Cabela’s Targeted by National Animal Rights Group, Defenders of Wildlife, in Deceitful Effort just to Raise Money

Cabela’s Targeted by National Animal Rights Group, Defenders of Wildlife, in Deceitful Effort just to Raise Money
Anti-hunting Defenders of Wildlife attacks Cabela’s with a misleading campaign designed to raise money against outdoor sports…

U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance
U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance

Columbus, OH –-( One of the nation’s largest anti-hunting groups, Defenders of Wildlife, have taken aim at Cabela’s Inc. with a misguided and misleading public relations campaign designed to raise money to fund its efforts against outdoor sports.

According to an action alert posted by Defenders, the group accused Cabela’s of sponsoring three so-called “wolf-killing competitions” in Idaho.

The group also attacked Cabela’s for the decision by the local paper in Sidney, Nebraska to not run an inflammatory ad against Cabela’s that Defenders had produced. It then went on to solicit funds to run the ad in other papers throughout the state.

The charges by Defenders are grossly misleading.
Cabela’s did not sponsor any “wolf-killing” events. Rather, it provided $150 worth of products as a donation to the Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife-Idaho organization. That group organized and conducted three local predator hunts in 2009. The hunts complied with all state and federal laws. Additionally, all available information indicates that no wolves were killed during the hunts.

Cabela’s has been a long-time supporter of legal hunting and fishing and has worked closely with state and federal wildlife agencies to conserve wildlife populations. They are renowned in the business world as a leader in conservation programs and ethic.

By contrast, Defenders has been one of the leaders in an effort to keep the Northern Rocky Mountain wolf population on the Endangered Species List despite the recovery of their population and reasonable management plans designed by state officials.

“Defenders of Wildlife is attempting to tarnish the reputation of one of the most wildlife conscious companies in the world,” said Bud Pidgeon, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance president and CEO. “Sportsmen should show their support by visiting a local Cabela’s and let them know that you appreciate their efforts and are not fooled by the antis’ propaganda.”

The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance is a national association of sportsmen and sportsmen’s organizations that protects the rights of hunters, anglers and trappers in the courts, legislatures, at the ballot, in Congress and through public education programs. For more information about the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance and its work, call (614) 888-4868 or visit its website,

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Liberal Pacifist

L. Burg : Your argument that Defenders of Wildlife wants science based management is just hysterical….LMFAO

DoW is the last group to talk about anything science based, like all animal rights / preservationist minority groups you disregard science every-time it effects your goal of stopping people.

If you really had the best "interests of wildlife" at heart you would let the experts at IDAHO-SWF continue to manage game as needed without interference from destructive animal extremest groups, which you are!

R. Blackner

Thank you for the well written response. I am on the Board of Directors for IDAHO-SFW. The misleading attack by Defenders was completely misleading, but it had enough response that Nikon pulled its prize donations to the event. Predator Derby's are held all over the nation and have been for many years, Idaho's was attacked strictly as a way to raise money for wolf fund. What is interesting is Idaho's Elk Herds will be extinct in 10 more years if Defenders of Wildlife have there way. How is that defending wildlife. Look at the historical data on Elk herds from… Read more »

L. Burg

First of all, Defenders of Wildlife is not an anti-hunting org. In fact, Defenders would not oppose hunting if it's based on sound science and sound wildlife management principles, and if it's in the best interests of wildlife and supporting ecosystems. All hunting and trapping programs, just as with any regulated take of wildlife, need to be evaluated on a case by case basis using these standards.