Outdoors notebook: Releasing captive deer banned in South
TribLIVE Sports Videos
The idea of releasing potentially large-racked, captive-bred bucks into the wild in an attempt to jump-start the gene pool in Alabama has come to an end.
Supporters of a group called the Big Buck Project had proposed buying deer — descended from those that had produced 200 inches of antler — from game farms and releasing them onto unfenced private property this past fall.
The plan drew criticism from biologists and conservation groups nationwide. They worried about the possibility of introducing disease into wild herds.
Big Buck Project organizers defended their plans by comparing it to the stocking of elk, turkeys and trout carried out by official wildlife agencies over the decades.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources saw things differently, however. An emergency regulation signed in December by the department's executive director put an end to the idea. The order will stand until Feb. 9, when the agency's board meets. Members could vote to make the order permanent or change it.
Pennsylvania lawmakers haven't seen fit to legalize Sunday hunting, making it just one of 11 states nationwide where the prohibition still holds.
But their counterparts in New Jersey might be moving in that direction.
Legislation introduced there that would allow hunting on Sundays during firearms deer season recently passed unanimously out of committee. It now goes to the full legislature for a vote.
New Jersey already allows archery hunting for deer Sundays on private property. That's been legal since 2009.
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy protected, through an agricultural easement, more than 37 acres of farmland at the headwaters of a notable Westmoreland County creek.
The Fairfield Township property sits at the headwaters of Tubmill Creek, which has been identified as a “priority watershed because of the rich aquatic life in the stream.” The easement keeps the property in private hands while permanently restricting development on it.
The U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance Foundation's Trailblazer Adventure Program — which introduced children to outdoor sports — has reached more than 1.5 million kids. For information about the program and how to get involved with hosting or participating in one, visit trailblazeradventure.org.
Bob Frye is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @bobfryeoutdoors.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Fishing report: Fall bite sparks good fishing
- Outdoors notices: Oct. 12, 2014
- Frye: Bright future for Yough River
- New tricks available for squirrel hunters
- Outdoor notices: Oct. 19, 2014