News https://www.safariclub.org/media-center/blogs/rss.xml en 3 Hunters Survive Gravelly Mountains Grizzly Attacks https://www.safariclub.org/blog/3-hunters-survive-gravelly-mountains-grizzly-attacks <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">3 Hunters Survive Gravelly Mountains Grizzly Attacks</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/220" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">randyg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 10/23/2019 - 07:00</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/3-hunters-survive-gravelly-mountains-grizzly-attacks%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/3-hunters-survive-gravelly-mountains-grizzly-attacks%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/28" hreflang="en">State</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="fce4f063-bee1-44ce-b225-c22a08aca46f" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-right"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-10/Hunt%20Now%20Grizzly-081517.jpg?itok=fNmy7nve" width="480" height="400" alt="American Grizzly Bear" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Three hunters were injured in two separate grizzly bear attacks on the west side of the Gravelly Mountains in Montana.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The three survivors received moderate to severe injuries. Both attacks involved a single bear, but it’s unclear whether the same bear was involved. Wardens with Montana Fish, Wildlife &amp; Parks are asking hunters to leave this area while the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest closes Cottonwood Road.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The first attack happened at about 7:30 a.m. A bear charged two adult male hunters as they were heading south from Cottonwood Creek, west of Black Butte. Both hunters were injured but were able to drive the bear away and get medical treatment in Ennis.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The second attack happened in the same general area at about 6:30 p.m. as two adult male hunters were heading north toward Cottonwood Creek. One of the hunters was injured before they drove the bear away. The injured hunter was initially treated in Sheridan and later in Butte.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Details of these attacks are still unclear. Both incidents are still under investigation. More information will be provided as it becomes available.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>FWP reminds everyone to be cautious when in the field as bears are active during the spring, summer and fall months. Some recommended tips for avoiding negative encounters with bears include:</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul><li><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Be prepared and aware of your surroundings.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Carry and know how to use bear spray.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Travel in groups whenever possible.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Stay away from animal carcasses.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Follow U.S. Forest Service food storage regulations.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>If you encounter a bear, never approach it. Back away slowly and leave the area.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul></div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/3-hunters-survive-gravelly-mountains-grizzly-attacks" data-a2a-title="3 Hunters Survive Gravelly Mountains Grizzly Attacks"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">Hunt Forever</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Wed, 23 Oct 2019 11:00:00 +0000 randyg 5656 at https://www.safariclub.org Pennsylvania House Moves Closer Toward Allowing Sunday Hunting https://www.safariclub.org/blog/pennsylvania-house-moves-closer-toward-allowing-sunday-hunting <script async='async' src='https://www.googletagservices.com/tag/js/gpt.js'></script> <script> var googletag = googletag || {}; googletag.cmd = googletag.cmd || []; </script> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.defineSlot('/52927849/blog_bottom_left_300x250', [300, 250], 'div-gpt-ad-1556109594652-0').addService(googletag.pubads()); googletag.defineSlot('/52927849/blog_bottom_right_300x250', [300, 250], 'div-gpt-ad-1556109655548-0').addService(googletag.pubads()); googletag.defineSlot('/52927849/blog_header_leaderboard_728x90', [728, 90], 'div-gpt-ad-1556109719461-0').addService(googletag.pubads()); googletag.defineSlot('/52927849/blog_inline_leaderboard_728x90', [[320, 50], [728, 90]], 'div-gpt-ad-1556109778100-0').addService(googletag.pubads()); googletag.defineSlot('/52927849/blog_vertical_right_sidebar_120x600', [120, 600], 'div-gpt-ad-1556109858935-0').addService(googletag.pubads()); googletag.pubads().enableSingleRequest(); googletag.enableServices(); }); </script> <article data-history-node-id="5662" role="article" about="/blog/pennsylvania-house-moves-closer-toward-allowing-sunday-hunting"> <span class="created"> 10/22/2019 </span> <div class="node__content"> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/pennsylvania-house-moves-closer-toward-allowing-sunday-hunting%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/pennsylvania-house-moves-closer-toward-allowing-sunday-hunting%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/28" hreflang="en">State</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span><span><span>The Pennsylvania State House took another step this week toward ending the prohibition on Sunday hunting in the state when the Pennsylvania House Game &amp; Fisheries Committee favorably reported out Senate Bill 147.  SB 147 will partially repeal the state’s antiquated ban on Sunday hunting. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Pennsylvania’s restrictions on Sunday hunting, originally enacted in the 19th century, now serve no purpose but to interfere with the right to hunt of the state’s outdoorsmen and women who work or attend school throughout the week. </span></span><span><span>The prohibition on Sunday hunting ignores the fact that not only is hunting a deep part of Pennsylvania’s tradition and history, but also Pennsylvania sportsmen and women directly contribute billions of dollars each year to the economy while directly supporting over 25,000 jobs.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="3b4e4e04-4db8-4b42-8b03-d0dd9dde3a11" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-10/download_8.jpg?itok=wu6qil6l" width="189" height="126" alt="whitetail stag" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> <p><span><span><span><span><span>“These days, as both young hunters and experienced outdoorsmen lead busier lives than ever before, it is increasingly important that government not stand in the way of those who want to spend their limited free time continuing America’s hunting heritage,” said SCI CEO W. Laird Hamberlin. “If we want hunting to remain an economic staple in Pennsylvania it is critical that the state expands Sunday hunting opportunities, so I am excited that these state representatives have done the right thing and moved this bill one step closer to becoming law.”</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>SCI has worked with its Pennsylvania members and the Pennsylvania legislature in support of SB 147 since it was first introduced. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>SCI Vice President, Don Detwiler, submitted written testimony in support of Senate Bill 147, which would expand additional hunting opportunities for Pennsylvania sportsmen and women by allowing hunting on three Sundays a year.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Allowing more opportunities will help recruit and retain a robust population of sportsmen and women that is needed to not only provide critical funding for conservation efforts in the Keystone State, but to also ensure Pennsylvania’s hunting heritage remains strong.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Hunting licenses sales, as well as Pittman-Robertson apportionments, are the major funding sources for the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC). Both of these critical revenue streams are dependent on strong hunter participation numbers to allow PGC to do the important conservation work they do, not only for the game species that hunters pursue, but also non-game species and the habitat they thrive in that everyone enjoys.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Currently, Pennsylvania residents can hike, bike, kayak, golf, fish and even gamble legally on Sundays. It is common sense to add hunting to the list of activities citizens of the Keystone state can choose to participate in.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>SCI will continue to support any efforts to expand hunting opportunities in Pennsylvania which would pass on the rich tradition of hunting to the next generation of sportsmen and women in the Commonwealth.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span> </span></span></span></p> </div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/pennsylvania-house-moves-closer-toward-allowing-sunday-hunting" data-a2a-title="Pennsylvania House Moves Closer Toward Allowing Sunday Hunting"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">First For Hunters</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> </div> </article> Wed, 23 Oct 2019 00:32:48 +0000 20323822 5662 at https://www.safariclub.org Making the Shot https://www.safariclub.org/blog/making-shot <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Making the Shot</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/220" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">randyg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 10/22/2019 - 07:00</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/making-shot%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/making-shot%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/19" hreflang="en">Guns &amp; Hunting</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span><span><img alt="Havalon knives deer hunt" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="31639938-cdf3-4250-88f6-ca257b5c5075" height="168" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Deer-hunt-Havalon-1.jpg" width="253" class="align-right" />     You glimpse the buck. He’s 200 yards away on a fast walk, left to right. He enters a thicket and your eyes scan the brush looking for movement — a leg, an ear, the horizontal line of his back. Nothing. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>     He was moving fast, so you cast your eyes ahead. There he is. Just before he drops down over the hill at 120 yards, he stops. You have only a second or two. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>     Your cheekbone welds to the stock. You settle the crosshairs high on his shoulder and feel the trigger. You suck in some air, let half out, and squeeze. He drops. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>     You cycle another round and walk to the buck. Nice trophy. Darkness will soon fall, and you may need help dragging this brute back to camp. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>     Reasons to be thankful. He’s a great buck, and that <a href="https://www.havalon.com/" target="_blank">Havalon</a> knife in your pack will do a fast, clean job.</span></span></span></p></div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/making-shot" data-a2a-title="Making the Shot"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">Hunt Forever</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Tue, 22 Oct 2019 11:00:00 +0000 randyg 5653 at https://www.safariclub.org New Australian Law Deems Animals As Sentient Beings https://www.safariclub.org/blog/new-australian-law-deems-animals-sentient-beings <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">New Australian Law Deems Animals As Sentient Beings</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3297" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">20323822</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 10/21/2019 - 15:01</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/new-australian-law-deems-animals-sentient-beings%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/new-australian-law-deems-animals-sentient-beings%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/31" hreflang="en">Eye On The Antis</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span>In another international move to bestow human rights to animals, the Australian Capital Territory has become the first jurisdiction in Australia to change the legal status of animals from being purely ‘property’ to sentient beings in their own right, according to an </span></span></span><span><a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-26/act-animal-sentience-recognised/11550946"><span><span>ABC News</span></span></a></span><span><span><span> report.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The bill is a mixture of animal welfare and animal rights measures. For example, in addition to changing the legal status of animals, the new law recognizes an animal's right to food, water, shelter, clean living and health care – clearly animal welfare measures.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="e2296183-1d96-4e85-aada-9e4fc5ecda6a" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-10/images.jpg?itok=uLNS2YgR" width="259" height="194" alt="cartoon of rooster protesting" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Pet owners face serious consequences for animals that become sick due to what is determined to be neglect. For example, a pet whose skin becomes infected due to fleas may cost the owner a year of imprisonment.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>City Services Minister Chris Steel said it is a bill that makes it easier to support animal rights most people already recognize, according to the ABC News report.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>It appears that the law allows for selective enforcement. “Neglect of a cat or dog would likely be considered and treated more seriously than not keeping a fish tank clean,” said a spokeswoman for the Minister.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The new law relates primarily to pets, however there are also requirements to report a ‘mammal’ hit by a car as well as an obligation to alleviate suffering of an injured bird or other non-mammal.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The laws will come into effect in six months. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>As with all sentient being legislation, it remains to be seen how the laws will impact hunting in Australia. Stay tuned.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/new-australian-law-deems-animals-sentient-beings" data-a2a-title="New Australian Law Deems Animals As Sentient Beings"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">First For Hunters</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Mon, 21 Oct 2019 19:01:19 +0000 20323822 5659 at https://www.safariclub.org Safari Club International Chapter In Partnership To Improve Public Land Access In Montana https://www.safariclub.org/blog/safari-club-international-chapter-partnership-improve-public-land-access-montana-0 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Safari Club International Chapter In Partnership To Improve Public Land Access In Montana</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/220" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">randyg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 10/21/2019 - 07:00</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/safari-club-international-chapter-partnership-improve-public-land-access-montana-0%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/safari-club-international-chapter-partnership-improve-public-land-access-montana-0%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/60" hreflang="en">Chapter Spotlight</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><figure role="group" class="caption caption-img align-right"><img alt="Falls Creek dedication" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="81296b9d-3c4c-42fb-be11-fa3a2c88467c" height="242" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/thumbnail_Falls-Creek-Dedication-3.jpg" width="322" /><figcaption>Left to right: Brad Lencioni, President; Rick Vukasin, BOD member; Terry Ehrhardt, Treasurer of SCI’s Great Falls Chapter</figcaption></figure><p><span><span><span>The Great Falls, Montana chapter of Safari Club International joined with Lewis and Clark County Open Lands Program, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the Land and Water Conservation Fund, Montana Fish and Wildlife Conservation Trust, Bass Pro Shops, The Conservation Fund, The Conservation Alliance and the Mule Deer Foundation in a project to purchase 442 acres of private land containing prime wildlife and riparian habitat.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Called the Falls Creek project, the purchase not only transfers prime wildlife habitat to the public, it also improves access to more than 26,000 acres of public land containing prime elk habitat beyond the 442-acre parcel. The joint venture was coordinated with Lewis and Clark County, the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest and the Dan Barrett family and coordinated through the efforts of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF), headquartered in Missoula, Montana.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><a href="https://safariclubgreatfalls.org/" target="_blank">SCI Chapter</a> Board Members, Brad Lencioni, Terry Ehrhardt and Rick Vukasin attended the dedication on Tuesday, August 27, 2019. Over 100 people attended the dedication and official opening of the Falls Creek area to the public, including U.S. Senator Steve Daines.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The project had a target of raising $2.5 million dollars and did so in time for the 2019 general big game hunting season, a remarkable feat thanks to the coordination of everyone involved.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><img alt="falls creek montana" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="181a7522-c2c2-414b-99ce-f24b43b13a00" height="192" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/thumbnail_Falls-Creek-MT-8-2019.jpg" width="288" class="align-left" />The property is primarily forestland and grassy meadows located approximately 30 miles southwest of Augusta, a small town located in central-west Montana. Considered a gateway to the </span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Marshall_Wilderness"><span lang="DE" xml:lang="DE" xml:lang="DE"><span>Bob Marshall Wilderness</span></span></a><span> and the </span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis_and_Clark_National_Forest"><span><span>Lewis and Clark National Forest</span></span></a><span>, the land provides habitat for elk, whitetail deer, grizzly and black bears and mountain lions, according to Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. “It’s also important spring, summer and fall range for elk in a hunting district (HD 422) where the population is well over objective, in part, because gaining access has been so difficult for a long time,” said Henning.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The previously inaccessible Falls Creek trailhead and trail opened to the public on August 28 and will provide access for hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, horseback riding and other non-motorized travel and recreational use.</span></span></span></p></div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/safari-club-international-chapter-partnership-improve-public-land-access-montana-0" data-a2a-title="Safari Club International Chapter In Partnership To Improve Public Land Access In Montana"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">Hunt Forever</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Mon, 21 Oct 2019 11:00:00 +0000 randyg 5652 at https://www.safariclub.org Alabama Department Of Conservation And Wildlife To Hold CWD Informational Meetings https://www.safariclub.org/blog/alabama-department-conservation-and-wildlife-hold-cwd-informational-meetings <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Alabama Department Of Conservation And Wildlife To Hold CWD Informational Meetings</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3297" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">20323822</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 10/18/2019 - 10:26</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/alabama-department-conservation-and-wildlife-hold-cwd-informational-meetings%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/alabama-department-conservation-and-wildlife-hold-cwd-informational-meetings%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/19" hreflang="en">Guns &amp; Hunting</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span>As whitetail bowhunting season gets underway next week, the Alabama Department Of Conservation And Wildlife (ADCW) has announced a series of informational meetings to educate hunters about chronic wasting disease (CWD), according to an </span><a href="https://www.al.com/outdoors/2019/10/hunters-beware-conservation-officials-caution-about-cwd-in-deer-as-archery-seasons-open.html"><span>AL.com</span></a><span> article.