Police, family ask for assistance in locating missing hunter


DEC 1, 2020



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MENOMINEE COUNTY — The Menominee County Sheriff’s Office is urging the public to be on the lookout for a missing hunter in the Cedar River North State Forest Campground area.https://ff7c6f5966f4089d1599f25cc369f42c.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

Vladimir Ivanovic, 58, of Chicago, was last seen on Nov. 13 at the Cedar River North State Forest Campground. The campground is located in the Escanaba River State Forest between Escanaba and Menominee, roughly 17 miles northeast of the city of Stephenson and roughly 13 miles north of the unincorporated community of Cedar River in Cedarville Township.

According to Ivanovic’s family, the Illinois man has been deer hunting in the area for over 14 years and has always used the same camping spot. Ivanovic, his brother and another relative arrived at the campground just after 3 p.m. EST on Nov. 13 and after setting up camp, Ivanovic left his tent in a light black thermal jacket, gray thermal pants and croc shoes at around 11 p.m. EST.

The two relatives assumed Ivanovic was making a quick trip to the cooler outside of his tent or his truck parked just feet away. After 15 minutes and no return, Ivanovic’s brother and other relative began searching for him. A family camping close by said they saw Ivanovic walking up the road leading away from the nearby Cedar River, potentially headed to the campground outhouses or campground pay station. The family said all Ivanovic had on him were his wallet, keys and headlamp.

The family says Ivanovic is described by all as the “camp father,” because of his relentless enforcement of safety precautions, making his disappearance unusual.

Ivanovic is described as 5-foot-11, 195 pounds with green eyes and gray hair. He was last seen wearing a black thermal jacket, gray thermal pants, croc shoes, a watch, headlamp and has keys and a wallet. A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered for any information on his whereabouts.

Menominee County Sheriff Kenny Marks requests that hunters, landowners and residents on the Big Cedar River from County Road 366 down river to the bay of Green Bay be especially observant of a body or clothing in the river or on the shore. Marks said any info and observations will be instrumental in helping find Ivanovic.

To assist the family in search efforts, the public can contact Ivanovic’s daughter, Lily, at 708-595-9308 for details and coordination.

To report tips or information on the disappearance of Ivanovic, call the Menominee County Sheriff’s Office at 906-863-4441. Police people to dial 911 immediately if Ivanovic is spotted.

Ryan Spitza can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 248. His email address is rspitza@miningjournal.net.

Many hunting and trapping seasons start this month

DEC 1, 2020

Numerous Delaware hunting and trapping seasons start in December.
The hunting seasons opening are beaver from today until March 20 and only on private land; woodcock and common snipe from Saturday to Jan. 19; ducks, coots and mergansers from Dec. 11-Jan. 30; brant from Dec. 11-Jan. 30; migratory Canada goose from Dec. 19-Jan. 18; and antlerless deer from Dec. 12-20, including Sundays.
Deer hunting is allowed on all Sundays, using only those methods legal for the respective deer-hunting season. More information is available at de.gov/sundayhunt. Hunters are encouraged to harvest does (female deer) to help manage the size and quality of the deer population.
Archery and crossbow hunters may hunt deer during the December antlerless season but are not allowed to harvest antlered deer.
Trapping seasons for muskrat, mink, otter, raccoon, opossum and nutria begin in New Castle County today and run until March (March 20 on embanked meadows). In Kent County, the season runs from Dec. 15-March 15.
Red foxes and coyotes can be trapped from today until March 10. Beavers can be trapped from today until March 20, although only on private land.
Continuing hunting seasons include: bobwhite quail through Jan. 2; mourning dove through Jan. 30; sea ducks in the special sea duck area through Jan. 30; tundra swan by special permit only through Jan. 30; snow goose through Jan. 30 and on Feb. 6; archery and crossbow deer through Jan. 31, including all Sundays; gray squirrel through Feb. 6; ring-necked pheasant (male only) through Feb. 6; coyote (hunt) through Feb. 27; red fox (hunt) through Feb. 27; raccoon and opossum (hunt) through Feb. 27; cottontail rabbit through Feb. 27; crows through March 27 and June 24-26 (Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays only); and groundhog through June 30.
Special hunting hours for raccoon and opossum during the December antlerless, January handgun, January shotgun and January muzzleloader deer seasons are 7 p.m.-midnight.
The Division of Fish and Wildlife offers many hunting opportunities on state wildlife areas. For more information, including wildlife area maps and rules, visit de.gov/hunting.

Mandatory wolf trapping class offered online

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From Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

HELENA— Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will offer the last online wolf trapping certification class of the season Tuesday, Dec. 8, from 5 to 8:30 p.m.

