December 8, 2022

Selling Out Hunting Heritage to Big Money Auction Tags

This information was released by the Idaho for Wildlife organization:

The Boone and Crockett club has decided to follow the SFW [Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife] and MDF’s [Mule Deer Foundation] agenda of selling off our big game to the highest bidder and support auction tags.

B&C has decided to abandon the North American Model of Wildlife conservation‘s most important provision that was created to prevent North America into becoming another European wildlife model where only the rich or elite hunt.

The 4th sister in our current Wildlife Model states, “Every citizen has an opportunity, under the law, to hunt and fish in the United States and Canada.” “Regardless of your social status, race, creed, religion or gender, you have the right to legally hunt and fish on most public lands in North America.”

Auction tags are hunting heritage killers – just like wolves! The graph below illustrates what happened to the hunting opportunities in Utah when they decided to put their big game up for sale! Idaho Sportsmen, please fight against adding more big game auction tags (Governors Tags!)

Do you want your kids and grand-children to hunt?

Why are auction tags so deadly to our hunting heritage? Hunting is reduced considerably in these areas so big bucks and bulls can grow older and sport huge racks. This translates into the end of the traditional father/son, opening-morning, hunt for a raghorn bull or two point buck. This is a dangerous path and a very slippery slope that Idaho lawmakers need to closely consider before they endorse it.

How much [money], habitat success, and conservation projects can compensate for eliminating our hunting heritage?

What is the real price of auction tags? We can lose 50% of our youth hunters very quickly, but is it worth it?

How has all this conservation [money] helped Utah mule deer populations? Back in 1961, 132,000 deer were tagged in Utah. In 1985, they had 200,000 hunters who harvested 82,552 deer. This year, there were only 84,600 total permits issued, which covered archery, muzzleloader and general rifle hunts. Now Utah’s Mule deer harvest averages approximately 25,000, but the biggest tragedy is over 50% of Utahans have given up hunting!

How much good has all this auction tag [money] been to improve Utah’s declining Mule deer populations when Utah decided to put a $50.00 bounty on coyotes to improve Mule deer numbers? I support the coyote bounty but I wonder if raising all this [money] to justify auction tags is really making that much difference to benefit the mule deer?

Auction tag supporters tout the big [money] being raised for conservation, but is it truly worth the price of eliminating thousands of youth hunters and threatening the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation?

It’s amazing how the “checkbook” of a few wealthy proponents of auction tags can “Inspire” our big Sportsmen’s groups and state agencies to sell off our big game to the highest bidder!

Those that are pushing for more auction tags, need to realize they are jeopardizing the hunting opportunities of not only our next generation of hunters but their own children and grandchildren! Other states’ data can, and will, substantiate this!

For the rich guys who are always the primary architects behind this short-term, self-serving agenda, remember your grand-kids may not have your wealth and privilege.

Your decisions can and will reduce their hunting opportunities. Is this what you want?

Please consider the long-term consequences for our youth and their hunting heritage.



No Derby Wolves But Girls Bag Rabbits Receive New Rifle

Newsweek carries the story of how 30 coyotes, two rabbits and zero wolves were taken during a predator hunting derby over the weekend. HOWEVER:

Steve Alder, executive director of Idaho for Wildlife, wrote: “I attached some pictures of the young girls who bagged their first trophy’s and their fathers taught them to field dress and make a stew from their harvest! When we heard these little girls were hunting in sub zero weather for 3 days we found the $ to award each girl with a new 22 rifle!”

Hopefully, this act, a reflection of love and compassion, along with real American heritage, will put a big fat burr across the butts of many anti human, perverted, predator lovers.






