Happy Hunting Ground

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Sept. 16, 2009


Happy Hunting Ground
In a made-for-the-Outdoor-News-Hound-event, an avid hunter and gun owner from
South Carolina who died earlier this month at the age of 90 was buried last
week — along with all his favorite firearms and his classic 1973 Pontiac. This
week you’ll also read about a county ordinance that concerns hound hunters in
West Virginia, and a new study that may explain how chronic wasting disease is
spread.

Shooting For Eternity
Who says you can’t take it with you? Certainly not the hundreds of friends,
family members, and curiosity seekers who attended last week’s funeral marking
the passing of Lonnie Holloway in Saluda, S.C.


J.R. Absher

According to his final wishes, Holloway was interred last Tuesday, seated
with one hand on the steering wheel of his classic green 1973 Pontiac Catalina.
He was dressed in style and wearing his favorite fedora, a crisp $100 bill
stuffed in his pocket.

Mr. Holloway, a U.S. Department of Commerce employee for 32 years, died of
prostate cancer September 3 at the age of 90.

An avid hunter and gun owner, Holloway’s numerous hunting rifles and
shotguns were stowed in the car’s trunk, per his wishes. Additionally, six
handguns were placed on the passenger seat — within easy reach of the deceased
— just case he may encounter any trouble on his way to eternity.

Happy hunting ground, here I come!

During the service, the Rock Hill Baptist Church pastor told those gathered
at the graveside, "This day will be burned in our memories for years and
years to come because us ain’t never seen nothing like this before."

Mr. Holloway purchased the classic Pontiac off the showroom floor 36 years
ago.

"It was unusual," his caretaker, Rosa Anderson, said after the
funeral, "but it was what he wanted."

The late Mr. Holloway reportedly bequeathed his home and dog to Ms. Anderson,
and the church received a donation of valuable real estate.

Dog Care Ordinance Worries W. Va. Hunters
A new ordinance in Kanawha County, W. Va. requiring all dogs to be moved
indoors when temperatures reach 85 or fall to 40 and below has raised concerns
among hunting dog enthusiasts as well as state game and fish authorities.

Those who use dogs to hunt bears in Kanawha County — the county with the
highest number of nuisance bear reports in The Mountain State — say they have
been unfairly targeted.

"This will be the end of people being able to have dogs for the purpose
of hunting," said Gary Knapp of the West Virginia Bear Hunters
Association. "I think there is a hidden agenda by some of the people to do
away with hunting," 

Last week the state’s top wildlife official said the ordinance could harm
efforts to manage bear and coyote populations in the region.

West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Director Frank Jezioro said the
ordinance is particularly unfair to non-resident hound hunters who stay in
hotels and leave their dogs in outside box shelters or trailers.

In addressing the concerns, county officials say the ordinance may be
altered to exempt hunting breeds.

Study: Prions In Deer Feces May Spread CWD
The results of a groundbreaking new study indicate that chronic wasting disease
in deer and elk may be spread by excreted prions found in the infected animal’s
feces.

The report, published in the September 9 issue of the journal “Nature,” reveals
that CWD-symptomatic prions are found in the droppings of deer months before
clinical symptoms of the disease are seen in the animals, according to the
research team, at University of California, San Francisco, and the Colorado
Division of Wildlife’s Wildlife Research Center.

Deer, elk and moose inadvertently consume feces and soil in the course of their
daily grazing. Given this, the team set out to determine whether the animals
could develop CWD through long-term consumption of contaminated feces.

Researchers measured the amount of prions contained in the feces of orally
infected deer up until the time they became symptomatic and then calculated
whether prolonged exposure to the concentrations of prions in these feces would
be enough to cause the disease.

"Our findings suggest that prolonged fecal prion excretion by infected
deer provides a plausible explanation for the high level of transmission of
chronic wasting disease within deer herds, as well as prion transmission among
deer and other cervid species. Our work may also explain transmission of
scrapie prions among sheep and goats," says senior author and Nobel
laureate Stanley B. Prusiner, MD, UCSF professor of neurology and director of
the UCSF Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases.

Facebook Video Leads To Hunting Violation Charges
In Wisconsin’s first hunting violation case based on evidence gathered from the
social networking site, Facebook, two men were charged with illegal deer
shining after an anonymous tipster led to their posted video.

One individual pleaded guilty last week to shining wild animals while
possessing a firearm. The case against the second is pending.

Officials with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources cited Adam M.
Frame, 25, and Dustin J. Porter, 24, after the tip led them to a video on
Facebook showing the duo shining a light and shooting a gun at a deer.

The case marked the DNR’s first-ever arrests based on a Facebook video,
although it has built cases from information found on other websites — such as
Craigslist and eBay, Conservation Warden Supervisor Rick Reed said in a news
release about the case.

Frame and Porter were charged in April with one misdemeanor count of illegal
shining of deer or bears as party to a crime in connection with the November
2007 incident.

Frame, as part of an agreement, pleaded guilty last month to shining wild
animals while possessing a firearm. He was fined $354.

Quote Of The Week
"One of the pleasantest times of camping out is the period immediately
after supper, when the hunters lie in the blaze of the fire-light, talking over
what they have done during the day and making their plans for the morrow."
-Theodore Roosevelt
“Hunting Trips of a Ranchman,” 1885

J.R. Absher is a freelance outdoor writer whose articles and columns appear
in numerous national publications. He offers his unique perspective of the
outdoors weekly for sportsmansguide.com. You may contact him at
jrabsher@outdoorpressroom.com.

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