Legislators approve block on hunting and fishing licenses for Utahns who owe child support

Tom Smart, KSL, File

By Sahalie Donaldson, KSL | Posted – Mar. 10, 2020 at 7:03 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah may soon implement a law that would force Utahns to prioritize paying child support over hunting and fishing.

Legislation that would bar the state from issuing annual hunting and fishing licenses or permits to a person who owes at least $2,500 in child support payments soared through the Senate Tuesday with a single dissenting vote. HB197 will now go before the governor for his signature or veto.

A number of other states have done this and seen a dramatic increase in their collections, said Senate sponsor Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross.

During a Feb. 11 committee meeting, bill sponsor Rep. Karianne Lisonbee, R-Clearfield, said almost $400 million in child support has yet to be collected in Utah — a sum that impacts more than 112,000 children.

For this reason, the bill’s impact could be widespread.

An earlier iteration of the bill would have applied to more than 21,000 people who purchased a hunting or fishing license and are delinquent on paying child support. However, it was narrowed after the Utah Department of Natural Resources expressed concerns that state revenue and federal funds would have been reduced over $1.5 million a year with its implementation.

The narrowed version of the bill reduced the sum to about $400,000 a year as it would allow restoration of the license after the parent makes an effort to set up a payment plan with recovery services. This would apply to about 6,700 Utahns, according to Lisonbee.

Permits typically cost about $38 for a license and around $10 for a big game draw application.

Special youth hunting season set later this month

I’m not making tjis up! This is an actual headline I just happened upon while google-searhing for honest to goodness hunting accidents for our website. Now, I’ve heard of deer hunting season and elk hunting season and bear hunting season, duck hunting and pheasant hunting season, but I can’t believe there are “sportsmen” and “sportswomen” out there who are actually thinking of holding a YOUTH hunting season!


Now I’ve heard everything. No sooner do these innocent little kids learn to walk, than they’re told to run… for thier lives. I bet some of these “sportsmen” won’t even give the youths (their targets, in this case) a ten-second head start before they start blasting at anything that walks swims or crawls… I mean, we’re talking about human beings here, not some “game” animals!! I know they’re just youths, but what about their rights?


Oops, uh, now that I actualy read past the headlines, I see that the article is really about youths having a special season to go out and blast non-humans, such as pheasants, quail and partridge. Well that’s different. Every young kid should have a chance to legally harvest their own lesser-beings for sport, hobby or just to spend time with their parents in the great outdoors. It’s not like the non-human targets have any rights at all. I mean, that would be crazy…


No, just go on out and  have your fun. Here’s the real-world, mainstream  AP article, if you’re just dying to know…………………………………….



(NTV News)

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Youths 15 and younger are encouraged to participate in the statewide youth pheasant, quail and partridge season on Oct. 19-20.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says rooster pheasants will be released on 14 wildlife management areas before the 2019 youth season. Special youth hunts will be held only on the management areas.

The special youth hunts are open to the public and no registration or special permit is required.

The management areas are Powder Creek, (Dixon County), Oak Valley (Madison County), Wilkinson (Platte County), George Syas (Nance County), Sherman Reservoir (Sherman County), Pressey (Custer County), Cornhusker (Hall County), Kirkpatrick Basin North (York County), Branched Oak (Lancaster County), Yankee Hill (Lancaster County), Arrowhead (Gage County), Hickory Ridge (Johnson County), Twin Oaks (Johnson County), and Rakes Creek (Cass County).

Youths must be age 15 or younger; accompanying adults must be licensed hunters age 19 or older.

Go online at the commission website for more information


Hunter bags rare antlered doe: ‘Deer of a lifetime’

That’s not a buck!

One Oklahoma hunter was recently in for quite the surprise when he realized the antlered deer he shot was not a male, but rather a female doe.

Over the weekend, outdoorsman Chris Blades was on the prowl in Seminole County when he harvested what he initially suspected to be “an extremely non-typical buck” that was, in fact, biologically female. Officials for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) have since described the doe as “the deer of a lifetime.”

