Exploring the Ethics of Hunting

Monte Burke, a writer and blogger over at, has posted up an entry about his first big game hunt and the ethics that he wrestled with after killing his first elk. He has titled the entry I Killed An Elk. Am I A Murderer? a provocative title for any hunter, but none the less it's a worthwhile read. Specifically he takes us through his hunting story and comes to grips with the taking of life as a necessary component of hunting, something that any self respecting hunter has come to terms with in the course of their hunting journeys.

Colorado DOW May Change Regulations After Record Bear Hunt

A couple weeks ago we posted an entry about Richard Kendall, the Craig Colorado hunter that took a potential new record 703 pound black bear. Mr. Kendall shot the bear while it was denned a fact that has drawn criticism and now, according to the Grand Junction Sentinel, the Colorado Division of Wildlife is considering regulation changes, presumably to prevent the shooting of a bear in a den.

Kendall’s actions, while a bit unusual, were legal, said Division of Wildlife spokesman Randy Hampton. “Currently, there are no regulations prohibiting someone from crawling into a den after a hibernating bear,” Hampton said. “This is the first instance we are aware of a bear being taken in this manner.” While Kendall’s actions were legal, “the idea of shooting a hibernating animal certainly raises some ethical issues,” Hampton said. Emphasizing there now are no regulations regarding hunting a denned animal, Hampton said division officials “are discussing” possible changes to the current rules.

Operation Dark Night Rounds Up 137 NY Poachers

New York's Department of Environmental Conservation recently wrapped up a coordinated effort to bust poachers spotlighting deer. The take down called "Operation Dark Night" occurred from October 1st through November 19th. The has a complete write up on the round up.

Hunter Numbers Continue Steady Decline

The steady decline in the number of people who hunt has been a regular story off and on for years. NPR has a detailed AP story up that takes a look at the numbers and some of the ramifications if the number of hunters continues to shrink.

Hunting generates billions in retail sales and pumps hundreds of millions of dollars into government conservation efforts annually through license sales and federal taxes on firearms and ammunition sales.

Project Gutpile Wants Lead Free Hunting

The New York Times is running an op-ed piece by Anthony Prieto the founder of Project Gutpile a group that wants to see the end of lead in hunting bullets. The EPA has rejected attempts to ban lead in hunting bullets, but conservation groups are now suing the EPA to force a ruling.

Michigan May Hold Moose Hunting Season

It looks like Michigan's Upper Peninsula may be getting a moose hunting season next year. The Upper Peninsula is estimated to have around one thousand moose which may allow a few permits.

The Detroit Free Press has a short write up about the potential moose hunt.

Georgia Gator Makes a Comeback

It appears that Georgia's alligator population recovery is an unheralded conservation success story. Nearly hunted out of the state, the population has risen to an estimated 222,0000 today and allows 850 hunting permits per year.

Missouri Hunter Kills 104 Pound Coyote

A deer hunter killed a very large coyote during Missouri's deer season in November. But upon closer inspection of the coyote, the hunter believed he had taken a wolf and contacted the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). After genetic testing the MDC has confirmed the animal is simply an unusually large coyote.

No Expulsion for Demari DeReu

Last week we posted an entry about Demari DeReu, the Columbia Falls Montana high school honor student, that faced expulsion for accidentally leaving a locked, unloaded hunting rifle in her vehicle in the school's parking lot.

Former Politician Illegally Takes Piebald Deer

Game laws can get detailed and from time-to-time it doesn't hurt to call a wildlife officer to figure out the precise meaning of a regulation. However you would think that the folks who write the laws would understand all the details. Not so in Oklahoma, former state rep Terry Harrison was recently fined for taking a piebald deer and the kicker is that Mr. Harrison helped write some of the states' wildlife laws.

The McAlester News-Capital has the complete story.

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