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Although it has not appeared in Alabama, the ADCW has been concerned by recent outbreaks in </span></span></span><span><span><span><span>north central Mississippi and southwest Tennessee, close enough for free-ranging deer to carry it across the state line, and also areas where Alabama hunters sometimes visit and harvest animals, said the article.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="bd5bae70-9b84-4448-9b73-4cbae379941a" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-10/download_7.jpg?itok=sso1GeTI" width="117" height="176" alt="Whitetail buck" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>CWD is slow to develop, taking up to a year for full-blown symptoms to appear. Symptoms can include drastic weight loss (wasting), stumbling, listlessness and other neurologic symptoms. CWD can affect animals of all ages and some infected animals may die without ever developing the disease. There are no treatments or vaccines.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The disease can be spread by infected carcasses of deer taken by hunters leading most states to tightly regulate importation of all species that can carry the disease. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The following is the schedule of meetings to </span></span></span><span><span><span>inform hunters of procedures for handling harvested deer and new rules on importation of deer and other cervids from out-of-state hunts:</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Monday, Oct. 21 </span></span></span></strong><span><span><span>| Bass Pro Shop Meeting Room 2553 Rocky Mt. Rd. Prattville, AL 36066</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Tuesday, Oct. 22 </span></span></span></strong><span><span><span>| Wallace State College Bailey Center Auditorium 801 Main St. NW Hanceville, AL 35077</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Wednesday, Nov. 6 </span></span></span></strong><span><span><span>| Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Building Lecture Room 2217 602 Duncan Dr. Auburn, AL 36849</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Thursday, Nov. 7 </span></span></span></strong><span><span><span>| Tuscaloosa County Extension Office 2513 7th St. Tuscaloosa, AL 35402</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Tuesday, Nov. 19 </span></span></span></strong><span><span><span>| Central Alabama Farmers COOP 2519 US Highway 80 West Selma, AL 36701</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Wednesday, Nov. 20 </span></span></span></strong><span><span><span>| Wallace Community College Bevill Auditorium 3235 S. Eufaula Ave. Eufaula, AL 36027</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Thursday, Nov. 21 </span></span></span></strong><span><span><span>| 5 Rivers Delta Resources Center 30945 Five Rivers Blvd. Spanish Fort, AL 36527</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/alabama-department-conservation-and-wildlife-hold-cwd-informational-meetings" data-a2a-title="Alabama Department Of Conservation And Wildlife To Hold CWD Informational Meetings"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">First For Hunters</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Fri, 18 Oct 2019 14:26:28 +0000 20323822 5655 at https://www.safariclub.org The Fine Art Of Observing https://www.safariclub.org/blog/fine-art-observing <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">The Fine Art Of Observing</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/220" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">randyg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 10/18/2019 - 07:00</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/fine-art-observing%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/fine-art-observing%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/19" hreflang="en">Guns &amp; Hunting</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><figure role="group" class="caption caption-img align-right"><img alt="Boddington and sheep hunters" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="de214499-b316-42ca-aac5-afd270cd9dc0" height="382" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Boddington-Observing.jpg" width="573" /><figcaption>Lisa McNamee and Donna Boddington flank Craig with their gorgeous 2019 Brooks Range rams on the porch of outfitter Dave Leonard’s “Ram Hole.” Craig spent a lot of time pacing this porch hoping for word from the distant sheep hunters!</figcaption></figure><p>There’s nothing new about women who hunt. We know about Diana, goddess of the hunt, and one of the major evening events at our convention is presenting the Diana Award, honoring one of our great modern huntresses. However, it shouldn’t be politically incorrect to state as historical fact that hunting has always been primarily a male-dominated sport.</p> <p>It still is, but this is changing. Women are still a minority, but now comprise a significant and increasing percentage of our ranks, and are the fastest growing group among both hunters and shooters. This is very good. In fact, it’s critical because, overall, the number of hunters is static at best, static—so we need all the help we can get! One of the benefits of increased numbers is there’s now a good market for clothing and equipment designed for women. So, the ladies can be better equipped than ever before…and thus more comfortable, effective, and successful afield.</p> <p>And, yes, they can be extremely effective and successful…with no boundaries. In recent years two women, Barbara Sackman and Renee Snider, have won the Weatherby Hunting and Conservation Award, almost certainly the most difficult distinction in our hunting world. However, for much of my career the majority of women I’ve shared hunting camps with have been present as observers, enjoying the experience, but primarily supporting their male partners. There’s nothing wrong with this; to hunt is a personal decision, and hunting isn’t for everyone. It isn’t necessary to take game to enjoy wildlife in beautiful country, camp camaraderie and participate in all the joy, excitement—and disappointment—that’s part of the deal.</p> <p>However, nobody ever said it better than Donna, somewhere in the middle of her first African experience 15 years ago: “Hunting is not a spectator sport.” So, I have long admired the ladies who joined their partners, often walking the miles and enduring the hardships, but without fully participating. Again, there’s nothing wrong with this approach…but I submit that it requires an extra level of patience and a lot of love!</p> <p>In recent years, as more and more barriers fall, I’ve seen a lot more women hunting actively, and a lot more couples sharing the experience with both partners hunting. Exactly how this is done varies widely—and there’s certainly no right or wrong. For most of us, there are budgetary constraints (trust me); it usually isn’t two for the price of one! There are also practical issues to be resolved. One example: On African hunts I’ve seen a lot of couples decide “you take this animal, and I’ll take that one.” Another: Few couples have “his and hers” trophy rooms and space is never unlimited, so it may not make sense to duplicate species.</p> <p>In any couple one partner is likely to be more avid than the other…in any activity…and this can change over time. Perhaps most importantly, almost no one, regardless of age or sex, starts out with well-defined hunting goals. These develop over time, often changing and expanding. Some like antlers, others like horns; others have absolutely no desire to <em>ever</em> hunt certain species. This is all fine, and please understand that none of these are male/female things—but all put together can lead to some interesting role reversals.</p> <p>This is not new. Like most of us with family members who hunt, we’ve done a lot of hunts where Donna, Brittany or Caroline were the primary shooters. Even so, I was surprised when Donna planned a Dall sheep hunt with Lisa McNamee, a good friend and long a leader in our Orange County SCI chapter. They bumped into each other at the convention. As I was told, the conversation started when someone said: “We should plan a hunt together.”</p> <p>            “Good idea, but for what?”</p> <p>            “Well, I really want to do a sheep hunt while I still can.”</p> <p>            “So do I.”</p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-img align-left"><img alt="Dall ram" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="7f150abe-97bc-4c44-a5b2-c64ebfc27ecb" height="288" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Dall-ram-Mountain-Monsters.jpg" width="441" /><figcaption>Image courtesy Mountain Monarchs</figcaption></figure><p>Next thing I knew, they had a backpack sheep hunt booked with Dave Leonard’s <a href="https://www.mountainmonarchs.com/" target="_blank">Mountain Monarchs of Alaska</a> up in the Brooks Range. I was not invited but it wouldn’t have mattered. I didn’t need another Dall sheep, and wasn’t eligible anyway because I was within Alaska’s “every four year” restriction for nonresidents to hunt sheep. This was just as well because, on this kind of hunt, the old rule of “two’s company and three’s a crowd” holds. Dave is set up to handle two sheep hunters simultaneously, each with a guide. Depending on what his summer scouting turned up, they might hunt different directions out of the same base camp—or spike out from different base camps…but adding a third sheep hunter would be a recipe for failure.</p> <p>I went along as far as Bettles, on the south slope of the Central Brooks north of Fairbanks…and that’s as far as I got. Leonard has a comfortable cabin there, really a house, dubbed the Ram Hole. Most experienced outfitters today have surely hosted women hunters—but it is not yet a common thing (if not quite historic) to have <em>two</em> women on backpack sheep hunts. Dave’s scouting suggested the two ladies should hunt separately in different drainages. So, from Bettles, each with a guide and packer, Lisa flew off to the northwest and, a day later, Donna to the northeast.</p> <p>I waved goodbye to Donna and her team at the floatplane base and spent the next few days learning the fine art of being an observer. Dave and I told stories, I <em>wrote</em> a couple of stories and, if the truth be known, we watched some old movies. Mostly, I watched the weather and paced a lot while Dave got occasional progress reports—mostly brief texts—via satellite communications.</p> <p>Current Alaska law is “no aerial spotting for sheep after sheep season opens.” Weather had been clear the week before the August 10 opening, so Dave had looked around with his Supercub. At the time they were dropped off both guides—Jordan Wallace with Donna and Dave Fischer with Lisa—had good lines on bands of rams and where to spike out. After that they were on their own, but with the wonderful optimism of all Opening Days we sat at the Ram Hole, expecting word within a day or two that at least one ram was down.</p> <p>It didn’t happen that way. After a tough 12-hour climb to their first spike camp, it took Donna’s team three more hard days to get in striking distance of rams. From my unfamiliar position as totally helpless (and unhelpful) observer this was the good news—at least they were seeing sheep! Lisa’s hunt was much more of a cliff-hanger. The band of rams Lisa’s team went after vanished. She was past the mid-point, lots of climbing and many miles, before she saw a single sheep.</p> <p>Fortunately, Mountain Monarchs is an experienced outfit and the sheep were there, waiting to be found. Nobody needed my help…it’s just that I’m not accustomed to feeling useless. Unable to do any flying, I’m sure Dave Leonard felt the same, probably times ten. It took time, more stories told (and written), more old movies watched, but somewhere up on their respective mountains things finally came right.</p> <p>Donna took a fine ram on her sixth day. Two days later, finally knee-deep in sheep, Lisa took a monster. At the end of the hunt we had fresh backstraps at the Ram Hole, and I could properly agree with Donna’s summation from so many years ago: Hunting, especially <em>sheep hunting</em>, is not a spectator sport!--Craig Boddington  </p></div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/fine-art-observing" data-a2a-title="The Fine Art Of Observing"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">Hunt Forever</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Fri, 18 Oct 2019 11:00:00 +0000 randyg 5649 at https://www.safariclub.org Medical Professional Weighs In On Eating Fake Meat https://www.safariclub.org/blog/medical-professional-weighs-eating-fake-meat <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Medical Professional Weighs In On Eating Fake Meat </span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3297" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">20323822</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 10/17/2019 - 14:52</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/medical-professional-weighs-eating-fake-meat%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/medical-professional-weighs-eating-fake-meat%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/31" hreflang="en">Eye On The Antis</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span>It’s not healthy. That is the conclusion of Dr. Krisit Artz, medical director of lifestyle medicine and virtual health at Spectrum Health.</span></span></span></p> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="d462029d-1d8e-4fa0-9fd4-b54debd2d791" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-10/download_5.jpg?itok=ExOejwA5" width="174" height="119" alt="hamburger" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>“People hear that they’re plant-based alternatives to meat products, so they think they may be healthier. But in fact, when you look at the ingredient list, they’re typically high in saturated fat, high in sodium, and they’re really just a processed food,” Artz said in a </span></span><span><a href="https://www.woodtv.com/news/grand-rapids/doctor-sounds-off-on-impossible-burgers-theyre-not-healthy/"><span>Wood TV</span></a></span><span><span> news article. “They don’t have the health halo that people think they should have.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Speaking of the Impossible Burger, Artz points out that, although the fake burger has 80 milligrams less cholesterol than the real deal, it has 10% more sodium and almost 20% more carbs.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>“These burgers actually sizzle like ground beef would. People are really surprised when they see the product, they smell it, they see how it cooks and it’s really similar,” Artz says. “They aren’t a whole food though — very much processed, kind of developed in a test tube, put into the products, so it even bleeds, which is really crazy.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The Wood TV article repeats the social engineering global warming mantra claiming that, “the true benefit the Impossible burgers provide isn’t nutritional, but environmental. As a more sustainable food option, the patties don’t come from animals, therefore reducing greenhouse gas emission from beef farms.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/medical-professional-weighs-eating-fake-meat" data-a2a-title="Medical Professional Weighs In On Eating Fake Meat "><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">First For Hunters</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Thu, 17 Oct 2019 18:52:35 +0000 20323822 5654 at https://www.safariclub.org Alejandra Ortega: SCI World Hunting Award Coordinator – Administrative Assistant https://www.safariclub.org/blog/alejandra-ortega-sci-world-hunting-award-coordinator-administrative-assistant <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Alejandra Ortega: SCI World Hunting Award Coordinator – Administrative Assistant </span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/220" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">randyg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 10/17/2019 - 07:00</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/alejandra-ortega-sci-world-hunting-award-coordinator-administrative-assistant%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/alejandra-ortega-sci-world-hunting-award-coordinator-administrative-assistant%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/38" hreflang="en">Inside SCI</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span><span>I would like to introduce you to the SCI World Hunting Award Coordinator and Administrative Assistant, Alejandra Ortega. Alejandra oversees the World Hunting Awards Program where she works with the Record Book Team to assist SCI members to achieve their World Hunting Award goals.   </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><img alt="Alejandra Ortega" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="bfe97014-385b-4866-baf5-348165b8d033" height="330" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Record-Book-Alejandra.jpg" width="248" class="align-right" />Alejandra is from Tucson, Arizona and even though she has never hunted, SCI has been a huge part of her life since she was born. Alejandra’s mom Sandy has worked for SCI since Alejandra was born, so she has gained an appreciation for a great organization that has helped provide for her family for many years and even more so in the last two and a half years since she’s was hired in the Record Book Department.</span></span> </span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Alejandra has two roles within the Record Book Department as she is the Department’s administrative assistant responsible for day-to-day billing as well as the administrative duties of the Record Book and World Hunting Award Committee.  Alejandra’s second role in the department is that she is the World Hunting Award Coordinator responsible for assisting members to understand the World Hunting Award program requirements, ordering all awards and bronzes, and assisting with the Major Awards process as well as the SCI Lifetime Achievement Awards.</span></span> </span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The favorite part of Alejandra’s job is working with members who participate in the Record Book and World Hunting Award programs. She takes a lot of pride in helping members, not only understanding the awards program, but also helping members plan future hunts and stay on track to achieve all of their goals. Don’t hesitate to contact Alejandra if you have any questions in your achievement summary or how to submit a Record Book entry.  </span></span> </span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Alejandra is most excited in becoming an SCI Master Measure and looks forward to continuing to learn how to measure when working with Gilbert and Gabe. She is proud of all SCI Members who protect the freedom to hunt, both in the United States and Internationally.--</span></span></span></span>Jeff Meyerl, Chairman Record Book and World Hunting Awards Committee<span><span><span><span> </span></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/alejandra-ortega-sci-world-hunting-award-coordinator-administrative-assistant" data-a2a-title="Alejandra Ortega: SCI World Hunting Award Coordinator – Administrative Assistant "><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">Hunt Forever</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Thu, 17 Oct 2019 11:00:00 +0000 randyg 5648 at https://www.safariclub.org SCIF Project Improves Understanding Of Namibia Leopard Populations https://www.safariclub.org/blog/scif-project-improves-understanding-namibia-leopard-populations <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">SCIF Project Improves Understanding Of Namibia Leopard Populations</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/220" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">randyg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 10/16/2019 - 07:00</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/scif-project-improves-understanding-namibia-leopard-populations%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/scif-project-improves-understanding-namibia-leopard-populations%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/38" hreflang="en">Inside SCI</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><figure role="group" class="caption caption-img align-right"><img alt="leopard map" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="d87502e1-e8bb-4f6c-88a4-7c19820aa8e5" height="256" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/namibia%20leopardsPicture1.png" width="360" /><figcaption>This map of Namibia shows estimated leopard density based on camera survey data and habitat suitability</figcaption></figure><p>In partnership with the Namibia Professional Hunting Association and other conservation groups, the SCIF Department of Science-based Conservation recently supported a nationwide survey of leopard populations in Namibia. </p> <p>Well-designed and scientific surveys to estimate population density and parameters such as age and sex ratios are required to ensure that hunting programs for leopards and other carnivores are sustainable. </p> <p>Recent decisions at the CITES Conference of the Parties in Geneva require periodic review of export quotas for leopards and other Appendix I species.  