September 30, 2008
As the courts continue to decide what the Endangered Species Act is for, we have reached a point where it appears now that our wildlife that needs protecting is in eminent danger. Yesterday, Federal Judge Paul L. Friedman, ordered that the gray wolf in the Western Great Lakes region be placed back under protection and management of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. That decision and the subsequent ruling of the court I now see as jeopardizing the health and sustainability of our other wildlife and plant species all within specific ecosystems. Read more
September 24, 2008
Wyoming’s U.S. Senator John Barrasso yesterday says that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to withdraw its proposal to remove protection of the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act was a “significant breach of trust”.
We shouldn’t stop at Wyoming. Let’s add Idaho and Montana to the list as well, as I’m sure several states could also be included as being shafted by the USFWS. Promises were made from the beginning, promises some said the federal government would never adhere to, had no intentions of fulfilling and couldn’t achieve if it wanted to. Yet, the USFWS got its way and dumped the unwanted wolves on the back doorsteps of thousands of citizens in the Rocky Mountain West areas. Read more
September 24, 2008
By Scott Ellis
As the summer heat sets in and turkey season is a distant memory, thoughts of the upcoming seasons are definitely weighing on my mind. What is a hunter to do to pass the time? Well Iíve got just the solution to get you in the woods with your favorite rifle.
Wild hogs are legal game on any private land year round and can offer some exciting off season hunting. If you were raised in Florida, pigs have probably been a normal part of the scenery during the general hunting seasons. Some of us hunt them with dogs, some of us hunt them with guns and some of us donít hunt them at all but, they can offer a challenge and the ability to polish your predatory skills as a well. Read more
September 22, 2008
That’s a statistic I just fabricated. Why? To get your attention and with that I hope I can get you to read the rest of my article and others at this website. After all, I can’t sell advertising if I don’t have readers. This is my agenda but I have to believe that in the long run truth rules the day.
I have a reader (thanks Jim!) who keeps me up to date with all the latest press coming out of New Jersey about black bears. New Jersey has a bear problem and there are basically two forces at work to address the problem. On one side, you have the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, a branch of the Department of Environmental Protection, trying to manage bears to please everyone, an impossible task. The Division of Fish and Wildlife wants to have a bear hunt as a tool to control population but they don’t have the support of the DEP Commissioner Liza Jackson or Gov. Jon Corzine. Read more
September 17, 2008
According to a report filed by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Ed Bangs of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the federal government is asking that their present plan to remove the gray wolf from protection under the Endangered Species Act be withdrawn.
Earlier this year the USFWS announced it would delist the gray wolf in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. Immediately wolf-lover groups filed suit to stop the delisting and this spring Judge Donald Molloy issued a temporary injunction to stop the delisting. This effectively stopped any and all plans for wolf hunts and the opportunity for states to take over the management of the wolves. Read more
September 17, 2008
By Scott Ellis
With summer winding down the arrival of archery, muzzle loading , early duck , and dove season is greatly anticipated. People are tuning bows, sighting scopes and plowing fields. It could also be a great time to tune those turkey calls for the upcoming fall season. Thatís what I said, ďtune your turkey callsĒ. Most states offer turkey as fair game during archery and all but a few offer a fall turkey season. (check your local game laws to verify your season and what is legal to take, gobbler, hen or both) Fall turkey hunting can definitely put your turkey hunting skills to the test.
When most people hear turkey hunting they generally associate it with a strutting tom and the beautiful sound of a gobble during the spring. Learning the art of fall turkey hunting not only increases your chances of putting a bird in the freezer for Thanksgiving dinner, it allows you to learn more about turkeys and how they live throughout the year, not just during the mating season. This can benefit the spring turkey hunter as well. By having more knowledge of your quarry, such as their pecking order, how to find them and their language, you can add more to your bag of tricks. Fall hunting requires more woodsman ship than calling ability. Locating your fall birds can be a challenge in itself. Read more
September 16, 2008
If you don’t like that headline then perhaps you should also not like one that states that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is an animal killer and an abuser. There are however a few marked differences between what some are accusing Gov. Palin of being and what I am accusing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of being but both bear striking similarities………..that is if you are willing to look at things from a honest perspective.
There will always be people who will have an issue with the killing of any animal and some to the extreme of any living thing whether plant or animal. We witness everyday people who ignorantly support the protection of a handful of animals while being responsible for the deaths of more than they saved. For that, I offer no cures nor do I pretend that I can in all honesty have any marked alterations to their beliefs. I expect nothing different in return either. Read more
September 15, 2008
The ideal thing for hunters is for every landowner to leave his or her land open to hunting during the various seasons. We know that doesn’t happen for a variety of reasons, one of them being the realization that in some cases a landowner can rake in a sizable hunk of change by selling the hunting rights to his land. In some cases, landowners might be having to rethink that strategy as destruction to crops might be more costly than what they get for a lease.
Back last February, a Moffat County rancher named Rodney Culverwell, started killing elk that he says were destroying his property. He was charged with 16 counts and found guilty on 4 felony counts of illegally killing elk, etc.. He could face jail time and hefty fines of up to $400,000. Read more
September 12, 2008
I’m certainly no expert on Maine’s whitetail deer management program but I have spent a considerable amount of time reading, studying and researching how it is done. Maine’s whitetail deer management program, and in particular the utilization of Any-Deer Permits for population control, is recognized across the country as being perhaps the very best.
There are those who will not agree with me and that’s to be expected but I like to believe that when the experts at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife predict deer harvests for an upcoming hunting season, based on their own scientific calculations, and consistently nail those predictions, they must be doing something right. Read more
September 11, 2008
By Scott Ellis
After a long day on the annual planting of our dove field, one can do nothing but stand back and have a sense of pride and accomplishment. Thatís the beauty of planting a dove field, itís not only a gathering of friends, itís a time of sharing memories and bonding. Three of my closest friends, my father and my uncle joined together back in July to get our annual dose of farming. We started this endeavor five years ago. That was my first time planting. With my father and uncle, I grew up hunting millet fields the mines had planted for erosion purposes. We had some great shoots and it is where I learned to hone my wing shooting skills. But there is just something special about standing over 12 acres of freshly planted earth and knowing youíve done it on your own. You really appreciate the shoot and the all the camaraderie that comes with it. Read more