A man who poached a white-tailed buck on private property will have to spend every weekend of the deer hunting season in jail for the next five years, Texas Parks and Wildlife officials said.
A Grayson County district court judge ordered the sentence for 34-year-old Whitesboro resident John Walker Drinnon. The sentence begins Dec. 30. He will also be prohibited from buying a hunting license while he’s on probation, the department said. …
He pleaded guilty in October to taking the whitetail deer without landowner consent, the department said. As part of his sentence he was ordered to repay $18,048.10 in restitution for the deer.
An investigation into the hunt of a large cougar by a television show host in Alberta has determined it was legal, says the province.
Steve Ecklund, host of the outdoor show The Edge, bragged about hunting the big cat in early December. He triggered outrage online when he posted several photos of him holding the dead cougar and another of him making a stir-fry from the meat.
Environment officials said Thursday that they investigated after receiving complaints from the public about Ecklund’s hunt of the male cat in an area between Rocky Mountain House and Drayton Valley in east-central Alberta.
A Sacramento County man entered a no contest plea Tuesday to charges of poaching a huge blacktail deer in Sacramento County.
John Frederick Kautz, 51, of Lodi, was charged with possession of an illegally poached deer and falsification of deer tag reporting information, both misdemeanors, following a three-month investigation.
Kautz illegally killed the trophy-sized buck on private property in Wilton in December 2016, two months after the deer season closed in the area. The deer had an antler spread of 31 inches with four antler points on one side and five on the other, which is an unusually large size for this part of California.
Kautz transported the illegally killed deer across state lines to Nevada to have the deer head mounted by a taxidermist. Kautz was also working through the process of scoring the trophy class buck to have it entered into the Safari Club International hunting record book.
Cities have a coyote problem. As the New York Times reported on Tuesday, hunters are increasingly trying to manage the urban coyote populations that have merged with human communities as the latter has spread throughout the continent.
There are plenty of concerns about how wise it is to carry hunting rifles into densely populated cities to shoot canines. But beyond the risks to innocent bystanders and the debate over whether growing urban coyote populations even pose a serious threat to humans, there’s one critical fact that we must keep in mind when deciding if we should hunt urban coyotes: Doing so will likely just make the problem worse.
According to the Times: Some carnivore ecologists argue, though, that moving the hunt into cities will be self-defeating. They say it replicates the very tactics that have allowed coyotes to prosper despite a concerted onslaught against them. In an adaptation that biologists call fission-fusion, when coyotes come under pressure from hunters, their packs split up into lone animals and pairs, they start producing much larger litters, and they migrate into new areas.Coyotes are notorious for rapidly adapting to changing circumstances.
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