People taking on hunting amid meat shortages in the US

Some Americans are taking on hunting for the first time amid meat shortages during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report on Sunday. New Mexico resident David Elliot first considered hunting elk back in January to help feed friends and family when the U.S. reported its initial coronavirus case — despite not owning a rifle or ever hunting large animals before. He received a permit to shoot a female elk and plans to attend a hunt in November. “I want to make sure it’s a clean, humane shot, as much as possible, and get a bunch of food,” Elliot said, according to Reuters. An increase in hunting licenses and permit applications have been reported by game and fish agencies in multiple states this spring, as the virus continues to spread throughout the U.S. A resurgence is expected with meat shelves at grocery stores noticeably empty for the first time during the last two months, said Hank Forester of the Quality Deer Management Association. “People are starting to consider self-reliance and where their food comes from,” Forester told the news organization. “We’re all born hunters.” Nina Stafford, 42, a building contractor in Georgia killed her first deer back in January, which gave her confidence she could find her next meal amid potential food shortages. “The coronavirus has only made me want to go and do it more so that I don’t have that scared feeling of where’s my next meal going to come from,” said Stafford, according to Reuters. Others feel that hunting allows them to get away and clear their head during a stressful time for many Americans. “Its been so important for me, being able to go out and kind of cleanse my mental card and just go and be present, you really have to be present, and quiet and listening,” said Nathaniel Evans, 38, a teacher who shot a 17-pound wild turkey last month in New Mexico, the news organization reported.


Trump administration announces plan to open more wildlife refuge land to hunting, fishing

The Trump administration plans to open 2.3 million acres of land for hunting and fishing at more than 100 national wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries under a proposal unveiled Wednesday that is aimed at giving Americans more recreational access on public lands. The plan earned applause from several hunting and fishing groups, but criticism from one conservation organization that called it “tone deaf” to focus on this during the COVID-19 pandemic. The proposal would allow fishing for the first time at several national wildlife refuges, including San Diego Bay in California, Alamosa in Colorado, Bombay Hook in Delaware and Umbagog in Maine and New Hampshire and Everglades Headwaters in Florida, according to a list posted online. It would also allow alligator hunting at three national wildlife refuges: Banks Lake in Georgia, Laguna Atascosa in Texas and Savannah in Georgia and South Carolina. In Arizona, hunters would be able to go after mountain lions and mule deer at Cabeza Prieta and bobcats, fox, and mountain lions at Buenos Aires, both national wildlife refuges. In Oregon, migratory bird hunting will be allowed for the first time at Wapato Lake and Hart Mountain national wildlife refuges. “America’s hunters and anglers now have something significant to look forward to in the fall as we plan to open and expand hunting and fishing opportunities across more acreage nationwide than the entire state of Delaware,” Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said in a statement. The plan was announced as part of the Interior Department’s annual review ahead of the upcoming hunting season, department spokesman Conner Swanson said. Ducks Unlimited CEO Adam Putnam said in a statement the timing is perfect since Americans hunkered-down during the pandemic are looking for open spaces to recreate. “As millions of people around the country feel trapped in their own homes due to the COVID-19 virus, having the opportunity to hunt and fish in the quiet of the wilderness or the tranquility of a lake is perhaps more important now than its ever been,” Putnam said. “There’s never been a better time to enjoy the solitude of our public lands and distance yourself from the crowds.” People will have 60 days to comment on the proposal.

This is AWESOME news!  And, even though this was just part of the annual review, it couldn’t have come at a better time.  For more more info, click on the text above.   Excellent!!     🙂

Wyoming approves first Yellowstone-area grizzly bear hunt in 44 years, backlash erupts

