Top Ten Hunting Stories of 2020

Here at the Hunting News, we do our best to keep outdoorsmen and women with the best and up to date news from the outdoors. 2020 has been a rough year for a lot of people, ourselves included. Our senior editor suffered a traumatic brain injury during the Iranian missile attack back in January and that set the tone for the coming year that has been full of challenges.

Looking back we have had some amazing and engaging stories in 2020 as well as some not so great ones. So without further ado here is our count down of the Top Hunting Stories of 2020.

10. Trump Announces ‘Largest’ Historic Expansion of Hunt, Fishing on Public Land

Back in August, President Trump signed the largest expansion of hunting and fishing opportunities on public land. He opened new recreational access at 138 national wildlife refuges and nine fish hatcheries.

Secretary Bernhart said in a statement, “On the heels of President Trump signing the most significant conservation and recreation funding in U.S. history, providing nearly $20 billion over the next 10 years to fix and conserve the American people’s public lands, the Trump administration has now made an additional 2.3 million acres accessible to new hunting and fishing opportunities,” 

9. Hunters Sue Game Wardens for Installing Game Cameras On Private Land without a Warrant

Hunters reacted big after a pair of land owners filed a lawsuit against the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA). The suit claims that the TWRA are known to enter private land and search for potential hunting violations. They don’t have probable cause to believe a crime is being committed, and they don’t ask permission from either property owners or a court. Instead, they trespass, wander around as they please, and take photos and videos. They even install cameras so they can keep watching the properties 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

This case is still open and unresolved. Hopefully we will have more answers in 2021.

8. Locked-Up Dead Head May Be New State Record (10 Pictures)

Back in February in Wisconson, two massive deadheads were found by rabbit hunters. The smaller of the buck measured in at 170 and the larger one at 253+. The current record sits at 253, so this monster does have a chance. As of right now we still have no information on the official score. We did hear rumors that there were ownership disputes surrounding the find, but we never received enough information to write a story about it.

When we hear more we will let you know.

7. Remington Tells Employees – “Do Not Come Back to Work”

Most people have been aware that Remington firearm company has been in financial trouble for a while, but it came as a shock when they ordered their factories to shut down leaving hundreds of people without jobs. The company has since been sold and most of the employees are back to work or will be back in early 2021.

6. Governor Attempts to Steal $11 Million from Sportsmen

Kentucky’s Governor Andy Beshear attempted to take $11 million from the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Department. Kentucky has no general taxes to fund the Fish and Wildlife department. All of their money comes from license, tags, and taxes on outdoor equipment. Fortunately, the legislature cut this out of Governor Beshear’s budget.

Sportsmen were rightful angry about the attempted robbery. Unfortunately the Govender was not up for reelection in 2020 so sportsmen have to wait to vote him out of office.

5. 98-Year-Old Hunter Shoots Rare Melanistic buck

An extremely rare melanistic buck was killed in Mississippi by a 98-year-old hunter. His grandson posted pictures and they quickly went viral. He stated that the 1/60,000 deer are melanistic, but I have heard it might be closer to 1/100,000.

4. Deer Missing Entire Backstrap Walks Past Trail Camera

Deer are tough animals. I have seen them with all types of injures and still be on their feet, but nothing prepared me for this video. I was completely flabbergasted by what walked across my screen. The buck walks forward showing the craziest injury on a living deer I have ever seen. This video quickly went viral and everyone was trying to figure out what happened.

3. Father and 9-Year-Old Daughter Killed in Hunting Accident

This is by far the saddest story of the year. My heart breaks for the family every time I read it. On New Year’s day In Walterboro South Carolina, a father and 9-year-old daughter were out doing a deer drive. A careless hunter thought he was shooting at a deer, but instead, he shot the father and daughter.

Please keep the family in your prayers.

2. Celebrity Hunting Couple Indicted in Huge Poaching Bust

Charges have been filed in what is being called the largest poaching case in Nebraska history. Among those charged were celerity hunting couple Josh and Sarah Bowmar they charges claim they illegally killed deer while hunting with an outfitter that was at the center of the case.

The couple maintains their innocents and has issued a statement refuting the charges. A trial should take place sometime in 2021.

  1. Kansas Buck Breaks World Record

Kansas’s youth season opened on 5 September and 14-year-old Paisley Werth put down a monster. When first reported her buck had 40+ scorable points and green scored 282 6/8.

After the 60-day drying period, the buck was officially scored by Boone and Crocket. It scored a whopping 271 4/8! It is now the top non-typical whitetail in the world, taken by a female. 

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