during the winter season.

Waterfowlers Split on Proposed Duck Stamp Price Increase

duck stamp The price of the federal duck stamp has not changed since 1991. At the request of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, President Obama added a provision to increase the price to his 2013 budget proposal.

The cost of the duck stamp, officially called the Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, would increase by $10 if the measure passes, bringing the price to $25.

Deer Herd Panics in Minnesota Town, Smashing into Mall, Bus Stops and More

deer herdIf there’s one alternative to hunting deer for dinner, it’s hitting a deer with your car. One driver took home an extra meal after he accidentally hit one of eight disoriented deer that were running amok in downtown Moorhead, Minnesota.

Governor Branstad Rescinds Iowa Shot Shell Ruling

Governor Terry Branstad, a member of the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus, has permanently rescinded a provision of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources dove season rule that prohibits the use of traditional ammunition. The executive order was a result of the Iowa senate’s inaction on SJR 2001, a legislative resolution to rescind the ban. Although the resolution passed committee, and was joined on the Senate floor by a successful house companion bill (HJR 2001), the resolutions never came up for a full Senate vote prior to the conclusion of the 2012 legislative session.

West Virigina’s Mountaineer Food Bank Receives $75,000 Donation from 2011 One Shot Deer Hunt Event

West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Director Frank Jezioro has presented a check to the Mountaineer Food Bank representing $75,000 raised during the fifth annual Governor’s One Shot Deer Hunt, held in December 2011. The money will go to the Hunters Helping the Hungry Program (HHH), administered by WVDNR, to distribute venison to needy families across the state through the Mountaineer Food Bank and other agencies. The donation was made at the Food Bank’s headquarters in Gassaway, Braxton County, on May 10.

Colorado PWC Hunt License Numbers for 2012

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission approved big game hunting license numbers on Thursday for the upcoming fall hunting seasons. Agency staff utilized herd population estimates to recommend reductions in license numbers for mule deer, elk and pronghorn while recommending increases in licenses to manage growing populations of moose and black bears. According to a 2008 study, big game hunting in Colorado provides more than $430 million per year in economic impact to the state and supports 4,660 jobs in the state.

Ted Nugent to Give Away Autographed Deer Skull in Contest

Photo: H. Michael Karshis (flickr)Fans of the Nuge, check this out – count how many times Ted Nugent says “Are ya kidding me?!?” in episode 26-2012 of Ted Nugent Spirit of the Wild and Nugent will send you a deer skull with his autograph on it.

Buck Deer Permits Reduced Slightly in Utah

For months now, deer hunters have wondered how many general buck deer permits will be available for Utah’s 30 new deer hunting units this fall. On May 3, the Utah Wildlife Board gave the answer: 86,500.

The board divided the 86,500 permits as follows:

Cigarette Touting Wolverine Confiscated by Wardens from California Bar

wolverine Acting on a tip, California Fish and Game (DFG) wardens removed two taxidermy mounts from a Georgetown bar – and not because they were underage drinkers. In fact, one of the animals, a wolverine wearing a red hat and clenching a cigarette between his teeth, was several decades old.