December 21, 2009




SFW-Idaho is planning their fifth annual predator derby.  The derby is a contest that assigns two points each to coyotes, bobcats and foxes, 3 points to wolves (sadly wolves have been added this year.)  The team that collects the most points by hunting and killing those specific animals, wins.  There are prizes awarded to the winning team and proceeds from the hunt are donated to the wolf litigation fund.

I thought hunters were responsible stewards of the land? How then can a group of hunters go out into the woods, with the sole purpose of competing to see who kills more animals than the other and then get prizes for it? How can this be considered responsible hunting stewardship?

I hope hunters and everyone that finds this practice unsavory and disgusting will speak out about it.  I have friends that are hunters and have never heard of any of them participating in an event such as this.  All the sponsors of this event are listed here.

The next derby is scheduled for January 8th-9th, Twin Falls, Idaho

If you want to voice your concern please use the contacts list posted on the Idaho wolf  hunt extension alert or contact the sponsors directly.


NIKON has dropped out of the SFW-Idaho Derby sponsorship

BUT They Still Sponsor:

Predator Masters….Hunting the Hunters

NIKON Sells Coyote Scopes:

They are listed on the sponsor page:

Nikon Inc.

Nikon Inc.
1300 Walt Whitman Road
Melville, NY 11747-3064, U.S.A.

Corporate Inquiries:

 Nikon’s corporate media relations person: (thanks Rich!)
Tara Naughton



Cabela’s has decided to continue sponsoring this “derby”

Contact them

308-254-5505  corporate headquarters


Sportsman’s Warehouse 

Contact them


Grubbin’ BBQ

Sean Cluff Owner

Contact Click Here





Governor Baldacci publicly announced that they are calling for an end to this hunt in response to our efforts and called the killing tournaments “inhumane.”

Wildlife Coalition Condemns Coyote Killing Tournament
as Ethically and Ecologically Indefensible:

Killing tournaments, disguised as either recreation or wildlife management, are a very poor commentary on those who partake in them,” said Daryl DeJoy, executive director of the Wildlife Alliance of Maine. “We would like to see Governor Baldacci to emulate the late, great Governor Percival Baxter who felt that Maine’s wildlife’s should not be wantonly destroyed for recreation or entertainment.”

“These events exhibit a blatant disregard for wildlife and the integrity of ecosystems by encouraging mass killing for prizes,” said Andrew Page, senior director of the Wildlife Abuse Campaign at The Humane Society of the United States. “Killing coyotes will do nothing to increase the white-tailed deer density or decrease coyote numbers — it will only advance an archaic idea that the value of animals is their dead weight.“

Derby’s or contests held solely to kill as many predators as possible in a certain time period, IMO,  is wrong and disgusting.  This gives hunting a bad name. 


Right now in Northern Maine (Jackman), predator hunters are killing coyotes as part of a contest “tournament.” Sponsored by the Jackman-Moose River Region Chamber of Commerce, the “kill” runs from December 16th through January 30, 2010. Prizes are awarded for those hunters who kill both the most coyotes and the largest individuals. Ethics aside, random coyote killing will do nothing to protect Maine’s deer herds, as tournament sponsors contend. A copious and growing body of literature shows that coyote population reduction efforts through lethal control are futile, given the species’ resiliency and ability to biologically rebound.

A peculiar virtue in wildlife ethics is that the hunter [or Wildlife Manager] ordinarily has no gallery to applaud or disapprove of his conduct. Whatever his acts, they are dictated by his own conscience, rather than a mob of onlookers. It is difficult to exaggerate the importance of this fact.”   Aldo Leopold

Photo: Courtesy Nature

Posted in: Predator Derby,  Idaho wolf hunt

Tags: trophy hunting wolves, wolves in the crossfire

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  1. I completely agree. This is a despicable practice conducted by little boys with guns who have something to prove to their daddies. A little advice to these losers: grow up and stop making animals who are minding their own business pay for the fact that you’ll never be good enough.


    • Hi Michelle,
      The thrill killing is really awful. I would hope people would use the contact info I provided on the blog and start writing Idaho tourism, the potato people, the gov, commissioners, the Idaho newspapers, etc. Let them know how you feel about the derbys and the extension of wolf hunting season. They need to feel some push back on this. This is not OK!!

      For the wild ones,


  2. NABEKI great site! from your friend william huard at another wolf blog. I am doing my part from the east coast to deal with the ignorance that still prevails in the west. attitudes are changing slowly you have senators like mike crapo who are more concerned with stripping polar bear protections rather than work for a bipartisan health care reform bill! how sad and pathetic


    • Hi William,
      I just wrote you a note on Ralph’s blog. Thanks for visiting the site. Keep up the good work over there and tell people what is happening here in the West to the wolves and our other predators.

      We need a changing of the guard in the western states, especially Idaho and Wyoming. It’s old style wolf management, the way things have been done for over a century. It’s no accident that mere months after wolves were delisted they are being hunted so aggresively. Minnesota puts them to shame.

      Yep, I get that on Crapo. Why no love for polar bears?

      For the wild ones,


  3. Wonderful posting , You definately hit the
    mark with this, I just don’t think that people quite get it.
    I don’t know how many people I’ve talked to about this very
    thing in the past few days, and they just can’t get it.

    , Excellent post!


  4. Thank you Nabeki for giving us a site for positive wolf reinforcement! There are many people who feel just as passionate as you Nabeki. There will be no backing down to disgusting immoral behavior with wolves and predator “derbys”. Thank you Nikon!!!


    • Thanks g…
      It’s nice to know we don’t have to argue about wolves and their place in the wild here. I get so tired of that. I want to put my energy into something positive, not talk to people that only want to argue or spew negative dogma about wolves. So down with predator derbys and hope for the New Year that wolves will be relisted and have some protection once again!!


  5. I’ve seen so many photos over the years of these smug people posing and grinning over a carcass, watched them laugh and joke about their kill, deride the animal’s intelligence for walking into the line of sight, spurn on about how much fun their ‘challenge’ or ‘adventure’ was. Then they have the gall to say they don’t hate wolves – they are beautiful (seeing as its the only trait they want for a skin on the wall).

    This has nothing to do with survival in the wilderness. And what of that? These hunters -choose- when they want to go into the outdoors. When they do everything about their trip was planned, together with contingency plans. That’s why it is so enjoyable to them because they can have their jollies and there is no significant risk to their well-being. They come back to their comfortable homes and modern conveniences. Like t.v., pubs, internet and taxidermists. I wonder how long many of these sport hunters would survive if they were left out in the wilderness with naught but their skivvies – for several consecutive years.


    • John…where would they be without their high powered rifles and scopes? I can guarantee there would virtually be no trophy hunting if they had to face the wolves alone. It’s all a big culture of death. Makes you wonder how some of these people were raised, when they hold animal life so cheaply.

      For the wild ones,


  6. […] derbies” where points are assigned for every animal killed.  You can read more here and here.  This year wolves have been added to the list of animals killed for sport.  I am not a hunter.  […]


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