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Waterfowlers Sentenced:

FIVE JENA MEN SENTENCED IN FEDERAL COURT ON MIGRATORY GAME BIRD VIOLATIONS
Release Date: 06/10/2008

On June 5, five Jena men were sentenced by U. S. Federal Magistrate James D. Kirk in Alexandria, for taking over the legal daily limit of teal and failure to maintain custody of game birds. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Division agents cited the five men on Sept. 15, 2007 in Lasalle Parish during the special September teal season.

Justin Conley Norris, 27, Jesse Lee Parker, 26, Daniel Keith Ganey, 23, and Steve C. Norris, 50, were sentenced to pay $1,000 each for taking over the daily limit of teal, $500 each for failing to maintain custody of game birds, two years unsupervised probation, loss of hunting privileges for two years, and 40 hours of community service plus court costs.

Bard D. Lambeth, 50, was sentenced to pay $1,500 for taking over the daily limit of teal, $500 for failing to maintain custody of game birds, two years unsupervised probation, loss of hunting privileges for two years, and 40 hours community service with mandatory drug testing plus court costs.

Agents set up surveillance on the blind located in Hannah's Lake after receiving a complaint that the individuals had taken over the limit of ducks the year before. Agents watched as the men shot teal and bagged the birds and hid them approximately 100 yards from the blind. At the end of the hunt, agents found the five individuals to be in possession of 45 teal.

June 13, 2008 at 9:47am

New Law in Colorado concerning 4 wheeler use:

Colorado’s New ATV Legislation May 23, 2008

In an effort to curtail what is viewed as out-of-control ATV use on some public lands Colorado has approved new legislation that will be watched by other states experiencing similar problems with all-terrain vehicle riders who fail to respect regulations and use designated trails on federal property.

Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter has signed into law the bill to set new penalties for those using motorized vehicles in off-limits areas on public lands. In addition, the new law authorizes the citations to be issued by state game and fish officers, state police and county law officers. It marks the first time non-federal law enforcement officers will be authorized to cite someone for ATV-operating violations on National Forest or Bureau of Land Management lands.

“Because this is a relatively new practice, we know that the eyes of the nation will be on Colorado to see how this unfolds,” Evan Dreyer, the governor’s spokesman, told the Montrose Daily Press.

In addition to implementing fines of $100 and $200, the new law will add suspension points to Colorado hunting and fishing licenses if the violator is hunting or fishing at the time of the infraction.

The law becomes effective July 1, 2008.

Could Louisiana join the bandwagon?

May 27, 2008 at 12:31pm

There have been a lot of posts lately concerning ATVs and some of you are thinking about purchasing one for the upcoming hunting season. There was a fatality in Ferriday yesterday involving a 14yr old and a 18 wheeler on Hwy. 84 and it goes without saying what happened. It seems as if the youth was riding on a side road and didn't stop before entering the state highway. The youth was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene. I am sure everyone knows that it's against the law to actual ride ATVs on public roads and definitely highways.

May 16, 2008 at 6:43am

From the Mossy Oak Website: "Never Say It Can't Happen"

Virginia County Bans Rifles for Deer Hunting May 11, 2008

The Charles City, Virginia County Board of Supervisors voted 2 to 1 last week to prohibit rifles during the firearms deer hunting season, drawing the ire of many hunters in attendance.

The vote reversed a decision made by the same body (albeit with different members) less than three years ago, which allowed deer hunting with rifles.

Supporters of the ban voiced concerns about safety, despite the fact that not one documented accident has occurred since rifles were approved for use. However, a representative of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, provided current data on Virginia’s hunter safety record is, insisting that it is hunter safety training, and not restrictive regulations, that prevent hunting accidents in the field.

County resident Chuck Schreiber pointed out that rifles are legal in neighboring Henrico County, which has 238 people per square mile. “But Charles City County only has 34,” Schreiber explained. “There are enough facts to prove this is not a safety issue,” he continued. “If it was, I’d be the first one to support it.”

May 12, 2008 at 12:45pm

Found this interesting reading concerning PETA on the Buckmasters Website:

From U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance

-- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has chosen a Wisconsin middle school as one of the newest targets in its anti-hunting fight.

Students at Northwestern Middle School in Poplar, Wis., have a Hunter's Wall, which is a spot where they can post photos of their kills, celebrating the rich hunting heritage of the region.

