Pennsylvania Bill: Increase Penalties for Trail-Camera Thieves

trail cam theftLancaster Online reports that State Representative Neal Goodman (D-Schuylkill County) recently introduced House Bill 484, which would increase penalties for any low-life who would steal another hunter’s trail camera.

Under the proposed bill the theft of a cam would be added as a specific crime within Pennsylvania’s Game and Wildlife Code. Moving trail cameras to the wildlife code would allow a hunter to report the theft of one to state a wildlife conservation officer, who could then investigate the crime. Currently, the theft of a cam in Pennsylvania (and most other states I assume) must be reported to local or state law enforcement, who as Lancaster Online rightly points out “certainly have lots of more pressing issues to deal with.”

The bill introduced by Mr. Goodman, who must be a deer hunter, would make the theft of a trail camera a first-degree summary offense, which carries a fine of up to $1,500 and potential jail time of up to 3 months. Also, and this is the best part, anyone convicted of stealing a trail camera would have his hunting license revoked for a year.

If it were up to me, I’d go with a mandatory 3- or 5-year hunt license suspension. Nothing worse than stealing!

HB 484 has been referred to the Penn. House Game and Fisheries Committee, where it awaits legislative action. I cannot imagine any push back, but only support for it.

Have any of you had a trail camera(s) stolen by some scumbag? (Tip of the hat to the hunter who wrote the sign above :)

Soybeans: Best Food Source For Big Deer

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Check out Map #1 of soybean production in the U.S. Now compare it to Map 2, which shows where the most record-book bucks (P&Y and B&C) have been killed in America over time. Uncanny isn’t it?

The maps clearly show a strong correlation: The more soybeans, which have nearly 30% crude protein, that are planted in and around your hunting area, the more big bucks that live there.

Click here for more information on soybeans and when to plant them this spring.




Is This Lion Zebra Fight Best Taxidermy Ever?

taxidermy cool lion and zebraI was looking back through my archives and found this photo, which was sent to be by a reader one time: Mike, I don’t know anything else about this other than it is cool as hell!

The message with the picture read: From the World Taxidermy Championship. Notice how carefully this was put together…look at each angle and consider, there are no ropes or lines holding any of this up. The lion is held up by its tail, where it contacts the zebra leg, and the entire mount is supported by the zebra’s back leg. Pretty amazing.

Yes, cool as hell. Might be the best taxidermy work I’ve ever seen.

4 Most Popular Hunting Cartridges

hale 2018 ALBoone and Crockett did a survey one time. They compiled a list of cartridges that hunters used to kill North American big game and big bucks that ultimately made their record book. Not surprisingly, here are the top 4 rounds:

–.300 magnum (used by 18 percent of the hunters in the survey): This includes the .300 Win. Mag and .300 Rem. Ultra Mag. A lot of the animals killed in this survey were big and tough, like bears and elk. But quite a few record-size mule deer and whitetails were felled with the flat-shooting .300 too. Never a bad choice, IF you can handle some recoil.

–.270 (12 percent): The .270 is still one of the kings and always will be, no matter how many sexier, flatter-shooting cartridges are developed. The .270 is a proven performer and has little recoil, so most hunters shoot it well. Fine whitetail cartridge, all things considered probably the best. After a few years of hunting with other cartridges, I find myself going back to my Remington Model 783 in .270…I shoot a few more bucks with it and wonder why I ever stop using that fine rifle.

–.30/06 (11 percent): Only thing surprising is that it didn’t rank higher in the top 2. Still the best all-around big game cartridge on the planet. I’ve killed sheep, black bears, caribou, elk and lots of deer with 150-, 165- and 180-grain bullets; why I ever stopped hunting with the .30-06 I really don’t know, but I haven’t shot mine in years. I need to go back to this venerable cartridge again.

--7mm Rem. Mag. (10 percent): The 7 Mag. will always have a following, especially with elk and mule deer hunters out West, where it really cannot be topped. I used this cartridge a lot last fall, and while it performed well, I need more range and hunting time with it to feel comfortable.

Which rifle and cartridge do you hunt with?

278-Inch Wild Buck Poached In Texas

texas buck poachedThe second largest whitetail buck ever shot in Texas was poached.

Texas Parks & Wildlife reports that a Denton County man pleaded no contest to illegally taking the deer, which scored 278 Boone & Crockett points, last October near Pilot Point, Texas.

Travis D. Johnson was sentenced to two years of probation and 40 hours community service, plus court costs. He also faces in excess of $53,000 in restitution fines from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and is prohibited from purchasing a hunting license for the duration of his deferred adjudication period.

Almost immediately after news of the huge buck broke on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, Texas game wardens became aware of rumors alleging Johnson may have harvested the buck after legal shooting hours the night before. Based on a photo being circulated online that showed Johnson posing with the field dressed deer during daylight hours, along with comments that he had taken it with a bow the previous evening, wardens had concerns about the care and disposition of the venison considering the warm temperatures. Hunters are required to keep the meat of harvested game in edible condition.

A Denton County game warden met with Johnson at his residence the afternoon of Oct. 8 to inspect the carcass, and was informed it had been discarded at a different location due to concerns about the meat possibly being infected.

The story fell apart from there, and the sad truth eventually came out. No way for such an amazing animal’s life to end.