Wolves and Their Impact On Hunting: How Real Is The Threat?on Jun 20, 2012
Rockholm shared some disturbing information: Money from the Pittmon-Robertson Act (which is the money that is made from the sales of sporting goods like arrows and hunting gear that is supposed to be used for wildlife management and hunting programs) was illegally used by anti-hunting groups because of political connections to reintroduce wolves in the West. Rockholm says that $70 million was used. So hunters primarily financed the current wolf fiasco.
Rockholm is a diehard hunter who has put his money where his mouth is to fight the wolf fight. “I currently spend about 50% of my income fighting this battle. It is very sad to think about my kids and their kids not being able to see and hunt the wildlife that we currently see and hunt, but it is coming. Very soon, hunting elk and mule deer in the West could be a thing of the past,” Rockholm said.
Rockholm spends much time and money getting the message out that wolves are not cute, harmless little puppies. “I spend lots of time and money trying to teach people the truth about wolves. Wolves are killing machines. Yellowstone Park is an example of what wolves can and will do if they are allowed to go unchecked. Hunters and the American people have been deceived into thinking there aren’t that many wolves. The truth is the population is much greater than the Game and Fish Departments and anti-hunters tell us. We still have a lot of good game wardens and people in the Game and Fish Departments across the United States, but there are many anti-hunters working for the Game and Fish Departments as well. I refer to wolf introduction as scientific fraud. We always hear the wolf numbers aren’t great. We hear that their population isn’t growing very quickly when things are out of control which is exactly what anti-hunters want. They want wolves to spread throughout the entire country and when they do, hunting as we know it today will be a distant memory,” Rockholm explained.
Scenes like this one are becoming more and more common in a growing number of western states.
Many of you reading this might think that Rockholm is a little off his rocker. Many people probably think there is no way the wolves will kill hunting. However, it is already starting to happen out west. “There are many towns that survived almost entirely off hunter dollars that are pretty much gone. Little restaurants, hotels, outfitters and other businesses have disappeared from the landscape just like the elk and deer. Our moose population in Idaho is next to nothing now and the elk population is down by about 60% in my opinion,” Rockholm added.
So what can hunters do? “We need to unite to fight the wolves and the anti-hunter propaganda. Hunters fight over which weapon to use or when seasons should take place while the anti-hunters join forces and achieve their goals. The only way we stand a chance in this fight is by fighting against the anti-hunter together and realizing that soon, we will have to stand against anti-hunters and their political friends who try to introduce wolves across the country to destroy hunting. If we have half a chance of getting rid of wolves and saving our hunting heritage, we will probably have to hunt big game less to save them and kill lots of wolves instead. I don’t say these things to scare people; I just think this is the direction we are headed,” Rockholm advised.
The truth is the wolf battle has been going on for twenty years but hunters have only become aware of how big the problem is recently. Out west there are high mountain valleys where elk once lived in abundance that are now void of all big game animals. There are hound hunters out west who don’t dare let their hounds out of their kennels because too many dogs have been killed by the wolves. There are people who don’t walk in the woods anymore because they are afraid they will be attacked by wolves. This isn’t the bill of goods most people were sold when they were told wolves would be introduced into the Rocky Mountains.