Local man killed in hunting accident


By Kaitlyn Rigdon El Dorado.

On Sunday, El Dorado police responded to an area by Forest Lane and Mount Holly Road regarding an accidental shooting involving three people. Officers were escorted down a trail in the wooded area to find Thomas Browning, 48, lying on the ground.

Emergency medical services were called and Browning was pronounced dead at the scene.

Browning and two other people, including his son, were reportedly hog hunting in the area. All evidence shows it to be an accident. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission was notified because it was a hunting accident, said Police Chief Billy White.

“It’s not against the law to hunt in city limits, though we do discourage it,” White said.

According to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission 2017-2018 Hunting Guidebook, “it is not legal to point, aim or shoot a firearm or archery equipment across, from or within 100 ft. of the centerline of any city, county, state or federally maintained road.”

Also according to the guidebook, feral hogs are not considered wildlife or a game species, but rather a public nuisance.

On private land, feral hogs may be killed or trapped year-round with any method, by a landowner or anyone with the landowner’s permission. On public land, feral hogs may be killed by hunters who are hunting bear, deer or elk during a firearm season with weapons legal for those seasons.

“It is unlawful for persons to fail to immediately report a hunting or trapping related incident involving personal injury above basic first-aid treatment to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission so an investigation may be conducted,” the guidebook states.

If an incident does occur, it should be reported as soon as possible. To report hunting related incidents, call 800-482-9262.

Barry Slaunwhite was killed in a hunting incident 15 months ago on Big Tancook Island. (CONTRIBUTED)

Barry Slaunwhite was killed in a hunting incident 15 months ago on Big Tancook Island. (CONTRIBUTED)

A Big Tancook Island man who was involved in a hunting incident 15 months ago that left a father of two dead, pleaded guilty to careless use of a firearm in Bridgewater provincial court on Thursday.

Christopher Adam Stevens, 32, was scheduled to begin trial over the Oct. 28, 2016, incident that occurred while the two men were deer hunting in Big Tancook Island, but his lawyer (Thomas Feindel) informed the court of Stevens’ change of plea.

The sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 12.

The charge carries with it a maximum two-year prison sentence for first-time offenders but the Crown opted to pursue a lesser summary conviction. The maximum sentence in this case is six months in jail and/or a $5,000 fine.

Details of the day in question were not disclosed on Thursday but will be laid out during the sentencing hearing.

Feindel would not comment on the case, saying he didn’t have permission from Stevens do so.

Crown prosecutor Emma Baasch, who opened discussions with Feindel a couple of weeks ago, said she wasn’t surprised by Stevens’ decision to plead guilty.

“The case was one in which, like all cases, the Crown has a realistic prospect of conviction and had a realistic prospect of conviction in those circumstances,” said Baasch. “A guilty plea is never really a surprise.”

At this point, the case remains shrouded in mystery. RCMP have been tight-lipped in revealing details of its investigation. What is known is the name of the victim, Barry Slaunwhite, and that the two men knew each other but were not hunting together. The person who was responsible for the shooting made the call to 911.

Slaunwhite’s obituary says the 52-year-old man’s death was a result “of a tragic hunting accident.”

“He had a passion for hunting, fishing and all things outdoors,” states the obituary. “Above all else Barry loved his family, friends and spending time at his cottage on Big Tancook Island. He was especially proud of his grandson Carter whom he loved with all his heart, he treasured every moment he had with him.”

Baasch wouldn’t say whether Stevens’ change in plea would influence the Crown’s sentence recommendation. His punishment could be influenced by a pre-sentence report conducted by Stevens’ probation officer.

“The circumstances of the offender will permit us the best approach to follow in this matter.

“The Crown will be making a recommendation and we may come to an agreement with the defence on what that recommendation is.”

She also touched on the tragedy of the case.

“We’re dealing with a tragic outcome and an activity that’s so widely enjoyed in Nova Scotia,” she said.

“It has impacted a great many people but the facts of the case can’t be discussed until March 12.

Austrian hunter’s obsession turns to murder


[My neighbor has a skull like this hanging in his barn. Those pictured here were poached by the Austrian hunter featured below.]


By GEORGE JAHN, Associated Press

Thursday, September 19, 2013

GROSSPRIEL, Austria (AP) — In Austria, hunting deer and wild boar is a hallowed way of life [way of death, more like, but anyway], one that follows age-old codes of honor [ahem, honor among killers?] and requires a license bestowed only after passing rigorous exams. In that exalted world, Alois Huber was a brazen outlaw even before he went on a murderous rampage that left four people dead.

