Pheasant Stocking an Unfortunate Waste of Money

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Flooding related to Tropical Storm Lee severely damaged the two farms used for raising Ring-necked Pheasants in Pennsylvania earlier this year, limiting the number of birds that will be released for slaughter by hunters (and slaughter is exactly what shooting farm-raised birds is). Never fear, hunters ! In an effort to appease small game hunters, Roe said the commission will increase its production of pheasants to 200,000 birds for the 2012-13 season.

Virginia Fox Smuggler Gets Six Months

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Hunters would then pay to hunt in the pens. He was caught after a yearlong investigation by Virginia game officials that included the undercover purchases of 54 red foxes and 47 coyotes from Blevins. Howard Glen Blevins, 68, of Asheville, N.C., pleaded guilty in March to five counts of trafficking in wild animals. A statement from U.S.

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On SPECIESISM, by Joan Dunayer

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Hunters kill members of endangered species. Would intelligent beings riot over the out come of a soccer game? I finally read SPECIESISM , by Joan Dunayer, which was published a couple of years after ANIMAL EQUALITY , which I wrote about a couple of weeks ago. This book has so many great quotes that I'm going to have to write a couple of posts about them. Off we go (and all of the below are exact quotes).

Come@Me: Hunting Is Not Conservation

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The definition of the word HUNT is “to chase or search for game or other wild animals for the purpose of catching or killing.” ” Contemporary environmentalism arrived too late to prevent the passenger pigeon’s demise due to market hunters, but the two phenomena share a historical connection. Lacey of Iowa introduced the nation’s first wildlife-protection law, which banned the interstate shipping of unlawfully killed game.

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The Wildlife Conservation Stamp: An Additional Income Stream for Our National Wildlife Refuges

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Proposal: Creation of a Federal Wildlife Conservation Stamp A birder, wildlife watcher, photographer and non-hunter version of the Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (aka Federal Duck Stamp). ” Elizabeth Jackson of the Duck Stamp Program is not optimistic about birders or non-hunters embracing the Duck Stamp as hunters have. million hunters. There are large portions of National Wildlife Refuges closed off to all but hunters.

Enhance! Enhance!

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I myself mostly poke the internet and watch other people play video games and ask myself questions like “Could cat litter be the most important invention in the history of modern environmentalism?”*. For instance, take this image, found decorating a room at the summer camp in Friday the 13th: The Game. The apparent Gambel’s Quail is a spicier choice but maybe hunters did unauthorized stocking of the area.

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Crows, Contest Killing, and Communication

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The hunters who do not eat their crows) “are providing a smorgasbord for other wildlife!” Unfortunately most of the hunters use lead ammunition, which means more than a few of the happy diners will end up dying of lead poisoning. “… the reason crow hunters strive to shoot as many as they can is no different than keeping track of the score at any football, baseball or basketball game,” he continued. What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.

Duck Numbers And Duck Stamp Sales No Longer Correlate

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This has benefited both the waterfowl hunters and everyone else who likes ducks and their kin. Eventually, the pigeons, as it were, may come home to roost and the waterfowl and other wildlife, as well as hunters and bird watchers, will be sitting ducks. From the abstract of the study: Current waterfowl populations provide liberal hunting seasons, but waterfowl hunter numbers have declined since the mid–1990s.

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Trumpeter Swans: Don’t Shoot Them

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There were other people in the vicinity who witnessed the swans flying into the water and being shot,” said Jenni,… DNR non-game wildlife specialist Lori Naumann believes the higher number of trumpeter swans visiting the hospital this season is for two reasons. They (hunters) see this white thing, and they aren’t entirely sure what it is,” Naumann said. The other reason is due to inexperienced or uninformed hunters. Three hunters have been charged.

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Nyala, Southern Africa’s Stunning Antelope

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Nyala are much appreciated by hunters and tourists, which has led to their being introduced to many parks and reserves around Southern Africa outside their natural range. It isn’t just tourists and game hunters that like them though; Painted Wolves are also big fans, as they are easier to bring down than the larger species but have more meat to eat than a small duiker.

