The Obituary of a Poacher and a Moonshiner
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I’ve certainly never heard of Robert Burris Jr. until his obituary appeared in the Ashville Citizens Time and I certainly wouldn’t want to speak ill of the dead. However his obituary is a bit unusual especially for this day and age.

Game Wardens, security at Biltmore Estate, and other wildlife in Western North Carolina may finally relax. Robert (Bobby) Carroll Burris, Jr., has retired forever from this world of poaching, runnin’ moonshine, drinkin’, spittin’, and other general bad behavior. Now, he and his Heavenly Father, hunt bear in the rugged and mountainous parts of Heaven. Many family, friends and dogs greet him and he is preceded by his father, Robert Carroll Burris, Sr., and his mother, Ann Stanton Burris. – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/citizen-times/obituary.aspx?n=robert-burris&pid=170549014&fhid=21639&FBNF=ShareObitAt#.U0VE76Xr2r8.facebook

I guess in a day and age when reality TV seeks folks like this out here is one that may of just missed his opportunity cheated by cancer. Hopefully in death Bobby found some peace.

Here We Go Again…… We Haven’t Even Burried The Dead and the Political Hay Is Getting Made
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Law Enforcement was still in the middle of an “Active Shooter” incident, people were still barricaded in officers awaiting rescue, while loved ones and the rest of the nation watched and prayed. Well maybe not the rest of the nation cause some of our leaders had to try to score points on the gun control issue.

In the wake of the shooting at the Navy Yard, Obama spokesman Jay Carney said the president is implementing executive actions and reiterated his commitment to strengthening gun laws, including expanding background checks to sales online and at gun shows.
“The president supports, as do an overwhelming majority of Americans, common-sense measures to reduce gun violence,” Carney said.

CBS News
So let me get this straight Mr. President….. We need more background checks and regulations in light of this tragedy yesterday? I understand we need to keep guns out of the wrong hands and letting mentally ill and unstable people have guns is dangerous. So are these background checks going to be as good as someone getting a security clearance to work in some of our most sensitive government facilities?????? You sir are a few fries short of a happy meal. That has got to be the dumbest argument yet…. How about letting our highly trained military do what they do best and carry the tools they need to defend themselves and others when nut cases decide to go on a rampage. That seems to be a common sense approach to a situation that seems to be repeating itself. This is another shooting inside a Gun Free Zone in probably the most Gun Free City in America ….. Gun Free Zones are only gun free for the law abiding.
Our country is so screwed with this bunch that is leading us. God Help us.
As for those who suffered loss in yesterday’s tragedy my thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.

19 New Wildlife Officers Complete Training and Get Sworn In
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Graduating Class 2012 NC Wildlife Officers credit Melissa McGaw, NCWRC

North Carolina has 19 New Wildlife Officers to protect the natural resources of the state and keep us safe as we go afield and play on the waters of the Tar Heel State.

The 19 new wildlife officers will begin six months of on-the-job training under the watchful eye of a veteran officer. Upon completion of this field training, they will receive a permanent duty station assignment.

Wildlife officers must meet expanded law enforcement qualification standards. Candidates for training to become an officer are required to pass extensive background, psychological and physical screenings prior to entering the training school. Instruction covers statutory and investigation procedures, defensive tactics, as well as pursuit driving and boating.

“This class began training in March, with everyone from different backgrounds but sharing a common goal,” said Capt. Jon Evans, training director for the Commission’s Division of Law Enforcement. “They have faced many challenges, dealt with numerous obstacles and been held to high standards.

“They did all that was asked of them without complaint and exceeded my expectations. I observed them as they made the transition from civilians into wildlife officers and, now, they are ready for the next phase.”

A wildlife officer is probably one of the more difficult positions for a law officer. Most of his and her encounters with people in their day to day job are going to be armed. While most folks that enjoy the great outdoors are upstanding citizens there are always a few bad apples. Back up for some of these officers can be a ways off especially if they are in the middle of a lake or a Game Land somewhere. We should be grateful for the men and women who choose to do this line of work because I’m sure it is not as glamorous as some of us might think.

I will say this my encounters with NCWRC Wildlife Officers for the most part have been good ones and I find them to be very professional when carrying out their duties. Good Luck to the class of 2012 I’m sure I’ll encounter some of you while I’m hunting or fishing.

Two Elk Illegal Killed In Haywood County and Wildlife Officials Want Some Help
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NC Has a small but growing elk herd

A bull and a cow were both found dead outside the Great Smoky Mountain National Park in Haywood County killed by birdshot. Speculation on investigating officers from the NCWRC is that someone may have been trying to scare these elk off their property and shot them with a shotgun with birdshot. It could have taken some time for these animals to die from their injuries so it is not clear at this point where the shooting may have actually taken place.
Elk in North Carolina were reintroduced into the Great Smoky National Park a number of years ago the small herd continues to grow and is estimated to be about 150 to 200 animals clearly not enough to allow a hunting season.
We’ll continue to follow this story and if anyone has information about this poaching case please contact NCWRC.

