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2017-18 Texas Hunting, Fishing Licenses on Sale Starting Tuesday, Aug. 15

2017-18 Texas Hunting, Fishing Licenses on Sale Starting Tuesday, Aug. 15

AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) reminds hunters and anglers that the new 2017-2018 licenses go on sale Tuesday, Aug. 15. All current year Texas hunting and fishing licenses (except year-to-date fishing licenses) expire Aug. 31.

Every year, the department issues more than 2.4 million hunting and fishing licenses through the agency’s 28 field offices, more than 50 state parks, at over 1,700 retailers across the state and online at www.tpwd.texas.gov/buy . All revenue generated from hunting and fishing license fees pays for conservation efforts and recreational opportunities that help make Texas one of the best places in the country to hunt and fish. Fish stocking, wildlife management, habitat restoration, public hunting leases, river access permits and Texas Game Wardens are just some of the initiatives funded in part by license fees.

Texans can also enter Big Time Texas Hunts drawing when purchasing their license. Big Time Texas Hunts offers the chance to win any of nine exciting premium guided hunt packages, with all lodging and food included. Many also allow the winners to bring friends along to hunt. . There are packages to hunt bighorn sheep, mule deer, white-tailed deer, pronghorn, alligator, waterfowl, upland game birds, wild hog and exotics. Big Time Texas Hunts entries are available online for $9 each at www.tpwd.texas.gov/buyentry or for $10 each at license retailers or by phone at (800) 895-4248.

TPWD will also be awarding Lifetime Super Combo Licenses to three lucky winners through the Lifetime License Drawing. Winners will never need to buy another Texas hunting or fishing license. Participants can enter for $5 per entry at license retailers or online at www.tpwd.texas.gov/licensedraw . The first entry deadline for the three monthly drawings is Sept. 30 with the first winner drawn on October 2. Any entries not drawn will be automatically included in the next drawings on November 1 and December 1

Hunters and anglers can also support two worthwhile causes when they buy their hunting or fishing license by making voluntary donations of $1, $5, $10 or $20 to help support the “Feeding Texas’ Hunters for the Hungry” program or the Veterans Commission’s Veterans Assistance Fund.

Donations to the Hunters for the Hungry program provides hunters with a way to donate legally harvested deer to participating processors, and this processed meat goes to local food banks to feed Texas families in need. Last year, hunters and anglers generously donated $106,913 through the TPWD licensing system, which helped offset a percentage of the processing fees for food banks and made it possible for more Texas families in need to enjoy this quality protein source.

Donations to the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance (FVA) program provide grants to veteran service organizations and nonprofit charitable institutions that assist veterans and their families at the community level throughout Texas. In its first year in 2017 license buyers generously contributed $193,903 in donations from Texas hunting and fishing license purchasers.

Hunters and anglers can get their new 2017-2018 hunting and fishing licenses and special drawing entries or Big Time Texas Hunts entries online at www.tpwd.texas.gov/buy, at license retailers or by phone at (800) 895-4248. The online transaction system is available 24/7. Call center hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is a required $5 administrative fee for each phone or online transaction, but multiple items can be purchased during a single transaction occasion for this $5 fee. All of these license sales outlets will offer the opportunity to make a donation to help veterans and/or families in need of food.

Hunting and fishing regulations for the new season can be found in the 2017-2018 Outdoor Annual, available in print form at license retailers, online at www.outdoorannual.com and in the free Outdoor Annual mobile app available for both Apple and Android devices and updated with regulations for the new season on Aug. 15.

To get more information on hunting and fishing throughout the year, hunters and anglers are invited to sign up for free email updates at www.tpwd.texas.gov/email or by texting TPWD HUNT or TPWD FISH and their email address to GOV311 (ex. TPWD HUNT myemail@emailaddress.com).

