Deer in a residential community in Yantis, Texas, are being netted and killed in a misguided attempt to reduce their population. Every minute spent trapped is a terrifying eternity for these easily frightened prey animals, who can badly injure themselves in frantic attempts to get free. Families of deer are torn apart, leaving young and weak animals vulnerable to starvation and dehydration. Your voice is needed now.
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OXFORD TWP. — Authorities said they found a hunter dead Sunday after his family reported him missing.
Deputies found the body of Theodore “Ted” Wensink, 48, of Wood Road in Monroeville, near Taft and Mason roads at about 8:30 p.m., according to an Erie County Sheriff’s Office report.
A family member contacted the sheriff’s office after Wensink had been “overdue” from a hunting trip he took that day, alone, and said no one had seen or heard from him, the report states.
Deputies searched the woods and found Wensink’s body at the bottom of a tree, about 30 feet beneath a hunters’ tree stand, which appeared to have collapsed, according to the report. Wensink had a visible injury to his head.
Chief Deputy Jared Oliver said authorities are still investigating the death and preliminary autopsy results will be available soon.
Wensink graduated from Perkins High School in 1988 and attended The Ohio State University for mechanical engineering, according to his obituary. He worked as a design engineer in Kentucky, Michigan and Indiana before he returned to Ohio to work at his family’s seed farm in Oxford Township — fulfilling his lifelong dream of working on the farm founded by his great-grandfather.
He was a 4-H advisor and superintendent of a llama club. In Erie County, Wensink was a volunteer with the Erie County Fair, particularly with the Oxford Hustler 4-H club.
“His humor and kindness will be missed by all who knew him,” his obituary states.
Survivors include his wife, Jennifer, whom he married Nov. 18, 1995; their two sons, Jeremy and Timmy; parents, Richard and Kay Wensink; two brothers, Christopher (Liana) and Neil (Kate); nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday and 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at Toft Funeral Home & Crematory, 2001 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Burial will follow in Sandhill Cemetery.
Two hunters have been rescued in Beaverhead County after serious ATV accidents around the opening of general hunting season. Both rescues involved helicopters, one from the Montana Army National Guard and one from Life Flight.
According to Sheriff Franklin Kluesner II, the first call came in Friday at 12:27 p.m. The caller said his 58-year-old brother was unable to move after an ATV accident in the south end of the Gravelly Mountains. The men were scouting hunting areas for the next day when the accident occurred, Kluesner said. The caller hiked about a mile and a half from his brother to find cell service.
Kluesner said his office was able to help the caller determine his location coordinates through a cell phone app, which showed he was near Fossil Creek, over 60 miles southeast of Dillon — a two or more hour drive for emergency vehicles.
After learning their location, Kluesner said Life Flight was requested and a helicopter was dispatched from Rexburg, Idaho. Ground support was also dispatched, including a local search and rescue team and an ambulance from Lima.
About 90 minutes after receiving the call for help, the injured man was transported via Life Flight to a hospital. Kluesner believes the man is from North Dakota and is at a hospital in Bozeman as of Wednesday afternoon, with serious injuries.
Two days later, Kluesner’s office received three more search and rescue calls within a few-hour time frame. One was from a woman concerned about her husband, who returned back to his camp shortly after she called; another was from a group of people whose truck slid off of a road west of Lima, and were assisted by Bureau of Land Management rangers in the area; and a third resulted in a full deployment of local search and rescue volunteers, along with assistance from the Montana Army National Guard.
Around 1 p.m. on Sunday, the Beaverhead County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a woman who said she hadn’t heard from her 69-year-old husband since Saturday afternoon. The woman told law enforcement she had driven to his campsite Sunday morning, about 15 miles south of Dillon, but did not find him or his ATV. The man had planned to hunt in the area.
Kluesner said after his office spoke with the woman, Beaverhead Search and Rescue volunteers began a ground search for her husband while aircraft searched overhead. The hunter was not located on Sunday.
An expanded search resumed early Monday. At this time, Kluesner’s office looked at what other resources they had available. The search and rescue team decided to call the Montana Army National Guard, which promptly deployed a five-person crew via Blackhawk helicopter from Helena. The helicopter arrived in the area around noon.
At 1:30 p.m., the ground crew located the missing hunter, who had spent 44 hours pinned beneath his upside-down ATV in a ravine. The crew called the National Guard helicopter, which landed in the area, stabilized the man and transported him to Barrett Hospital and Healthcare in Dillon. Kluesner said the man is now at Providence St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula with serious injuries.
In the last four years Kluesner has been sheriff, he said he’s seen a steady increase of ATV use in Beaverhead County. This has also led to an increase in accidents.
“We have a lot of areas where you can still use four-wheelers and side-by-sides, which have become very popular,” Kluesner said. “But they aren’t that stable and do have the potential to cause real serious injuries.”
Kluesner went on to say these injuries are especially concerning when hunters and other recreationists ride into the backcountry, where they become harder to reach and there is little to no cell service. He said his office was extremely lucky to have access to Life Flight and Montana Army National Guard teams to rescue the two injured hunters, and he is proud of the collaboration that went into finding them.