Idaho For Wildlife Scholarship

Information provided by Idaho for Wildlife:

Due to recent activity within IDFG regarding a desire for continued alignment with the non-hunting (Anti-hunting) groups, we felt this last criteria was very important:

“Many states have lost valuable hunting rights due to their state fish and game agencies decision to align themselves AWAY from traditional sportsmen in pursuance of closer ties with anti-hunters and radical anti-hunting groups such as the HSUS and Defenders of Wildlife. Due to recent events within their own agency, the Idaho Fish and Game commission sent a strong message to the department to ensure that they don’t follow this same trajectory and jeopardize our future hunting rights. Write a paragraph describing the threats of losing our hunting heritage by state fish and game agencies forsaking traditional sportsmen and aligning themselves closer with anti-hunting and radical environmental groups.”



Idaho For Wildlife’s 2nd Predator Derby



BLM Rescinds Idaho for Wildlife’s Predator Derby Permit – Fascism Rules

This should come as further substantiation that the country we live in is dictated by totalitarian environmentalists, who are doing exactly what the U.S. Government wants them to do. Actions like this, made to appear as though “Washington” forced BLM to rescind the permit, makes most believe there is innocents among the predator wolves of Washington and the fascist U.S. Government. Wake up people! We are not living in a free country any longer.

Press Release from Idaho for Wildlife:

PRESS RELEASE (11-25-14)
By Steve Alder, Pres.

The decision by the BLM to withdraw our permit will not stop the coyote and wolf hunt. We cannot dictate where people hunt. We will follow the same procedure as we did last year and require hunters during registration to sign a waiver stating that any wolf or coyote taken on BLM land will not qualify for the derby. The BLM at the DC level has become too politically influenced and motivated. The idea that they would require a full blown NEPA analysis including an Environmental assessment for only 100-150 hunters to cover over 3million acres is absurd and ridiculous.

We worked very hard with the local BLM to be granted the permit. After the BLM refused to grant us a permit last year, they advised us to start the permit process early and we jumped through every hoop they required. They issued us a permit and then the DC bureaucrats revoked it. There is no doubt that the local BLM spend a time and resources on this permitting process. The BLM policies need to be changed and we will push for more legislative oversight of this out of control agency that is now caving to the radical anti-hunters.

We will offer 2 cash prizes, one for the most coyotes and one for the most wolves. We will provide additional prizes for successful youth hunters.

100% of the excess cash contributions will be given back to the Salmon valley to various charities, such as a college scholarship, The local food bank, and to help a local rancher that was severely impacted by wolf depredation this past summer. This rancher is not one of the large ranchers and he lost the majority of his calf crop along with 13 adult cows to wolves this past Summer while they were grazing on Public land and this that has devastated him financially. He’s hoping to get a job at the new ShopKo that they are building in Salmon as he doesn’t think he can recover financially.


Steve Alder


Wolves and Public Lands Are Mine and Only For My Purposes – STAY OUT!

“Competitive hunting for wolves on public lands in Idaho has never before been authorized, according to the plaintiffs, who say the derby is “incompatible with modern-day wildlife management principles and ethical hunting practices.”

Isn’t this a bit like saying nobody has ever hunted polar bears in Miami?

“The contest occurs in the middle of the holidays on the weekend following New Years Day,” the complaint states. “During this time, many families have time off work, can recreate on public lands and head out to test out new skis, snowshoes, sleds, snowsuits and snowmobiles. The derby concentrates shooters on public lands.”

“There were once more than 350,000 in the Western U.S. before hunting and trapping devastated the population.”

I’d like to see the science on that magnificent claim. With that many wolves, how did Lewis and Clark ever survive their exploration? They must have also lied in their journals, not reporting some of the 350,000 wolves.

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BLM Grants Idaho for Wildlife Predator Derby Permit

“We are aware of the social controversy regarding the event,” said Joe Kraayenbrink, Idaho Falls District Manager. “However, from our analysis, we could not find significant conflicts with other environmental resources that would prohibit the competitive event from occurring.”

Decision Record For the Predator Hunt Derby

Center for Biological Diversity files suit to block hunt.


Idaho For Wildlife Raffling Guns