A 23-point buck that could be a new Florida state record was poached last October. The buck was initially measured by a Boone and Crockett Club official and grossed a green-score of 207 inches, putting it in the class of the current state record.
Funds collected from hunting clients are used to fund anti-poaching efforts in Africa, as professional hunter and concessionaire Graham Cawood explains. In six years, Cawood’s anti-poaching efforts have collected numerous examples of poachers’ favorite tools—muzzleloaders, gin traps and snares—and led directly to an increase in game populations in his concession.
While the government of South Africa says its ban on rhino-horn trade will stop poaching and illegal trade, rhino owners and conservationists say the decades-old ban accomplishes the opposite.
According to The Oregonian, two men were arrested last week after a driver on nearby Interstate 84 in Columbia River Gorge spotted a figure apparently bending over the body of a dead big game animal. The duo was later charged with poaching two trophy bighorn sheep.
According to USA Today and worldwide social media posts, elephant poachers in Tanzania have killed British helicopter pilot Roger Gower, who was working with the Texas-based Friedkin Conservation Fund and Tanzanian wildlife authorities to stop them in their tracks.