July 8, 2020

New Jersey Bear Hunter Makes a Record

Mark Utter set a New Jersey record for the all time big bear killed during a hunt. Dressed out the bear weighed in at 632 lbs.

This past season’s bear hunt in New Jersey was only the second time a bear hunt has been held in 35 years. The total number of bears harvested was 297 – considerably lower than officials were hoping.

Tom Remington

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Coon Hunters Gather in Orangeburg, South Carolina

This coming Thursday through Saturday, January 5-8, coon hunters from around the world will descend on Orangeburg, South Carolina for the 41st annual Grand American Hunt and Show. The event will take place at the Orange County Fairgrounds.

Saturday’s hunt has 350 entrants and is sold out.

In addition to the hunt, other highlights of the long weekend include bench shows, treeing competitions and Coonfest; an array of vendors will also be on hand for persons who would just like to get out and enjoy the atmosphere.

There will be many hunters present selling hunting dogs along with anything you may want or need for coon hunting – four-wheelers, deer stands, t-shirts, hunting supplies, artwork and jewelry. About 30,000 people are expected to attend.

Tom Remington

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Was Pennsylvania's Bear Hunt Too Good?

This past season’s bear hunt was a record breaker for Pennsylvania with 4,151 bears taken. When you factor in the estimated statewide bear population, that is about 22% of the total, which is within the management goals of the Fish and Game Department. The number of bear cubs taken also falls within percentage goals of the Department.

What was out of skew, was the number of bear sows bagged in Wildlife Units 2C, 3A and 4A. The number is too high, especially the number harvested during the extended season which overlaps with the deer hunt.

Now officials are discussing with biologists whether to limit the bear hunt in and around those Wildlife Management Units mentioned. Any recommendations for changes would have to come at the agencies next meeting scheduled for January 23-25, 2006.

Tom Remington

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Illinois State Representative Bradley to Host Hunter's Breakfast

State Rep. John Bradley, D-Marion, Illinois will be hosting a hunter’s breakfast at the Macedonia Game Preserve on Saturday, January 14, 2006 at 8:30 a.m. He will discuss pending Illinois legislation and talk with concerned hunters in attendance.

“In order to better understand my constituents concerns, I feel it is necessary to meet with them as much as possible,” Bradley said. “I also want to hear stories about this year’s hunting season.”

Bradley is a gun-rights advocate and has worked to pass legislation to protect gun owners and their rights.

“The only way we can protect our Second Amendment rights is to stay informed and stand together,” Bradley said. “With the leadership and support of the state’s hunting groups, pro-Second Amendment organizations, and pro-gun legislators, we will continue to defend our freedoms and protect our heritage.”

For more information about the hunter’s breakfast and to read more about this story, go here.

Tom Remington

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Have You Ever Doubted That Hunters Are Conservationists?

Perhaps we all have at some point or other but some people believe that hunters are only killers of wild animals. The Concord Monitor, out of Concord, New Hampshire has some information contained in a story that is interesting to set your eyes on about the way things were 70 years ago compared to today. Here’s a piece.

Lee Perry, executive director, writes in the most recent issue about New Hampshire demographics when the Fish and Game Department was reconstituted in 1935. New Hampshire had a population of 480,000. The deer herd number was 30,000. Moose numbered 50. Wild turkeys had disappeared. Wood ducks were rare. Beavers had been virtually wiped out and were in some sense of recovery in the North Country.

Seventy years later, and what a difference. Our population is now in excess of 1.2 million. The deer herd is approximately 70,000. The moose population is up to 6,000. Turkeys check in at 25,000 and are in all 10 counties and expanding yearly. The bear population is around 5,000 and has attained nuisance status in several small towns. The beaver has fully recovered statewide to a point where they need to be trapped or else they flood out back roads. Wood ducks have made an incredible recovery. Wood duck boxes dot many a swamp, helping maintain the expanded recovery of the woodies.

Tom Remington

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Turkey Hunter Shot and Killed

Back in May of this year, Jeff Garrett of Aurora, Colorado was mistaken for a turkey and shot and killed. Garrett was Assistant Vice President of Qwest in Colorado, married and had two children.

Police believe that while Garrett was quite well hidden in heavy brush and calling turkeys, someone mistook him for a turkey and shot him. The suspect fled the scene and until recently nobody had been charged with the crime.

Now authorities believe the shooter was a Mexican national working at a nearby ranch clearing brush. The rifle that was used in the shooting has been found and one person has come forward as a witness. The suspect is believed to have fled back to Mexico but police are confident that justice will be done.

Tom Remington

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I Was Sitting in my Truck One Day, When a Bobcat Jumped in the WIndow….

Sounds like the opening lines to a good piece of fiction….. but, it’s true. Bill Cochran of the Roanoke Times has the story and I’m not going to try to take any of the story credit away from Bill. It’s his “top weird story of the year” and he deserves the credit for the piece.

Seems that Bill had gotten an e-mail from a friend and he had a story that had come from the letter writer’s nephew. You know how stories go – especially on the Internet. Why, just the other day, I was chastised by a friend for letting him know that an e-mail story he sent me was not a true story. He e-mailed me back to tell me I shouldn’t let facts stand in the way of a good story.

So Bill, before having much of a chance to do any research into the incident, received the verification he needed to authenticate this doozy.

Go read his article. In short three men are sitting in a pick-up truck taking a break from bear hunting, when a bobcat shows up and begins hissing at them. What happened from there is just unbelievable as Bill will tell you.

Tom Remington

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Entities Work Together For the Good of Many

Dare County in North Carolina is the site of approximately 50 acres of land that is farmed with crops in the summer and in the winter, it collects water which floods local roads. The county has, in the past, teamed up with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife, farmers who grow the crops and the land owner to share the cost of pumping the water from the parcel of land.

A new proposal would build a dike around the piece to contain the water in winter. No crops are grown there in winter, so having the water held within the parcel would not be a problem.

The advantage of retaining the water instead of pumping it into the sound somewhere, is it can be used as a wildlife refuge during the winter months. The county is also proposing that this opportunity could be used to provide Dare County youth, age 15 and under and opportunity to hunt game birds.

Another proposal is to construct bird watching stands for bird watchers to view wildlife.

It appears as though the cost savings would substantial and all sides seem to be in agreement to the plan.

Read more about the project here.

Tom Remington

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Lawinger Pleads Guilty

Adam L. Lawinger, 28 of Mineral Point, Wisconsin and owner of Blue River Outfitters has pleaded guilty to conspiring with others to sell illegally hunted deer and turkey and to selling illegally hunted wildlife across state lines. He was charged last month in Federal court.

Lawinger faces up to five years in prison but he hopes to get a break on his sentence as part of a plea deal by telling all. Along with Lawinger, as many as 45 others have been charged for various hunting violations.

Authorities went under cover in an investigation to observe what Lawinger and his partner were doing in their business. A decision has not been made yet on whether or not to charge the partner. This is the result of a long investigation.

Tom Remington

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Major Sting in Wisconsin Nabs 46 For Illegal Hunting

A sting taking place over the last 2 years has resulted in charges being files against 46 in 11 different states. The main suspect in the case is 27 year old Adam Lawinger part owner of Blue River Outfitters.

Get all the information here and here.(This story has a photo of some of the mounted trophy bucks that were seized.)

Tom Remington

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