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Oklahoma Rep. introduces bill to create Bigfoot ‘hunting season’

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The state’s Department of Wildlife Conservation has since commented on the representative’s unusual bill

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Sasquatch watch: Bigfoot ‘sightings’ over the years

Explorers have supposedly captured video footage of Bigfoot. More than 10,000 people in the U.S. have described encounters with the primate in the last 50 years.

There’s hunting season, and then there’s Bigfoot hunting season.

An Oklahoma lawmaker has pitched a bill to create a bona fide Bigfoot hunting season in the Sooner State.

On Wednesday, Rep. Justin Humphrey (R) introduced House Bill 1648, urging the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission (OWCC) to establish a “big foot hunting season.”.

An Oklahoma lawmaker has pitched a bill to create a bona fide Bigfoot hunting season in the Sooner State.

An Oklahoma lawmaker has pitched a bill to create a bona fide Bigfoot hunting season in the Sooner State. (iStock)

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“The Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission shall promulgate rules establishing a big foot hunting season,” the bill states. “The Commission shall set annual season dates and create any necessary specific hunting licenses and fees.”

“It is a real bill, yes,” Micah Holmes, Assistant Chief of the Information and Education Division at the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation confirmed to Fox News on Thursday.

Real or not, there may be a lack of support from the Department of Wildlife Conservation.

“Here at the department, we use science to make management decisions, and we do not recognize Bigfoot as a wildlife species in Oklahoma,” said Holmes.

If passed, the act would take effect on Nov. 1, 2021. Before that can happen, however, the Oklahoma Legislature will meet on Feb. 1.

If passed, the act would take effect on Nov. 1, 2021. Before that can happen, however, the Oklahoma Legislature will meet on Feb. 1. (iStock)

If it is indeed passed, the act would take effect on Nov. 1, 2021. Before that can happen, however, the Oklahoma Legislature will meet on Feb. 1.

Humphrey represents House District 19, a southeastern area of Oklahoma famous for its Bigfoot sightings, according to Fox 25. In nearby Honobia, fans of lore and legend even celebrate the mythical creature with an official Bigfoot Festival and Conference, which was canceled in 2020 due to coronavirus concerns.

A representative for Rep. Humphreys’ office was not immediately available to comment on the bill as presented. 

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For those on Sasquatch watch, Bigfoot has also been spotted in North Carolina, Georgia, Washington and Oregon in recent years.

Wildfires in Southern Idaho Affect Hunting Opportunities

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game announced closures south of Twin Falls

TWIN FALLS, Idaho — Wildlife officials in Idaho have closed some forest areas statewide, affecting hunters and other recreationists during record-breaking fires across the West.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game announced closures south of Twin Falls in the Sawtooth National Forest, affecting big game hunts for hundreds with tags for deer, elk and pronghorn, the Boise State Public Radio reported.

More than 139 square miles (360 square kilometers) have burned in the region.

“I think that’s one of the great things about public lands, in particular, is that you can pick up camp and go someplace else.”

Fires can improve landscapes and wildlife habitats but poor forest management and climate change have made fire behaviors unpredictable, Tawney said, adding that it could affect hunters even after the fire is out because of unstable trees.

“You have to worry about widowmakers from all the trees that are left,” he said, “so sometimes those have been shut down even after the fire is out.”

The U.S. Forest Service has also implemented closures this year in the Payette National Forest and the Boise National Forest because of nearby fires.

Man nearly loses arm in gator attack on Lake Jesup

 

Victim was alligator hunting in Central Florida

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – A man who was alligator hunting Thursday on Lake Jesup was bitten by a gator and suffered a severe arm injury, according to Seminole County Fire Rescue.

The man was on the water hunting around 5:05 p.m. near Lake Street when the gator latched onto his arm, causing it to nearly be amputated.

According to a report from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, 41-year-old Carsten Kieffer was in an open motorboat with two other men when they hooked a “large” alligator and brought it alongside the boat.

“While the men were positioning the vessel and working the lines attached to the animal, the alligator jumped partially out of the water headfirst and bit the victim on the right arm,” the report read.

FWC said the gator briefly rolled while it was still latched onto Kieffer’s arm then it released and returned to the the water.

Kieffer was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center as a trauma alert patient, but his injuries are not life-threatening, officials said. The two other men on the boat were not injured.

