Posts tagged: hunting
He walked along a small creek east of Carey, shotgun in hand. He scanned for ducks through the grass and the sagebrush in the chill of the fall and the running water helped to mask the sound of his approach. As he rounded a bend, three ducks took flight “and bang, bang, bang he got all three of them — a lot of guys might get a couple of them, but they might miss a couple, he was that kind of shot, he was really good,” said Picabo rancher and Hemingway friend Bud Purdy, 94. Every Hemingway fan knows the story of how the author came to Sun Valley for the first time in September 1939, invited to represent the outdoors appeal of the resort in promotional material. Fans make the pilgrimage to Room 206 at the lodge where he wrote part of his novel, “For Whom the Bell Tolls”/Ashley Smith, Twin Falls Times-News. More here. (Wikipedia photo: Ernest Hemingway)
Question: Have you read a book by Ernest Hemingway in the last year?
Marty Trillhaase/Lewiston Tribune cautions voters about the constitutional amendment guaranteeing Idahoans the right to hunt, fish & trap:
Sure, the proposed amendment marks all the appropriate boxes. The right to hunt, fish or trap does not trump private property rights. No trespassing is allowed. Water rights are preserved. The Legislature retains control over fish and game laws. And Idaho Fish and Game can suspend or revoke the hunting, fishing or trapping license of anyone who violates its rules.But how do you license a constitutional right? Who's to say when a state regulation or law infringes on somebody's constitutional right to hunt, fish or trap? Do you have a right to hunt, fish or trap if you can't afford the license and tags? What's the point of a constitutional right to hunt if seasons and zones are tightened down to the point that you're frozen out? Presumably the courts would resolve these questions as the amendment's authors anticipate - but maybe they won't. For every 10,000 Idahoans who respect a balance among competing rights and interests, there's a (Rex) Rammell looking for every advantage. So, why even raise this uncertainty? More here.
Question: Do you plan to vote for/against this constitutional amendment?
I killed a deer last weekend. I peered down the sights of my Ancient Nord Bow and released a few Orcish arrows at the animal in the plains near Whiterun. And with that, the little Skyrim computer game popup told me my archery skill level had risen to 26. My grandpa, Tracy Walters (pictured in family photo), has killed deer, too. But he does it the analog way — crouched down in a hiding spot, with his compound bow ready, waiting for hours in actual woods. He can tell you about bow hunting alone on his property on Green Bluff, about passing up a five-point buck because his instinct told him an even larger white-tail was coming. But mostly, his stories center on hunting with his sons/Daniel Walters, Inlander. More here.
Question: I'm with Daniel. I have zero interest in hunting. But that doesn't mean that I criticize those who do. To each his own. How about you? Do you hunt? Did your father? Grandfather?
Hunting is a popular pastime in Idaho. It’s just not as popular as it used to be. What does that mean for Idaho? Less revenue for outdoors programs. Hunting license and tag sales have slowly declined over the past several years, according to data from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. “Fishing licenses have stayed relatively steady as far as the numbers of licenses sold,” regional conservation officer Gary Hompland said. “Most of that, from what we can tell, is because we’ve had some really good salmon and steelhead runs the last few years. … What is really disconcerting is our hunting licenses, both resident and non-resident. “When those sales start to slump, all of our programs that function primarily on a budget related to those sales are affected”/Andrew Weeks, Twin Falls Times-News. More here. (2009 AP file photo: First wolf killed in Idaho after resumption of wolf hunting)
Question: Do you hunt?
LaFawn Sutton, 12, bagged this record-book whitetail buck in velvet during the September early bowhunting season near her Mount Spokane area home.
HUNTING — Idaho is joining the bandwagon of states allowing potential new hunters accompanied by a mentor to try the sport before they pass a state-certified hunter education course.
On Tuesday, Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter signed into law House Bill 85, making Idaho the 31st state to pass Families Afield legislation since the programs inception in 2004.
Montana is the only state in the Northwest that has not adopted Families Afield legislation.
This allows the Fish and Game Commission to establish a program under which newcomers could try hunting under the watchful eye of an experienced mentor prior to the completion of a hunter education course. Rich Landers, Outdoors Blog
Good idea/Bad idea?
A slight decrease in Panhandle Region moose permits is proposed for 2011, but hunters will could get the spice of two new mountain goat hunts. These and other 2011 Idaho trophy big-game hunting proposals have been released for public comment through Jan. 14.
While moose tags will be increased in a few Panhandle units, they'll be reduced in others according to the proposals for a total of three fewer bull moose tags and five fewer antlerless moose tags, said Jim Hayden, Idaho Fish and Game Department regional wildlife manager. Rich Landers/SR
Really? My first thought when I read this blog post was, They don't shoot mountain goats do they? But apparently they do.
Do you enjoy hunting?
A handheld shooting computer aides calculations for different calibers, loads and ranges for long-range targets.
Dave Powers has a foot firmly planted at opposite ends of the hunting spectrum. He’s an accomplished archery hunter who has taken several trophy animals after calling or stalking the animals to close range.
But the gunsmith who lives near Orofino, Idaho, also counts himself among a growing number of hunters taking animals with custom-made rifles at distances of 1,000 yards and beyond.
Does this seem very sporting to you?
A barista in training perhaps?
You won’t find too many necklace holders like the one Josee Bassett has in her room.
It’s the antlers of the buck she shot not far from her Coeur d’Alene home.
“She’s got to accessorize,” her dad, Paige Bassett, said with a laugh.
Josee shot the 4-by-4 whitetail buck last month, the second day of hunting season. It was also just two days after her 12th birthday — when she was officially old enough for a hunting permit. Full story.
When I was 12 I discovered lip gloss and boys. My father would have probably preferred I took up hunting.
“Sad thing is there are many kids who probably have learned their “history” from Disney. No need for revisionist history when you have entertainment history already indoctrinated.”
“I know, CB. Bambi ruined a lot of potential hunters, too. Bad people (not just white).”
History. Hunting. Has Disney ruined anything else?
More Info: Hunting a big buck could cost you more bucks next fall, and the price of a salmon or steelhead permit could jump like a fish up a waterfall. While other state agencies are trimming their budgets because of lean state revenues, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game is swimming against the tide by seeking a $6.9 million increase in hunting and fishing fees. But unlike other agencies, Fish and Game receives no state general funds, and it has not had a fee increase since 2005.
Question (from Idaho Statesman): Are you willing to pay more in fishing and hunting fees during a recession to cover game management costs?