You are here: home   Issues   Hostile Takeover   Got a license for those antlers?
Topic: Recreation     Department: Letters

Got a license for those antlers?

Document Actions

As with all issues related to the marketing of wild animal products, horn hunting needs regulation as strict and enforceable as anything on the books for any hunting (HCN, 6/23/08). Whenever the convergence of wildlife and man create a market for wildlife products, greed inevitably takes hold, and what was a pastime turns into a free-for-all at the animal's expense. The hunting regulations of the Colorado Division of Wildlife state that it is illegal to sell, buy, or offer to sell or buy big game. This is in effect to prevent a return to the market hunting days that just about wiped out big game in the West. I struggle to see the difference with shed antlers. Horn hunters should be required to go through the same application, season and pricing process that other hunters do. This will not only to begin to eliminate their "my right" mentality, but will provide the Division of Wildlife with the much-needed extra revenue required to deal with this growing problem.

Marc Oliver
Fort Collins, Colorado

Shed antlers
Oct 10, 2008 04:18 PM
And collecting shed antlers has a negative effect in what way?

I fail to see how collecting shed antlers endangers any wildlife. It's not like the deer are still using them, the coyotes and wolves don't need them and I have yet to see an antler being used by birds in their nests.

How does removing shed antlers from wilderness areas cause a problem for the environment or animals?

Email Newsletter

The West in your Inbox

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook! Follow us on Twitter! Follow our RSS feeds!
  1. The death of backpacking? | Younger people don’t seem interested in this out...
  2. A graceful gazelle becomes a pest | Inrroducing an African gazelle called the oryx for...
  3. The man behind a New Mexico county's fracking ban | Last year Mora became the first county in the nati...
  4. Plains sense | Ten years after Frank and Deborah Popper first pro...
  5. What's killing the Yukon's salmon? | An ecological mystery in Alaska has scientists and...
HCN Classifieds
Subscriber Alert
More from Recreation
The death of backpacking? Younger people don’t seem interested in this outdoors tradition.
The privatization of public campground management All the info you need to decide whether you love or hate that the Forest Service uses concessionaires.
The Big Nasty On garbage and tolerance in the wilderness.
All Recreation
© 2014 High Country News, all rights reserved. | privacy policy | terms of use | powered by Plone