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Hunters Say New Mexico Antelope Draw is Unfair

If you spend enough time going through western hunting regulations, you'll find a myriad of ways to divide tags and manage wildlife. One system that is drawing criticism is New Mexico's method of allocating pronghorn tags. High Country News is running a good article on how the draw works and why some are critical of the process.

Utah's New Mule Deer Regulations Draw Fire

Utah recently passed the most sweeping changes in the states mule deer regulations in over two decades and will go into effect in 2012. While the changes are significant, not everyone is happy with how the regulations were developed or who they benefit. The Salt Lake Tribune is running an in-depth article on the regulations, the Utah Wildlife Board, and Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife.

Group Plans to Sue U.S. Over Gray Wolf Range

Apparently for some the gray wolf's range in the lower 48 states needs to be dramatically expanded. According to USA Today, the Center for Biological Diversity intends to sue the Interior Department for failing to develop a comprehensive wolf recovery plan for the entire lower 48 states as required by the Endangered Species Act.

After 24 Year Wait Hunter Takes a Michigan Bull

Good things really do come to those that wait. has the story of Bob Beute posted that details his 24 year quest to hunt a bull elk in Michigan.

Kansas DWP Verifies Mountain Lion Sighting

The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks has verified another mountain lion photographed by trail camera. The current cougar was photographed in Nemaha County on December 7th, which brings the total verified mountain lion sightings to five in recent history. The Kansas City Star has the full story.

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 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, 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.

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