Scientific data will be critical in maintaining these quotas and in allowing sustainable hunting of leopards to continue—and multiple science-based organizations have emphasized the importance of well-regulated hunting to conservation efforts in Africa and elsewhere.  </p> <p>SCIF has identified leopard conservation as a priority due to ongoing threats to sustainable use of leopards from western anti-use groups, with consequent damage to rural livelihoods in Africa and loss of critical support for conservation.</p> <p>The surveys included remote camera surveys and landowner questionnaires across the range of leopards in Namibia.  The results showed a healthy and robust population of between 11,000 and 12,000 leopards that occupies approximately 70 percent of their historic range in the country. </p> <p><img alt="leopard" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="fcfa9ee9-6c71-4320-84c0-7a4a037cda0f" height="272" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Difficult-Leopard-Erongo-Mountains-071816.jpg" width="358" class="align-left" />Using the camera survey data and habitat information, the authors derived a leopard density map that encompasses the entire country.  Leopard populations in two of the three survey areas had increased since the last nationwide surveys in 2011.  Landowner questionnaires showed that human-leopard conflict and consequent removal of leopards and other carnivores remain a significant issue for predator populations.  They also revealed that attitudes of landowners towards leopards were more positive in areas where regulated hunting of these animals was available and represented a supplementary income source.  </p> <p>With its well-developed community conservancy system and healthy wildlife populations, Namibia remains a foremost example for how sustainable use of wildlife can benefit rural communities while also contributing to long-term conservation of wildlife. </p> <p>Leopards in Namibia are doing well, but conflict with humans and livestock represents a continuing challenge.  SCIF supports Namibia and other African countries in their conservation efforts through sustainable use of their abundant wildlife resources. </p> <p> </p> <p> </p></div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/scif-project-improves-understanding-namibia-leopard-populations" data-a2a-title="SCIF Project Improves Understanding Of Namibia Leopard Populations"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">Hunt Forever</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Wed, 16 Oct 2019 11:00:00 +0000 randyg 5646 at https://www.safariclub.org California Governor Signs Series of Animal Rights Bills Including Ban On Bobcat Hunting https://www.safariclub.org/blog/california-governor-signs-series-animal-rights-bills-including-ban-bobcat-hunting <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">California Governor Signs Series of Animal Rights Bills Including Ban On Bobcat Hunting</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3297" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">20323822</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 10/15/2019 - 11:18</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/california-governor-signs-series-animal-rights-bills-including-ban-bobcat-hunting%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/california-governor-signs-series-animal-rights-bills-including-ban-bobcat-hunting%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/28" hreflang="en">State</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Just days before his veto session ends, California Governor Gavin Newsom was busy signing several anti-sportsmen’s bills this past Saturday – including a ban on bobcat hunting and a ban on the sale of new fur products. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Assembly Bill 1254 prohibits hunting, trapping or killing bobcats in California until 2025 at which point the state can issue limited licenses and implement a bobcat management plan that protects the species.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Safari Club International opposed AB 1254 and urged its California members to oppose the legislation by contacting their elected officials as well by using the Hunter Advocacy Action Center.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="f2b26dab-9337-42f8-a782-48d0a62ee8ec" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-10/download_6.jpg?itok=-pVSRagE" width="218" height="125" alt="bobcat" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> <p><span><span><span><span><span>This legislation was not supported by best available science and will take management authority away from California Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>State and federal wildlife management authorities indicated prior to the enactment of current restrictions in 2013 that the bobcat population was healthy and not in danger of decline by hunting.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The bill would result in a loss of hunting license revenue and federal Pitman-Robertson funds to the Department of Fish and Wildlife and California’s own Department of Finance even opposed the legislation</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>AB 1254 was an emotional anti-hunting measure not supported by scientific findings and </span></span></span><span><span><span>unfortunately, common sense and science did not prevail.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Amid the flurry of bill signing, Newsom also signed a bill banning the sale of new fur items as well as a ban on commercial fur trapping. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Following the lead of Los Angeles and San Francisco, the move makes California the first state to ban the sale of new fur products.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The legislation – Assembly Bill 44 makes it unlawful to manufacture, sell, offer for sale, display for sale, trade, give donate or otherwise distribute a fur product in the state. The prohibition applies to clothing, handbags, shoes, slippers, hats, or key chains that contain fur.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="25b93df1-b2a9-43ab-94ea-1fd841c24fe7" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-right"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-10/istockphoto-519824284-612x612.jpg?itok=R7Bv7MrM" width="480" height="331" alt="fur coats" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span> “California is a leader when it comes to animal welfare, and today that leadership includes banning the sale of fur,” the Governor said in a statement. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>As expected, animal rights groups were ecstatic. “The signing of AB 44 underscores the point that today's consumers simply don't want wild animals to suffer extreme pain and fear for the sake of fashion," said Kitty Block, CEO and president of the Humane Society of the United States.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The ban takes effect in 2023 and excludes used fur, fur used in religious and tribal purposes. It also excludes leather, dog and cat fur, cowhides, deer, sheep and goatskin and taxidermy. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The Fur Information Council of America is considering a lawsuit against the ban. The new law is part of a “radical vegan agenda using fur as the first step to other bans on what we wear and eat,” said the Council in a statement regarding the ban.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/california-governor-signs-series-animal-rights-bills-including-ban-bobcat-hunting" data-a2a-title="California Governor Signs Series of Animal Rights Bills Including Ban On Bobcat Hunting"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">First For Hunters</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Tue, 15 Oct 2019 15:18:25 +0000 20323822 5651 at https://www.safariclub.org Yamaha’s Wolverine X2 https://www.safariclub.org/blog/yamahas-wolverine-x2 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Yamaha’s Wolverine X2</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/220" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">randyg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 10/15/2019 - 07:00</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/yamahas-wolverine-x2%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/yamahas-wolverine-x2%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/19" hreflang="en">Guns &amp; Hunting</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span><span><img alt="Yamaha Wolverine X2" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="602ae35c-3ab5-421b-a0de-8f4dfa70bba3" height="212" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Yamaha-Advertorial.jpg" width="318" class="align-right" />The Wolverine X2 is Yamaha’s proven Off-Road Side-by-Side with unmatched capability, comfort and confidence. Assembled in the USA at Yamaha’s state-of-the-art factory in Newnan, Georgia, and built Real World Tough for outdoor adventures, the X2 features a 600-pound-capacity cargo bed and can tow up to 2,000 pounds, making it the ultimate hunting </span></span><span>companion.<span> For optimal performance, the Wolverine X2 is equipped with Yamaha’s industry-leading technology, including a super quiet 847cc parallel-twin engine, reliable On-Command 4WD system, durable Ultramatic CVT transmission with a 10-Year Belt Warranty, and Electric Power Steering. Find out more about Yamaha’s off-road lineup </span>at </span><a href="https://jpn01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2FYamahaOutdoors.com&amp;data=01%7C01%7CScott_Newby%40yamaha-motor.com%7Cd7405fa626e44ad74e4908d70494bf3e%7C76684a67d81643ce93f929b6f72f823f%7C1&amp;sdata=xzjEloWQxa43GEFEt1IO9dCB4h9gKPz4Ew9L1CboyjI%3D&amp;reserved=0"><span><span><span>YamahaOutdoors.com</span></span></span></a><span><span>. </span></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/yamahas-wolverine-x2" data-a2a-title="Yamaha’s Wolverine X2"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">Hunt Forever</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Tue, 15 Oct 2019 11:00:00 +0000 randyg 5645 at https://www.safariclub.org Forget The Democrats And Republicans – Join The Animals Party https://www.safariclub.org/blog/forget-democrats-and-republicans-join-animals-party <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Forget The Democrats And Republicans – Join The Animals Party</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3297" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">20323822</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 10/14/2019 - 12:57</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/forget-democrats-and-republicans-join-animals-party%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/forget-democrats-and-republicans-join-animals-party%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/31" hreflang="en">Eye On The Antis</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>On the heels of the Florida </span></span></span><span><a href="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/i-am-walrus-vote-me"><span><span>Mayoral</span></span></a></span><span><span><span> Candidate running for office as a loggerhead turtle, </span></span></span><span><a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/portugal-election-animals/not-just-for-the-pooches-portugals-animal-party-could-be-kingmaker-idUSL5N26G3ZT"><span><span>Reuters</span></span></a></span><span><span><span> reports on the newest political party in Portugal – the People-Animals-Nature (PAN) party.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The report claims that PAN is seen as getting four or more seats in the Portuguese parliament and that PAN may fill the vacuum left by a souring of the government’s relationship with traditional far-left allies.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Although PAN is running on a platform of lower taxes on pet food and opposition to bull fights, the report says that PAN wants more influence on environmental policy and is open to deals.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="431f239d-c27d-49ce-92a9-8a10c86913e4" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-10/i%2Bvoted%2Bnew%2Bstickers.jpg?itok=t1jrckRQ" width="480" height="368" alt="animals voting cartoon" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“They [PAN] defend animal rights: not just the rich ladies’ kitties and pooches, but all the animals, and the environment, that’s what attracted me,” said  Alexandre Corona, a 40-year-old dog owner and car factory worker, who transcends PAN’s typical big-city, student-age voter base.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Critics charge that PAN, as the “animal party,” places animal rights about those of humans. PAN argues that it seeks to promote a better world of harmony between humans and nature.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Aside from seeking more humane treatment of animals, PAN has urged the government to declare a climate emergency.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The party is open to backing the government in parliament if it commits to making “a clear change in our productivists, oil-dependent, hightly carbonized economy,” said PAN leader Andre Silva, a vegetarian who scuba-dives and attends group movement sessions known as “biodance.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><em><span><span><span>We have met the enemy and he is us - Pogo</span></span></span></em></span></span></span></span></p> </div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/forget-democrats-and-republicans-join-animals-party" data-a2a-title="Forget The Democrats And Republicans – Join The Animals Party"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">First For Hunters</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Mon, 14 Oct 2019 16:57:24 +0000 20323822 5650 at https://www.safariclub.org Reminder This Hunting Season: Be A Good Steward Of The Land https://www.safariclub.org/blog/reminder-hunting-season-be-good-steward-land <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Reminder This Hunting Season: Be A Good Steward Of The Land</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/220" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">randyg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 10/14/2019 - 07:00</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/reminder-hunting-season-be-good-steward-land%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/reminder-hunting-season-be-good-steward-land%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/19" hreflang="en">Guns &amp; Hunting</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Although most hunters respect the land, property and wildlife they are hunting, many others do not.  Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks reminds hunters and all outdoor enthusiasts to be good stewards of the land, and respect both private and public property. </p> <p>Every hunting season, there are reports of vandalizing of Block Management Area (BMA) boxes, hunters driving off road, illegal trespassing, hunters being shot over, littering and livestock being shot.  Below are just a few of the things that hunters and all outdoor enthusiasts should be aware of when enjoying our resources:</p> <ul><li>Standing crop- avoid hunting, walking or driving in fields that have not been harvested yet.</li> <li>Littering- not only is littering careless and unsightly, it is against the law.  This includes toilet paper, and the proper management of human waste.</li> <li>Leave gates as you find them- If a gate is closed, close it behind you.  If it is obviously open (pulled all the way back to the fence), leave it open.  If you are unsure, contact the landowner or public land agency.</li> <li>Know your target and beyond- Hunters must be sure of what they are shooting at (species, sex, etc.), and know what lies beyond their target (houses, outbuildings, livestock, vehicles, other hunters).</li> <li>Prevent fires- Be aware of fire danger at all times and use precautions.</li> <li>Be weed free- Check clothes, dogs, ATV’s, and vehicles for weeds and weed seeds to help prevent the spread to other private and public lands.</li> <li>Avoid driving on muddy roads- Unless it is a well-graveled road, walk.</li> <li>Avoid ridge driving and driving to overlooks- Not only is this a poor strategy while hunting, it is considered as driving off road if it is not already an established trail.</li> <li>Do not park on roads- Move well off of roads to avoid folks moving farm equipment.  Find a designated parking area or an approach that is clearly not being used for equipment.</li> <li>Driving off road- While hunting on private property, a person may not drive off established roads or trails without landowner permission.  Off-road travel on public land, including game retrieval, is prohibited unless designated as open.  Consult appropriate land agency or land maps for specifics.</li> <li>Ask for permission to hunt- Montana law requires permission for all hunting on private land.  Even if the land is not posted, hunters must have permission from the landowner, lessee, or their agent before hunting on private property.</li> <li>Completely fill out BMA slips- If a hunter doesn’t correctly fill out a block management slip, they are hunting without permission.</li> <li>Know where you are located- Whether you are hunting public land, private land, or land enrolled in an access program such as block management, it is every hunter’s responsibility to know where they are to avoid trespassing.  Maps are always available, as are GPS chips and cell phone apps to aid in orientation.</li> <li>Accessing public lands- Access to public lands (on a private road) through private land requires permission of the private landowner, lessee, or their agent.</li> <li>Camping- camping is allowed on most public lands (see agency regulations), but permission is needed to camp on private property and BMAs.</li> <li>Know the rules- Consult BMA maps for specific rules on block management property, including:  driving on roads, parking areas, no shooting zones, walk-in only areas, camping, number of hunters allowed, game retrieval, etc.  Rules for most land agencies can be found on maps and/or on brochures.  Go to the appropriate agency website or local office for information.</li> <li>Report violations- report any hunting and fishing, trespassing, vandalism, or other criminal activity you see to 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668).</li> </ul><p><img alt="field" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="3088bea3-52f0-4963-8ea6-95fea8848b6a" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/admin-ajax.php_.jpg" class="align-left" /></p> <p>The 1-800-TIP-MONT program is a toll-free number where one can report violations of fish, wildlife or park regulations. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 for providing information that leads to a conviction.</p> <p>FWP also offers a free online program called The <em>Montana Hunter-Landowner Stewardship Project</em>.  This project is an information program for anyone interested in promoting responsible hunter behavior and good hunter-landowner relations in Montana.  The program is delivered through an interactive website utilizing questions, videos, and feedback as well as opportunities for you to test your knowledge on a variety of practical topics related to hunter-landowner relations and responsible hunter behavior.</p> <p>Please go to <a href="https://links.govdelivery.com/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbXNpZD0mYXVpZD0mbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwOTA0Ljk4MDQwMDEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTkwOTA0Ljk4MDQwMDEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xNjc4MjE3OSZlbWFpbGlkPXNtYXllckBzYWZhcmljbHViLm9yZyZ1c2VyaWQ9c21heWVyQHNhZmFyaWNsdWIub3JnJnRhcmdldGlkPSZmbD0mbXZpZD0mZXh0cmE9JiYm&amp;&amp;&amp;101&amp;&amp;&amp;http://fwp.mt.gov/education/hunter/hunterLandowner/"><strong>http://fwp.mt.gov/education/hunter/hunterLandowner/</strong></a> to learn more and complete the program.</p></div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/reminder-hunting-season-be-good-steward-land" data-a2a-title="Reminder This Hunting Season: Be A Good Steward Of The Land"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">Hunt Forever</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Mon, 14 Oct 2019 11:00:00 +0000 randyg 5644 at https://www.safariclub.org Action On Endangered Species Act Heats Up https://www.safariclub.org/blog/action-endangered-species-act-heats <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Action On Endangered Species Act Heats Up</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3297" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">20323822</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 10/11/2019 - 10:40</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/action-endangered-species-act-heats%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/action-endangered-species-act-heats%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/29" hreflang="en">Federal</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p style="margin-right:2px; margin-left:2px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="background:white"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-size:16.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">September was a busy month with regard to the partisan battle over the Endangered Species Act.