Plans to Kill 2,800 Deer on Civil War Battlefields
The National Park Service has tentatively approved a plan that envisions government sharpshooters killing more than 2,800 white-tailed deer at three Civil War battlefields in Maryland and Virginia over the next five years to curb damage to plants and trees.
The agency aims to reduce herds that it says are over-browsing vegetation at the Antietam and Monocacy battlefields in Maryland and the Manassas battlefield in Virginia.
Spokeswoman Jenny Anzelmo-Sarles said Friday that the number of deer to be killed would depend on how quickly the forest regenerates.
The park service says with public hunting prohibited in the parks, the deer population has become too dense.
The government’s growing use of sharpshooters from the Agriculture Department’s Wildlife Services division to control wild animals on federal land has been criticized by hunting proponents and animal-welfare advocates.
These culling programs costs taxpayers anywhere from $100 to $500 per deer. The sames ends could easily be accomplished with the NPS hosting a few controlled archery only hunts. At what point does reason prevail and we start considering controlled (archery only, lottery system etc) hunts as a sensible solution to overpopulation in National Parks and Battlefields? These hunts could even potentially be revenue generators.
Hunting From a Mountain Bike -Trailer or no Trailer? http://www.examiner.com/article/mountain-bike-hunting-trailer-or-no-trailer
I personally prefer no trailer, though, a heavy pack can get very uncomfortable when it comes to sitting on a bike seat.
Utah’s First-Ever Crow Hunt Has a Catch: Eat What You Kill: http://www.wideopenspaces.com/utahs-first-ever-crow-hunt-catch-eat-kill/
I have a crow sandwich spread recipe if anyone wants to give it a try.
What Type of Hunter Am I? http://www.humansandnature.org/hunting—jed-meunier-response-121.php#.U9lFCxb2sM4.twitter
As former Bugle editor Dave Stalling and others have pointed out, “in order to assure the future of hunting, we don’t need more hunters; we need better hunters.” We do not need a Homo sapiens equivalent of domestic housecats torturing their prey for amusement. We need “nature hunters,” as described by Kellert, who regard their prey with affection and respect and consider how both the prey and the hunters themselves fit into their environment. An easy first step centers on self-identity in the same spirit that Grinnell and Roosevelt showed when redefining hunters to save hunting at the turn of thenineteenth century. By redefining hunting within an ethical framework we may begin to satisfy public concerns about hunting, but, more importantly, we can revitalize the hunting experience. We successfully restored the populations of game animals. Now, more than ever, we need to restore hunters and the meaning of hunting. I will begin by redefining what type of hunter I am. I am a “nature hunter” and this helps make me human.
Tennessee Bear Hunting Regulation Change
In November of 2013, I experienced first hand the impossibilities of the Tennessee bear hunting regulation requiring hunters to check in bears as a whole animal (unquartered). During the public comment period, I sent a long email to our state game agency explaining the difficulties of this regulation and and am happy to report that the regulation has been changed to where bears may be checked in quartered so long as the quarters add up in weight to 75 pounds. This is a very significant and practical change. I am unsure how much influence my comments on the matter had, but it is at least comforting to know that our state agency is listening to hunters.
Proclamation 14-05 in the Big Game Tagging section reads:
(2) All harvested bears must be checked in at any approved checking station (excluding internet and mobile applications). Bears may be whole or field dressed, but must weigh 75 pounds or greater when checked in. If bears are quartered or boned out, the total of the meat, hide, etc. must equal or exceed 75 pounds. The reproductive sex organs shall remain attached to each bear harvested at least until the bear has been officially checked out at any official checking station.
Deer Farms: Hunting’s Ticking Time Bomb: http://www.petersenshunting.com/deer/deer-farms-huntings-ticking-time-bomb/
“Make food part of your identity. Hunt, gather, grow, or prepare it yourself. Hunt a wild animal, kill it, thank it, gut it, get your hands bloody -then share the meat with others. Get your hands dirty: plant a vegetable garden, grow herbs on a window-sill, or gather wild berries. Raise some chickens or learn to butcher an animal. Fish.”
-John Durant, The Paleo Manifesto