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Travis Hall

Travis Hall

Travis Hall is a hunter, angler, and freelance writer with a passion for wildlife and public lands conservation. Originally from Southern Indiana, he spent time in the Appalachian Mountains of North and South Carolina before relocating to his current home in Western Montana's Bitterroot Valley.

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What's the Future of Trail Cameras in the West?

Policy & Legislation

What's the Future of Trail Cameras in the West?

Big changes are on the horizon for trail camera use in the state of Utah, following similar, recent bans in Arizona and Nevada. In an early January decision that divided the state’s hunting community, the Utah Wildlife Board voted to prohibit the use of all trail cameras during fall big game seasons...
Will Washington State Hunters Reclaim Their Spring Bear Season?

Wildlife Management

Will Washington State Hunters Reclaim Their Spring Bear Season?

In November 2021, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission voted to suspend the state’s long-running spring black bear hunt. The decision, ushered in by a 4-4 split among commissioners, was not based on the science-backed statistics of Washington’s black bear populations. The number of bears in...
Poacher Busted For Killing Bighorn Sheep He Thought Was an Elk

Wildlife Management

Poacher Busted For Killing Bighorn Sheep He Thought Was an Elk

A Montana poacher has been fined more than $5,000 after illegally killing a bighorn ram that he says he believed was an elk. Harold Horine, 45, of Deer Lodge, Montana, shot and killed a mature ram in the Highland Mountains near Butte on Nov. 22, 2021. According to Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks...
Forces Clash Over Future of Iconic Elk Herds

Wildlife Management

Forces Clash Over Future of Iconic Elk Herds

On Dec. 6, 2021, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks announced a proposal to restructure the way it manages some of the state’s most iconic elk herds. The proposal would open up a handful of limited-entry, trophy elk districts in the eastern and central part of the state to over-the-counter, either-sex...
Vermont Anti-Hunters Convicted for Sabotaging Law-Abiding Houndsmen

Hunting

Vermont Anti-Hunters Convicted for Sabotaging Law-Abiding Houndsmen

Two women were found guilty of hunter harassment after deflating the tires of a bear hunter’s truck and releasing a German shepherd that attacked and severely injured a leashed bear hound, according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. The incident occurred on Oct. 9 near the 26,000-acre...
Spring Bear Hunts Cancelled in Washington State

Wildlife Management

Spring Bear Hunts Cancelled in Washington State

Bear hunting opportunities in the Pacific Northwest will be a little scarcer after Washington state’s permit-only spring black bear hunt was suspended amid public outcry fueled by anti-hunting advocacy groups. The suspension came about after the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's governor...
Missouri Hosts First Bear Hunt Amid Media Backlash

Wildlife Management

Missouri Hosts First Bear Hunt Amid Media Backlash

On October 27, Missouri wrapped up its first-ever regulated black bear hunt. But while this new hunting opportunity was celebrated by conservationists and Missourian wildlife officials, it also generated loud opposition and dissent among anti-hunting groups amplified by the mainstream media. The...
Should Hunters Be Concerned About Deer with COVID-19?

Wildlife Management

Should Hunters Be Concerned About Deer with COVID-19?

The virus that causes COVID-19 is now circulating in whitetail deer populations in Iowa. A recent study tested the retropharyngeal lymph node tissue—the same type of tissue commonly used to test for chronic wasting disease—of hundreds of hunter-harvested and road-killed deer in the Hawkeye State. It...
Video: 19-Year-Old Hunter Kills Brown Bear in Self Defense

Big Game

Video: 19-Year-Old Hunter Kills Brown Bear in Self Defense

An Alaskan hunter shot and killed a 7-and-a-half-foot brown bear with a .44 Mag. revolver while it stalked him and the deer he just killed on Baranof Island in Southeast Alaska. Nineteen-year-old Trenton Hammock of Sitka, Alaska, shared a short video with MeatEater from his hair-raising encounter on...
Deer Processors Face 91 Charges for Poaching and Money Laundering

Wildlife Management

Deer Processors Face 91 Charges for Poaching and Money Laundering

Eight people are facing criminal charges in a grand jury indictment after a deer processing outfit in Ohio was found to have poached more than 30 whitetail deer and stolen some 700 pounds of venison from its clients. The stolen meat, which A & E Processors skimmed from the harvested deer of their...