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-right:2px; margin-left:2px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="background:white"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-size:16.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">On September 24, the House Natural Resources Committee hastily assembled a legislative hearing in the Waters/Oceans/Wildlife Subcommittee on a slew of partisan wildlife bills, including HR 4348, a bill recently offered by Chairman Grijalva and Sen. Udall to terminate three Trump Administration rules improving ESA’s implementation. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-right:2px; margin-left:2px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="background:white"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-size:16.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">SCI has supported the ESA Rules in public comments, and SCI CEO W. Laird Hamberlin praised the rules in an op-ed in <i>The Hill</i> on August 20. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="56c5a60f-a401-4704-8ff2-6947a6e6cb7a" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-10/download_4.jpg?itok=nT7mvszn" width="268" height="188" alt="snow leopard" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:16.0pt">It was rumored that the Committee set the hearing in response to an ESA Roundtable of affected stakeholders organized by the Western Caucus which is headed by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), the 2017 SCI Legislator of the Year.  </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:16.0pt">In addition to hearing comments from 13 Members of Congress and DOI Deputy Solicitor for Fish, Wildlife &amp; Parks, Karen Budd-Falen, the roundtable heard from 31 ESA stakeholders representing a wide variety of ideological and business interests.  </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:16.0pt">On the same day as its ESA Roundtable, the Western Caucus released a legislative package to modernize the ESA.  The reform bills seek to bring the ESA into the 21st Century and make meaningful efforts to create more transparency and cut burdensome red tape and seemingly endless litigation.  </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:16.0pt">The re-launched legislative package consists of 19 bills and contains several bills of interest to SCI. Among the proposals are the <i>Endangered Species Transparency &amp; Reasonableness Act, </i>sponsored by Rep. McClintock (R-CA) which requires data in ESA listing decisions be put on the Internet, and requires disclosure to affected States of all data used prior to any listing decisions.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:16.0pt">Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AR) sponsored the <i>PETITION Act</i> which allows the Interior Secretary to declare a “petition backlog” when too many frivolous petitions stack up. It also allows Congress to step in and prevent illegitimate mass-listings of understudied species.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:16.0pt">The <i>LAMP Act </i>is sponsored by Rep. Don Young (R-AK) and allows the Interior Secretary to enter into cooperative management agreements with States and local governments, tribes, and other non-federal entities in order to better manage species and improve habitat, and the <i>WHOLE Act,</i> sponsored by Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) will ensure the totality of conservation measures underway will be considered before taking federal action, and reduce the costs associated with the consultation process.  </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:16.0pt">October is likely to be just as busy with the kick-off being activists from the animal rights group The Center for Biological Diversity’s (CBD) plans to deliver petitions supporting the ESA to 70 Congressional offices across the country – while wearing endangered species masks. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="border:none windowtext 1.0pt; font-size:16.0pt; padding:0in">Animal rights groups, such as the CBD, continue to misrepresent the purpose and effect of the revised rules, claiming that the ESA has been ‘gutted.’</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><a href="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/us-fish-and-wildlife-service-finalized-rules-esa" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline"><span style="font-size:16.0pt">SCI</span></a><span style="font-size:16.0pt"> has long been engaged in the effort to clarify and improve the ESA and its implementation. </span><span style="border:none windowtext 1.0pt; font-size:16.0pt; padding:0in">Last year, SCI submitted comments on the proposed regulatory changes.  In our comments, we said:  “SCI is encouraged to see that, in the proposed revisions, the Service has found ways to reduce the ambiguities in the regulations that currently inhibit and undermine the Service’s efforts to delist recovered species and avoid the need to list species that would not benefit from federally protected status.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="border:none windowtext 1.0pt; font-size:16.0pt; padding:0in">The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the finalization of rules on August 9. Among other things, the rules are intended to reduce ambiguities in the ESA, provide the public with more transparency on the impact listing decisions will have, and require that threatened species receive protections tailored to their specific needs.  </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="border:none windowtext 1.0pt; font-size:16.0pt; padding:0in">The ambiguities corrected by the new regulations have provided anti-hunting groups with numerous opportunities to challenge FWS’s efforts to delist recovered wildlife species in court.  Nevertheless, the new rules have themselves already triggered several lawsuits and the courts will soon be considering these challenges filed by animal rights groups and several states.   </span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/action-endangered-species-act-heats" data-a2a-title="Action On Endangered Species Act Heats Up"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">First For Hunters</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Fri, 11 Oct 2019 14:40:17 +0000 20323822 5647 at https://www.safariclub.org Waterfowling: It’s A Lifestyle That’s For The Birds https://www.safariclub.org/blog/waterfowling-its-lifestyle-thats-birds <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Waterfowling: It’s A Lifestyle That’s For The Birds</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/220" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">randyg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 10/11/2019 - 07:00</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/waterfowling-its-lifestyle-thats-birds%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/waterfowling-its-lifestyle-thats-birds%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/19" hreflang="en">Guns &amp; Hunting</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><em>Sunrise destiny in Saskatchewan with Sure-Shot</em></p> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="c822ada6-d206-4997-a5bc-5bf0b35acd3f" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-right"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-10/Comus-Waterfowling-Canada-geese.jpg?itok=NiW98OP2" width="480" height="320" alt="Canada geese" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> <p>The actual hunt may be the central activity that ties all forms of hunting and types of hunters into a culture that defies time and distance. Within the various circles of hunters, however, are many different lifestyles. All share a common human bond and oneness with nature.</p> <p>Charlie Holder of <a href="https://sureshotgamecalls.com/" target="_blank">Sure-Shot Game Calls</a> not only understands those critical dynamics, but each year puts together a waterfowl hunt that celebrates them. It celebrates the hunt while focusing on the hunter.</p> <p>Although I was on one of Charlie’s annual bird safaris to Saskatchewan a number of years earlier, that was before Safari Club International developed its Birds of the World program. So, when Charlie said he was returning to Saskatchewan for the sixth edition of the event last year and asked if SCI would be interested in attending, the answer was affirmative. It would be another way to focus on SCI’s Birds of the World program, as well as on a piece of paradise called Saskatchewan.</p> <p>This past year’s expedition was for sandhill cranes, geese and ducks.</p> <p>Saskatchewan is a fascinating place and it was beneficial to have representatives from Tourism of Saskatchewan on-hand to answer questions about all of the hunting and fishing opportunities there and to learn more about their efforts to let the world know just how great a place it really is.</p> <p>The location for this hunt was an hour’s drive or so out of Saskatoon, which means a northern prairie setting where birds abound. It was late September. Temperatures dropped to almost freezing at night and into the 60s during the day. Perfect for the several objectives of the annual Sure-Shot expedition. Call it a Waterfowl Safari, if you wish.</p> <p>Essentially, the Sure-Shot expeditions put writers from throughout the shooting sports industry together with representatives of sponsors in real world settings where the merits of the products, gear and services can be seen and discussed in field settings.</p> <p>But because of the kinds of places involved, these forays also happen to be able to take a look at hunting in different countries, as well as in different surroundings.</p> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="895507d9-3bdf-4b62-bb02-933f73bc3968" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-10/Comus-Waterfowling-Ron-Peach.jpg?itok=rezvUsJq" width="320" height="480" alt="Ron Peach" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> <p>Presenting sponsors for the expedition were Remington and Polaris, with supporting sponsors Northway Outfitters, Tourism of Saskatchewan, Vortex optics and MEC Clay Throwers. Irish Setter boots was the product sponsor.</p> <p>Media representatives included Branden Bunch, UTV SPORTS; Ben Cole, Red Dirt TV; Brad Fenson, Brad Fenson Outdoors; Jeff Fuller, Sporting Dog Adventures; Lindsey Hayes, Destination Polaris TV; Skip Knowles, Wildfowl; Luke Lester, Dirt Track TV; Hollis Lumpkin, Women’s Outdoor News; Ron Peach; American Waterfowler; Edward Pierz, Outdoor Hub; Ron Spomer, Ducks Unlimited; Paul Wait, Delta Waterfowl; Shawn Wozniak, Sporting Dog Adventures TV and the author.</p> <p>Buddy Graham and his group at Northway Outfitters are well-known for their premier trophy whitetail and mule deer operation. But Northway, established in 1988 and in cooperation with Cabela’s Outdoor Adventures, operates on provincial and First Nation lands, which have roughly a million acres of bird area. This is where huge numbers of waterfowl see the first part of their migration through this area each year. Kind of like heading them off at the pass, so to speak.</p> <p>None of this would have taken place, however, absent Charlie Holder, the main organizer of the event. With him from Sure-Shot Game Calls were Alan McClain and Justin DeYoung.</p> <p>Charlie’s a personable Texan who understands the shooting sports industry and its customers as well as anyone can. He has a sense of tradition that doesn’t get in the way of innovation and possesses the kind of respect for nature found only in truly hard-core hunters.</p> <p> Given all of these factors, it might be difficult to imagine a way to hike the fulfillment factor much, but it was. Media folks were taken to various likely spots at or near bodies of water and then left there alone in many cases.</p> <p>This accomplished a couple of things not present on a lot of media outings. First, it results in the writers and editors from the various communications operations to get to know each other much better (we mostly know each other anyway, but it is different when we share blinds without guides and have to come up with strategies on the fly – literally).</p> <p>Charlie made certain that we were each armed with a necklace full of Sure-Shot game calls, even though the abilities of some media folks to use them effectively was evident, while with others it was not even suspect – some couldn’t call home from a duck blind, to be blunt (I resemble that remark).</p> <p>But, by being forced to make do, it is amazing how quickly some figured out ways to make noises that at least don’t scare the fowl away.</p> <p>That’s the way it was for Ron Peach from American Waterfowler and me on a few occasions. I had not met Ron before this expedition, although I have known his publisher for years – both in the US and in Africa, but that’s another story.</p> <p>Ron’s a great guy and a serious waterfowler. When he writes about waterfowling, take heed because he knows of what he writes – not some flamboyant hotshot, but a rock-solid, hard-core hunter. We had some great times, sharing experiences when we weren’t shooting at birds. And not a lot of birds got away.</p> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="1b66f061-e44c-4948-9101-1e5039262767" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-right"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-10/Comus-Waterfowling-shooter.jpg?itok=pcKDYfcf" width="480" height="320" alt="duck hunter" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> <p>During the course of the hunt, the group ended up taking about every kind of duck and goose in the area, as well as a healthy number of sandhill cranes.</p> <p>There is something about sandhill crane hunting that is different, even though the tactics and routines are similar to other bird hunts.</p> <p>Maybe it is the way sandhills seemingly can be deathly silent. Or maybe it is the way they visually scout an area from the air before committing.</p> <p>Perhaps it is their size, and definitely one factor is the way they look after being hit in the air – like a lawn chair falling from the sky. I guess it is all of those things, and more. And the real payoff is that they are some of the tastiest game birds in the world.</p> <p> For this expedition, both guns and ammo were supplied by Remington.</p> <p> We used two different models of 12-guage semi-auto: V3 and Versa Max. Although there are numbers of differences, the most noticeable is that the V3 shoots shells up to and including the 3-inchers, while the Versa Max shoots shells as long as 3 ½ inches. We used only 3-inch ammo on the hunt.</p> <p>In recent years, I have had occasion to shoot all manner of semi-auto shotguns that are what might be termed MHS (Modern Hunting Shotguns as compared to MSR, Modern Sporting Rifles and MHR, Modern Hunting Rifles). Basically, for shotguns this means they have some kind of non-ferrous receiver, synthetic stock, are not shiny and incorporate modern/exotic finishes, etc.</p> <p>While watching the clouds of birds in the air on this trip, I had flashbacks of hunts at Remington Farms on the Chesapeake Bay in the long ago. Those semi-auto Remingtons were the 1100s, with their steel receivers, wood stocks and shiny finishes. Pretty guns.</p> <p>There truly has been a quantum change in waterfowling shotguns over the intervening years, even though most of the differences don’t matter at the moment of the shot. They matter a whole bunch before and after the shooting, however.</p> <p>These new MHSs take much less maintenance (don’t have to worry about rust ruining the bluing) and their systems are quite reliable.</p> <p>During the course of the multi-day hunt, I had an opportunity to use both models and can see where each fits into the grand scheme of things, although such a realization might not be apparent by osmosis.</p> <p>The V3 is a bit lighter and is more alive in the hands. Yet the Versa Max is ready to do the heavy work and handles quite well in the blind. They both worked well and brought birds to bag, so there was no quantitative difference in that regard that I could sense. Overall, the V3 seemed handier, but it also delivered a bit more perceived recoil (logical because it is lighter).</p> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="3c57205c-0451-40eb-9f0d-24d6f5d4f9ee" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-10/Comus-Waterfowling-duck-calling.jpg?itok=HHnb1ifP" width="480" height="320" alt="calling ducks" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> <p>We used two different kinds of ammo on the hunt: Hypersonic Steel and Nitro-Steel loads, with No. 2 and No. 4 shot in both kinds. The Hypersonics sent 1 1/8-ounce of shot out at 1,700 feet per second, while the Nitro-Steel loads sent 1 ¼-ounce of shot out at 1,450 fps. I preferred the Nitro-Steel loads because I could not discern a performance difference that justified the added perceived recoil of the Hypersonics. Others on the hunt liked the Hypersonics better. Bottom line: both types did the job quite well.</p> <p>On the hunt, we took 11 different kinds of ducks, sandhill cranes, both big and small Canada geese, white-fronts and snow geese. Ducks included mallards, pintail, widgeon, gadwall, green-wing teal, blue-wing teal, shovelers, redheads, scoup, bufflehead and ringneck.</p> <p>Shots ranged from close to far. Although I used both the No. 2 and No. 4 loadings in the Nitro-Steel, I found no disadvantage at closer ranges by using the No. 2 shot, and that it definitely was an advantage when the distance increased. Hence, by the end of the hunt, I was using just the No. 2 shot loads and doing well at all distances.</p> <p>There was ample opportunity on the hunt to put the Polaris off-road vehicles through the paces, including a chunk of one day covering a lot of ground in them, even putting them through their paces in mud, on hills and over rough terrain. Put bluntly, we literally drove the tires off of them. Lot of fun and they worked great.</p> <p>During a midday break, it was time to blast away on an impromptu sporting clays setup, of sorts, with the MEC trap machines. Great fun with both target ammo and some of the waterfowling loads.</p> <p>For anyone who enjoys waterfowling, Saskatchewan is definitely a province to consider because during the early season when the weather is nice and the birds are there in great numbers, it offers some of the best sport imaginable.</p> <p> </p> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="e056f565-0c58-4c16-807f-e856c4c5f6cd" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-right"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-10/Comus-Waterfowling-sunset.jpg?itok=O4ST5zQ3" width="480" height="320" alt="sunset" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> <p>Traveling hunters might consider starting there in the early fall and working southward through the fall seasons, all the way to Mexico by the dead of winter. Why not migrate with the birds? And then the following summer, start way south in Argentina or Uruguay and work northward? Similar north/south/south/north extended bird hunting trips also can be done in Europe and Africa. Throw in the vast wingshooting areas of the former Soviet Union and truly, the Birds of the World concept takes on a whole new meaning.</p> <p>For information about SCI’s Birds of the World program, call 1-800-997-0177.--Steve Comus</p> </div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/waterfowling-its-lifestyle-thats-birds" data-a2a-title="Waterfowling: It’s A Lifestyle That’s For The Birds"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">Hunt Forever</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Fri, 11 Oct 2019 11:00:00 +0000 randyg 5630 at https://www.safariclub.org I Am The Walrus – Vote For Me https://www.safariclub.org/blog/i-am-walrus-vote-me <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">I Am The Walrus – Vote For Me</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3297" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">20323822</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 10/10/2019 - 12:40</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/i-am-walrus-vote-me%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/i-am-walrus-vote-me%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/31" hreflang="en">Eye On The Antis</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span>As the 2020 elections heat up, so too does the rhetoric. Candidates for elective office, from the President of the United States down to local supervisors, make campaign promises and outrageous statements – all in an effort to separate themselves from the crowd. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The public hears candidates like </span></span></span><span><a href="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/kamala-harris-calls-government-regulations-meat-eating"><span><span>Kamala Harris</span></span></a></span><span><span><span> claim that the government needs to mandate a reduction in the amount of meat Americans consume (while chowing down on a pork chop), and other candidates claim to be, well, a sea turtle.