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Arizona’s Deer, Elk Clear Of Chronic Wasting Disease


The Arizona Game and Fish Department announced that Arizona continues to be clear of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), a neurodegenerative wildlife disease that is fatal to deer and elk.

Department officials did not find any cases of CWD in the 750-plus deer (mule and white-tailed) and elk that were harvested by hunters and voluntarily submitted for testing in 2016. Game and Fish has been testing for the presence of the disease in Arizona since 1998. While CWD has been found in the neighboring states of Utah, New Mexico and Colorado, the disease has not been detected in Arizona.

The department is grateful for the assistance of hunters who submit deer and elk heads for testing, as well as the cooperation of local taxidermists and game processors.

For more information about CWD, visit: www.azgfd.gov/w_c/research_cwd.shtml.

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A Rhino Interrupts a Lion Hunt – An Armchair Safari with John McCutcheon


As chief cartoonist for the Chicago Tribune, John McCutcheon provides not only insight but a sense of humor to the description of his African hunt – by the way, sometimes hunting with Carl Akeley and meeting Theodore Roosevelt. His only big game hunting book, In Africa Adventures in Big Game Hunting Country, is one to be cherished. It is dedicated to “those adventurous souls who resent the restraint of the beaten path” and prefer to go “where the roar of the lion and crack of the rifle are part of everyday life and where in a few months you can store up enough memories to last a lifetime.” This he did on his very first lion hunt. Continue reading A Rhino Interrupts a Lion Hunt – An Armchair Safari with John McCutcheon

From the Greatest to the Least–Antelope at the Extremes


Stephanus has eyes that never fail. At the far end of a long open valley, he spotted the herd of eland lying in the shade of the trees on the edge of the hills. The valley is wide and gentle but the slopes that surround it are steep and rocky and covered in thorns with a few marula and fever berry trees. Continue reading From the Greatest to the Least–Antelope at the Extremes

More Deer In Mexico!


Our various deer are North America’s most widespread and numerous big-game animals, so it follows that deer hunting is the most popular pursuit among American hunters. In fact, we have at least 10 million deer hunters on this continent — the largest hunting culture on the face of this earth. We SCI members who frequently travel to hunt are a bit different from many. In fact, the majority of American hunters pursue game close to home. That means the white-tailed deer, some 35 million strong, are the most popular game on this continent (and in the world). But exactly which Continue reading More Deer In Mexico!