Archive for conservation

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

Video: Duck Hunter Poses as Big Game Hunter

Check out this video of a duck hunter who you may recognize posing as a big-game hunter.

April 02, 2012

Data Suggests More Young Ducks Shot Last Season

Thanks to the duck wings and goose tails submitted to the USFWS Parts Collection Survey by waterfowlers across the country, researchers are able to approximate the size, species composition and age structure of the hunter-harvest. The data is also used to draw important conclusions about duck production during the previous breeding season.

April 02, 2012

Could Wind Energy Actually Benefit Waterfowl?

Is wind energy bad for waterfowl? It's something we've discussed here before, and a North Dakota study by Ducks Unlimited and the United States Fish & Wildlife Service in North Dakota found that when wind farms are placed on wetlands, breeding pairs of ducks are reduced by an average of 21 percent. DU says the early study is being taken seriously, but that it was too small a sample size to affect policy decision. Instead, DU recommends further studies over a larger area and continued dialogue with wind energy groups.

March 08, 2012

Five Drakes, Five Different Species

Delta Waterfowl posted a must-see photo to its Facebook page this morning:

February 01, 2012

Delta's Senior VP: Pray for Cold & Snow "Up North"

We at Dogs, Shotguns and Other Vices have been praying for a cold front to save our duck season since Thanksgiving, and yet here we are: January 13 and it's still 10-15 degrees above normal without a snowflake in sight across much of the country. This wacky weather cycle has persisted for so long that, according to Delta Waterfowl Senior Vice President John Devney, it has even become a conservation concern. Ducks reaped the benefits of last spring's flooding across the Prairie Pothole Region, but, Devney says, "Mother Nature has flipped the switch."

January 13, 2012

DU Asks Congress for Electronic Duck Stamp

Last week Ducks Unlimited testified in favor of H.R. 3117, the Permanent Electronic Duck Stamp Act of 2011, before the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee. DU says the bill would make the stamp more accessible by providing for its online purchase. Instead of having to run to the post office, hunters would simply purchase a stamp online, print a special receipt and carry the receipt while hunting until the actual stamp arrives by mail. DU also voiced its continued support for raising the cost of the stamp from $15 to $25.

November 01, 2011

Claim: HSUS Seeks "Wild Bird Executioner"

As we've discussed in the past, house cats belong in the house, as feral felines have a serious, unnatural impact on wild bird populations.

August 22, 2011

Hunting’s Greatest Threats

While some hunting threats are old battles that have raged for decades, others might surprise and even provoke you.

July 15, 2011