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ALERT: New bill will severely impact nonresident hunters in WY -
posted 1 month ago
In some instances like Idaho, a reduction in available tags and increases in non-resident makes sense. We also had the lowest out of state costs in the nation, no point system, and a huge problem with populations due to predation. For Wyoming, not sure this will benefit anyone, not to mention the animals. Truth be told, states are struggling with predator populations and without hunters doing their part to help control those populations, opportunity for ungulates will decline. If you don’t hunt bear, lion or wolves, you’re part of the problem.
New bill could make wolf hunting year-round in Idaho -
posted 2 months ago
It's about time but I fear too little too late. I'm not sure why Idaho took so long to take action but I'll give them the benefit of the doubt, that litigation was a primary driver of their neglect. Truth is .04% of tag holders were successful on a total sale of around 44k tags. Until trappers are allowed to leave sets for more than 48 hours and hunters are incentized to go after these animals, populations will continue to rise.
Just to give you an idea of how bad it is. Idaho's objective was 200 wolves with 12 breading pairs. They now estimate (likely underestimating) that there are 1540 wolves in Idaho. Any animal that is allowed to exceed population objectives by 800%, are bound to adversely effect the ecosystem. Unfortunately, when that animal is the apex predator in area, the repercussions are far greater than if a rabbit or bird where to experience such growth.
Colorado wolf initiative makes it to November ballot -
posted 2 months ago
Unfortunately this will pass. Much like Oregon, Washington and New Mexico, Colorado's wildlife policy is determined by its left-leaning major metropolitan areas. This State will be hit especially hard as they have already demonstrated an unwillingness to embrace effective management tools, as is seen with their outright ban of trapping on public land and the use of dogs and bait for predators. Ungulate populations will decline and so to will opportunity as wildlife officials will be handcuffed and not able to effectively address rising predator populations. Should they try, they will be hit with countless lawsuits from the likes of Western Watersheds and Defenders of Wildlife.
It's examples like this, that clearly demonstrate that making political decisions based on public land policy alone, is ineffective. Often times those who support public land, fail to support management and use of that land, in a way that aligns with hunter and animal interests. Central Idaho elk and deer populations have been decimated through the re-introduction of an additional apex predator that reproduces at a much higher rate than it's counter-parts, bear and mountain lion.
The only way to allow this predator back on the landscape, is to allow complete uninhibited take of the species by both hunters and wildlife agencies through any means necessary. (excluding poison). The only way to accomplish that, is to end the litigious non-profits that file endless court filings in hopes they will be assigned an activist judge. Sorry for the rant but its sad and frustrating to see people destroy the very things they portend to support.
Kristen A. Schmitt