To register for the free class, people can visit the FWP website athttp://fwp.mt.govand follow the links to “Education” and “Wolf Trapper Education & Certification.”

Because of current COVID-19 restrictions, FWP will offer no in-person classes this fall. The class will be online via ZOOM. Students will be sent the ZOOM address for the class when they register.

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Pennsylvanians enjoy Sunday hunting for first time

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DEC 1, 2020



For the first time in history, Pennsylvania hunters have taken to the fields and woods on a Sunday to pick out a trophy to take home.

“That’s a huge win for hunters, since many have extremely busy schedules that severely limit their hunting time,” said Bryan Burhans, the Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director, according to a news release. “By providing additional opportunity to hunt on a likely day off, it only increases the likelihood of keeping them engaged in hunting and helping to recruit new hunters.”

Burhans said turning the opening day to an opening weekend doubles the opportunities for hunter participation in the hunting season.

The antlered deer season opened on Saturday, and included a day of Sunday buck hunting on In Wildlife Management Unit 4D, which encompasses the part of Lycoming County south of U.S. Route 220, hunters will be able to harvest buck and doe throughout the entire season ending Dec. 12. In the rest of the county, a week-long buck season will be followed by a week-long combined season ending Dec. 12.

Pennsylvania Senate Bill 147, sponsored by state Sen. Dan Laughlin, R-Erie, instituted one Sunday for deer rifle season, one Sunday during the statewide deer archery season, and another Sunday for hunter as determined by the game commission, which decided to allot the Sunday for bear hunting Nov. 22. The deer archery hunting Sunday was permitted on Nov. 15.https://adc08a441e74bf05651d5478a6d967d6.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

Previously, Sunday hunting had not been allowed in Pennsylvania, although years ago, the ban was lifted on foxes, coyotes and crows, according to the game commission.

“Without further legislation, the commission cannot further expand Sunday hunting opportunities,” the game commission said on its website.

The season also has a new regulatory change that “allows hunters to attempt to harvest a second deer before tagging the first, so long as they have the appropriate harvest tags for the deer they attempt to harvest, and no attempt is made to move a deer before it’s tagged,” according to a Nov. 18 press release on the game commission’s website.

David Gross, the owner of Gross’ Custom Butchering, said despite the change, the flow of customers has been comparable to previous deer harvesting seasons. He does not think the extra Sundays inserted into the season will change the total amount of deer being harvested in the long run.

“You still have that rush for the first day, then it kinda slacks off,” Gross said.

Gary Gibson, the owner of Gibson’s Custom Butcher, said the number of deer coming through his shop has remained consistent from previous years. However, he said he noticed more big-racked buck coming through–especially on Saturday, the opening day for the season.

“Three years ago, nobody had ever seen anything, then boom, they had these big ones [bucks] come out in front of them,” Gibson said. “Some people said they haven’t seen hardly any, then some see bucks running together. It depends on the area.”

DNR: Hunters shoot 16% more deer in 2020; 1 killed, 9 injured in firearm accidents

Wisconsin hunters bagged nearly 189,000 deer during the annual nine-day firearm hunt, an increase of nearly 16% over the previous year.

According to numbers released Tuesday by the Department of Natural Resources, hunters brought in 85,340 bucks, an annual increase of 12.2%.

Since the start of the archery season on Sept. 12, hunters have registered more than 305,000 deer, an increase of 16.5% over the previous year.

 Near perfect weather and COVID-19 bolsters the opening of deer season

While better than the 2019 season, this year’s totals are still below 2018, which had the highest numbers since 2013.

“It’s good to see this year’s numbers are on the rebound,” said Eric Lobner, the DNR’s wildlife management bureau director. “We’ve got some work to do.”

The 2019 season fell as late as possible in the year, while 2018 was as early as possible. The gun deer season is timed to straddle the Thanksgiving holiday.

Despite mild opening weekend temperatures, DNR staff reported excellent hunting conditions and weather for most of the season, except for a day or two of wind and rain.

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Bucks were plentiful in southern farmland zones, with double-digit increases in some counties, but were scarce in parts of the northern forest zone, where hunters in Ashland, Florence, Forest, Iron, Lincoln, Marinette and Price counties experienced another year of declining harvest.

DNR wardens reported nine firearm-related injuries and one fatality, a 65-year-old man who shot himself in the chest when he tripped while hunting on Washington Island.

There were four injuries and no fatalities reported during the 2019 season.

While overall hunting license sales were up 3.5%, Lorber noted more people are choosing to hunt during the earlier, longer archery and crossbow seasons.

“The conditions are generally nicer,” he said. “And there’s significantly more opportunity.”

