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Editor's Note: This is a guest post in response to Ben Lamb's blog on the Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage and Opportunities Act.
America’s sportsmen and women are extremely fortunate. In the U.S. we have some of the greatest wildlife of any nation and the most successful wildlife conservation funding model in the world. We are really fortunate to have the dedicated organizations that care about protecting our hunting heritage for the next generations of outdoorsmen and women.
These hunter-conservationist organizations again are working to advance federal legislation which will require the nearly 500 million acres managed by the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management to have open access for hunting, angling, trapping, and recreational target shooting. The 20 biggest hunting organizations in the U.S. support H.R. 1825, the Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage and Opportunities Act. [ Read Full Post ]
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I love shooting my .416 Rigby—seriously—despite the tough love it gives back when I pull the trigger. Partly, I like the challenge of shooting a big-boomer. It requires conscious mental and physical relaxation to shoot well during practice sessions. (Actually shooting at game is much easier—if you’ve practiced the right way, the propensity to flinch and otherwise ruin your shot is negligible.)
But there’s a limit to what anybody can take. After a few shots I find it is usually time to rack the gun and move on. [ Read Full Post ]
As anyone who has been reading this blog for the last year knows, I’m a big fan of the harlequin duck. It’s one of the most beautiful waterfowl species on the planet. It’s one of those bucket-list ducks for waterfowlers across the country. It’s also a sea duck, which makes its presence in Montana’s Glacier National Park seem a bit strange. But not only do the sea-faring harlequins build their streamside nests in Montana, park employees recently verified a drake harlie that is at least 17 years old.
The age of the harlequin is noteworthy because it was believed the typical lifespan for the diminutive duck was about10 years (the oldest documented harlie is 18 years, 10 months). While it’s astonishing to think of this small duck surviving for 17 years in the pounding, frigid surf of Washington state’s Pacific Ocean and making the yearly trek to mountain streams to breed, there were several other facts revealed about harlequins in the Missoulian article that I didn’t know (besides the obvious fact that they migrate that far inland): [ Read Full Post ]
In a state that's seen more than its fair share of controversial legislation and initiatives focused on hunting and fishing, a law that passed with overwhelming support in 2011 is being put to use.
Dubbed the "Volunteer Bill," House Bill 4111 was signed into law by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder in June of 2011. Today, that bill has helped clear the way for an interesting and, thus far, highly effective partnership between the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the private sector.
Previously, volunteer labor, while welcomed by the DNR, was greatly restricted in the functions those volunteers could perform. To put it plainly, volunteers simply weren't allowed to do much of anything that a paid state employee could do. [ Read Full Post ]
Clearly everything is bigger in Texas, including the swordfish.
The crew fishing aboard the Booby Trap landed a 493-pound swordfish last week. This pending state record fish measured 107 inches. The crew was fishing 100 miles off the Texas shoreline at the backend of a three-day trip. [ Read Full Post ]
The peregrine falcon is a pint-sized rocket with razor-sharp talons capable of hitting speeds of 200 mph.
Gee Atherton is a professional downhill bike racer sponsored by those speed-loving, outlandish event-promoting folks over at Redbull. [ Read Full Post ]