The photo wall is in the classroom of science teacher Russ Bailey, who also teaches an after-school hunter education course in the room.

PETA sent a letter to the principal of the school, Ken Bartelt, asking him to remove the Hunter's Wall because the organization believes it promotes violence. The letter was also posted online and was sent to local media.

Bartelt said he feels the wall is positive for the students and the community. The Hunter's Wall for this year features 52 photos of animals taken by the students throughout the year.

School officials say they have received letters from people supporting the wall and its message about the region's hunting culture. The school has not received letters against the wall, except for the one from PETA.

The U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance Foundation is responsible for public education, legal defense and research. Its mission is accomplished through several distinct programs coordinated to provide the most complete defense capability possible. For more information about the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance Foundation and its work, call (614) 888-4868 or visit its website, www.ussafoundation.org.

PETA is out there and working behind the scenes to end the sport we all love....

April 18, 2008 at 12:12pm

I found this interesting article on the Buckmasters Website and thought I would share it with all, it's titled "Legislators Want Your Ammunition"

By Daniel Dye

-- Fellow hunters and shooters take notice. Our firearm rights are under attack. However, the issue at hand has nothing to do with eliminating access to hunting land or imposing minimum age limits for hunters.

This time the threat comes in the form of bullet serialization. The manufacturing process of bullet serialization is where each bullet and its casing is laser engraved with a matching serial number.

As early as 2009, if legislation is passed in a number of states currently discussing these bills, our reality could include the surrendering of our currently legal, non-serialized ammunition; a colossal jump in ammunition costs for individuals, law enforcement and the military; an end to reloading ammunition altogether; a tax on each round of ammunition. This will also potentially cost ammunition companies boatloads of money to convert their manufacturing processes.

Additionally, our personal information and the ammunition serial numbers will be added to a database. We will be forever tied to every box of ammunition we purchase.

The bullet serialization idea was cooked up by Russ Ford of Ammunition Coding Systems. Ford claims an optical character recognition system used by the United States Postal System, among other companies, could be incorporated by ammunition manufacturers. However, some of the country's largest ammunition manufacturers state this process would make it impossible to turn a profit.

According to the National Shooting Sports website, 18 states have considered or are considering bullet serialization bills. You can track the bills here. Because politicians across the country have failed time and again to directly take away our firearms they are going after the next best thing - ammunition.

While there are many noticeable flaws with Ford's bullet serialization proposal, the bottom line is that his claims have not been tested by a single ammunition manufacturer. As of today, Ford's proposal is nothing more than a theory.

Now is the time for sportsmen and sportswomen to be proactive even if your state is not considering this piece of legislation. Go to http://www.congress.org to find your state legislators and tell them that you strongly oppose bullet serialization legislation.

April 11, 2008 at 12:22pm

The House Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Committee has given its approval to a bill that would legalize hunting deer over bait statewide.

H.B. 1089 now faces a Tuesday deadline for action by the full House of Representatives.

The bill would require that grain be placed in a covered container, like an automatic feeder, for dispersal. No additional fees would be required.

For more information on outdoor-related legislation and other bills, follow the link through our Web site at clarionledger.com/outdoors.

Looks like MS is close to passing the bill. It will be interesting to see how the law is written if it passes. There has been so much support for and against baiting in the state.

February 19, 2008 at 7:55am

Here's a photo of a good public land buck taken by one of my co-workers. A Typical 8pt, with nice G2s and G3s. This was his last deer of the year and definitely a good way to go out. They are out there, just takes a little more work on public land. I hope to join in with him next year to take some of the trips deep into the woods.

February 01, 2008 at 5:20pm

If any of you guys have a Mounted Widgeon, could you post a photo on here for me? I killed a Widgeon Drake on my last Duck hunt with my brand new shot gun and would like to have it mounted. I need some ideas on the different mounts that may be available. The hunt overall was a bust, only a few birds taken and not a lot flying. It's over until next year......

January 28, 2008 at 5:06pm

Well, I made a muzzeloading hunt on Friday in MS, with the hopes of getting one more hunt in on Saturday and woke up at 530am to snow. The weather was great on Friday, but didn't see any deer movement at all. A buddy of mine killed this nice 11pt before the snow. Thought I would share this photo, with the snow in the background. It has been a good year for me and I will post a photo of the last buck I was able to get this season. Hope all of you had fun this season and made memories that will last a lifetime....

