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Mule Deer Migration

Wildlife biologist Hall Sawyer discovers the longest ungulate migration in the lower 48, nearly 5000 mule deer migrate 150 miles in western Wyoming. The journey from the desert to the mountains that these deer undertake is truly remarkable.

Sawyer’s groundbreaking science is combined with first ever migration footage from photographer Joe Riis to highlight and inspire the importance of conserving migration corridors around the world.
Film produced by Joe Riis and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Go to for more information.


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Houbara bustards: Pakistan hunting ban sparks political row

Pakistan issues permits for controlled hunting of houbara bustards, a rare bird species, to wealthy Arabs from the Middle East but one province has now imposed a ban. Why?

A houbara bustard flying, 9 December 2014

What are houbara bustards?

Houbara bustards are a rare breed of migratory birds the size of a chicken. They migrate in their thousands every winter from Central Asia to the arid planes of southern Pakistan.

Once a thriving species, the houbara bustard population has drastically fallen in recent years and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has placed it on its “red list” of threatened species.

Its current global population is estimated at between 50,000 to 100,000 birds.

The hunting of houbara bustards is banned in most countries, including Pakistan. But every year Pakistan issues special hunting permits to dignitaries from the Middle East as part of what many call “soft diplomacy”.

Each permit allows the holder to hunt 100 birds in a 10-day hunting spree, but the limits are often exceeded, locals and conservationists say.

The Arabs cherish houbara hunting both as a sport and because its meat is considered an aphrodisiac.

IUCN believes hunting of houbara bustards on their wintering grounds is the main reason for their dwindling population.

Why is Imran Khan helping to protect them?

Imran Khan, a former Pakistan cricket captain, heads the main opposition Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) party, which is in power in the north-western province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

Imran Khan

On Sunday, the KP government announced a blanket ban on the hunting of houbara bustards in its territory.

Adviser to the Chief Minister on Environment and Forests, Ishtiaq Ormar, issued a notification stating that “no one, local or foreigner, will be allowed to violate the law, as hunting of the internationally protected bird is not allowed under the law in the province.”

The announcement came following reports that a group of Qatari princes had landed in Pakistan to hunt houbara bustards, including in the KP region.

Political row

Mr Khan has been conducting a campaign against the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif since 2014.

He first led a massive four-month sit-in in Islamabad over allegations that the 2013 elections which brought Mr Sharif to power had been rigged. The government denies the allegations.

More recently, protests by his party led to a court case being brought against Mr Sharif’s family over allegedly undeclared property in London.

The case was prompted by the well-documented Panama Papers leaks which were said to show Mr Sharif’s children as owners of hitherto undeclared offshore companies.

Sharif supporters say the charges against them are politically motivated and the Sharif family said the Panama Papers “made no allegations of wrongdoing against” it.

The court proceedings brought by the PTI are focused on when the properties in question were acquired.

The KP government’s ban on hunting came hours after Imran Khan in a tweet expressed his intention “to speak to the KP CM (chief minister) not to allow anyone to hunt Houbara Bustards in KP as it is a protected bird and hunting them is illegal”.

This left little doubt in many commentators’ minds that the KP ban had come not because of any official policy of the KP government, but as a result of Mr Khan’s personal intervention, even though he holds no formal office in the provincial government.

Where does the Qatari prince come in?

Mr Khan’s tweet, and the subsequent ban by KP, came in the wake of media reports last week that the federal government had allowed a Qatari prince, Shaikh Abdullah bin Ali al-Thani, to hunt houbara bustards in the Dera Ismail Khan region of KP province.

A falcon (R) tries to catch a houbara bustard during a falconry competition, part of the 2014 International Festival of Falconry in Hameem, 150km west of Abu Dhabi, on December 9, 2014.

Shaikh Abdullah, who last visited the Dera Ismail Khan area to hunt in 2012, is one of several members of Qatar’s royal family who are annually issued permits to hunt houbara bustards in different parts of Pakistan.