While they account for only about 11% of all hunters, females are the fastest-growing demographic, with license sales up more than 12% over last year.

Photos: Bears, bucks, cougar and fighting foxes caught on Wisconsin trail cams

Shooting incidents rise during 2020 Wisconsin gun deer season

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Hunters prepare for a deer hunt near a box blind on a farm near Alma.

Eight shooting incidents, including one fatality, occurred through the first seven days of the 2020 Wisconsin gun deer hunting season, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

This year’s number is twice as many as were recorded in the entire 2019 season and represents an uptick from the five-year average of 5.2 incidents.

While many factors are at play, accident rates in boating and other forms of outdoor recreation have generally increased this year as more people utilize the state’s woods and waters during the coronavirus pandemic.

“With every data trend and average there is a high and a low side,” said Jon King, DNR hunter education administrator and conservation warden. “This year with the increase in outdoor activities we have seen an increase in users and incident rates.”

Shooting incidents have generally fallen in recent decades due to mandatory hunter education, blaze orange clothing requirements and changes in hunting tactics, especially greater use of elevated stands from, which bullets are shot at a downward trajectory, and reduced use of deer drives.

Patches and safety cards are given to graduates of Wisconsin hunter education classes.

The incident rate declined from 27 per 100,000 hunters from 1964-73, to 14.7 from 1974-82, to 10.1 from 1983-92, to 6.4 from 1993-2002 to 4 from 2003 to 2013.

Once again, the 2020 incidents have a theme consistent with previous years: Most incidents were self-inflicted or involved a shooter and victim in the same hunting party.

Here is a summary of the incidents as reported by the DNR at noon Friday: 

At 11:30 a.m. Nov. 21 in Bashaw Township in Washburn County a 62-year-old male victim was struck in the upper arm and face by a rifle round fired by a 19-year-old in the same hunting party. The shooter and victim were participating in a deer drive together.  The victim was taken by helicopter for medical treatment. 

At 2:55 p.m. Nov. 21 in Eau Galle Township in St. Croix County a 14-year-old male victim was struck in the left leg by a shotgun slug fired by a 27-year-old shooter in the same hunting party. The victim and shooter were participating in a deer drive together.  The victim was taken to a hospital, treated and released.

At 1 p.m. Nov. 22 in Adams County a 40-year-old male was working the action of his pistol when it discharged into his left hand; he was treated at a local hospital. 

At 4:27 p.m. Nov. 22 on Washington Island in Door County a 65-year-old male was exiting his blind with his shotgun when he tripped and the firearm discharged into his chest; he was pronounced dead at the scene.

At 8:45 a.m. Nov. 24 in Onalaska Township in La Crosse County a 62-year-old male was walking with a rifle when he slipped on snow and fell, causing the rifle to discharge. A round entered his right foot. The victim went to a local hospital for treatment.

At 5:10 p.m. Nov. 24 in Sylvan Township in Richland County a 68-year-old male was sitting in his vehicle when a loaded rifle carried by another hunter discharged. The bullet grazed the victim’s forehead. The shooter had placed the loaded firearm in the vehicle with it pointed at the victim. The victim pushed the muzzle away when it fired. 

At 4:40 p.m. Nov. 26 in Coloma Township in Waushara County a 26-year-old female was walking on the Ice Age trail when she was struck in the thigh by a bullet. The 51-year-old male shooter thought he was shooting at a deer. The victim went to a local hospital for treatment.

An incident in Marathon County was being investigated Nov. 27; no further information was available.

The four cardinal rules of firearm safety are listed on a sign at an outdoor session of a Wisconsin hunter education class. Mandatory safety education has helped lead to a marked reduction in firearm-related injuries and deaths during Wisconsin hunting seasons.

King offered the reminder that every shooting incident can be avoided by following the four cardinal firearm safety rules, or TAB-K: Treat every firearm as if it were loaded; always point your muzzle in a safe direction; be certain of your target, what’s in front of it and what’s beyond it; and keep your finger outside the trigger guard until ready to shoot.

The 2020 Wisconsin nine-day gun deer season ends Sunday. A muzzleloader deer hunting season runs Nov. 30 to Dec. 9.

Curious koala sneaks into Australian home and climbs Christmas tree

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By Jack Guy, CNN


Updated 10:49 AM ET, Thu December 3, 2020An adorable festive koala broke into an unsuspecting couple's home and set up camp in their Christmas tree.An adorable festive koala broke into an unsuspecting couple’s home and set up camp in their Christmas tree.