One Oklahoma hunter was recently in for quite the surprise when he realized the antlered deer he caught was not a male, but rather a female doe, pictured.

One Oklahoma hunter was recently in for quite the surprise when he realized the antlered deer he caught was not a male, but rather a female doe, pictured. (Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation)


“Biologists say this can occur in an average of 1 [in] 10,000 does,” reps for the ODWC wrote on Facebook.

“For this reason, regulations for deer are referred to as ‘antlered’ and ‘antlerless,’ not ‘buck’ and “doe,” the department said, sharing three images of Blades’ catch in a post that has since been liked more than 2,200 times.


An image of hunter Chris Blades' with his recent October catch, an antlered whitetail doe.

An image of hunter Chris Blades’ with his recent October catch, an antlered whitetail doe. (Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation)

When contacted for comment, ODWC big game biologist Dallas Barber confirmed to Fox News that Blades’ catch was a whitetail deer and described the antlered female as “very rare.”

“While it is very rare, we do see one or two antlered does harvested each year. It is caused by a hormonal imbalance,” Barber said.

“As long as deer season is open, and you are abiding by our management zones designated ‘doe days,’ it is never illegal to harvest a doe,” he added.

How much hunting is too much hunting?


**How much hunting is too much hunting?
Credit: Grant Gilchrist

One of the main challenges in wildlife conservation biology is to understand what factors affect vulnerable wildlife populations over time. Scientists have been trying to understand these factors to estimate how much hunting in a season is sustainable, but the lack of long-term monitoring data, especially in remote areas such as the Arctic, makes this task very difficult to accomplish.

In a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, scientists at the University of Ottawa used a novel method to bypass this lack of data and track how nesting  changed over time, even before  census data were collected.

Professor Jules Blais and his team analyzed from the bottom of small lakes and ponds in Canada’s Eastern Arctic to examine the levels of a range of chemical compounds in the cores’ composition.

“When birds colonize an area, they begin to fertilize the local environment, drastically changing the nutrient levels in the water,” explained lead author Dr. Kathryn Hargan, a W. Garfield Weston postdoctoral fellow and a L’Oréal-UNESCO postdoctoral fellow at the University of Ottawa at the time the research was done. “Over time, sediments slowly accumulate at the bottom of lakes, archiving a detailed history of the biological changes in those bodies of water, much like tree rings reveal historical information.”

The common eider, an Arctic seaduck prized by the Inuit for its meat and down, once numbered in the millions, but reports by Northerners and some wildlife surveys suggested substantial reductions in recent decades. Although  pressures were suspected to be the cause of the population decline, this study was able to demonstrate that the eider population decline observed in the seaduck’s main breeding range coincided with increased sales in firearms and motorized boats in Greenland, indicating eider harvest at that time was unsustainable.

**How much hunting is too much hunting?
Credit: Nik Clyde, 2014

In the Hudson Strait near Cape Dorset, Nunavut – the common eider’s main nesting and breeding area – the scientists found evidence that populations declined in the mid to late 20th century, during a period of intense hunting by Greenlanders and the relocation of nearby Inuit communities. In more isolated eider nesting sites, with lower hunting pressure, scientists found that populations remained stable.

“The fact that traces of hunting practices over the last century can be detected in the nutrient profiles of pond sediment in the Arctic is fascinating,” added Prof. Blais. “Tools such as these offer a new perspective into tracking environmental changes going back hundreds of years, and can potentially revolutionize wildlife conservation efforts.”

Seven new rules every Washington hunter should know this fall


Thhttp://www.spokesman.com/stories/2018/sep/20/seven-new-rules-every-washington-hunter-should-kno/u., Sept. 20, 2018, 5 a.m.

Paul Degel, 39, fires his 54-caliber Leman Trade Rifle, a common flintlock from the early 1800s, in early Oct., 2005, near his home west of Sheridan, Montana. Degel killed his first deer with a muzzleloader at age 14 and was hooked. Twenty-five years, nearly a dozen elk and more than two dozen deer taken with a flintlock later, Degel said his passion for the only type of weapon he hunts big game with has only grown. (NICK GEVOCK / AP)

New rules. New regulations. A new fall hunting season.

