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  • September 8, 2009

    Discussion Topic: On Wolves And The Future Of Hunting

    By Dave Hurteau

    We’ve posted plenty of pro-wolf-hunting sentiment recently, so to be fair, here’s the other side of the argument, from a wildlife biologist, hunter, and former Montana guide, who asks: “Are Hunter’s Stupid?”

    From New West Travel and Outdoors:

    Wolf killing gives fodder to those who want to stop all hunting. . . . Most people don’t hunt, so the perception of hunting and hunters is key to how society will tolerate and support hunting as a legitimate activity. Yet most hunters seem to take the knee jerk attitude that anyone who objects to any form of hunting or kind of hunting, no matter how barbaric, is either a member of PETA, or just doesn’t “understand” Nature. The truth is that many of those objecting to wolf hunting are neither ignorant of ecology nor members of PETA or any other animal rights organization. . . .

  • September 8, 2009

    Deer Vs. 4-Year-Olds At Massachusetts Zoo

    By Dave Hurteau

    From the Associated Press:

    Another 4-year-old girl has been injured by a deer at Southwick's Zoo in central Massachusetts.

    Zoo President Justine Brewer says the child suffered a scratch to her right cheek after she was struck by a deer antler Thursday afternoon. . . .

  • September 4, 2009

    Special Report: Regular F& Poster Takes Wolf in Idaho

    By Thomas McIntyre

    Familiar to readers of is regular poster Robert Millage, better known as “idahooutdoors.” Now, it seems, Millage is getting known by everyone in the country with an interest in wolves.

    Click here or on the image to see more photos

    Tuesday, the 1st of September was the opening of Idaho’s controversial wolf-hunting season. Millage, a fifth generation, 34-year-old Idahoan from Kamiah—who is a dedicated outdoorsman when he’s not a realtor with Idaho Land and Home or guiding hunters for Selway Ridgerunner Outfitters—has seen the explosion of wolves in his state, and the (coincidental or not) steep decline in elk numbers. All of which made him look forward to the chance to take one of Idaho’s big game quota of 220 wolves.

  • September 4, 2009

    Earn $5 a Doe in Illinois

    By Scott Bestul

    With whitetail populations booming in many areas, game agencies have used various methods to encourage a robust harvest of does. In my region, antlerless tags are usually abundant and relatively inexpensive. Across the river in Wisconsin, the DNR had for years used an Earn-A-Buck rule that required a hunter to kill and register a doe before receiving a “buck sticker” that allowed him to tag an antlered animal.

    These two examples—which illustrate the alternatives of “encouragement” vs. “requirement”—each have their fans, and one can debate which approach is the most effective. But the Jasper County (IL) Farm Bureau is trying a different approach to encourage bowhunters to shoot more does this fall; financial reward.

  • September 4, 2009

    Bourjaily: Gun Hysteria in the Classroom

    By Phil Bourjaily

    The all-time highlight of grade-school Show and Tell was the day my friend Matt showed the class the Nazi sword his father brought back from WWII.  The sword was about as tall as Matt was, and it had a big swastika on the pommel.

    Since many school districts won’t even allow toy weapons as part of Halloween costumes, I’m pretty sure you can’t bring real swords to show and tell anymore.

    I’m not going to argue that letting kids bring swords to school is a necessarily a good idea, but some educators have become completely irrational about weapons.

  • September 4, 2009

    Discussion Topic: PETA Bushwhacks Aerosmith Guitarist

    By Dave Hurteau

    From the San Francisco Chronicle:

    Aerosmith star Joe Perry . . . told Outside Living magazine he loves nothing better than stalking his prey through the woods near his holiday home in New Hampshire. . . .

  • September 3, 2009

    Petzal: On Wolves and Arthur Frommer

    By David E. Petzal

    In the June 30 post, I reported on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Department’s proposal to define one-hand-opening knives as switchblades, and therefore illegal. I’m pleased to announce that the Department has backed down from this particular bit of idiocy, although I’m sure they’ll be able to come up with fresh idiocy in the future.

    A true anti-gun hissy fit is a thing of beauty and a joy forever, and here is a prime example of the real thing. I am indebted to Ms. Diane K., a regular reader of this blog, for bringing it to my attention.

  • September 3, 2009

    Debate: Ads That Glorify The Kill

    By Scott Bestul

    Not long ago, I questioned the taste of some t-shirts being marketed to hunters. You can read it here. Now its time to pick on the print ad featured in this post. I spotted this just yesterday, when one of the hunting mags I subscribe to arrived in the mail.

  • September 3, 2009

    Minnesota Changes Deer-Shining Rules

    By Dave Hurteau

    From the Northland News:

    Deer shining has long been practiced by hunters across Minnesota. . . .

    It's always been illegal to shine with a loaded firearm.

  • September 3, 2009

    Discussion Topic: Levi Says Sarah Palin Doesn’t Hunt

    By Dave Hurteau

    In a new Vanity Fair story, Levi Johnston (Bristol Palin’s ex-boyfriend and father of her child) is slamming Sarah Palin. Besides exposing a laundry list of shortcomings related to subjects typically covered by The New York Times (like Taco Bell’s Crunchwrap Supreme, see below), he also claims: That ex-governor don’t hunt.

    From The Washington Post’s “The Reliable Source” blog:

    "She says she goes hunting and lives off animal meat -- I've never seen it.