A trap has been set for the alligator, according to wildlife officials. A report referred to the animal as “large” but didn’t provide its exact size.

Alligator hunting season in Florida began Aug. 15 and runs until Nov. 1. FWC said the men were licensed to hunt.

Fake social media meme claims all hunting and fishing seasons are canceled in Pennsylvania

New state game lands

The Pennsylvania Game Commission added to state game lands acreage at its recent meeting.

A meme circulating on social media channels falsely claims that the Pennsylvania Game Commission has cancelled all hunting and fishing seasons for 2020.

But the commission noted on its official page, it “has not suspended, altered or changed any hunting regulations, seasons or bag limits in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.”

And, while the fake meme was created with a copy of the commission’s logo and using the commission’s name, the Game Commission has no authority over fishing seasons in Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is the agency regulating fishing seasons in the state.

While the Fish and Boat Commission did cancel the early Youth Mentored Trout day (March 28) and the early opening day for trout season (April 4) it did not cancel any other seasons, fishing or otherwise.

The consolidated statewide schedule for all counties during the 2020 trout season was cutback to just one Mentored Youth Trout Day on Saturday, April 11, and one statewide opening day for trout season on Saturday, April 18.

The separate, earlier regional mentored youth and opening days will no longer occur in the 18 southeastern counties of Adams, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill and York.

Clicking on the fake meme is not recommended. That action opens a website that claims to be a prank site, but also could contain computer viruses and the like.

Coronavirus: Can you still go fishing and hunting in Oregon after Gov. Brown’s order?

Catch up on what you might have missed in Mid-Valley news from March 16-20. Wochit

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It remains legal to go hunting and fishing in Oregon, even with Oregon Gov. Brown’s executive order telling people to stay home, fish and wildlife officials clarified Monday.

But it’s important to be careful of how you’re doing it, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife wrote on Monday.

“The executive order does not close hunting and fishing,” ODFW wrote. “The seasons remain open.”

For example, anyone who goes fishing or hunting needs to maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet from other people who don’t live in their household, including during travel to and from a fishing spot, ODFW said.

Officials also stressed that hunters and anglers should minimize traveling and stay as close to home as possible, while going out in small groups.

Details: Coast towns Lincoln City, Newport, Yachats vote to remove visitors

The biggest issue with fishing might be finding access. Many communities and land management agencies have closed boat ramps and access, although waterways, such as lakes and reservoirs, remain open.

That includes at Detroit Lake, where the closure of all Oregon state parks means the Mongold Boat Ramp is closed. The reservoir remains open, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, but no boat ramps reach the reservoir’s current level.

Anglers should pay particularly close attention around the Oregon Coast and Coast Range. All towns in Lincoln County and most towns on the Northern Coast have resolutions in place that do not allow visitors to stay overnight in hotels, campgrounds of vacation rentals. They have closed most parks and recreation sites.

Siuslaw National Forest has also closed all recreation sites, which could impact access to coastal rivers.

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“It’s safe to go hunting and fishing with your family and friends in small groups,” ODFW wrote. “However, it is important to make sure that everyone is healthy before you go, and practice social distancing.”

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Other details to know about hunting and fishing

ODFW offices are closed to public access as of Monday, but staff remain available by phone and email. See our contact page: https://myodfw.com/contact-us.

Sales of licenses, tags and controlled hunt applications continue online and at license sale agents who are open. If you have never tried to purchase online, see this website: https://myodfw.com/ELS.

A prank that says fishing is closed is not accurate

Apparently there’s been a prank going around social media that saying ODFW says fishing is closed. It is not accurate, the agency said on its Twitter feed.

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@MyODFW

If you see this on Facebook, it is a prank that has been going around for a few years. Please don’t share it. Report it to Facebook and ask group admins to take it down.

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Other ODFW closures and cancellations

  • Fish hatcheries are closed to public entry to keep fish hatchery staff healthy and they can continue to operate.
  • All family fishing events, hunter education classes, outdoor workshops and other group activities are canceled. Commission or other ODFW public meetings are canceled or going online.
  • Big game tag auctions rescheduled and now bid-by-phone due to COVID-19
  • Bear and cougar hunters: Successful cougar and bear hunters are temporarily not required to check-in their animal at an ODFW office, though they do still need to report basic information about their harvest within 10 days. Hunters need to call the office in the district where they harvested their cougar or bear and report their name, ODFW ID number, date of harvest, location of harvest (wildlife management unit), sex of animal and confirmation number for electronic tags. Or, they can email all the above information to ODFW.WildlifeInfo@state.or.us
  • Roadkill permits: Rules requiring that people check in roadkill parts within 5 business days have also been waived with the exception of heads with antlers from male deer and male elk. (The requirement to surrender heads with antlers is in statute and cannot be waived by ODFW.) Roadkill permittees must call a local office to arrange surrendering antlers. Please call your local office within 5 days of salvaging roadkill to make arrangements (though the actual surrender may occur after 5 days).

