Dangerous game hunting may soon get more exciting

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Scientist say that may realistically be able to regenerate the Mammoth. The NY Times reports:

Scientists are talking for the first time about the old idea of resurrecting extinct species as if this staple of science fiction is a realistic possibility, saying that a living mammoth could perhaps be regenerated for as little as $10 million.

I think this would be the hunting equivalent of space tourism. The richest hunters from all over the world would be competing for the title of “First Mammoth Hunter in 10,000 years”. Ancient animal hunting would become an industry in of itself and firearm manufactures would no doubt jump on the opportunity to manufacture the .900 Mammoth Express.

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Wooly Mammoths by Mauricio Anton (CC-By-2.5)

Unfortunately a T-Rex will not be able to be bred:

The same technology could be applied to any other extinct species from which one can obtain hair, horn, hooves, fur or feathers, and which went extinct within the last 60,000 years, the effective age limit for DNA.

Scientist seem to be eternal optimists. I don’t expect to see one in my lifetime.

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  • redmanlaw

    Real men would use an atlatl.

  • http://westbygod.net Gregory Morris

    Actually, real men would do it like early homo sapiens (and possibly neanderthal) did: two people sneak up behind a mammoth and slash its achilles tendons with a sharp piece of flint, then dispatch the crippled animal at their leisure.

    A .900 Mamoth express? At that point, you’re talking about field artillery! :)

    I wonder how loudly PETA would protest a mammoth hunt.

  • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

    Gregory, the .900 would have nothing on the mighty 2-bore that has felled many an elephant:

    http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2008/09/29/2-bore-rifle-photos/

    PETA would protest bringing them back, and then would protest hunting them.

  • http://westbygod.net Gregory Morris

    Speaking of Mammoths… heheh.

  • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

    Gregory, haha

  • Edward

    Mmmmm, Mammoth steaks, bring it on!

  • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

    mmmm, you just got me thinking about elephant steak!

  • http://paterzplace.blogspot.com Don Meaker

    Back in the 30′s, mammoth steaks were available in the best NY restaurants, shipped out from frozen mammoths unearthed in Siberia.

    Imagine the new Big Five plus 1; Columbian Mammoth(Mammuthus columbi) , Sabretooth(Similodon californicus), Short Face Bear(Arctodus simus), American Lion(Felix atrox), and Mastodon (Mammut americanum)
    , with the Long Horn Bison (Bison latifrons),

  • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

    Don, I remember reading about that.

  • Shaun

    Bring an extinct animal back to life to kill it, that’s a great idea.

  • charles222

    if the Chickenosaurus Jack Horner & Co. are trying to grow meets expectations, potentially meeting a traditional dinosaur is not wholly out of the question.

    Shaun: Michael Crichton talked about this in Jurassic Park. Cloning an extinct animal would be hugely expensive and scientifically pointless beyond a “hey this is cool” idea; the only way to realistically pay for it would be to commercialize it, either in a zoo or a hunting preserve.