EWA Board of Director Update

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EWA Board of Director Update 
It’s that time of the year that EWA begins thinking about our next annual membership meeting and the election of new well qualified board members. If you are interested in a position on our Board of Directors and want to help establish policy that will lead this organization into the future and have been an active member, active corporate member or lifetime member in good standing for at least 1 year please contact our nominations chairman, Doug Smith, st 830-367-2320 or call the EWA office at 830/367-7761 to submit your name or to nominate another member for the position.
The deadline for nominations is August 24th.
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Charly Seale, Executive Director

105 Henderson Branch Rd., West
Ingram, Texas 78025
 
August 10, 2017
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Wildlife Forever Fundraiser
The second annual “Wildlife Forever” fundraiser is just around the corner. If you haven’t registered for this great one-day event you can go to the Exotic Wildlife Association’s website at www.myewa.org or Eventbrite.com and register online. You can also register by calling the EWA office at 830-367-7761 and speak with an EWA staff member. This annual fundraiser is being held at the Y.O. Resort Hotel and Conference Center in Kerrville, Texas on August 26. A great consignment auction, conducted by Huntsville Livestock Auction Company, begins at 1:00 P.M. followed by social hour at 5:00 P.M., dinner at 6:00 P.M. and a fantastic grand auction to cap off the evening.
Stop by and visit our exhibitors who will have an array of displays from custom knives, lady’s jewelry, all types of feeds for every animal on your ranch, to optics companies, taxidermists, and blind and feeder displays. If you haven’t consigned an animal(s) to the afternoon video auction please call Tommy Oates at 936-661-0653 or the EWA office at 830-367-7761 with your consignments. To get consignments into the catalog, a list of your animals, pictures or a good quality video will have to be in by August 15. Supplemental consignments, which will be sold at the end of the sale, will be taken until August 23rd. After that date, no additional consignments will be accepted.
To donate an item to the grand auction or for sponsorship opportunities call the EWA office or send your donation to the office by going to the EWA website or calling the office.
The following are just a few of the great list of animals that have been donated or consigned so far:
FOR THOSE WHO FIND IT IMPOSSIBLE TO ATTEND THIS GREAT EVENT HUNTSVILLE LIVESTOCK AND THE EWA WILL OFFER ONLINE BIDDING FOR THE FIRST TIME. A LINK WILL BE PROVIDED IN A FUTURE ALERT BUT TO SIGN UP FOR ONLINE BIDDING GO TO DVAUCTIONS.COM OR TO THE EWA WEBSITE. THIS WILL ALLOW YOU TO BID FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR HOME OR OFFICE. YOU MUST BE REGISTERED WITH DV AUCTION PRIOR TO AUGUST 26TH .
3.5 Blackbuck
1.1 Scimitar Horned Oryx
2.1 Kudu
4.1 Springbok
1.3 Sable
3.1.1 Fallow
1.0 Grant’s Gazelle
2.1 Gemsbok
1.1 African Porcupine
2.0 Hybrid Ibex
2.0 American Bison
2.0 Hog Deer
1.0 Watusi
1.1 Red Lechwe
3.2 Dama Gazelle
2.1 Arabian Oryx
2.2 Addax
2.6 Dybowski Sika
2.3 Gemsbok
0.3 Gemsbok/Addax Cross
2.1 Impala
0.1 Dromedary Camel
1.0 Kudu
0.1.1 fallow
2.0 Blackbuck
1.1 Black Swans
2.2 Scimitar Horned Oryx
1.1 White Lipped Deer
0.1 Blesbok
See all of you in Kerrville on August 26th.
See all of you in Kerrville on August 26th.
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Charly Seale, Executive Director

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Ingram, Texas 78025
 
August 9, 2017
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Lifespan of an Axis Buck.

The average lifespan of axis deer is 9 to 13 years with documented cases of 20 years in captivity. Female axis deer reach maturity at 2 and remain fertile until 15 years of age. Male axis deer compete for females during their rut season by fighting other males.

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Female Hunter Apparently Takes Her Own Life Following Death Threats from Animal Rights Activists

Hate killed a female hunter who was found dead after apparently committing suicide, and reports say death threats by animal rights activists may have led to her fatal decision.

According to DailyMail, Melania Capitan, 27, had a prominent social media following for her outdoor/hunting lifestyle.

As we see so often with hunters on social media, Melania received thousands of death threats and hate messages, mostly from animal rights activists – and we all know how extreme they can be.

Even after her death, her Facebook page continued to be flurried with comments, apparently welcoming the news.

“She was so bitter that she had to pay her hate killing innocent animals, thank God she killed herself, the only good thing she did lately,” one of the grotesque comments read.

So we have to ask, when will this hate for hunters stop?

