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Angler Drowns, Elk Freed From Hammock, Another Missouri Record

Also, poaching cases being investigated in Arizona, Montana.

Angler Drowns, Elk Freed From Hammock, Another Missouri Record

A Wyoming Game and Fish biologist helps free an elk entangled in a rope hammock earlier this fall. See Link to Video Below (Wyoming Game and Fish YouTube screenshot)

Game & Fish outdoors news briefs take a look at hunting, fishing and conservation news and trends.

Compiled by reports from staff, state fish and wildlife agencies, and news sources.

Angler Drowns on Louisiana Lake

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries believe an angler who perished on Kincaid Lake was setting out fishing lines when he fell in and drowned. The incident occurred Nov. 3 in Rapides Parish.

”Agents recovered the body of Lee R. Haynes, 56, of Lena, from Kincaid Lake and turned his body over to the Rapides Parish Coroner’s Office to determine an official cause of death,” the agency said in a news release. The man was not wearing a personal flotation device, the agency said.

Mo. Angler Nets 2nd State Record

Bryant Rackers and his Missouri state-record skipjack herring. (Photo courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation)

Bryant Rackers became one of four Missouri anglers to have two state fishing records next to their names. Missouri Department of Conservation said Racker tied a state record for skipjack herring with the 3-pounder he caught Oct. 27 on the Osage River. It tied the record set Nov. 12, 2017 on the Missouri River.

Rackers also holds the “alternative-method” state record for blue sucker, which he set in 2018.

He told the MDC that he and his girlfriend were fishing to hybrid striped bass when the record hit. The fish was weighed on a certified MDC scale in Cole County.

Rackers’ herring is the 11th state-record fish caught in Missouri in 2019.

Read more about Rackers’ catch

Watch Elk Release from Hammock

Wyoming Game and Fish biologists freed an elk that was entangled in a rope hammock earlier this fall near Jackson.

The agency says as bull moose become more active during the fall breeding season they will rub their antlers on almost anything — from hammocks and Christmas lights to fencing and soccer nets.

Check out this great video of the elk being released

Poachers Sought in Montana, Arizona

Game wardens with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and Arizona Game and Fish are seeking help in solving recent poaching cases.


In Montana, two mule deer bucks were reportedly shot and left on private property east of Hamilton near the end of Charley’s Gulch Road. Access to this area is predominately through Charley’s Gulch Block Management Area (BMA).

”The deer were shot and abandoned just off the road, near where it’s gated at the boundary of US Forest Service land. Only a small portion of meat was taken from one deer, and the rest was left to waste,” the agency said in a news release. If you visited this area in early November and have any observations to report, you’re urged to call Warden Singleterry directly at 406-240-0764. Information can also be reported anonymously to FWP by calling 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668).

In Arizona, investigators are looking for info about a poached whitetail doe east of Superior in Game Management Unit 24B. The doe was found Oct. 6 in Trail Tank, just north of the Silver King SRP power station.

“There are a couple of violations associated with this crime,” said Game and Fish Wildlife Manager Laura Orscheln. “First, there is no open season on does, and second, the poacher hastily removed some of the edible portions of meat and left the rest to waste. This is a crime, not the action of an ethical hunter. We hope someone may have observed suspicious behavior or have had a game camera in the area that could provide evidence to help with this case.”

Anyone with information about the case can call the department’s Operation Game Thief Hotline at (800) 352-0700. Callers should reference case number 19-003395.

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