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Swedish Anti-Hunters Threaten Armed Conflict

Sweden's wolf hunt that is currently underway has spawned lawsuits and protests, but one group is threatening to kill hunters. A rap group called "Follow Him to the End of the Desert" even had a photo shoot posing with rifles and dead, bloodied hunters.

The Local has a write up about the wolf hunt and the protesters.

Wolves Take Down Livestock in Central Montana

Wolves are responsible for two separate livestock attacks in Fergus County Montana. The Great Falls Tribune has a write up about the attacks that happened on private ranch land.

Mountain Lion Hunt Protesters Draw Licenses

It appears that hunting foes are taking protesting to a new level regarding mountain lion hunting in South Dakota. According to The Daily Republic 11 people that publicly testified against mountain lion hunting applied for a limited mountain lion hunt in Custer State Park for which only 10 licenses were available. Two of the ten licenses were drawn by the protesters.

It's Application Season

There is no offseason.  Some of you may not be ready to think about hunting already, but if you’re sitting on your laurels, daydreaming instead of researching, you’ll have already missed the Alaskan big game drawings and are about to miss the Wyoming elk, Arizona elk and antelope draws.  Before you know it, spring will have passed you by and you’ve already missed all your chances at a limited tag throughout the west.

Others are simply intimidated by the whole process.  In your state you just go buy a license when you’re ready to hunt.  There is no application, no limitation to the number of tags for an area, so the whole concept of lotteries, preference points, applications, deadlines and drawing odds is very foreign.  But applications are just that: foreign.  This may be a foreign language, but it’s not rocket science or paleo-archae-crypto entomology (whatever that is).  There’s some lingo or jargon that you may not be familiar with, but you can always look up an answer or ask for help.

Colorado DOW Boosts Desert Bighorn Odds

Colorado has a few herds of desert bighorns within its borders and one such herd that hasn't fared so well is in the Big Gypsum Valley near Montrose. The Big Gypsum Valley herd was first introduced in 1990 and was recently augmented by a third reintroduction attempt. The biggest problem appears to be mountain lion depredation and the New West has a write up about how this third reintroduction effort will be different than the past.

Montana Developing Hunter Cyber-Bullying Bill

Last year there were reports that hunters that signed on for Montana's wolf hunt were bullied after the MT Fish, Wildlife, and Parks released the contact information of the hunters. The hunters names were obtained under "right-to-know" laws that exist in the state. According to KRTV.com, Senator Debby Barrett (R-Dillon) wants to put a stop to the release of the contact info for the hunters.

Yellowstone Elk Herd Declines Again

The steady downward trend of the Northern Yellowstone elk herd continued again this past year. New counts released by the Park service show the herd is down another 24% over last year. The Washington Post has a complete write up on the current findings.

Montana May Allow Spear Hunting

Dust off your atlatl folks because Big Sky Country may see spear hunting this coming fall. According to the Helena Independent Record, the Senate Fish and Game Committee simply needs to decide which season to allow spears in, which they will decide shortly.

Firearm Background Checks Surge

According to FBI data released today, it appears that one day gun purchase background checks have surged. USA Today has a brief write up on the figures released from the FBI.

Colorado Wolf Was Poisoned

In 2009 a dead, radio collared wolf turned up in Rio Blanco County, Colorado. After a lengthy investigation the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service believes the wolf was illegally poisoned with "Compound 1080". The Denver Channel has a detailed write up on the wolf's travels and eventual demise.

The map accompanying the article is impressive and highlights the great distances some predators will travel in the course of their lifetime.

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