The state of Wyoming announced that grizzly bear hunts are back, and the first one will take place this fall. It will be the first such hunt since 1974. Hunters will be able to capture and kill up to 22 of the large brown bears across a wide area east and south of Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. After hearing from both opponents and supporters of the proposal, the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission voted 7-0 on May 24 in favor of resuming the hunt, the Associated Press reported. “We heard from the people of Wyoming, they were supportive of this. It’s pretty clear the science supports this,” Wyoming Game and Fish Department spokesman Renny MacKay told the outlet. Hunting is set to begin Sept. 1 in mountains and basins with a relatively sparse grizzly population, before the hunting zone is moved closer to the park by Sept. 15 and end by Nov. 15, if legal challenges don’t interpose. Grizzly bears were removed from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s endangered list in June 2017 after 42 years of federal protection, the National Park Service reports. The population of grizzlies around Yellowstone leapt from under 150 in the mid-1970s to 690 in 2017. “This achievement stands as one of America’s great conservation successes; the culmination of decades of hard work and dedication on the part of the state, tribal, federal and private partners,” Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said at the time, speaking about the grizzly’s removal of the federal protection list. But the news of the impending hunt has not been embraced by all. “This is a very sad day for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone region. Wyoming’s decision to allow up to [22] grizzly bears to be killed, including 13 females, just for a trophy on a wall marks a huge setback for grizzly bear recovery,” the Sierra Club lamented in reaction. “Allowing a trophy hunt of these majestic animals ‒ the second-slowest mammal to reproduce in North America ‒ so soon after they lost Endangered Species protections does nothing to build public confidence in state management of grizzly bears.” “Killing grizzlies for fun, when there is ample scientific evidence that the population is not growing, food sources have already been diminished, and the further effects of climate change is unknown, is preposterous,” added nature photographer Tom Mangelsen said. According to The Hill, the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission has received over 185,000 comments opposing the proposed hunt. The commission, however, stands by its claim that they are taking a “conservative” approach to the matter.

And, indeed they are!  The numbers went from under 150 in the 1970s to 690 last year..   And, they’re only allowing the harvest of 22.  C’mon!  The Sierra Club, as usual is being ridiculous and nonsensical.  The enviro-wakos are losing their minds.  Further, I’m sure there will be a meat-harvesting requirement as there is for any hunting tag.  So, they won’t be just shot and stuffed.  That’s what these lunatics want those not familiar with hunting to think actually happens.  It’s bs; fake news.  But, its the typical lies spread by these nutcases.

Texas huntress forced to defend her lifestyle after receiving death threats

A woman in Texas has built a following on social media for her hunting prowess — but it hasn’t always been positive. Nikki Tate, a lawyer in Dallas, has amassed over 11,000 followers on her Instagram with pictures of herself and her hunting dogs posing with carcasses of deer, hogs and waterfowl. The 27-year-old attorney started hunting “about 10 years ago” at her uncle’s ranch in South Texas, The Daily Mail reports. “It was then when I shot a bow for the first time. I loved the challenge, and given my athletic history and competitive personality, I instantly became addicted,” she said, The Daily Mail reported. Her addiction started with bucks and then moved on to waterfowl. “Ever since that moment, I have been hooked. I’ve hunted several animals, but my favorite by far is waterfowl,” Tate said. “I was always told to stay away from waterfowl hunting or else I would never go back to hunting anything else. Well, they were right,” she added. Tate uses her social media presence to show her kills, as well as share tricks of the trade and endorse products that she uses on her own hunts – and, perhaps most importantly, explain the reasons behind her hunting lifestyle, which some have taken issue with as being controversial. “We eat everything we kill, unless we are hunting predators,” Tate said. “My husband and I skin everything ourselves, and if we can’t eat everything, we donate it to organizations that are aimed at feeding the homeless.” “We pride ourselves in only taking ethical shots, and work hard to make sure that it happens,” she added. Tate has a revolving arsenal for her different hunts. She uses a 12 gauge semi-automatic shotgun for duck and dove hunting, a Ruger.270 rifle for deer, and an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle for predator hunting. Tate says she spends “almost every weekend waterfowl hunting,” but does try to “get a few deer hunts in a year to help fill the freezer,” naming a 170-pound buck as her largest kill. That particular deer fed her family for nearly six months, she said. Aside from meat, Tate says she hunts for conservation concerns and predator control. “Hunting helps maintain animal populations at levels that are compatible with human life/activity. For example, hogs are insanely overpopulated and can cause serious damage to agricultural products, fields, and other vegetation, which can harm livestock. We also hunt coyotes and bobcats for purposes of predator control,” she shared. Tate has received a lot of support from the hunting community both on and offline, but she still has had her detractors. Some of those morally opposed to hunting have issued death threats Tate via social media. But, Tate continues doing what she loves and trying to teach respect. “I pride myself in respecting others for their beliefs and practices, regardless of whether I agree with them,” she said. “I hunt for food, conservation, friendship, and so much more, all of which are very important to me. If I can respect others’ beliefs, values, and reasons (even those that involve human life and death), please respect mine.” Tate plans to continue moving forward by sharing her hunting stories and “shedding a positive light” on the reasons behind them. “I am who I am and I am not going to change that,” she said.

