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Suspect Arrested for Burning Down Hunting Cabin

Policy & Legislation

Suspect Arrested for Burning Down Hunting Cabin

Last week we told you about how Brandon Butler’s cabin was burned. This is our follow up to that article. The southeastern Missouri man arrested Jan. 16 for allegedly torching a cabin in retaliation for a poaching complaint has a 17-year criminal history. His rap sheet includes burglary, poaching...
How Hunters Use Venison to Feed the Hungry

Policy & Legislation

How Hunters Use Venison to Feed the Hungry

Much as the quickest way to a lover’s heart is through their stomach, the surest way to help nonhunters accept hunting is through meat from deer, elk, and other wild game. Whether it’s Steven Rinella serving venison to a roomful of nonhunting New Yorkers, or a Swedish hunter substituting a moose...
Deer Farmer Defies CWD Law, Faces Potential Jail Time

Policy & Legislation

Deer Farmer Defies CWD Law, Faces Potential Jail Time

A Minnesota deer farmer defied a statewide quarantine in January by trucking three captive bucks to a hunting show in St. Paul. He will try on March 23 to convince a judge that the Department of Natural Resources lacked authority to impose the travel ban on privately-owned whitetails. The case...
Baiting: Do the Consequences Outweigh the Benefits?

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Baiting: Do the Consequences Outweigh the Benefits?

Most hunters who pour bait for deer or bears don’t intend harm, assuming it’s legal. They just want to boost their odds of seeing game, and perhaps better assess an animal’s sex or size before shooting. Baiters certainly aren’t hauling and dumping food to intentionally spread disease, spark spats...
The Fluctuation in Hunting License Sales and What it Means for Conservation Funding

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The Fluctuation in Hunting License Sales and What it Means for Conservation Funding

Roughly 28.9 million anglers and 15.2 million hunters pursued fish and game on U.S. waters, forests, marshes and woodlots each of the past five years, but up to half of the faces in those license-buying armies change one year to the next. That’s because many hunters and anglers don’t buy licenses...
Western Tag Draws Unfazed by Hunting’s National Decline

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Western Tag Draws Unfazed by Hunting’s National Decline

The U.S. hunting population fell by about 1 million between 2006 and 2016, but the nation’s relentless shedding of baby-boomer hunters the past decade has done nothing to boost the odds of drawing coveted elk or muley tags in Western states. And make no mistake: We aren’t even discussing preference...