“Helicopters are invaluable in these situations. They (helicopter flights) are expensive endeavors, but there’s no price you can put on a human life,” Kluesner said.
A deadly disease that’s threatening deer herds across the country is prompting South Carolina wildlife officials to reconsider which products hunters are allowed to use to lure trophy bucks.
The state Department of Natural Resources wants to introduce a regulation that would ban hunters from using scent lures that contain natural deer urine, according to Charles Ruth, a certified wildlife biologist and big game program coordinator with the wildlife agency.
“It would take about a year for us to file the regulation and go through the legislative process, but we’d like to see a ban on natural urine products by the 2019 deer hunting season,” Ruth told the Greenville Journal during a recent phone interview.
Many hunters use buck and doe urines to lure deer to their location or cover their scent, but the foul-smelling liquid is thought to contribute to the spread of chronic wasting disease, according to Ruth.
Chronic wasting disease is a contagious, neurological illness affecting deer, elk, and moose populations throughout North America, according to Ruth. That includes the white-tailed deer, a popular game species in South Carolina. Greenville County hunters alone harvested more than 3,000 white-tailed deer in 2017.
“We haven’t detected signs of chronic wasting disease in South Carolina yet, but we don’t want to look back several years from now and wonder if we did everything possible to prevent it,” Ruth said.
Since it was first documented in a captive mule deer in Colorado about 35 years ago, CWD has slowly spread to more than two dozen states and a number of Canadian provinces, according to SCDNR.
Ruth said the disease, which has no treatment or cure, is caused by deformed proteins called prions that replicate upon ingestion and attack the animal’s central nervous system, ultimately killing it.
“The incubation period for chronic wasting disease can range from a year to five years,” he said. “But if a deer contracts the disease, it’s going to eventually die. There’s no question about it.”
Scientists believe CWD prions likely spread from deer to deer through feces, saliva, blood, or urine, either through direct contact or indirectly through environmental contamination of soil, food, or water, according to Ruth. Once a deer contracts the disease and dies, its tissues become vectors. The prions can only be destroyed by burying them in a landfill or through incineration.
While there has never been a documented case of a human contracting the disease, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people do not consume meat from an infected animal.
Natural scent lures pose a risk to South Carolina’s deer population, because they are often produced by facilities that collect urine over a grate system, which doesn’t prevent contamination from feces or saliva, according to Ruth.
Collection facilities also have no way of knowing whether or not their deer are disease-free, because there is no certified live-animal test for CWD, nor is there a way to test urine for prions once it’s been collected, according to Ruth. These facilities also generally don’t treat their urine-based products with chemicals or heat to kill the infectious proteins, because these treatments would secondarily destroy the desired scent characteristics.
Several states, including Alaska, Arizona, Virginia, and Vermont, have enacted outright bans on urine-based attractants, while others have drafted regional bans and/or rewrote rules to allow only synthetic lures. These bans, however, have been met with opposition from some hunters —who dribble the foul-smelling fluid on foliage near their tree stands — and manufacturers, who market products like “Cold Blue” and “Buck Bomb.”
Ralph Brendle, owner and president of River Bend Sportsman’s Resort in Spartanburg County, said the proposed regulation to ban urine-based attractants in South Carolina wouldn’t likely impact his business. “We don’t use scent lures of any kind. We just hunt them naturally in the woods,” he said. “The only thing we do is set out some bait every now and then.”
Brian Sullivan, co-owner and manager of Toney Creek Hunting Plantation in Anderson County, said his company currently uses urine-based attractants for guided deer hunts but won’t likely seek out an alternative if South Carolina enacts the ban. “Synthetic lure doesn’t work nearly as good,” he said. “I’d just prefer not use it.”
Ruth said the proposed regulation to ban urine-based lures in South Carolina would need to be passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by the governor before it could be enforced. If approved, it would become one of many regulations instituted by the wildlife agency over the years to combat the spread of CWD.
In an effort to help prevent the disease from entering South Carolina, SCDNR has banned the commercial transport of deer and other related species, such as elk and moose, since many cases of CWD have been linked to captive animals, according to Ruth.
The agency also continues to maintain regulations restricting the importation of whole carcasses or parts containing nervous system tissue from deer and elk harvested in the U.S. states and Canadian provinces where CWD has been documented, according to Ruth. If hunters dispose of these carcass parts in South Carolina, the disease agent could potentially infect deer in that area.
Ruth said South Carolina is far from any state where the disease has been diagnosed, but SCDNR has tested more than 6,000 deer from all 46 counties since 2002 and developed a response plan that’s designed to contain the spread of CWD should an outbreak occur.
Current research shows that CWD outbreaks can lead to significant declines in deer populations over time. In Wisconsin, for instance, the prevalence of the disease among adult male deer — those 2 ½ or older — has seen an annual growth rate of 23 percent since it was discovered in 2002.
