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Florida Woman Curses at Angler, then Drunkenly Bites His Fishing Line and Swims Off with Lure


Florida Woman Curses at Angler, then Drunkenly Bites His Fishing Line and Swims Off with Lure

A Florida woman has made headlines after she drunkenly bit a man’s fishing line and then swam off with his lure, according to police reports.

According to Action News Jax, St. Johns County deputies were called to the scene on St Johns County Pier, where a fisherman told them 22-year-old Alexandria Turner swam up to his fishing line, cursed him out, then bit the line and swam off with his whole rig.

Seriously, you can’t make this up . . .

Apparently, when deputies arrived and asked Turner to walk to shore, she became belligerent and wouldn’t comply with the officers. Deputies finally got her to shore, and after a brief struggle in the surf, arrested her on suspicion of disorderly intoxication and resisting arrest without violence.

Now, we’ve seen our share of coo-coo antis before, but this lady may have just taken the bait – pun totally intended.

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Axis Deer History and Health

Axis Deer


The axis deer can be traced to the foothills of the Indian Himalayas and island of Sri Lanka ( Ceylon). Their original habitat was open country at lower elevations in forested regions. They have been introduced onto other continents and are a favorite of zoological gardens around the world. Free ranging populations exist in the continental United States, Hawaii, and Australia. Axis deer were introduced into Texas in 1932. Texas has by far the largest population of axis deer in the United States.



Axis deer have striking reddish-brown coats marked by white spots arranged in undisciplined rows along their sides. They have a black dorsal stripe and a white bib on their neck, white inner legs, stomach, and undertail.

Male heights range from 29 to 39.5 inches. Mature weight is from 145 pounds to 250 pounds. Males have darker facial markings with a more pronounced “scowling” expression the older they get. Female axis stand 26 to 33 inches and weigh from 90 to 150 pounds.

Axis bucks can be in hard horn any time of the year. They grow and shed antlers on their own clock so in one heard there may be a newly shed buck, a hard horn buck and a buck in velvet.

Usual antlers are 22 to 27 inches, with trophies ranging from 30 to 36 inches. Axis have a typical antler structure of three points on each side consisting of a main beam, one secondary point halfway up the beam, and a brow tine. However, four points are not uncommon.

It is thought the axis deer are not cold tolerant. In Texas, they have adapted from their Indian average temperatures of 70 degrees to the varied temperatures of Texas.

During stressful times, good animal condition and heavy situational feeding have made the difference between high death loss and virtually none.

Axis deer appear incapable of putting on intra-muscular fat and are very efficient grazers.

They produce lean meat with 0.2% fat or less, and therefore are legally “fat free.”


The primary diet of axis deer is grass, and they will graze on new weeds and forbs. When grass is not in sufficient quantity, they may browse. Axis graze successfully on native Texas grasses such as curly-mesquite, Indian-grass, side oats grama, big and little bluestem. They do well on improved grasses, such as Klein. Seasonally, they do well on winter wheat. Browse species include live oak and hackberry. Mast includes acorns and mushrooms.

In a ranched situation, axis deer are disease resistant and do not require inoculations or worming.

Texas fleas and ticks appear to be species-specific and do not bother axis. Axis can get tuberculosis but cases are extremely rare and, in the only documented case found in axis deer, was present in a Hawaiian dairy cattle herd where axis fed.


Axis deer have a high fertility rate and can breed year round, usually based on their birth date. A primary harvester of excess animals in the Texas Hill Country reports that they have never harvested an axis female that was not pregnant, lactating or both.

Gestation is approximately 7.5 months (210-238 days). In Texas, fawning peaks in January-April and October-November. Researchers report that males in velvet antler can breed. Eight to twelve month old females can breed but the first fawning is usually at 23 months of age or later.

It is generally believed that axis does are capable of producing four fawns in three years and are productive to at least age 15. Multiple births are extremely rare but have been reported in zoos and wild populations.

One axis buck can service ten to forty females, maybe more. As the excess and older breeder bucks provide good trophy income, there is no reason to skimp on buck availability.