Birding at a Historic Sporting Estate

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During cold winters, the hunters retreated to the south, intent on quail and other game species. I didn’t expect to see any birds. It was over 90 degrees F on a Georgia afternoon, the humidity adding an extra dose of discomfort.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes 2015 Expansion of Hunting and Fishing Opportunities on National Wildlife Refuges

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Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge : Expand big game hunting. The refuge is already open to migratory bird hunting, upland game hunting, and sport fishing. Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge : Expand migratory bird hunting, upland game hunting, and big game hunting. Note in this 2010 video, birders, birdwatching and kayakers are mentioned, not hunters. Marks National Wildlife Refuge : Expand upland game hunting and big game hunting.

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ACTION ALERT! Tomorrow, MARCH 15, 2011, is the deadline for public.

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Nationwide, wildlife watchers now outspend hunters 6 to 1. Giving a few hundred hunters something else to shoot, in my opinion, cannot be worth the blowback from tens of thousands of people who are willing to travel and spend just to watch the birds fly over. I’ve received letters and emails from a number of avid hunters who find the concept of shooting cranes repugnant. Sandhill Hunt: They’re Voting Now Sandhill Cranes: Game Birds?

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Forest Bathing

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From what I’ve been hearing, sport hunters are chomping at the bit to also return to the forest in droves. Photographing hummingbirds outside of a hummingbird garden is a different ball game, especially skittish species like this Rufous-breasted Hermit which we caught on its rest perch.

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We Should Kill More Lions

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Hunters go to Africa to shoot lions, and this is without question a good thing; for birds, for ecosystems, and for lions in general! I guess the natural question is… how does some hunter from the US help in the conservation of the lion? Hunters are prepared to spend a lot of money for the privilege of shooting a lion. Take the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania. Oh, and then there are the hunters.

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The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation and Who Pays for It

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The system was intended as a hunter-centric model, both guided by and benefitting consumptive interests. Increased scrutiny of practices long considered the norm in wildlife management, including predator hunts, commercial trapping, the legal culling of non-game birds like American Crows, and some of the research protocols used to track and translocate wild animals. were funded by hunters and 95.1%

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Environmental Groups Call For End To USDA Wildlife Killing

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Estimates of predator populations by State fish and game officials indicate that the number of predators removed by WS is small compared with overall predator numbers. This amount is considerably less than the number of animals taken by hunters and trappers annually. Environmental groups have called on Obama to get rid of the USDA's Dept. of Wildlife Services , which is involved in mainly predator control programs (coyotes are a big target). Ranchers oppose the move.

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Guest Post: Susan Wilson

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I’m an author, good character names are fair game) joined the family and something rather miraculous happened. My second favorite rescue story is that of Hunter, a beagle-ish dog that my daughter and son-in-law adopted from a shelter in Massachusetts. Turns out even though they knew that Hunter had found his forever home, he didn’t know it. Today we have a great guest post from author Susan Wilson. She has a new book out (which I am reading right now) called One Good Dog.

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Open Season on Bald Eagles

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There was a lot of hunting for Bald Eagles—it is traditionally a game species. Bald Eagles will provide a sporting challenge for hunters. Hunters don’t even need to use decoys. However they are wary and have famously sharp eyes, so bagging eagles will be a true sporting challenge for hunters. The Bald Eagle has the potential to be the Holy Grail of game birds. We need to give hunters new opportunities and new species to hunt.

#CeciltheLion is a dangerous direction for conservation

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For being a girl that beat a guy in a computer game. For being a feminist with an opinion on comic books, or games. The story with Cecil was something of an exception, but the universe didn’t disappoint and sure enough the latest hunter outrage story today is, predictably, about a woman hunter. Another day, another dead lion erupting in the world’s media, another opportunity for me to annoy my few remaining anti-hunting friends.

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Last Gasp for Sandhill Cranes—Act Now!

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All eight hunters on the commission think it’s a good idea to shoot cranes in Kentucky. Why allow hunters to shoot right into the middle of them? 6.The imposition of a hunting season on a widely-revered, charismatic, long-lived and visually compelling bird like a crane sets up an artificial and unnecessary friction between hunters and tens of thousands of wildlife watchers, for the benefit of a few hundred hunters in each state.

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Kentucky’s Crane Hunt-It Ain’t Over…

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Which wasn’t a surprise, since everyone on the commission is a hunter. Brokering land to hunters, hooking them up with guide services…all for a fee. Why should they get to unilaterally decide that the sandhill crane will be a game bird in Kentucky? For those of you who’ve been following the drama unfolding in Kentucky regarding a sandhill crane hunt, there’s bad news. An eight-member commission unanimously approved the hunt proposal in early June.

