How much hunting is too much hunting?

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One of the main challenges in wildlife conservation biology is to understand what factors affect vulnerable wildlife populations over time. Scientists have been trying to understand these factors to estimate how much hunting in a season is sustainable, but the lack of long-term monitoring data, especially in remote areas such as the Arctic, makes this task very difficult to accomplish.

In a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, scientists at the University of Ottawa used a novel method to bypass this lack of data and track how nesting  changed over time, even before  census data were collected.

Professor Jules Blais and his team analyzed from the bottom of small lakes and ponds in Canada’s Eastern Arctic to examine the levels of a range of chemical compounds in the cores’ composition.

“When birds colonize an area, they begin to fertilize the local environment, drastically changing the nutrient levels in the water,” explained lead author Dr. Kathryn Hargan, a W. Garfield Weston postdoctoral fellow and a L’Oréal-UNESCO postdoctoral fellow at the University of Ottawa at the time the research was done. “Over time, sediments slowly accumulate at the bottom of lakes, archiving a detailed history of the biological changes in those bodies of water, much like tree rings reveal historical information.”

The common eider, an Arctic seaduck prized by the Inuit for its meat and down, once numbered in the millions, but reports by Northerners and some wildlife surveys suggested substantial reductions in recent decades. Although  pressures were suspected to be the cause of the population decline, this study was able to demonstrate that the eider population decline observed in the seaduck’s main breeding range coincided with increased sales in firearms and motorized boats in Greenland, indicating eider harvest at that time was unsustainable.

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In the Hudson Strait near Cape Dorset, Nunavut – the common eider’s main nesting and breeding area – the scientists found evidence that populations declined in the mid to late 20th century, during a period of intense hunting by Greenlanders and the relocation of nearby Inuit communities. In more isolated eider nesting sites, with lower hunting pressure, scientists found that populations remained stable.

“The fact that traces of hunting practices over the last century can be detected in the nutrient profiles of pond sediment in the Arctic is fascinating,” added Prof. Blais. “Tools such as these offer a new perspective into tracking environmental changes going back hundreds of years, and can potentially revolutionize wildlife conservation efforts.”

Hunters plead guilty to illegal duck hunting in Loudon County

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ILLEGAL DUCK HUNTERS PLEAD GUILTY IN LOUDON COUNTY COURT

LOUDON, Tenn.—Three hunters charged with multiple violations associated with illegal duck hunting pled guilty in Loudon County General Sessions Court today.

Dalton Giles (23) of Philadelphia, Stephen Giles (50) of Loudon and Justin Thompson (30) of Loudon, faced charges of Hunting In a Baited Area, Violation of the Daily Bag Limit of Redhead Ducks (12 over limit), Violation of Gross Limit of Waterfowl (5 over limit), 

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Fatal hunting accident in Green Lake County after high winds capsize boat

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MARQUETTE, Wis. (AP) – A man has died after his duck-hunting boat capsized in high winds on the Fox River.

The Green Lake County Sheriff’s Office says authorities searched for the 52-year-old Princeton man near Puckaway Lake in the Town of Marquette and found his body in the water around 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Authorities say the man was duck hunting with a Berlin man and a dog when high winds overturned the boat and threw the men into the water.

The Berlin man made it to shore with the dog and called 911.

The Oshkosh Northwestern reports the sheriff’s office will release the victim’s name after notifying family members.

Teen shot while duck hunting

 

 

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RUSSELL — A 14-year-old boy sustained gunshot injuries while duck hunting near Russell over the weekend, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reported.

While the Sheriff’s Office did not release information on the boy’s identity or condition, Sheriff Mark Mather said the incident was determined a hunting accident. The Sheriff’s Office received a call at 6:46 a.m. Sunday for a juvenile hunter who was shot by another juvenile hunter, about a mile north of Rock Lake near Russell. The boy was shot in the stomach and hand, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Mather said the victim was in stable condition when officers arrived at the scene. He was flown to Sioux Falls for medical treatment, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

Responders at the scene of the accident included the Balaton Ambulance, Russell First Responders and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

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Dead goose falls from sky, knocks hunter unconscious

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Maryland (AP) – A waterfowl hunter is in stable condition after a dead goose fell from the sky and knocked him unconscious.