Zach Urness has been an outdoors reporter, photographer and videographer in Oregon for 12 years. To support his work, subscribe to the Statesman Journal. Urness can be reached at zurness@StatesmanJournal.com or (503) 399-6801. Find him on Twitter at @ZachsORoutdoors.

DNR Puts To Rest Rumor Of Canceled Hunting Seasons

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Here’s another example of don’t believe everything you hear or read, especially on social media.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is aware of a rumor and fake news website saying that the state is closing the 2020-21 hunting seasons in response to COVID-19.  A message from the DNR says this is completely false.

You’re asked to not spread these lies and create more anxiety for the public and your fellow outdoorsmen and women.  [the poor anxious things…]

MI: Dad’s rifle fires, injuring 2 sons on deer hunting opening day

 

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GRAYLING, Mich. — Police say two boys were injured when a gun discharged while their father was preparing to go hunting on opening day.

Sheriff Shawn Kraycs says the trigger went off Friday when the man put the rifle into its cover. The bullet went through a wall at the home in Crawford County. Fragments injured a 6-year-old boy and a 4-year-old boy.

The injuries aren’t serious.

The sheriff tells WPBN/WGTU-TV that the 29-year-old father was “absolutely devastated.” Kraycs says the man knew “it could have been a heck of a lot worse.”

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Highest rate of deer accidents in southwest Finland

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The town of Raseborg averaged one white-tailed deer accident every day last year.

Hirvistä varoittava liikennemerkki valtatie 23:lla Kankaanpäässä.
An elk warning on Route 23 in Kankaanpää, western Finland. Image: Mari Kahila / Yle

November is the most hazardous time of year for road accidents involving game animals. Last year there were more than 12,000 such accidents, peaking in November, according to Statistics Finland.

More than 6,200 collisions involved deer, of which there are several species in Finland, while nearly 2,000 involved elk. For elk-related accidents, September has the highest rate.

Last year the largest numbers of deer and elk crashes were in Southwest Finland, Uusimaa (which includes Helsinki) and Pirkanmaa (which includes Tampere).

According to data collected by the insurance company LähiTapiola, the southwestern town of Raseborg (Raasepori in Finnish) had the highest number of white-tailed deer accidents, 365, or an average of one per day.

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A white-tailed deer fawn. Image: Jouni Minkkinen

Close behind was the neighbouring town of Salo with 318, and Loimaa, just to the north, with 258. There were also many in Sastamala and Urjala, both in Pirkanmaa.

Most elk crashes in Kouvola and Kuopio

Kouvola and Kuopio both reported the highest number of elk collissions, 36, followed by another eastern city, Mikkeli, with 31. Close behind were Jyväskylä in central Finland and Kurikka in Southern Ostrobothnia.

Elk hunting season begins in September in northern Finland. It is allowed by permit throughout the country from 15 October through 15 January. White-tailed deer may be shot from late September through mid-February.

European elk (Alces alces) are known in the United States and Canada as moose, a name that stems from the indigenous Algonquian languages. They’re not related to the smaller species of deer known as elk or wapiti in North America.

Finland’s rapidly expanding population of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus), meanwhile, stems from five animals brought from the US state of Minnesota in 1934 as a gift from Finnish-Americans.

Let the games begin; Hunting seasons open

Let the games begin; Hunting seasons open
Two of the varieties of doves, mourning doves and white-winged doves, are legal when season opens September 7. (Photo by Glynn Harris)

It was back in May that we reluctantly bid adieu to hunting seasons 2018-19. Last season started for me with a whimper with doves. I sat alone in a field a friend had given me permission to hunt. There was probably a good reason I was the only one out that day. Except for a couple of high fliers, there were no doves.

Next, things looked up just a bit when I watched a few squirrels bite the dust, eventually winding up in a mulligan.