(CNN)Picture a Christmas tree and you’ll probably think of baubles, tinsel and fairy lights, but oneAustralianwoman came home to find an unusual adornment:A koala.Surprised by the unusual visitor, Amanda McCormick, who lives in Coromandel Valley near Adelaide, southern Australia, called localkoala rescueorganization 1300Koalaz.”This evening our hotline operator took a call. At first she thought she was the victim of a prank call,” wrote the organization in a FacebookpostWednesday.”But no, a koala desperate to get in the Christmas spirit had wandered into Amanda McCormick’s house and decided it wanted to be the fairy on the Christmas tree.”

Koala populations are in decline due to increased human impacts on nature

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VA: 10-year-old wounded while deer hunting in Westmoreland County


A10-year-old hunter was shot in the forearm Saturday during a group hunt in Westmoreland County, according to the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources.

The youngster was reported to be in stable condition with non-life-threatening wounds.

According to DWR, the child was struck by a single pellet of buckshot fired by a “very experienced hunter” about 130 yards away. The shooting occurred during a drive hunt that involved using dogs trained to chase deer.

The incident took place on property that featured tall cutover, typical of a property that had been logged in recent years.

According to DWR, an investigation into the shooting is continuing and the case will be referred to local prosecutors to determine whether charges should be filed.

Saturday was one of two early “either-sex” hunting days in the Northern Neck, days during which hunters can legally shoot both buck and doe white-tailed deer. Such days, especially early in the season, typically see hunt clubs out pursuing deer.

Either-sex hunting days can vary by county, with some counties offering them all season long with others limited based upon estimated deer populations. The next either-sex hunting period for the Northern Neck begins Dec. 21 and runs until the season ends Jan. 2.

Complaint: Fish and Wildlife Service illegally allowing red wolves to go extinct — again

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Male red wolf, translocated from St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge, takes his first steps on Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. [Photo Credit: Running Wild Media]

By Lisa Sorg, NCPolicyWatch.com
Just seven wild red wolves are still alive in the world, all of them in eastern North Carolina, the result of federal wildlife officials’ flouting a court order, according to a legal complaint filed Monday by the Southern Environmental Law Center.

The complaint alleges that despite a 2018 court order to protect the species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has violated the Endangered Species Act by failing to introduce previously captive red wolves from zoos and nature centers into the Alligator and Pocosin wildlife refuges, which are designated as an official recovery area.

Nor has USFWS continued its coyote sterilization program in the recovery area. That program is important because it keeps coyotes and red wolves from breeding, thus diluting the wolves’ bloodline. Hunters can mistake coyotes for wolves, further reducing the number.

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Both coyote sterilization and the release of formerly captive wolves are required as part of the USFWS Red Wolf Adaptive Management Work Plan.

No previously captive wolves have been released into the recovery area since 2014. Only eight coyotes have been sterilized in the recovery area since 2018 — all of them last February. By contrast, 75 coyotes were sterilized in the recovery area from 2012 to 2014, according to the complaint.

“Faced with a wild population of only seven known animals, the Fish and Wildlife Service is now claiming—without basis—that it’s not allowed to take proven, necessary measures to save the wild red wolves,” said Sierra Weaver, senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center. “The service urgently needs to restart red wolf releases from captivity, which it did regularly for 27 years. Otherwise we’re going to lose the world’s only wild population of this wolf.”

USFWS did not respond to an email seeking comment on the complaint.

However, it has argued in court filings that new federal rules prohibit the agency from releasing captive red wolves into the wild. However, USFWS has not presented evidence to back up the claim. And even if the claim is true, USFWS must implement comparable conservation measures to conserve the species, according to the Endangered Species Act.

Since 1967, when USFWS listed the red wolf was listed as endangered, the ever-changing fate of the wolves has often been ensnared in federal rules, landowner disputes and court proceedings. The wolf already has already been declared extinct in the wild once, in 1980. Four years later, federal officials approved a recovery plan and breeding program, which they later touted as a success. By 2000, there were 200 known red wolves — tracked by special collars — in eastern North Carolina, the only place they are found in the world.

But over time, USFWS and the NC Wildlife Commission caved to pressure by area landowners who opposed the recovery program, alleging the wolves roamed outside their boundaries. Officials allowed the wolves who left their designated area to be legally shot, a policy later overturned by a federal judge.

Because of ongoing lax enforcement to protect the species and what a federal judge in 2018 called “arbitrary and capricious decisions” by USFWS, the wolves are again on the brink of extinction.

No litters of red wolves were born in the wild in North Carolina in the last two years, the first time this has happened since 1998.

The SELC is representing the Red Wolf Coalition, Defenders of Wildlife and the Animal Welfare Institute in the action.

The complaint was filed in US District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.