In this day and age, there are far worse things a 14 year old girl can ruin her life over. A hunting violation shouldn’t be one of them . . . ‘Lock her up’: Girl who mistakenly shot elk ‘bullied’ as wildlife officials decide her fate
Abby Wilson, 14, shot the elk on Saturday in Boone County, thinking it was a large white-tailed buck. Her father, Donald White, immediately called the Conservation Department upon realizing his daughter’s mistake.
“There is no elk season in Missouri, so free ranging elk are protected,” said Tom Strother, an MDC Protection Regional Supervisor. “It is a Wildlife Code violation to shoot a free ranging elk as there are no provisions that outline a hunting season like there is for white-tailed deer.” …
Abby’s story went viral Monday, with hundreds of people posting comments about her mistaking an elk for a white-tailed deer. White said he was upset by some of the comments that he felt amounted to bullying his young daughter over her mistake.
More girls gone hunting wild. This fourteen year old knows the difference between a white tail and an elk. Geez look at that monster . . . Fourteen-Year-Old Nebraska Girl Shoots Potential State-Record Elk
On Sept. 24, 14-year-old Nebraska hunter Hannah Helmer shot an elk that could be a new state record. The teenager’s dad, Joel, an official Boone and Crockett scorer, green-scored the rack at 428 1/8 net, Omaha World-Herald reports. The current state record stands at 409 7/8 for a nontypical elk, and the typical state record is set at 390 3/8. The rack of Helmer’s bull must dry for 60 days before it can be officially scored, though it seems likely that it will have no problem securing the record.
Helmer has been hunting alongside her dad and older brothers since she was 5 years old. Last fall, she shot her first whitetail. She and her brothers then applied for an elk permit, which she was successful in drawing. On the opening day of the season, Helmer and her dad went out to a Sioux County ranch, where she zeroed in on the monster elk from about 200 yards away. “I tried not to think of how big he was,” she told Omaha World-Herald. “Mid-bugle, I shot him.”
She then burst into tears. “All the emotions just weighed me down…and all the adrenaline.”
Safe gun-handling procedures could have saved this teen. Some mistakes don’t give you second chances . . . Alabama teen fatally shot in hunting accident, police say
News outlets report the 15 year old was shot on Monday about 20 miles southwest of Birmingham.
Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies believe the girl and an adult family friend had been on a youth hunt. Authorities say the girl climbed down from a tree stand while they prepared to leave. As the friend passed down her rifle, deputies say the gun fired and struck the teen.
The county coroner identified the victim as Alyssa Scott, a student at Oak Grove High School in Bessemer, CBS Birmingham, Alabama, affiliate WIAT-TV reports.
Selling elephant tags for controlled hunts funds the management of entire herds, not that the anti-hunters will ever acknowledge that . . . Trump family’s hunting history reexamined in light of new elephant trophy policy
Donald Trump Jr. caused an uproar among some when pictures surfaced of him holding the tail of a dead elephant after a big-game hunt in Africa years ago. Now, new policy changes proposed by his father’s administration may allow Americans to bring the carcasses of elephants and lions killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia back to the U.S.
The importing of so-called hunting trophies was banned by former President Obama in 2014, but the Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it will allow Americans to bring back elephant and lion trophies. Fish and Wildlife officials began issuing permits for lion trophies on Oct. 20, and had been ready to issue permits for elephant trophies on Friday. The elephant trophy ban will remain, at least for now, as Trump tweeted late Friday the administration would further review the facts.
The African lion population has decreased 42 percent in the past 20 years, according to the African Wildlife Foundation.
Hunting Cape Buffalo — the “black death” — with an air rifle? Good luck with that.
SkyNet some to the forest: The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is using “robo-deer” to
entrap catch illegal hunters who shoot from their cars.
Shooting a 50 Cal Air Shotgun with Crossbow Bolts