Unlucky Ducks, Lucky Penguins, and Good-Luck Ostriches

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Henceforth, the Reading Fighting Phils will now be represented by two ostriches , who will live at the ballpark and greet visitors to the team’s games. Duck hunters and wildlife officials alike worry that the spill will affect both hunting season and migration. It’s been a busy week in bird news–some of it bad, some of it good, and some of it just plain head-scratchin’ Let’s start with the odd stuff first.

Proposed Changes to the Duck Stamp Not Well Received

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a) Recommendation : Develop and support implementation of a marketing plan with specific sales and revenue goals for waterfowl hunters, other hunters, non-hunters and wildlife viewers, etc. The physical stamp could be sent to hunters after March 10th each year. 2) Action : Determine correlation between HIP-derived hunter numbers and sales of state/federal stamps. The waterfowl hunters don’t really care because they have to purchase a stamp no matter what.

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A New Wildlife Refuge Pass: Fellow Birders, Help Us Help You

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And we pay attention to incremental change as well: to the mentions and link backs we now regularly get when the issue of the Duck Stamp comes up; to the gradual acceptance, even among hunters, that it’s time for a birder’s stamp or pass; to comments from prominent legislators like Al Franken, who fully support the idea of a secondary funding stream. Since we first launched the Wildlife Conservation Stamp Project, we’ve made our case to thousands of birders and photographers.

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Being a Birder

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Being a birder redefines ones travel views and arrangements – unlike old churches, birding tourist attractions have wings and tend to use them, which makes locating them more of a game. Satisfying the most ancient need in one hunter-gatherer’s mind? We barely started the drive, when a flock of 14 Common Cranes forced us to stop and reach for binoculars and cameras. Belgrade lies on the cranes’ migratory corridor and, especially in Spring, flocks are regularly spotted above the city.

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What is the State Bird of New Mexico?

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Rattlesnakes are fair game, as are other reptiles, scorpions, frogs, birds, and insects. Car collisions, feral cats, and run-ins with hunters also cause problems, even for this speed-racer. I saw my first real Greater Roadrunner on a cold winter day in the Southwest. Walking along a dirt track next to a prairie, my friend and I were on the look-out for different sparrow species when a large bird suddenly darted into the clearing.

The Great Bustard Search is On (1)

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Together with African Kori Bustard (which I observed on a camping trip in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve), this is the heaviest flying bird in the world. Bustards are very susceptible to any kind of disturbance and, naturally, hunters like to shoot. I am preparing for the new census of one of the rarest birds of Serbia, the globally threatened Great Bustard , taking place two days from now.

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The Famous Grouse: Smoky Black Blended Scotch Whisky

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And, on any other night, that could very well mean grouse is being served, as the Scottish table is famed for the bounty of its abundant fish and game. Whisky Month at Birds and Booze: This January, Birds and Booze at 10,000 Birds is setting its sights on whiskies all month long.

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Africa’s Big Five and Little Five

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Originally a hunting term, the Big Five were the most dangerous and prized targets of the great white hunters on safari. They are not necessarily the biggest African animals, but represented those that were considered a real hunter’s worthy prey or “game” – the African Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Black Rhinoceros, Leopard and king of the jungle, the Lion (which of course doesn’t inhabit jungle but savanna!).

Zero Gravity Brewing Company: Bob White

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There’s little doubt that these unwilling but plucky exiles have beaten the odds over the last few months, first evading the sights of eager autumn hunters, and then the jaws of hungry foxes and weasels, only to endure the many privations of the harsh and long North American winter eking out their survival in a strange and inhospitable landscape. At last, it’s spring in the northern half of the world.

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Decoy: Cabernet Sauvignon (2016)

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Eventually, the name came to be attached to another kind of game hunting device with which we’re more familiar today: life-sized wooden carvings of waterfowl floated on water to fool birds into landing within range of nearby hunters lying in wait. Here, Janson lived a reclusive life as a fisherman, hunter, and carver, fashioning duck sculptures out of California redwood that are now prized by collectors as the finest examples of Pacific coast decoy art.

