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“The regulation was developed after legislation (W.S. 23-1-302) passed in the 2009 legislative session gave the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission authority to regulate and control the collection of shed antlers and horns of big game animals west of the Continental Divide.”
Just why in hell did they want to do that? Dumb ass politicians, aren’t subject to voters, or the voters aren’t voting!
Global warming must be creating a mouse food shortage.
They tell me it’s because they don’t want shed hunters harassing the deer and elk in late winter and early spring when they are stressed from a long winter.
They say the four wheelers and the people pushing them around is hard on them but i noticed the rules only apply to public land so I guess it’s okay to harass them on private.
I bet they already had a law that asked that wild animals are not to be harassed. Why not enforce it, if a few chase elk trying to cause the antlers to drop. Our earth first friends whined about impact to the land. And it’s just another no trespassing sign, this land is ours and not yours and we don’t really want you on it. And someday the signs will just say keep off the “publics” land and the public is not you.
But but but ….Wolves can chase deer and elk 24/7/365… Because ummm, thats Natural.. Yea, thats it, natural.
Jim, they can tell you what they want, but is it really true? Do the deer out there “yard up”, where they might be subject to being pushed out of their “yard”, or do they just want no one on “their” land?
Yeah, I saw what they had on the website, but do you believe it?
They don’t yard up like you see whitetail do but they do gather somewhat if a area has feed for them but i have found at this time of year they are constantly moving to areas void of snow such as south facing slopes and areas blown free of snow by the wind A lot of it depends on how people approach shed hunting if your the lazy type that wont walk and you have to drive your ATV constantly then you could push them around somewhat but usually they just move a few hundred yards and stop. I hunt them from horse back and it doesn’t seem to bother them at all unless you ride right up to them and I avoid doing that. Hunting sheds on foot at a regular slow pace in my opinion has little impact on the herds. Of course there are always a few Idiots that screw things up for everyone else but that’s true in everything we like to do.
But, their running them down in helicopters, drugging them, netting them, dragging them to a landing, hobbles, blindfolds and dumping them in the river is just fine and dandy.
They could give a damn about the wildlife, just as gun control is about control, so are these “stay off MY ‘public’ land” signs.
I heard that several mobs of horn hunters come into Southern Wyoming from Utah, and maybe Colorado, and other states. Seems to me the best avenue of lands protection is a return to Constitutional Common Law status, STATES RIGHTS, states own police powers, and the states protect the peoples of these independent states resources, thus passing laws that only residents use the resources of the state in which they reside. Maybe everyone would take better care of the state they reside in. If states choose to join the corporate paradigm that’s fine, just don’t force all states to join via economic strife. You sure don’t go to any foreign country and steal resources, we should get back to being 13 – 35 or 50 foreign nations, as was intended, and put and end to the childish nonsense once and for all of this entitlements bullshit we see now, ” we all paid for those lands, we all own those lands” which is a damn lie.
I have a great idea. First, if you want to shed hunt, you must take a government approved course on how to effectively hunt sheds without harassing the game. This course would be fee based.
Second, once you’ve completed the mandatory course, you can then purchase a government shed hunting licenses. After that, tags are available to purchase for each side of antler you harvest, limit of one matching set or three half sets. Additional tags might be available for purchase if all sheds have not been harvested. (We must leave a prescribed number behind as this would be part of our natural ecosystem management plan.)
If you choose to use your snowmobile or ATV to get to where the sheds are found, a special government sticker can be purchased for that reason. Horses are extra. The only acceptable manner of transportation is by foot. All other means would require proper stickers, tags and/or authorization from the government.
All collected fees will go toward natural regulation of our ecosystems.
As far as a sticker goes that’s already been done here in Wyoming in order to drive a ATV or snow machine on Goverment land you must puchase a sticker each year for each machine at the cost of 25 dollars per year per machine.
They haven’t started charging for your horse yet but I’m sure thats coming.
This fee would have to be in addition to that……sorry! The government is broke you know.
Your right, I wasn’t thinking..
Broke back Fed, we need a movie about this.
If that sign doesnt succeed in keeping the bad man out, the next sign will have a gate attached to it and that road will be off limits or closed to provide predators an exclusive natural experience.
Lol, if this madness keeps continuing uninterrupted the Planet will have a sign on it barring humans from eating crapping and breathing on it..
Tom, I wish you hadn’t of come up with those rules and regs., but I know you won’t be the one to implement them. But, I’ve always found that as soon as one person thinks about it, someone else does too! And the next one is working for the government!
I know but you have to admit, that’s the M-O these days when it comes to all this stuff. More taxes! And for those who haven’t figured it out yet, additional hunting fees, hidden behind tags and permits, etc. are taxes. Nothing more. Nothing less.
Cool, buy antler tags and then wonder why we can’t fill those tags either. lol.
Maybe they are leaving those sheds for the wolves to gnaw on, after finishing off the elk…..they’ll be hungry!
WTH……You looking for a job with IFANG Tom?
Sounds like you know what they are thinking already.
I have a great idea, shed hunt in the dark with a light, I do it with my gold nugget detector.
They simply are removing man from the land. They cannot just throw up gates and no trespassing signs, they move in slow, restrict it every activity, then close it permanently.
I don’t know why they don’t just slam the gate shut and be done with it. Nobody in this country has the balls to talk about the real problems and who is behind those problems, much less stand on their hind legs and revolt.
The next move will be a law that says it is illegal to possess shed antlers and there fore illegal to gather them at all and then they wont even have to put up signs or gates. I know people who subsidized there income from selling sheds and when the prices were 10 – 12 dollars a pound for brown antler you could make a few bucks if you were willing to work at it.
Greg, you might take note of the fact that this is a state action, not a federal one. The state can become just as dictatorial as the federal government can, even if it is easier to influence….
Jes, you might take note that the feds control the states.
Greg, no question about it…..and most of that control is extortion, not legitimate….
You understand the corporate model. Unfortunately not enough of us do.
This is insanity. The people behind this are insane.
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