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10 Points Buck

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Check out this 10 point buck that was killed on Burnsville Lake on Tuesday

Self-Inflicted Gunshot by A Young Braxton County Boy

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A 12-year-old boy in Braxton County near Gassaway is receiving medical treatment after suffering a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his left toes Monday.

He was not hunting at the time, but was riding on a UTV with his brother while holding his brother’s rifle.

Police officers with the Division of Natural Resources are investigating.

Wetzel County Hunter Dies

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One person is dead following what is believed to be a hunting accident in Wetzel County, the Division of Natural Resources confirmed.

A 20-year-old man from New Martinsville died following a “single subject incident” while hunting deer with a rifle.

That incident occurred around Noon Monday.

The man’s cause of death is currently unclear.

Police officers with the Division of Natural Resources are investigating.

Trophy Decision

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Donald Trump abruptly reversed his administration’s decision to allow elephants shot for sport in Zimbabwe and Zambia to be imported back to the United States as trophies, saying in a tweet last Friday night that he was putting the decision “on hold” until further review.

“Put big game trophy decision on hold until such time as I review all conservation facts,“ Trump wrote on Twitter. “Under study for years. Will update soon with Secretary Zinke. Thank you!“

Trump’s sudden tweet halted a decision by his own administration, announced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Thursday, to end a 2014 government ban on big-game trophy hunting in Zimbabwe and Zambia, saying it would help the conservation of the species.

But the Fish and Wildlife decision almost immediately was met with a fierce backlash and outcry from animal rights activists and environmentalists – as well as prominent conservatives.

In a tweet, Fox News host Laura Ingraham expressed her dismay, writing, “I don’t understand how this move by @realDonaldTrump Admin will not INCREASE the gruesome poaching of elephants. Stay tuned.“

The president’s decision Friday evening did not seem well-coordinated with his West Wing communications team. Just hours earlier at the daily press briefing, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had defended the decision, saying it was the result of a review by “career officials” that began in 2014 under President Barack Obama.

“This review established that both Zambia and Zimbabwe had met new standards, strict international conservation standards that allowed Americans to resume hunting in those countries,“ Sanders said.

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