Christmas comes early for Maine deer: hunting season’s over

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The final phase of Maine’s annual deer hunt is coming to an end for 2017.

Saturday is the last day of the year on which it is legal to hunt deer via muzzleloaders or archery. The deer hunting season began three months ago this year.

Hunters are limited in terms of where they can harvest deer. Muzzleloader hunters can only hunt in 14 of the state’s 29 wildlife management districts. Archery is limited to designated areas around a handful of urban locales in the state.

Maine has separate hunting seasons for firearms, archery and muzzleloaders. The state gave out thousands more firearms permits this year because wildlife managers said the deer population could withstand more hunting. Mild winters have led to high levels of deer survival in recent years.


Hunter who received ‘nasty’ death threats is now an inspiration to female hunting community

Hunter and advocate Nikki Tate has been feeling a little overwhelmed since an articleabout her love of duck and deer hunting went viral.

“It’s been crazy,” Tate told Fox News. “Both positive and negative, but mostly positive.”

The 27-year-old lawyer had been receiving death threats through her Instagram, which showcases her hunting lifestyle.

“People would send things like, ‘I wish I could do to you what you did to that deer,’ or ‘Karma is a b—-,’” she said.

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Tate often posts pictures of herself and her hunting dogs posing with carcasses of deer, hogs and waterfowl.  (Nikki Tate)

But Tate, who promotes ethical hunting, says the death threats weren’t shocking.


“People have strong opinions and hunting is a trigger for a lot of people,” Tate said.

“I know other female hunters who have received those kinds of comments, and once I started getting a larger audience [on Instagram], random negative comments would start to trickle in,” she added. “Around 10K followers I would start getting private messages, really nasty and threatening comments.”

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Tate says she’s been sent “really nasty and threatening comments” due to her lifestyle.  (Nikki Tate)

However, the hostile messages have paled in comparison to the outpouring of support she has received from the hunting community — after the article, her Instagram gained more than 2,000 followers overnight.

“People have messaged me on Instagram saying I am a role model and inspiration, and thanking me for supporting conservation,” she said.

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Tate tells Fox News she hunts because it lets her know “exactly where my food came from.”  (Nikki Tate)

Also outside of the death threats, her unexpected celebrity has started a respectful dialogue around hunting that she hopes will continue.

“People who don’t agree with me have messaged me and asked me questions about hunting and why I do it. We have had very intellectual conversations — it’s been so rewarding for me.”


Now that she’s been pushed into the limelight, Tate says she wants to use the opportunity to further spread her message about conservation and hunting.

“When you kind of get in the public eye and you have an opportunity to spread a message about conservation, take it,” she said. “I’m involved and I love being involved. I want to do something positive with the attention.”

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“When you kind of get in the public eye and you have an opportunity to spread a message about conservation, take it,” says Tate.  (Nikki Tate)


Hunters make the great outdoors war zones

By Nicole Rivard

UPDATE 12/1/17: Hunter Thomas Jadlowski has been charged with second-degree manslaughter and hunting after hours. 

Tis the season for putting your life at risk if you want to go outdoors to walk a dog, ride a bike or hike on public or private land.

That’s because trigger happy hunters are out trying to kill any wildlife in their crosshairs, and no amount of orange clothing is going to make human animals safe.

We are sickened and saddened by the news that Rosemary Billquist, 43, who was just walking her dogs near her western New York home, was fatally shot last week by her hunter neighbor Thomas B. Jadlowski, who told police he mistook her for a deer. He was hunting after sunset, which is prohibited by law in New York, however Jadlowski faces a measly fine not to exceed $250 and 15 days or less in jail, according to an environmental conservation police officer from the NYDEC. Outrageous! (A criminal investigation is also ongoing, so hopefully that will yield some more justice, however it won’t bring Billquist back.)  

And this wasn’t the only hunting accident that involved a non-hunter in the news last week. Police in New Hampshire reported that a woman was shot by a hunter near Elm Brook Park in Hopkinton. Authorities say the woman was riding a mountain bike along a trail when she was shot. The area is used for a variety of outdoor activities including hunting, hiking and biking. Luckily, she is in good condition.

Both incidences highlight how important it is for outdoor enthusiasts and wildlife watchers to call for changes. State wildlife agencies receive funding from hunter license fees and taxes on guns and ammo, a clear conflict of interest that explains why wildlife is not respected and forests and parks are being turned into killing grounds.

We need to vote for politicians who are willing to stand up to the hunting agencies and conservation officers who want to continually expand hunting. We need to tell our local elected officials we do not support hunting in our state forests or parks or in nature preserves where other outdoor activities take place.