Not only did he poach game illegally in the middle of the night, he violated one of hunting’s most sacred rules: Kill for meat, not just the trophy of the wild animal’s head. [“Sacred”? There’s nothing sacred about killing.]

Huber shot countless deer in the forests outside Vienna, sawed off their antlered heads to mount at home — and left their decapitated bodies to rot in the underbrush.

Until this week.

Police had gotten wind of Huber’s nocturnal poaching and went to confront him in the early hours of Tuesday. Enraged, Huber’s illegal hunting turned to murder: He embarked on a shooting rampage that left three officers and a paramedic dead. Then he set his farmhouse bunker full of trophies on fire, and killed himself with a gunshot to the head. It was one of the worst multiple slayings in Austria’s postwar history.

Villagers are baffled by the shocking violence — and say Huber led a double life. They describe the trucker as an upstanding neighbor, a welcome guest at birthday parties who gladly helped out when asked for a favor.

“He was a quiet, pleasant person who never did anyone any harm,” said Adelheid Wieder, just hours after Huber’s charred body was found. “Nobody imagined that he could be so without scruples and so aggressive.”

But Huber had good reason to keep his passion a secret: Poaching is severely punished in this tightly regulated country where it can draw up to three years in prison.

Hunters are licensed only after passing exams that test their knowledge of weapons, ballistics, hunting traditions, different kinds of game and their diseases — and a host of other disciplines. Police followed up on more than 300 reported hunting violations last year.

Among licensed hunters, rogues are held in the highest contempt.

Interior Ministry spokesman Karl-Heinz Grundboeck says that police moved in on Huber after monitoring phone calls in which he acknowledged being the illegal trophy hunter being sought in the vicinity of Annaberg, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) southwest of Vienna. Additionally, said Grundboeck, a search of his farm on the outskirts of the village of Grosspriel turned up hundreds of deer antlers and other game trophies — and about 100 guns, “many taken from other hunters’ huts.”

“We have no doubt that we found our man,” he told The Associated Press.

State Prosecutor Michaela Schnell says Huber is suspected in the illegal killing of numerous stags since 2005 and is also thought to have been the masked man who attacked a hunter with a knife two years ago, in what investigators now consider attempted murder.

In past centuries, poachers in Austria were often seen as cunning Robin Hood-like figures outwitting the noble owners of lands that they illegally hunted on for food.  Now, says expert Roland Girtler, some “drive in the night with SUVs in the forest, blind the game so that it stands still and then shoot. That is pathetic.”

No one in Grosspriel or the cluster of surrounding hamlets about 70 kilometers (40 miles) west of Vienna suggests that Huber used such methods.

They describe the 55-year-old as an expert who hunted legally and whose hobby turned into an obsession after his wife died about 15 years ago, leaving the childless widower with no close family. Those willing to talk about him after the trauma left by his rampage still don’t believe that he was the man leaving the headless carcasses of deer in his wake.

“We often went hunting for rabbits and pheasant,” says innkeeper Martin Jaeger between bites of schnitzel and gulps of cloudy wheat beer. “There was never any talk of poaching.”

For experts, analyzing Huber’s motives without knowing him is difficult. Speculation runs freely. But psychiatrist Reinhard Haller says his rampage could have been linked in part to a romantic view of himself as a poacher of old on the run from repressive authorities.

From the start of his illicit hunts to his standoff with police, it was a “struggle to see who is better,” he told the Austria Press Agency, describing Huber’s suicide as “an expression of his determination not to accept defeat.”

Some of Huber’s last words as police closed in support that image of a defiant outlaw proud of his illegal shoots.

“I am the poacher of Annaberg,” he told his friend, Herbert Huthansl, by cellphone, in comments cited by the daily Kronen Zeitung.

“They’re not going to get me.”

Female Bear named “Dot” Killed by Hunters


Dot is Killed – UPDATE September 13, 2013

Dot – March 22, 2012Dot – March 22, 2012 At the Bear Centerthumb_3e27c99321ee3f4ace21e1e5ba9b409d_169x225_wm0_right_bottom-20130913_Dot_20120322 today, 2 hunters told staff that they would never, under any circumstances, shoot a female bear. Later today, we learned once again that not all hunters feel that way.