We hope you never do, Nikki!  What a great role model for the hunting community!  To see some photos of Nikki in her element, click on the text above.  Excellent!!   🙂

Missouri hunter bags 39-point buck after four years of trying

A Missouri hunter finally landed his ultimate prize: a 39-point buck dubbed “the St. Paul giant.” Tim Phillips wrote on Facebook he was “lucky enough to bag” the buck on Saturday, after hunting the animal several years. “After 4 years of hunting the St. Paul giant I finally was lucky enough to bag him. #Walter 39 pointer counting ring hooks. 32 points counting inch or more. ROUGH SCORE 243!” Phillips said in a Facebook post. Believe it or not, this isn’t even the first time Philliips, or someone he knew, had actually shot this specific buck. Phillips told KFVS a woman shot the same deer in 2014, and that his dad struck it with a bow just nine days before he took it down. In the latter case, Phillips says he and his father tried tracking the wounded deer with dogs, to no avail. Not long afterward, though, he was able to bag the buck on his own — for the most part at least: According to KVFS, Phillips also made sure to thank his wife for putting up with his obsession. “Tim says thank you!” the site wrote on his behalf.

Congrats to Tim!  To see photos of Tim with his prize, click on the text above.     🙂

Granny bags gator while on hunt with son, grandchildren

A South Carolina grandmother pulled in a 12-foot, 494-pound alligator in the final hours of the state’s annual public hunt over the weekend as her son and two of her grandkids looked on. Deborah Swails, 60, received an alligator hunt permit from the state’s Department of Natural Resources after her son Joe insisted she apply for the lottery-style drawing. The state issues 1,000 permits a year, but approximately five times that many apply. When Joe Swails called his mother to tell her she’d received a permit, “I wanted to choke him,” Deborah Swails told the Post and Courier newspaper. The paper reported that the Swails made several expeditions with no luck bagging a gator. But at 3 a.m. Saturday, nine hours before the season was due to end, they hooked their massive catch. “You know you have something on there, but it felt like a log,” said Swails, who told the Post and Courier she didn’t realize how large it was until its head broke the surface after 20 minutes on the hook. “Oooh, my God,” she said. “I wanted to call for help.” With the help of Joe and Joe’s children — 13-year-old McKenna and 10-year-old Jackson — Deborah wrestled the gator to the side of the boat, where it was finished off with several shots from a revolver. The family plans to serve the meat at a family cookout while Deborah keeps the head as a trophy.

Excellent!!  To see a photo of this beast, and to read more, click on the text above.    🙂

Michigan hunters told orange, not pink, is safer choice

As hunting season rolls around, those looking to enjoy the sport in Michigan must wear “blaze orange.” A ruling this week by the Michigan Natural Resources Commission rejected a proposal for hunters to have the option of wearing “hunter pink” as their primary safety color in the woods, the Detroit Free Press reported. “The commission has retained the blaze orange requirement for hunter safety,” Ed Golder, a spokesman for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, told the Press. With the decision, Michigan joins Illinois, Maine and Montana in rejecting “hunter pink,” an option that has been touted as a way of encouraging more women to take up hunting. “Hunter pink” has been embraced in Colorado, Louisiana, Minnesota, New York, Virginia and Wisconsin, the Press reported. “We don’t know for certain whether the introduction of blaze pink camo will encourage more women to take up hunting, but many people do, so let’s hope it’s true,” Mike Bazinet, the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s director of public affairs, told earlier this year. “The broader trend of more clothing designed and tailored for women involved in the activity is definitely here, however,” Bazinet added. “Go into a Cabela’s or Bass Pro or virtually any other outdoor retailer, and you will find a wide selection of hunting apparel for women.” Michigan hunters can still wear pink to compliment an outfit, as long as one prominent piece of clothing — such as a hat, jacket or vest — is blaze orange and is “the individual’s outermost garment and be visible from all sides,” the commission ruled. “To be clear, this doesn’t mean that people can’t wear the pink. If you want to wear hunter pink, if you want to wear green, that’s fine. But you have to comply with our blaze-orange requirement,” Golder added. The blaze orange color, an international standard for safety, has resulted in fewer hunting-related injuries and deaths, according to the report, and has been a requirement in Michigan since the 1970s. The report also argued not everyone is in support of switching to hunter pink, and “many claim it divides the hunting community.” That certainly seemed the case earlier this year in Virginia, when state lawmakers debated the question. “There are women who like to hunt, but it’s not about fashion,” Sen. R. Creigh Deeds told Bearing “It’s about being in the woods. And the purpose you wear a color is so somebody can see you and they don’t shoot in your direction. I mean, blaze pink — I just think it’s silly.” Seems that some people in Michigan agree.

