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Ballot-Box Biology

Ballot-Box Biology

California’s Proposition 117, a ban on mountain lion hunting, passed in 1990 and inspired similar anti-hunting ballot initiatives in other states. Photo by GaryKramer.net Wildlife management decisions must be based on the best available science–not on the whims of public opinion. I was browsing the craft booths at a summer festival in my Colorado town

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She Hunts

She Hunts

A camp in Texas is helping women learn the skills they need to become successful hunters. Yes, she hunts! Although hunting remains a male-dominated activity, women are the fastest-growing segment of the hunting community, and they are a much larger minority than when my generation grew up. In a time when declining numbers are the

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Prep Time

Prep Time

How to prepare for the upcoming hunting season. Here in North America, most hunting seasons are geared around autumn. We American hunters are accustomed to short autumn seasons that we look forward to and plan around. Many European hunters, on the other hand, enjoy a six-month roebuck season spanning spring, summer, and fall. Some African

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Wild Africa

Wild Africa

True wilderness is getting harder to find on the Dark Continent. Mentor, friend, and great hunter the late Jack Atcheson Sr. once said to me: “True wilderness is characterized by the absence of wildlife.” Atcheson was from Montana. As historical record, the Lewis and Clark expedition almost starved in what is now great elk country.

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My Favorite Zebra

My Favorite Zebra

The Hartmann mountain zebra is plentiful in Namibia and parts of South Africa, and is a challenging game animal with excellent meat. The first Hartmann mountain zebra I ever saw stood alone on a rocky ridge leading up into the heights of Central Namibia’s Erongo Mountains. I can still see the dry wind whipping its

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