Feb 10, 2016, 8:35
Texas inmate James Freeman

Texas Executes Suspected Poacher Who Shot, Killed Game Warden

A Texas man was executed Wednesday evening for fatally shooting a game warden nine years ago during a shootout after a 90-minute chase that began when he was suspected of poaching.

James Freeman, 35, was asked by the warden if he had a final statement. "No, I do not," he replied.

He was pronounced dead at 6:30 p.m., 16 minutes after Texas prison officials began a lethal dose of pentobarbital. As the pentobarbital began taking effect, he snored about five times and coughed slightly once.

Read the whole story at Fox News

Wisconsin DNR Hiring Part-Time Wardens, Rangers; Warden Career Event Is Next Week

The Department of Natural Resources this week launched a statewide recruitment process to hire about 72 deputy conservation wardens and rangers for part-time positions across Wisconsin.

You have until February 17 to apply for these law enforcement jobs. This is a joint hiring process involving DNR's Bureau of Law Enforcement, Division of Forestry and the Parks program.

You'll see these positions listed as LTE -- or DNR limited-term employee positions. What does that mean?

A DNR deputy warden (or LTE warden) is a part-time conservation warden who works directly with, and under the direction of, a full-time DNR conservation warden. The LTE ranger operates with the same law enforcement authority as a full-time DNR ranger, but is a part-time employee. You also could think of these positions as seasonal jobs.

Louisiana Man Shoots Louisiana Wildlife, Receives Three Life Terms

A Louisiana man has been sentenced to three life terms in prison without parole for shooting a Louisiana wildlife conservation officer.

According to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Sgt. Scott Bullitt, 32, of Jonesboro, was shot in the back at the Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area in Ouachita Parish on May 21, 2015 by Luke Jarrod Hust, 29, of Monroe. Bullitt and another agent stopped a vehicle on Buckley Hill Road near the Wham Break Boat Launch at the Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area.  During the stop, Hust shot Sgt. Bullitt, fired at another agent, then ran into the woods.

Bullitt was taken to a hospital in Monroe. Hust was captured by agents a few hours later.

On Dec. 3, 2015, Hust was convicted of two counts of attempted first degree murder and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Bullitt, who has been on the force for over five years, is recovering and has not returned to active duty.

Officer Tim Kaiser and Derby

Conservation Officers To Add K9 'Derby' To Their Ranks

Indiana Conservation Officers announced today that they are adding a K9 unit to District 7.

Derby was adopted from Posey County Pound Puppies after being brought to the facility as a stray and never being claimed.  At the time Derby was about six months old.

Derby is a black Labrador Retriever which is a common breed of dog used by sportsmen for both their versatility and drive. Police say the demeanor of the dog, its mannerisms and its willingness to work convinced handler Officer Tim Kaiser that he and Derby would be a good fit.

Police note that the Indiana Conservation Officer K9 Resource Protection Program focuses on three primary disciplines: wildlife and ginseng detection, area searches and man tracking.

Starting the end of January, Derby will start formal training for approximately nine weeks.  Once the initial training is complete,  Derby will patrol with Kaiser who is assigned to Spencer County.

“Derby is going to be a wonderful resource to the District Seven Community from both a law enforcement and public safety aspect," Kaiser said. "Whether it is finding evidence or tracking down a murder suspect, lost hunter or missing child, Derby is going to provide a great service to our area.”

The Indiana Conservation Officer K9 program is in its 19th year. During that time, the K9 program has been utilized nearly 5,000 times and is responsible for approximately 1,300 arrests.

Two Pennsylvania Poachers Face Fines Of Nearly $5,000

Danville Pennsylvania — Two Danville area men who killed seven deer illegally face fines of nearly $5,000 each and have been placed on one year’s probation.

Isacc A. Troutman, and Kevin J. Smeltzer, each pleaded guilty to six counts including two misdemeanor charges.

