The Journal of the Texas Trophy Hunters

Wildlife For All

North America is a mecca for wildlife, ranging from the wilds of Alaska, through Canada, the United States and south to arid Mexico. A variety of habitats provides the requirements of a large range of big game, small game and avian species hunted by millions for food and sport. You might say there is “wildlife for all in North America.”

The killing of wild animals was rampant in the United States when New Mexico and Arizona gained statehood in 1912, and the Lower 48 became complete from coast to coast. Conservation was more a “thought” than a “do,” with few laws to control seasons and bag limits, and fewer agents to enforce them.

Deer, elk and wild turkey were killed by the wagon-load, and justified for food and other needs. Black bears were chased with dogs and their carcasses used in a variety of ways. By 1870, railroads made

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