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Badgley injured in hunting accident

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Longtime Haines firefighter, EMT and ambulance crewman Al Badgley underwent nine hours of surgery after breaking his back in a hunting accident on Friday, Sept. 16.

Badgley said on Wednesday that he was moose hunting near Nenana when he fell about 20 feet from a tree limb, landing on his bottom. He was helicoptered to Fairbanks and transported by medical jet to Anchorage for surgery.

Badgley said he expects to spend at least two weeks in physical therapy. “We’ll get back to Haines as soon as we can,” he said.

E. Oregon illegal hunting guides forfeit mules, other gear after multi-state investigation, guilty pleas

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ENTERPRISE, Ore. (KTVZ) — Two Oregon men convicted of illegally guiding hunters in Wallowa County forfeited mules and gear, among other penalties, following a multi-state investigation, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said Monday.

The case activated a new Turn In Poachers (TIP) reward program, directed by the Oregon Outfitter Guide Association, according to law enforcement.

David H Ravia, 69, from Dayton, and Caleb L Richmond, 48, from McMinnville, guided out-of-state hunters in Hells Canyon National Recreation Area for at least the last 10 years, according to Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Lieutenant Ryan Howell.

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A complaint led to an investigation and subsequent charges in a case that spanned two years and stretched from Oregon to Ohio and Michigan.

Law enforcement officials served a warrant at Ravia’s home in Dayton and interviewed residents in Ohio and Michigan during the highly coordinated sting Aug. 27, 2019. At the same time, OSP F&W troopers apprehended and served search warrants on Ravia and Richmond at a trailhead as they led a pack string of six mules carrying hunters and gear toward their remote camp, according to Lt. Howell.

The illegal guide activity included multiple counts of guiding hunters without having a guide license. Their clients were often from out-of-state, which elevated the case to the federal level and involved U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services along with OSP F&W troopers and the Michigan and Ohio Departments of Natural Resources.

Along with multiple jurisdictions, the case involved a variety of investigation tactics, including on-the-ground surveillance to determine methods and equipment involved in the crimes.

One of the pair’s tactics was to instruct clients to say they were just friends, not guides, if anyone asked. The complacency of their clients in following this instruction led to interviews with past clients in Michigan and Ohio, according to investigators who worked the case.

Licenses for guides serve several purposes, according to Cyndi Bolduc, Outfitter Guides Program Coordinator with the Oregon State Marine Board, which has oversight of guide and outfitter activities. Guides must provide proof they are adequately insured and bonded, have basic first aid and CPR skills, carry the required safety equipment, and agree to conduct themselves according to ethical and professional standards.

In July of this year, the OSMB started a new Turn In Poachers Line reward program modeled after current programs managed by the Oregon Hunters Association and the Oregon Wildlife Coalition.  Tipsters who call in illegal guide activity can earn $200 if their tip leads to an arrest or citation.  In 2021, OHA handed out nearly $11,000 in rewards, and ODFW issued 178 hunter preference points for callers whose tips lead to an arrest or citation.

An annual Oregon hunting guide and outfitter license costs $150 for residents. Outfitters must provide a $5,000 surety bond if they accept pre-payments from clients.

Those who skirt the rules skip out on paying license fees, and may reap other rewards, according to Bolduc. For instance, taking animals illegally may deprive legitimate guides and outfitters hunting in the same area. But remote camps and out-of-state clients can draw out investigations.

“Some of these cases resolve quickly, Bolduc said, “Others take officers’ dedication and time to make the case, but it is of huge value to us.”

OSP F&W troopers close cases on a spectrum of timeframes, but they stick with it in hopes of outcomes like this one.

“Sometimes these cases take years, due to the seasonal nature of guiding for big game hunts,” Lt. Howell said, “The important thing is that it was closed, and this gives legal guides an equal playing field.”

On June 16, 2021, Caleb Richmond pleaded guilty to five counts of Failure to Register as an Outfitter/Guide. He must pay fines and serve 24 months bench probation, which includes a prohibition on hunting, guiding, and possession of firearms while camping; serve 80 hours of community service, and issue a letter of apology to all hunters and guides.

On April 6, 2022, David Ravia pled guilty to three counts of Failure to Register as an Outfitter/Guide. He must pay fines and serve 24 months bench probation, which includes a prohibition on hunting, guiding, and possession of firearms while camping; serve 80 hours of community service; issue a letter of apology to all hunters and guides. Ravia also forfeited the evidence seized for the case, including pack bags, a chainsaw and saddles. 

Eventually, two of six mules were definitively linked to the crime and seized. They are now the property of ODFW, where they might be used in the high lakes fish stocking program, according to ODFW wildlife biologist Phillip Perrine.

Tipsters who reported the guides’ illegal activities to OSP F&W Division each received a $200 reward after the two men were charged and convicted, according to law enforcement officials.

