Trophy Hunting and Conservation Science

Despite the irrational hatred for hunters on social media pages and the rhetorical hyperbole, real conservation deserves a fair understanding of the facts, or as Oscar Wilde said “The truth is rarely pure and never simple”.READ MORE

Cartoon from Peter Flack’s blog (reproduced with permission)

South Africa regulates the ‘improvement of wild animals’—seriously?

A critical view of the inclusion of iconic wildlife species into South Africa’s Animal Improvement Act. With this action, SA’s Dept. of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries demonstrates gross incompetence in matters of conservation. Negative consequences for wildlife and habitat will be inevitable.READ MORE

This Hunting Season, Thank a Private Landowner

This Hunting Season, Thank a Private Landowner

Montana’s private landowners—ranchers and farmers—provide key habitat for a variety of big game species, including elk, mule deer and pronghorn. If we overlook the importance of private landowners in conserving wildlife, we risk jeopardizing what we love.READ MORE

Trophy Hunting Bans Imperil Biodiversity

International scientists—many of them non-hunters—argue there is compelling evidence that ending trophy hunting risks land conversion and biodiversity loss. Trophy hunting can provide income for marginalized and impoverished rural communities. Effective hunting reforms should be prioritized over bans.READ MORE