They include former prime minister of Qatar, Shaikh Hammad bin Jassim bin Jabir al-Thani, who is normally allotted the Bhakkar-Khushab region, and the father, brother and several cousins of the Emir of Qatar.

The ban has led to comments that it will likely cause embarrassment to the federal government which considers houbara hunting permits for Arab shaikhs as an important part of its foreign policy.

How is Prime Minister Sharif involved?

Many say Imran Khan’s move to ban hunting in KP has more to do with domestic politics than conservation of houbara bustards.

They point out that in November a letter issued by former Qatari prime minister Shaikh Hammad bin Jassim was produced in court by Nawaz Sharaf in support of his case.

The letter referred to business dealings between PM Sharif’s late father, Mian Mohammad Sharif, and the Shaikh’s father.

The subsequent sale of these business assets in the Gulf are said to have provided funds for the Mayfair apartments in London.

Following the production of the letter in court, some opposition circles have suggested the former Qatari PM is trying to help PM Sharif get away with “ill-gotten money”, which is denied.

Many believe Imran Khan’s decision to ban hunting was a knee-jerk reaction to the Qatari letter.


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San Antonio-Area Mom Shoots Giant Rattler Outside Her Home

Last week, Janie Moy’s day turned upside down when she saw a rattlesnake in her backyard, just southeast of San Antonio.

The San Antonio Express-News reports the family’s giant plot of land sits on 25 acres, so they’ve seen plenty of wildlife on their property over the years. But this massive rattlesnake sighting was definitely unexpected, and understandably shook the Moy family. The creepy creature slithered ominously up her driveway, though Moy didn’t know what kind of snake it was until she got closer.

 “I look at the tail. I look closer: Oh no, it’s a rattlesnake,” Moy told MySanAntonio. “I can’t let this come toward the house,” she thought. Good thinking, Janie.

Moy’s husband dispensed some short and sweet advice. “Just kill it,” he said, and that’s just what Moy did. Together, she and her 14-year-old son brought their 410 shotgun from the garage. Just three shots later, the deed was done. Moy’s husband disposed of the snake, but not before she could pose for pictures.


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Maybe not so fun when your hand becomes part of the meal, too. Watch as these pike are hand fed, and one gets a little extra protein.

Pike are definitely not the little, docile bluegills and sunfish we fed as kids.

 These toothy, voracious aquatic predators are on top of the food chain under the surface of the water. Tease them and feed them at your own risk.

This video shows why you should keep all your fingers and toes out of pike-owned waters.


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What started out as a typical hunt has quickly turned into a dream come true for this Russian hunter. Asking to stay anonymous until the media attention dies down and the record is officially confirmed, this hunter may find himself in the books after harvesting a possible world record Triceratops.

april fools triceratops

After glassing a few bluffs in the early morning fog, the hunter noticed some movement down below in the thick brush but was unable to see what exactly was bedded below.

 All he could tell is that it was big.

Formulating a plan, he moved back down the bluff he’d come from and circled the ravine, trying to get downwind of the animal to cover his scent. After getting to where he wanted, he waited, hoping the animal would soon get up to feed. To his surprise, the Triceratops appeared from the brush just moments later. That’s when he knew he was onto something special.

 Although his Triceratops sightings had been few and far between, the hunter had seen enough to know this one was mature and huge in size. The rut was in full swing, and the male Triceratops was with a female in heat, running and chasing all over the tundra. After multiple attempts to get the animal stopped for a clean shot, the Triceratops had moved out of range.

Distraught, the hunter thought he had missed out on a chance of a lifetime. He decided then to begin a spot and stalk in the direction of where the pair were headed, still hoping to track down the monster.

After a three-hour spot and stalk, the hunter got within range and fought to calm his nerves.

He squeezed the trigger and watched the creature run about 80 yards before toppling over.