Let’s face it, hunting safety is an oxymoron. However, agencies don’t care as they just want more clients. This year New York, where now only 5 percent of the population still hunts, has decided to allow junior hunters (14-15 years old) to take bear as well as deer during the youth firearms hunt and one of the requirements is that both the junior hunter and mentor must wear hunter orange visible from all directions: shirt, jacket or vest with at least 250 square inches of solid or patterned orange (the pattern must be at least 50% orange) OR a hat with at least 50% orange.

How ridiculous! Bullets are color blind.

We hope this latest hunting tragedy will lead to even more people to call on public officials to create hunting free zones in our state parks in forests. In Connecticut, for example, it is possible to reverse a decision and eliminate hunting from an area. In Colorado, a proposal was being considered to eliminate shooting on lands that are less than a half-mile from homes or in areas of highly concentrated recreational use.

Human and non-human animals should not have to senselessly lose their lives to recreational violence called hunting.

Nicole Rivard is editor of Friends of Animal’s quarterly magazine Action Line. She brings 18 years of journalism experience to the front lines, protesting and documenting atrocities against animals.

Proud Montana hunters show their “trophies” of 2017

 Sent  by a friend there wth these words:

….Warning!..graphic pictures of dead animals

I’m at a loss for words here…smiling faces showing off a dead animal?…what is wrong with these people? Were they abused as children..WTF?
This is on the front page of the Missoulian newspaper


Hunting season 2017 was a big success for many Montana hunters. Readers submitted their photos of this year’s trophies.

Hunter in fatal Chautauqua County hunting accident indicted on manslaughter charge

Hunter in fatal Chautauqua County hunting accident indicted on manslaughter charge


MAYVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Chautauqua County hunter who shot and killed his neighbor the day before Thanksgiving, mistaking her for a deer, has been indicted on a manslaughter charge.

Thomas B. Jadlowski, 34, surrendered himself to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office in connection with the Nov. 22 incident.

According to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, Jadlowski shot and killed Rosemary Billquist, 43, who had been out walking her dogs behind her Sherman home after believing she was a seer.

Rosemary Billquist (right) with her husband, Jamie.


Jadlowski was arraigned Thursday in Chautauqua County Court on a two-count indictment, second degree manslaughter and hunting after hours.

DEC’s Environmental Conservation Police officers and Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies say the incident occurred just after 5:22 p.m., well beyond the legal close of the daily hunting period at sunset.

Billquist was struck in the hip by the bullet.

“After firing the shot, hearing a scream and finding Ms. Billquist, Mr. Jadlowski immediately called 911,” a press release from the sheriff’s office stated.

Billquist was found by first responders unresponsive about 150 yards behind her home.  She was immediately transported to UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pennsylvania, but despite the efforts of the Sherman Fire EMT’s and Hospital Surgeons, later succumbed to her injuries.

“Today, Mr. Jadlowski is being held accountable for his dangerous and reckless conduct when he shot his neighbor in the dark,” DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said.

Jadlowski entered a not guilty plea in Chautauqua County Court.

Bail was set at $50,000 cash or $100,000 property. He is due back in court Jan. 29.m

The charges carry a potential prison sentence of five to 15 years if he is found guilty.

MSP: Woman, 18, critically injured in hunting accident, Man shot in both arms in Oxford hunting accident and more…

Hunting Accident:

MSP: Woman, 18, critically injured in hunting accident

An 18-year-old woman from Berrien County is in critical condition after a hunting accident at her home.

Michigan State Police say Delaney Nicole Flagel was unloading her vehicle after hunting when a rifle accidentally fell and fired a round, hitting her in the chest area.


Victim of Hunting Accident in Stable Condition

The wife of Adam Catrett, Charity, says her husband is stable at USA Medical center.  Catrett was flown there following a hunting accident Saturday morning.  Authorities say Adam Catrett and his father were hunting in the Upper Delta Wildlife Management Area.  They say his father slipped while crossing a creek and his gun accidentally went off.  A bullet caused a significant injury to Adam Catrett’s leg.


Man shot in both arms in Oxford hunting accident

The Maine Warden Service says a group of four people were hunting over the weekend, about a quarter mile into the woods, when one of them shot another. (WGME)


OXFORD (WGME) – A man was shot in both arms in a weekend hunting incident that happened about a mile behind the Oxford Plains Speedway.

The Maine Warden Service says a group of four people were hunting over the weekend, about a quarter mile into the woods, when one of them shot another.