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Florida mayoral candidate Elizabeth Drayer is running to “promote animal rights and to be a representative voice for the loggerhead sea turtle species,” according to an article in </span></span></span><span><a href="https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/463261-florida-woman-running-for-mayor-aims-to-put-a-sea-turtle-in-office"><span><span>The Hill</span></span></a></span><span><span><span>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div embedded-entity align-left"><div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="35f08a5e-c78e-4ce7-aa47-dcec1b59ce32" data-langcode="en"> <img alt="sea turtle" class="image-style-large" height="123" src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-10/download_2.jpg?itok=Uly13FPV" typeof="foaf:Image" width="164" /></div> <figcaption>Vote For Me</figcaption></figure><p><span><span><span><span><span><span>“It sounds wacky,” Drayer told the Tampa Bay Times, “but it really isn’t.”</span></span></span></span></span></span>"I want to see ecosystems and wildlife get <em>direct representation</em> in government because I don't think the laws that we have now protect nature," she said. </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>In order to run for office in Clearwater, mayoral candidates must be registered voters in the city. Since a turtle would not qualify for office, Drayer says she is running to be a human voice for the species, according to the newspaper.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Drayer told the Tampa Bay Times that she wants to extend politics to animals and nature, including giving animals the right to vote and be elected, but through human representatives who would speak in their interest.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Drayer then compared the election of animals to the suffrage movement for women and minorities. “When our country was founded, women and racial minorities did not have the ability to hold office either,” Drayer told the paper.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>This, of course, begs the question, how does the human representative know how the animal that has been elected would vote? </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Drayer had planned to run with the moniker “Sea Turtle,” but the city requires candidates to appear on the ballot with their legal names. She will run as Elizabeth ‘Sea Turtle’ Drayer. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>When discussing fundraising for her campaign, Drayer claims that she will not accept any contributions, saying, “The sea turtle cannot be bought.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>It seems like an appropriate time to run Mickey Mouse as her opponent.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/i-am-walrus-vote-me" data-a2a-title="I Am The Walrus – Vote For Me"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">First For Hunters</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Thu, 10 Oct 2019 16:40:51 +0000 20323822 5640 at https://www.safariclub.org FLA Deer Season Opens With New Bag Limit And Harvest Reporting Requirement https://www.safariclub.org/blog/fla-deer-season-opens-new-bag-limit-and-harvest-reporting-requirement <script async='async' src='https://www.googletagservices.com/tag/js/gpt.js'></script> <script> var googletag = googletag || {}; googletag.cmd = googletag.cmd || []; </script> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.defineSlot('/52927849/blog_bottom_left_300x250', [300, 250], 'div-gpt-ad-1556109594652-0').addService(googletag.pubads()); googletag.defineSlot('/52927849/blog_bottom_right_300x250', [300, 250], 'div-gpt-ad-1556109655548-0').addService(googletag.pubads()); googletag.defineSlot('/52927849/blog_header_leaderboard_728x90', [728, 90], 'div-gpt-ad-1556109719461-0').addService(googletag.pubads()); googletag.defineSlot('/52927849/blog_inline_leaderboard_728x90', [[320, 50], [728, 90]], 'div-gpt-ad-1556109778100-0').addService(googletag.pubads()); googletag.defineSlot('/52927849/blog_vertical_right_sidebar_120x600', [120, 600], 'div-gpt-ad-1556109858935-0').addService(googletag.pubads()); googletag.pubads().enableSingleRequest(); googletag.enableServices(); }); </script> <article data-history-node-id="5629" role="article" about="/blog/fla-deer-season-opens-new-bag-limit-and-harvest-reporting-requirement"> <span class="created"> 10/10/2019 </span> <div class="node__content"> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/fla-deer-season-opens-new-bag-limit-and-harvest-reporting-requirement%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/fla-deer-season-opens-new-bag-limit-and-harvest-reporting-requirement%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/28" hreflang="en">State</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span><span>The 2019-2020 hunting season is already underway in south Florida’s </span></span><a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbXNpZD0mYXVpZD0mbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwOTA2Ljk4NzI2NzEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTkwOTA2Ljk4NzI2NzEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xNjc4MTQyNSZlbWFpbGlkPXNtYXllckBzYWZhcmljbHViLm9yZyZ1c2VyaWQ9c21heWVyQHNhZmFyaWNsdWIub3JnJnRhcmdldGlkPSZmbD0mbXZpZD0mZXh0cmE9JiYm&amp;&amp;&amp;101&amp;&amp;&amp;http://myfwc.com/hunting/season-dates/dmu-a/?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=campaign" title="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbXNpZD0mYXVpZD0mbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwOTA2Ljk4NzI2NzEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTkwOTA2Ljk4NzI2NzEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xNjc4MTQyNSZlbWFpbGlkPXNtYXllckBzYWZhcmljbHViLm9yZyZ1c2Vya"><span><span>Zone A</span></span></a><span><span> and will soon be opening in the other three hunting zones. This season, there are new statewide rule changes that hunters need to understand, especially when it comes to hunting deer.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span>New annual bag limit for deer</span></span></strong></span></span></p> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="c4091def-4309-4a54-817e-16b048300e06" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-right"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-05/Florida-Deer.jpg?itok=E22uimSH" width="480" height="336" alt="Florida deer" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> <p><span><span><span><span>“There is now a five-deer annual bag limit, of which no more than two may be antlerless. This applies to all hunters and is the maximum number of deer that any one hunter may take in the state throughout the entire deer hunting season,” said Cory Morea, FWC biologist and deer management program coordinator.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Deer harvested on licensed game farms/hunting preserves and those taken through the deer depredation program, </span></span><a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbXNpZD0mYXVpZD0mbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwOTA2Ljk4NzI2NzEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTkwOTA2Ljk4NzI2NzEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xNjc4MTQyNSZlbWFpbGlkPXNtYXllckBzYWZhcmljbHViLm9yZyZ1c2VyaWQ9c21heWVyQHNhZmFyaWNsdWIub3JnJnRhcmdldGlkPSZmbD0mbXZpZD0mZXh0cmE9JiYm&amp;&amp;&amp;102&amp;&amp;&amp;https://myfwc.com/hunting/deer/private-lands/?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=campaign"><span><span>private lands deer management</span></span></a><span><span> program and </span></span><a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbXNpZD0mYXVpZD0mbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwOTA2Ljk4NzI2NzEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTkwOTA2Ljk4NzI2NzEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xNjc4MTQyNSZlbWFpbGlkPXNtYXllckBzYWZhcmljbHViLm9yZyZ1c2VyaWQ9c21heWVyQHNhZmFyaWNsdWIub3JnJnRhcmdldGlkPSZmbD0mbXZpZD0mZXh0cmE9JiYm&amp;&amp;&amp;103&amp;&amp;&amp;https://myfwc.com/license/recreational/hunting/antlerless-deer/?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=campaign"><span><span>antlerless deer program</span></span></a><span><span> permits do not count as part of a hunter’s five-deer annual bag limit. However, antlerless deer taken on wildlife management areas using antlerless deer quota permits/tags do count toward a hunter’s five deer (of which two may be antlerless) annual bag limit.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“This annual bag limit was developed through extensive collaboration with staff and stakeholders and aligns with the goals and objectives outlined in our Commission-approved </span></span><a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbXNpZD0mYXVpZD0mbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwOTA2Ljk4NzI2NzEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTkwOTA2Ljk4NzI2NzEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xNjc4MTQyNSZlbWFpbGlkPXNtYXllckBzYWZhcmljbHViLm9yZyZ1c2VyaWQ9c21heWVyQHNhZmFyaWNsdWIub3JnJnRhcmdldGlkPSZmbD0mbXZpZD0mZXh0cmE9JiYm&amp;&amp;&amp;104&amp;&amp;&amp;https://myfwc.com/media/1412/deermanagementplan2008_2018.pdf?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=campaign" title="DeerManagementPlan2008_2018.pdf"><span><span>strategic plan for deer management</span></span></a><span><span>,” Morea said. “It is intended to improve hunting opportunities by encouraging harvest among more hunters as well as greater selectivity while helping maintain a healthy and reasonably balanced deer herd.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Until now, Florida was the only state in the Southeast without a specified annual bag limit.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span>New harvest reporting requirement for deer hunters</span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>All</span></span><span><span> hunters, regardless of age or license requirement, must now log their harvested deer prior to moving the deer from the point where the hunter located it. They can do so using the new FWC Deer Harvest Reporting App or a paper deer harvest log.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The app is called “Survey123 for ArcGIS” and can be downloaded for free onto a mobile device, such as a smartphone or tablet, from the Apple App Store, Google Play Store or Amazon AppStore. At MyFWC.com/HarvestReport, hunters can </span></span><a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbXNpZD0mYXVpZD0mbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwOTA2Ljk4NzI2NzEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTkwOTA2Ljk4NzI2NzEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xNjc4MTQyNSZlbWFpbGlkPXNtYXllckBzYWZhcmljbHViLm9yZyZ1c2VyaWQ9c21heWVyQHNhZmFyaWNsdWIub3JnJnRhcmdldGlkPSZmbD0mbXZpZD0mZXh0cmE9JiYm&amp;&amp;&amp;105&amp;&amp;&amp;https://myfwc.com/media/21247/app-and-form-installation-instructions.pdf?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=campaign"><span><span>learn how to find and download the app and install the FWC Deer Harvest Report Form</span></span></a><span><span>. In addition, there’s a separate set of </span></span><a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbXNpZD0mYXVpZD0mbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwOTA2Ljk4NzI2NzEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTkwOTA2Ljk4NzI2NzEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xNjc4MTQyNSZlbWFpbGlkPXNtYXllckBzYWZhcmljbHViLm9yZyZ1c2VyaWQ9c21heWVyQHNhZmFyaWNsdWIub3JnJnRhcmdldGlkPSZmbD0mbXZpZD0mZXh0cmE9JiYm&amp;&amp;&amp;106&amp;&amp;&amp;https://myfwc.com/media/21256/instructions-for-using-app.pdf?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=campaign"><span><span>instructions for using the app</span></span></a><span><span>. Once a hunter inputs the required data in the app and successfully submits the harvest record, a confirmation number will be saved in the hunter’s “sent” folder within the app, and the log/reporting process is complete. If no cell service or Wi-Fi is available, the harvest record will be saved in the “outbox” folder and the hunter may send the report once service is available. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>If hunters do not have a mobile device or, if hunters prefer, they may choose to log their harvest on a paper deer harvest log. The FWC provides a </span></span><a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbXNpZD0mYXVpZD0mbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwOTA2Ljk4NzI2NzEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTkwOTA2Ljk4NzI2NzEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xNjc4MTQyNSZlbWFpbGlkPXNtYXllckBzYWZhcmljbHViLm9yZyZ1c2VyaWQ9c21heWVyQHNhZmFyaWNsdWIub3JnJnRhcmdldGlkPSZmbD0mbXZpZD0mZXh0cmE9JiYm&amp;&amp;&amp;107&amp;&amp;&amp;https://myfwc.com/media/21262/deer-harvest-log.pdf?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=campaign"><span><span>courtesy deer harvest log</span></span></a><span><span> that hunters can print from MyFWC.com/HarvestReport. If hunters use a paper harvest log, they will need to report their harvest by either calling the toll-free Deer Harvest Reporting Hotline at 844-392-DEER (3337) between 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. ET or by using the FWC Deer Harvest Reporting App. A confirmation number will be given once successful submission is completed, and hunters must write that number on their paper harvest log to complete the harvest reporting process.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The reporting step must be done within 24 hours of harvest, before final processing of the deer, before any of the deer is transferred to a meat processor or taxidermist, or before leaving the state with the deer.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Deer harvested on licensed game farms/hunting preserves or those possessed that were killed by motor vehicles do not have to be reported.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span> “The harvest reporting system will foster bag-limit compliance and give us another source of deer harvest data,” Morea said. “In addition, we will continue conducting our annual hunter phone survey after the end of each season.”</span></span></span></span></p> </div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/fla-deer-season-opens-new-bag-limit-and-harvest-reporting-requirement" data-a2a-title="FLA Deer Season Opens With New Bag Limit And Harvest Reporting Requirement"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">Hunt Forever</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> </div> </article> Thu, 10 Oct 2019 11:00:00 +0000 randyg 5629 at https://www.safariclub.org PETA – Into The Lion’s Den, More Or Less https://www.safariclub.org/blog/peta-lions-den-more-or-less <script async='async' src='https://www.googletagservices.com/tag/js/gpt.js'></script> <script> var googletag = googletag || {}; googletag.cmd = googletag.cmd || []; </script> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.defineSlot('/52927849/blog_bottom_left_300x250', [300, 250], 'div-gpt-ad-1556109594652-0').addService(googletag.pubads()); googletag.defineSlot('/52927849/blog_bottom_right_300x250', [300, 250], 'div-gpt-ad-1556109655548-0').addService(googletag.pubads()); googletag.defineSlot('/52927849/blog_header_leaderboard_728x90', [728, 90], 'div-gpt-ad-1556109719461-0').addService(googletag.pubads()); googletag.defineSlot('/52927849/blog_inline_leaderboard_728x90', [[320, 50], [728, 90]], 'div-gpt-ad-1556109778100-0').addService(googletag.pubads()); googletag.defineSlot('/52927849/blog_vertical_right_sidebar_120x600', [120, 600], 'div-gpt-ad-1556109858935-0').addService(googletag.pubads()); googletag.pubads().enableSingleRequest(); googletag.enableServices(); }); </script> <article data-history-node-id="5639" role="article" about="/blog/peta-lions-den-more-or-less"> <span class="created"> 10/09/2019 </span> <div class="node__content"> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/peta-lions-den-more-or-less%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/peta-lions-den-more-or-less%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/31" hreflang="en">Eye On The Antis</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span>There is a saying in Montana that there are more cattle than people in the state. It is a safe bet to say that a healthy majority of Montanans are serious consumers of beef, especially in the hard-scrabble town of Butte.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Butte, Montana is an old mining town in the southwest corner of the state. Established as a mining camp in 1864, the town was famous for the Berkeley Pit – an open pit copper mine since closed down and filled with toxic water. (Side note- Montanans used to refer to the mine as the “arm pit of the nation.”)</span></span></span></p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div embedded-entity align-left"><div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="f0679c72-0632-4909-831c-7621968d950e" data-langcode="en"> <img alt="PETA billboard" class="image-style-large" height="168" src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-10/download_0.jpg?itok=BdC9odKG" typeof="foaf:Image" width="300" /></div> <figcaption>PETA anti-beef billboard</figcaption></figure><p><span><span><span>It is in this unlikely location that PETA has decided to erect a billboard promoting veganism. Similar to erecting a billboard in downtown Baltimore attempting to shame consumers of </span><a href="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/peta-crabs-marylanders-eating-traditional-delicacy"><span>Maryland’s</span></a><span> famous delicacy – the crab, they are now going into the heart of cattle country to shame unrepentant carnivores into giving up beef.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The peculiar animal rights group says it plans to erect the billboard in recognition of a vehicle accident involving a semi carrying 37 head of cattle, according to a </span><a href="https://mtstandard.com/news/local/animal-rights-organization-to-erect-billboard-near-butte-to-remember/article_63698a3d-ec47-5b07-bdf0-7b3ad9685261.html"><span>Montana Standard</span></a><span> news article.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The driver of the semi turned too quickly while driving on I-90 west of Butte and rolled the vehicle. Montana State Trooper Joe Fowler told the Montana Standard that some of the cattle escaped but wildlife officials were able to corral the animals that had wandered off. One had to be euthanized at the scene.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The planned billboard will show a cow’s face next to the slogan, “I’m me, not meat. See the Individual. Go Vegan.” </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“A gentle cow experienced a terrifying death on the highway, and those who survived will presumably end up under the slaughterhouse knife," said PETA executive vice president Tracy Reiman in the release. "PETA's billboard will remind motorists that each one of us can save the lives of cows, pigs, chickens, and many other animals — it's as simple as keeping them off our plates."</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Emily Raap, PETA campaigns generalist, said she’s not sure when or where PETA will erect the billboard as the animal rights group is still reviewing its options.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/peta-lions-den-more-or-less" data-a2a-title="PETA – Into The Lion’s Den, More Or Less"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">First For Hunters</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> </div> </article> Wed, 09 Oct 2019 20:10:34 +0000 20323822 5639 at https://www.safariclub.org SCI Montana Chapter Donates Live Grizzly Trap https://www.safariclub.org/blog/sci-montana-chapter-donates-live-grizzly-trap <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">SCI Montana Chapter Donates Live Grizzly Trap</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/220" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">randyg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 10/09/2019 - 07:00</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/sci-montana-chapter-donates-live-grizzly-trap%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/sci-montana-chapter-donates-live-grizzly-trap%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/60" hreflang="en">Chapter Spotlight</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="fce4f063-bee1-44ce-b225-c22a08aca46f" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-right"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-10/Hunt%20Now%20Grizzly-081517.jpg?itok=fNmy7nve" width="480" height="400" alt="American Grizzly Bear" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> <p>Mention grizzly bears to three different people and you will get three different perceptions.</p> <p>My Cat lady auntie will describe Ballou the bear, from the jungle book singing Bare Necessities to Mowgli.</p> <p>My Rancher brother-in-law envisions a top apex predator capable of downing several large herbivores in a single rush.</p> <p>My Native American neighbor speaks reverently of the spirit animal that still is revered by Native American peoples for his cunning and fearless nature.</p> <p>No wonder this magnificent icon of American wildlife sparks such high emotion, conflict and legal action on every level of the American spectrum. Pointing out the predatory nature of <em>Urus arctos Horribilis</em> can start a bar room brawl, yet You Tube and news sources are full of footage of grizzlies being Grizzlies.</p> <p>Add the challenge of actually living with the bears day-to-day and dealing with that predatory nature is much different than just vacationing for a few days in their environment. Vacationers can say, “We saw wild grizzly bears!”, farmers and ranchers who live day-to-day with these creatures point out the number of livestock killed and the danger of these massive predators getting used to coming into populated areas and creating a dangerous situation for people.  