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Supreme Court decision in favor of Native American elk hunter worries Wyoming - posted 6 days ago

Hi Dustin,

To the Crow and possibly the Arapaho and Shoshone (because I think those battles are coming) this represents a carte blanche capability to hunt anywhere. Who is to say that those "empty places" does not include national parks, national monuments and state parks? The story from a few weeks ago about the Idaho native that killed 8 bighorn rams in a season just because he could bring us back to the foundation of the problem.

If you look at what is happening in Canada where natives used treaties to take back hunting rights in British Columbia as a model, it spells out what could go terribly wrong with this agenda.

The bottom line is fear, is that there will be collaborative process only a legal quagmire, and we the American hunter will probably get the raw deal. There is nothing stopping anyone of any heritage in America from applying for and going on the same hunts. To me that is a fair deal.

Even Alaska which is normally at the epicenter for native rights, has laws that restrict hunters by location not by race. A hunter who lives in Copper Center can subsistence hunt in the National Park, but a guy who lives in Fairbanks can not. The Crow live 20-30 miles from Billings, MT a town of 350,000. They aren't a remote group.

Proposed wildfire breaks detrimental to wildlife and habitat - posted 1 week ago

I survived the 1988 Yellowstone fires. They do need to clean up the prairie, I am not sure that using bulldozers and agent orange is the right way to do it.

Proposed wildfire breaks detrimental to wildlife and habitat - posted 1 week ago

I survived the 1988 Yellowstone fires. They do need to clean up the prairie, I am not sure that using bulldozers and agent orange is the right way to do it.

Supreme Court decision in favor of Native American elk hunter worries Wyoming - posted 1 week ago

Dustin,
Your ideas are valid, but the state of Wyoming can not afford to allow an outside entity to have that much control and influence over management of wildlife in the state. They have ever financial incentive to fight the fight at whatever cost come because it is a public resource and not one owned by the Crow (who live in Montana). The cost by the state of lawyers is a mute point, the state already employs lawyers, and I am sure that the RMEF, DSC, SCI, NRA-ILA, and other pro hunting environmental organizations will help to fund it.

There is no reason not to fight for the states rights to manage wildlife. Failure to do so will bring on legal battles as well.

Supreme Court decision in favor of Native American elk hunter worries Wyoming - posted 1 week ago

Dustin,

I grew up on the Wind River Indian Reservation. Maybe collaboration will happen, but I would be willing to bet that the answer is there will be no collaboration. Washington state has similar issues with tribal hunting, and it has really hurt their ability to manage wildlife.