Archive for conservation

Giant Canada Geese: Our Greatest Conservation Story?

Given that the giant subspecies of Canada geese is now found in every U.S. state—often in nuisance-level numbers—it's easily forgotten that the world's largest geese nearly went extinct.

July 11, 2014

Why Anti-Logging Policies are Killing Grouse and Woodcock

Meanwhile woodcock have annually declined 1.2-percent since 1968—that means 800,000 fewer male woodcock than in the early 1970's. What can be done? Kyle Wintersteen takes a closer look.

June 27, 2014

Farming in Pheasant Country? Consider a "Flushing Bar"

Pheasant country and prime agricultural areas tend to go hand-in-hand, so this time of year many farmers encounter nests while discing the earth or mowing fields. Unfortunately the hens' instinct is to sit tight and wait out the threat—not the best strategy with a tractor bearing down on you.

May 12, 2014

Elephant Import Ban Affects Hunters, Conservation Efforts

A unilateral decision by the USFWS to ban importation of sport-hunted elephants from Zimbabwe and Tanzania will affect conservation in Africa.

April 09, 2014

A Ride-Along with Stewards of Africa's Wild

Africa keeps its wildlife wild and free only by adhering to a strict conservation philosophy that includes all stakeholders—government entities, ranchers, hunting outfits, professional hunters and human inhabitants in the bush—putting skin in the game.

March 10, 2014

What the 2014 Farm Bill Means for Ducks and Upland Birds

With passage in the House and Senate, the Agriculture Act of 2014—commonly known as the Farm Bill—has all but been signed into law. Here are the key ways that the bill benefits waterfowl, upland birds and other grassland- and wetland-dependent wildlife.

February 10, 2014

U.S. Senate Passes 2014 Farm Bill

The U.S. Senate voted 68-32 on Feb. 4 to pass the 2014 Farm Bill, which will decide the fate of nearly $1 trillion and how it will be distributed between agriculture, conservation and food aid programs over the next five years.

February 05, 2014

Boone and Crockett Club Launches New Conservation Initiative

The Boone and Crockett Club has launched the "Trailblazers in Conservation" initiative.

February 04, 2014

What I Want My Son to Know About Duck Hunting

A letter from father to son.

January 24, 2014

Energy Conservation That is Really Good for Wildlife

Editorial Director John Zent got to observe on-the-ground examples of what energy companies do to benefit wildlife conservation during a spring visit to southwestern Pennsylvania hosted by the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Energy for Wildlife program.

September 23, 2013

South Dakota Pheasants Take a Nose Dive

South Dakota's roadside pheasant count is down a shocking 64-percent from last year.

September 12, 2013

Save the Marsh with... Nutria Dog Snacks?

The highly invasive critter known as the nutria has long threatened marsh grasses throughout the south. One company has started putting the rat-like mammal to use in a different way.

September 04, 2013

So-Long Sage Grouse

The sage grouse, America's iconic native game bird, conjures images of the Western frontier. But it faces extinction unless we face its threats and find some solutions.

March 18, 2013

Are We Losing Our Wildlife Management Areas?

Many states in the East have few WMAs that approach proper habitat management after 75 years of Pittman-Robertson Act funding.

March 08, 2013

Would Proposed Coyote Control Impact SD Pheasants?

South Dakota wildlife managers say the state's coyote population has continued to increase, despite attempts to control it. Therefore a proposal is on the table to add $1 to hunting license sales, thereby generating more money for coyote control. Thus far it's proven popular with biologists, hunters, landowners and politicians alike.

March 08, 2013