Posts Tagged 'hunting'

Just as dead

Review of David Carpenter’s A Hunter’s Confession.

The ambiguities with which he wrestles endure in the pursuit of wild creatures to which he now limits himself: fishing.

“You don’t shoot fish,” he tells that same hunting buddy. “And you can’t do catch-and-release hunting.”

Yet a photograph on his website shows Carpenter holding a fine trout in his hands, and it looks just as dead as anything he might have shot.

Always looking

Newfoundland’s Beagle Paws save dogs abandoned as hunting season end.

Volunteer Sandra Woito said the group was involved in a heartbreaking case this spring.

A beagle named Ally was found roaming south of St. John’s a couple of weeks ago. The dog had given birth to a litter just hours before she was rescued. The puppies were never found.

“Ally was completely beside herself. She wouldn’t sleep, she wouldn’t eat, she couldn’t settle down,” Woito said.

“She was looking, always looking and we knew she was looking for her puppies.”

Longer hunt

Newfoundland issuing more moose hunting licenses and extending hunting season.

Sad story

B.C. plans to declare open season on white-tailed deer, citing increased numbers.

But Barry Brandow, a guide outfitter in the east Boundary region, disputes the ministry’s numbers, saying they are exaggerated.

“This problem is provincewide, but I can only speak with authority about my area,” said Brandow, 69, who claims the number of whitetails is closer to 15,000 for the Okanagan-Boundary region. “It’s a pretty sad story.”

Brandow said part of the problem is a loss of habitat to firebreaks, logging and roads and highways. “Clear-cuts bring in the wolves, the wolves prey on the mule deer, the mule deer is in trouble and now the whitetail have become prey.”

Brandow believes a general open season on whitetails is not sustainable and that irreparable harm could occur.

Economic aftermath

Researcher responds to Humane Society International – International Fund for Animal Welfare report on polar bear trade.

The HSI-IFAW authors are correct that Inuit receive barely one-half of sport hunt fees, citing my figure of $1.5-million as this annual revenue, but then question the importance of sport hunt money to Inuit.

I derived the economic effect from the value of the traditional food produced for each sport-hunt dollar Inuit “invested” in hunting equipment. The result was a 5:1 return.

Polar bear sport-hunting, as an economic activity, took off in the aftermath of the collapse of the world sealskin market, an occurrence in which the International Fund for Animal Welfare played a primary role.

Mind boggles

On Alberta’s grizzly bear hunt ban.

Alberta’s new Sustainable Resource Development Minister Mel Knight has left the door open to allow a limited grizzly hunt in the Grande Cache region. The MLA for Grande Prairie-Smoky recently opined that “there are places where people are going to say: ‘Why don’t you allow some harvest in a certain area?’ “You reckon that folks can be found suggesting almost anything, but we don’t expect the government of Alberta to investigate an Elvis sighting in Rimbey or promote the limited use of chewing tobacco. The mind boggles at the notion that a clearly threatened species whose numbers have almost certainly been enhanced by recent protections might be subject to a new hunt. Knight invoked the spectre of personal and livestock security in his recent comments, as if there was some sort of grizzly infestation in the Grande Cache area.

Less bears

Nunavut to reduce Baffin Bay polar bear quota in effort to preserve hunt.

Environment Minister Daniel Shewchuk announced Friday that starting this year, the hunting quota, also known as the total allowable harvest, for polar bears in Baffin Bay will be cut by 10 bears annually for four years.

That means the current quota of 105 Baffin Bay polar bears will be reduced to 65 by 2013.



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