Recent comments

Railroad sued over grizzly bear deaths in Montana - posted 1 week ago

This is... absurd. As a farmer I'm no fan of BNSF, but come on. There's way too many bears in that area, and the tracks and highways make travel corridors at certain times of year especially. You going to not run trains half the day to save a few bears? Now you're talking about disrupting huge chunks of commerce to provide a solution to something that's an unfixable problem.

NYT best-selling author throws BIG money at Colorado wolf ballot proposal - posted 2 months ago

If you reintroduce them, ultimately hunters will have to shoot them. Someone should explain that, that wolves have no natural predator and, left unchecked, will fundamentally change the landscape re:wildlife. Now, if you start with the goal of a managed population, they can play a positive role in keeping game populations from getting out of hand. I think maybe they're a tool in the CWD fight. But management must be left to the individual state from day 1 or it's a problem.

Tribes ask for permanent protections for grizzly bears - posted 6 months ago

I agree with justin z. These animals must be managed, as they have no natural predator, and pretending that humans and their economic and safety concerns don't factor in is unrealistic and foolhardy. The ESA has done its job here; time to move to management.

A beginner’s guide to processing your own wild game meat - posted 9 months ago

I've used a torch, and also just picked and wiped as it goes into the grinder tray. In my opinion, there's nothing wrong with the torch, but the thing that helps the most if it's an option is skinning the animal while it's still warm. Much less hair if that hide can come off quickly, although i realize that's not always possible.

Why do we hunt? - posted 1 year ago

You hit on my main motivation; I consider myself an experiential hunter. The cold of pre-dawn, the wild slowly taking shape and coming alive with the sun. Seeing that big frame on a buck at sunset, or the lift one gets when you cut fresh elk sign. Appreciating and accepting ther challenge of matching wits with that which is wild; sometimes prevailing, mostly failing. The reward of a tenderloin as a salve for sore muscles. But mostly, being there, being out, being off the couch, trying to recapture something of the wild inside us.