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California poacher rifle, deer heads confiscated by state officials

Tip Helps Wildlife Officers Make Case Against Poacher

A Plymouth man was convicted in Amador Superior Court of multiple deer poaching charges after wildlife officers investigated following information provided on a tip line. Gary Michael Creason Jr., age 24, was fined $19,520 for activities involving the take of trophy deer out of season, among other charges. Acting on a tip, wildlife officers...

California DFW Enforcement Chief David Bess (left).

Bess Appointed Chief of California DFW Law Enforcement

California wildlife officer David Bess has been appointed the new chief of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Law Enforcement Division, CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham announced. The position was recently vacated by the retirement of 33-year veteran wildlife officer, Chief Michael P. Carion. “California’s fish and wildlife and the sportsmen and...

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BREAKING NEWS: Appeals Court Upholds Dismissal of Lawsuit by Anti-Hunters

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld the dismissal of the latest lawsuit brought by anti-hunting groups petitioning the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to issue regulations banning traditional ammunition with lead components. The court’s decision was announced Dec. 23. The refusal by the EPA to consider the petition was challenged...

A mountain lion cub works on a deer in the Malibu Creek State Park in California, part of about 350 photos caught on a game camera. (Photo: NPS)

Mountain Lion Cubs Devouring a Deer

Hang on to your ball of yarn, because these photos of mountain lion cubs with a deer carcass are better than any funny cat videos, LOLcats or funniest pet videos you’ll see. Why? Because mountain lion cubs doing their thing in nature, and with mother mountain lion nearby protecting her crew, is better than...

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New Gun Digest Book Explores Customization Options for AR-15

Whether you are new to AR-15 fandom or a lifelong enthusiast, Kevin Muramatsu’s new book, Gun Digest Guide to Customizing Your AR-15, is sure to inspire firearm owners to reexamine their gun’s potential and range. The book is now available at www.gundigeststore.com, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and most other major and specialty booksellers. Gun...

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Celebrate Every Day With All You’ve Got!

HoHoHoHo boys and girls! Merry Merry Christmas to you all! Tiz the season to be jolly by golly and if your old Uncle Ted was any jollier at this point in December, I’d burst right here and now before your very eyeballs and explode my ever lovin’ venison infested guts all over the place....

Venison chicken fried on plate

Best Recipes: Chicken-Fried Venison Steak

Back when I was a teenager and apparently had an appetite similar to Mr. Creosote from the Monty Python skit, anything that wasn’t nailed down at the supper table was in danger. My father and mother weren’t gourmet chefs but they knew their way around a stove, oven and deep fryer. Dad handled the latter,...

Utah's deer hunters will have some new opportunities in 2015.
(Photo: Brent Stettler)

More Deer Hunting Opportunities Available in 2015

New hunts for mule deer await some hunters in in the 2015 autumn seasons after state wildlife officials added dates to provide more opportunities. Justin Shannon, big game coordinator for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, says giving hunters more chances to hunt was one of the major things DWR biologists wanted to do...

Grizzly bears are being monitored in Grand Teton National Park as part of a two-year study. (Photo: USGS)

Trouble a’Bruin? Bears Believed to Have Tracked Hunters

A study of the relationship of grizzly bears and hunters already is yielding some interesting results about interaction between the two and how bears may be tracking hunters in the woods in autumn and winter. For many years hunters have said something to the effect of “when a bear hears a gunshot it’s like...

Mmmm ... grilled venison is great any time of the year!

Dear Santa, My Deer Camp Kitchen Needs These 3 Things …

Black Friday deals, Christmas lists, Thanksgiving hangovers, turkey comas, football, your best Christmas tree ornaments, ugly sweater parties, scads of family, religious faith and church services … it’s that time of the year again to get stirred up about all these wonderful things. Deer season, of course, is part of the mix. We’re jumbled...