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.

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Above: A forum post on monstermuleys.com offers to sell points to another nonresident and apply for a "party" tag under Wyoming's liberal point sharing rules. 

Nonresidents Are Selling Preference Points Under Wyoming's Liberal Party Hunt Draw Regulations

By Mountain Pursuit

Farmington, Utah Resident and hunting personality, Brian Latturner is the owner of the website, monstermuleys.com, and offers a "Wyoming Hunt Consulting/Scouting" service for Western Wyoming.

For $1,499, Mr. Latturner promises buck location, glassing, trailhead, camping and other information to increase the odds of harvesting a 1-2% buck for nonresident hunters from "1 in 100" to "1 in 5 for a 5-7 day hunt."

Mr. Latturner himself has deer hunted the prized Region G in western Wyoming as a nonresident an astounding 9 of the past 10 years, according to the Wyoming Game & Fish Department.

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Mountain Pursuit Urges the Mule Deer Foundation to Reconsider Its Title Sponsorship of The Western Hunting & Conservation Expo Because of Seminar Presenter Robby Denning

By Mountain Pursuit

Celebrity hunter Robby Denning is the author of a book on Mule Deer Hunting, owner of hunting forum website rokslide.com, and also the owner of wescout4u.com - a public lands scouting service.

Mr. Denning is also listed as a Seminar presenter at the Western Hunting & Conservation Expo in Salt Lake City, February 14-19, 2019.

The Mule Deer Foundation, one of America's largest and most venerable hunting advocacy groups, is listed as a "Title Sponsor" of the Western Hunting & Conservation Expo.

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Wanted: All-Star Research and Advocacy Intern!

Mountain Pursuit is a new, bold, innovative, western states, hunting advocacy nonprofit headquartered in Jackson, Wyoming.

We need a courageous, hard working, passionate Research and Advocacy Intern to assist in our multi-pronged efforts to fight for wildlife and preserve the tradition of big game hunting in the Western US. 

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We're Hiring! Executive Director Needed to Lead Mountain Pursuit

Mountain Pursuit is a new, bold, innovative, western states, hunting advocacy nonprofit headquartered in Jackson, Wyoming.

We need a courageous, hard working, passionate Executive Director to lead our multi-pronged efforts to fight for wildlife and preserve the tradition of big game hunting in the Western US. 

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Mountain Pursuit's Standards for Ethical Coyote Hunting

By Mountain Pursuit

Coyote hunting for sport has become a lightning rod for anti-hunting activists in the United States.

A December, 2018 article in the Montana-based, online magazine Mountain Journal titled "A Death of Ethics: Is Hunting Destroying Itself" highlighted coyote killing contests, social media video posts showing coyotes run down by snowmobiles, and extrapolated this behavior to the broader ethics of all big and small game hunting. As the article title suggests, the author implies the questionable ethics associated with coyote hunting points to a larger ethical deficit amongst all hunting and hunters. 

In 2018, Project Coyote, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Northern California, filmed and produced an award-winning wildlife crime film, "Killing Games: Wildlife in the Crosshairs" which focuses on coyote and other predator hunting contests. 

Protecting the future of big game hunting, and standing steadfast and uncompromising on Fair Chase hunting ethics are key mandates for Mountain Pursuit.

Mountain Pursuit considers the ethical issues and disturbing coyote hunting social media, hunting contests and other images as a potential public perception threat to the future of big game hunting in the West. 

 

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The "Gohunt Effect" Reflected in Nonresident Elk Tag Applications

By Mountain Pursuit

A highly-reference 2016 report from the US Fish & Wildlife Service found that overall hunters in the United States declined by 2 million from 2011 to 2016, to 11.5 million. 

However, any hunter living in the Western US who has internet access has seen an explosion in gear companies, online businesses, podcasts, internet forums, celebrity hunters and hunting movies publicizing and marketing big game hunting out West. 

Mountain Pursuit calls this the "Gohunt" effect after the website gohunt.com.

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