Bloggers on Hunting

Shooting like a "Cowboy"

There probably aren’t many men who didn’t at one time in their youth fantasize about being a cowboy in the Old West, possibly leading a band of regulators to clean up a town full of bandits and marauders. It’s not too late. Across the country some men, and women, are experiencing a fountain of youth of sorts and reliving their…

Six town hall meetings with Deer Czar now fully set

The Wisconsin Conservation Congress and Dr. James Kroll have finalized the meeting locations for the six April town hall forums that will be offered across the state as a means of giving sportsmen a chance to deliver their thoughts on Wisconsin deer management to Kroll. Kroll had met earlier with a number of Wisconsin conservation groups by invitation only. All…

Fee increase moving

A plan to hike fishing and hunting license fees, which hasn’t been done on a general scale since 2001, won unanimous approval from a key Senate committee on Tuesday. The Environment and Natural Resources Committee approved of the plan, offered by committee chair Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, that, among other things, would increase the annual cost for a resident fishing license…

Special hunt procedure to be reviewed

A rule change to allow bona-fide, non-profit outdoor organizations conduct special hunts for young and handicapped hunters is pending before the Ohio General Assembly's Joint Committee for Agency Rule Review (JCARR). Ken Fitz, acting administrator of law enforcement for the Ohio DNR's wildlife division, said the agency wants to streamline the permitting process for legitimate organizations and weed out the…

Seeing red, and ducking

In a perfect world, our three Labrador retrievers would be on the same schedule, eating, sleeping and heading outside to answer nature's call at the same time. That's not the case, however, and as a result I'm usually never sitting – or sleeping – for more than a couple hours at a time before getting nudged by an anxious Lab trying…

What do moose and eelpout have in common?

A story by long-time Grand Forks Herald outdoors scribe Brad Dokken has appeared in several publications and websites the past few days via the Associated Press wire. Dokken reports a recurring theme about burbot, or eelpout, in this part of the country: They’re struggling. Like the moose – another signature species in Minnesota – eelpout prefer cold Minnesota weather. While…

No contest

I don’t quite understand why we’ve become so competitive. Competition in sports is good, of course, and I enjoy a good baseball or football game as well as the next guy. But today it seems there’s a competition for just about everything. I love to cook, but do I need to watch a television show that pits one chef against…

Antlerless deer allocations may not come up at PGC's March work session

Following up on his commitment to make the workings of the game commissioners more open and transparent, President Game Commissioner Ralph Martone recently announced that the board will hold a public working-group meeting on Monday, March 26. The meeting, which will begin at 8 a.m., will be held in the auditorium of the Game Commission’s Harrisburg headquarters and will be…

Turkey season camaraderie

Wisconsin’s spring turkey hunters will face a few changes in how things are to be done when it comes to hunting wild turkeys this year. The six hunting periods are seven days, instead of five, Wednesday through Tuesday. No big deal to most hunters. We’re likely to see little impact on the success rates by hunters, or even total hours…

Conservation Leaders for Tomorrow

Most of the professionals who work in natural resources, and are age 50 or better, began with an interest in natural resources because one of their parents was a hunter. For those with gray hair or a slight balding spot, hunting was something that we enjoyed and really wanted to do and couldn’t wait until we got our first .22…

The “magic” of outdoors television

No matter how many times we hear it, some people just don’t seem to be able to accept the concept of, “Don’t believe everything you see on television.” That’s true with everything you see on television, particularly commercials and outdoors programs. Not to sound too cynical, but the line between commercial and outdoors program is a very grey area. Post…

Crossbow movement takes shape

It’s no secret that I’m an ardent advocate for the crossbow in New York. I’ve used these tools for more than two decades and see them for what they truly are – a fun and effective way to hunt … with limitations. As the crossbow fever starts to spread across the Empire State, the effort needed a conductor, a director…

Four fast-and-furious bloggy thoughts

High Lonesome Ranch. This week’s Outdoor News Radio contains an interview with Paul Vahldiek, Jr., the majority shareholder and CEO of the High Lonesome Ranch, a mixed use landscape in west-central Colorado. I visited the 300-square-mile operation last fall during the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership’s Media Summit. The vision that Vahldiek and his staff have created for sustainable, private lands management…