Con: Wolf, deer seasons shouldn't be linked

  • Article by: BRIAN GRAFF , (As told to Dennis Anderson)
  • Updated: September 11, 2012 - 11:51 PM
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archyopterxSep. 11, 12 5:59 PM

I think it is telling that the "pro" stance is written by a former wildlife professional,with first hand knowledge ,and the "con" is written by someone who "feels" we shouldnt hunt wolves.

jsimple3Sep. 11, 12 7:12 PM

I have no problem with people who are vegetarians and anti-hunting opposing wolf hunts. At least they're consistent. I do have an issue with people who say they are OK with hunting "some" animals, just not wolves. Or those who eat farmed animals and let someone else do their dirty work. A limited hunt will do little damage to wolf populations but will serve the purpose of making them fear man, which is better for them and for us. Managed hunting has not hurt deer, elk, turkey, bear populations. In fact, most species that are highly sought by hunters are doing well, and even have hunting organizations dedicated to helping their habitat. While obviously not good for the animal "harvested", managed hunting has proven good for those species.

fishing341Sep. 11, 12 8:41 PM

The problem with the hunt that has upset a lot of people is the trapping. It's illegal to treat your dog in such a manner, but apparently it's okay to do it to wild canidae. Nice hypocrisy, folks.

jsimple3Sep. 11, 12 9:44 PM

I'm an avid hunter, but I'm not in favor of trapping either. Too indiscriminate and animals suffer too much. I won't even take a poor shot because I think the kill should be quick and humane---we owe it to the animal.

island3Sep. 11, 1210:55 PM

Jsimple3 makes a good point: Managed hunting hasn't hurt the deer, elk, turkey and bear populations. It wasn't that long ago that bear were looked at with disdain and often they were gut shot with the hope the bear would make it far enough away not to stink up the place. Wolves have received similar treatment. The bear is now revered, the population is stable, and the hunters itch to be drawn in a lottery for the licenses. Well, the wolf lottery is here. Don't be surprised to see their population go up. I expect there will be fewer illegal kills over time, and, (it's just a hunch from a fella who spends a tremendous amount of time in the woods in wolf country hunting and otherwise) -the legal harvest will be minimal. If this theory holds, the wolf population will go UP as a result of the hunt.

HBillSep. 11, 1211:19 PM

Hear! Hear! Another deer hunter in agreement with the article's author. I look at a wolf and I see my German Shepherd. It's not right and honestly not supported by the facts.

pdf123Sep. 12, 12 5:46 AM

Brian Graff, right on ! I supported the original plan, w/no hunt during the deer season. THAT is what scientists recommended, even science-based wolf advocates. I have no time for this Howling Wolf group, they are totally deceptive. But, we do have to watch for the irrational wolf-haters as well. They want to reduce predators so much that deer will overbrowse certain areas. That's not good either. I can't understand why someone wants the wolf season during deer season. I'm out there to kill deer to eat. Killing a wolf will be a distraction as far as I'm concerned.

voner26Sep. 12, 12 9:03 AM

Have no desire to shoot a wolf but have seen many of them during firearms deer season. There is no doubt in my opinion with over 60 years of hunting that wolves have lost their fear of man and this will get a lot of them killed. I don't trust them and have had them howl near me as I have left my deer stand to walk out of the woods in the evening. In recent years when walking out of the woods I have left the clip in my rifle with an empty chamber.

stevenelSep. 12, 1210:34 AM

Graff makes a ton of sense to me. The message we're sending out with this hunt is troubling, and the illegal killing we might get on top of the legal hunt could knock out the wolf population pretty fast if we're not careful. I also think holding the wolf hunt concurrent with a deer hunt is pretty stupid too. Good article.

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