January 20, 2008 at 4:19pm

Here's a high rack 8pt killed in MS on 1/3/08. He was with 3 does at 9am that morning and a buddy of mine was able to get a shot. Still haven't been able to see any of the real big boys. The next cold snap should bring all of them out and push them into a frenzy as long as it's cold.

January 08, 2008 at 5:00pm

Here's a photo of a good 11pt taken in MS on 12/27. We haven't seen any bucks chasing does yet, but they are hitting scrapes pretty hard. This should be a good week, with the cold weather coming in and staying around for a few days. This buck didn't have a lot of width, but has a real good rack, with a split brow tine on the right side....good luck to yall this week. I am heading back out on Weds.....

December 30, 2007 at 7:17am

Well, here's a photo of the first deer I have taken this year, haven't had the chance to hunt to much, until this past week, I will make up for it in the next 2 weeks though. This buck was killed in MS on 12/19, the weather was hot that evening, but he showed up to freshen up his scrape line at 5pm. This was a real old deer, he is a basic 8pt, with broken points all over. He has a split brow tine on his left side which is pretty cool. This was the biggest deer I ever killed, in terms of how much he weighed, over 210 pounds. I was able to take a 9pt on 12/20, that was a real good deer, but not a real big body. He had a 14 inch spread, with a real high rack. My camera went out on me and I didn't get any photos of him to share with all of you. I am returning to the woods the day after Xmas....Merry Christmas to all of you and hope the good hunting continues. I really believe the rut is about to kick in all across the southern part of MS......

December 23, 2007 at 7:10pm

For all of you Mississippi hunters, I was wondering how your season is going. I really haven't hunted a lot, because I was tied up with high school football, but with the playoffs winding down, it's over for me. I just got back out of the woods for 3 days over there and didn't see anything other than does and yearlings, the weather was way to hot. I thought they would move in the early morning and late evening, after Sunday evening, I didn't see another deer. I am going back on Friday, with all of this cold weather coming in. Hope yall have a good season and I hope to have some photos to post sometime this weekend. Seeing all those good bucks coming from across the state and out of state, makes you stay in the woods as much as possible...

November 21, 2007 at 9:31am

Here's a photo of the 3 shots I made at 25 yds. You can see the group. I will fine tune it and pass on the results......

Tony

August 15, 2007 at 4:39pm

I heard on the radio this morning about House Bill 869, which has been proposed during this legislative session, which would ban all assault weapons and armor piercing bullets. I went on the webpage and took a look at it and it's a broad category of rifles, pistols, shotguns, etc. Guns that all of us use for hunting, that would fall into the category. The ban would go into effect August 15, 2007 and would require either surrendering them to the State Police or registering them with the state police, etc. Have any of you heard anything about this?

May 03, 2007 at 12:31pm

Okay, this is my disclaimer for this post, so for the record, I have not spoken with LDWF concerning any new tagging system or have any idea of one that may occur in the future. I recently returned from New Mexico on a business trip for a week and enjoyed all the scenery it had to offer. Any time I visit the western states, hunting always comes up in my conversations with my fellow employees that work out there. Some of them did not draw an Elk tag this year to hunt, bulls or cows in there zone. We have the zone concept, but we can hunt each zone freely. Out there, if you don't draw a tag to hunt in your zone, you cannot hunt any other areas in the state. In some cases, Non-Residents are being giving preference, because it's all about the dollars that are brought into some of the best areas to harvest trophy elk. I know all of you have heard about the Elk that come out of New Mexico, across the state each year, from private land and public land. My question is, what if Louisiana was known as a great state to hunt trophy whitetails and we had to put in to draw a tag each year and had to compete with out-of-staters to get one tag, buck or doe, to hunt. What would be your first reaction? With our liberal hunting limits and the ability to hunt freely across the state, it's something I thought about while I was there.

April 21, 2007 at 9:05pm

I saw in the Monroe paper today that the Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge has added another 11,000 acres to the southern end of the refuge. The land was purchased, to increase the habitat of the Louisiana Black Bear and the corridor it inhabits. The majority of the land was corn and soybean fields. The Refuge will probably plant hardwoods in the fields for the longterm benefits. All wildlife should benefit and the new land should create more hunting opportunities.....