The Stop Poaching Campaign educates the public on how to recognize and report poaching. This campaign is a collaboration among state agencies, sportsmen and other conservationists, landowners, and recreationists to engage the public in combatting Oregon’s poaching problem.

Their goal is to: Incentivize reporting on wildlife crimes through the TIP Line; Strengthen enforcement by increasing the number of OSP Fish and Wildlife Troopers; and Support prosecution in becoming an effective deterrent.

The campaign helps to protect and enhance Oregon’s fish and wildlife and their habitat for the enjoyment of present and future generations. For more information: https://dfw.state.or.us/stop-poaching/

Hunter Injured in Treestand Accident

Date: 09/19/2022Author: nhfishandgame

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September 19, 2022

Goffstown, NH – On September 18, 2022, at approximately 2:00 p.m., A New Hampshire Fish and Game Conservation Officer was informed of an incident of a hunter falling out of a tree.

A Conservation Officer responded to Serenitas Lane in Goffstown accompanied by Goffstown Police. Officers learned that 58-year-old Casey Barry of Goffstown, NH had been setting up his treestand in the woods off of Serenitas Lane. Barry began ascending the tree stand after securing the lower straps and the stand shifted and began to fall over. This resulted in Barry falling from the treestand and sustaining serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

Barry was able to call a friend who called 911 regarding the incident. Goffstown Police and Goffstown Fire and Rescue personnel were able to assist Barry out of the woods and transport him to Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, NH.

National Hunting and Fishing Day by Shooting for Free at 2 DWR Ranges

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Do you have a current Utah hunting, fishing or combination license? If so, you can visit either of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources public shooting ranges on Saturday, Sept. 24 and shoot for free.

The fourth Saturday in September, which is Sept. 24 this year, is recognized across the U.S. as National Hunting and Fishing Day. It was also designated in Utah state code in 1973 for the “recognition of the substantial and continued contribution by hunters and fishermen toward the sound management of wildlife in Utah.”

To celebrate, the DWR is offering its annual promotion of free and discounted shooting at its Lee Kay Public Shooting Range, located at 6000 West 2100 South in Salt Lake City, and its Cache Valley Public Shooting Range, located at 2851 West 200 North in Logan.

“Hunters and anglers are the backbone of wildlife conservation in the U.S.,” DWR Director J Shirley said. “The discounts at these shooting ranges are a small token of our appreciation to hunters and anglers for funding crucial wildlife projects that help maintain healthy populations of a variety of wildlife species in Utah.”

To redeem the offer, you just need to show a valid Utah hunting, fishing or combination license at the entrance to either facility on Sept. 24. You can present either a paper or electronic license. (You can download and store your electronic licenses via the Utah Hunting and Fishing app.) Your valid license will grant free admission to the rifle, handgun and archery shooting ranges. You can also get up to five rounds of shooting at half price at the trap and skeet ranges at both facilities that day.

“We’ll go through quite a few clay targets at the trap and skeet ranges that day, and charging half price will help us cover the cost,” DWR Hunter Education, Ranges and Shooting Sports Programs Coordinator Gary Cook said. “These are some of the best outdoor shooting ranges in Utah, whether you are practicing for an upcoming hunt or you just want to have some fun shooting targets. We hope you’ll take advantage of this offer and visit our two ranges on National Hunting and Fishing Day.”

Along with the free and discounted admission on Sept. 24, both shooting ranges also offer an ongoing, year-round promotion that allows someone to shoot for free or at a discounted rate if they’ve purchased a firearm or archery equipment within 30 days of their visit. Proof of purchase must be provided to qualify for the deal.

“We want to promote not only fishing and hunting, which are both family-friendly activities, but also shooting sports in general,” Lee Kay Public Shooting Range Manager Blanche Smith said. “Shooting at the range can be a really fun outing for the whole family. Since our ranges are funded through the sale of hunting and fishing licenses, we proudly celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day as a way to thank those who support us.”

Visit the DWR website for more details about the amenities offered at each DWR shooting range.

Man will pay thousands after headless bull elk are left to rot, Montana officials say

BY MADDIE CAPRON SEPTEMBER 19, 2022 12:37 PM National Park Service

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A man left two headless bull elk to waste in Montana, officials said. Now he’ll pay thousands. The 37-year-old Missoula man pleaded guilty to poaching two bull elk in October, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks said. Officials said the man shot two bull elk on private property in the Little Snowy Mountains. He didn’t have permission or a necessary permit to kill the elk, wildlife officials said. TOP VIDEOS × The man shot the two bull elk from the road and drove onto private property to get the elk, officials said. “Later, (the man) discarded the elk keeping the heads, resulting in the wasting meat charge,” Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials said in a news release. Get unlimited digital access Subscribe now for just $2 for 2 months. CLAIM OFFER The man was banned from hunting, trapping and fishing for five years. He was also ordered to pay $2,000 in fines and restitution. In a separate case, a 47-year-old Ballantine man pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a trophy big game animal and tampering with evidence, officials said. The man shot a bull elk in November 2019 in the Little Snowy Mountains and was also banned from hunting for five years, officials said. He was ordered to pay $10,000 in fines and restitution.

