Archive for conservation

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

Quail Unlimited Ceases Operation

Quail Unlimited (QU) has been in a great deal of financial turmoil since at least 2009, when allegations of corruption and a federal investigation permanently tarnished the group's image. Despite new leadership, QU never overcame the scandal in terms of its finances or in the court of public opinion. This week QU announced it's ceasing operations. Here's a portion of the statement released by QU president Bill E. Bowles:

February 11, 2013

Montana Lion Hunter Loses All Three Dogs to Wolves

20-year-old Drew Zeiler quite literally lives for hunting mountain lions with his hounds.

January 24, 2013

"Kitty Cam" Captures Cats Killing Birds

We've discussed the very negative effect that feral cats and free-roaming house cats can have on wildlife, especially birds. And it seems each time we discuss the impact or the attempts by states to control their feral cat populations, there's a passionate response in the comments section.

August 09, 2012

American Bird Conservancy Sues Over Wind Energy

When duck and upland bird hunters talk conservation, an increasing concern is whether wind turbines—now a permanent fixture on the landscape—will have a negative impact. They're concerned that the government's efforts to promote green energy will actually end up killing a lot of ducks. Are the government and energy developers being fully transparent about the threat to game birds that the big spinning turbines pose? Or are they hiding something?

July 05, 2012

Arkansas Will Trap Feral Cats

Arkansas will soon implement a common-sense plan to benefit conservation and public health, yet it will likely receive resistance from the usual "animal rights" types. Why? The plan involves trapping feral cats along the Little Red River and removing them from the environment.

June 27, 2012

Who Says Pheasants Won't Nest in the South?

There are folks who contend you can stock as many pheasants as you want in the South, but you'll never establish a breeding population. They argue that the springs are too mild, that there are too many egg-foraging varmints and that the habitat conditions simply aren't right for producing wild ringnecks.

June 18, 2012

Farm Bill Offers Numerous Benefits to Wingshooters

You're probably aware that the 2012 Farm Bill includes important upland bird and waterfowl provisions, such as the reauthorization of the Conservation Reserve Program. You may even be familiar with the "Sodsaver" amendment. But have you heard about the Sportsmen's Act of 2012 amendment to the Farm Bill? The 98-page behemoth would improve your access to public lands, streamline the duck stamp system (it's about time) and reauthorize conservation funding. Here's a summary of the provisions important to wingshooters:

June 08, 2012

Iowa Gov. Saves Use of Lead Ammo for Dove Hunting

Almost immediately following the Iowa state legislature's 2011 dove-hunting bill—which gave Hawkeye sportsmen their first dove season in nearly a century—a battle over the use of traditional (lead) ammo ensued.

May 16, 2012

Mallard Causes $45,000 in Damages to Private Jet

Penn State's University Park airport has developed a widlife hazard management plan that's due, in part, to a 2010 collision between a mallard and a private aircraft. Nobody was injured, but the duck managed to do a whopping $45,000 in damages to the jet—sure makes hitting a deer with your pickup seem not so bad, eh?

April 11, 2012

ABC: Coyotes Have Taste For House Cats

I've never been a big fan of coyotes, but new info released by the American Bird Conservancy (ABC) may change my tune: Apparently they eat a lot of cats.

April 09, 2012