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UPDATE: Bill Busbice, Star of Outdoor Channel’s Wildgame Nation, Sentenced for Elk Poaching in Wyoming


UPDATE: Bill Busbice, Star of Outdoor Channel’s Wildgame Nation, Sentenced for Elk Poaching in Wyoming

Bill Busbice, host of Wildgame Nation on the Outdoor Channel has reportedly been sentenced for intentionally allowing an antlerless elk to go to waste and for hunting without a proper license.

According to the Star Tribune, Busbice appeared before Lincoln County Circuit Court Judge Frank Zebre, who sentenced him to one and a half years of unsupervised probation and ordered Busbice to pay $23,000 in fines and restitution AND will lose his hunting and fishing privileges across 45 states until 2019.

The original news release from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department was taken down due to “inaccurate information,” and representatives of Mr. Busbice have also asked us to remove the original press release from our website. Other sources are reporting, however, that Bill Busbice was observed on October 16, 2016 shoot and kill a female calf and then a bull elk on a ranch Busbice owns himself.

“The case started on October 16, 2016 when Kemmerer Game Warden Chris Baird received a report from a group of hunters that had observed a possible wildlife violation on the Spring Creek Ranch, which is owned by Busbice, on La Barge Creek.”

The hunters who watched Busbice and the other man who was with him that day say they saw the men walk to both carcasses, leave, and then eventually returned and retrieved the bull elk with a backhoe but left the calf out in the field to go to waste.

“Apparently, there was a younger man with the hunter who had a video camera and appeared to be filming the hunt. They watched the hunter shoot one elk, presumably a cow, and then shoot a bull. The first elk fell within around 60 yards of where the bull went down. They observed the hunter and the cameraman walk up to look at the bull and then leave the area,” said Game Warden Chris Baird

Busbice was cited before this incident in 2016 for purchasing a resident elk tag even though he was not a resident. He was also cited for purchasing more than the authorized number of deer tags and paid $1,430 in fines for those violations.

Here’s a video of Bill Busbice crossbow hunting whitetail deer:

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New York Poacher Who Shot State Conservation Officer Sentenced to 6 Months in Jail

New York Poacher Who Shot State Conservation Officer Sentenced to 6 Months in Jail

An upstate New York poacher who admitted to shooting a state Environmental Conservation Officer while illegally hunting after hours was sentenced to 6 months in jail and ordered to pay $20,000 in restitution.

Alan Blanchard Sr., 55, was the poacher who didn’t play by the rules, and it ended up costing him big time. According to NY Up, Judge Joanathan Nichols revoked Blanchard’s hunting privileges and banned him from owning a firearm for the rest of his life.

Blanchard pleaded guilty to second-degree assault after he shot officer James Davey, who was investigating reports of illegal hunting after hours and shots fired. According to the reports, it sounds like Davey was walking through the woods when Blanchard mistook him for a deer and shot him in the pelvic region.

Davey was able to tend to his wound at the scene and is apparently still recovering.



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Exotic Wildlife Association NEWS ALERT

Exotic Wildlife Association
“Promoting Conservation through Commerce”

New Texas Rules for Exotic CWD Susceptible Species

Following the TAHC news release announcing the new exotic CWD susceptible species rules effective today, we would like to describe what constitutes an exotic CWD susceptible species.
As stated in the rules, an Exotic CWD Susceptible Species is a non-native cervid species determined to be susceptible to CWD, which means a species that has had a diagnosis of CWD confirmed by means of an official test conducted by a laboratory approved by USDA/APHIS. This includes North American elk or wapiti (Cervus Canadensis), red deer (Cervus elaphus), Sika deer (Cervus Nippon), moose (Alces alces), and any associated subspecies and hybrids. All mule deer, white-tailed deer, and other native species under the jurisdiction of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department are excluded from this definition and application of this section
Exotic Wildlife Association
Charly Seale, Executive Director

105 Henderson Branch Rd., West
Ingram, Texas 78025

Exotic Wildlife Association NEWS ALERT

Exotic Wildlife Association
“Promoting Conservation through Commerce”
New Exotic CWD Susceptible Species Rules Now in Effect
May 30, 2017
Texas Animal Health Commission
Austin, TX – The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) adopted amendments to §40.5 of the Texas Administrative Code to add surveillance, movement reporting, identification, and mortality record keeping requirements for exotic chronic wasting disease (CWD) susceptible species at the regularly scheduled Commission meeting on May 9, 2017, at its headquarters in Austin.