March 30, 2007 at 2:22pm

This is a photo of my buddies brother, with his first buck. He had never killed a buck before and got this one on his first trip over in MS. We all know that is not always the case. The doe in the truck was taken by another hunter.

March 10, 2007 at 8:55am

Okay guys and gals, the end of the 2006-2007 deer hunting season is here, as much as we hate to admit it. Seems like it just doesn't last long enough. Anyway, I thought everyone would like to see another good deer photo of a friend of mine. The deer was killed on Jan. 6. They were planning to run dogs in the area, but as they got set up, this big buck came out on him and he sealed the deal.

February 10, 2007 at 8:46am
A comment titled: ATV Illegal Riding in response to a report titled: 4 Wheeler Legislation - Colorado

I have had several kids in my neighbor riding down the paved, public road which is against the law, anywhere. I have called the sheriff's office many times and they talk with them,but can't/want write them a ticket, unless they acutally catch them. There have been 2 deaths in the last month in the central part of the state, ATV users riding on public roads.

May 27, 2008 at 5:58pm
A comment titled: Bow in response to a report titled: Poundage on bows

Ruger, I use the Muzzy MX4 Broadhead, have a 29in DL, with the limb savers on it, whisker biscuit arrow rest, I didn't kill anything last year, hunted with it 3 times, saw deer twice, but they were always out of my range. Anything over 30yds, I really don't feel comfortable shooting at. Last year was my first year Bow Hunting. Plan to spend more time with it this year...

May 24, 2008 at 8:19am
A comment titled: 60 # in response to a report titled: Poundage on bows

Hey Ruger, congratulations on the new bow I bought the same bow last year and really like it. I shot 60# and it feels good to me, have never tried to shoot 65 or 70#....good luck on the hunting this season....

May 23, 2008 at 7:29pm
A comment titled: ATV Fatality in response to a report titled: ATV Fatality

I agree Pigeon, main point I was trying to make was being on a public road.

May 16, 2008 at 7:51am
A comment titled: QDM in response to a report titled: QDM is a Choice

Well said Don T.....it's a personal choice to let them walk, no matter what the neighbor might do....

May 11, 2008 at 7:15am
A comment titled: Great Deer in response to a report titled: Never got around to posting these

Congratulations Scalahan, those are some really good deer. I understand your last comment about killing those large deer, a few minutes after you let young deer pass. I have seen more deer and been able to take a few good bucks over the last 3yrs., because I have passed on the younger ones.

May 10, 2008 at 8:47am
A comment titled: Kisatchie Dog Hunting in response to a report titled: Dogs???

The number of dog hunting days on the Kisatchie National Forest will go from 14 to 7 for the O8-09 hunting season and this may be the last year for dog hunting on forest land all together. With the issue of dogs and dog hunters leaving government land and entering the surrounding private land, it was just a matter of time. Most people are not against dog hunting, just against the dogs and owners getting on their private lands.

May 04, 2008 at 5:11pm
A comment titled: MS Baiting in response to a report titled: MS Baiting Bill

I found these comments on the Mossy Oak Website, written by Mike Hanback:

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour (R) did what he said he’d do. Last week, Barbour vetoed a bill that would have allowed baiting for whitetail deer in the state. “I consider hunting deer over bait to be an issue of both science and ethics," Barbour wrote in his veto message. "My personal view is that hunting deer with the aid of bait is not consistent with the sportsman's hunting tradition of fair chase."

So, do you agree with the Governor's decision? Have you ever hunted legally over bait anywhere in the U.S.? Would you ever?

April 14, 2008 at 12:26pm
A comment titled: Ammo Serial Numbers in response to a report titled: Ammunition Serial Numbers

Well said Cope and 365....I guess if they can't get your guns outright, they will try another angle, such as your ammo. This issue will never die......

April 12, 2008 at 8:30pm
A comment titled: Flooding in response to a report titled: Widowmakers Heaven

The MDWF put out a statement concerning deer being forced out by flood waters and how they should not be harrassed in any way. A lot of areas over there are under water and will probably get worse before things improve. I friend of mine that lives over there say deer are being pushed out in large numbers. There's a law on the books that prohibits wildlife harrassment and I am sure they will enforce it when deer are concentrated like that. That's an awesome sight to see. I have seen numbers like that in some of those alfalfa fields in Montana.....