NCWRC
REPORT WILDLIFE VIOLATIONS – 1-800-662-7137 (Raleigh Area 919-707-0040)

Turkey Hunter Killed Shooter Faces Manslaughter Charges
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North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission Enforcement Officers are investigating the shooting death of a hunter earlier this month in Forsyth County North Carolina. Tommy Lee Clinard was turkey hunting when he was fatally shot by another “turkey hunter” on 16th April.
The shooter has been identified as Haylon Keith Anderson and he has now been arrested on Involuntary Manslaughter charges.

There is a lot of rumors around this case that are being put out there that I cannot verify at this point. The most disturbing one is that the shooter shot him with a 22. I’ve heard this from a number of sources but don’t see it any of the news reports I’ve read. As I’m sure many of my readers are aware only shotguns are legal firearms to be used during the NC turkey season. The 22 is a rifle so illegal to hunt turkeys with.
This may explain why the manslaughter charge when it seems typically authorities in this state are some what hesitant to bring that charge in “hunting accident” situations.

Bottom line is that if your hunting you have to be safe and avoid mistakes that can lead to such tragedies. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Tommy Lee Clinard.

Hunter Pleads Guilty to Charges In Death of Fort Bragg Soldier on Last Day of 2011-12 Deer Season
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A deer hunter failed to properly identify his target last New Year’s Day and he “accidentally” shot and killed Capt. Jeremiah D. Sipes as he jogged along a trail on Fort Bragg.

Allen Eugene Thompson, of Vass, will be sentenced May 29 in U.S. District Court in Greensboro. He faces a maximum of 120 days in prison, five years probation and a $250,000 fine, according to court documents.

It isn’t clear whether Thompson’s plea was entered in exchange for a particular sentence. His lawyer, Arthur Blue of Carthage, did not return a call for comment.

Thompson, who pleaded guilty to criminally negligent hunting resulting in death, was charged March 1. Authorities said he was hunting when he shot and killed Capt. Jeremiah Sipes as Sipes was jogging on the trail about 10 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2011.

Fay Observer

Seems like he is getting away with murder so to speak. I maybe in the minority here but even if he gets “the book thrown at him” he is getting off way to easy. A max of 120 days in jail???? Ridiculous in my view.

When interviewed, Thompson told investigators he fired at what he thought was a deer’s rack.

“I thought that I had possibly jumped a deer and that it was jumping up and leaping away from us,” Thompson said in a court filing. “I can’t explain it. I can see it in my mind clear as day a huge white rack appearing and I took a shot and the second shot was in the direction of where I believed the rack to be moving to.”

Failure to properly identify your target and what is beyond can and in this case was a fatal mistake. Shooting at a deer rack is never an acceptable target.

What a tragic preventable situation but an accident? I don’t buy it.

NC Couple Featured On Dream Season Now Face Multiple Game Violations
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Jason and Britney Edney of Henderson NC have been charged with multiple game violations according to a press release from the US Attorney’s Office in Nebraska;

Jason W. Edney age 35, and Britney J. Edney, age 29, both of Hendersonville, North Carolina, were charged with interstate transportation of an unlawfully killed deer. In Count I, Jason W. Edney is charged with the unlawful possession and transportation in interstate commerce from Nebraska to North Carolina of parts of an adult mule deer buck on or about September 25, 2009. Jason W. Edney did not have a valid Nebraska Hunting License. The maximum penalty for this count charged to Jason W. Edney is 1 year of imprisonment, a fine of $100,000, 1 year of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. Counts II and III of the indictment charge both Jason W. and Britney J. Edney with unlawful possession and transportation in interstate commerce from Nebraska to South Carolina on or about November 5, 2009, and December 17, 2009, respectively, parts of an adult white-tailed deer buck. Neither Jason W. or Britney J. Edney were in possession of a valid Nebraska Hunting License. The maximum penalty for these counts charged to Jason W. and Britney J. Edney is 1 year of imprisonment, a fine of $100,000, 1 year of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. Counts IV and V of the indictment charge Jason W. Edney with the sale and purchase of parts of an adult white-tailed deer buck, as well as, unlawful possession and transportation of said deer from Nebraska to North Carolina on or about October 13, 2010, and December 16, 2010, respectively. Jason W. Edney was not in possession of a valid Nebraska Hunting License. The maximum penalty for Counts IV and V charged to Jason W. Edney is 5 years of imprisonment, a fine of $250,000, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

Jason & Britney were featured on Drury Outdoors Dream Season 4, the show pitted couples from across the country competing in filming their hunts. They also run a hunting lodge operation “Fur & Feather” in Nebraska that has been featured on Drury Outdoors.

