Liberte Austin’s Hunting Digest: Kids in Wisconsin, Royal Hot Hunters and Wayward Yoots

No, infants aren't hunting in Wisconsin

courtesy texasbobsworld.com

Duh. Parents aren’t sending their babies out into the woods alone to hunt. Right? . . . Board Member: Publicity Over Infant Hunting Embarrassing

Wisconsin Republicans’ decision to eliminate the state’s minimum hunting age has created an embarrassing perception that infants are roaming the state’s woods with guns and could allow adults to kill more animals using young children’s tags, a state Department of Natural Resources board member said Tuesday

Board member Frederick Prehn told agency officials during a review of the 2017 nine-day gun deer season that he had taken calls about people questioning selling licenses to such young children. He said news of the sales had gone national and generated bad publicity, even though the infants couldn’t have been out hunting themselves.

“It was rather embarrassing,” Prehn said. “Wisconsin now has babies hunting, which clearly isn’t the case.”

Walker signed a Republican-backed bill heading into the nine-day hunting season that eliminated the requirement that a child be at least 10 years old to participate in a mentored hunt.

Apparently, even the royals love to hunt hogs . . . Day Harry and his pals shot dead 15 wild boars

Prince Harry and a group of friends killed 15 wild boar on a weekend hunting trip in Germany, while his animal-loving fiancé, Meghan Markle, was out of the country.

The fifth in line to the throne, who like the rest of his family is a keen shot and once ‘bagged’ a one-tonne water buffalo in Argentina, apparently used a powerful rifle leant to him by his brother, Prince William, for the private jolly, the Mail understands.

Harry was part of a ten-strong group that flew out of the UK on Friday in a private jet for two days of blood sports, landing in Berlin.

They drove to Gorlsdorf, in Brandenburg, North East Germany, where they joined a group of 60 fellow huntsmen for two days of shooting.The gathering was organised by the prince’s close friend, German aristocrat Franz-Albrecht zu Oettingen-Spielberg, nicknamed The Boar Terminator, on his family estate.

Franz has been described as possessing ‘world-class’ shooting skills and found fame after a video emerged which purported to show him in a snowy forest killing a number of running wild boar in quick succession.

He has also recorded instructive videos on boar shooting which are available online.

An excellent gift idea for your favorite hunter this holiday season . . . Primos Alpha Dogg Combo

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It doesn’t make sense to me that a 58-year-old experienced hunter would mistake his best friend for a deer . . . Man who shot friend while deer hunting avoids prison

OAK HILL, Fla. (AP) – A Florida hunter who fatally shot a friend that he mistook for a deer will avoid prison.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports that 58-year-old Leeshawn Sutton was sentenced earlier this month to 15 years of probation after pleading no contest to manslaughter with a firearm and hunting with unregistered dogs.

Authorities say Sutton and 65-year-old Bruce Best were hunting at an Oak Hill ranch in January 2016 when the shooting occurred.

As part of a plea agreement, Sutton is prohibited from hunting or owning any firearms or ammunition while on probation.

 

These 60-somethings are pretty scrappy and apparently still hunt while snowshoeing alone in the wild. Since there is an argument as to when to start hunting, is an appropriate age to retire from hunting? . . . Labrador mayor shot while hunting dies

Labrador’s largest community is in mourning for mayor John Hickey, who struggled by snowshoe and snowmobile to get help after being shot in the face while hunting alone.

He died late Thursday in a St. John’s hospital surrounded by family. He was 62.

His younger brother, Hubert, said it was especially tough to lose him after he’d fought so hard to live.

“He had to get out of the woods, get on the Ski-Doo, get out to the road, wave down people. He walked aboard the ambulance and then got to the hospital. By that time, he certainly was in a bad situation,” he said in an interview.

Hickey had been checking rabbit snares alone Saturday just west of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, a community of 8,000 he’s led since being elected in September.

He was somehow shot in the lower face but was not able to communicate exactly what happened. He travelled about a kilometre out of the woods to flag down help on the Trans-Labrador Highway.

“He loved snowshoeing and he would go check his snares,” Hubert Hickey said Friday in St. John’s. His brother had brought his gun along in case he saw ptarmigans, a grouse bird popular with local hunters.

“He would always take this .410 rifle with him, and throw it up over his shoulder in a sling type of thing. If there was ptarmigans around he would shoot them because he liked wild game.

Wow, the yoots in Louisiana sure do know how to have a “good time” . . . Louisiana lawmen bust pair for night hunting, drug possession

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested a Benton, LA man and cited a juvenile for alleged drug possession and hunting violations on Saturday, December 9 in Bossier Parish.