Indeed…   The whole notion of “blaze pink” is patronizing toward women, and is putting some trendy fashion sense ahead of common sense.  Blaze orange is universally accepted as the color that hunters should wear, and I’ve already heard from women who think the whole “hunter pink” think is ridiculous.  The smart course of action would be to make “blaze orange” the standard for all states, to erase any confusion and make hunter safety the priority.

Metallica singer leaves Bay Area because of ‘elitist’ attitude

Metallica’s James Hetfield is fed up with the “elitist” San Francisco Bay area attitudes. In a podcast with radio host Joe Rogan he explains his reason for moving to Vail, Colorado. “I kind of got sick of the Bay Area, the attitudes of the people there, a little bit,” he said. “They talk about how diverse they are, and things like that, and it’s fine if you’re diverse like them. But showing up with a deer on the bumper doesn’t fly in Marin County. My form of eating organic doesn’t vibe with theirs.” The 53-year-old singer said in the Bay Area he felt looked down upon because “there was an elitist attitude there — that if you weren’t their way politically, their way environmentally, all of that, that you were looked down upon.” Hetfield said he feels “at home” in the Vail mountains as his wife, Francesca, grew up in the area. He said he can feel “a part of nature” when he’s in Colorado and can enjoy hunting, one of his favorite hobbies, with not as much judgment. And even though Hetfield will always have a love for San Francisco, the attitude wasn’t right for him there. “I love the ocean, and I love the Bay Area, I love what it’s got to offer, but there’s just an attitude that it was… It wasn’t healthy for me,” he said. “[I was] starting to feel like I was just fighting all the time, and I just had to get out of my own head. So Colorado does it for me.” The singer is in the process of developing four houses on his 40 acres of property.

Welcome to Colorado, James!  🙂

Outdoor Channel stars Lee and Tiffany Lakosky show how to hunt a turkey

Did your grocery store run out of turkeys? No problem! Outdoor Channel stars Lee and Tiffany Lakosky want to remind you that you can always hunt your own bird for the big Thanksgiving dinner. In fact, Lee said, thanks to the National Wild Turkey Federation reinvigorating the U.S. turkey population, there’s plentiful opportunity to bag your own. (Check the rules online for your state) “Turkeys have exploded everywhere,” Lee told “They’re all over, so abundant right now. It’s a great time to be a turkey hunter.” (Fun fact: there’s a huge population in Hawaii). The couple, who have their own Outdoor Channel show “Crush with Lee & Tiffany,” mostly bow hunt turkey, with Lee using a Mathews Halon 32 bow and Tiffany a women’s Mathews Avail. However, they have used a shotgun, too, wielding a Benelli 12-gauge. The Lakoskys have hunted turkey for about 14 years on their own farm in Iowa and also in Texas, Kansas, and Nebraska. They harvest 2 to 5 turkeys a year. Turkey hunting can be done in both spring and fall. Lee noted that hunting turkey is “more fun in the spring because that’s their mating season so they’re gobbling and strutting and really putting on a show and you can call to them. In the fall, they’re gobbling on the roost and just grouped up and…you gotta just see which way they’re going” to forage on the ground for food. But the early bird catches the turkeys — you must start before sunrise. Tiffany said, “They’re not easy to hunt. They’re pretty wily.”

Fun!!  To read the rest, click on the text above.   🙂

Big Buck alert: Missouri 11-year-old tags 178-inch monster on first hunt

An 11-year-old’s first hunt may be one for the record books. Jenna Perryman of Springfield, Mo, shot a 200-pound, 15-point typical whitetail that green scored 178 inches. After a mandatory 60-day drying period, it will, in all likelihood, clear the 160-inch minimum score to be eligible for the Boone & Crockett Club record books. Jenna shot the deer while afield with her father, David, during Missouri’s youth opening weekend, which ran from Oct. 29 to Oct. 30. Jenna and her dad had hunted most of the day, and as the sun began to set, he spotted a doe about 50 yards away. As Jenna prepared to shoot, David noticed a buck behind the doe and stopped her. “It didn’t look as big when it was that far away,” Jenna told the Springfield News-Leader, “but then when I saw it, I was like, ‘Whoa! Did I do that?'” According to Justin Spring, Boone & Crockett Club big-game records director, a mere 474 of the millions of Missouri deer that have been tagged over the years have made the club’s record book. “Even if hers doesn’t make it in, that’s still a buck of a lifetime for anyone, let alone an 11-year-old,” he told the paper. Jenna says she is having the rack mounted and the meat turned into summer sausage and jerky.

Way to go, Jenna!!  To see a pic of Jenna and this beast, click on the text above.  Excellent!!  🙂