Each year the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife examines its hunting rules and regulations and makes changes. Making sense of those changes can be hard. We’re here to help. Below are seven important changes every hunter should know. Changes include increased deer opportunities in Northeast Washington, new black powder primer options, more fall turkey opportunities (and regulations) and new requirements for black bear hunters.

Turkey hunters must wear orange

Turkey hunters must now wear hunter orange while hunting during a modern deer or elk firearm season.

In the past, turkey season did not overlap with the modern firearm season. An extended turkey season now means there is considerable overlap. With all other species, hunters must already wear orange when hunting during a modern firearm season.

Not including turkey hunters on that list was an oversight, said Kevin Robinette, WDFW regional wildlife manager in Spokane

Of the hunters who commented on this change, 37 supported it while 21 opposed. Those who opposed worried that the bright color would make it harder to successfully hunt the keen-sighted birds.

“When it comes to turkey hunting, if you sit still, if you’re doing what you’re supposed to do as a turkey hunter, it shouldn’t matter,” said Matt Mimnaugh, a board member of the Inland Northwest Wildlife Council and the chairman of the big game committee. “And on the bright side of that very small inconvenience, we are now able to hunt turkeys all fall.”

Turkey season extended

Which brings us to the next change. The fall turkey season now runs Sept. 1 through Dec. 31, Robinette said. That’s significantly longer than in the past, when the season ran from Sept. 23 to Oct. 31.

The extended season is partially in response to continued conflicts between turkeys and farmers and an ever-increasing population, Robinette said.

“This will be an opportunity for sport hunters to actually help out with that problem,” he said.

Antlerless deer opportunities in NE Washington

Archers and black powder hunters now have early- and late-season opportunities to hunt antlerless deer in Game Management Units 101 through 121 (Northeast Washington), Robinette said.

Although it’s too late to apply this fall, modern rifle hunters are now able to apply for an antlerless deer tag.

“That’s something we haven’t had in a long time,” he said.

Montana, Mississippi added to list of CWD-positive states

In the ongoing effort to halt the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease, the WDFW has banned the importation and retention of “specific parts of dead nonresident wildlife that could contain CWD” from Montana and Mississippi.

Specifically, hunters may only bring meat that has been deboned, skulls and antlers from which all soft tissue has been removed, and hides or capes without heads attached.

The rule change comes on the heels of Montana confirming the existence of the deadly neurological disease in 2017. WDFW received 20 comments supporting the change. Five hunters opposed the change.

“I think any restrictions they put on that (CWD) is a good thing,” Mimnaugh said. “We obviously don’t want to see that spreading into our state.”

Modern primers allowed on muzzle-loaders

More modern primers will be allowed during black-powder season. The WDFW Commission requested that the agency survey hunters on the proposal. The majority of hunters who responded favored the change.

Hunters will now be allowed to use primers for modern centerfire cartridges during muzzle-loader season. Those primers are more moisture-resistant, Mimnaugh said. Although some purists believe a more modern primer goes against the spirit of a primitive hunt, Mimnaugh doesn’t see it that way and believes it could help hunters make cleaner, more ethical kills.

He imagines a situation in which a hunter shoots, but does not kill, an animal. With a traditional black-powder primer, it may not be possible for the hunter to get another shot off and cleanly finish the kill if it’s raining or damp out.

“I don’t think it’s giving them an unfair advantage,” he said.

Of those hunters surveyed, 148 supported the proposal, 77 opposed it and five were neutral.

Grizzly bear ID test required

Starting in 2018, black bear hunters will need to take an online grizzly bear identification test if they want to hunt in Game Management Units known to have grizzly bears.

Idaho and Montana require black-bear hunters to take the short test, Robinette said.

After successfully taking the test, hunters must print out a card certifying their completion and carry the card during their hunts.

Although some might grumble at the increased regulation, Mimnaugh said the new rule is nothing but good.

