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Poachers Banned for Life After Multiple Violations

Two Tennessee men have been banned from hunting in 44 states for the rest of their lives, fined thousands of dollars and are sentenced to community service for numerous poaching violations in the most severe penalties handed out in the state wildlife agency’s history. Densibel Calzada and Eddy Albert violated dozens of state wildlife regulations...

Some hunters wouldn't think twice about shooting this deer while others wouldn't even consider it. Who is right? Both of them, because hunters have to make their own choices and shouldn't worry about what someone else's decision because everyone's different.  (Photo copyright Daniel E. Schmidt)

Step Back Before Spewing Egotistical Hate, Jealousy about Deer Hunting

One of the worst things about hunting and fishing is the egotistical, stupid, ignorant and jealous crap that spews from people’s mouths and fingers online about someone else’s success. Kill a few wood ducks or a small buck? Well, you’re not a “real” duck hunter because those aren’t greenhead mallards! You’re not a “real”...

A Florida buck approaches a corn feeder.

Of Deer Bait, Minerals, Food Plots and Petty Ethics

I’ve touched on this topic previously at this blog, but today’s visuals help drive the point home a little more clear. I’ve long-held the contention that anyone who argues against baiting for deer — yet plants food plots or maintain mineral sites — are hypocrites. Plain and simple. What’s more, anyone who argues against...

Reece Hankins with his 180-inch Mississippi buck

Top Deer Biologist Bails Amid Big Bait Brouhaha

Politics and biology don’t always mesh like peanut butter and jelly, and sometimes that can have results that affect hunters in the long run. The Deer Project leader for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks submitted his resignation days before the state’s politically-appointed wildlife commission relaxed a “line of sight” regulation for deer...

North Carolina fake buck antlers screwed into skull

State ‘Record’ Buck is a Fake; Faker Hit With 4 Wildlife Violations

A North Carolina man who claimed to have killed a state record non-typical white-tailed deer with a bow admitted to faking the news and screwing in a set of antlers from Pennsylvania on the deer killed in North Carolina. Nick Davis, of Elkin, N.C., admitted to N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission officers that the story...

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Deer Trafficking Conviction Results in Record $1.6 Million Fine

Benjamin N. Chason has been ordered to pay $1.6 million in fines and restitution, the largest sum of money ordered of an individual to pay for a wildlife crime in the United States, following his guilty plea in U.S. District Court. Chason, 61, of Climax, Ga., pleaded guilty and was sentenced in U.S. District Court for three charges related...

Joshua D. Peterson Mondavi Wis poacher

He Killed Almost 40 Deer Illegally, Gets Six Weeks in Jail and Fines

Sentencing was administered to a young poacher for killing approximately 40 deer last autumn and winter just because he wanted to do it. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials say Joshua D. Peterson, of Mondovi, killed almost 40 deer with a rifle and let them lay where they died. He did this last autumn and winter....

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Four Busted for Illegal Deer, License Violations

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited four people in Livingston and East Feliciana parishes for alleged deer hunting violations on August 18. LDWF agents cited Edward A. Slaven III, Edward A. Slaven IV, 22, and Donald J. Weaver, all of Denham Springs, and Maegan C. Chavers, 25, of Liberty, Miss.,...

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Father, Son Sentenced after Deer Transport Convictions

A father and son have been sentenced following their convictions on illegal deer transportation charges that involved a lengthy investigation in at least three states. Donald W. Wainwright Sr., formerly of Ohio, was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison and other penalties. The investigation was sparked five years ago after wildlife officers saw deer peeking...