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Many US States looking to increase Hunting and Angling fees

I know........ we were shocked by the news just like many of those in the states effected.  Here are some huge reasons why a social network dedicated to hunting and fishing could have such a profound effect on what we are about to discuss.  Last year we talked about where the money goes from increases in license fees.  Many times it goes nowhere.  Reasons.  Thanks to many of our founding fathers experiences with the concept of redistribution of tax dollars they added a sweet little piece of pie that prevented any state from using fees collected for hunting and fishing licenses to be used for anything other than items or projects related to hunting and fishing.  What they did not figure on was borrowing against those accounts to fund other projects.   

License Money not being used to better Wildlife

What the founding fathers did not bet on was the potential loop hole.  Though they can not use that money to fund projects outside the Department of Wildlife what they can do is use the money in the account and borrow against it to fund other projects.  Those sneaky devils.

Creating a Larger Voice using Social Media for Hunting and Fishing

There are some absolutely phenomenal wildlife, hunting and fishing organizations, magazines and groups. Creating a space to act as one large voice could help to free those tax dollars to be used to help develop larger scale projects to help with many of the issues we are facing.  Whether you take the side of conservation, creating better water resources, or wildlife habitats it solves bigger issues than many would care to admit.  However, it would also take away borrowing power to fund projects not Wildlife and Parks related.  It is definitely would make a great discussion on one of boards?  Hope you come join us and add your thoughts.  We would love to share them with our other social media outlets that do not dedicate themselves to the great outdoors like Shotem and Caughtem.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013 17:53

Perfect Storm Bad for Moose

We at Shotem and Caughtem thought we would pass along some information so that the hunting community could help aid in research surrounding a large population decrease in Moose which will have a large effect on hunting permits.  Researchers are trying to figure out causes associated with a halving of Moose population across a wide range of the North American continent.  

Three things seem to be having the greatest effect on the Moose.  Weather, Bugs and Food.  Shorter winters and increase temperatures are causing the cool friendly Moose to work harder to keep their body temperatures low.  Because of the warmer temperatures bugs such as beetles who eat the Moose cover, ticks and worms that carry disease they are causing more Moose to become sick.  These bugs are also causing a depletion of trees that the Moose use for cover from predators, regulate body temperature and as a food source.  

The declining Moose population could cause more problems than just for hunters.  As always many species are dependent on Moose.  Their a food source for apex predators, keep forage low for birds and trees trimmed for other herbivores.  

We can help scientist answer questions when out in the field.  Providing data from the Moose we make contact with such as location, health, and looking the animal over when it comes to coats, horns etc could all be vital information to help to cause.  Contact the Minnesota Department of Wildlife which seems to be the one spear heading the research should you have any information on Moose in your area http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/index.html 

As always keep posting photos and leave your comments in the section below.  It is part of our duty as hunters to help make sure future generations get the opportunity to hunt these majestic animals.   

 

Tuesday, 02 April 2013 22:13

Main Might Expand Moose Hunting Permits

We at Shotem and Caughtem read that the state of Maine might choose to change the laws regarding the selection process for hunting Moose.  Based on population of Moose in Maine more might need to be done to help curb the population numbers.  A public hearing is being held in Augusta on a bill that would increase the number of moose hunting permits in Maine based on the latest moose population estimate.  The Legislature's Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee is holding public hearings Tuesday on seven different wildlife bills.  One of those bills would make a number of changes to Maine's moose-lottery system.  Besides increasing the number of permits based on the moose population, the bill also proposes changing the way moose permits are issued from the current chance lottery system to a drawing in which persons who apply over a number of consecutive years may be guaranteed to receive permits.  These types of changes to a permit system helps not only with money dedicated to conservation but also allows hunters to have a better chance of having the opportunity to hunt these beautiful animals.  Let us know your thoughts on the subject in the comment section below and show us your Moose hunting photos in the Shotem gallery and tell us your story.