I am not of vindictive spirit and admit without hesitation that I will continue reading National Geographic and Smithsonian, for they have much to offer. Charitably, I feel that the senior editors of these fine magazines were simply duped by a cabal of lesser lights with anti-hunting/fishing agendas. So we invite them, and all other mis- directed protectionists, to join outdoor life in educating the public to the fact that hunters are the best friends the prairie dog will ever have, and that recreational shooting is the only humane way to hold their numbers within acceptable limits while at the same time guaranteeing healthy, disease-free populations for future generations to enjoy. s fired at a prairie dog, a percentage of its cost, and that of the rifle that fired it, helps pay for maintaining all wildlife via Pittman-Robertson funds. C'mon, National Geographic and Smithsonian, how could you let that all-important tidbit slip through your editorial cracks? Or were you just suckered by NWF con artists?