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10th Annual DBC Convention/Fundraiser & Quality Whitetail Deer Auction
August 4-5, 2017
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort
San Antonio, TX
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Deadline for early registration is Tuesday, July 25th! Have you registered?! Take advantage of the price discount and register now by clicking the link below and filling out your registration form online.

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Wildlife Forever Fundraiser
Be sure and mark your calendars. The second annual “Wildlife Forever” fundraiser is rapidly approaching.  A great line up of auction items are beginning to be donated as well as a variety of consigned animals for the afternoon Huntsville Livestock Video Auction.  Be sure and register yourself, your family and/or friends by going on line at www.myewa.org.  Go to the calendar on the EWA home page and click on the date, August 26.
The registration packet will pop up.  You can download the registration forms and email, fax or mail them to the EWA office.  Please call the EWA office at 830-367-7761 for more information on available sponsorships, donations or to consign an animal(s) to the Huntsville Livestock Video Auction.  We will be previewing our lineup of great auction items and consignments in the coming days
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Ingram, Texas 78025
 
July 21, 2017
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Man Pleads Guilty to Shooting, Killing Eagle with ATV

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Man Pleads Guilty to Shooting, Killing Eagle with ATV

This is a rather maddening story.

A homeowner in Smithfield, Virginia by the name of Allen Thacker was irritated when a bald eagle kept eating fish from his pond and hunting small game on his property.

So, according to court records, the 62-year-old man attempted to scare away the bird with a warning shot using his Remington .22 caliber rifle. When the bird kept coming back, Thacker shot to kill.

Except a poor shot from Thacker left the bird badly wounded, but still alive. So what did Thacker do?

He hopped on his red Yamaha ATV and drove over the bald eagle, an official national symbol of the United States.

Of course, Thacker originally denied killing the bird, but a witness testified otherwise, saying they saw Thacker circle and run over the eagle at least three or four times, then drag the bird’s body into the woods.

He would eventually plead guilty to violating the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, and faces up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine. He will also have to turn over his rifle to the government and pay $960, or half the value of the ATV.

All the details can be found in the press release from the Department of Justice below:

NORFOLK, Va. – A Smithfield man pleaded guilty today to killing a bald eagle, first shooting and wounding the bird, then finally running over it with his all-terrain vehicle.

According to the statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, Allen H. Thacker, 62, shot the bald eagle because he was upset it had been hunting and taking fish from a pond located on his property. Court records indicate Thacker first tried to scare the bird away with a warning shot. When that did not work, Thacker shot the bird with a Remington .22 caliber rifle. According to a necropsy performed on the dead eagle, Thacker’s initial shot wounded the bird, but blunt force trauma to the bird’s skull proved fatal. Though Thacker initially denied it when interviewed by investigators, a witness reported having seen Thacker drive over the bird with his all-terrain vehicle. In Court records filed with today’s guilty plea, Thacker fully admitted to shooting the bird and running it over with the all-terrain vehicle.

Thacker pleaded guilty to unlawful taking of a bald eagle, and faces a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine when sentenced on October 23. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after U.S. Magistrate Judge Douglas E. Miller accepted the plea. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph L. Kosky is prosecuting the case.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service after receiving a referral from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Conservation Police.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information is located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:17-mj-291.

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Huntsville Livestock Auction on July 14!
As a reminder Huntsville Livestock’s great summer auction will be held July 14 in Huntsville, Texas. This auction is historically one of the best of the year. The market has never been better so be sure to get your consignments in early. Also contact Huntsville Livestock and reserve your seat. This auction is always well attended and is usually standing room only.
For more information contact Tommy Oates at 936-661-0653
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Ingram, Texas 78025
 
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Game Warden Field Notes

Game Warden Field Notes

The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement reports.

Big Buck, Big Fine

A nearly 4-year-old Lynn County mule deer poaching case recently came to resolution with an arrest of an individual from Post. The man had originally been charged with a state jail felony, three Class A misdemeanors, and two Class C misdemeanors for killing a mule deer at night from a public road that scored more than 200 points under the Boone & Crockett Club system. Although the subject was initially given a deferred sentence with probation on the felony case, in which the Class A citations were dismissed, his probation was revoked following a drug arrest and he was subsequently found guilty of the felony deer charge. He was sentenced to nine months in a state jail, and paid over $10,000 in civil restitution assessment for the value of the mule deer. However, because the man had never answered to the Class C misdemeanor charges, game wardens petitioned the court for two original charge warrants and two failure to appear warrants. Once those were served, the man pleaded guilty to all four charges and paid an additional $2,374 in fines and court costs.

