Hunting

An adult black wolf stands in an open field in winter.
Jim Peaco / NPS

Montana's newly-elected Republican governor violated state hunting regulations when he trapped and shot a collared wolf near Yellowstone National Park in February, according to documents obtained by the Mountain West News Bureau.


  

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Idaho Department of Fish and Game

Sales of hunting and fishing licenses are up dramatically across the country due to the pandemic and Idaho is no exception.

Sawtooth National Fores

The West is experiencing record-breaking fires this year, and that’s affecting recreationists, including hunters.

 

 

Richard Grimes / USFWS

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has greenlighted the expansion of hunting and fishing access to more than 2.3 million acres and 147 wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries across the nation.


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When a hunter sets a trap close to a public hiking trail, they don’t have to let trail users know. Some wildlife advocates say that’s dangerous for pets and kids, but trappers say it's logistically impossible to mark each hunting device. Now, Idaho Fish and Game may weigh in.

 


Neal Herbert / NPS

A National Wildlife Federation report published this week says new oil and gas leases on public lands could harm existing hunting economies in the West.


Jack Barnitz, BLM Las Cruces Wildlife Biologist

New research suggests hunting cougars does not achieve state management goals of reducing conflicts between the large cats, humans and livestock.


As the Mountain West grows and hunter numbers decline, states are finding ways to bring in more revenue to fund conservation.

The holidays often mean Christmas hams, mulled wine and potato latkes. But in the Mountain West, our food occasionally comes from the forest and not the grocery store. Tom Healy is a hunter living in the small town of Wisdom, Montana. This holiday season, he tried a gamey twist on traditional, eastern European cabbage rolls, called halupkis. Check out his recipe below. 

Roger Phillips

 


There’s a symbiotic relationship between hunting and conservation, and we’re not just talking about a romantic notion of our hunter-gatherer roots. But with the number of hunters on the decline nationally, stakeholders are banding together to attract a different type of hunter. We get a firsthand account from Boise State Public Radio's Heath Druzin, who recently took a trek into the wilderness for this story.

 

Heath Druzin / Boise State Public Radio

A few weeks back, I found myself being pelted with snow, on an unnamed ridge, high above the aptly named Roaring River in central Idaho.


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Idaho Fish and Game officials say despite national trends showing a decline in hunting, the Gem State's numbers are steady. But most people will never participate in the sport, and some see it as morally wrong. We learn more about hunting and the culture surrounding it, which is a significant source of revenue for the department's conservation efforts. 

Heath Druzin / Boise State Public Radio

In late 2018, researchers in Yellowstone National Park made a grim discovery: The first golden eagle in the park ever fitted with a tracking transmitter was dead.

Heath Druzin / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho Fish and Game wants to ban the import of most deer, elk and moose to keep at bay a disease that has been devastating deer herds in other parts of the country.

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Idaho Fish and Game is working with lumber companies to make sure the public has access to private timber land. It’s all part of the department’s new “Large Tracts” land lease program that targets parcels 50,000 acres or larger.

Roger Phillips / Idaho Fish and Game

Moose are on the decline in Idaho and across the West. That means moose tags for Gem State hunters will be in short supply.

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U.S. Fish & Wildlife

Idaho Fish and Game has killed wolves in the upper part of Idaho. The Department says the goal is to boost the number of elk in the area.

 

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U.S. Fish & Wildlife

Earlier this month, Fish and Game opened up a public comment period for proposed changes to 2019 and 2020 big game hunting. One of the animals that could be affected by the changes are wolves. The new regulations would expand wolf trapping on private land and the season would start a month sooner.

 

The conservative sportsmens’ group Hunter Nation is offering people the chance to go elk hunting in Utah with President Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr.

Tyler Tiller and his 10-year-old daughter, Taylor, sit perched on a log overlooking a fog-encased forest below. They’re just off a mountainous dirt road in western Oregon. The sun is setting and with it, their last chance to shoot a doe this season.

Neither seems to care much. Their excursions aren’t really about hunting.

Far more important Tyler says is “just spending that time with each other in the outdoors and just really being able to have an opportunity away from everything to bond on a different level.”

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