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Where to watch shorebirds around Belgrade, Serbia

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The game-changer was the new scope, Swarovski 25-60×65 STX , which truly allowed me to follow those tiny tracks in the mud. Still, local hunters shoot waterfowl here, so be extra careful from September to February, especially on weekends. Shorebirds (in Europe: waders) must be an acquired birding taste. No one starts birding dreaming of drab-coloured, unobtrusive and, far on a mud-bar, largely invisible little mud-skippers.

Grallards: New Zealand’s Next Extinction or Newest Species?

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To explain what a Grallard is one must first go back to those societies and recall that one of their predominant preoccupations was game. New Zealand had, once upon a time, some fairly spectacular game birds, including massive flightless geese, massive flightles rails, and really enormous moa.

Wisconsin Falconer Legally Traps Snowy Owl

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If you are a bad hunting partner and do not flush enough game, the raptor will fly off when released and not return. Many general and master falconers with wild birds will also let them go after a few hunting seasons, especially if they are good hunters to give them a shot at spreading their genes in the wild. If the bird was starving or if you are a bad hunting partner who doesn’t flush lots game, that raptor will fly away when you let it go and not come return to the you.

Brouwerij Verhaeghe: Duchesse de Bourgogne

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While the hunting of game with trained birds of prey can be a controversial topic among birders , falconry was a valuable early source of information on birds, and its history, culture, and imagery continue to fascinate bird lovers, as we shall see. In fact, by all accounts, Mary adored sport and was an avid equestrienne, hunter, and falconer. The hunters hunted: a detail from from The Hours of Joanna I of Castile depicting an encounter between the Three Living and the Three Dead.

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Falakhe’s Story

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Early starts are the rule when monitoring endagered species in Mkuze Game Reserve, in South Africa, but there’s a particular urgency to this morning’s start. twenty kilometres from where we found Fala The area had much poorer roads and tracks, dense bush and more skittish game, but they were safer there from Lions, which is perhaps why they liked it.

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The Nonessential Whooping Crane

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So, one might surmise, it’s OK if they get shot by hunters thinking they’re sandhill cranes? What could motivate gunmen (I cannot call them hunters) in two states to deliberately kill North America’s tallest and most critically endangered bird? Hunting sandhill cranes in the Eastern flyway will put those 100 whooping cranes at even greater risk of being brought down by gunfire, hunter education courses and handy color brochures notwithstanding. Do all hunters realize that?

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Use it or lose it?

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The first most readers have probably been aware of, the cheerleader hunter who has been in the news for, well, hunting game animals and being attractive and blonde. I’ve written before about how I don’t think shooting game in the name of conservation is necessarily a bad idea. During the decades that preceded the Iraq war there were two schools of view on how to deal with that country and its troublesome leader.

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Falconry – Bloodsport or Alternative Form of Birding?

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Dirt hawking is a form of falconry that involves hunting rabbits and other small game with Harris Hawks (other hawk species also qualify). The thrill of the hunt, the smell and sounds of the desert in the early morning, the ability to see a finely-tuned hunter up close. I’ve recently returned from a filming trip in Arizona where I have been working on a production for National Geographic on Harris’s (Harris) Hawks.

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Do birds avoid predators because of culture?

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I spent a lot of time with Efe Pygmy hunters in the deep forest, and I spent a certain amount of time either entirely alone or with only one other researcher, this or that American. But in the absence of Efe Pygmy hunters, we ran into ground mammals much more frequently, and not because we were doing a better job of sneaking around. How do the birds that were not kept out of the predator game for a generation or more come up with the predator-avoidance behavior?

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The Art of Bird Camp

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Nearly exterminated in Maine by hunters in the 1800‘s, the charismatic, orange-beaked little puffins nested only on one other state island until Dr. Kress painstakingly – and groundbreakingly – lured them back to nest on Eastern Egg Rock in 1977. He then led a lively game of name-that-bird charades by flailing his arms in simulations of various wingbeats, timing his flights so as not to fall overboard during oceanic swells.

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Flying Dinosaurs: A Review by a Triceratops Fan

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And then, in 1996, a farmer/fossil-hunter named Li Yinfang found a unique fossil in his home province of Liaoning–a beautifully preserved turkey-sized creature that clearly had feathers. People and history come into play in “The dinosaur hunters,” a chapter on larger than life personalities such as E.D.

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