Not Using Your Noodle

A Smith County game warden was patrolling from his truck around Lake Palestine when he noticed a group of fishermen pull up to a known catfish noodling spot. After watching the group for some time, the warden noticed an illegal fishing device was being used to snag fish. The warden confronted the group, seized the illegal device and issued multiple citations for violation of hand fishing laws, no fishing licenses and other water safety violations.

We All See

A Williamson County game warden received an OGT call about three men at a local creek with homemade spears, masks, and numerous fish in their possession, including undersized bass and catfish. When the OGT caller told them they should not keep the undersized fish, their response was “nobody sees,” to which the complainant replied, “I see.” The warden responded and met up with the complainant, who took him to the last known location. The three guys were already gone so the warden went to a nearby subdivision still under construction. In the very back, near the creek, he located four trucks hidden in the woods. After getting backup from a county sheriff’s deputy, the warden apprehended the first subject when he came up the heavily wooded trail. Shortly thereafter, a second individual emerged to see where the first one had gone and was also apprehended. The deputy took custody of the two guys while the warden went down to the water’s edge and apprehended four other adults and a minor. Three of the adults and the child were fishing legally and were allowed to leave.  The other three matched the description of the guys the complainant saw, including a description of the fish they had in their possession. In all, they had two dozen fish that included bass as small as 6 inches in length. The minimum statewide length limit on largemouth bass is 14 inches. The three were issued multiple citations for taking game fish by illegal means and taking undersized game fish. Two of them also did not have a fishing license. Cases are pending.

Juvenile Delinquents

A Williamson County warden investigated three juveniles who captured and abused an injured bird by tossing it in the air several times, striking it a couple of times with a football, then pouring gasoline on it and setting it on fire. One of the boys had posted the delinquent acts on social media and Cedar Park Police Department intercepted the videos before they were deleted. The warden determined the bird was a federally-protected migratory white-winged dove. He made contact with each of the three boys and their parents, obtained their stories and filed cases for taking white-winged dove by illegal means in closed season. All three boys had just received probation for burglary of a habitation. Cases are pending.Wrong Way

Presidio County game wardens were on patrol when a call came out from a U.S. Border Patrol agent that a vehicle was traveling in the opposite direction on U.S. Highway 67 and had nearly caused a head-on collision with another vehicle. The agent stopped the vehicle and observed the driver was possibly driving while intoxicated. Wardens responded to the call, questioned the driver and administered field sobriety tests. The driver performed unsatisfactorily on the tests, consented to a blood draw and was booked into the Presidio County jail.

Lost and Found

Game wardens received a call regarding a missing elderly man with Alzheimer’s disease from the Daingerfield area. The caller informed wardens that his father had called to let him know he was near an unknown lake and saw some game wardens, but wouldn’t approach them. One of the wardens correctly deduced the man may have seen lake patrol officers at Lake Bob Sandlin. The information was passed along and the gentleman was located in less than 15 minutes.

A Close Call

A Montgomery County game warden patrolling around Lake Conroe came into contact with a couple and found the man to be in possession of marijuana and methamphetamine. The subject proceeded to take off on foot with the warden in pursuit. The warden caught up to the man and, after a long struggle, placed him under arrest. At some point during the struggle the subject had taken out a pocket knife and opened the blade, but was unable to use it against the warden. He was booked on aggravated assault on a public servant, evading arrest with a prior conviction, and possession of a controlled substance. The woman was found to have a warrant for her arrest on a parole violation for a previous charge of possession of a controlled substance. While booking her, she was found to have a razor blade taped to the inside of her belt.

Boating Safety Pays Off

Bexar County game wardens were patrolling Calaveras Lake for water safety violations. The wardens checked a small boat that was in full water safety compliance, with the three children onboard all wearing life jackets. The wardens complimented the operator and left them to continue their day of fishing. Later that evening the wardens received a report of a boat accident. The boat the wardens had checked earlier had mechanical problems on the way back to shore due to high waves. A boat passing by offered assistance and inadvertently caused a wake that capsized the boat. All passengers were able to make it to the other boat and were taken to shore safely.