Mention the need to reduce the numbers and you soon have a morass thicker and more complex than Middle East politics.</p> <p>But Western states are not alone in this mega-fauna quagmire.  </p> <p>This is the same problem facing many African countries today. Botswana recently announced a return to hunting to help balance elephant populations, while maintaining the eco-tourist trade. The backlash from this announcement was tried in the court of public opinion and gave no thought to the safety and survival of the people who live in these areas and watch helplessly as their annual crops are decimated and their livestock scattered by rampaging elephants knocking down fences and buildings.</p> <p>What was once one of America’s most endangered species has become one of conservation’s greatest success stories. Grizzly bears were listed as an endangered species in 1975. Since then, their population in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem has increased by 400 percent. Grizzly Bears are now officially or unofficially in at least four states. (as determined by food sources and quality of territory, not state lines, federal policy or the wishes of men). The Fish and Wildlife Service proposed delisting grizzly bears in 2016, but the issue has become bogged down in a flurry of lawsuits. </p> <p>With a meteoric recovery of America‘s top apex predators come major problems. Unlike whitetail deer or even peregrine falcons that have both adapted to coexist in cities and densely packed urban areas, top apex predators do not make great roommates.</p> <p>A 400 percent increase in individual bear population has to bring a corresponding increase in conflicts with people.</p> <p>Bears see all possible food sources as their own property. Bears in areas with heavy elk harvests have learned to run to the sound of rifle fire, knowing the shot means at the least a gut pile and at best 500 pounds of prime elk on the ground. Mugger bears are known to run toward hikers, having learned you will drop your lunch-laden daypack and climb a tree when you see their approach.</p> <p>With grizzly bears now wintering on prairie riverbanks in Montana, the number of human/bear conflicts has skyrocketed, while agency budgets remain largely unchanged. This leaves the U.S. Fish &amp; Wildlife Services and Montana Fish, Wildlife &amp; Parks strapped for resources.</p> <p>On May 13, 2019, during their annual Lobby Day on Capitol Hill, SCI members advocated support for two bills asking the Department of the Interior to reissue previous grizzly bear delisting orders. The bills, H.R. 1445 and S. 614, both titled the “Grizzly Bear State Management Act of 2019,” were introduced jointly by Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) in the House, and Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) in the Senate earlier this year.  </p> <p>Both Safari Club International and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation maintain that grizzly bears should be managed by state wildlife agencies. The SCI position on grizzly delisting is that species recovery should lead to delisting and the restoration of state management authority. Regulated harvest should be a part of the management of recovered, delisted species. SCI supports the delisting of the grizzly bear.</p> <p>On the other end of the spectrum, environmental groups are demanding that grizzlies be introduced to 12 of the lower 48 states. Their goal is to return grizzlies to most of their historical range. The reality is that not all land presents ideal bear habitat and X number of miles does not mean you can fit Y number of bears in so many square miles, like a seating arrangement at a wedding. Considering that humans now inhabit quite a lot of that historical bear habitat, that increases the probability of more dangerous bear/human conflict.  </p> <p>Learned behaviors like those listed above can be accidently reinforced by even savvy outdoors people. Bears are opportunistic and key on their senses and environment. As the outlaw Frank James famously put it, “The bank was right there and it looked easy so we robbed it.“</p> <p>Couple a top predator’s lack of fear with a food opportunity and conflicts will happen. Easy food sources, including livestock and garbage dumps in close proximity to human occupation, create a perfect storm that would see these conflicts become more frequent and more deadly to both bears and humans.</p> <p>As population numbers increase, top apex predators like <em>Ursus arctos horribilis</em> compete for food sources in a fixed environment. The adolescent and post prime animals get pushed to the outer edge. These animals end up ranging farther and farther out on the prairie and into garages, barns and backyards.  </p> <p>The second problem is sustaining isolated populations. Without connecting corridors isolated populations could be cut off and die out.  Oddly, from what I can understand, the Montana grizzly bear   population has propagated itself in most of the state’s mountain ranges largely of their own accord. Some grizzlies seem to be masters at slipping across wide open prairie and over to the next mountain range unobserved. Other grizzlies are not as accomplished at this skill.</p> <p>One of the stop-gap solutions to these issues was found locally. The <a href="https://montanasafariclub.com/" target="_blank">Montana Chapter of Safari Club International </a>is proud to announce donation of a grizzly bear live trap to the U.S. Fish &amp; Wildlife Service. The live trap will be used to help alleviate the rapidly increasing numbers of human/grizzly bear encounters that have happened over the past several years.</p> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="9a7782ec-6eb1-4633-a257-9380cef7fbd2" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-10/culvert-trap-768x576.jpg?itok=mM2oZurb" width="480" height="360" alt="culvert trap" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> <p>“One of the pillars of SCI’s Foundation is wildlife conservation,” said Tex Janacek, President of the Montana SCI Chapter. “Grizzly bear/human encounters are escalating at a substantial rate, causing real problems for Montana residents and grizzly bears. As Montanans helping other Montanans, our goal with the donation of this culvert trap is to help reduce conflict between grizzly bears and humans.”</p> <p>The live trap, called a culvert trap, is being made by Teton Welding of Choteau, Montana.</p> <p>John Steuber is the Billings-based Montana Director and Supervisory Wildlife Biologist with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Inspection Service. “The portability is what makes this trap so useful,” he said. “We can transport it to wherever it’s needed.”</p> <p>Steuben said his office will transfer each trapped bear to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Montana office of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Those offices will decide the final disposition of the bear, either euthanasia or relocation.</p> <p>The future of grizzly bears to some extent will be determined in federal court. But to a larger extent it will be determined by the bears themselves and the people who live in and search out the wild places.--Joe Mancuso Public Relations Chair Safari Club International Montana Chapter</p> </div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/sci-montana-chapter-donates-live-grizzly-trap" data-a2a-title="SCI Montana Chapter Donates Live Grizzly Trap"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">Hunt Forever</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Wed, 09 Oct 2019 11:00:00 +0000 randyg 5628 at https://www.safariclub.org New From Nightforce - The Power of Eight https://www.safariclub.org/blog/new-nightforce-power-eight <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">New From Nightforce - The Power of Eight</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/220" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">randyg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 10/08/2019 - 07:00</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/new-nightforce-power-eight%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/new-nightforce-power-eight%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/19" hreflang="en">Guns &amp; Hunting</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p> </p> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="37b03e25-2feb-4171-a5c6-922042624f37" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-right"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-10/Nightforce-4_32x50.jpg?itok=zePnYr6z" width="480" height="320" alt="Nightforce Optics" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> <p><a href="https://nightforceoptics.com/" target="_blank">Nightforce Optics</a> has introduced two new riflescopes, each with a full 8x zoom ratio, resulting in optics at home in virtually any environment from up-close hunting in a whitetail blind to the longest shots in wide-open mule deer country.</p> <p>The NX8 2.5-20x50 F1 and the NX8 4-32x50 F1 mean that now, one riflescope can suffice for just about any game, anywhere in the world. Each comes with legendary Nightforce durability and repeatability over a lifetime of hard use.</p> </div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/new-nightforce-power-eight" data-a2a-title="New From Nightforce - The Power of Eight"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">Hunt Forever</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Tue, 08 Oct 2019 11:00:00 +0000 randyg 5627 at https://www.safariclub.org Animal Rights Group Attack Alberta Hutterite Colony https://www.safariclub.org/blog/animal-rights-group-attack-alberta-hutterite-colony <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Animal Rights Group Attack Alberta Hutterite Colony </span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3297" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">20323822</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 10/08/2019 - 06:00</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/animal-rights-group-attack-alberta-hutterite-colony%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/animal-rights-group-attack-alberta-hutterite-colony%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/31" hreflang="en">Eye On The Antis</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>In another display of disregard for private property and anarchy, a group of three dozen animal rights activists raided a turkey barn at the Jumbo Valley Hutterite Colony in the southwest corner of Alberta, Canada. The protesters had been dropped off by busses and arrived early in the morning before workers from the colony were on the site.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“They just showed up and walked right in,” said Frankie Hofer, manager of the colony’s poultry operations and feed mill. They were inside the barn when we arrived.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The protest, referred to as a “liberation lockdown” by the activists, took place on Labor Day. As the workers showed up in the morning, they were surprised to find the turkey barn filled with about three dozen animal rights activists, according to an </span></span></span><span><a href="Alberta%20Farm%20Express"><span><span>Alberta Farm Express</span></span></a></span><span><span><span> article.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div embedded-entity align-left"><div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="medium" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="bbd1cd4c-bd04-4ee9-b576-69d7b03a498e" data-langcode="en"> <img alt="animal rights protesst" class="image-style-medium" height="149" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/2019-10/animal-activists1-screengrab_cmyk_0.jpg?itok=JovE6OxC" typeof="foaf:Image" width="220" /></div> <figcaption>Face Book photo of illegal animal rights protest</figcaption></figure><p>The activists inside the barn were wearing disposable coveralls, booties, gloves, and filter masks along with matching T-shirts. They sat lined up against the walls, filming, taking pictures, and live-streaming video footage to Instagram and Facebook.</p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The occupied turkey barn, containing about 4,000 birds, is one of eight free-range barns on the site — which means the birds are free to go outside into an enclosed area when the weather is warm enough and can access water and food when they want to.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Hofer and the other members of the colony were concerned about both the illegal break and entry and biosecurity. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“We don’t know where these people were before they showed up. They just walked into one of our barns,” said Hofer.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“This is private property. We have big signs that say, ‘Do Not Enter — Private Property.’ Even if they would have come through the main road, they would have seen the sign.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“But that doesn’t mean anything. They jumped through the fence on the highway.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The animal rights group didn’t have an official name or leader, according to activist Kennadi Herbert. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="20b619c2-a9fd-42dc-920d-406f0c630a7f" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-right"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-10/download-1.jpg?itok=aSf_GeVR" width="177" height="118" alt="turkeys" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span> “The idea behind the action was to bring awareness to factory farming and animal agriculture,” said Herbert. “We’re vegan. We just want transparency into everything. A lot of people don’t want to see their food as the individuals they are. We were just wanting to show that.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Activist Sarah Barnes said, “We wanted to make sure it got as much attention as possible. We were banking on more highway traffic.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Social media was key to their publicity strategy, but the activists also wanted mainstream media attention and their protest drew TV crews from Calgary, said the Alberta Farm Express article.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Herbert said when she called 911 and asked for police to come down and mediate the “negotiations” with colony officials, the 911 operator laughed.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“The dispatcher said, ‘If you’re in there illegally, the RCMP won’t be defending you guys,’” according to the Alberta Farm Express article.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Barnes, Herbert, and another activist named Max Mah, who is affiliated with an anarchist animal rights group called “Direct Action” joined the media on their tour.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Sarah Barnes admitted the true nature of the protest:</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“We’re not advocating for better conditions or a better way of doing the wrong thing,” she said.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“We’re about animal rights. Animals deserve the right to be free. Even if a farm treats animals well, at the end of the day, they get sent to slaughter.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“<strong>We’re not for animal welfare, we’re definitely animal rights</strong>, and will try to make sure these animals don’t need to be slaughtered.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Herbert said that the “Liberation Lockdown” was deemed a success by the activists, and more protests like this one are being planned all over the world, which could include Alberta.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Whether there are more actions that I am involved in, or more actions around the world, there will definitely be more civil disobedience in the animal rights movement,” she said.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/animal-rights-group-attack-alberta-hutterite-colony" data-a2a-title="Animal Rights Group Attack Alberta Hutterite Colony "><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">First For Hunters</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Tue, 08 Oct 2019 10:00:00 +0000 20323822 5621 at https://www.safariclub.org New Research Affirms Value Of Record Books For Monitoring Big-Game Populations https://www.safariclub.org/blog/new-research-affirms-value-record-books-monitoring-big-game-populations <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">New Research Affirms Value Of Record Books For Monitoring Big-Game Populations</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/220" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">randyg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 10/07/2019 - 07:00</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/new-research-affirms-value-record-books-monitoring-big-game-populations%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/new-research-affirms-value-record-books-monitoring-big-game-populations%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/38" hreflang="en">Inside SCI</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="b5e219a4-13cd-442b-afeb-848779e1c902" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-right"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-04/Oak-Creek-Buck-in-brush.jpg?itok=A4j8HjGd" width="480" height="320" alt="buck in brush" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> <p>A recent article in the peer-reviewed <em>Journal of Mammalogy </em>has confirmed that trophy record programs, such as the SCI Record Book and those maintained by the Boone and Crockett and Pope and Young clubs, have real scientific value for conservation of big-game species. </p> <p>Record book entries have been invaluable in examining long-term population trends and the impacts of factors such as age- and sex-biased harvest and habitat change on antler and horn size; however, some have asserted that biases in record book entries (e.g., only the largest males are entered) invalidate conclusions based on these entries.</p> <p>Of course, animal rights and anti-hunting organizations often make absurd assertions that record books exist only to document the winners of some sort of bizarre competition among hunters. In contrast, this scientific study used statistical analysis of record book entries to show that they “can provide a useful resource for assessing long-term changes in phenotypic changes in ungulates”. </p> <p>As ecologists and wildlife managers know, reliable long-term datasets about wildlife populations are both extremely valuable for assessing the impacts of many management and ecological factors and extremely rare due to the cost and effort involved in collecting and maintaining the data. </p> <p>Thus, natural history museum specimen collections and long-term survey data like the North American Breeding Bird Survey have been invaluable in examining population trends and impacts in various species.  For big-game species, record books represent the best long-term datasets about antler and horn, with the B&amp;C record book dating back to 1932, P&amp;Y to 1961, and the SCI record book to 1971. </p> <p>Critiques from scientists (in contrast to HSUS and similar organizations) have typically focused on the fact that record book entries are not random samples from the population and that they are biased by the minimum size requirements for entry.  Many record book entries also lack important data that influence antler and horn size such as the age of the animal at harvest and habitat conditions. </p> <p>Nonetheless, Taylor LaSharr and coworkers showed that these limitations can be acknowledged and accounted for and that these data sets remain extremely valuable.  For example, record book data have been used to document effects of intensive harvest, habitat change and climate on a variety of North American game species.</p> <p>SCI members can rest assured that their record book entries not only provide a tangible memento of a unique outdoor experience, but that maintenance of those records also contributes to long-term conservation of these species.--Dr. Christopher Comer, SCIF Director of Conservation</p> </div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/new-research-affirms-value-record-books-monitoring-big-game-populations" data-a2a-title="New Research Affirms Value Of Record Books For Monitoring Big-Game Populations"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">Hunt Forever</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Mon, 07 Oct 2019 11:00:00 +0000 randyg 5626 at https://www.safariclub.org Because They’re Scientists And They Say So https://www.safariclub.org/blog/because-theyre-scientists-and-they-say-so <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Because They’re Scientists And They Say So</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3297" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">20323822</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 10/07/2019 - 06:00</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/because-theyre-scientists-and-they-say-so%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/because-theyre-scientists-and-they-say-so%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/31" hreflang="en">Eye On The Antis</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span><span>“More than 21,000 scientists from around the world believe that humans need to seriously change their behavior — including reducing the amount of meat they eat and consuming more plant-based foods — in order to prevent dangerous levels of climate change,” claims a recent article in </span></span><a href="https://www.livekindly.co/scientists-say-going-vegan-help-save-planet/"><em><span>Live Kindly</span></em><span>,</span></a><span><span> a magazine whose tag line is “</span></span><em><span><span><span>FOR HUMANITY, OUR HOME, AND THOSE WHO SHARE IT WITH US.”