Hunter pleads in cat shooting case

An 18-year-old hunter from Deckerville has entered a plea in Sanilac County Circuit Court in connection with the shooting of a domesticated cat last October.

Jeffrey Stone is charged with killing-torturing animals, a felony, and malicious destruction of property over $200, a misdemeanor.

The charges stemmed from an incident on Oct. 21 when the 18-yearold allegedly shot a cat with an arrow while hunting in the area of North Sandusky and Downington roads.

According to Sanilac County Undersheriff Brad Roff, the cat was shot after bothering Stone several times while he was hunting deer. The wounded animal was able to return to its home. The owners took the cat to a veterinarian where it was euthanized, according to Roff.

During last week’s final pretrial hearing in circuit court, Stone agreed to plead guilty to the felony and the misdemeanor. In accordance with the plea bargain agreement with the prosecutor’s office, the acceptance of the guilty plea to the felony was deferred by the court pending successful completion of probation. If he completes the terms of probation the felony will be dismissed.

Stone will be sentenced on the misdemeanor March 20.

Deer camp & gay bars

(Beth Clifton photo)

A 1974 study by James Kennedy for the Wildlife Society found that 75% of the hunters surveyed would prefer hunting with their buddies in an area with only a 10% chance of killing a deer to hunting alone with a 50% chance of making the kill.

Seeking the kill is only the pretext for the various other rituals that “separate the men from the boys,” determining “who’s a pussy.”

This,  not the supposed difficulty of shooting a deer,  probably best explains why approximately 70% of all licensed hunters don’t get one – while those for whom the kill is the paramount experience tend to “get their deer” year after year,  perennially bagging the limit and/or placing high in the buck pool.

The deer camp atmosphere of exaggerated masculinity is apparently not unlike the atmosphere of “leather trade” gay bars,  albeit that the gay bars more likely try to emulate deer camps than the other way around.

Ernest Hemingway himself appears on this book cover, with a lion he shot in Kenya in 1934. But the story the photo illustrates does not portray hunters in a positive light.

“Hunting is anything but expression of manhood”

One must wonder,  ultimately,  how sexually secure any of the posturing denizens are.

“You can take my word for it,” snorted former hunting guide Douglas Townsend some years ago.  Having escorted hundreds of big game hunters,  he concluded,  “This hunting habit is anything but an expression of manhood.”

Gregory Hemingway,  son of author Ernest Hemingway,  would probably have concurred.

Trying to impress his macho father,  a living symbol of hunters and hunting to a whole generation,  Gregory at age 11 won the World Life Pigeon Shooting Championship.  At 19 he was arrested for transvestitism.  Trying to regain his father’s respect,  he next slaughtered 18 elephants on a single African safari.

(Beth Clifton collage)

Gregory turned Gloria

But Gregory Hemingway remained an unhappy transvestite,  who spent,  he admitted in a 1987 interview,  “hundreds of thousands of dollars” trying to overcome the cross-dressing habit.  He had partial sexual reassignment surgery in 1995 and changed his first name to Gloria,  but then changed his mind,  tried to have the surgery reversed,  and remarried his fourth ex-wife.

Gregory/Gloria Hemingway died on October 1,  2001 at the Miami-Dade Women’s Detention Center,  hours before he was to appear in court after being arrested for indecent exposure and resisting arrest.

Gregory Hemingway appears to have never been an actual practicing homosexual,  just insecure – like his father,  who likewise spent his whole life trying to prove masculinity that no one else ever seriously called into question.

Marysville school shooter Jaylen Ray Fryberg (Facebook)

“Killed the wrong animal”

Literally killing the female,  Cameron Robert Kocher of Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, nearly ten years old,  said he was only “playing hunter” on March 6, 1989, when he fatally shot Jessica Ann Carr,  age seven,  with his father’s rifle.

Observing subsequent legal proceedings,  Cleveland State University law professor Victor L. Streib unequivocally blamed the killing on Kocher’s exposure to guns and hunting. “All he has done,” Streib summarized,  “is kill the wrong animal.”

There have been hundreds of comparable incidents,  including one not far from ANIMALS 24-7.  Avid hunter Jaylen Ray Fryberg, 14, on October 24,  2014 shot five fellow students at Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Washington, killing two, putting two more into critical condition, and then killing himself

(See Marysville school shooter loved hunting & pit bulls;  and Killing the white deer & the Marysville massacre.)

