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By Mark Kenyon
I’m sitting in bed, inside my camper, parked just below an open hillside within Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest. It’s 9:00 in the morning, robins are chirping outside and a fresh dusting of snow is melting off the roof under the sun’s gaze. From the window to my right, up on the hill, I can see eight tawny brown bodies, lighter in the back, darker in the front. My wife’s telling me I need to be working. But I can’t put down...
Alaska is one of the few outdoor venues I know that consistently exceeds its own high expectations. That view may be difficult to sustain when you’re facing your third straight week of horizontal rain on a wilderness float trip or packing out a moose your friend shot a mile too far from the nearest floatplane lake. Nonetheless, the Great Land bewitched me when I first moved there 40 years ago, and it still does whenever I return.
But like float...
Can so-called “trophy hunting” alter the genetics of free-ranging big game animals enough to eventually reduce the size of their bodies, antlers, or horns?
Short answer: In small enclosures, yes. In the wild, only in theory.
For our purposes, let’s define “trophy hunting” as selectively shooting only the biggest males of a species year after year. If that’s done, what happens? An infamous article in Newsweek (Jan. 12, 2009) claimed “trophy...