“I fully support that,” he said. “Any time you’re given an opportunity to educate yourself, and someone is willing to give you that information and make you a better hunter, why not do that?”

Drones added to list of prohibited aircraft

WDFW added drones to the list of aircraft that hunters are not allowed to use during a hunt. Using aircraft, boats or other vehicles to assist in a hunt is already prohibited under Washington’s administrative code.

Drones are now added to that list. WDFW may still authorize certain individuals or organizations to use drones.

Eighty-two hunters supported the change in written comments, while 14 opposed it.

Donald Trump Jr. back in Canada for his annual hunting trip

Donald Trump Jr. back in Canada for his annual hunting trip

The eldest son of U.S. President Donald Trump posted photos over the weekend of him boarding an expedition plane out of Whitehorse, Yukon.


Donald Trump Jr. is back in Canada to hunt.

The eldest son of U.S. President Donald Trump posted photos to his social media accounts over the weekend of him boarding an expedition plane out of Whitehorse, Yukon. The plane is believed to be an Alkan Air plane, a Yukon-based private aircraft charter.

“Mountain time. See you all in a week. Won’t have cell or anything else for that matter. #goodtimes #outdoors,” Trump posted.

Donald Trump Jr. posted to social media that he was on a hunting trip this weekend. INSTAGRAM

In his Instagram photo, Trump is accompanied by five others, including a videographer and a photographer, all of whom are dressed in outdoors gear and swag emblazoned with Kuiu, the name of a hunting gear and apparel company.

Last fall, Trump was spotted at a Prince George airport, on a layover while returning from a trip up north. He is a frequent hunter and regularly visits Canada on annual hunting trips.

Trump administration moves to lift restrictions on hunting, trapping in national preserves in Alaska

Under proposed changes hunters could bait brown bears, hunt black bears with dogs and kill wolves

The Associated Press · Posted: May 22, 2018 3:33 PM CT | Last Updated: May 22


A brown bear catches a salmon in Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska in July 2013. Under proposed changes to sport hunting and trapping regulations for national preserves, hunters could bait brown bears with bacon and doughtnuts. (The Associated Press)

The Trump administration is moving to reverse Obama-era rules barring hunters on some public lands in Alaska from baiting brown bears with bacon and doughnuts and using spotlights to shoot mother black bears and cubs hibernating in their dens.

The National Park Service issued a notice Monday of its intent to amend regulations for sport hunting and trapping in national preserves to bring the federal rules in line with Alaska state law.

Under the proposed changes, hunters would also be allowed to hunt black bears with dogs, kill wolves and pups in their dens, and use motor boats to shoot swimming caribou.

Cruel and harmful hunting methods like killing bear cubs and their mothers near dens have no place on our national preserves.- Collette Adkins, lawyer and biologist

These and other hunting methods — condemned as cruel by wildlife protection advocates — were outlawed on federal lands in 2015. Members of the public have 60 days to provide comment on the proposed new rules.

“The conservation of wildlife and habitat for future generations is a goal we share with Alaska,” said Bert Frost, the park service’s regional director. “This proposed rule will reconsider NPS efforts in Alaska for improved alignment of hunting regulations on national preserves with State of Alaska regulations, and to enhance consistency with harvest regulations on surrounding non-federal lands and waters.”

Alaska has 10 national preserves covering nearly 95,830 square kilometers.


A black bear and cub seen in Anchorage, Alaska. The Trump administration plans to reverse a ban on using spotlights to shoot mother black bears and cubs hibernating in their dens on some public lands in the state. (The Associated Press)

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game was “pleased to see the National Park Service working to better align federal regulations with State of Alaska hunting and trapping regulations,” Maria Gladziszewski, the state agency’s deputy director of the Division of Wildlife Conservation, said in an email to the Associated Press.

She said the proposal is “progress in that direction, and we appreciate those efforts. Alaskans benefit when state and federal regulations are consistent.”

Gladziszewski said the state doesn’t conduct predator control in national preserves.

“Predator control could be allowed in preserves only with federal authorization because such actions are subject to NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) review,” she said.

