People

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.

Latest

Bird Flu Discovered in Wild Turkeys for First Time Ever

Turkey

Bird Flu Discovered in Wild Turkeys for First Time Ever

Wildlife managers across the country are wondering what’s next after a deadly strain of bird flu was discovered in wild turkey flocks for the first time ever. “Highly pathogenic avian influenza” (HPAI), caused by a virus known as H5N1, has been sweeping the continent since it first hit Canadian...
Coyote Attacks 2-Year-Old Boy on Front Porch

Wildlife Management

Coyote Attacks 2-Year-Old Boy on Front Porch

City officials, game wardens, and animal control authorities in Dallas, Texas, are reeling after an urban coyote dragged a 2-year-old boy off his front porch in the early morning hours of May 3, 2022. The boy’s name is Landon Thomas, and the injuries that he sustained during the attack sent him to a...
Poaching Bust Leads to Over 100 Charges in Multiple States

Wildlife Management

Poaching Bust Leads to Over 100 Charges in Multiple States

Six people are facing a slew of criminal charges after a multi-agency investigation tied them to more than 100 poaching-related violations in Vermont and New Hampshire. According to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department (VFW), which headed up a joint investigation with assistance from New...
Live 7-Foot Sturgeon in Car Trunk Leads to Massive Poaching Ring Bust

Wildlife Management

Live 7-Foot Sturgeon in Car Trunk Leads to Massive Poaching Ring Bust

On Mar. 12, 2022, officers with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) pulled over a 31-year-old man named Andrew Chao. Upon inspection of the vehicle, they found a live white sturgeon in the trunk of his small sedan. The fish, so large that it barely fit the confines of Chao’s trunk...
California Hunters Claim Victory in Bear Hunt Battle

Wildlife Management

California Hunters Claim Victory in Bear Hunt Battle

Hunters and conservationists across the country are celebrating after attempts to outlaw black bear hunting in California fell flat for the second year in a row. In a 4-0 vote during an April 21 meeting, members of the California Fish and Game Commission voted to deny a petition from the Humane...
Father and Son Sentenced After Poaching Collared Grizzly

Wildlife Management

Father and Son Sentenced After Poaching Collared Grizzly

A father and son have been sentenced to jail time, thousands of dollars in fines, and multi-year hunting bans after killing a grizzly bear in Idaho’s Caribou-Targhee National Forest last spring. Jared and Rex Baum of Ashton, Idaho, were hiking in a densely forested area near Island Park late last...
Texas Restaurant Busted with 381 Illegal Shark Fins

Wildlife Management

Texas Restaurant Busted with 381 Illegal Shark Fins

The proprietors of a Texas seafood restaurant are likely to face charges after investigators found nearly 400 illegally-possessed shark fins in the establishment’s refrigerator. Bexar County game wardens assigned to the case found and confiscated the fins during a canine-aided inspection of the...
New Senate Bill Would Turn Public Lands Into Housing Developments

Public Lands & Waters

New Senate Bill Would Turn Public Lands Into Housing Developments

A new bill in the United States Senate would allow state and local governments across the West to purchase federally-managed public lands at steeply discounted prices. If the bill’s author gets his wish, those lands would then be earmarked for housing development. S.4062 was introduced on April...
CWD Discovered in Four New States and One Canadian Province

Wildlife Management

CWD Discovered in Four New States and One Canadian Province

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a debilitating neurological malady affecting deer, elk, moose, and caribou. When an animal is infected with the misfolded proteins, or prions, that give rise to CWD, it often takes years for symptoms to manifest. These include a stooped posture, excessive salivation...
Hunter Tags 'Extremely Rare' Gobbler After 3-Year Chase

Turkey

Hunter Tags 'Extremely Rare' Gobbler After 3-Year Chase

A North Carolina turkey hunter is celebrating a once-in-a-lifetime achievement after he bagged a rare all-white gobbler on his family land in the mountains of Burke County. Thirty-year-old Troy Cornett of Granite Falls, North Carolina, had been chasing the bird for years before he finally harvested...