Now lets remember this is only a grand jury indictment to charge and not a conviction. I can’t help but notice that the press release notes a deer killed on or around September 25, 2009 and this deer posted with a story on Drury Outdoors on the September 27, 2009

September 27 - Jason Edney Drury Outdoors

It had been a couple of days since we blew him out of the field but I figured he still had to be close. After a few hours of glassing I got lucky and stumbled on to him lying in his bed above the alfalfa. Everything was perfect for a stalk instead of letting him come to me so I started making my way to him. With any evening stalk the thought stayed in my mind that he was going to get up on his feet any minute and head to the field. Luckily though he stayed in his bed and I was inching within striking distance. I slowed to a snails pace because of the lack of cover but this time the stars aligned and I was within 30 yds of him in his bed.

As I was preparing for the shot..up he came and bolted a few yards, but as a lot of mule deer do he had to stop and see what crawled up on him. That’s when the Bow Madness XL preformed flawlessly! In open country you need to take advantage of every opportunity when they present themselves even if that means stretching the yardage out farther than typical whitetail shot. It was a great feeling to watch the arrow sink into the spot and watch the buck fall.

Drury Outdoors

The next deer listed is November 5th 2009;

Hunter: Britney Edney Animal: 142" Whitetail Location: Nebraska Weapon: PSE X-Force

With nothing to lose I started hitting him with a grunt pretty hard. To my disbelief he turned on a dime and headed my way! The buck had a total attitude change and he was coming in to rip whoever was in there! I have to admit I panicked a little because I guess I figured he was going to just walk off like so many other buck have this week. When he got to 20 yds he checked up and turned to get a better look and that is when I made my shot. Well the shot was not perfect but I have to admit no practice will make you ready for that situation! The pro’s you see on TV make it look easy but standing on a 20” platform with that much adrenalin changes everything!

After a long night and a long trailing job I found him and couldn’t be happier! Now its time to use my other tag on the drop tine deer!

Drury Outdoors

I’m in no way saying these are for sure the deer in question just that I found it odd they match up with the dates in the press release from the US District Attorney. I should also point out there was no deer posted that matched up with the December date. Additionally I’m not saying the Drury’s or Drury Outdoors has done anything wrong just that a lot of the information comes off their site and they clearly have a connection with Jason & Britney Edney prior to the hunts in question and recently with turkey hunts at Fur & Feather Outfitters.

I don’t get it if the charges are true it means they didn’t have Nebraska Hunting Licenses? That doesn’t make any sense. I’m pretty careful to make sure I have my hunting licensee and my tags on my person before I head out. It’s not like these folks were hunting in an unusual place they own a hunting lodge in Nebraska and did so for years before this crime was alleged to take place.

We’ll continue to keep following this story and see how it develops…..

Update on Bob Beck of “Extreme Outer Limits” TV Show Story
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The other day I reported on Bob Beck Co Host of “Extreme Outer Limits” pleading guilty to hunting violations as initially reported by Rich Landers of the Spokesman Review. Mr. Beck has contacted me and posted a response to my story which I appreciate and wanted to make sure people had a chance to see it.

I would like to make a statement in regards to a recent article that was written in an Idaho publication that made several inaccurate claims regarding me as a poacher.

I was on a hunt in Idaho in 2010. I had a license, and a tag, during a legal season. I however had a admin problem in the office during our busy schedule and did not have all of the proper documents for the deer that were taken. I absolutely was convinced that I had everything in order before I left on the hunt, but did not double check. Until it was to late, I was unaware that any rules had been broken. Once I realized the problem, I did not compound the problem with any further attempts to try and make my situation worse. Once I was confronted I openly admitted to the mistake. The state of Idaho and myself came to a very good agreement, this agreement was good for both. I agreed to the fine and restitution for the animal. They agreed to not hold any charges or further actions against me. This was a simple agreement. There would be no compact punishment, or Lacey act issues, as I have hunted Idaho for 13 years and have never had a single thing out of
order. This was recognized by both parties, and as I mentioned was totally agreeable to the parties involved.

Now as the media does best, they have blown this out of proportion against me for the benefit of filling some print space. I am between a rock and a hard place, and have decided to take the high road with our viewers and fans, and explain this in depth directly to them, as I am a regular guy and have taken responsibility for my mistake.

My sponsors are behind me 110%. I could not be luckier to be associated with such a great group of companies, but more importantly a great bunch of people. They have been completely understanding as mistakes do happen. I am a professional and sometimes professionals do make mistakes at their jobs. It just so happened when I did, the media was right there to try to destroy me.

