Responsible Predator Management

Here at Hunter Nation, you can always count on us to tell you the truth -- and stick to the facts, unlike the extreme anti-hunting groups that oppose us.

So, let me be blunt.

The current federal policy toward gray wolves has unleashed an overwhelming number of strong, smart, and vicious predators on our livestock, moose, deer, elk – not to mention our family pets.

Since Canadian gray wolves have been introduced in several Midwestern states and on the Western slope, wild game populations have diminished – some by as much as 90% in these states.

For years, anti-hunting groups have used lawsuits and legal maneuvering to prevent the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) from delisting the gray wolf and returning its management to the proper authorities within state fish and game agencies.

While the issue is tied up in the courts, there’s functionally no plan to manage the gray wolf population in many states. They’re fully protected under the restrictive Endangered Species Act (ESA).

And, without population management, the gray wolf’s numbers -- and their territories -- continue to grow.

So, what can we do?

Thankfully Utah Senator Mike Lee and Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson have teamed up to author legislation in the US Senate that will finally allow states to manage the Gray wolves within their borders and under their jurisdiction without the intervention of activist judges from the coasts getting involved. 

Senate Bill 3140 – the American Wild Game and Livestock Prevention Act – will remove Endangered Species Protections for the wolves as ordered by the Department of the Interior.  The legislation will also block judicial involvement in these decisions, thus handing management of these predators back to the state fish and game agencies.

We need all Hunters, Ranchers, Farmers, Pet Owners, and Concerned Citizens to make their voices heard on this important issue!  Please sign our petition below in support of Senate Bill 3140 – then encourage your friends, family, and neighbors to do the same via our “Share buttons”…

Together, one united Hunter Nation can shake the halls of Congress and make Washington take action on this vital legislation.


Thank you!
Luke Hilgemann
CEO of Hunter Nation

Petition in Support of Senate Bill 3140

American Wild Game and Livestock Protection Act

Hunter Nation supports Senate Bill 3140 "American Wild Game and Livestock Protection Act" and the Delisting of the Gray Wolf from under the Endangered Species Act of 1973. Please take a moment and share your support.

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To require the Secretary of the Interior to issue a final rule relating to
the delisting of the gray wolf under the Endangered Species Act of 1973.

December 19, 2019

Mr. Lee (for himself, Mr. Romney, Mr. Daines, and Mr. Johnson) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works


To require the Secretary of the Interior to issue a final rule relating to the delisting of the gray wolf under the Endangered Species Act of 1973.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


This Act may be cited as the “American Wild Game and Livestock Protection Act”.


(a) In General.—Not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Interior shall issue as a final rule the proposed rule entitled “Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Removing the Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) From the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife” (84 Fed. Reg. 9648 (March 15, 2019)) without regard to any other provision of law (including regulations) that applies to the issuance of that rule.

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Jay Fish
Michigan State Director

Growing up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula was a blessing. Having a family that hunted and fished was even better. My dad had us out every chance he could. I always thanked my mother for letting my dad take us. Hunting, Fishing, and Trapping have always been a huge part of my life. My hope is to help future generations get to do what I was raised doing. I mowed neighborhood lawns so I could afford my first bow and then a motorcycle. I was free to run the hills and streams and enjoy what God Blesses is all with- Nature! My wife and I have been very fortunate to have been able to move back “home” where I again am walking those same hills as I did as a boy.



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Dan Cole
Minnesota State Director

Dan Cole is a lifelong resident of northwest Minnesota and works as a Freelance Outdoor Writer. Dan is a founding member and past president of Minnesota Official Measurers. Dan built an original Whitetail Deer display and traveled the nation for ten years publicly promoting the benefits of hunting.

"My goal is to leave a lasting legacy for the next generation of hunters to enjoy."

Dan's passion is chasing big whitetails, as well as recording their history and story.



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Tyler Ruhland
Wisconsin State Director

Tyler’s passion for hunting, firearms, and the outdoors started as early as he could walk. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Tyler cut his teeth chasing whitetail in the Fall and turkey in the Spring. He is an avid bow hunter, shooter, and firearms collector, but is most proud of his title “Dad” to his son Bear. Tyler brings an unmatched determination to get young people outdoors because, to him, bringing up the next generation of hunters is key to protecting America’s fundamental freedoms and to preserve its hunting heritage.

Responsible Predator Management


What is this All About? For too long, Washington bureaucrats have tied our hands in managing our state's out of control wolf population.
Attend these town hall meetings to hear about new legislation that will remove wolves from federal protection and prevent activist judges from intervening in the management of these apex predators.

Responsible predator management is an important component in maintaining balanced wildlife numbers. Wolf management must be returned to the states to help control the populations of moose, elk, deer, and other wildlife.


Health and Human Safety

Livestock Depredation

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Cody Heitschmidt
Director of Special Projects

A lifelong hunter and a passionate defender of freedom, having served as a Marine sniper earlier in his career. Hunting guide and outfitter and most recently, he helped build several successful start-up companies and has expertise in the fields of technology, sales and marketing, and team dynamics.

Cody working to build out our Grassroots teams in all of our priority states. He will also serve as our lead contact on the Wolf Management project.

Please feel free to reach out to Cody if you are interested in becoming a State Director, District Director or volunteer for Hunter Nation in your state.

John Bingham
Pennsylvania State Director

John is an avid hunter, PA Whitetail and Ducks, and Black Bear are my game.

I do enjoy the small game hunt every so often throughout the season.

Good management and food plots on the privet land I hunt is my key to success during the season.



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Josh Ishmael
Director of Social Media

Camera-Man, Hunter, and an all-round good guy, Josh has traveled the world in search of the perfect shot with MacMillan River Adventures, Flatlanders, and Hunter Nation.

Josh is a strong player in our Grassroots team of Responsible Predator Management.

Please feel free to reach out to Josh if you have a clip or story on how you have been impacted by predators.