Woodchucks. (Susan Federico photo)

“Just another woodchuck”

An upstate New York man named Dave Goff cited childhood hunting experience,  which he said helped him learn to “kill the wrong animals,”  in persuading former Congressional Representative James T. Walsh to obtain for him a Distinguished Service Cross,  a Silver Star,  and nine other medals for Vietnam War service that he never performed.

“I was brought up on a dairy farm,”  Goff explained to syndicated veterans’ affairs columnist Laura Palmer.  “I used to shoot woodchucks all the time.  It got to the point where I would flash it through my head that it was just another woodchuck and it didn’t mean anything.  It was just a job.”

Goff claimed to have been assigned to killing civilians as part of the CIA’s infamous Operation Phoenix while still in his teens.  After military service,  Goff said,  he went through 13 years of breakdowns and alcohol abuse,  trying to deprogram himself from having been a killer,  trying to find his way into becoming a caring,  responsible human being.

Walsh saw to it that Goff in 1989 received the medals he said he had earned.  But Goff was in 1994 prosecuted for unlawfully wearing military medals and decorations,  after Stolen Valor author B.G. Burkett established that Goff actually spent his alleged time in Vietnam as an Army mail clerk in Okinawa.

Deer Being Trapped and Slaughtered in Texas Community—Stop the Massacre


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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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Video: One Year Later, Rescued Bears Swim, Play, and Bob for Apples

After enduring a decade of deprivation and frustration, Ben and Bogey are now free to play and explore the lush environment around them. See video footage of the bears at The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado, where they’re currently hibernating (wait until you see them playing and swimming!), and then learn how you can help other bears who are still languishing at roadside zoos or forced to perform.


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Winter’s chilliest weeks are still ahead of us—and dogs forced to live outside are suffering tremendously.


Monroeville man dies in apparent accident while hunting

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 rescued in Beaverhead County by helicopter after ATV accidents

Two hunters rescued in Beaverhead County
The Blackhawk helicopter used to rescue a hunter in Beaverhead County is seen here.

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.


South Carolina wildlife officials consider new hunting rule to keep deadly deer disease at bay

A white-tailed deer standing in a forest. Photo Credit: iStock by Getty Images.

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.

A white-tailed deer standing in a field. Photo credit: iStock by Getty Images.

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 Deer hunting on private lands in Game Zones 1 and 2, both of which include parts of Greenville County, runs through Jan. 1, 2019.

For more information, visit


Near Caliente Mountain above Selby Campground in the Carrizo Plain National Monument.
Near Caliente Mountain above Selby Campground in the Carrizo Plain National Monument. Monica Vaughan

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Newport News residents concerned about extending the hunting season

The City of Newport News will not be extending its hunting season.

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.


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SADDLE RIVER –Saddle River officials are considering some plans to cull the town’s deer population.

Local lawmakers were supposed to vote Monday night on whether to reduce the population by killing the animals, but that vote was postponed.

The ordinance that lawmakers were considering would have allowed the United Bow Hunters of New Jersey to kill deer over the next two years.

Supporters of the plan say that the deer are eating plants in the town and bring about the threat of Lyme disease. They also say that reducing the deer population will also help reduce car accidents.

But other said that the ordinance was too vague. It did not indicated how many deer were to be killed or if neighbors are to be notified of the hunt.

There was also a question as to if $5 million in liability insurance was enough if there was an accident during the hunt.

Other opponents say that killing the animals, especially by bow hunting, is cruel.

It is believed that 200 to 400 deer roam around Saddle River.

The Saddle Brook Borough Council will now rewrite the resolution and vote on it at a later date.

Top five hunting violations committed by Hoosiers

INDIANAPOLIS — With deer hunting season well underway in the state, Indiana Department of Natural Resources is reminding hunters to use their heads and follow the law when out in the woods.

To kick off firearms deer-hunting season Saturday, DNR re-shared a popular video recorded a few years ago that details some of the most common hunter violations and why they are important to follow.

Top 5 Hunting Violations According to DNR:

  1. Hunting/Tracking a deer from a vehicle
  2. Hunting on someone else’s private property
  3. Not wearing hunter orange
  4. Over-bagging and breaking the one buck rule
  5. Over-bagging any animal / killing more than the per-person limit

This laws are being carefully watched this year after an error in the law passed by the legislative session initially banned the use of rifles on state and federal property.

READ | Deer hunters CAN use rifles on state and federal property this year

The Department of Natural Resources issued an emergency state rule allowing hunters to use rifles during the 2017-18 season until they are able to update the law next year.