Two female bears wearing radio-collars bedecked with gaudy ribbons have been shot this year. First Aster was shot and injured on September 5. Then this afternoon, 13-year-old Dot, a favorite of many, was killed. We don’t know the details and hope to learn more. In late afternoon, her GPS locations showed her signal moved quickly from the forest to the town of Ely. We drove to Ely and located the radio-collar in the conservation officer’s truck awaiting delivery to the DNR office in Tower and eventual return to us. Lynn knocked on his door and learned that Dot was killed “in a hunting situation.”

The Research Associates who spent hundreds of hours following her life the last 12 years are feeling deep grief this evening. No one knew Dot better or was more devoted to her well being and learning about her life then they were. Dot was radio-tracked longer than any other bear in the study, beginning with her life in the den with her radio-collared mother Blackheart. Dot got her own collar when she became a yearling. There are many stories to tell about Dot’s relatively long life. Although black bears can live into their 30’s, the average age of females in the kill is 3. Dot and her sister Donna far exceeded that. Donna is still alive but is not radio-collared due to the latest DNR restrictions. Dot had a great, gentle personality and was a favorite of many who got to see her in the course of her 13 years.

One of the BFF Teams “Meet the Bears” articles does an excellent job of summarizing Dot’s life http://www.facebook.com/notes/bffbetty/meet-dot-2013/357565604374265.

Thank you for all you do.

—Lynn Rogers and Sue Mansfield, Biologists, Wildlife Research Institute and North American Bear Center


From the Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting/WILDWATCH.ORG

Jan Haagensen’s case challenging the hunter harassment statute in Pennsylvania will be either taken up by the Supreme Court of the US (SCOTUS) or not at the end of September. If SCOTUS takes up the case and rules in Jan’s favor, hunter harassment laws can be successfully challenged in every state.

To increase Jan’s chances of being heard, please go to this website: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/318/132/729/challenge-the-hunter-harassment-law-in-pennsylvania/ and take the action indicated by copying and pasting the text into the supreme court email form provided within the petition. Also, please sign the petition and pass along to others. On behalf of the hunted, we thank you!!!!


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Hunter Started 237,000 Acre Yosemite Fire

Firefighters Gain Ground on Rim Fire as Cause is Discovered

By Jillian MacMath, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
September 06, 2013; 9:42 AM

Thick smoke from the Rim Fire blaze has begun drifting into the Yosemite Valley, a popular scenic destination for visitors to the Yosemite National Park.

Nearly 4,000 firefighters continue to battle the massive blaze that has consumed more than 237,000 acres since its start on Aug. 17.

On Thursday, the Incident Information System confirmed in a news release that the fire began on Aug. 17 after a hunter allowed an illegal fire to escape.

[Hunters are responsible for dozens of forest fires each year, contrary to the claim that they’re the “best environmentalists.”]

Investigators from the U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement and the Tuolumne County District Attorney’s Office are withholding the hunter’s name pending further investigation.

No arrests have been made at this time. Additionally, there have been no indications that the hunter was involved with any illegal marijuana cultivation.

The fire, now 80 percent contained, has resulted in poor air quality for many surrounding areas.

“Visitors to Yosemite should expect periods of smoky conditions, depending on winds and fire behavior,” the National Park’s Air Quality and Smoke Monitoring page read on Wednesday.

A webcam in Yosemite National Park captures a shot of smoke from the Rim Fire in the distance on Aug. 29.

On Tuesday, the fire grew a total of 1,700 acres as southwest transport winds pushed smoke into communities northeast of the fire, including Pinecrest, Bear Valley, Markleeville, Minden, Carson City and the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Never Trust a Hunter Named “Killer”

It’s nice to hear that the hunter who died in a shooting accident in Tomales, CA had so many friends. However, one of them, going by the name “Killer,” may not have been such a good friend after all. He did the deceased a disservice by trying to post the following comment with details about his alleged friend’s death:

“He already killed a deer before he jumped in his Jeep and ran it over (just to make sure it was dead). The ‘accident’ occurred when he backed up over the (slightly smashed) deer and the firearm slid from the gun rack and discharged, striking the valiant hunter in the hand and throat.”

Now “killer” is back, now cleverly posting under a new handle, “Animal Lover.” This time his comment is just a retraction of his last (unwelcome) comment:

“I am amazed that you people actually believe Mr. Weller drove a vehicle over the deer. I put that non-fact in my comment because the Moderator would not post my original comment. I knew that it would not probably not help the “hunting cause”, but it did provoke the desired result” [Which was what? To make us think hunters have so little regard for the animals they shoot that they’d drive over them afterwards; or to draw out a lot of outraged comments from us for some reason?

