Even as turkey populations nationwide have declined, turkey hunters have remained optimistic. That attitude stands in contrast to hunters overall, particularly deer hunters, who seem grumpier all the time. Game agencies weigh these attitudes as they seek ways to reduce turkey harvests without reducing hunter satisfaction.
Three generations of the Gouger family have gathered every fall to hunt deer on a 128-acre farm in northwestern New Jersey since the 1950s. None of them has ever called it a “deer camp.” The place is just “the cabin.” But every hunter of the farm is aware the hunt endures today in the face of encroaching development.
Federal excise taxes collected during record spring sales months benefit hunting, shooting and wildlife management.
Changing viewpoints regarding the value of wildlife means only one thing for the future of sound scientific wildlife management: roadblocks.
Part hunting lease, part neighborhood and all community, the Dunaway Hunting and Fishing Club in Tennessee is about as good as it gets for anyone looking for their own slice of heaven.
Ever met a bird-watcher who claims he leaves wildlife in peace as he goes about his business? Scientific data paints a different picture of the impact non-hunting “silent sports” have on wildlife.
While hunting participation at the nationwide level is down, license sales in Western and Southeastern states are booming.