NTA Cutting Edge
Jun. 20, 2012

Remembering Henry Wichers Inchumuk, 1921-2012
When someone you care for and hold dear to your heart becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure. The National Taxidermists Association lost a treasure with the passing of Henry Wichers Inchumuk on June 16.More

NTA Taxi Gram: 'Trophy' definition challenged again
Our review of the 38,000 comments and suggestions to the United States Fish & Wildlife Service for the next Convention and International Trade in Endangered Species Conference of the Parties also disclosed that the same protectionists are attempting to get the service to narrow the definition of "hunting trophy" used by CITES. They caused FWS to adopt its 2007 regulation that had eliminated crafted items and now they are at it again because the Parties at CoP15 revised the related resolution to make it clear for all that "manufactured parts" from the trophy were included in the definition.More

Welcome to the NTA 'can-do' attitude
When you and your family attend an NTA convention, one of the first things you will notice are smiling faces. Each face has a "can-do" attitude. This "can-do" approach is shared by every NTA officer, board member, staff and volunteer. It's an attitude that is shared because they are committed to helping you and your family have the best convention experience possible. The NTA convention in Rogers, Ark., is a destination where nearly every request is answered "Can Do."More

2011 cougar sightings reportedly up in Missouri
The Associated Press via Hannibal Courier-Post
The number of cougars reported in Missouri last year significantly was up compared to recent years, with most of the big cats heading into the Show-Me state from Colorado, South Dakota and Montana, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation. MDC spokesman Bill Graham said there were 14 confirmed cougar sightings in Missouri last year. That compares to a dozen cougars confirmed in the state over the previous 16 years. So far this year, there have been three confirmed cougar sightings in Missouri. More

Imapct of more bear kills in New Mexico remains unclear
The Associated Press via Alamogordo Daily News
A year after conservationists opposed increasing the number of bears that hunters can kill in New Mexico, state wildlife officials say it's far too early to gauge the impact of the new policy. But through June 1, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish responded to 36 bear complaints in the state, which is on par with last year's 38 bear complaints through June 1. The department's goal is to reduce the bear population in the state by 339 bears, from 5,919 to 5,580.More

Hunters killed 6 percent more Wisconsin turkeys
The Associated Press via WIFR-TV
Wisconsin wildlife officials say fewer hunters killed more turkeys this past spring. The Department of Natural Resources says it issued 201,984 permits, down from 210,384 in 2011. But hunters still killed 42,612 birds, up 6 percent from last year's spring season. The overall statewide success rate was 21.1 percent, up from 19.1 percent last year.More

Bear captured on UT campus in Knoxville, Tenn.
The Associated Press via Knoxville News Sentinel
A bear looking for food recently entered the University of Tennessee's campus, but wildlife officers were able to capture the animal. Just after 11 p.m. on a recent Saturday night, police received the call that a black bear was spotted roaming through Fort Sanders and eventually made its home in a tree on campus. Wildlife officials brought it down with tranquilizer darts early the next morning. Students came out in droves to see the bear perched in a tree on campus.More

Pronghorn still recovering in Montana from 2011 winter
The Associated Press via Grand View Outdoors
More pronghorn fawns are showing up on the landscape this spring across Montana, raising hopes of a good fawn crop, but antelope still are years from full recovery following the devastating winter of 2011, according to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. FWP officials emphasized that one year of good fawn recruitment won't recover the state's population after high die-offs following the record-setting winter of 2011. Up to 70 percent of some populations were lost in northeastern and eastern Montana, which were hardest hit, but higher-than-usual die-off was reported statewide. Deep snow kept antelope from reaching food, such as sage brush and horizontal juniper. More