CWD in white-tailed deer and mule deer has been documented in different geographic locations in Texas, which puts other CWD susceptible species at risk for CWD exposure and infection. Statewide surveillance is a critical component to early detection of CWD in exotic susceptible species.

Movement Reporting and Identification Requirements
The adopted movement reporting and identification rule requires owners to keep herd records, estimated annual inventory and mortality records if they move or sell exotic CWD susceptible species located within a high fence premises. The estimated annual inventory and mortality records must be submitted on or before April 1 of every year to the TAHC Central Office.

The rule also requires the owner of live exotic CWD susceptible species being moved or transported within the state to obtain a Premises Identification Number (PIN). To obtain a PIN, contact the TAHC Animal Disease Traceability department at 1-800-550-8242 ext. 733.

Surveillance Requirements
The adopted surveillance rule requires a total of three eligible mortalities to be CWD tested and valid test results submitted to your local TAHC region office on or by April 1 of every year. Eligible mortalities include hunter harvested exotic CWD susceptible species or natural mortalities that occur on the premises. This requirement applies to all high and low fenced premises where exotic CWD susceptible species are located and is not dependent on movement.

Mortality Record Keeping
The adopted mortality record keeping rule states that the owner of a premises where an eligible mortality occurs must maintain a mortality record. The mortality record must be submitted to the TAHC central office on or by April 1 of every year.
Testing Requirements & Test Result Reporting
The rules for testing exotic CWD susceptible species state that all CWD test samples be collected by a state or federal animal health official, accredited veterinarian, or a certified CWD postmortem sample collector; and the samples must be submitted to an official laboratory for all eligible mortalities.  The owner must report all test results to their TAHC region office within 30 days of receiving the results.

Dealer Requirements
Any person engaged in the business of buying or selling exotic CWD susceptible species in commerce must maintain records for all exotic CWD susceptible species transported within the state or where there is a transfer of ownership, and provide these to TAHC personnel upon request. The records must be maintained for not less than five years.

Exotic CWD Susceptible Species Forms
TAHC provides forms to help exotic CWD susceptible species property owners and dealers keep required documentation.
¥ Mortality Record Form: http://www.tahc.texas.gov/animal_health/elk-deer/17-10_ExoticCWDSusceptibleSpeciesMortalityRecord.pdf
All forms and resources are posted on our website at http://www.tahc.texas.gov/animal_health/elk-deer/.
For information concerning native cervid species, visit http://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/wild/diseases/cwd/
Exotic Wildlife Association
Charly Seale, Executive Director

105 Henderson Branch Rd., West
Ingram, Texas 78025
May 30, 2017
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 Important News for Our Deer Industry (Microchip Bills)!

Deer breeders would like to be able to use microchips as an alternative form of identifying their breeder deer under TPWD permit system.  HB 2855 was filed for this purpose by amending the TPWD code to allow identifying breeder deer with microchips recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture with a unique alphanumeric number. The bill required the breeder that uses microchips to make available a microchip reader for the use by TPWD and TAHC personnel.

HB 2588 by Paddie authorizes TPWD to make regulations regarding the use of microchips. If the bill passes it would become in effect on September 1, 2017. The bill passed the House Culture, Recreation, and Tourism committee and awaits to be placed on House Calendar for a vote. Its companion in the senate, SB 1720 by Sen. Estes will be heard on May 8 in the Senate Agriculture, Water, and Rural Affairs Committee.

Exotic Wildlife Association
Charly Seale, Executive Director

105 Henderson Branch Rd., West
Ingram, Texas 78025


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Exotic Wildlife Association NEWS ALERT

Exotic Wildlife Association
“Promoting Conservation through Commerce”
Texas Legislature Bill Alert
85(R) HB 338
Relating to acreage contracts and quantity contracts for the purchase of agricultural products.
5/3/2017 H Placed on General State Calendar
85(R) HB 748
Relating to certain costs associated with certain court proceedings for cruelly treated animals; authorizing fees and costs.
5/6/2017 H Placed on General State Calendar
85(R) HB 1891
Relating to a documented member of the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas hunting certain deer.
5/4/2017 H Placed on General State Calendar
kickapoo deer hunting
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Exotic Wildlife Association
Charly Seale, Executive Director

105 Henderson Branch Rd., West
Ingram, Texas 78025