Hunting: Its place in the West comes under attack

December 11, 1995

Hunting in the West faces public relations problems as well as questions about ethical and biological issues.


Unarmed but dangerous critics close in on hunting
Hunting in the West faces public relations problems as well as questions about ethical and biological issues.


Is hunting morally acceptable?
Philosopher Ann Causey discusses the ethical question of hunting.
He stuffs what they kill
Taxidermist John Stevenson discovers the art and craft of taxidermy.
One does not hunt in order to kill
An excerpt from the classic "Meditations on Hunting" by Mexican writer Jose Ortega y Gasset.
Outfitters take aim at four-wheelers
Colorado outfitters call for a restriction on the use of all-terrain vehicles on public lands.
Idaho hunters ask public to bear with them
Idahoans argue about banning some forms of bear hunting.
Forget cattle, the money's in the buck
Rancher Milo Hanson tours North America to show off his record-breaking whitetail deer rack.
The politics of hunting creates fluidalliances
There are organizations with positions on hunting ranging from one extreme to another.
Organizations from 'Get a gun' to 'No way'
A list of organizations that hold positions from pro-hunting through neutral to anti-hunting.


For this hunter, there was only one elk
An excerpt from Jim Posewitz's "Beyond Fair Chase" tells of a bowhunter's obsession with finding his kill.
I like to hunt, but I don't like to kill
A writer muses on the contradictions inherent in his love for the hunt but dislike of killing animals.
Why a son won't hunt with his father
A writer traces his disenchantment with, and eventual renunciation of, hunting.
By the grace of old pines
In losing the grand old ponderosa pine forests, we risk the loss of mystery and grace.

Book Reviews

More and more friends
The group 1000 Friends of New Mexico hopes to encourage responsible land-use planning and stop suburban sprawl.
Fire on the mountain
The film "Fire on the Mountain" traces the history of WWII's famous 10th Mountain Division, veterans of which founded ski resorts and became prominent environmentalists and outdoor educators.
Green fellows
Environmental journalists are invited to apply for a fellowship year at Harvard.
Southwestern writers hit the airwaves
A radio documentary "Writing the Southwest" features 13 Southwestern authors.
Western Images
"The Image of the American West in Literature, the Media, and Society" conference is planned for March.
The plumber's guide to the Colorado Basin
Artist Lester Dore's map of the plumbing of the Colorado Basin is available as a poster.
How rivers really run
Courses in Applied Fluvial Geomorphology, Stream Classification and Applications and River Assessment and Monitoring are offered.
Revving up rural schools
The Annenberg Rural Challenge seeks to reform rural schools.

Heard Around the West

Heard Around the West
Second-rate national parks, "virtual" national parks, not ruthless feds, Barbara Cubin's woes, Catherine Crabill rails against greenies, Arizona Gov. Fife Symington willing to shoot spotted owls, jobs available in Aspen.

Dear Friends

Dear friends
Warm weather, intern Jenny Emery, corrections and emendations, Research Fund appeal, NewtWatch and us, HCN holiday gathering.


Congress' war against nature creates backlash
The anti-environment onslaught of the Republican Congress begins to falter as a backlash makes its presence felt.
`Goddamn goshawks'
The Forest Service is blamed when loggers cut trees within yards of a nest of rare goshawk fledglings, causing them to die.
Hunger striker to head East
On Oct. 3, activist Tim Ream began a hunger strike to protest the "logging without laws" salvage rider.
Thundering against Thunderbolt
The Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund hopes to prove the salvage sale called Thunderbolt in Idaho's Boise National Forest is "arbitrary and capricious" in one of the first lawsuits against a salvage sale.
Logging opponents lose - again
Twelve Cove/Mallard timber-sale protesters are convicted in Moscow, Idaho.
Thou shalt not build a dam
Pueblo Bishop Arthur Tafoya agrees with the Catholic Human Development Commission that the Animas-La Plata water project is wasteful and destructive.
1995: Did toxic stew cook the goose?
The deaths of 342 migrating snow geese in Montana's Berkeley Pit are blamed on the pit's toxicity by environmentalists, although the mine disputes it.
Proposed gold mine stirs up a rural Washington county
Farmers lead the protest against Battle Mountain Gold Company's open-pit mine in Washington's conservative Okanogan County.
John Mumma takes another helm
Controversial former Northern Region Forester John Mumma is hired as the director of the currently embattled Colorado Division of Wildlife.
Saga of Enid Waldholtz
Utah Republican Enid Waldholtz faces a bid for her seat in Congress by Democrat Karen Shepherd, while allegations of financial impropriety embroil her and her husband, Joe Waldholtz.


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