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April 30, 2008

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Video Report: Colorado Prairie Dog Debate Heats Up

From KREX TV News:

Home videos of prairie dogs being sprayed with bullets are infuriating a wildlife protection group who say bottles and cans are for target practice not prairie dogs.

Groups like the NRA say it's an attack on the second amendment, and the DOW is caught in the middle of it all.

The Colorado Wildlife Commission will discuss the future of prairie dog hunting at their meeting that happens this Thursday.

Be sure to check out the video and tell us what you think.

Comments

We can let the yotes eat them (and the livestock) or we can take care of the nuisances(yotes and dogs) ourselves. Either way, the critters die.

ethan

There is nothing wrong with shooting a few prairie dogs. They are vermin. As it is, they are a general nuisance, and a pest for farmers and ranchers.
Hell, I even run around asking farmers and ranchers if I can go and shoot the buggers on their property. Most of the time, they say "Yes, please do!"
But the point here is that its on private property: landowners should have the right to allow the shooting of vermin like prairie dogs on their property. On public land this would be a different situation. But, seeing as most landowners don't like them, and welcome the exterminators with open arms, people should not get so riled up by it.
As far as the claim that the NRA's response that this is simply another attack on 2A rights, well, no its not (at least not directly). What is happening is that a bunch of granola-crunching nature lovers don't like the fact that guys like me shoot the vermin. Many of them have no direct intention of taking my guns away, but rather feel that if the way to keep vermin alive is to take my guns away, they would be willing to go that far.
The DOW should not change its policy on this one: sure, in the name of appeasing the hippies without really conceding anything to them, I would be okay with the DOW issuing some blanket order that the shooting of vermin on public land shall be limited in terms of when, how many and by who. But, they should not, and I believe Constitutionally cannot, touch what a property owner does with the population of a non-listed, non-game, vermin species on his land.
Anyway, keep shooting: it keeps your skills sharp for when you see a wolf!
Ruby Mist Forever!

I'm in school right now

I see where people are coming from with the "vermin" and "Nuisance", but it is just wrong to use them as target practice. Rabbits are a nuisance, but there isn't controversy over using them as target practice. Prairie dogs are just living the way their instinct tells them like every other animal on earth. We shouldn't kill alot of them because they are a problem. I hope the meeting talks some sense into them.

Nate

Ed J

I'm in school right now

Here's something to learn. In SD the feds are poisining about 10,000 acers of dog towns because the dog's are going/spreading on to private land next to blm land.. Is that better than somebody shooting them? Have you ever seen the damage to land that they do? Erosion and loss of top soil. And then of course there's that ocasional out break of Bubonic plage.

RC

I personally would not use live animals as target practice even if they are vermin, but if they are not endangered and there is no law against shooting them then I see nothing wrong with it

Andy

I live in Colorado and I wrote a paper on this topic for college a couple weeks ago. I did a lot of research and I just can't imagine that the legislature will pass something like this. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to look at the facts and see that banning the shooting of prairie dogs would be a huge mistake. Honestly, I'd be happy enough to come to a compromise. Put a (long) season on them for public land, but don't restrict them on private land. Those videos that sparked all this are a bit weird, and maybe not entirely sportsmenlike, but come on, banning the shooting of prairie dogs all together is over reacting. If you're gonna shoot the rodents, might as well have fun. And that's what they are -rodents. They should be call prairie rats, not prairie dogs. I honestly see no way to battle the activists arguments about the videos directly, except to say "cowboy up and don't watch the videos if you don't like them." I find it more important at this point to make sure that the bill banning shooting prairie dogs doesn't pass. We can work an alternative out later, after the bill fails. Colorado is a bit behind the rest of the prairie states on this issue. Look at Nebraska and South Dakota. I think South Dakota has it right, and they have way more prairie dogs than we do.

William

I see no reason why a person shouldn't shoot prarie dogs provided they are indeed causing destruction to private land or causing a health risk. I don't think a person should shoot them just to shoot them or use them as target practice. I think it should be up to hunters to be ethical and decide for themselves if they are shooting the p-dogs to protect land or just for target practice. For me, I shoot a rabbit when I see a rabbit in my garden eating the fruit of my labors. I don't shoot them when they're just hanging out eating other things.

peter

i may live in PA where we don't hunt prarie dogs. but the people in the west SHOULD be able to hunt them just like the crows we shoot here for practice

joe r

Guys I live and ranch in north central South Dakota,the amount of time and money I spend controlling prarie dogs is staggering.Come to Cheyenne River this summer!!!




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