Case Closed

Game wardens recently wrapped up a lengthy Crosby County investigation into a hunting without landowner consent case that had been reported to the Operation Game Thief (OGT) hotline. Wardens located and interviewed the three men involved in the incident, and obtained confessions. Two of the subjects were charged with criminal trespassing and the third was charged with criminal trespassing-criminal responsibility of another. One of the three men also admitted to having killed a white-tailed buck while trespassing; his second white-tailed buck of the season in Crosby County. Crosby County is only a one buck county, therefore, wardens also filed an exceeding the bag limit charge, as well as a harvest log violation, on the man. Cases and civil restitution are pending.

You Can Run, but You Cannot Hide

A Tarrant County game warden was patrolling Eagle Mountain Lake by boat when he approached two bank fisherman in a small cove to check fishing licenses. After announcing his presence, the warden observed one suspect turned and walked back to his truck disregarding all verbal commands to stop. There was no place to bank the boat due to the steep bank, so the warden continued verbal commands for the suspect to come back to the boat. The suspect put his fishing pole and something else out of his pocket into his truck, then bent the front license plate upward so it could not be read. As the warden searched the bank for a place to tie up his boat, the suspect opened up his driver side door and reached all the way across the truck for something. The warden jumped off his boat and drew his weapon but instead of the suspect coming out of the truck, he jumped in and drove off. The warden was able to get a positive ID of the back license plate and several days later successfully executed an arrest warrant, but not before fighting off the suspect’s dog with pepper spray followed by a short standoff at the front door. Charges include felony evading arrest, fishing without a fishing license, failure to allow inspection, failure to produce ID and driving while license is invalid.

Ditched

Game wardens had just finished patrolling the Brazos River and were headed to the boat barn to call it a night when they noticed a man standing alongside the roadway peering into the bar ditch. The wardens made a U-turn to check on his welfare. The man was standing beside a motorcycle that was laid over on its side in the ditch. The man adamantly denied he was involved in a wreck and had merely parked his motorcycle in the ditch, where it had fallen over after the kickstand failed. He claimed he crossed a median and two lanes of traffic to park it there and would like for the wardens to help him right his motorcycle. The wardens’ keen investigative skills were not buffaloed by the man’s explanation of events and clear signs of intoxication. Field sobriety tests were given to the suspect and he was subsequently arrested for driving while intoxicated. Cases are pending.

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Texas Parks & Wildlife tightens rules on deer breeders

Texas Parks & Wildlife tightens rules on deer breeders

 

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission adopted new rules Monday to combat a disease found in deer, but the new rules could put a strain on many of the state’s 1,300 deer breeding businesses.

The commission’s vote came after months of discussions with interested groups, including breeders, ranch owners who sell hunting leases, environmental groups and livestock organizations.

The purpose for new regulations is to address how the state is going to deal with chronic wasting disease. The neurological condition — which affects deer, elk and maybe moose, but not humans — can cause weight loss, behavioral changes, brain lesions, excessive salivation, pneumonia, difficulty swallowing and head tremors.

It was discovered last year at a breeding facility in Medina County, near San Antonio.

With the commission’s unanimous vote on Monday, deer breeders will have to comply with increased regulation. There will be limited movement of breeder deer across the state, increased postmortem testing for chronic wasting disease and more live testing for the disease, too.

Deer breeding opponent Jenny Sanders, who is executive director of Texans for Saving our Hunting Heritage, called the commission vote a win.

Sanders, who also has served a manager on the 11,300-acre Temple Ranch near Freer in South Texas, said chronic wasting disease as a major threat to white-tailed deer in Texas and to the multibillion-dollar hunting industry. The state had the responsibility to protect the state’s 4 million white-tailed deer, she said.

Not everyone agreed with Sanders and the commissioners.

Particularly frustrated were few dozen members of Texas’ biggest deer breeding group, who walked out of a meeting before the vote even occurred.

Breeders involved with the Texas Deer Association said they believed the members of the commission had come to the meeting with their minds made up.

Marty Berry, a breeder from South Texas, said he felt like the commissioners didn’t care to hear from breeders.

“Nothing else can be accomplished at this level, “ he said.

Hugo Berlanga, a former member of the Texas House from Corpus Christi and owner of a deer breeding business, said the breeding industry in Texas is already on “life support.” The new regulations will come with high costs and will force some breeding operations of out business, he said.

“They have done so much damage to breeders,” he said.

