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September 1, 2023

User-pay funding no longer a sustainable revenue source for conservation

In private business, milking the revenue streams of successful products to support new ones that generate no income is a recipe for disaster, even when the “giveaways” are popular.
Unless the new products begin generating revenue, decapitalization of successful products inevitably erodes their quality. Inevitably, customer complaints and defections increase and sales drop. Consider Tesla, Twitter, and “X.” Luckily for conservation and the public, government isn’t a private business. Historically, game and non-game species have flourished more or less on the consumptive community’s dime. But that doesn’t mean that the model is endlessly sustainable.

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What the ideal morning setup looks like during the early archery season

Anyone who consumes plenty of whitetail media has surely heard mixed opinions on hunting mornings during the early archery season. Is it worth it or not? 
That depends on what you are looking for. Mornings during the early season can be a good time to fill a doe tag if you have that option. But what about older bucks? Many voices in the whitetail world say skip the mornings until bucks are on their feet longer when it gets closer to the rut, but there are situations where it can work in September and early October.
Here are the ingredients that need to come together.

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Firearms industry braces for changes in New York as State Police take over background checks

As the New York State Police prepare to take on the roll of performing background checks for both firearms and ammunition purchases in New York, stakeholders at many levels are preparing for the change. In some cases, they are asking state leaders to hold off. 
In an Aug. 23 letter sent to Gov. Kathy Hochul, four New York members of the U.S. Congress – Elise Stefanik (NY-21), Brandon Williams (NY-22) Nick Langworthy (NY-23) and Claudia Tenney (NY-24) – suggested the governor delay the roll-out of the background checks, which potentially could begin Sept. 13.

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Iowa’s rabbit, squirrel season opens Sept. 2

The good news for Iowa’s cottontail rabbit hunters is that Iowa has an abundant rabbit population, with the south-central part of the state seeing the best overall numbers. Iowa’s cottontail rabbit season begins Sept. 2 statewide.
“Cottontail numbers were unchanged from last year so it should be another good year for rabbit hunting not only for experienced hunters, but for young or novice hunters who can learn necessary skills with little competition,” said Todd Bogenschutz, upland wildlife research biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

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E-scouting for whitetails? Here is what to pinpoint

E-scouting has changed the whitetail-hunting game. This is most evident among the traveling, DIY crowd, but deer-hunting homebodies can also find plenty of value in taking an aerial view of their ground.
While there’s no substitute for boots-on-the-ground efforts, you can certainly make in-person scouting far more efficient with the help of a good mapping app. You also can use e-scouting to fill in the gaps for trail camera reconnaissance. The trick is to know what you should look for, and what you’re looking at.

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