“I’ve never experienced anything like it,” he said. “I’ve hunted whitetail, caribou, elk, and even a few bear in my day, but chasing this animal is like nothing else.”

Currently, wildlife officers and biologists have the dinosaur in their possession for research and scoring.

At a whopping 32 feet and three inches long, 10 feet two inches tall, and an absurd 25,974-pound weigh-in, this harvest is sure to crush the previous world record. The two horns measured over four feet long each. He’s a true trophy, and based on the measurements, they are guessing his age at over 82 million. Mature for sure.

When we asked the hunter his thoughts on the whole ordeal, he showed surprising restraint. All he had to say was, “Now I have to figure out what kind of mount I want, and where it could even fit in my house…”

“…or if the wife will even approve,” he chuckled.

This is amazing, to say the least, and it brings a whole new meaning to “Big Game Hunting.”


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Two is always better than one. These red stags need to be seen to be believed.

A family that hunts together stays together. And that can’t be more true than for the Gourdin’s. On a recent trip to New Zealand, 13-year-old Aryanna arrowed not only one, but two monster red stag. And along for the ride was Dad and her brother, and they both had successful hunts as well.

And here’s a video showing this second stag being shot:

Here is the video of the massive stag my 13 year old daughter Aryanna shot on our live video that was grainy. She makes a perfect shot writh her Bowtech INC. Eva Shockey signature series and Wac'Em Archery Products. This monster scores 404" and made a young lady's dreams come true ツ Thanks to Kaweka Hunting N.Z.

Posted by Wings & things hunting on Monday, March 27, 2017

On back-to-back days in late March, and with the outfitter Kaweka Hunting N.Z., Aryanna found the prize and made the shot. And what beauty stags these beasts are!

Here’s the first:

red stag

“I had the chance to harvest a beauty of a stag, and my brother and dad did, too! our @bowtecharchery bows and @wacemarchery broadheads did not disappoint and can definitely get the job done!”

Next up was this stag, which scored an incredible 404 inches!

red stag

red stag

“Once again with a beauty of a stag!! I am beyond thankful to be able to experience this!”


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Missing man found dead inside 23-foot-long python

The body of a missing 25-year-old man was found inside the stomach of a massive python in Indonesia, a few days after he was reported missing.

Akbar Salubiro had not been heard from since March 26, when he left his home in a small village on Sulawesi Island, according to The Independent.

But after neighbors who went looking for him found a bloated, 23-foot-long python in Salubiro’s garden, they began fearing the worst.

According to the Associated Press, some items belonging to Salubiro were also found scattered about in the garden, including one of his boots, his harvesting tool and some fruit.

Suspecting the massive snake was responsible for Salubiro’s disappearance, the group sliced it open.

West Sulawesi Police

Inside, they found the lifeless body of the missing father of two.

A graphic video of the incident was shared on YouTube by Tribun Timur — but be warned, it’s extremely disturbing.

Reticulated pythons are among the largest snakes in the world and “suffocate their victims before swallowing them whole,” reported the BBC.

However, while the most massive among the species are clearly capable of swallowing an adult person, they generally target wild boar, primates and dogs.

Unfortunately, this case seems to be an exception.


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Suburban Legend: Giant Mule Deer Buck With Four Main Beams Spotted in Colorado Springs

Mule deer loitering around office parks is not an uncommon sight in Colorado Springs, which nestles at the foot of Pike’s Peak in Colorado’s Front Range. In the 10 years George Kroll has worked as a foreman at J.E. Dunn Construction, he has grown accustomed to seeing bucks grazing amid the sprinklers in early morning or even bedded under pines during the heat of the day.

Deer that many hunters would consider bucks of a lifetime have for Kroll and his co-workers been, well, just another day at the office. Until this spring, when a muley with a rack straight out of a science fiction movie showed up and topped them all.

“For us to have 30-inch bucks, it happens every year,” Kroll says. “But this guy, he’s in a class by himself. I’ve hunted my whole life and I’ve killed some big bucks, but looking at him I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I’ve never seen any deer with four well-developed main beams, crowned at the top like a red stag, with multiple drop tines, kickers and stickers to boot.”