April 11, 2008 at 9:05am
A comment titled: MS Baiting - The Latest in response to a report titled: MS Baiting Bill

State wildlife officials announced Tuesday a plan to initiate a deer feeding program to satisfy a bill passed by the 2007 Legislature.

The proposal, passed at the April meeting of the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, would not allow baiting since hunting within 100 yards and within line of sight of a feeding area would be illegal.

The Commission’s plan follows a controversial feeding schedule first proposed in a survey mailed to deer hunters in February and March.

Comments will be accepted up through and during the May 6 Commission meeting at J.P. Coleman State Park near Iuka.

The public notice of intent includes a five-part program for deer management:
n Habitat management practices to improve overall habitat conditions.

Herd management to balance sex ratio, age structure, and population numbers within available habitat.

Supplemental plantings that provide year-round forage.

Education of hunters and land managers.

Not allowing feeding to replace a complete deer management program.

Supplemental feeding of deer will allowed year round, provided from above ground covered feeders or stationary spin cast feeders. The plan would dictate what feeds would be allowed at different times of the year.

Oct. 1-Nov. 30 and March 1-June 30: Complete pelletized ration.

July 1-Sept. 30 and December 1–the last day in February: Corn may be used and/or added to complete pelletized ration.

Feeders could be placed no closer than 100 yards from any property boundary and no feed can be poured, piled, or placed directly on the ground.

The proposal would also allow for the establishment of salt, mineral stations, blocks and licks.

During any open deer season, feeding will be allowed but the proposal would now allow hunting within 100 yards and within the hunter’s line of sight of feed or a feeder which contains feed. Not being in the line of sight is defined as being hidden from view by natural vegetation or naturally occurring terrain features.

Stay Tuned, there is more to come.......

April 09, 2008 at 7:06am
A comment titled: MS Baiting - The Latest in response to a report titled: MS Baiting Bill

Gov. Haley Barbour wasted no time with the issue of deer baiting, saying Tuesday he will veto a bill that cleared its last legislative hurdle less than 24 hours earlier.

Press secretary Pete Smith confirmed Barbour's intention

"We haven't gotten the bill yet, but as soon as the Governor gets it, he will veto it," Smith said, offering no other comments from the governor. "He will have a veto statement at that time."

The immediacy of Barbour's reaction was surprising, but not the substance. A veto was expected by the hunting community based on previous comments by the governor.

Upon signing a bill last spring transferring all authority over baiting to the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, Barbour said he appreciated the "Legislature's decision to turn the issue over to the professionals, rather than deciding it on a political basis."

At the time, the governor described the issue as "one of ethics and science," and that he did not consider baiting deer with food as ethical.

Hunters shopping Tuesday at Bass Pro Shops in Pearl were not surprised.

"I guess he meant what he said last year," said Tommy Reaves of Jackson, an avid deer hunter who opposes baiting. "He stuck to his guns."

Ronald Turner of Brandon, who supports baiting, is disappointed that another year will probably pass without its legalization, but didn't like the bill the legislature passed.

"I figured he was going to veto it, and I don't think it really matters," Turner said. "The final version that the Senate and House passed really doesn't do much different from what was passed last year.

"The wildlife agency would have final authority either way and they seem reluctant to do anything."

Given authority last year, state wildlife officials have taken no action, meaning shooting deer over corn or other grain remained illegal, and the Legislature revisited the issue.

House Bill 1089's original intent was to make baiting legal statewide with the state agency's influence, but the Senate amended it to legalize the activity but gave regulatory authority over baiting to the wildlife commission.

It is unlikely that there would be enough support in either the House or Senate for an override. A two-thirds vote in both would be needed.

H.B. 1089 passed the Senate by the narrowest of margins, 25-24, and Monday's House vote was 68-51, both far short of a two-thirds vote.

April 02, 2008 at 8:26am
A comment titled: Lifetime License in response to a report titled: Lifetime Hunting License

Ray,
It took me roughly 3 weeks from the time I mailed it in, to the time I received it. I got mine during the summer months, when there was not a lot of business. I think the closer you get to hunting season, more people are trying to get theirs and it may take more time.

