Mountain Pursuit Calls for an End to Wyoming G&F Commissioner Complimentary Licenses

An in-depth report completed this week analyzing a decade of Wyoming G&F Commissioner Complimentary donations uncovered serious issues in tag allocation, financial accounting, and a disturbing disregard for Wyoming wildlife, resident hunters, and taxpayers' money.

The report, "Wyoming Game & Fish Commissioner Complimentary License Allocation, 2008-2018" analyzed which non-profits received over 700 donated Commissioner Licenses, how much money the licenses were sold of raffled for, which species and hunt area the licenses were used for, and who purchased the tags.

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Resident Hunters Should Have Significant Priority For Hunting Tag Allocation

By Mountain Pursuit

Mountain Pursuit is a western states hunting advocacy group and strongly believes big game license allocation should be significantly prioritized for the residents of Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana

The growth in backcountry hunting in recent years, driven by ... 

Hunting and clothing and gear manufacturers and sophisticated marketing campaigns
Hunting Films and Film Festivals
Sponsored hunters and social media
Television hunting series and streaming hunting shows 
Online hunting tag application services and resources such as gohunt.com

 .... has significantly increased non-resident tag applications in western states, and increased pressure on state management agencies to increase non-resident tag allocation. 

This has resulted in proposed decreased hunting tag allocation and diminished hunting quality and experience for western state residents hunters.  

Mountain Pursuit is troubled by these trends, and believes resident hunters should have significant priority for hunting tag allocation. 


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Roundup 11.22.19


Mule deer harvest increases in Region 1 - Montana, Helena Independent Record
Where have all the elk gone?, The Durango Herald
OUTDOORS: WDFW budget woes could be forestalled in future, Washington State - Peninsula Daily News
Sleep or die? Authorities consider killing nuisance bears in Kodiak if they don't hibernate soon, Anchorage Daily News
WYGFD to stock thousands of pheasants in Goshen County, Torrington Telegram
Wyoming hunting, fishing licenses good for year from date of purchase, Ravalli Republic
Dozens of geese shot to death, left in northern Montana, WRAL.com
Where Does Your Hunting and Fishing License Money Go?, Wide Open Spaces
Felt gate draws ire, Teton Valley News (Idaho)
AZGFD: Public comment period ending regarding alternative funding sources, Foothills Focus
Thermopolis reinstates deer management program, Gillette News-Record
Dozens of geese shot to death, left in northern Montana, ABC Fox Montana News


Population of rare Stone's sheep 20% smaller than previously thought, Science Daily
Federal authorities grant ODFW permission to kill sea lions near Willamette Falls, KATU
The decline of the caribou — and why it matters to you, Toronto Star
Genetic studies set new standards for managing Nevada's recovering bighorn sheep herds, Nevada Today
Studying wildlife ecology through road-killed animals, Idaho State Journal
Hunters help safeguard state's deer, elk, - CWD Info - Arizona, Mohave State Journal
Montana FWP backs away from plans to establish new bighorn sheep herds, Missoula Currant
BT takes public input on running Alkali feedground, Jackson Hole News & Guide
Public meetings set for Sage-Grouse plans
LocalNews8.com , Utah
Less Than Two Months Remain Until You Can Legally Eat Prime Roadkill in Oregon, Willamette News


US Navy Proposes Massive Land Grab to Test Bombs, Ecowatch
The new normal?, CraigMedberg.com


Reintroduction Of Wolves May Have Helped Yellowstone National Park's Ecosystem Recover, Science Trends
Grizzlies wandering into new parts of Washington, Idaho, Missoula Press
Mexican wolves found dead in Arizona, New Mexico, KRQI News
Montana biologist is go-to bear expert, Lewiston Morning Tribune