</span></span></span></em></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The scientists signed an </span></span></span><a href="http://scientistswarning.forestry.oregonstate.edu/sites/sw/files/Warning_article_with_supp_11-13-17.pdf"><strong><span><span>article</span></span></strong></a><span><span><span> in the Journal of Bioscience entitled “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice.” </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The report evaluates the state of the planet in 2017 compared to 1992 when the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), along with 1700 independent scientists published an article entitled “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity.” </span></span></span></span></p> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="c39c3693-b7f3-4ebc-9dcf-6c21b0a16d29" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-10/download.jpg?itok=Rd6szfQz" width="250" height="202" alt="Mad scientist" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> <p><span><span><span><span>It is interesting to note that the UCS has already taken a position against meat eating. In an April 26 , 2012 UCS blog, </span></span><a href="https://blog.ucsusa.org/margaret-mellon/take-a-bite-of-meat-out-of-global-warming"><span>Margaret Mellon</span></a><span><span>, a Senior Scientists Emeritus at UCS claimed that, “</span></span><span><span><span>meat is the biggest climate offender,” and that the biggest change an individual can make to reduce global warming emissions is to eat less meat.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>In the 2017 report, the scientists clearly </span></span></span><span><span>promote a dietary shift towards </span></span><a href="https://meals.livekindly.co/"><strong><span>plant-based foods,</span></strong></a><span><span> as well as an increase in nature education for children, halting the conversion of forests, grasslands, and other native habitats, and, among many other changes, devise and promote new green technologies.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Another piece of the social engineering puzzle comes from the United Nations which recently claimed that tackling meat consumption was the world’s most </span></span><a href="https://www.livekindly.co/united-nations-tackling-meat-worlds-most-urgent-problem/"><span>urgent problem</span></a><span><span>. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><em><span><span><span> “Our use of animals as a food production technology has brought us to the verge of catastrophe,”</span></span></span></em><span><span><span> the UN Environment said in a statement.<em><span> “The greenhouse gas footprint of animal agriculture rivals that of every car, truck, bus, ship, airplane, and rocket ship combined. There is no pathway to achieve the Paris climate objectives without a massive decrease in the scale of animal agriculture.”</span></em></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>It’s nice to know thousands of scientists, along with the United Nations, have our best interests in mind when telling us what to eat.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/because-theyre-scientists-and-they-say-so" data-a2a-title="Because They’re Scientists And They Say So"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">First For Hunters</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Mon, 07 Oct 2019 10:00:00 +0000 20323822 5622 at https://www.safariclub.org Legends of the Fall https://www.safariclub.org/blog/legends-fall <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Legends of the Fall</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/220" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">randyg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 10/04/2019 - 10:00</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/legends-fall%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/legends-fall%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/19" hreflang="en">Guns &amp; Hunting</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="c70dd978-e92b-4617-b4b9-225534293008" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-right"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-09/Legends-of-the-Fall-baja-alaska.jpg?itok=dtw1rOVn" width="480" height="320" alt="Alaska shore line" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> <p>Alaska is definitely a land of extremes, and it seems like when the scale tips far in your favor in one aspect, it balances itself out by tipping far against you in another. Such was the case in September 2018, when the opening week of the fall brown bear season brought weather more like that encountered on the sun-filled Baja Peninsula than usually rainy southeast Alaska.</p> <p>Petersburg averages 109 inches of rain each year, with an average September rainfall of 13.66 inches. Average high temperature is 57 degrees, average low 44 degrees. The 10 days I was there beginning on the tenth? Bluebird skies, temps reaching the low 70s, and nary a drizzle. The ocean was flat and the winds light. In short, it was perfect weather for creeping up streams filled with the last of the season’s salmon run, searching for a big brown bear.</p> <p>Except for one thing. The 2018 salmon run in most of Alaska, including Southeast, was the worst in at least a decade. Statistically, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) predicted a Southeast Alaska run of almost 1.3 million sockeye, 3 million coho, 23 million pink, and near 21 million chum salmon, but the run only produced 35 percent of the predicted sockeye run, 37 percent of the predicted coho run, 33 percent of the predicted pink salmon run and 89 percent of the predicted chum salmon run.</p> <p>Bottom line? Rivers and streams that should have been choked with fish held handfuls. And when there are little or no salmon that means there will be few -- or no -- brown bears on the streams. When the fish are gone, the bears spend their time digging tidal flat roots and retreat into the thick old growth forest searching for other food sources as they try to pack on the pounds in anticipation of their winter hibernation.</p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div embedded-entity align-left"><div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="2e500007-5fa4-45f7-9d01-21e118ec9c29" data-langcode="en"> <img alt="Lee Franklin and his bear" class="image-style-large" height="360" src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-09/Legends-of-the-Fall-lee-franklin-bear.jpg?itok=hJXjIvfv" typeof="foaf:Image" width="480" /></div> <figcaption>Lee Franklin arrowed this gorgeous Southeast Alaska brown bear that squared 8’, 6” … at 12 yards!</figcaption></figure><p>For SCI Life Member Lee Franklin and hunting buddy Doug Bing, two bowhunters counting on being able to ease their way upstream and sneaking within spitting distance of a trophy brown bear, this was not good news at all.</p> <p>Fortunately, the pair booked their hunt with Alaska Master Guide Scott Newman of Alaska Bear Guides (www.alaskabearguide.com; 907-723-1053; email: seaguide@gci.net), a lifelong Petersburg resident who has been guiding full-time in the area since 1988. Newman hunts Admiralty Island, which is located in the heart of the Tongass National Forest, the largest temperate rainforest in North America. Admiralty is the seventh largest island in the United States and home to approximately 10 percent of Alaska’s entire population of brown bears. In fact, it has a bear density of almost one bear per square mile. With fewer than 700 year-round residents, the brown bears outnumber humans here by a near 3:1 ratio.</p> <p>Simple Strategy</p> <p>Also guiding on this hunt were Master Guide Jim Boyce, who has been shepherding brown bear hunters in Southeast Alaska for decades, and assistant guide Craig Bisson, another veteran guide. I’ve known both Newman and Boyce for decades and they invited me along on a busman’s holiday to enjoy the show.</p> <p>“With the salmon numbers so poor, what we have to do is find those streams that do have some fish,” Newman told us as he drove his mother ship, the Chester B, from Petersburg north to Admiralty. “But when we do find pockets of salmon, the bears should be concentrated on them. So we’ll make sure we have the wind in our faces, slip slowly upstream and see what happens.”</p> <p>Scott and Craig were going to guide Lee, while Jim was guiding Doug with me along for the ride. The opening day alarm rang at 0400 and after coffeeing up we all jumped in our skiffs and headed out for separate streams just as it was light enough to see.</p> <p>In Your Face!</p> <p>Lee Franklin did not have to wait long. Working up a beautiful stream, the trio encountered no fewer than a 16 brown bears before 10 a.m. That’s when they ran into the bear Lee wanted, a beautiful black boar coming down the stream right at them. They set up and when the bear was just 12 yards away Lee made a killing shot. Just like that, he had achieved his dream with a bear that squared 8’, 6”.</p> <p>For Jim, Doug and me, things took a bit longer – but not because we didn’t have early opportunities.</p> <p>We weren’t on our stream for more than 30 minutes when Jim spotted a big boar splashing about a deep pool. We slithered our way upstream and got crosswind from the bear, who gave us a show for more than an hour. Despite Jim’s advice – “That is a really, really big boar, Doug!” – Bing chose not to take a shot. Later, looking at the pics, there’s no doubt this was by far the biggest boar we found during the hunt. But as Doug later admitted, “I had the first morning jitters and didn’t want to make a mistake.”</p> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="5dcc6cf6-d080-4514-80ae-f832e8cbac4b" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-right"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-09/Legends-of-the-fall-jim-doug-craig-hike-up-stream.jpg?itok=ICXIcIsP" width="480" height="360" alt="walking upstream" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> <p>No worries. Midmorning we backed out and tried another nearby stream, which had zero fish and zero bear sign. So that evening we went back to our pool to see what happened. We were treated to quite a show, with four brown bears working the pool – but no real shooters.</p> <p>The next morning we were back and saw several more bears in our lower pool before sliding around them and working upstream. After a mile of no more salmon, it was obvious that all the action would be at the first morning pool, so we were back in position three hours before dark. And what a show! We had no fewer than nine bears between 75 and 25 yards from us on three sides, including three studs – but none gave Doug a shot.</p> <p>The morning of day three we decided to hike up the same creek where Lee had taken his bear, figuring if we didn’t find what we wanted we could go back to our other spot for the evening hunt. It wasn’t necessary.</p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div embedded-entity align-left"><div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="5b310f36-fd70-4384-a00b-7a3f2fe3fc3d" data-langcode="en"> <img alt="Doug with guides and bear" class="image-style-large" height="360" src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-09/Legends-of-the-Fall-doug-bear.jpg?itok=2rCE0wzF" typeof="foaf:Image" width="480" /></div> <figcaption>Hunter Doug Bing took his bear at 28 yards after stalking up a salmon stream and wading through 11 other bears in 3 hours.</figcaption></figure><p>Craig Bisson came with us and led the way, as he had been up this stream before. Within two miles we had seen 11 brown bears, including a sow with two big cubs that puffed herself up and created a 20-minute stand-off at 50 yards that had everyone’s hackles on red alert. After they thankfully moved off, we eased around the next corner – and there he was.</p> <p>It only took a brief look for Boyce to hiss, “Shooter!” The bear was fishing in a pool 100 yards upstream, so we eased up to a downed tree across the river and waited to see what the bear might do. He caught and ate a salmon, and then, finding no more fish, started heading downstream right at us. When he was broadside at 28 yards and Boyce woofed and stopped him, Doug let an arrow fly. It hit the bear a bit high and back, but instead of running off he swapped ends and stood there, giving Doug another shot. This arrow hammered him, and the bear went only 20 steps before piling up on the edge of the stream bank. Just like that, Bing has a dandy black boar with a hide that squared 8’, 9”.</p> <p>A Special Hunt</p> <p>When I was an Alaskan resident I hunted brown bears a lot, sometimes on my own and often as an assistant guide working with Jim Boyce. To me they are the most special big game animal in the 49th state. They’re extremely powerful, lightning fast and very intelligent. You can’t ever let them get a whiff of you or they’re out of here in a blur. A trophy bear will be 10 years of age or more, with some reaching their mid-20s. Creeping up a fish creek filled with big bears with bow and arrow is one of the most exhilarating hunting experiences on the continent.</p> <p>Don’t believe me? Just ask Lee Franklin and Doug Bing.--Bob Robb</p> </div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/legends-fall" data-a2a-title="Legends of the Fall"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">Hunt Forever</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Fri, 04 Oct 2019 14:00:00 +0000 randyg 5608 at https://www.safariclub.org SCI Fights the United Kingdom’s Move To Ban Trophy Hunting Imports https://www.safariclub.org/blog/sci-fights-united-kingdoms-move-ban-trophy-hunting-imports <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">SCI Fights the United Kingdom’s Move To Ban Trophy Hunting Imports</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3297" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">20323822</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 10/04/2019 - 06:00</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/sci-fights-united-kingdoms-move-ban-trophy-hunting-imports%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/sci-fights-united-kingdoms-move-ban-trophy-hunting-imports%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/30" hreflang="en">International</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span><span>SCI has taken the lead to fight the UK government’s plans to impose a ban on trophy importation.  SCI quickly responded upon hearing of an ill-advised move by UK D</span></span><span>epartment for Environment, Food &amp; Rural Affairs (DEFRA)</span> <span><span>official Zac Goldsmith, who called for an urgent consultation to stop the importation of many, if not all hunting trophies into the UK.  </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>So far, the UK government’s vague pronouncements on their plans have made it impossible to determine the extent of the ban, if and when it is imposed.</span></span></span></span></p> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="ebc301dc-4d6f-40c1-bfa2-087e9daa4e38" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <img src="/sites/default/files/2019-10/download-2.jpg" width="209" height="123" alt="Lion" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> <p><span><span><span><span>Upon hearing of the announcement, Safari Club International immediately sent a letter to Minister Goldsmith and others outlining SCI’s great concern over the pending action.  SCI advised the UK’s lead environmental officials to contact the environmental ministries of the countries that manage the wildlife that will be affected by a potential ban, including Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.   </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The letter stressed that it is imperative that the UK government consult with these range country wildlife experts so that the UK can better understand the role that hunting plays in wildlife conservation.  In addition, the range countries must have the opportunity to explain the harmful impact a UK importation ban will have on the success of range country conservation efforts.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>SCI’s letter included reference to a recent letter submitted to SCIENCE Magazine by 133 wildlife experts.  In that letter, the authors laced scientific evidence over subjective sensitivities to recognize the importance of hunting in wildlife conservation.  The authors also advised governments not to take actions that would undermine existing well-managed hunting programs.  </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Although some of the wildlife experts admitted their personal discomfort with hunting, they noted that a </span><span lang="DE" xml:lang="DE" xml:lang="DE">“</span><span>conservation policy that is not based on science threatens habitat and biodiversity and risks disempowering and impoverishing rural communities.</span><span lang="DE" xml:lang="DE" xml:lang="DE">”</span></span></span></span></p> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="bb9e6d12-70e7-4a5f-9dd4-17267aec340f" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-right"> <img src="/sites/default/files/2019-10/download-3_0.jpg" width="201" height="125" alt="elephant" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> <p><span><span><span><span lang="DE" xml:lang="DE" xml:lang="DE">The UK appears to be willing to ignore science and give emotion the key role in wildlife conservation decisions.  </span><span lang="DE" xml:lang="DE" xml:lang="DE"><span>An interesting aspect to the UK government’s move is the admission of the UK daily newspaper, The Mirror, that this action is a “victory for the </span></span><a href="https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/uk-government-looking-ban-trophy-20319537"><span>Daily Mirror’s</span></a><span lang="DE" xml:lang="DE" xml:lang="DE"><span> campaign against the bloodsport [sic], started after US dentist Walter Palmer shot Cecil the lion in 2015.”  </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>So much for reporting news rather than making it.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="DE" xml:lang="DE" xml:lang="DE">SCI has urged its UK members to contact their Members of Parliament to fight this potential ban. Stay tuned for updates on this issue as they become available.</span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/sci-fights-united-kingdoms-move-ban-trophy-hunting-imports" data-a2a-title="SCI Fights the United Kingdom’s Move To Ban Trophy Hunting Imports"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">First For Hunters</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Fri, 04 Oct 2019 10:00:00 +0000 20323822 5623 at https://www.safariclub.org SCI Congratulates Kelly Hepler On His Election As President Of The Association Of Fish And Wildlife Agencies https://www.safariclub.org/blog/sci-congratulates-kelly-hepler-his-election-president-association-fish-and-wildlife-agencies <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">SCI Congratulates Kelly Hepler On His Election As President Of The Association Of Fish And Wildlife Agencies </span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3297" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">20323822</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 10/03/2019 - 14:48</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/sci-congratulates-kelly-hepler-his-election-president-association-fish-and-wildlife-agencies%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/sci-congratulates-kelly-hepler-his-election-president-association-fish-and-wildlife-agencies%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/58" hreflang="en">Fish &amp; Game News</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span>The membership of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) elected Kelly Hepler to serve as its new president during its 109th annual meeting last week in St. Paul Minnesota. He will serve as the 2019 – 2020 President.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Hepler currently leads the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks as its Secretary.</span></span></span></p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div embedded-entity align-left"><div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="a6830f8e-930c-4742-b46b-f3a437eabc74" data-langcode="en"> <img alt="Kelly Hepler - AFWA President" class="image-style-large" height="320" src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-10/a033bf56-20fe-434d-84db-c9725b9e3090_213x320.jpg?itok=gtA0wQQv" typeof="foaf:Image" width="213" /></div> <figcaption>AFWA President Kelly Hepler</figcaption></figure><p><span><span><span><span><span><span>“It is an absolute honor to be selected to serve as President of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA). This is a crucial time for state agencies as we work to recruit and retain the next generation of hunters and anglers while maintaining relevancy, said Hepler in an AFWA </span></span></span><span><a href="https://www.theoutdoorwire.com/releases/9c5ad2c5-47c7-4d31-b132-f195ac4bb607"><span><span>news release.