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Wild horse roundup in Idaho -
posted 1 week ago
Everybody is certainly entitled to an opinion but with all due respect, take a trip to SE OR or NW NV and spend a day or two covering some ground using the boots on your feet. In some areas, you will be hard pressed to find a single inch of ground that doesn't have a horse track or large piles of horse dung on it. You will also find that you are looking at large herds of really tall cows that look oddly similar to feral horses...
Well said Dillon H.! Hunters = conservation. Protecting the horses does nothing for conservation. Without management, the horse population does what it does. It boggles the mind why we protect them rather than manage them when we know what they do to the landscape and we know what result they have on our game populations.
What a sensitive topic for those who hunt where these unregulated horses roam... The so called wild horse topic always pushes my buttons. Oregon and Nevada may as well adopt them as their sate animal. Its been nice knowing you Mr. Beaver and Mr. Bighorn! I hope Idaho takes a more aggressive approach and doesn't mimic OR and NV!
Wild horse hunt sparks outrage -
posted 1 year ago
Thank you for posting this article. I chew on this issue frequently. The comments that preceded mine are spot on. I am no biologist and certainly don't claim to be an expert regarding wild horses or the deer ,antelope an elk that they share the land with. I can say that as an Oregon resident who also enjoys hunting out of my home state including Nevada, these horses are absolutely a detriment as others have stated to the animals that actually belong particularly in dry areas. In the NW corner of Nevada, the horse population is downright stupid. Hunting in SE Oregon only two years ago, there is almost no place in the area I was hunting that didn't have a horse track in it. The ground is bare under the junipers and it smells more like a barnyard than the high desert. Horses occupied my view near and far each day. The very limited water sources are trampled and flattened and absolutely dominated by the horses. A few years back scouting in NW Nevada, was an eye opener for me. The horses were thick with literally hundreds spotted before the trip was over. Good on them for trying but Oregon has proven that roundups quickly lose their productivity as the demand quickly dissolves and is now gone. The facilities that house these horses get saturated in short order. These horses simply become a financial burden and to my knowledge there is still nothing done to curb the population outside of those fences. This tactic no longer even qualifies as a band aid. This is a mountain of a problem that I feel is grossly overlooked. This is yet another example where the true conservationists are ready and willing to lend a much needed hand to a glaring issue but sadly not given a chance. A wild horse hunt is the only cost effective way to gain control over this issue.
Wyoming Antelope Unit 90 -
posted 1 year ago
Did the public land percentage change with the boundry change? It looks like the change would have reduced the amount of public land available to hunt.