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#5980978 - 10/16/15 06:30 PM Bald eagle found [s] shot (suspected) [/s] near wrightpatman
wgonfan Offline
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Registered: 07/17/08
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If true, Things like this just piss me off. It gives all firearms owners and hunters a black eye. I just don't understand some idiots. The sad thing is that the eagles have just started showing up around here of the past 5 years. As much as I hunt, fish and drive on and around this lake I've only see one or two sighting of bald eagles per year.

http://txktoday.com/news/bald-eagle-with-possible-gunshot-wound-found-at-wright-patman/

The worse part is that if this bird was in fact shot there is no doubt the shooter knew it was a bald eagle... When you see one in the wild you know immediately what it is, even in low light situations so there is no "I thought it was a crow" excuses here.


See update below, turns out the eagle most likely was NOT shot.


Edited by wgonfan (10/16/15 08:14 PM)

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#5981018 - 10/16/15 07:07 PM Re: Bald eagle shot (suspected) near wrightpatman [Re: wgonfan]
Poke81 Offline
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Registered: 09/22/13
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Loc: Granbury TX
Thats a shame because it is cool to find a Bald Eagle in TX. There used to be some on the lake here in Granbury and I see this nest now and then west of Chico.





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#5981023 - 10/16/15 07:13 PM Re: Bald eagle shot (suspected) near wrightpatman [Re: wgonfan]
rifleman Offline
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Registered: 11/19/08
Posts: 44032
Loc: Kingwood
We're starting to get quite a few of them around Rayburn & the river systems. Apparently they like hog carcasses & possible stillborn calves.

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#5981044 - 10/16/15 07:27 PM Re: Bald eagle shot (suspected) near wrightpatman [Re: wgonfan]
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Registered: 09/29/12
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Loc: North Texas
Seen a couple out at Purtis Creek a few years back

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#5981047 - 10/16/15 07:29 PM Re: Bald eagle shot (suspected) near wrightpatman [Re: wgonfan]
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This one landed right in front of my deer stand a couple of years back. East TX.

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#5981049 - 10/16/15 07:29 PM Re: Bald eagle shot (suspected) near wrightpatman [Re: wgonfan]
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Article was updated that it was not a shotgun wound but likely caused by powerline

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#5981053 - 10/16/15 07:35 PM Re: Bald eagle shot (suspected) near wrightpatman [Re: wgonfan]
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I have been lucky to have seen an Eagle on 3 different occasions over a couple of year period. There has been a nesting pair in South Texas around Lake Corpus Christi for the last few years now.

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#5981061 - 10/16/15 07:40 PM Re: Bald eagle shot (suspected) near wrightpatman [Re: wgonfan]
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They updated the story and said that the injury was powerline related, not gunshot. Thankfully
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#5981062 - 10/16/15 07:41 PM Re: Bald eagle shot (suspected) near wrightpatman [Re: wgonfan]
kmon1 Offline
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Have seen a few of them in Mississippi, Texas and lots in Montana. Majestic birds for sure. Well not so majestic looking when they are chowing down on roadkill.
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#5981068 - 10/16/15 07:45 PM Re: Bald eagle shot (suspected) near wrightpatman [Re: wgonfan]
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Loc: Abilene or on the road...
We don't see them often, but when we do the world stops while we admire them.
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#5981069 - 10/16/15 07:45 PM Re: Bald eagle shot (suspected) near wrightpatman [Re: wgonfan]
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Registered: 04/19/07
Posts: 41828
Loc: Metroplex
Use to see them a bunch as a kid canoeing the Brazos below PK.

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#5981097 - 10/16/15 08:03 PM Re: Bald eagle shot (suspected) near wrightpatman [Re: BOBO the Clown]
matpk Offline
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thanks.they updated the story .otherwise I was going to through away all my guns..

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#5981104 - 10/16/15 08:17 PM Re: Bald eagle shot (suspected) near wrightpatman [Re: BOBO the Clown]
KG68 Offline
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Registered: 10/14/09
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Loc: Goldthwaite,Tx
We generally have one or two a year come up the Colorado River to our place in western Mills county in January or February. Three years ago we had a Golden Eagle come with them. It dwarfed the Bald Eagles. Beautiful creatures.

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#5981118 - 10/16/15 08:27 PM Re: Bald eagle shot (suspected) near wrightpatman [Re: wgonfan]
scalebuster Offline
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Registered: 11/25/10
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There are at least 12 of them that raise babies every year on Lake Palestine.

When I was a kid I hunted with a rancher in Fort Stockton that shot every Golden Eagle he saw on sight. He said he had seen them Kill a newborn calf righ after birth and eat it. I don't blame him. They Were bad for his business.

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#5981147 - 10/16/15 08:45 PM Re: Bald eagle shot (suspected) near wrightpatman [Re: KG68]
rifleman Offline
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Registered: 11/19/08
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Loc: Kingwood
Originally Posted By: KG68
We generally have one or two a year come up the Colorado River to our place in western Mills county in January or February. Three years ago we had a Golden Eagle come with them. It dwarfed the Bald Eagles. Beautiful creatures.


I've only seen one of those and it was sitting on a boulder in Colorado then flew over me. You're right, that's some giant yardbird.

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