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Agreement Finalized to Open Access to 336,630 Acres of North Idaho Timberlands

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Agreement Finalized to Open Access to 336,630 Acres of North Idaho Timberlands Below is a news release from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. With final agreements now signed, hunters, anglers, trappers and other recreationists have access to 336,630 more acres of private timberland through an agreement between the landowners and Fish and Game. You can see locations of the parcels on Fish and Game’s Map Center. Fish and Game officials announced the agreements …

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Hunting Is Conservation – Countering the Argument: Hunters cause overpopulation of wildlife

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The anti-hunter claim that hunting causes overpopulation because wildlife populations are managed specifically so there are animals to hunt is simply not true. The North American Wildlife Conservation Model consists of basic principles designed to sustain wildlife populations forever. They include…fish and wildlife belong to all Americans—not just hunters or anglers. And that managing those populations is vital for their overall health, growth and benefit. The populations of elk, deer, turkey, ducks and other wildlife …

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Hunters Raise $667K for Tennessee Elk, Elk Habitat

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Hunters opened their wallets and pocketbooks by doling out $667,190 for Tennessee’s annual elk raffle, a total nearly three times larger than the inaugural raffle of 2018. The funds will go toward the state’s elk management and habitat restoration program. “We want to make as much money as we can for habitat restoration in Tennessee and the important work that goes into conservation,” said Joey Woodard, executive director of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation which …

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Hunting Is Conservation – Hunting Benefits Non-Game Species

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The anti-hunter claim that hunters do not protect nongame species but instead, focus their ‘conservation’ efforts solely on species they wish to hunt is not true. Funds generated through an 11 percent excise tax on guns, ammunition and archery supplies are, as authorized by Congress, directed specifically for conservation efforts—not hunting-only efforts. In 2018, this tax totaled nearly $800,000 which was allocated to states and U.S. territories for conservation and recreation projects. Here are some …

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2019 Wyoming Super Tag Generates $1.1 Million for Wildlife Conservation

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The Wyoming Super Tag raffle provides hunters opportunity and raises money for wildlife management in Wyoming. This year, 87,112 tickets were sold, a 20 percent increase from last year. This amounts to $1.1 million generated for wildlife conservation. Since its inception, the program raised more than $4.8 million. “Funds generated from Super Tag sales are a win-win for hunters and wildlife. Super Tag sales contribute to the Game and Fish general fund that helps pay …

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Hunting is Sustainable, Helps Species Thrive – How #HuntingISConservation

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The anti-hunter claim that hunting is not a sustainable model and the populations of hunted species will decline and no longer flourish is simply untrue. Historically, before the implementation of rules and regulations, many species did struggle for survival. In fact, at the beginning of the 20th century several were on the brink of elimination due to the blatant and commercialized pursuit of hides, antlers, meat and other animals parts. Hunters and conservationist took notice …

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Hunting Is Conservation – Countering the Argument: Hunting Disrupts the Ecosystem

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The anti-hunter arguments that using hunting hurts wildlife populations and that nature will take care of itself are both inaccurate and untrue. The North American Wildlife Conservation Model is a set of principles that guide wildlife management practices of predators and prey alike. To put it simply, the model dictates that fish and wildlife belong to all Americans and need to be managed in such a way that their populations will be sustained forever. Thanks …

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Research: Hunting Is Conservation, but so is Recreational Shooting

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Thanks to an 11 percent excise tax on guns and ammunition, hunting is a major funding source for conservation. It is a fee hunters pay every time they purchase a box of ammo or a new rifle. That excise tax has generated more than $12 billion dollars for conservation work since the Pittman-Robertson (P-R) Act went into effect way back in 1937. Not to be overlooked in this conservation equation is the contribution made by …

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Hunting Is Conservation – Why Hunting Is Necessary

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The anti-hunter claim that hunting is no longer necessary and is done only for sport is both narrow-minded and inaccurate. First and foremost, hunting is the main tool used by biologists to manage wildlife populations. Managers determine and implement precise hunting regulations based on location, species, sex of species, type of firearm and time of year. Specific quotas are also implemented and strictly enforced. Such practices are in line with the North American Wildlife Conservation …

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Hunting Is Conservation – The Morality of Hunting

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The anti-hunter argument that hunting is morally wrong because it inflicts undue pain and suffering is often sensationalized and not fully understood. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is a staunch advocate of ethical, fair chase hunting. A primary part of that hunting ethic is for sportsmen and women alike to practice, clean, care for and know their firearms or archery equipment inside and out. And then once in the field, use precise, quality shot placement …

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Hunting Is Conservation – Countering the argument: Hunting threatens wildlife

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The anti-hunter argument that hunting threatens wildlife is inaccurate and untrue. Thanks to scientific, regulated hunting quotas and procedures, established by wildlife biologists and professional big game managers, wildlife species sought by hunters are in fact thriving. Each state wildlife agency uses hunting as a game management tool in line with the North American Wildlife Conservation Model to help manage predator and prey populations alike. Specifically, wildlife managers use scientific data, on-the-ground monitoring and hunter …

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Why Don’t More Kids Take Up Hunting?

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Participation numbers for hunting are trending downward. And that does not bode well for the future of hunting or conservation. After all, through the purchase of licenses and fees as well as excise taxes on guns and ammunition, hunters provide vital funding for conservation efforts from coast-to-coast. So what is the biggest obstacle that keeps youngsters from picking up hunting? According to data gathered by the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, it’s because they don’t have people …

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Arkansas Hunters Step Up, Assist Fight against CWD

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Want another example how Hunting Is Conservation? In Arkansas, hunters are doing their part to help wildlife managers in the fight against chronic wasting disease. They voluntarily provided more than 5,300 biological samples from harvested deer to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) so far this hunting season, helping AGFC to continue monitoring the distribution of CWD in the state. With almost a month of the firearms deer season and two additional months of …