March 29, 2008 at 8:10am
A comment titled: 30.06 in response to a report titled: New Gun

Ruger/CKC, I agree, I have several different calibers, but have taken more deer with the old 30.06 than any others. There are so many on the market these days and the choice of calibers is much greater. CKC hit it on the head, you just don't here much about the .06 anymore.....

March 27, 2008 at 9:11am
A comment titled: Baiting Update in response to a report titled: MS Baiting Bill

From the Clarion Ledger:
By one vote Wednesday, the Senate gave its blessing to a House bill that would allow hunting deer over bait in Mississippi.
After debating baiting for 1 1/2 hours, Senators voted 25-24 to pass H.B. 1089 with amendments, and then voted to have the measure held on a motion to reconsider.
Baiting supporters saw Wednesday's action as both a victory and a defeat.
"I'm glad that the Senate finally voted to legalize baiting after all these years," said Paul Rivers of Natchez. "I hope that they can work out the remaining differences between the House and the Senate and get this thing passed."
But not all the differences are minor and some supporters say one amendment in particular could doom final passage. One of the amendments passed Wednesday would give the state wildlife agency regulatory authority over baiting.
"The House will not want that to be included in a final bill; they will not vote for that," said Randy Smith of Hattiesburg. "Unless that part comes out, I doubt the bill will ever go to the governor."
And, said Smith, he is not hopeful that Gov. Haley Barbour would sign the bill anyway.
"He said last year that it was more of a biological issue than a political issue," Smith said. "If he vetoes it, there obviously isn't enough support in the Senate (two thirds majority required) to override."
Barbour signed a bill from the 2007 Legislature that gave authority over baiting to the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. The key difference in that legislation and the bill passed by the Senate Wednesday is one verb.
"The difference this year is that it says the commission 'shall' regulate baiting," said Don Brazile, director of fish and wildlife for the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. "Last year it was the commission 'may' regulate."
The Senate's amended version would allow baiting statewide on private lands only, provided that no feeders be placed within 100 yards of a property line and that feeders have to be above ground and covered or of the spin-cast variety.
The five-member, governor-appointed Commission could impose any other restrictions, including what could be used in a feeder. The Commission could also restrict baiting to certain areas of the state.
Anti-baiting forces, including the politically active Mississippi Wildlife Federation, hopes Barbour never gets the bill. The Federation made use of the motion to reconsider to launch a campaign to pressure more Senators to oppose the measure.
"The rhetoric that accompanied the passage of H.B.1089 was unbelievable," said Cathy Shropshire, the Federation's executive director. "According to some senators 'everyone is baiting,' which is not true, and '90 percent of hunters support baiting.' I've not seen a random survey that showed that level of support in Mississippi."
Wednesday's one-vote difference and the lengthy debate are indications of just how divided the state is over the issue.
One confrontation pitted Sen. Tommy Gollott, D-Biloxi, chairman of the Senate Wildlife Committee, and Sen. Walter Michel, D-Jackson.
"Well, the House has sent a bill over here the last eight years," said Gollott. "Now, what it is, I hunt quite a bit up in Tunica County and in Tunica County, they hunt with the aid of bait.
"Legally? How are they doing it legally when it's illegal to bait deer?" asked Michel.
"They have rows and rows and rows of turnip greens and they have turnip greens all over lands up there," Gollott said. "If that's not baiting, then there's not a cow in Texas.
"I asked them, 'do you eat these turnip greens?' And they told me, 'no, they're for the deer.' That was baiting. I guarantee you that is baiting ... and they do it at the present time."
Current Mississippi law allows hunters to plant food plots, like wheat or rye grasses, oats, clover and even turnips, and to hunt over them. Forbidden is hunting over any scattered grain.
Those opposed to baiting argue that luring and enticing deer to a gun is not fair chase, and that concentrating deer at a baiting site could hasten spread of disease if an outbreak should occur.
Shropshire said legislators have been provided "a wealth of information describing the problems associated with baiting. To say that they haven't seen this information is to admit that they have not bothered to read the information provided."
She then compared the situation to the cull beef plant disaster.
"It is my understanding that the last time the Legislature ignored the data, it cost us $55 million," Shropshire said.

March 20, 2008 at 7:39am
A comment titled: Osceolas in response to a report titled: Double Osceolas

Chris,
Congratulations on the birds. I hope to get out in the next week to begin my pursuit. I lived in Florida several years ago and chasing those Osceolas was always a blast.

