NSSF Praises Senate Bipartisan Outdoor Recreation Act IMG iStock-Althom-871024318
U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the firearm industry trade association, praised the introduction of the bipartisan Outdoor Recreation Act. This legislation, introduced by U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) and Ranking Member John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), would increase and improve outdoor recreation opportunities across the nation while improving infrastructure and driving economic growth in rural communities.
Wolves from a game camera in Wisconsin. IMG Dean Weingarten
U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- In 1967, as part of a government reorganization, the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board was formed from two previous boards, to oversee the Department of Natural Resources. The board governs the Department of Natural Resources. It is part of a long history of Citizen controlled boards in Wisconsin. The board members are not paid. The governor appoints board members. The state senate confirms their appointment. There are seven members, who serve six-year staggered terms. There has never before been a dispute about who controls the Department of Natural Resources, and who makes policy. This is confirmed by the Department of Natural Resources website, which is still available at this point, and has not yet been taken down or rewritten in Orwellian fashion: From the DNR website:
Ducks Unlimited applauds the nomination of Martha Williams as the new USFWS Director. IMG Ducks Unlimited
U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- Ducks Unlimited (DU) applauds the Biden Administration’s nomination of Martha Williams as Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Williams has served as the Principal Deputy Director of the USFWS since January. The United States Senate will hold a hearing to confirm her nomination at a later date.
The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) recently announced a continued commitment to fund critical waterfowl habitat work across the Canadian breeding grounds through the Fall Flights program. IMG Ducks Unlimited
U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) recently announced a continued commitment to fund critical waterfowl habitat work across the Canadian breeding grounds through the Fall Flights program.
Canada: Coyote Attacks Finally Trigger Official Response in Vancouver iStock-Takennnn
U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- In Vancouver, Canada, an infestation of urban coyotes, particularly in Stanley Park, has lead to dozens of attacks on humans by the coyotes since December of 2020. Over 45 attacks were reported as of September 1, 2021.
Silencer Central is the latest Corporate Sponsor to renew its relationship with Safari Club International (SCI) IMG Jim Grant
U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- Silencer Central is the latest Corporate Sponsor to renew its relationship with Safari Club International (SCI) and its mission to promote and protect hunting and wildlife conservation in North America and across the world.
Public Comments Sought by USFWS on Incidental Take Permit Process for Eagles IMG: iStock-1238572852
Washington, DC – -(AmmoLand.com)- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is seeking public input on potential approaches to improve the permitting of incidental take of bald and golden eagles. The bald eagle’s recovery is one of the United States’ most important wildlife conservation success stories. The Service’s intent for both bald and golden eagles is to ensure that the regulations for these permits are consistent with the goal of maintaining stable or increasing breeding populations.
Wolves from a game camera in Wisconsin, courtesy Dean Weingarten
U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- On 20 August 2021, the Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission voted to follow the intent of bill SB314, passed by the legislature and signed into law by Governor Greg Gianforte, on 30 April 2021. SB314 was passed with the goal of reducing the wolf population while maintaining a minimum of 15 breeding pairs or 300 wolves in Montana. The 15 breeding pairs or 300 wolves are mandated to keep the wolf in Montana from being re-listed as an endangered species by the Federal government.
By Craig Springer
Research is made possible through Wildlife Restoration funding from firearm and ammunition excise taxes. IMG iStock 184790536
U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- While science helps us understand why the dusky grouse’s baffling behavior is counter-intuitive, the research is made possible through Wildlife Restoration funding from firearm and ammunition excise taxes.
There is a bird migration underway right now, but it is not what you may think. It’s late August. National Shooting Sports Month is coming to a close. And I am thinking about my shotguns and shot patterns, bird dogs and coming bird seasons. I throw a few clays at a shooting range near my home, hoping to restore “muscle memory” in case that is a real thing. My daughter who studies kinesiology says it is bogus – muscles cannot remember squat. But I remember missing more than a few birds on a chaotic flush, and practice does lead one toward perfection.
Dusky grouse are native to the mountains of the western United States and Canadian provinces, from the Yukon to the Arizona-New Mexico border. They have a curious way of making a living. They migrate as winter approaches. But not to the south. They move uphill – up steep mountain slopes where it is colder, snowier, windier, and more inhospitable – where, for humankind, living out winter at timberline would be undesirable if not nearly impossible. It is counter-intuitive and on the face of it, a bit baffling that a big bird behaves in such a manner.
With the use of Wildlife Restoration funds (Pittman-Robertson), Colorado Parks and Wildlife researched the dusky grouse diet and habitat use and revealed that come winter, the bird lives in a virtual grocery store. They take up residence in dense stands of spruces and firs and pines and tend to move very little until springtime. Thick foliage cuts the otherwise biting wind. It is like sitting on a couch next to the fridge for a month of Sundays. It is there that the bluish-colored two-pound birds ride out the winter eating nothing but conifer needles. They have the ability to digest terpenes prevalent in conifers that other animals find unpalatable. Moving up mountainsides in August is as natural and predictable as the moon’s pull on the seas.
The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish perfected a practical method of catching, transporting, and releasing dusky grouse, to restore the bird in its natural range through Wildlife Restoration funds. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife researched annual grouse survey methods most useful to measure population trends for dusky and ruffed grouse. Hunter-harvested grouse wings and tails proved best, underscoring the need for hunter cooperation in wildlife management.
These works of science and practical wildlife management are possible from excise taxes paid by manufacturers of archery gear, ammunition, and firearms.
As August peels off the calendar, I’m thinking about the few more trips I can get in to catch Rio Grande cutthroats in potbelly pools shrouded by alders and currant bushes in the high country shared by dusky grouse, that is before the nights turn gelid and the cutthroat trout slow their feeding. Ice will soon enough cloak their headwater streams. Shrinking daylight and diminishing temperatures cue birds that it is time to move on, or in the case of the chicken-like dusky grouse – time to move up.
The upland game bird proclamation on my desk reminds me what is going on right now, and what is to come. A photo of a cock bird in full courtship display, tail fanned and eye combs lit a shade of neon yellow adorns the proclamation’s cover – a publication also funded by Wildlife Restoration dollars. In the coming weeks, migrating dusky grouse will intersect with bird hunters wearing off boot soles and quartering dogs to whom the world is a smell. With good “muscle memory” following the lumbering flutter of wings, there will be light flaky organic dusky grouse on the table.
To learn more about the benefits of Wildlife Restoration funding, visit Partner with a Payer.
Craig Springer is a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program.
About The National Shooting Sports Foundation
NSSF is the trade association for the firearm industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of thousands of manufacturers, distributors, firearm retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations, and publishers nationwide. For more information, visit nssf.org