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Idaho Poachers Hit With $9600 Fine For Baiting Elk

According to the Spokesman Review three people were recently found guilty of baiting and poaching elk in Idaho's Boundary County. The Idaho Fish and Game department used photographs and nighttime operations to build a case against the poachers.

Former Idaho Gubernatorial Candidate Urges Wolf Killings

Rex Rammell, who lost his primary bid against Republican Butch Otter this past fall, urged a crowd of more than 100 to take matters into their own hands and start killing wolves.

According to KHQ.com Mr. Rammell said county commissioners should declare an emergency that allows citizens to kill wolves on sight. But, he adds, residents should organize a hunt and start killing wolves anyway even if no such order comes. He says he does not believe the sheriff, the state or federal authorities would interfere.

However according to the Missoulian it would probably be a bad idea to take Mr. Rammell's advice.

Feds Grapple With RMNP Elk Cull

The return of elk to Colorado is an undeniable conservation success story. However the burgeoning herd in Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP), where hunting is not allowed, has become a growing headache for federal wildlife managers. Complicating the problem has been an increasing rate of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in the herd, with disease rates approaching one elk in every nine.

The Denver Post has a good write up on elk in RMNP detailing the problems of keeping the herd in check.

Sweden Plans Another Wolf Hunt

North America doesn't have a monopoly on wolf politics. Sweden recently authorized a new hunt for next year that authorizes the take of up to 20 wolves. This year Sweden had a quota of up to 27 wolves. According to Swedish Wire, the odds of taking a wolf are very low.

Exploring the Ethics of Hunting

Monte Burke, a writer and blogger over at Forbes.com, 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 DemocratAndChronicle.com 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.

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