March 18, 2008 at 7:49am
A comment titled: Climber Height in response to a report titled: climber height

I usually try to get up in the 20ft range. I have had deer to stop and look up at me, but they really don't know what it is, they know something is on the tree, but are suspicious enough to stand around. I have had young deer look at me briefly and continue on their merry way. If the older ones don't spoke, they will keep their eye on ya to see if you move at all. I am not sure if its true, but I was told years ago that if you look them in the eye, they know it's danger and will leave the site in a hurry. Anybody ever heard that??????

March 13, 2008 at 7:56pm
A comment titled: MS Baiting in response to a report titled: MS Baiting Bill

From the Clarion Ledger:

Hunters' Input Sought on Deer Baiting:
Hunting license holders aged 16 and older are being asked to comment on the deer baiting issue, state wildlife officials announced today.
Mailed survey forms are being send to all who held licenses during the 2006-07 season, the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks said.
Comments are being sought as the Commission continues its research into allowing the hunting of deer over bait. The 2007 legislature instructed the Commission to develop regulations regarding the hunting of deer with the aid of bait. The Commission voted unanimously to conduct this survey in order to supplement information collected from all states where deer hunting is allowed to insure that all aspects of the deer feeding issue have been properly addressed.

“Input from our sporting enthusiasts is of paramount importance in this process,” said Sam Polles, executive director of the state wildlife agency. “Response and participation by the sportsmen and sportswomen of Mississippi is vital to the Commission in its consideration of important conservation issues. I want to thank in advance those hunters who respond to this survey.”
Hunters are asked to read the information and respond by March 28. Only original surveys (no copies) will be accepted. All surveys are a yellow, folded, single sheet that can be read, marked, refolded, taped closed and mailed.

March 10, 2008 at 11:50am
A comment titled: MS Baiting Bill - The Latest in response to a report titled: MS Baiting Bill

Here's the latest on the MS Baiting Bill from the Clarion Ledger in MS:

As expected Thursday, a Senate bill to legalize baiting was allowed to die on the calendar to give preference to a House Bill approved earlier last week by the Senate's Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Committee.
H.B. 1089, which would allow shooting deer over bait statewide on private lands, was amended to provide the state wildlife agency emergency powers to intercede if biological problems develop due to baiting.
Sen. Tommy Gollott (D-Biloxi), chairman of the Senate wildlife committee, told that he was not going to call the Senate baiting bill to a vote, essentially killing it on the calendar, and then wait for the H.B. 1089 to come up before the full Senate, presumably this coming week.
If the full Senate passes 1089, it would then return to the House for it to consider the amendment.

March 07, 2008 at 8:03am
A comment titled: The Latest - MS Baiting Bill - From Clarion Ledger in response to a report titled: MS Baiting Bill

Shooting deer over bait would be legal under a bill passed Thursday by the Mississippi House of Representatives.

By a vote of 74-47, the House approved H.B. 1089 that would allow “the hunting of deer over grain or other supplemental food during any deer hunting season if the food is placed in a feeder that keeps the food covered or protected from the direct elements of weather and the feeder is located only upon private property.”

Among the dissenters speaking against the bill was Rep. John Mayo, D-Clarksdale.

“We just passed a bill to allow hunters to build a trough, cover it with a roof to protect it from the elements, and shoot deer that come up to feed from it,” Mayo said in an e-mail to The Clarion-Ledger. “That is exactly the way I phrased a question. The bill passed 74-47. …I was on the losing side — along with the deer.

“Why not just tie your cow up to a feed bucket and shoot it? Where’s the sport?”

H.B. 1089 now goes to the Senate for consideration.

Mississippi’s Senators must first consider its own version of a baiting bill, S.B. 2290. It is very similar to H.B. 1089, except that is also requires a $50 permit to hunt over bait.

The 2007 Legislature had passed a bill and Gov. Haley Barbour signed it, giving the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks the authority to allow baiting. The Commission had not taken any action on the issue, and now it may not have to.

Mississippi sportsmen are divided over baiting, and thousands have done so illegally in growing numbers in recent years.

“I hope the Senate gets on board with this bill and finally makes it legal,” said Paul Jackson of Hattiesburg. “So many people are already baiting, it would finally give all of us a chance to catchup.”

February 25, 2008 at 4:16pm
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