By Maddy Butcher Gray
To understand the current brouhaha surrounding Utah’s pending crow hunt, it helps to know about the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation. The model was referred to several times at the Utah’s Wildlife Board public hearing, where the board voted 3-2 in favor of the crow hunt.
It derives from an 1842 Supreme Court case which addressed hunting, wildlife, and set in motion the placement of wildlife into public trust.
In a nutshell, that’s how we’ve gone from Open Season on Everything (circa early 1800’s) to protected species, endangered species, and hunted species with seasons, bag limits, etc. etc.
Sportsmen have, for over a century, had a seat at the wildlife management table. They didn’t get it for free. In Utah, the hook and bullet contingent supports 94 percent of the state’s wildlife department budget with its licenses, taxes on ammunition, duck stamps, and the like.
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