Investigators say it happened around two in the afternoon on Saturday, on land open to hunting.

Corporal John MacDonald says the four people were in the woods hunting deer when one of the hunters fired his rifle.

“The shooter is 21 years old. He is from Oxford,” MacDonald said. “This wasn’t a case where a weapon was, or a firearm was dropped and discharged. It was, we’re thinking this was a hunting related shooting incident where the shooter actually pulled the trigger.”

MacDonald says the victim is 32-year-old James Footman from Paris.

“He sustained some injury, fairly serious injury, to his arms,” MacDonald said.

He says Footman was taken by life-flight to Central Maine Medical Center after a bullet struck both his arms. The hospital says Footman is now in serious condition.

Investigators say all four hunters are cooperating. They say the shooter’s identity will not be released unless charges are filed against him.

CBS 13 spoke to a cousin of James Footman, and she told us the family is not commenting right now about what happened.


Carthage man involved in hunting accident in Oneida County


CARTHAGE — A Carthage man was involved in a Thanksgiving day hunting accident in the Oneida County town of Whitestown.

According to Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol, Darwin Cooley, 50, Carthage, at around 9:30 a.m. Thursday was hunting with his brother-in-law Travis Dam. 42, Whitesboro, in an area north of the village of Whitesboro when Mr. Cooley shot at a deer that ran between the two of them and the bullet grazed the side of Mr. Dam’s head.

Mr. Dam was able to walk to his four-wheeler and drive out on his own and was transported by Central Oneida County Ambulance, to St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Utica, then transferred to Upstate Medical University, Syracuse. His injuries do not appear to be life-threatening, according to a Sheriff’s Department release.

Sheriff’s investigators and state Environmental Conservation Police are investigating the incident. No charges have been filed and the investigation is continuing.



Woman fatally shot by hunter who mistook her for deer


A hunter in western New York fatally shot a 43-year-old woman after he mistook her for a deer, authorities said.

Rosemary Billquist was taking her dogs for a walk in her hometown of Sherman near the Pennsylvania border on Wednesday when she was shot once by Thomas Jadlowski.

Jadlowski heard her scream and called 911. He stayed with Billquist until emergency personnel arrived.

Billquist was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital in Pennsylvania.

“They tried saving her,” husband Jamie Billquist told the Buffalo News on Friday. “It was just too bad…. It’s horrific. It will be with me the rest of my life.”

“This is a horrific incident,” Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace told the newspaper. “….This destroyed two lives.”

The shooting occurred at around 5:30 p.m., about 40 minutes after sunset, when officials say it’s illegal to hunt.

 Jamie Billquist was told about the shooting after he heard his dogs barking and saw an ambulance, according to the newspaper. He went with his wife to the hospital.

“She was always out to help somebody,” he told the Buffalo News. “She never wanted credit and was always quiet about it. She’s just an angel. An angel for sure.”

Jadlowski has not been charged, but the investigation is ongoing.

“Hunters have to understand there are other people using trails, using parks in areas where we as sportsmen hunt,” Dale Dunkelberger of the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s hunter education program told the Buffalo News.

“In this case, it appears from what I gathered this was after sunset, and he shouldn’t have been out there hunting after sunset. You’re done. That’s the law.”


Two hunters accidentally shot opening weekend of rifle season

GRAND ISLE, Vt. (WCAX) Authorities say two hunters were accidentally shot in separate incidents on the opening weekend of rifle season. Neither was seriously injured.

Saturday in Eden, police say 20-year-old Dakota Arnold shot his friend 19-year-old Cody Jones in the calf by mistake.

Then Sunday in Grand Isle, police say a bullet from 59-year-old Frankie Bullis’ rifle hit 61-year-old Randall Glover in the foot. It is believed that the bullet ricocheted in that incident after being fired from approximately 350 yards away. Both Jones and Glover suffered injuries that were not life-threatening.

James Francis, of Fairfield, bagged a 167 pound, 8-point buck in Swanton Saturday morning. He told us how he and his brother stay safe when they are hunting together.

“Make sure you wear bright clothing so that other people know that you’re there, and always identify your target before you shoot. We know where each other is at all times, no surprises,” Francis said.

Wardens and Vermont State Police were unavailable for an interview Sunday regarding the accidental shootings. There are hunting safety tips on the Vermont Fish and Wildlife website, they say the four basic rules of safe hunting include: treat every gun as if it is loaded, point your gun in a safe direction, keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot, and be sure of your target and what’s behind it.