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Predators & Small Game

Coyote Tactics

We explain coyote rut behavior and give you hunting tips from the pros.

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Backwoods Bushytails

It's impossible to beat the simple joy of a day spent squirrel hunting with kids and dogs.

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Predators & Small Game Articles

Iguana Hunting

Iguana hunting. Yup, you heard right. Watch as Terry Gibson and crew go head to head...

Caught On Camera!

Fascinating surveillance photos capture wildlife usage of underground crossings in...

Who Hates Snakes?

GRAPHIC PHOTOS! As many as 150,000 wild pythons are roaming the wilds of South Florida....

The Howling

Exclusive Outdoor Life video helps you speak to coyotes in their own language—put fur on...

Rabbit Skinning Made Easy

Your five-step guide to rabbit preparation.

Wolves Delisted—Again

The Obama Administration okays gray wolf status.

  • July 14, 2014

    How Much is Your Hunting Dog Worth? - 10

    Our hunting dogs mean everything to us. But how much is one worth? How much could you get for yours if someone shot it dead? 

    Well, in Lincoln County, Arkansas, hunting dogs are serious business. In March, a jury awarded a man $145,000 for his treeing Walker when it was shot dead while on the hunt. The dog was reportedly worth $10,000, but personal injury, destruction of property and punitive damages racked up the remainder of ruling.

    According to documents:

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  • July 10, 2014

    RMEF Opposes Congressman’s Call for Yellowstone Wolf Buffer Zone - 4

    In the latest move to curtail wolf hunting across the country, Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio–one of the most vocal, influential, and persistent critics of Western wolf management–called for federal intervention to protect gray wolves that range beyond Yellowstone National Park.

    DeFazio claims hunters who harvest wolves outside park boundaries are directly responsible for the recent decline in Yellowstone’s wolf population. To help solve this “problem," he penned a letter to the Department of the Interior requesting the agency coordinate among states to establish a “wolf safety zone” around Yellowstone National Park. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation responded to DeFazio with a letter of their own.

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  • July 9, 2014

    Kid-Friendly States: 5 Affordable Places to Take a Child Hunting - 2

    I love Montana for its outdoor opportunities. But when it comes to accommodating youth hunters, my home state could learn a thing or two. Just ask my son, Jack, who wants nothing more than to stalk deer and elk but needs to wait another year until he turns 12 to do it here at home. Fortunately, several states understand that recruiting new hunters is critical and have taken steps to make it happen.

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  • July 2, 2014

    Guest Post: Maine Bear Hunting Referendum – A Call to Action - 0

    Editor's Note: David Trahan is the Executive Director of the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine and formerly served in the state legislature for 12 years. 

    This fall Maine hunters will face a referendum vote that could ban hunting black bears with hounds, hunting them over bait, and trapping. In part, we're facing the vote because of a decision I made last year.

    In May of 2013, five Humane Society of the United States employees, including their Washington D.C. liaison, summoned me and Don Kliener, head of the Maine Professional Guides Association, to an impromptu meeting just prior to a public hearing on legislation LD 1474. It was a bill to ban hounding and trapping of bears in Maine.

    They delivered this ultimatum: “We have $3 million, and polling data that says we can win a bear referendum in Maine. If the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine will support LD 1474, HSUS will not submit a referendum to ban trapping and hounding. If the Alliance doesn’t support LD 1474, HSUS will add baiting to our bill, and go to referendum, and Mainers will likely lose baiting, hounding, and trapping.” 

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  • June 30, 2014

    California Man Pleads Guilty to Unlawfully Trapping 60 Bobcats and Gray Foxes - 2

    A California man pled guilty last week to poaching 60 bobcats and grey fox for commercial purposes in two of the state’s northern counties.

    Tracy Lee Shultz of Courtland trapped the animals by setting about 50 large traps across 900 square miles of land, according to the LA Times. Shultz committed a number of violations, including trapping before the season opened on November 24 and failing to properly monitor his traps.

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  • June 27, 2014

    Are Pennsylvania Coyotes a $4 Million Problem? - 13

    Lately the state of Pennsylvania has experienced a great deal of teeth gnashing (pun intended). The Board of Game Commissioners is all worked up about coyote predation -- and for good reason. Coyotes and other predators seem to impact deer numbers across the country, and are continuing to grow as a topic of concern within the whitetail community. Consequently the Commission has ordered staffers in the Keystone State to tackle the ‘yote problem anew. 

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  • June 23, 2014

    Op-ed: Is Hunting Sage Grouse Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution? - 2

    After this spring’s census efforts indicated breeding sage-grouse were at unprecedented low numbers, the state of Montana’s Wildlife Commission contemplated a recommendation from the wildlife agency to close the 2014 sage-grouse hunting season state-wide. This action should concern all sportsmen whether they hunt sage-grouse or not. It also begs the question: Is hunting part of the problem of declining grouse numbers – or part of the solution?

    The fact is that no scientific evidence indicates hunting is a major cause of declines in populations of sage-grouse or a major threat relative to other factors. Even the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service indicated that hunting mortality is not a major threat to the overall persistence of populations. That said, sage-grouse are a different beast. They are relatively long-lived and have lower reproduction compared to many other game birds. As such, they must be managed more conservatively than, say, pheasants, or quail or ruffed grouse. [ Read Full Post ]


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