How are we supposed to believe him this time? If I believed him that his friend drove over the deer he shot, it’s because I never had the pleasure to make that particular hunter’s acquaintance. But I’ve known plenty of other hunters who routinely pulled similar stunts. When asked if he’d seen any deer that day, one unabashedly announced, “No, but I got off a couple of good ‘sound shots’!” [Meaning, he shot blindly at a sound he heard in the bushes].

I’ve seen hunters standing up in the back of pickup beds, loaded rifles at the ready, in hopes of shooting deer from the road. Working in the woods, I’ve been in the rig while the driver tried to run a deer down. And of course, the truck cab with three cammo-clad, orange-vested hunters sitting abreast, each with a can of malt liquor on their lap, is as common a site as falling yellow leaves in Autumn.

So, do I believe “Killer’s” original story, or his new retraction? Maybe neither; maybe this is something the local Sherriff and county coroner should look into. Who knows, maybe “Killer” himself is responsible for the killing. He sure likes to blow smoke like someone with a guilty conscience.

Anyway, it doesn’t really matter to us; we’re here for the animals. We don’t have time to dwell on the hunters or their apologists (although some sure seem to crave any attention they can get).

Text and Wildlife Photography © Jim Robertson

Text and Wildlife Photography © Jim Robertson

Watch Out Washington Wolves, the “Experts” are Coming

WDFW NEWS RELEASE Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091 http://wdfw.wa.gov/

July 11, 2013

Contact: Wildlife Program, 360-902-2515

[Self-proclaimed] “experts” from three western states to discuss effects of wolves on hunting opportunities

OLYMPIA – Big game managers from Washington, Idaho and Montana will discuss their experiences managing game animals in areas populated by wolves during a live webcast July 18.

The event will take place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. via the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (WDFW) website ( http://wdfw.wa.gov/ ). Viewers will have an opportunity to provide questions via email at july18event@dfw.wa.gov .

Montana and Idaho have been managing wolves longer than Washington and their experience can provide context to inform the department and citizens on how to confront the challenges that lie ahead, said Phil Anderson, WDFW director.

“We’ve been consulting with a number of experts, including our counterparts from other states, since wolves began to reappear in Washington to better prepare us for meeting the many challenges that come with having wolves back in the state,” said Anderson, who will participate in the discussion. “This will give the public an opportunity to hear directly from those who have been involved in wolf management in other areas of the west.”

Jon Rachel, Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s state wildlife manager and Jim Williams, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ northwest wildlife program manager will discuss the impacts wolves have had on deer, elk and other big game animals in their states. They will also discuss strategies that successful big game hunters have adopted while hunting in their states.

Dave Ware, WDFW statewide game program manager, will describe the status of wolves and big game hunting in Washington.

For those unable to view the live webcast on July 18, it will remain available from the department’s webpage after the event.

copyrighted wolf in water

Study: Wolves Don’t Cause Elk Drop

Even they know that wolves are NOT the culprits…


June 21, 2013 1:22 p.m.

Any hunter who’s spent time in wolf country can attest to the predators’ influence. We see wolf tracks, find old kills, and often times we spot fewer game animals. But exactly how wolves affect big-game populations is still greatly unknown. Yeah, wolves eat elk. But, do they kill mostly adults or calves? Do they eat enough elk to wipe out a whole herd? Do they pressure elk into hiding in the timber or force them off their feeding patterns? Are wolves even one of the main factors in elk population dynamics? New research from the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at the University of Wyoming is starting to shed light on some of these questions. After three years of studying the Clark’s Fork elk herd (about 5,000 animals) in northwest Wyoming, lead researcher Arthur Middleton found that wolves might not be as detrimental to elk populations as many outdoorsmen think/Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life. H/T: Rich Landers, SR Outdoors.

copyrighted wolf in water

Hunt the Hunters

Here’s a classic vintage quote from the late Cleveland Amory, founder of the Hunt the Hunters Hunt Club…

“Our position is simply this: we want to do for the hunter what the hunter does for the animal–shoot him for his own good! Now, I admit that some hunters are so shortsighted they don’t realize we’re doing this just for them. It must be made clear that hunters are breeding like flies, overcrowding the fields, damaging the forests. But our club isn’t trying to exterminate them; we’re just trying to thin the herd.”