Montour County District judge Marvin Shrawder sentenced each man Thursday to six months consecutive probation for the misdemeanors or a total of one year’s probation starting Feb. 22. He also ordered them to pay fines and court costs totaling $9,595 or $4,797 each. The fines include $800 for each deer. They also pleaded guilty to illegal possession of a seventh deer which was improperly tagged and illegal use of a hand-held spotlight from a vehicle while possessing a gun.

Nepal Locals Barred From Entering Chitwan National Park

Nepal Locals Barred From Entering Chitwan National Park

Nepal The Chitwan National Park (CNP) has prevented the locals from entering the national park area after the folks were found falling sal trees in the CNP. 

The national park had allowed the locals’ entry for thatch grass collection some days ago but the locals were involved in cutting sal trees by taking advantage of the national park’s step. 

Chief Conservation Officer of the CNP, Ram Chandra Kandel, said that entry of the local residents is prevented after their involvement in the falling of the sal trees. 

The officials said that the locals would not get a chance to enter the park with weapons in case they were permitted to visit the national park area. 

Likewise, Assistant Conservation Officer Abhinaya Pathak said that four-five sal trees were readied to smuggle after cutting near Shivadwara area of Ayodhyapuri. He, however, said that no one was arrested in connection to the incident. 

As the local residents were found involved in falling trees, the CNP has also terminated the period for collecting the thatch grass prior to the given time.

Nevada Department Of Wildlife Seeks Information On Deer Poaching

Nevada Department Of Wildlife Seeks Information On Deer Poaching

Elko Nevada game wardens are seeking any tips or information on a poached buck mule deer found in the north Toano Range in Hunt Unit 079, approximately 10 miles south of Montello.

“The 4-by-3 buck was found at Loray Draw about one-and-a-half miles southeast of State Route 233,” said Nick Brunson, game warden for the Nevada Department of Wildlife. “It appears that the poacher may have been interrupted in the act of butchering, as the meat was cut off the animal but was left to rot or spoil at the site.”

The animal was shot and then dragged approximately 300 yards down the canyon and hidden under a juniper tree approximately 80 yards east of the two track road. Most of the meat had already been cut and set aside with the head and antlers still attached to the carcass.

It is believed that the animal may have been shot sometime around Dec. 23, but Brunson says it could have been anytime during the week leading up to Christmas. Brunson also believes that a truck or SUV with tire chains on was used to access the area.

“It’s sad that all this meat was left to go to waste,” said Brunson. “This is a crime against the hunters and citizens of the State of Nevada.”

Anyone who may have information that can help game wardens investigate this crime is asked to call Operation Game Thief at 800-992-3030 or the Elko NDOW office at 777-2300.

Fish And Game Upheaval Reveals Shift In California Wildlife Policy

The sudden resignation of the most adamant defender of hunting and fishing on the California Fish and Game Commission could put the finishing touches on a sweeping philosophical shift in the way the state views wildlife, sets rules for fishing and controls predators like mountain lions and wolves.

Commissioner Jim Kellogg retired in late December in frustration over what he termed a lack of consideration for the sportsmen and women he represents. The resignation — combined with the unrelated recent departures of commission President Jack Baylis and Sonke Mastrup, the commission’s executive director — sets the stage for Gov. Jerry Brown to appoint conservationists to the increasingly pivotal state board.

Read more at the San Francisco Chronicle


South Dakota State University Implements New Natural Resource Law Enforcement Program

The South Dakota Board of Regents recently approved a new degree program for South Dakota State University that is only offered comparably in four institutions nationwide: natural resource law enforcement. 

Paul Turman, vice president of academic affairs for the SDBOR, said this degree will have a huge effect within South Dakota in the next decade.

“Hunting and fishing … isn’t going anywhere in South Dakota. We need to expand Game, Fish and Parks,” Turman said. “In the next five years, the number of employees with this skill set will increase by five percent.”

Turman also discussed the ease for students currently majoring in other, similar fields to shift into natural resource law enforcement. 


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Shikar Safari Club Scholarship

Shikar Safari Club is proudly taking applications from undergraduates

and graduates. These scholarships will be given on a yearly basis.

And will be given in the amount of $5000.00 each for those currently

involved in the studies of Wildlife Management, Range Management

and Law Enforcement.