Next came deer season. Thankfully, I had venison left over in the freezer from the previous year because I came up empty handed this past season.

I didn’t hunt ducks or geese or quail or rabbits and as the seasons began to wind down, wild turkeys were my last chance at redemption. They shunned me on my hunting club but I had one of the most rewarding turkey seasons ever when I mentored my son-in-law, a novice turkey hunter, and was able to guide him to his downing his first gobbler.

Then it was summer and fishing and here we are on the doorsteps of September when it all kicks off again.

I have an invitation for an opening day dove hunt and even if I come home empty handed again, just being out there will be a rewarding experience.

Here’s the skinny on the upcoming dove season in our part of the state, the North zone. Season is split into three segments and hunters accustomed to including Labor Day in the hunt will be disappointed again. Because of the calendar, season can’t open the Saturday before Labor Day since that particular Saturday falls in August and the rules say that dove season can not open before the first day of September. Opening day, then, will be the Saturday after Labor Day. North zone season dates are September 7-29; October 12-November 17 and December 28-January 26.

As a solace, hunters can hit the fields and shoot doves opening morning from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset. Exceptions to this rule are for hunters on wildlife management areas, and fields leased by the LDWF for dove hunting. Opening day hunting on these areas begins at noon.

The next question dove hunters need to consider is what sort of doves are legal to shoot. First of all, the daily bag limit is 15 with possession limit of 45. The main targets, of course, will be those we see the most by far – mourning doves. Should you happen to have a white-winged dove zip by, they’re legal as well.

There is no limit on two other species of doves, the Eurasian collared dove and ringed turtle doves. However, there is a kicker. In order for these two species to be in the “no limit” category, a fully feathered wing and head must remain attached. Otherwise, these birds are considered part of the 15 day bag limit.

Once dove season is underway, it’s time to set our sights on other seasons lying just ahead in Area 2.

For instance….

DEER – Archery – 10/1/19 – 1/31/20; Primitive Firearms – 10/19-10-25/19; 1/3/20 – 1-19/20 Gun (Still hunt only) – 10-26 – 12/3/19; Gun (With our without dogs) – 12/4/19 – 1/12/20.

SQUIRREL/RABBIT – 10-5/19 – 2/29/20

QUAIL – 11/26/19 – 2/29/20

WILD TURKEY (AREA A) – 4/4/20 – 5/3/20

Check back later for waterfowl hunting dates.

Looks like our plates are getting full for something area hunters look forward to every year, hunting seasons 2019-20 are all set to kick off. Practice safety and good luck.

How the Grinch Stole Hunting Season

 

Every hunter

Down in Hunt-ville

Liked hunting season a lot…

But the Grinch,

Who lives just North of Hunt-ville,

Did NOT!

The Grinch hated hunting! The whole hunting season!

Now, please don’t ask why. There are many good reasons.

It could be because hunter’s heads aren’t screwed on quite right.

It could be, perhaps, that their belts are too tight.

But I think that the most likely reason of all

May be that their hearts (and other parts) are two sizes too small.

“They’re cleaning their guns!” the Grinch snarled with a sneer.grinch

“Tomorrow is hunting season! It’s practically here!”

Then he growled, with his Grinch fingers nervously drumming,

“I MUST find a way to keep hunting season from coming!”

For, tomorrow, he knew…

…All the Hunt-girls and boys

Would wake up bright and early. They’d rush for their toys!

Their rifles, their shotguns—all things that destroy!

And then! Oh, the noise! Oh, the noise! Noise! Noise! Noise!

That’s one thing he hated! The NOISE! NOISE! NOISE! NOISE!

Then they’d carve up the body of some unfortunate beast,

Which was something the Grinch couldn’t stand in the least!

And they’d feast! And they’d feast!

And they’d FEAST! FEAST! FEAST! FEAST!

I MUST stop hunting season from coming!

…But HOW?”

Then he got an idea!

A brilliant idea!

THE GRINCH

GOT A WONDERFUL, BRILLIANT IDEA!

“I know just what to do!” The Grinch laughed in his throat.

And he made a quick Santy Claus hat and a coat.

And he chuckled, and clucked, “What a great Grinchy trick!

With this coat and this hat, I’ll look just like Saint Nick

And I’ll slide down their chimneys, empty bags in my fist,

AND I’LL STEAL ALL THEIR FREAKIN’ AMMO!”