Robert Meilhammer of Dorchester County was hunting with three other people when one of them fired at a flock of Canada geese overhead in Easton, near the Miles River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Maryland Natural Resources Police spokeswoman Candy Thomson said a falling goose hit Meilhammer, knocking him out and causing head and facial injuries.

The Washington Post reports that when he came to, he knew who he was, but “little else,” [not unusual for a hunter].

Pensacola man shot twice by hunting buddy (and they’re planning another trip soon)

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On the opening day of turkey season earlier this month, longtime hunting buddies Hilton Hutto and Fred Wilson were staked out in blinds on Wilson’s property in Ponce de Leon.

The 80-acre lot is surrounded by a timber mill, with planted pines lining the property line. The area is isolated, making it a prime spot for hunting.

The two men were about 75 yards apart, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission report that would follow, when Hutto saw a turkey walk in front of his friend.

Wilson recalls seeing Hutto line up the shot with his barrel facing directly at the turkey —and in turn, at him. He thought his friend was just getting his target ready so he could get the bird when it took a few steps away from Wilson.

Archive: Everything you need to know for duck hunting in the Pensacola area

He was wrong. Hutto shot twice.

“I guess he got all excited and didn’t realize he was shooting at me, too,” said Wilson, 65.

More than 20 pellets from the two shotgun shells drove into Wilson’s face, torso, arms and hands.

“The turkey got in the way, I didn’t think it was between us and I guess it was, and I shot, then he came out of his blind and said, ‘Hey, you shot me,'” said Hutto, 86.

Wilson said he and Hutto immediately packed up and drove the roughly 80 minutes from Ponce de Leon to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, where both men live. Wilson said he could have gone to a hospital in Crestview but wanted to be treated at home.

There was blood running down Wilson’s face and pellets lodged in his hands, but Wilson said he gripped the wheel and sped down Interstate 10.

“The adrenaline was there, I knew I was shot and there was blood all down my face but the adrenaline was just going,” Wilson said, adding that he didn’t yet feel the pain of the shooting.

Hutto said he felt terrible about the accident, and sat in the passenger seat with Wilson as the two sped toward the hospital.

More: Deers, duck and doves all on menu as hunting season starts in Florida

“I felt real bad about it, I’d just shot a good friend of mine, someone I’d been hunting with for years. It’s a no good feeling,” he said.

The incident happened March 17, and as of Thursday, Wilson was still meeting with doctors and scheduling surgeries to remove the pellets. Some can never be removed, he said.

“A couple of them they found had gone in and right out, and I’ve got two in my face that are going to be removed, the one in my right hand and index finger,” Wilson said. He said the pellets that need to stay are around his lungs.

FWC is still actively investigating the shooting, according to spokeswoman Rebekah Nelson. She said no further information about the incident could be released, but, she said, there were no turkey hunting accidents reported last season.

Wilson said there’s no animosity between him and Hutto, but he is now dealing with flashbacks of seeing the shells explode toward him.

“The only bad thing is I have nightmares about it, and sometimes I’ll be sitting down and I’ll see it all over again,” Wilson said. “The first time he shot I was looking right at him.”

The pair has plans to hunt together again soon, although Wilson laughs, saying he won’t be setting up anywhere close to Hutto. He’s in good spirits, despite the multiple surgeries and time consulting doctors, chalking it up to a mistake between friends.

“He didn’t kill me and he didn’t blind me, the big guy was watching out for me,” Wilson said.

Juvenile accidentally shoots man in hunting accident, Vineland police say

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A Monroeville man was accidentally shot by a minor while on a hunting trip, according to

On Jan. 27, Vineland Police responded to the 3400 block of East Oak Road for a report of a gunshot victim and found 18-year-old Clinton Nicholson with a wound to his right elbow. He was flown to Cooper Hospital where he underwent surgery and was released with a non-life-threatening injury.

 Initially, the incident was reported as a hunting accident when the victim was duck hunting with two 15-year-old juveniles. A follow-up investigation found that one of the juveniles was handling the shotgun recklessly and caused the gun to discharge. The other juvenile then gave false information to police during the formal interview.

The 15-year-old juvenile in possession of the shotgun was charged with aggravated assault by recklessly causing bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon. The other juvenile was charged with hindering the apprehension or prosecution of another by providing false information to law enforcement officers.