Expanding hunting rights on federal lands has been a priority for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, a former Montana congressman who displays a taxidermied bear in his Washington office along with mounted heads from a bison and an elk.


Expanding hunting rights on federal lands has been a priority for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. (Jacquelyn Martin/The Associated Press)

The Obama-era restrictions on hunting on federal lands in Alaska were challenged by Safari Club International, a group that promotes big-game hunting. The Associated Press reported in March that Zinke had appointed a board loaded with trophy hunters to advise him on conserving threatened and endangered wildlife, including members of the Safari Club.

President Donald Trump’s sons are also avid trophy hunters who have made past excursions to Africa and Alaska.

Collette Adkins, a lawyer and biologist with the advocacy group Center for Biological Diversity, expressed outrage at the rollback.

“Cruel and harmful hunting methods like killing bear cubs and their mothers near dens have no place on our national preserves,” she said.

The Humane Society of the United States said it would oppose the new rules.

“These federal lands are havens for wildlife and the National Park Service is mandated to manage these ecosystems in a manner that promotes conservation,” said Anna Frostic, a lawyer for the animal rights group. “This proposed rule, which would allow inhumane killing of our native carnivores in a misguided attempt to increase trophy hunting opportunities, is unlawful and must not be finalized.”


How not to get bored while on a hunting trip


Hunting trips are meant to be a relief, a getaway from the hustle and bustle of daily life and its schedules. To some people, hunting as a sport or an activity might appear excessive, and cruel, but it is known that in moderation, hunting is actually sometimes useful for the regeneration and restoration of equilibrium in wildlife. While many absolutely love to go hunting, many are just starting anew, and it would be easy for hunters to get a little restless and bored during the waiting period. So here are a few tips to shake off boredom while on a hunting trip.


These days, nearly everyone has a fully equipped smartphone on which one can listen to music, watch videos and play games. If the battery power of your phone is good, you can always use it for these purposes, but in limitation, because you’ll probably need to save a bit of battery for later. A more old-fashioned but reliable form of entertainment is a paperback novel. Reading, especially in nature, is relaxing, and will not distract you from the hunt.

Observation and inventory

While waiting for the target animal or bird to appear in your line of sight, it is fun as well as useful to look around, listen, and observe other kinds of wildlife and flora in the area. Sometimes there is a pattern in other animals’ or birds’ movements or sounds, which helps in understanding and perhaps even predicting when the target might appear. Keeping written notes with freehand illustrations and comments is a neat, clever and fun activity to do when waiting.

Broadening the spectrum

One size does not fit all, but sometimes you can look at the possibility of hunting other game while waiting for your primary target. At the very least, you may get to see a glimpse of other animals and birds, while trying to understand how to hunt them. This will make you prepared for hunting a lot of different wildlife. You might track another animal or bird while waiting for a deer, as a general example. However, be aware of hunting regulations and restrictions wherever you go for hunting. Hunting certain animals is prohibited in some areas, such as the recent ban proposal about coyote hunting in Wisconsin.

Keep your team members interested

If your team is along, keeping your team members from getting bored is the toughest challenge, especially if the members are first time hunters. Make sure it’s like a game for them, while teaching them the important safety regulations just as seriously. Get them their own camouflage clothing and gear to make them feel more involved.

Relax your mind

Nature’s sounds are never jarring; it is easy to close one’s eyes and settle down into a light meditative mode. This also awakens your sense of smell and hearing, both of which are critically important for a hunter.

There is a lot to see and to experience when surrounded by nature, and a hunting trip is as good as any other outing, to feel close to nature and enjoy some peace.


[Hunt each other and leave the animals alone]

Play Russian Roulette with your huntin’ buddies; Or better yet, point your gun at your own head and try to put yourself out of your misery (a bit extreme, but better than being bored, right?).

[Other Ideas are welcome in the Comments section below…]

Wildlife policymakers pander to sport hunters

This commentary is by Alana Stevenson, a professional animal behavior specialist who has an master’s degree in biology education and a bachelor’s degree in biology. She is the author of “Training Your Dog the Humane Way” and is certified in Low Stress Handling for dogs and cats.