Read more at: https://www.idahostatesman.com/news/nation-world/national/article266032106.html#storylink=cpy

Bear Baiting in Wisconsin’s National Forest is the Cause of Multiple Annual Wolf Attacks on Hounds

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In August 2022, Wolf Patrol returned to the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest (CNNF) to again document how Wisconsin’s lenient bear baiting and hound training regulations continue to be the cause behind multiple bear hound depredations by wolves each year. Long before bear hunting season begins, Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) allows a two-month bear hound training season that begins July 1st and runs until the end of August.

These hounds are being used to chase bears in a known “Wolf Caution Area” where other dogs have recently been killed by wolves in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

So far this year, nine bear hounds have been killed by wolves in heavily bear baited areas of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and other public lands in northern Wisconsin. In early August 2022, Wolf Patrol investigated multiple bear hound depredations that had occurred in Forest, Oconto and Bayfield counties. In all of the national…

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Ban Blood-Thirsty Wild Animal Killing Contests!

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Wildlife killing contests are barbaric events that offer cash and prizes for slaughtering unsuspecting animals who play vital roles in their ecosystems. Coyotes, bobcats, mountain lions, foxes, and wolves are callously gunned down en masse by individuals of all ages and discarded like trash soon after. The blood-fueled events serve no ecological purpose and perpetuate violence against living beings. Urge your legislators to outlaw heartless killing contests to protect America’s most iconic wild carnivores.

Wildlife killing contests award individuals who inflict pain and suffering upon wild animals with no other purpose than inflicting violence for personal gain. Hunters are given cash and prizes for killing the most, the largest, or sometimes the smallest animals over a specified time period. Coyotes are the most commonly targeted species for these heinous, blood-fueled events. Bobcats, mountain lions, foxes, and wolves are also caught in hunters’ crosshairs and subjected to violent, agonizing deaths.

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Beavers Are Finally Getting the Rebrand They Deserve

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It’s been a good weekfor beavers. On Monday, theNew York Timesranan articlehighlighting the rodents’ position as “highly skilled environmental engineers” capable of mitigating threats like wildfires and drought. The same day, theSan Francisco Chronicledubbedbeavers “one of California’s best chances to fight climate change.” And on Tuesday theLos Angeles Timesreportedthat the Golden State is seeking applications for its brand-new beaver restoration unit to protect this“untapped, creative climate solving hero.”

And it’s not just California; pro-beaver policy changes are happening across the US. Here’s theTimes:

Beavers, you might say, are having a moment. In Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming…

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Gator hunting season in Texas starts with man catching 13-footer

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Fri, September 16, 2022 at 12:02 PM·1 min read

TARKINGTON, Texas – Alligator hunting season in Texas started out with a bang as a man caught one that was more than 13 feet long.

Bluebonnet News reported that Shane Lee was hunting for alligator Tuesday on a deer lease near Tarkington along with his nephew and a friend. That was when they came across the massive reptile in the water he usually uses for duck hunting.

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“We are out there in that water all the time duck hunting, and we never knew that alligator was even in there,” Lee told Bluebonnet News. “We didn’t know there was one that big in there. We had never seen him before.”

Lee said they used a dead raccoon as bait, and they came back later to find the tree their pole was anchored to was shaking.

“I pulled the line up and saw that it was a big alligator,” Lee told Bluebonnet News.

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According to Lee, the gator measured about 13 feet, 4 inches long and was estimated to be between 65 and 75 years old.

Lee told Bluebonnet News this was his first time catching a gator.

The fall alligator hunting season in Texas runs from Sept. 10 to Sept. 30.

2,000-Yard Wyoming Antelope Kill Rekindles Debate Over Ethical Hunting Shot Distance

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In 2018, a hunter armed with a .50 caliber rifle shot an antelope from 1,954 yards in Fremont County, and then sent a video of it to Muley Fanatics, trying to prove a point.

The video had the opposite of the intended effect.

“We told him (the hunter) that is not something we endorse,” Josh Coursey told Cowboy State Daily on Friday. He’s the co-founder, president and CEO of Muley Fanatics, a mule deer conservation group.

He declined to identify the hunter who had sent the video. It had been sent with the intent of making the point that an animal could be humanely and ethically killed with a rifle from great distances, Coursey said. He’s also a member of the Wyoming Wildlife Task Force…

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