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07/14/2008
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When you think of global warming and its impacts on fish and wildlife, species like elk, mule deer, antelope and moose aren’t the ones that always come to mind. But natural-resource officials say America’s beloved big-game species are acutely at-risk in what wildlife professionals from...
07/12/2008
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When you keep tabs on the world of conservation for a living, when you do your level best to hold public officials and others accountable for the decisions they make, sometimes one’s desk runneth over. With information for stories. With notebooks full of quotes from sources...
07/12/2008
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Sometimes you just can’t make it up. The ink wasn’t dry on the new federal farm bill—a farm bill that President Bush vetoed and Congress overrode; a farm bill that got panned by several conservation groups; a bill that also effectively gutted the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), the...
06/01/2008
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At high noon on the third Saturday in October, hunters from most likely all 50 states will participate in South Dakota’s annual fall classic—the pheasant-hunting opener. In airports and motels across much of the state, particularly east of the Missouri River, hunters and gun dogs alike will...
06/01/2008
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The press release got me thinking. Its headline read as follows: Volunteers needed for stewardship workdays in southeastern Michigan. Indeed, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, volunteers are needed to help cut invasive shrubs in natural areas within state...
05/12/2008
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I don’t know how many kids of my generation grew up hunting small game, but I’ll venture to guess that it was a lot. Squirrels. Rabbits. Grouse. Doves. In my early years, land was abundant, small game was plentiful, urbanization wasn’t even a term, and access was extremely easy. You were...
05/04/2008
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Despite the discovery that some donated deer were found with lead particles earlier this year in Minnesota and elsewhere, most state venison donation programs are up and running this hunting season. The programs, which vary from state to state, typically distribute hunter-killed deer to area...
05/01/2008
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The summer issue of Trout Unlimited magazine features a letter to the editor by a fellow from Houston, Texas who complained that TU’s recent Responsible Energy Development Symposium didn’t have enough speakers representing the energy-industry perspective. The letter-writer said the symposium was...
05/01/2008
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When making the case for more and better natural-resources management, there are many arguments from which to choose. Quality of life. Public and environmental health. Better hunting and fishing. A way to nurture our storied pastimes for now and into the future. The list goes on and on,...
05/01/2008
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I like experiments. I like to see how they work or don’t work, how they unfold over time, and how they have the potential to change the status quo. In the world of fish and wildlife conservation, experiments aren’t always readily talked about unless required by law. Simply put,...