Jason Gentz with Gentz Sporting Arms and Outdoor News Junior Pro Team captain Vivian Hustvedt go over the shotgunning basics that can help new shooters.
September 9, 2023
We’re about to embark on our third hunting season where big game hunters in New York are required to wear a hat or upper body clothing item that is at least 50% hunter orange or pink. The change was implemented just before the 2021 hunting seasons, and at the same time when hunting hours were adjusted to include 30 minutes of legal shooting time at each end of the day.
Being primarily a Northern Zone hunter, for so long I seldom thought about orange. That was until a friend of mine was shot by his brother-in-law when they were hunting together in the Adirondacks. After that – and especially after conducting an interview with him about his ordeal – I changed my tune and began regularly wearing an orange hat.
Controlled hunting is slated for two Pittsburgh, Pa., parks this fall in a pilot program aimed at thinning the city’s spiraling population of white-tailed deer.
City council approved legislation Sept. 6 that will allow a limited number of licensed, qualified bowhunters to shoot deer in Frick and Riverview parks over a specified number of days during the upcoming archery season. The city’s chief operating and administrative officer Lisa Frank called it “a baby step” toward developing a more comprehensive, citywide program in future years.
Legislation to change the membership of the Michigan Wolf Management Advisory Council and the Michigan Wildlife Council are receiving pushback from the state’s conservation community.
Lawmakers in Lansing are considering separate bills to increase membership on the boards to include representatives from nonprofits that promote “primarily nonconsumptive wildlife use.”
House Bill 4855, sponsored by Hamtramck Democratic Rep. Abraham Aiyash, would amend the law to change language for one member of the Wolf Management Advisory Council “representing an organization that promotes conservation” to two members.
Last winter, I spent hours scheming and dreaming about my landscaping.
Numerous flower beds and small garden areas were left untended in 2022, because I had just purchased the property and was working on interior projects. Consequently, the landscaping suffered, and I knew it needed my focus in 2023. I can’t help but squeeze habitat into any square foot possible, so I laid out elaborate designs for native pollinator gardens throughout the yard.
It only seems fitting that I would be writing about squirrels this morning.
Out my window, I’ve been watching the merry band of the miscreant porch and yard gray squirrels that have been on an absolute tear this morning. One turned over the fountain nestled among the ferns on my deck, and another came tearing out of the cornfield, ear in tow like a deranged bandit making a run for it after a bank heist. And if the ringleader gobbles one more tomato, he may just find his way into the skillet sooner rather than later.