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Black Market Burl: The Underworld of Illegal Timber Heists
Thievery has its tools of the trade. Muggers wield handguns; burglars, glass-cutters; and cattle rustlers, wire-cutters. And timber thieves...
Native Americans: The Original Quality Deer Managers
Un-Dam It: Inside the Era of Freeing Eastern Rivers
Fading at 50: Why Older Sportsmen Are Spending Less Time Afield
Ask Wired To Hunt: Can Herbicides and Conservation Coexist?
Jun 26, 2019
“Aren’t there any better options?” my wife demanded.
I told her no, this was just the way it had to be. Her question lingered with me the rest of the afternoon, though. The issue at hand was my use of herbicides in preparation of planting a food plot.
The logic of spraying a toxic chemical across a landscape in order to improve vegetation and wildlife habitat seemed counterintuitive to my wife. I couldn’t blame her. My goal with planting food...
Breach It and They Will Come
Jun 14, 2019
An idea once considered radical—removing dams on rivers to restore fisheries—is becoming mainstream as scores of conservation efforts are paying off with restored river habitats and rejuvenated fisheries across North America.
In 1981, when the environmental group Earth First! wanted a publicity stunt to show how radical they were, they unfurled a giant black “crack” on the face of Arizona’s Glen Canyon Dam. Times have changed. Recently, a...
Sterilize or Slaughter? America’s Feral Horse Problem
Jun 13, 2019
For some, wild horses and burros are an iconic symbol of the West, representing the freedom and ruggedness that define the frontier. For a growing number of conservationists, hunters and others concerned about native wildlife and habitats, feral horses are a scourge on the landscape. They trample sensitive plants, devour food meant for native species and bully wildlife away from water sources.
The Bureau of Land Management says there are at least...
Record-Breaking 17-Foot Python Captured in Florida
Apr 9, 2019
An enormous Burmese python was captured last week at Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida. The snake measured 17 feet long, weighed 140 pounds and contained 73 developing eggs. It’s the heaviest python ever documented in The Sunshine State, outweighing the previous record by about 40 pounds.
The majority of pythons captured in the area range from 6 to 10 feet long. In their native range of Southeast Asia, specimens have measured as big as 2...
Study Suggests Elk Hate Bark Beetle Deadfall as Much as You
Mar 27, 2019
“Beyond aggravating,” is how wildlife biologist Kevin Monteith describes elk hunting in forests where bark beetles have killed most trees and you have to scramble over dead logs at every turn. “There’s no way you’re going to navigate through it quietly if elk were in there, so you get torqued off and you try to get through it as fast as you can.”
But what does beetle kill mean for elk and hunters beyond being a massive pain in the butt to...
Sage Grouse: Hunters Have Skin in the Game
Jan 8, 2019
You may never swing a shotgun after a sage grouse, the largest North American grouse, but you still have skin in the game in the fight for their future.
That is because sage grouse represent something much larger than the upland birds themselves: the public lands and sagebrush steppe habitat critical to Western hunting and wildlife.
I first saw sage grouse when I was about 13, sitting in a ground blind waiting for pronghorn to step into bow range...
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