By Rob Shaul
I founded Mountain Pursuit to represent the most underrepresented group in today's overhyped western state big game hunting industry - the subsistence-based, resident hunter: those of us who are residents of the western states, grew up hunting with our families or learned to love it, and hunt each year not to promote a product, post to instagram or get into the record books - but to simply fill our freezers.
Non-resident hunters have a plethora of groups lobbying for their interests - Outfitters and Guides groups, landowners who lease their property to outfitters and guides, the hospitality industry (motels, restaurants, state tourism boards), old-guard hunting nonprofits who depend upon their donations and membership, hunting clothing and gear manufactures who depend upon sales to nonresidents, and the Game & Fish Departments themselves who's sell of nonresident tags is often often a major source of department funding.
Resident hunters need a voice and Mountain Pursuit is working hard to be that voice. Hence - our new "Resident Hunter" t-shirts. Are you a resident of Hawaii, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico, Nevada, Colorado or Arizona?
If so, we've got a Resident Hunter t-shirt for you! Wear your colors and stand up for resident hunters.
Click HERE to see the shop.
All proceeds go to support the good work we're doing at Mountain Pursuit!
Mountain Pursuit Recommends Paid Permits, Standardized Seasons for Western State Shed Hunting
By Mountain Pursuit
Shed hunting in the Western United States has grown exponentially in recent years, driven by both increased antler prices, and social media marketing:
- The Average Price Per Pound for antlers sold at the annual National Park Service Elkfest in Jackson, Wyoming increased 121% from $8.29/pound in 2011 to $18.36/pound in 2018.
- Years ago the market for shed antlers was in Asia, but now shed prices in the United States are driven by pet supply stores, where the sheds are cut up and sold as dog chew toys.
- A search for the hashtag, "#shedhunting" yielded 301,708 posts on Instagram
- A google search for "Shed Hunting Podcast" yielded 20+ individual podcasts
- A YouTube search for "Shed Hunting" yields hundreds of individual videos
Shed Hunting's popularity has build a niche industry around the activity, including the National Shed Hunting Dog Association, which offers products/training and holds shed hunting dog trials, multiple online-shed hunting buy and sell websites, and purpose-built shed-hunting gear including backpacks.Read more
Mountain Pursuit Challenges Increased Mountain Bike Activity In Shoal Creek and Palisades Wilderness Study Areas
By Mountain Pursuit
April 18, 2019
Today, Mountain Pursuit submitted a letter to the USFS Bridger-Teton Forest Supervisor Tricia O’Conner challenging exploding mountain bike activity in the Palisades Wilderness Study Area in Teton and Lincoln Counties, and mountain bike and destructive ATV/UTV activity in the Shoal Creek Wilderness Study Area in Teton and Sublette Counties.
Both the Palisades and Shoal Creek Wilderness Study Areas were established by the 1984 Wyoming Wilderness Act. The ’84 Act requires that the Forest Service does not allow activities such as ATV/UTV use and mountain biking to adversely affect the wilderness character that existed in Palisades and Shoal in 1984, nor the potential to designate both WSAs as Wilderness.
It’s Mountain Pursuit’s position that the Forest Service is legally bound by the 1984 Wyoming Wilderness Act not to allow any summer motorized/mechanized activity in the Palisades and Shoal WSAs beyond what was occurring in 1984.Read more
Wyoming Game and Fish Puts Politics Above Science By Delaying Migration Corridor Designation
By Mountain Pursuit, 4.12.18
Wyoming Game & Fish Department leadership has delayed identifying migration corridors for the Sublette Pronghorn and Wyoming Range Mule Deer herds in response to last-minute concerns raised by industry groups representing ranching, mining and oil and gas.
Mountain Pursuit strongly disagrees with the delay, and urges Department leadership to proceed with identifying and designating these corridors
“The Department’s decision to delay is disturbing,” explained Mountain Pursuit Board President Rob Shaul.Read more
Above: 2017 gohunt.com Article on Arizona OTC deer tags.
The “Gohunt” Effect and Arizona OTC Late Season Archery Deer Tag Sales
By Mountain Pursuit
While the number of hunters in the United States is declining with the corresponding decline in rural America, the interest, media attention and marketing of western state big game hunting has exploded in recent years.
This increased attention and marketing, driven by hunting brands (clothes, weapons), hunting-related internet companies (Onx Maps, GoHunt), and even western state game and fish departments, the “Gohunt” effect after gohunt.com, a subscription-based website created in 2013 to help nonresident do-it-yourself hunters find and apply for big game tags in the western states.Read more
Wyoming: Wyoming man pleads not guilty to poaching more than 100 deer
Wyoming: G&F Proposes Changes to Deer Hunts |
Idaho: Hunter Ed Instructors Needed
Alaska: Hunters face fines, forfeitures in illegal moose kills
Guide to Hunter Mentor Programs
Idaho: You Could Face a Misdemeanor If You Don't Stop at an Idaho Game & Fish Check Station
Idaho: Changes To Idaho Deer And Elk Regs!
Mountain Pursuit Recommends Changes to Wyoming Governor Complimentary Big Game License System
By Mountain Pursuit
An in-depth report completed this week analyzing the Wyoming G&F Governor Complimentary License system identified opportunities to increase revenue from the Governor Tag sales, and immediately add up to $1 million to the Wyoming Game & Fish Department general fund.
The report, "Wyoming Governor's Complimentary Big Game License Revenue (2012-2018) and Allocation (2014-2018)" analyzes the current method by which the Governor's Tags are sold, how the revenue is granted for wildlife research and other projects, and who has purchased the Tags over the past decade.
The report was completed by Mountain Pursuit, western-state hunting advocacy nonprofit headquartered in Wyoming.Read more
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Wyoming: Alone on the mountain
Alaska: After an extended season, GMU 17A moose harvest hits average
Hunter defends viral mountain lion video and photo
How to Improve Shooting Accuracy from a Seated Position
Montana urban deer cull an average success
Alaska: Spot and Stalk Hunting the Goats of Kodiak Island
Washington: Multiple-Season Hunt Tags Deadline at End of March
A Rifle Built Just for Women Hunters
A weekly summation of western states hunting, conservation, biology, and predator news.
Wyoming: Chance of a lifetime: Hunters share Super Tag opportunities
Montana: Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Proposes Sharp-tailed Grouse Reintroduction
Montana: One time hunting license introduced in Montana for 4 big game animals
Idaho: F&G adds three proposals to 2019-20 big game hunts
Idaho: Elk and deer hunters have productive year; hunt cuts planned for Units 66 and 69
Montana: FWP identifies individual responsible for bull elk deaths in Blaine County
Various: Redefining Hunting Success When You Come Home Emptyhanded
Bowhunting: Hunting the Easy Way?
Point Creep: What is it? Can you overcome it? and much more
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February 22, 2019
Mountain Pursuit Grades 19 Hunting Industry Instagram Accounts From the Perspective of the Non-Hunter, Develops Social Media Image Guidelines
By Mountain Pursuit
A report completed this week by Mountain Pursuit analyzed and graded hunting industry Instagram accounts perspective of the non-hunter.
The report, "Grading Hunting Industry Instagram Posts From the Perspective of the Non-Hunter" categorized and graded 1,660 images total from fifteen hunting companies and four hunting nonprofits.Read more