The US House of Representatives, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, held a Congressional Field Hearing on June 19th at the Haywood County Courthouse, to investigate possible government waste, fraud, and abuse, as related to the federal and state investigation called Operation Something Bruin. US House Rep. Mark Meadows (NC) chaired the hearing with Rep. Jeff Duncan (SC) and Rep. Doug Collins (GA). Operation Something Bruin, was a 58 month undercover operation into alleged bear poaching and Lacey Act offenses in the Smokey Mountain region conducted by the US Forest Service, the National Park Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service and North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission and Georgia state wildlife agencies. Despite the drama generated by all the federal and state agency press releases citing 81 hunters being charged with 980 violations, the results have been astonishing with numerous felony charges being reduced, and even more misdemeanor charges being dropped altogether.
What’s more, its entirely possible that the most inexcusable and criminal acts were committed not by hunters, but rather by the undercover agents who illegally killed 6 of 10 bears themselves, for the purpose of entrapping or entangling hunters afterthefact, as a result undercover agents actions.
The following documents provide information and/or testimony in advance of during the Friday hearings.
2015 NCBHA Board of Directors Meeting Executive Session of the NCBHA Board of Directors was held on on February 21st. A second meeting is tenitively planned for later this summer.
APA 2015 Breed Days The NCBHA attended the American Plott Association (APA) Breed Days in Hickory Grove, SC, on March 19, 20 and 21. We certainly enjoyed seeing and visiting with everyone, this is a fine event and is always a great opportunity to meet with old and new friends. We look forward to seeing you there next year!
The event will be in the same location next year at: 3785 Howells Ferry Road, Hickory Grove, SC.
Bear Hunting Magazine It’s our privilege to annouce that the NCBHA is joining forces the Bear Hunting Magazine family. We consider Bear Hunting Magazine the only true forum dedicated to bear hunting in North America. As you probably already know, the NCBHA will be providing a full subscription to each of our members as part of your standard membership. We believe that Bear Hunting Magazine will provide a much more effective medium for communicating with our member, while simultaneously bringing quality bear hunting articles. (Posted 10-23-10)