Agents arrested Hunter Vaughn, 20, of Benton, and cited his 16-year-old passenger for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, hunting without basic and big game hunting licenses, hunting deer with artificial light during illegal hours, and hunting from a public roadway.

Vaughn was also cited for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Agents were patrolling public roads near Plain Dealing around 9 p.m. when they observed Vaughn operating a vehicle and spotlighting the ditches and fields on the sides of the road. Agents stopped the vehicle and found Vaughn and the 16-year-old in possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, a .17 caliber rifle, and a spotlight.

During questioning the two admitted to actively trying to hunt deer at night using a spotlight from a public road.

Agents booked Vaughn into the Bossier Parish Jail. Agents also seized the marijuana, drug paraphernalia, rifle, and spotlight.

I love it when people give back to those who deserve it most . . . America’s wounded veterans go hunting, and get healing, thanks to this York County couple

Eric Zastoupil from Crofton, Maryland, said he was “running around chasing bad guys” in Afghanistan in 2012 when his life changed.

Zastoupil was an Army infantry platoon leader in August of 2012. He turned a corner and stepped on a small mine. Instantly, his left leg below his knee was gone.

He had doubts about his physical capabilities, but that changed when he was with his wife at an ice cream shop one day. While there, a man thanked Zastoupil for his service and gave him information about a way that he could hunt and fish again.

LEEK was founded in 2008 by Fairview Township residents Ed and Kate Fisher. When Ed retired from the Army in 2007, he knew two things — he loved to hunt and fish, and he missed being around other soldiers. He started to develop a business plan for a nonprofit that would serve America’s wounded and injured veterans by giving them a chance to hunt and fish again. It took off.

The Fishers bought 138 acres of land in Potter County. Now, they own 382 acres of land and a building that houses and feeds the veterans. They’ve also grown to offer six different hunts a year ranging from coyote/fox hunts to bear hunts.

“This has got nothing to do with hunting,” Ed said. “This has everything to do with healing these men and women and helping them out.”

Carhartt has long been the go-to clothing choice of USA ranchers. So it makes perfect sense that Carhartt would finally venture into making hunting clothes. I hope they add a ladies’ line soon.

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comments

  1. avatar Hank says:

    Unregistered dogs? The Fuck? Since when do you have to register a dog for hunting?

    1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

      Yeah, I thought that was odd too. Looks like you have to in Florida at least.
      I know you don’t have to here.

      1. avatar Geoff PR says:

        Looks like registration is just for deer dogs.

        And all hunting dogs must be collared with owner name-address.

        “Statewide deer-dog registration:

        Deer hunters using dogs on private properties in Florida must obtain a no-cost registration from the FWC. Registration requirements apply to the deer-dog training season and during any open deer hunting season when it is legal to take deer with dogs. Applications must be submitted no later than 30 days prior to the final day of general gun season in the hunting zone where the property is situated. To comply with the registration rule, deer-dog hunters on private lands must have registration numbers on their dogs’ collars; possess copies of the registration; and keep their dogs on registered properties. For more information and to apply go to MyFWC.com/Deer.”

        http://myfwc.com/hunting/regulations/general-information/

    2. avatar Matt in FL says:

      “A no-cost registration is required for any person using dogs to harvest, attempt to take, trail or pursue deer on private property in Florida. Once issued, the registration number must be on or attached to the collar of any deer dog used on the property identified in the registration.”

      Apparently you can only hunt the dogs on the property you registered. Who knew?

      1. avatar Hank says:

        That’s strange. Not only is it a dumb requirement, but seems pointless. Generally speaking, government imposes things like registration for revenue purposes (and/or they want the ability to confiscate the item or being in question), but this registration is does not require a fee, so what’s their angle? Just make things more of a pain the ass because government?

    3. avatar anonymoose says:

      I know some places make you register pitbulls, but I’ve never heard of registering a hunting dog. If I had a German Shepherd maybe I’d have him compete in the Schutzhund, but that’s not a legally mandated thing. Anyway, my basset hound catches tons of rabbits, squirrels, and possums on his own, so our yard is pretty free of wildlife. He would be a terror in the woods. lol

    4. avatar AKM Sarah says:

      Registering dogs is as bullshit as registering guns. In many places in europe YOU have to register yourself with the police station in your area. Just more government control mania.

  2. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    “an appropriate age to retire from hunting? ”
    Bite your tongue young lady.

    1. avatar jwm says:

      Yup. I just retired the second time. I hunt a lot during the week while everybody else is working. Means I’m normally alone. I take precautions and have gear with me.

      I will stop when I have to ask my wife to drive me to the hunt site. Or I die.

