Better get your hunts in soon. For those of you who did not know, the Black Tailed Prairie Dog (one of five species) has been proposed for endangered species or threatened species protection. After it was discovered that the USFW made a politically motivated decision to not look at the status of the BT Prairie Dog, the USFW is currently re-considering and reviewing the status and will issue a decision by mid 2010. This means at the very least that hunts may be outlawed in most if not all states. President elect Obama appointed Ken Salazar of Colorado as Secretary of Interior and is considered a lapdog for the administration. If you get the drift of this, the efforts of the Bush administration will be scuttled and replaced by more left leaning “politically motivated scientific decisions”.
I did my early graduate work on prairie dogs in the 70’s and I have hunted PD in various states. Last year I used my 45-70 on White Tailed PD's and that was really interesting. In any event, the recent elections will affect more that just our gun rights and other freedoms. You will see a much different environmental and hunting viewpoint.
Wayne in FW