CWD: An Uncertain Link to Hunting Scents

With deer season underway in many parts of North America, hunters are using a variety of scents, such as dominant-buck or doe-in-estrus urine attractions, to lure deer closer to their stands. However, some states, like Alaska, Virginia and Vermont, have recently banned the use of these products for fear that is contributing to the spread …

Issue of the Week: Tanzania Stands By Hunting

Tanzania has stated unequivocally that it will not consider suspending or banning hunting. Government officials cite the numerous benefits that sustainable utilization of wildlife brings to wildlife and people in the country. Responding to assertions made by the Lusaka Agreement Task Force at a recent workshop in Arusha that legal hunting fuels illegal wildlife trade, …

Issue of the Week: Fair Chase and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Since the late 19th century, North America’s hunter-conservationists have embraced a strong ethical tradition of fair chase. The concept of fair chase considers the means and methods for the ethical harvest of wildlife. One definition of fair chase is the lawful pursuit and taking of any free-ranging game species in a manner that does not …

Positive Enhancement Finding for Argali in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Mongolia

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently found that the importation of argali sheep hunted in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Mongolia in 2015 would enhance the survival of the species in each country. Enhancement findings are annually required for argali before import permits are issued. A positive enhancement finding essentially means that U.S. hunters participating …

Florida Wildlife Officials To Reopen Black Bear Hunting Season

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is in the process of updating that estimate.  In 2002, an estimated 2,500 to 3,000 bears resided in Florida. However due to a dramatic increase in reported sightings, they believe the population has grown significantly.  In response to increased human-bear conflicts and an alarming number of attacks …

Studies Highlight the Willingness of Hunters to Contribute to Conservation

The World Bank recently endorsed hunting as an important financing tool for governments working on sustainable wildlife management.  Hunting is especially effective when programs are properly regulated and revenues are distributed to communities. With recent land-use changes and expansion of agriculture, the potential for hunting to contribute to conservation is increasingly important. This is why …

Issue of the Week: Zambia Lifts Lion Hunting Ban

Zambia has officially lifted its ban on the hunting of lions and other big cats. The announcement was made by Zambia’s Minister of Tourism, Jean Kapata in Lusaka on May 15, 2015. Zapata stated at a Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) press conference that leopard hunting will resume during the 2015/2016 season with “cautionary quotas” and …

Issue of the Week: Poaching in the United States

The illegal take of wildlife, or poaching, has made major news this past year. Most prominent in the media is poaching of elephants and rhinoceros in Africa, or tigers and sharks in Asia. But what’s not being reported is poaching in the United States, likely because it doesn’t have the same news appeal as the …

Issue of the Week: The New Jersey Bear Hunt

New Jersey has a complicated history with black bear hunting. Bear hunts were halted in 2004 and again between 2006 and 2009 because of law suits filed by anti-hunting groups.  During the 3 year period between 2006 and 2009, bear nuisance complaints increased significantly and the hunt was reinstated in 2010 to manage the population. …