John Quinn, an associate professor of biology at Furman University, said scientific understanding of the ecology and transmission of CWD in free-ranging wildlife is limited, but a major decline in South Carolina’s white-tailed deer population due to such a fatal disease would likely have ecological consequences.
The white-tailed deer is considered to be a keystone species, one whose very activities have an immediate effect on both the landscape and the natural habitats of other animals in the wild, according to Quinn.
White-tailed deer not only serve as prey for coyotes and other predators, but their feeding habits and preferences can affect the variety, quality, and structure of plants in a habitat, Quinn explained. While chronic browsing can kill or hinder the growth of preferred plants in an ecosystem, deer avoidance of non-native, invasive plant species can cause them to become more prevalent and spread faster.
“A loss of deer populations is going to change forest understory,” Quinn said.
Quinn said a decline in South Carolina’s white-tailed deer population would also likely lead to fewer hunters, which in turn would mean less dollars for SCDNR, which collects a large portion of its funding from hunting-license sales and federal excise taxes on firearms, ammunition, and other hunting equipment.
Deer hunting generates more than $200 million annually for the state’s economy, according to Ruth. South Carolina sells more than 700,000 recreational licenses each year to residents and out-of-state hunters and fishermen.
Recreational and commercial hunting licenses can be purchased online at dnrlicensing.sc.gov. Deer hunting on private lands in Game Zones 1 and 2, both of which include parts of Greenville County, runs through Jan. 1, 2019.
A man was shot in the shoulder late Thursday morning while he was hunting in the Caliente Mountain Range near the Carrizo Plain National Monument, officials said.
Six people were hunting deer in the mountains near Cuyama, which border the southwestern part of the Carrizo Plain, Capt. Todd Tognazzini with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife said.
One of the hunters saw movement in the brush and fired with a “high-powered rifle,” but instead of hitting a deer, he hit another man in the party in the shoulder, Tognazzini said.
The man, who is in his 60s, received non-fatal injuries and was flown to Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield for treatment, Tognazzini said.
Tognazzini said sheriff’s deputies also responded to the scene and determined that there was no foul play involved.
“There were unsafe hunting practices that led to the injury,” Tognazzini said, noting that to legally shoot a deer in California, the hunter has to make sure the deer is male and has at least one branched antler. “We don’t see those kinds of injuries often here.”
Fish and Wildlife officials are investigating the incident.
Caught on camera: Game warden fires shot to free bucks locked by the antlers
Body cam video shows Kansas game warden firing a single shot to free two bucks locked by antlers.
The City of Newport News will not be extending its hunting season.
Author: Robert Boyd
Published: 10:07 PM EDT August 29, 2018
Updated: 11:17 PM EDT August 29, 2018
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WVEC) — Newport News announced they will not be extending its hunting season on Wednesday.
The city recently enacted an Urban Archery Season that would have added four extra months to the current hunting season. However, they decided to revoke it after receiving negative feedback from the community.
On Wednesday, there was a community meeting where residents for and against Urban Archery Season were in attendance.
“In my own backyard I started counting them jumping over my fence about two years ago, and I stopped counting at 17,” said Martha Miller.
Miller is talking about deer. She said it was bad enough that they were eating her flowers, but she said when they attacked Max the family dog, enough was enough.
“She put her head down and butted him and rolled him in the grass, and I went to her to get him away, and he came up here, and the deer kind of came at me a little bit,” said Miller.
Miller, who lives in Fisher’s Landing, was one of several homeowners looking forward to September 1. That’s when the state’s Urban Archery Season begins, allowing homeowners the opportunity to bring professional archers into their yards to shoot and kill deer using a crossbow.
You don’t hear all that much about 104-year-olds, perhaps since they’re usually squirreled away in some nursing home ‘for their own protection’ by then. Or perhaps because the average human life expectancy is 79.3 in the U.S. (for both sexes combined), while in Sierra Leone it’s still only 50.1 and the longest-lived people in the world these days, the Japanese, live an average of 83.7. But ironically I happened across articles about not one, but two century+4-year-olds while leafing through the news today.
‘Goodall didn’t want to travel to Switzerland for the procedure, but it was the only option for him since his home nation of Australia forbids assisted suicide in all instances. He made sure everyone knew about his frustrations.
“I greatly regret having reached that age; I would much prefer to be 20 or 30 years younger,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. during the [104th birthday] festivities in April. When asked whether he had a nice birthday, he replied: “No, I’m not happy. I want to die. … It’s not sad, particularly. What is sad is if one is prevented.”
“My feeling is that an old person like myself should have full citizenship rights, including the right of assisted suicide,” the 104-year-old man added.’
A hunter has died after being shot in the chest in the Kaimai Range.
Waikato Senior Sergeant Mike Henwood said police received a call about a hunter being shot about 10.15am. Henwood said the area was very remote and had no communication. The hunter was shot in forest near Wairakau Rd, about 15km south of Te Aroha.
It comes during the beginning of the roar, a favoured hunting period, for many parts of the country.