The Best 10 Bargain Shotguns, Field & Stream

Roundup 11.15.18


A Beginner’s Guide to Field Dressing a Deer, Outdoor Hub
The Five Stages of Hunting, Field & Stream
Deer disease detected in Liberty, Carbon counties, Montana Standard
GUEST COLUMN: Amendment 74 threatens Colorado's outdoor traditions, Colorado Springs Gazette
How to Find (and Aim for) Deer Vitals, Wide Open Spaces
Idaho eyes new deer management plans, Twin Falls Times
Poached moose, Saratoga Wyoming Times
Ten meaty podcasts for hunters and hunting enthusiasts, Rio Blanco Herald Times
Idaho Fish and Game official draws heat for posing with animals he killed on African safari, Daily World
Why do we hunt?, GoHunt
How Long Before A Kill Goes Bad In The Field, Outdoor Hub


Brucellosis takes toll on Greater Yellowstone elk, Lewiston Morning Journal
AZGFD moving to protect bighorn sheeppopulation, Eastern Arizona Courier
Number Of Bighorn Sheep Hunting Licenses Limited For Habitat Concerns, CBS Denver
These Bridges and Tunnels Save Animals' Lives — and Prevent Car Wrecks, Wyoming Wildlife
Wyoming confirms new chronic wasting disease case, Local8News
Bighorn sheep returned to historic habitat, Arizona G&F
Forest Service won't change forest plan after analysis of sheep grazing agreements, Bozeman Daily Chronicle


Why Do Your Arrow Groups Wander?, Bowhunting.net
First Look at the 2019 Prime Logic CT3 and CT5, Bowhunting.net
Mathews Archery Introduces The Vertix, Dubbed as "Every Hunter's Bow", Wide Open Spaces
The Best Hunting and Fishing Gear of 2018, Field & Stream
Best Budget Coolers For Deer Camps, Outdoor Hub


That Was Close: Man Shoots Charging Grizzly In His Front Yard With a Shotgun, Wide Open Spaces
Ranchers try new wolf strategy, Lewiston Morning Journal - Oregon
Grizzly eats research mountain goat, Rocky Mountain Outlook
Oregon May Be Over-Hunting Cougars — Which Could Cause More Conflicts, Oregon Public Radio
Wolves spotted in Western Washington, Gohunt
ODFW: Someone may be feeding coyotes that attacked 2 kids, Pamplin Media Group
MFWP confirms surprise grizzly attack near Columbia Falls, GoHunt
Federal Judge Reinstates Grizzly Bear Rule, The Heartland Institute
Cougar spotted in Tangent park, Corvallis Oregon Daily News
Montana hunter recovering after grizzly bear breaks arm, Minneapolis Star Tribune
Three grizzly bears euthanized in Wyoming, GoHunt
State numbers of wolves 4.5 times greater than in 2011 - Washington

Mountain Pursuit Supports Hunting-Related Penalties for ORV and Other Travel Violations During Hunting Season

Above: The issue isn't use of ATV, UTVs, other ORVs or 4WD Vehicles during hunting season - the issue is the illegal use, either travel on closed roads or trails, or worse, creating new trails as depicted in the photo above, from the Polaris website.

By Rob Shaul

One of the key tenants of Ethical Hunting is conservation not only of game and wildlife populations, but the wildlands they habitat.

To this end, Mountain Pursuit supports hunting-related penalties for ORV (Off Road Vehicle) and other travel violations on public land during hunting season.

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Mountain Pursuit Advocates Maximum Shot Distance Restrictions for Archery (50 yards) and Firearms (400 Yards) To Address the Ethics of Improving Hunting Technology

By Mountain Pursuit

At its meeting in November, the Wyoming Game & Fish Commission is considering regulation and statute changes to address increasing technology in hunting. The effort began in December, 2017 when the Commission asked the Wyoming Game & Fish Department to complete a report on new technology impacting hunting, and develop a set of regulation changes to address it.

The Wyoming Department of Game & Fish's white paper "Exploring New Hunting Technologies" covered the gamut from trail cameras to smart rifles. Of particular concern was increasing crossbow technology and long distance shooting.

In its final recommendation, the Game & Fish recommended disallowing use of crossbows during archery seasons, but did not recommend a rule change to address the ethics of long range hunting and instead advocated an educational approach, and more data collection.

Mountain Pursuit goes further and advocates regulation changes setting the maximum allowed archery hunting shot at 50 yards (bow and crossbow), and maximum allowed rifle/firearm hunting shot at 400 yards.

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