      1. avatar Geoff PR says:

        I’d hope you’d hang it up from hunting when you forget to zip it down…

        *Evil Snicker* 😉

        1. avatar jwm says:

          Kilt, laddie, kilt. A wise invention.

  3. avatar Stan Lee says:

    As of today, Hunting dogs still provide their human companions with invaluable assistance on hunting trips with ar 15 upper Reciver. The term does not describe an official breed group recognized by the American Kennel Club. Rather, it refers to dogs that either hunt with or hunt for humans, which includes many breeds from the sporting group and the hound dog group aero precision. But i dont really know why do you need to register your dogs for hunting. This is really out of context.

  4. avatar anonymoose says:

    Those are some nice shotguns Prince Harry and his pal are carrying. Probably Holland and Holland Paradoxes that cost more than anyone who reads this site makes in a year. lol

  5. avatar former water walker says:

    I like Harry more and more…probably because of his sketchy male liniage😄 What’s up with the ragging on Meghan Markle? Once you go brown…

  6. avatar ironicatbest says:

    Obey all hunting laws. Support your local Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement.

    1. avatar anonymoose says:

      Yeah, yeah, until we change the laws. Only a few years ago, the DNR fudds didn’t allow regular bows to be used on deer. Everyone had to use crossbows or shotguns. Now we can use longbows, compound bows, handguns, and straight-walled rifles. Maybe soon we’ll get to use bottlenecked rifles.

  7. avatar Mark N. says:

    What were those idiots doing hunting deer with a .17? (I suspect maybe they weren’t really hunting, just looking for something to shoot.)

    1. avatar ironicatbest says:

      .17 , .22 .22 mag are three of the poachers favorites. Low noise killers of deer, head shots are DRT’s. Over the years the deer our catching on to the spotlight trick,some but not all do the stand and stare. The horn hunters are beginning to use night vision scopes. Operation Game Theif, use it , support your local Wildlife and Fisheries game officers, for they our the voice of the ones who have none

    2. avatar TX_Lawyer says:

      My dad has always said when a Cajun wakes up in the morning, the first thing he thinks is “what hunting law can I break today.” But to be fair, I doubt someone with a Welsh name in North Louisiana is a Cajun.

  8. avatar LKB says:

    WRT Louisiana yoots, reminds me of a true story from one of my colleagues (“XXXX”). He’ s a lifelong hunting fanatic — the sort who plans his fall/winter based on what kinds of tags he draws in dozens of lotteries he applies to all over the western U.S.

    Anyway, couple of years ago he gets a call one day from one of his cousins who lives in rural Louisiana, it goes something like this:

    Her: Hey XXXX, just wanted to let you know that your little cousin YYYY got his first deer today!
    XXXX: But it’s July!
    Her: So?
    XXXX: It’s not deer season!
    Her: What do you mean?
    XXXX: You’re only allowed to hunt deer during a certain time of the fall/winter.
    Her: That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard of. WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU’VE RUN OUT?

  9. avatar Tim says:

    That’s so cool that the ‘LEEK’ organization made it to TTAG! I’m originally from that area of northern PA, so I see them mentioned in the local paper every so often and always thought that it’s such a great concept. Thanks for featuring them!

    (FYI, visiting Potter County is like stepping back in time 20 years in many ways, especially with regards to cell phone coverage. A really beautiful area of the state.)

  10. avatar Honest, Ethical Hunter says:

    No minimum age for “mentored hunts”… Yeah, no way that won’t be abused by a bunch of scumbags.

    1. avatar Shallnot BeInfringed says:

      I understand where you’re coming from, but that seems a bit FUDD-ish to me… Perhaps a little perspective is in order?

      The DNR sold 1,814 mentored hunt licenses to children nine years old or younger by the end of the nine days. Most went to nine-year-olds, though 52 went to children age 5 and under, including 10 that went to kids under a year old.

      Hmm, let’s see… a couple hundred more deer will be harvested by “scumbags”, but the overall herd size won’t decrease noticeably because of it.

      —Hunters killed 195,738 deer…

      —The DNR sold 588,807 licenses

      Not sure if you noticed these numbers in that article, but nearly 600,000 tags were sold this year, while fewer than 200,000 deer were harvested – slightly under one third of the number of tags sold. (Don’t forget, if the herd size were to drop below goals set by the DNR, they would reduce the number of tags offered for sale next year, thus keeping the population balanced.)

      Will there be a few unethical slobs dragging their kids out into the woods to bag another deer? Sure, so one or two hundred unwarranted deer might be taken this year by someone who’s supposed to be teaching their kids what hunting is like… big deal. In a state the size of Wisconsin, with around 1.3 million whitetail, no one will even notice.

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