A huge, club-like drop dangles near the buck’s right eye. “The thing seems to bother him,” Kroll says. “He’ll shake his head and try to get it out of the way.”

Kroll first spotted the buck at the office in April, when early antler growth already tipped him to be a trophy in the making. “He was a monster then, and I figured he was going to be unreal in a couple of months,” Kroll says. “And that’s how it turned out.”

Goliath, as he’s known around the office, has shown up consistently since then, usually in the company of another buck. The two-deer bachelor group seems comfortable bedding down in the shade of the pines near the parking lot–as long as people keep their distance. “It’s not a tame damn deer, I’ll tell you that,” Kroll says. “He won’t tolerate you getting right on top of him outside the office.”

Inside the office is a different story. “When it’s really hot, he likes the coolness and the shade of the mulch right next to the building,” Kroll says. “He’ll lay right outside the window, and when he gets up to turn around he’ll look right in the window at you standing there behind the glass. It’s unbelievable.”

Kroll guesses the buck’s age at 7 years old. “I’ve tried counting points, and best I can say is somewhere between 35 and 40,” he says. “As far as a score, I wouldn’t even know where to begin. I’d say 300 easy.”

Justin Spring, assistant director of big game records for the Boone and Crockett Club, was cautious about estimating a score only from photographs.

“It could be around that 300-inch mark,” Spring says. “I wouldn’t say it’s going to be a pending world record if it was taken, but it very well could rank very high if it meets all the criteria for entry.”

Boone & Crockett does not accept bucks with multiple beams. If the buck does indeed have four main beams growing from four pedicles (instead of two beams that grow from two pedicles but split near the skull) it would be disqualified from the record book. Truly gnarly racks like this buck’s can often be the result of a hormone imbalance caused by underdeveloped sex organs–also grounds for disqualification.

Kroll says the buck certainly looks healthy. “He’s a big bodied deer, but you lose sight of that because you get awed by that rack. Then you see him next to another deer and you realize what a tank he is.

Talk of trophy potential may be moot unless the buck starts to roam: The area is solidly suburban, according to Kroll, surrounded for miles by condos, homes and stores with no legal hunting areas nearby. And the office where he likes to hang out is across the street from a police station–enough, one hopes, to dissuade poachers.

Kroll is looking forward to fall, when he hopes to get more photos of the buck all muscled up for the rut. Until then, he’ll enjoy his front-row view of a first-rate muley.


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Missanabie, Ontario |  A man from Michigan is in a critical condition after suffering a savage attack from a large moose, while hunting in Canada.

Jeremy Larsen was hunting with his brother and his nephew near Dog Lake, in Ontario, when he accidentally spilled an entire jar of moose urine on himself. He decided to leave the group and head back to their cabin, three miles away, to change his clothes.

He had about a mile left to walk when he was attacked by a male moose, weighting around 1200 lbs. Mr Larsen tried to use his weapon to defend himself, but he was rapidly knocked out after receiving many kicks from the moose’s front hooves.

While the poor man was lying on his knees, defenseless, the powerful animal began rubbing his massive genitals all over him, mimicking sexual intercourse.

The animal assaulted Mr Larsen for several minutes before ejaculating, and finally leaving him alone.

The severely injured hunter was found two hours later by his brother and nephew, who were also heading back to their cabin.

John Larsen, the victim’s nephew, says his uncle was unconscious and covered in blood when they found him.


Jeremy Larsen was transported by helicopter to a Toronto hospital, where doctors were able to stabilize his condition. He suffers from five broken ribs, a perforated lung and 15 bone fractures, but doctors no longer fear for his life.Only hours after the attack, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry issued a warning concerning the use of moose urine. The ministry states that this is the third attack of this kind to occur in the province since 2011, and that all three were due to urine spills.