Body found on Isle of Wight beach may be missing Virginia duck hunter

Body found on Isle of Wight beach may be missing Virginia duck hunter

ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY, Va. – Officials believe a body that washed up on Tyler’s Beach in Isle of Wight County on Sunday may be that of one of the two missing boaters that had disappeared in Surry County during a winter storm in January.

Law enforcement remained on the scene Sunday afternoon, WTKR reported. 

The men, who were  identified by family and friends as Kyle Englehart and Austin Savage, were reported missing after their 16-foot john boat never returned to the Jamestown Yacht Marina on Jan. 3.

A Virginia State Police helicopter discovered the hunters’ capsized boat on Jan. 4, but the hunters have not yet been located.

The Coast Guard, along with Virginia State Police, the James City County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, used a K9 Unit and a drone in the search, which was suspended on January 5.

“Austin and Kyle are very hands on and very experienced hunters and boaters,” Austin’s brother Nathan Savage said. “Something doesn’t add up because they’re so experienced.”

Englehart and Savage went out Wednesday night to repair a broken duck blind before the winter storm hit Virginia.

When they did not return, workers at the marina notified the Coast Guard. That was at 1 p.m. on Thursday.

Their empty boat was discovered three hours later, near Hogg Island, Coast Guard spokesperson Corinne Zilnicki said.

Austin Savage, 20, is from Hampton and worked maintenance at Varina High School.

Kyle, 29, graduated from Varina High School and lives in Charles City County where he worked as a farmer, according to friends and his social media accounts.

The night Englehart and Savage disappeared, a massive winter storm hit the Hampton Roads region of Virginia dumping snow and keeping temperatures in the teens.

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2 adults, child found dead after hunting accident

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Search and rescue operations underway in Woodville, MS after 3 Louisiana hunters were reported missing.

Two adults and a child were found dead after four Louisiana people were reported missing Sunday morning following a hunting accident in Woodville, MS.

The Zachary Police Department identified the adult victims as Darrin Vince and Madaline Hemba. Officials said Vince is the brother of one of the department’s reserve officers and Hemba worked for the city of Zachary. They also asked for members of the community to keep the victims’ families in their thoughts and prayers.

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office reported it received the first calls around 6:30 a.m. about a possible drowning on the Buffalo River in the Fort Adams area. The Wilkinson County Sheriff’s Office took the lead on the investigation.

Deputies said four people were getting off one boat into a second boat being used as a duck blind on the river when the second boat capsized. One of the hunters got out safely and has been assessed by medics.

Search and recovery efforts found the bodies of a man, his sister-in-law, her child, and a dog that are believed to have gotten trapped under the boat and blind.

The bodies were recovered at around 3 p.m., according to Woodville Police Chief Jessie Stewart.

Officials said the blind was in an area of the river that’s about 7 feet deep, and approximate the temperature of the water to be about 49 degrees Sunday morning.

It is unknown whether they had on life jackets.

Multiple agencies assisted in the search, including the Mississippi Department Wildlife and Fisheries, Zachary Fire Department, West Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office, East Side Dive Team from Baton Rouge, Woodville Police Department, and Woodville Fire Department.

Woodville is located in Wilkinson County, roughly an hour drive from Baton Rouge.

More than two dozen dead ducks found dumped in Grays Harbor County

State Department of Fish and Wildlife police are asking for the public’s help after officers found more than two dozen dead ducks dumped along a roadside in Grays Harbor County on Dec. 26, 2017. (Photo: Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife Police)

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GRAYS HARBOR COUNTY, Wash. – State Department of Fish and Wildlife Police are asking for the public’s help to find whomever dumped more than two dozen dead ducks along a roadside in Grays Harbor County last week.

Officers said three white garbage bags containing 28 ducks that had been shot were discovered on December 26 at the Devonshire Road turnout on State Route 12, about nine miles east of Aberdeen.

The dead ducks included 8 hen Mallards, 18 Drake Mallards and two smaller birds.

Officers believe the ducks were shot over the Christmas holiday weekend and may have been disposed of illegally. Wasting wildlife is considered a gross misdemeanor.

Anyone with information or tips is asked to call WDFW Police Dispatch at 360-902-2936 or case officer Becker at 360-742-8516.