NTA Cutting Edge
Oct. 2, 2013

Michigan wolf hunt licenses sell at blazing pace
Outdoor Hub
Sales of Michigan's gray wolf hunting licenses began on Sept. 28 and nearly sold out within two days. The state's Department of Natural Resources is offering 1,200 hunting licenses to interested sportsmen and women, with a quota of 43 wolves across three Wolf Management Units in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The sale was originally scheduled to begin Aug. 3 but was later pushed back to Sept. 28.More

Government shutdown restricts hunting on national wildlife refuges, but other federal lands remain open
Outdoor Life
With the federal government locked in self-afflicted paralysis as of Oct. 1, all 561 national wildlife refuges and 368 national parks are now closed to the public. However, nearly all of the country's 155 national forests and 2,400 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recreation areas, as well as vast sprawls of lands managed by the BLM and other federal agencies, remain accessible and available for hunting and fishing. The thumb-nail rule: Where federal lands remain open to public access, it remains lawful to hunt and fish in accordance with locally applicable state law.More

UN Arms Treaty will be menace to US for years to come
Fox News
Secretary of State John Kerry's signature of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty was a serious error, one that will have far-reaching consequences for American foreign policy and American sovereignty. Those consequences will be even worse because the Senate, which has signaled many times that it is opposed to the treaty, will likely have no real opportunity to reject it.More

Union leaders opposing California bill to ban lead bullets for hunters
Fox News
Several unions have joined in opposition to a California bill that would stop hunters from using lead bullets, and have asked Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown not to sign the legislation. The Democratic-led Legislature passed the bill earlier in September, based in part on studies that appear to show animals ingest lead fragments found in the soil and the dead prey they eat, which can contaminate the human food supply.More

Taxidermist seeks to recreate natural scenes
The Star Phoenix
This lynx will never catch its prey. Frozen in time, the grey feline will always stand on its hind legs, its claws a whiskerwidth from a juicy, panicked ptarmigan. It's the latest creation of veteran taxidermist Steve Rackstraw of Arrowhead Taxidermy. To Rackstraw, taxidermy is far from morbid. It's an art that seeks to preserve a beautiful animal, he says. He got his start 25 years ago, when he often caught big fish and got tired of paying people to stuff them.More

North Carolina man's taxidermy wins state awards
The Charlotte Observer
If taxidermy brings to mind those ubiquitous deer heads on fireplace mantels and hunting lodges, meet Dennis Smith. He creates amazing, unique pieces, often of exotic animals. He calls himself an "artistic craftsman," and his long career is distinguished for the quality of his extraordinary pieces.More

UN Arms Treaty will be menace to US for years to come
Fox News
Secretary of State John Kerry’s signature of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty was a serious error, one that will have far-reaching consequences for American foreign policy and American sovereignty.More

Hunting Alaska: DIY Dall Sheep in the Brooks Range
Outdoor Life
Tyler Freel, a contributor for Outdoor Life, writes: "Over the past several sheep seasons, my buddies Steve, Gary, Tim and I have worked ourselves into a groove of relatively easy success, at least by sheep hunting standards.More

Trophy bull elk found dead, poaching suspected
New Mexico Department of Game and Fish conservation officer KC Gehrt recovered a dead, world-class, bull elk outside of Reserve, N.M., Sept. 4. Poaching is suspected.More

Be safe when handling game meat
Odessa American
Levi Stone, a contributor for The Odessa American, writes: "If you're like me, hunting and fishing is more than just a sport ... it's a way of life. It offers both the freedom of being outdoors and opportunities, throughout the year, to provide an array of quality foods for you and your family. Sure, many grocery stores offer a variety of meats that are convenient and readily available, but they fall short to wild game and fish if you're looking for a "less-altered," leaner and healthier source of protein. In addition, the gratification hunting and fishing affords is knowing exactly where your meat came from. However, all meat regardless of the source can be prone to bacterial and parasite contamination, so safe food handling is a must."More

Elk hunting: How to bugle in October bulls
Outdoor Life
Dusan Smetana, for Outdoor Life, writes: "'They have to be within 200 yards now,' I whispered softly to my son as the thick forest below our sagebrush knob blew up with elk bugles and the mews of cows trying to control the chaos. At least two bulls screamed at each other in throat-stinging threats. If I'd been dropped into the site without a clue, I'd have bet the September rut was in full swing. But I'd have been wrong. It was October. We were mule deer hunting and could only listen to the shrouded show, but the performance provided insight for a future hunt."More