</span></span></a></span> </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>“I have complete faith that our conservation community will prevail. I look forward to working with the state and Canadian agency directors and all the outstanding AFWA staff in the coming year. I pledge to maintain a high level of excellence and commitment to continue advancing the conservation legacy AFWA has established.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>A native of South Dakota, Hepler began his career as a fisheries biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG), moving into various management and leadership roles. In his role as the assistant director, and then director, of the ADFG Division of Sport Fish, Hepler's primary responsibilities were in the planning, staffing, and development of strategic operations, while overseeing a $50 million budget and 450 employees. Hepler has been Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks for over 4 years.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Safari Club International offers its congratulations to Kelly Hepler and looks forward to working with him on issues of importance to SCI and AFWA.</span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/sci-congratulates-kelly-hepler-his-election-president-association-fish-and-wildlife-agencies" data-a2a-title="SCI Congratulates Kelly Hepler On His Election As President Of The Association Of Fish And Wildlife Agencies "><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">First For Hunters</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Thu, 03 Oct 2019 18:48:03 +0000 20323822 5625 at https://www.safariclub.org Collared Deer Are Legal To Harvest During Fall Hunting Season https://www.safariclub.org/blog/collared-deer-are-legal-harvest-during-fall-hunting-season <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Collared Deer Are Legal To Harvest During Fall Hunting Season</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/220" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">randyg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 10/03/2019 - 10:00</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/collared-deer-are-legal-harvest-during-fall-hunting-season%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/collared-deer-are-legal-harvest-during-fall-hunting-season%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/19" hreflang="en">Guns &amp; Hunting</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span>During the 2019 hunting season, hunters may spot deer that are equipped with radio collars. Collared deer are part of a mortality study in the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and are legal to hunt with a standard Wisconsin hunting license and tags. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>The DNR Office of Applied Science is conducting a five-year mortality study called the Southwest Wisconsin Chronic Wasting Disease, Deer, and Predator Project. Researchers are investigating factors like CWD, predation and hunter harvest, and specifically to what degree these affect survivorship in deer. So far, the project crew has put GPS-enabled collars on 548 deer in Grant, Iowa and Dane counties.</span></span></p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-img align-right"><img alt="collared deer" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="327f2b72-ffcb-408c-8d3e-2434a5dac0ba" height="217" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/WI-collared_deer.jpg" width="334" /><figcaption>Photo credit: Jerry Davis</figcaption></figure><p><span><span>"One of our study objectives is to determine what proportion of our deer herd is harvested each year, and how exactly that differs according to how old the deer is, between bucks and does and between deer that are CWD-infected and those that are not," said DNR Deer Research Scientist Daniel Storm. "That objective depends on hunters essentially treating collared deer like any other deer when deciding whether or not to harvest." </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Deer that are collared as part of the Southwest CWD, Deer, and Predator study are legal to harvest. Standard licensing and harvest regulations apply to collared deer just as they do to uncollared deer. Anyone who harvests a collared deer is asked to call the number on the collar so that a crew member can retrieve it. The number to call is 608-935-1940. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>The DNR recommends testing for CWD for both collared and uncollared deer. CWD is a transmissible type of spongiform encephalopathy that causes fatal brain and nervous system degeneration in ungulate species like deer, elk, and moose. CWD testing is typically only done post-mortem. To better understand CWD in Wisconsin, the DNR needs to test as many deer as possible for the disease. To that end, getting deer tested is an important step. For more information, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keyword "<a href="https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/wildlifehabitat/registersample.html" target="_blank">CWD sampling</a>."</span></span></p></div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/collared-deer-are-legal-harvest-during-fall-hunting-season" data-a2a-title="Collared Deer Are Legal To Harvest During Fall Hunting Season"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">Hunt Forever</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Thu, 03 Oct 2019 14:00:00 +0000 randyg 5607 at https://www.safariclub.org Prairie Rat Field Fest https://www.safariclub.org/blog/prairie-rat-field-fest <script async='async' src='https://www.googletagservices.com/tag/js/gpt.js'></script> <script> var googletag = googletag || {}; googletag.cmd = googletag.cmd || []; </script> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.defineSlot('/52927849/blog_bottom_left_300x250', [300, 250], 'div-gpt-ad-1556109594652-0').addService(googletag.pubads()); googletag.defineSlot('/52927849/blog_bottom_right_300x250', [300, 250], 'div-gpt-ad-1556109655548-0').addService(googletag.pubads()); googletag.defineSlot('/52927849/blog_header_leaderboard_728x90', [728, 90], 'div-gpt-ad-1556109719461-0').addService(googletag.pubads()); googletag.defineSlot('/52927849/blog_inline_leaderboard_728x90', [[320, 50], [728, 90]], 'div-gpt-ad-1556109778100-0').addService(googletag.pubads()); googletag.defineSlot('/52927849/blog_vertical_right_sidebar_120x600', [120, 600], 'div-gpt-ad-1556109858935-0').addService(googletag.pubads()); googletag.pubads().enableSingleRequest(); googletag.enableServices(); }); </script> <article data-history-node-id="5599" role="article" about="/blog/prairie-rat-field-fest"> <span class="created"> 10/02/2019 </span> <div class="node__content"> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/prairie-rat-field-fest%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/prairie-rat-field-fest%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/19" hreflang="en">Guns &amp; Hunting</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>It isn’t often that one has the opportunity to test three new rifles, two new cartridges, several new loadings and a new optic all on the same outing. Such was the case this past June when Savage and Hornady teamed-up to organize a prairie rat shoot with <a href="https://www.heartspear.com/" target="_blank">Heart Spear Outfitters</a> based in Casper, Wyoming.</p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div embedded-entity align-right"><div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="2ae8e8ba-641d-4952-960e-f1234223d9b4" data-langcode="en"> <img alt="Author glassing from bench" class="image-style-large" height="323" src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-09/Sundra-glassing-from-bench.jpg?itok=f9cEeECZ" typeof="foaf:Image" width="480" /></div> <figcaption>Though there’s a lot of shooting, 90 percent of the time on a rat town is spent glassing.</figcaption></figure><p>Heart Spear is a father/son operation headed up by Kody Glause. With help from his dad, Kelly, the two conduct only a few such shoots per year from about the first of June through July. For the rest of the year, Kody outfits for whitetail and mule deer, pronghorn, elk, black bear, mountain lion and coyote. In other words, he’s pretty busy!</p> <p>By the way, I choose to use the term “rat” because that’s what they are: rodents, and very destructive rodents at that, to say nothing of the fact they also carry Bubonic plague. They simply do not deserve to share the same name we ascribe to man’s best friend!</p> <p>The new models Savage provided consisted of the Model 110 Prairie Hunter (very appropriate) chambered in 224 Valkyrie; the A17 semi-auto rimfire in 17 Hornady Mach 2; and the MSR-10 Precision Rifle in 6mm Creedmoor. Adding to those, Jason Hornady, Steve’s son and corporate VP, brought another  A17 Mach 2, but this one was fitted with a suppressor, and a Model 12 LRPV, Savage’s heavy-barreled single-shot tack-driver featuring a right-hand bolt, left hand port in .223 Rem.</p> <p>If that weren’t enough, Neal Emery, Hornady’s Communications Manager and the guy most instrumental in the development of the 6 and 6.5 Creedmoors; the 17 HMR and 17 Mach 2 rimfires; the 6.5 PRC; and the Ruger, TC and Marlin family of cartridges to name some, brought his custom-build AR chambered for Hornady’s new .300 PRC (Precision Rifle Cartridge). This particular build consisted of a Gunwerks GRB bolt-action, a Proof Research carbon-wrapped barrel in an Accuracy International chassis.</p> <p>We used this gun to shoot 1,500 yards and beyond, using a super sleek pre-production 250-grain load. Already in production are a 212-grain ELD-X in the Precision Hunter line, and a 225-grain ELD-Match load. This may well prove to be the best .30 yet for both long range competition and hunting, even though it is not the fastest.</p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div embedded-entity align-left"><div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="0ea8fe10-8df9-4044-a8fd-0e98e064d2fd" data-langcode="en"> <img alt="Savage A17" class="image-style-large" height="306" src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-09/Sundra-Savage-A17.jpg?itok=p7mJN_VO" typeof="foaf:Image" width="480" /></div> <figcaption>The A17 can be reduced to the degree shown here without tools. Note the door latch-like lug.</figcaption></figure><p>Of all the cool guns we had at our disposal, Savage’s A17 semi-auto chambered for the tiny 17 Mach 2 was the most interesting. The original A17 was introduced in 2016 and was designed around the 17 HMR (Hornady Magnum Rimfire), a cartridge that was introduced in 2002.</p> <p>Why did it take 14 years? Well, the 17 HMR presented a special set of problems for manufacturers of existing semi-auto .22s. You see, conventional .22 rimfires employ straight blow-back actions, which means there is no locking system per se. The combined mass of the bolt and the spring(s) that power it provide enough resistance to delay the rearward movement of the bolt long enough for the bullet to exit the barrel and pressure to drop.</p> <p>But there’s a limit to the pressures that can be handled by a straight blow-back design, to the point where existing semi-autos -- even the few chambered for the .22 WMR -- were problematical with the .17 HMR. Though the HMR generates just 2,000 psi more than the .22 LR or .22 Magnum, its 15 to 20-grain bullet range presents half the mass (resistance) of a 40-grain .22 cal. bullet. The higher operating pressure, plus the higher bolt thrust and bolt velocity, were simply too much for existing blowback actions to handle.</p> <p>Without going too deeply into the weeds here, what was needed was a totally new action, one that provided more time between ignition and bolt movement. There are several ways to achieve what is known as a delayed blowback action, but the end result is that the bolt stays closed a few milliseconds longer before it begins its rearward movement.</p> <p>The A17 employs a system similar to a door latch, but in reverse. A spring-loaded lug (Savage calls it an “interrupter lug”) at the top of the bolt juts upward to engage a recess in the top of the receiver. The bearing surfaces are angled so that before the bolt can open, the rearward force exerted on it cams the lug downward out of engagement, allowing the bolt to open. It’s a simple concept, but the pressure parameters and timing involved for reliable functioning are not so simple.</p> <p>With Savage having solved the problem with the A17 three years ago, it was easy to make whatever design changes were needed to adapt it to the Mach 2. We were using Hornady’s 17-grain V-Max loading that exits at 2,100 fps. It was quite effective out to 150 yards or so, though some kills were out to 250. As one can imagine, even a solid hit with the tiny 17-grain bullet didn’t produce the flying Wallenda effect  we got with the Valkyrie; they simply rolled over.</p> <p>What was really fun was Jason Hornady’s suppressed A17. I’m not sure which causes these rodents to stay in their holes more -- the proximity of man and machine or gunfire -- but if it’s the latter, they would hate a suppressed 17 Mach 2! The thing sounds no louder than corn popping, and on clean misses they stay up and give you a second, third or more tries at them.</p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div embedded-entity align-right"><div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="74c72b38-24fa-4710-aed1-ef3cba9156b9" data-langcode="en"> <img alt="Jason Hornady and Neal Emery" class="image-style-large" height="480" src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-09/Sundra-Jason-Hornady-and-Neal-Emery.jpg?itok=2WmnQWE-" typeof="foaf:Image" width="421" /></div> <figcaption>Jason Hornady shooting his suppressed Savage A17; its report is about like that of popping corn!</figcaption></figure><p>I’d like to mention that in addition to the neat guns he brought, Jason also brought his teenage son, Alex. By so doing it made me the only writer, or for that matter, perhaps the only person, to have hunted with four generations of Hornady.</p> <p>As for the new optic I alluded to earlier, it was Bushnell’s new Engage 1300/1700 LRF dedicated laser rangefinder, and it proved to be the best of its type that I’ve tested. Among the current crop of similar units -- and there are many -- I’ve found all of them to be quite accurate, at least when I had measured distances against which to compare. But on the prairie you have no such luxury. All I can tell you is that on sharply defined targets such as boulders, bushes or the bare earth patches surrounding rat burrows, the readings were repeatable within a yard or two, no matter how many readings I took. What really made this LR stand out, however, was the clarity of the image. If you’ve ever used any of the many such units on the market, you know they all have a relatively dark, grainy image, and in the low light of dawn and dusk when game is most active, they leave something to be desired. This unit is about as clear and bright as a 6x monocular.</p> <p>If you’ve never done it or have a chance to experience a prairie rat shoot, by all means do it. Not only is it a highly social event -- it’s almost as much fun spotting for someone else and calling their hits and misses -- but it’s also a crash course in long-range shooting. You’ll get to know what a rifle can do, what a cartridge and load can do, and what you can do. As the day wears on, you’ll find your first-shot hits increase significantly, and your misses are closer. And that’s on targets that at most are 10 inches high and four inches wide. And the majority of your targets are the young pups born just weeks before that are half that size. It’s quite challenging, especially in the wind, which blows almost incessantly on the prairie. It’s not uncommon to be holding 10 inches into the wind on a 250-yard shot. It’s a real education and about as much fun as you can have with your clothes on!--Jon R. Sundra</p> </div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/prairie-rat-field-fest" data-a2a-title="Prairie Rat Field Fest"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">Hunt Forever</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> </div> </article> Wed, 02 Oct 2019 14:00:00 +0000 randyg 5599 at https://www.safariclub.org Let The Games Begin – Fake Meat Wars https://www.safariclub.org/blog/let-games-begin-fake-meat-wars <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Let The Games Begin – Fake Meat Wars</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3297" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">20323822</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 10/02/2019 - 09:00</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/let-games-begin-fake-meat-wars%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/let-games-begin-fake-meat-wars%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/31" hreflang="en">Eye On The Antis</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span>In a real life display of the old saying “success breeds contempt,” the Impossible Foods CEO “slams rivals ‘awful’ products that he says help convince shoppers that all plant-based meat alternatives ‘suck’,” according to a </span></span></span></span><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/impossible-foods-ceo-slams-rivals-awful-products-2019-9"><span><span>Business Insider</span></span></a><span><span><span><span> article.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>While the two giants of fake meat burgers seem to have solidified their place in the market, two more industry giants are prepared to take the leap into the plant-based meat market. </span></span></span></span><span><span><span>Nestlé and Tyson are jumping on bandwagon, at the same time the Impossible Burger is expanding to 100 Wegmans locations.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>“Nestlé recently debuted </span></span></span><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/nestle-competes-beyond-meat-impossible-foods-plant-based-meat-2019-8"><span><span><span>the plant-based "Awesome Burger"</span></span></span></a><span><span><span> after a year and a half of development. </span></span></span><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/tyson-challenges-beyond-meat-with-plant-based-product-2019-6"><span><span><span>In June,</span></span></span></a><span><span><span> Tyson Foods introduced Raised &amp; Rooted, its first line of plant-based products. Pork giant Hormel debuted its plant-based brand Happy Little Plants </span></span></span><a href="https://vegnews.com/2019/9/pork-giant-hormel-debuts-happy-little-plants-plant-based-meat-line"><span><span><span>in September</span></span></span></a><span><span><span>,” according to the Business Insider article.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="64df44f3-f06b-4149-b18b-5eabbf747ec1" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-09/download-2.jpg?itok=5Lmd1Ui6" width="113" height="126" alt="cartoon hamburger" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Taking on the “big players,” Brown said the established companies are not where changes come from. He accused them of jumping in to take advantage of consumer demand.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>According to Brown, who declined to single out any particular brand, some of these companies are simply jumping on the plant-based "meat" bandwagon without taking the time to perfect a product that can actually compete with meat.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>"Every time someone uses one of those products and it sucks, it's a setback" for Impossible Foods and plant-based meat alternatives more generally, Brown added.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Brown and other Impossible Foods executives emphasize that their real competition isn't Beyond Meat or other plant-based "meat" makers, but the meat industry. Brown says Impossible Foods' dedication to creating a product that is as good or better than meat in terms of flavor, nutrition, and price will be what wins over most shoppers — not whether it is better than its plant-based rivals.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The question is, is fake meat a fad that, once a consumer tries it once will revert back to the real deal? Or is the production of fake meat part of a bigger agenda – one in which people like presidential candidate </span><a href="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/kamala-harris-calls-government-regulations-meat-eating"><span>Kamala Harris</span></a><span> want to dictate the food choices of the public? </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Only time will tell.</span></span></span></p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/let-games-begin-fake-meat-wars" data-a2a-title="Let The Games Begin – Fake Meat Wars"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">First For Hunters</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Wed, 02 Oct 2019 13:00:00 +0000 20323822 5620 at https://www.safariclub.org