Berlanga said the process was rigged to the benefit of large ranch owners who fear competition from smaller businesses that are often close to metro areas.

“It’s a bunch of elitists. I can’t explain it any simpler than that,” said Berlanga, a board member of the Texas Deer Association.

Sanders, whose group’s members include some representatives from major Texas ranches, has rejected the notion that the breeder fight is about large ranch owners trying to eliminate competition from breeders.

Rather, she said in a recent op-ed published in the San Antonio Express News, that “a small group of deer breeders” has “embarked on an effort to undermine” the efforts of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Josh Havens, a spokesman for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, said the commission has heard testimony from a number of individuals who either represent themselves, organizations and landowners.

“(T)his is a public resource issue, and the commission will make their decision based on science and what is in the best interest of the states wildlife and hunting heritage,” Havens wrote in a text message.

Berry, the South Texas breeder, said his and other breeders’ fight won’t end with the commission vote.

An already-filed lawsuit is going to be part of the answer, he said.

“That’s going to be the next step before the Legislature,” he said.

BREAKING NEWS: Bass Pro, Cabela’s Merger Moving Forward After Green Light from FTC

The merger of Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s has received the green light from antitrust regulators.

Fox Business is reporting the Federal Trade Commission has informed Cabela’s it has concluded its investigation of Bass Pro’s $4.2 billion buyout and has given the deal the official go-ahead. Cabela’s shareholders will vote on the deal July 11.

The two outdoor based retail companies originally agreed to a deal worth around $5.5 billion, but the deal hit a snag after Capital One ran into regulatory hurdles over its plans to buy all of World’s Foremost Bank, a Cabela’s subsidiary.

Here’s text from the official news release:

On July 3, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) notified Parent and the Company that it had closed its investigation of the proposed Merger. As a result, under the terms of the timing agreement that Parent previously entered into with the FTC, the commitment of Parent and the Company not to close the Merger has expired. The consummation of the Merger remains subject to other closing conditions, including (i) the approval of the Company’s stockholders at the Special Meeting of Stockholders of the Company to be held on July 11, 2017, (ii) the closing of the purchase and sale of substantially all of the business of World’s Foremost Bank, a Nebraska banking corporation and wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, pursuant to the Framework Agreement described in Item 1.01 of the Current Report on Form 8-K filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on April 18, 2017 and (iii) other customary closing conditions.

The DBC office will be closed Monday and Tuesday.

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Update: Plano Synergy Has Officially Severed Ties With Bill Busbice

Update: Plano Synergy Has Officially Severed Ties With Bill Busbice

This is an update to the recent OutdoorHub article: Plano Synergy CEO Responds to Bill Busbice Poaching Convictions:

Less than 48 hours after posting a long message on Facebook, Plano Synergy has kept their promise of swift, decisive action regarding the latest Bill Busbice news.

In a press release from Plano Synergy, CEO David Dudick states:

Over the course of the past 48 hours, Plano Synergy became aware of a situation which required swift and decisive action.

Today, Bill Busbice and Plano Synergy mutually agreed to end their association. Bill Busbice and his partners sold their outdoor brands to Plano Synergy in 2013. Since then, Bill has been providing services under contract to Plano Synergy, principally as a host of the Wildgame Nation television program, until today when that relationship was severed. Plano Synergy will also be cancelling the Wildgame Nation TV show.

Plano Synergy has a culture that is grounded in integrity and great respect for the outdoors. This comes with the expectation that we will always do the right thing. Our decisions will always reflect our commitments to our customers and consumers. We have a deep respect for the law, tradition and the ethical practices of our sports. We take pride in serving our industry and promote the fair and lawful practices of game hunting. Every day we strive to be a company that is trustworthy, respectful and fair with our consumers, employees, customers and business partners.

We thank you for your trust.

Sincerely,
David E. Dudick
Chief Executive Officer

UPDATE: Bill Busbice Releases Official Statement Regarding His Recent Poaching Convictions

UPDATE: Bill Busbice has released an official statement regarding his recent poaching convictions. In an attempt to explain his side of the story about what happened that day, Bill wrote the following statement, which appeared on Matt Busbice’s Facebook page:

Outdoor Sportsman Group Networks has already suspended Busbice and the show Wildgame Nation indefinitely. For more details regarding this incident, you can read the full news story right here on OutdoorHub.