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Preserving Opportunities for Everyone Not Just Privileged

Preserving opportunities for everyone, not just the privileged is the message that Idaho wants for its hunters. This was the mindset that kept a bill from passing that would have allowed landowners to sell hunting permits for their land. It died on the table today with a 17-17 vote.

Conservationists vs. Ranchers

The wolf battle ramps up between conservationists and ranchers in Idaho. A bill's fate is set to be sealed tomorrow, as the two opponents battle it out. The sponsor of the bill is Senator Jeff Siddoway, who is also a rancher. He says that the wolves have cost ranchers thousands of dollars in losses and damage to their animals. The bill would allow hunters to hunt wolves by air, with helicopters, and high powered parachutes. Conservationists say this measure is overkill, and will land the animals back on the federally protected endangered species list.

Senate Agricultural Affairs Committee will vote on the bill on Wednesday. Also part of the bill is to allow baiting for the wolves. Ranchers would get a 60 day permit, during which time they could go after the offending wolf pack.

Misty of Chincoteague Would Not Be Happy

To help manage the deer population Assateague National Seashore has an 2 day deer hunting season, and to provide a unique recreational opportunity. In January 2011, Justin Eason and his father John Eason were taking advantage of the 2 day deer hunt. Justin had the misfortune of not following the #1 rule of hunting, be 100% sure of your target. Justin took down a 28 year old mare wild horse instead This was bad enough, but then he and his father lied about it.

Legal Hunt has Bad Ending

In 1990 the general public in California voted to make it illegal to kill mountain lions, not that they are endangered, nor do biologists recommend not hunting them. Environmental and animal welfare groups simply wanted to ban lion hunting, they argue that it's unnecessary and cruel. Hunting groups attempted to overturn the measure in 1996, but voters again chose to keep lion hunting illegal. It is also illegal to bring or have any mountain lion parts from a hunt after 1990.

Dan Richards is the president of the California Game and Fish Commission and he has pictures of himself with a large mountain lion that he successfully hunted, in Idaho, where it is completely legal.

Wisconsin's Proposed Wolf Season Draws Criticism

UW–Madison professor Adrian Treves, who directs the Carnivore Coexistence Laboratory in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, believes that the state of Wisconsin should have control over managing the state's population of wolves. However, with the proposed bill that was introduced in January he believes they are making it more problematic, and will result in having the wolves back on the federal endangered species list in no time.

The proposed season is going to be open statewide instead of specific problematic areas. Also the season is set to run from mid-October through February, making it the longest season for a big game animal in the state.

Were Wild Turkeys Ever in New Brunswick?

Did New Brunswick have native wild turkeys at one time? That is the question that the province is currently asking as hunters and members of the National Wild Turkey Federation are pushing for the release of wild turkeys in New Brunswick. Wild turkeys are considered a non-native species, so releasing them is illegal.

Maine at New Brunswick's border has a population of wild turkeys, and they have crossed over, and now New Brunswick has a few.

Father and Son Charged in Massachusetts Bear Killing

Back in September 2011 we reported about a Massachusetts man who had his black bear confiscated by the Environmental Police, due to suspicions that the bear was taken illegally. At that time Mark Burdzy Jr and Sr were both adamant that the bear was taken legally. 

Now several months later after an extensive investigation by the state and federal Environmental Police, that included DNA testing of the confiscated bear and a gutpile, both men are being charged with illegally killing the black bear.

CSI Not Just for Human Cases

Wyoming Game and Fish Department needed to go a bit further with charging three people; Shenae Blakemore, 29, Cody Gilligan, 23, and Colton Lapp, 19, with poaching a trophy class mule deer. Game wardens had found the trophy buck in a shed in Worland. They had been investigating something else when they came upon the buck. When asked about the buck, Lapp told them that the buck had been shot by Blakemore in an open area near the Black Hills by Sundance.

Carry at Starbucks

In states allowing open carry or concealed carry, signs were popping up in store windows banning weapons inside the stores. One place you will not find one of these signs is at a Starbucks. Starbucks is taking the stance of following the state law, if it is allowed in the state it's allowed at Starbucks.

Conflict of Interest?

Washington hunters are coming together in efforts to stop the confirmation of Jay Kehne to the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission. Kehne is a paid employee of Conservation Northwest, some hunters call it an extreme environmental group. They believe that the F&W Commission is already green enough, and adding Kehne would just exacerbate the situation for hunters. It seems the commission does not support the fishermen and hunters of the state.

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