A contingent of folks who want to see trophy hunting ended and other types of hunting regulations reformed will gather in protest in Jackson this weekend.

The 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday gathering is part of a circuit of protests occurring under the Worldwide Rally Against Trophy Hunting moniker, and organized by Compassion Works International. The main event is happening in Reno, Nevada, in conjunction with Safari Club International’s annual conference, but the local protest is taking place on Town Square and is being organized by the Wyoming Wildlife Advocates.

“The goal is to bring about awareness,” Wyoming Wildlife Advocates Program Director Kristin Combs said, “and let our government agencies in the state know that we don’t agree with the way our wildlife is being treated.”

Combs said the protest isn’t calling for a blanket ban on hunting. Hunting for “sustenance,” she said, is OK, but other pursuits she perceives as unethical.

“If you’re going to go out and hunt down a black bear and eat the meat, great,” Combs said. “But baiting them and shooting them over a barrel of donuts is certainly not fair chase.”

Coyote-killing derbies and trophy hunting predators like wolves or grizzly bears, she said, are other examples of practices worthy of scorn.

Besides the Wyoming Wildlife Advocates, the Center for Biological Diversity and Wyoming Untrapped also figure to have a presence at the protest. Combs said she expects representatives from some pro-hunting groups will show up to counterprotest.

Rob Shaul, the founder of a new Jackson Hole-based hunting advocacy group dubbed Mountain Pursuit said he’ll be there. He said he’ll have a “hug a hunter” table at the gathering.

Wyoming Wildlife Advocates is inviting people to join in making posters ahead of the protest. People will assemble at 9 a.m. at the group’s office at 80 E. Pearl and then walk to the Home Ranch parking lot at 10:45 before marching to the square.

Contact Mike Koshmrl at 732-7067, env@jhnewsandguide.com or @JHNGenviro.

Mike has reported on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem's wildlife, wildlands and the agencies that manage them since 2012. A native Minnesotan, he arrived in the West to study environmental journalism at the University of Colorado.

(5) comments

Terry Schramm

No wonder the rest of the state hates Jackson! I hope every hunter and outfitter shows up in protest.

Konrad Lau

Sadly, most “hunting reform” groups have little or no concept of how much money is generated by the sport hunting industry in Wyoming or any other state. The funds generated supply the main bulk of cash required to fund Fish and Game Departments from coast-to-coast. Very little funding comes from the general funds collected by State and Federal governments.

More importantly, most of these “hunting reform” groups have as their main goal the complete banning of hunting and fishing as well as the removal of firearms ownership by the private citizen. It is only when you find one of them with a few drinks under their belt and a joint well smoked that they will admit their objectives.

On the one hand we have folks constantly droning on about eating organic and shopping local and on the other hand they don’t want folks accessing the largest source of organic protein available or the support of local sport hunting and fishing industries.

Trying to apply simple reason to this confused, circular logic will only serve to give one a headache. The appropriate response is to just shut them down at the ballot box, in the legislature and in the courts.

Cody Brinton

Horse cookies---- its time for wyoming to add the right to hunt to constitution--

Roger Hayden

Doesn't everyone have the right to hunt in Wyoming unless they've committed a crime that resulted in limitations?

Tony Rutherford

Yep, and the right to fish. Call or write your legislator.

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