Have You Heard the News?
Deer hunting is fun. But the deer hunting world isn’t always rainbows and sunshine. Unfortunately, things happen in the real world, as shown in this list of recent events that shocked the deer hunting world. But it’s not all bad. There’s a few nuggets of good news here, too.
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1 | U.S. Bill Proposed Selling Off 3.3 Million Acres of Public Land
Public land. It’s a common thread weaved into the very fabric of what makes us all hunters and fishermen. It’s something we all share and hold a stake in.
But the federal government, more specifically, the House of Representatives, thinks it belongs to them to do as they wish. H.R. 621 was introduced by Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), John McCain (R-Arizona) and Mike Lee (R-Utah). This bill would have sold off 3.3 million acres of public land. That’s land owned by you, by all of us. However, a serious uprising from the outdoor world put a stop to the bill. Click here for the entire report.
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2 | State Bill Proposed Legal Baiting for Deer Hunting
Baiting has long been a hot-button issue for deer hunters. Some side with it. Others stand against it. Few sit on the fence. And it’s likely the debate will be sparked anew with recent news from Alabama.
According to WVUA 23 News, proposed Alabama bill HB 184 “Would allow the taking of white-tailed deer or feral swine by means of bait.” However, it’s currently illegal to take deer by means of bait, but a supplemental feeding law does allow hunters to feed deer. In short (go here for exact wording of the law), a hunter currently can supplemental feed deer, but cannot hunt within 100 yards or within sight of the bait.
Photo credit: Josh Honeycutt
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3 | Montana Legalized Lighted Knocks
According to the Independent Record, lighted nocks were recently legalized in Montana. And it honestly begs the question — why was it ever illegal to begin with? Lighted nocks allow us to be more ethical as bowhunters in more ways than one. The pros heavily outweigh any cons that a legislator could dream up.
Photo credit: Heartland Bowhunter
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4 | Gander Mountain Filed for Bankruptcy and Bass Pro Shops Is Trying to Acquire Cabela’s
We learned several months ago that Bass Pro Shops was in the process of trying to acquire Cabela’s. Since then, it’s been rumored complications have risen up within the acquisition. Also, in more recent news, Gander Mountain filed chapter 11 bankruptcy and publicly stated that it’ll be closing more than 30 stores across the country. The company will also be auctioning off to the highest bidder later this spring.
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5 | License Sales Increased in 2016
This one was a good surprise, as license sales haven’t performed as well as some hoped the past 15 years. According to our very own Brian Lovett, they increased quite a bit. He stated the following in his report: “According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Hunting License Report, which uses data reported by state wildlife agencies, the number of paid hunting license holders in the United States was almost 15.41 million in 2014. That was a jump of 571,152, or about 3.85 percent, from 2013 and the highest total since 1993,” Lovett said. “It also marked the second consecutive year paid license holders increased.” Click here for the full report.
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6 | CWD Came to Texas
Many pride themselves in the fact they don’t have Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in their state. Others trumpet the fact they’ve only found it in captive deer herds. Texas used to be one such state. Not anymore. According to a recent press release from Texas Parks & Wildlife, CWD was found in a hunter-harvested yearling (1½-year-old) buck. The deer was checked in Medina County, which falls within Zone 3. TPWD officials are reportedly taking steps and precautions to contain the disease as much as possible. Go here for the full story.
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7 | Cold Steel Revealed Its New Broadhead
Broadheads. They cost more money than my addiction to Pepperidge Farm’s Milano chocolate cookies. (Try them. They’re amazing.) But Cold Steel has solved this problem with its new polymer broadhead. The Cheap Shot broadheads come in a 10-pack and only cost $12.36. That breaks down to $1.24. And I hear they shoot pretty straight. Sign me the heck up, y’all.
Photo credit: Cold Steel
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8 | Wood Received Life in Prison for Murdering Game Warden
This is an ongoing story that dates back to 2014. According to The Chipley Paper and Washington County News, Zachary Tyler Wood and his co-defendant murdered James “Coon” Shores on April 19, 2014. According to the report, the two men had been out mudding on Shores’ property before getting stuck. They ransacked Shores’ home and were trying to get the vehicle unstuck when Shores found them there and instructed them to get off his property. Shortly thereafter, the unthinkable crime was committed.
In 2016, after committing the crime, Wood was sentenced with the death penalty. However, it was recently overturned by Florida’s Supreme Court and he received life in prison instead. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of James “Coon” Shores. Click here for the full story.
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9 | Tennessee Hunter Tagged Largest Deer Ever Killed by a Hunter
Stephen Tucker killed a giant non-typical buck in Tennessee during the 2016 season. It scored a whopping 312 inches. It enters the Boone & Crockett books as the largest deer ever killed by a hunter and the third largest non-typical of all time. It’s truly an incredible representation of the species.
Photo credit: TWRA
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10 | Texas Legalized a Poison as a Means to Remove Hogs
It’s no secret that hogs have become an issue in the South. And they’re only spreading and increasing their range. It appears Texas is taking big steps to level the playing field with the invasive swine. According to NPR News, poison will be legalized to kill hogs in the Lone Star state. This isn't deer-related, but it will have a potential impact on deer hunting. How do you feel about the recent decision?
Photo credit: Shutterstock/Daryl Musashi
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11 | Man Used a Bicycle to Haul His Deer Out
Ever seen someone haul a deer out of the woods with a bicycle. Me neither. At least, not until I watched this viral video. Click here to see the footage. I promise you’ll get a good laugh.
Photo credit: Whitetail Addiction Kansas
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