We will be filming as usual with no changes to our schedule to insure we continue to meet the needs of our fans and viewers. We hope this will not diminish any of our integrity.

Thanks for everyone’s support and understanding on this matter.

Bob Beck
Extreme Outer Limits TV

Extreme Outer Limits TV

Mistakes can be made by anyone of us including those who are “professional” and I have no reason to doubt Mr. Becks explanation. If nothing else we all should be mindful of how we go about our hunting and make sure we understand the rules before we go on a hunt. Bottom line is the hunter is ultimately responsible for following all the rules and laws.

Bob Beck Co Host of “Extreme Outer Limits” Pleads Guilty to Game Violations
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Bob Beck "Extreme Outer Limits" on the Sportsman Channel

Another black eye on the hunting world as Bob Beck pleads guilty to hunting violations in Idaho. The incident took place during the filming of his show “Extreme Outer Limits” that airs on the Sportsman Channel. Bob Beck is known for his ability to take wildlife at extremely long distances and the show features many of these long shots.

Rich Landers of the Spokesman Review has broken this story;

Bob Beck, co-host of Extreme Outer Limits on The Sportsman Channel won’t be filming himself participating in public hunting seasons in Idaho – or 36 others states – next year.

Beck’s TV broadcast of a 2010 hunt helped seal his case, forcing him to plead guilty last month to hunting illegally near St. Maries.

On the broadcast, the Oregon hunter explained Idaho’s rules allow hunters to purchase a second tag that entitles them to shoot an additional whitetail.

Indeed, he bags two deer for the viewers’ pleasure.

But working with a tip from a sportsman a year after the TV show aired, Idaho Fish and Game officers and Benewah County prosecutors were able to prove, among other things, that Beck had purchased only one tag.

Beck was required to pay $2,600 in fines and restitution and he lost hunting privileges in 37 states that cooperate to shun illegal hunters.

Why?? Why?? Why?? It doesn’t make any sense at all. Is the need to get a kill for the show the reason these TV personalities continue to violate the game laws? While I realize it is only a few but it seems every year there is one or two of them that get caught.

Rich Landers points out in his story about how lucky Bob Beck is that federal charges were not brought specifically a Lacey Act Violation which is a felony. Charges like that would see his right to possess firearms taken away among other things.

I don’t watch this show and frankly there is only a few hunting shows that I do watch now. I’m curious though what folks think…. Does game violations by the personalities on a show impact your viewing? Would you / will you avoid shows that have had incidents like this? I’d be interested to hear some of ya’s responses.

Mixed Bag of News on Gun Rights Today
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Flag room at Fort McHenry

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

Pretty simple and straight forward as laid out by our forefathers but for some reason so difficult for many to understand. Well on the got it right side a federal judge has over turned a Maryland law that denied this right by rationing out permits to carry a firearm to only those who seemed to have a good reason to need one.

A federal judge has struck down a Maryland law barring residents from receiving handgun permits unless they have a “good and substantial reason,” in an opinion that gun rights advocates celebrated Monday as a “monumentally important decision.”

U.S. District Judge Benson Everett Legg ruled that the law violates the Second Amendment right to bear arms by requiring residents seeking concealed-carry permits to submit evidence showing that they face specific threats of violence outside their homes.

Washington Times

On the left side or the wrong side the Governor of Minnesota vetoed the Castle Doctrine giving protection to criminals and putting law abiding citizens at risk.

Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed the so-called “castle doctrine” self-defense bill on Monday.

The proposal, supported by the gun-rights groups and opposed by Minnesota’s law-enforcement organizations, would have expanded the legal justification for citizens who use deadly force in threatening situations.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Tony Cornish, R-Good Thunder, and Sen. Gretchen Hoffman, R-Vergas, was the top priority of the National Rifle Association and drew some DFL votes in addition to near-unanimous Republican support. The measure passed by votes of 40-23 in the Senate and 85-47 in the House.

It would have changed the legal definitions of self-defense for someone facing a serious threat in their homes, and would have expanded this “castle doctrine” to cars, motor homes, boats and even tents.

It would have done away with a person’s duty to retreat when facing a threat in public places, which supporters called the “stand your ground” concept. It would also have legalized concealed-weapons permits issued by all states, regardless of their standards in granting permits, and limited the situations in which police can temporarily remove weapons from homes in volatile situations.

Star Tribune

Our battle to keep our God given rights continues we should not have to ask our government for permission to keep and bear arms. The people of Minnesota should throw this bum of a politician out of office on his head. I’m sure he swore an oath to defend and uphold the Constitution and not destroy it like he is now. A citizen should never ever have to back down from a thug because some stupid law requires it.

Stand up for your rights and support groups that fight for your rights like the NRA.

Infolinks 2013