The GOOD hunting stories of 2006


1.) Supreme Court justice champions hunting
Associated Press — March 3, 2006

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia fondly remembers carrying a rifle around New York City as a boy and says outdoorsmen should attack the idea that guns are only used for crimes

An avid outdoorsmen who's hunted with Vice President Dick Cheney, Scalia spoke Saturday at the National Wild Turkey Federation's annual convention.

"The attitude of people associating guns with nothing but crime, that is what has to be changed," Scalia told the audience of about 2,000.

"I grew up at a time when people were not afraid of people with firearms," said Scalia, noting that as a youth in New York City he was part of a rifle team at the military school he attended.

"I used to travel on the subway from Queens to Manhattan with a rifle," he said. "Could you imagine doing that today in New York City?"

2.) 17 arrested in historic Calif. poaching sting
By Justin M. Norton
Associated Press Writer — July 4, 2006

A crackdown on the poaching of rare abalone and sturgeon nabbed 17 suspects last week in what state officials called one of the largest such busts in California history.

The raids were meant to stem an increase in black market sales of increasingly endangered fish taken from prohibited areas, the Department of Fish and Game said.

"We cannot allow lawbreakers to bring this valuable species to ruin," state Attorney General Bill Lockyer said in a statement.

"That is why I will criminally prosecute poachers, and the restaurateurs that buy from them, to the fullest extent of the law."

3.) Moose caused mammoth extinction, not men
By Anne Mcilroy
Toronto Globe and Mail

Humans have been blamed for slaughtering woolly mammoths and other large ice-age animals into extinction, but new evidence from Yukon suggests this isn't the case.

New research suggests that moose were at least partially to blame for the extinction of the woolly mammoth.Moose were to blame, at least in part, says Dale Guthrie, a researcher at the University of Alaska.

He has found evidence that the climate in Yukon and Alaska was warming between 13,000 and 10,000 years ago, around the time a wave of human hunters moved into North America from Asia.

The North was changing from a grassland to a boreal forest and tundra, he says. Moose also arrived, and were better adapted to digest the new, woodier plants that were taking over.