January 31, 2009
(Republished by permission)
Opinion by George Dovel
George Dovel is Editor and Publisher of The Outdoorsman.
In 2003, North America’s foremost wildlife scientist, Dr. Valerius Geist, made the following observations:
“The miracle of North American conservation is that it is basically a blue-collar system, grounded in the political and financial support and the active participation of large numbers of middle-class citizens who bring their basic honesty and decency to bear on important issues. This is just the opposite of the elitist system that has existed throughout Europe for centuries and is spreading like cancer around the world today, even right here at home. Read more
January 29, 2009
When it was announced that Barack Obama would be running for the presidency, it quickly became common knowledge that he was one of the most liberal senators in Washington. We new little about him then and today still know little about him but we are slowly finding out.
During the campaign much discussion took place on this blog and others across the Net about Obama’s anti-gun positions, even though he has attempted to paint a different picture of himself than the actions he has taken against guns. Campaigns can put spots on zebras and stripes on hippopotamus. Read more
January 28, 2009
I am “the media” so don’t think that I’m excluding myself here. But I’m also proud to exclaim I am not the so-called Main Stream Media, which is working its way toward extinction. I recently heard Bernard Goldberg on the Sean Hannity show refer to the media (main stream) as a political activist organization now, having moved beyond simple bias.
We all have our own biases and opinions about the media. I’m sure most influenced to some degree in how we have been treated. The question exists as to what drives the media to report what they report the way they do. Is it activism? Is it agenda driven? Is it personal bias? Might it be ignorance? Or is it mostly what sells copies? It might be some or a lot of any and all of the above. Read more
January 27, 2009
Pound for pound, the Eastern Coyote offers some of the most challenging sport hunting around. He’s wary, cagey, tough as a bag of hammers, and runs fast enough to all but guarantee that you won’t get a second shot if you miss the first one.
The cold weather of January and February fuels the Coyote’s already high metabolism, driving them to hunt for food almost ‘round the clock. Couple this with a couple of good calls, a night hunting permit, a rifle with a good scope, warm clothing, and you’re in store for some fast action.
First and foremost is to find where the dogs are. Talk to farmers, landowners, and your local Game Warden about coyote sign and location. Deer yards, rabbit cover, and field and swamp edges are all likely to hold coyotes this time of year. Read more
January 27, 2009
By: Scott Ellis
The lure of a turkey gobbling in the spring can be quite infectious. There are millions of hunters taking to the woods each year in pursuit of a wily long beard. A few are great callers, some are decent callers but the majority is well below average. We all know it doesn’t take great calling to harvest a turkey. The question is will better calling increase your odds of bagging a tom? The answer is yes. Learning to sound like a turkey and not a turkey call will give an added advantage over other hunters in the woods. Combining good calling and good woodsmanship will put turkeys in your vest year in and year out. Read more
January 24, 2009
Contact: David Almasi at (202) 543-4110 or firstname.lastname@example.org
R.J. Smith, Senior Fellow, The National Center for Public Policy Research
Washington, DC – For a quarter of a century the controversial program to repopulate the Southwest with Mexican Gray Wolves has created a constant political struggle in New Mexico and Arizona. There were very good reasons why the early settlers across the West and the local, state and federal governments cooperated in eliminating the wolves. The large numbers of wolves made cattle and sheep ranching nearly impossible with their constant depredations on the livestock and they also threatened family dogs and even children. Read more
January 21, 2009
I may be putting the cart before the horse here somewhat in anticipation that eventually the gray wolf in parts of this country will be removed from federal protection and put back in the hands of the states. If and when that happens will the current plans to manage wolf populations be effective? In fact, will authorities be able to have any control at all over wolves with the plans they have?
Idaho has some serious problems with their wolf management plans. I suspect that in the next issue of the Outdoorsman, we will all be educated by the editor and publisher, George Dovel, to the extent of which the Idaho Department of Fish and Game has overstepped their authority in creating wolf management plans. (This is all part of dealing with a fee increase being requested by the IDFG Commission.) Read more
January 20, 2009
By Craig M. Gillock
One of the most frequently asked questions I hear or read is, “What kind of bow should I shoot?” The fact of the matter is the only person who can answer that question is the one asking it. Everyone likes different things and expects different things from their bow. I might pick up a bow and love it while the next person who walks through the door could hate it. To help with the answer to this question I have come up with three very general steps to follow when buying a new bow. Read more
January 15, 2009
Yesterday Deputy Interior Secretary Lynn Scarlett announced the intentions of the Department and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove the gray wolf from protection of the Endangered Species Act in the Western Great Lakes region and portions of the Northern Rocky Mountains. Following legal procedures, the USFWS will post the Final Rule in the Federal Registry next week and then 30 days thereafter, the rule takes effect.
The process of attempting to get the wolf delisted has been a confusing mess, mired in lawsuits, twisted out of shape by frustrating and puzzling rulings by judges and just as disturbing was the direction or seemingly lack thereof, the Feds took in dealing with the issue. Read more
January 14, 2009
Yesterday I posted a rebuttal to a Newsweek article that supported the theory that trophy hunting was creating “weak and scrawny” game animals. The Newsweek article used information from a study done on big horn sheep on Ram Mountain in Alberta, Canada, that made the claim by some involved in that study that in 30 years it was trophy hunting that had caused a reduction in body size and horn length and mass. Since that posting, my mailbox has filled up with information.
Trophy hunting, as used in this post and related articles, can be best described as the effort of hunters to select an animal for harvesting that has large antlers/horns in combination with big body mass. The theory is that this type of harvesting selection is creating weaker and smaller species because hunters are culling out the best of the litters to hang on their walls. This simply is not true. Read more