The population of moose has drastically declined in Vermont due to winter ticks, brainworm, lungworm, loss of habitat and hunting. Yet the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department and the Fish and Wildlife Board still support a 2018 moose hunt. For too long the department and the board (solely made up of hunters and trappers with vested self-interests) have catered to hunters and trappers at the expense of animals, wildlife, homeowners and non-hunting Vermonters.

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board’s rationale (and that of many moose hunters and hunting guides) is that if the moose hunt is suspended, it will be hard to reinstate. And this is how wildlife policy is made — by pandering to “sport” hunters and irrational, self-serving thinking.

In the 1800s, the moose population was nearly wiped out because of hunting. Now the moose again are suffering. Moose who are injured and not recovered do not even count towards a hunter’s “bag limit.” How is this justified? Why is it that the Fish and Wildlife department and board cater to the few when the majority of Vermonters want to see ethical and responsible management?

If a person is killed because they are “shot” by a hunter, it’s labeled a hunting “accident.” You can’t drink and drive, but you can drink and shoot. Hunters seemingly don’t have to follow public noise ordinances. There are many Vermonters who don’t want to hear gunshots outside their windows or near their property. The fact that the non-hunting public and homeowners have so little say in the way wildlife is managed by Vermont Fish and Wildlife is undemocratic and irresponsible.

Animals can be trapped without having to be reported. Traps can be set nearly anywhere, including on public land near walking and hiking trails. Vermont allows killing “contests” and “open” seasons on a number of animals. The way wildlife is managed — or mismanaged — by Vermont’s Fish and Wildlife department and board needs to change.

There are many Vermonters who enjoy viewing wildlife. Wildlife provides peace, beauty and tranquility to hectic lives. Wildlife watching, including viewing moose, contributes to the economy. In many states, far more than hunting does. Those who like to view and/or photograph wildlife, hike, run, rock climb, ski, kayak, bike, birdwatch, paddle board, and participate in non-consumptive outdoor recreation need to have a say in how policy is made and how wildlife is managed in Vermont.

Ted Nugent speaks, Zinke signs order at SLC Hunting Expo

Protesters speak out against Zinke’s visit (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) – Classic rocker Ted Nugent, in Salt Lake City on Friday, had no shortage of words for hunting, which he cast as an indispensable form of conservation.

“September, October, November, December, January, February are sacred hunting months,” said Nugent in a 2News interview Friday, before his talk at the Western Hunting and Conservation Expo. “Hunting, fishing and trapping is the last perfect activity that benefits the environment.”

Nugent, now 70, had praise for President Trump, condemned “political correctness,” and spoke of the power of a “hunter nation.”

“We never ever should waste our energies defending the political incorrectness of hunting and Second Amendment rights,” he said. “We should always celebrate them and promote them.”

Also at the expo, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed a “secretarial order” that he said would protect big game in “wildlife corridors.”

At least one environmental group, the Center for Western Priorities, derided the move, calling it an attempt by Zinke to “greenwash” an “abysmal record” on conservation.

Outside the Salt Palace, demonstrators protested over the Trump Administration downsizing of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase National Monuments.

“I want to hear that he’s renegotiating and re-looking at what they’ve already set,” said Gary Bilger, who used to work in the energy industry, and joined the protesters. “They’re giving special interests a bigger ear, okay, oil, gas, and coal.”

Zinke bristled at the notion.

 “I have heard nefarious arguments about mining, and oil and gas,” said the secretary. “It is nefarious. It’s false.”

Zinke also said there’s “no chance” of revisiting the decision to shrink the sizes of the monuments, and claimed in the case of Bears Ears, safeguards are still in place.

“Here’s what you don’t hear, there isn’t one square inch of Bears Ears that was removed from any federal protection,” he said.

Lawsuits against the smaller monuments have been filed, and Terri Martin of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance said the case her organization has joined is “pending” in a Washington, DC court.