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   December 2008

The white squirrel 12/18/2008

Here's a photo of a rather unique game animal harvested with a shotgun: James Schmidt, a 14-year-old resident of Eagle, Wis., bagged this albino squirrel in September with a Harrington & Richardson single-shot .410.

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DIRECTV adds TSC 12/8/2008
The Sportsman Channel (TSC) will be available to DIRECTV subscribers by the end of January 2009 after the network reached a distribution agreement with the satellite TV provider. The channel, which is owned by InterMedia Outdoors (IMO), will be available in the Choice Xtra package.

“We are excited to be launching on DIRECTV given its position as the premier provider of sports content in the U.S.,” said IMO CEO Jeff Paro in a statement announcing the move. "This deal highlights a year of aggressive expansion for The Sportsman Channel. We are leveraging our strengths as the largest magazine publisher, the largest online network, and the largest TV producer in the outdoor category, to make TSC the pre-eminent channel in the space."

Launched in 2003, TSC is the only network fully devoted to the more than 50 million sportsmen in the United States, delivering 100 percent hunting, fishing and shooting programming. Acquired by InterMedia Outdoors Holdings in 2006, TSC is now a part of the nation's largest multimedia company targeted exclusively to serving the information and entertainment needs of Outdoors enthusiasts.

“The Sportsman Channel and its terrific line-up of branded outdoor programming is a welcome addition to our robust programming lineup,” said Derek Chang, executive vice president, Content Strategy and Development, DIRECTV, Inc. “This channel is a must-have for outdoor-enthusiasts and reinforces DIRECTV’s position as the leading provider of outdoor programming to consumers.”

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Hunter's blast kills brother 12/2/2008
The Sacramento (Calif.) Bee recently reported on a fatal waterfowl-hunting incident involving two brothers – one died from a blast to the back from the other's gun.

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CA poacher popped 12/1/2008
A Gilroy, Calif. man was recently convicted of waterfowl poaching of staggering proportions, the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) announced. Peter Ignatius Ciraulo, age 42, plead no contest to three violations: possession of an excess of the waterfowl possession limit, failure to declare a migratory game bird (a swan) and failure to show game upon demand of a Fish and Game warden.

Ciraulo was found to unlawfully possess 253 ducks and 58 geese, in excess of the possession limits of 14 ducks and eight geese. He also possessed seven live but wounded snow geese.

"Not since the market poaching days of the early 1900s have we seen waterfowl poaching of this scope," said Nancy Foley, Chief of DFG's Law Enforcement Division.

Through routine waterfowl hunting patrol techniques, DFG game wardens Kyle Kroll and Greg Grinton began an investigation on Ciraulo a few weeks before the close of the normal waterfowl hunting season, which ended in January 2008. As they amassed evidence, they realized the extent of Ciraulo's poaching.

On the last day of the hunting season, Kroll and Grinton made contact with Ciraulo and discovered evidence of poaching beyond anything they had ever seen. Initial contact with Ciraulo revealed he had killed a swan, which is protected in California, and eight geese. He also possessed several additional concealed goose breasts hidden in his jacket.

The wardens also found hundreds of birds, mostly waterfowl species, in freezers. The dead birds included specimens of almost every waterfowl species that migrates into California, but also included many nongame, protected species including a sandhill crane. A total of 335 birds were discovered during the investigation. Most of them were frozen whole, without having been processed for consumption. Seven live and crippled snow geese were also found at the residence.

As a result of the conviction, Ciraulo was placed on 2 years probation, ordered to pay a fine totaling $7,105 and must serve 100 hours community service work at Ducks Unlimited and/or California Waterfowl Association projects. As a further condition of probation, Ciraulo is banned from all hunting in California for one season, until Feb. 1, 2009.

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