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James, Chapter III

Speaks well to core emotions of being hunter, being companion and being human.

Mouthful of Feathers

DSCN1265Less than a week into the trip, Pat pulls up lame. Favoring the left hind.
We are nearer true Mearns country now. In the vicinity, anyway. But on the first evening in the new camp, the dogs out for a piss put up a covey of Gambel quail, maybe fifteen birds. We are both in beer mode though, two into the evening, and we just laugh and watch them fly off. Call the dogs back in. We’ll be after them in the morning. I can see oak up on the rims on the north slope, within reach for a good walker.

In the morning, Jim heads out with Pat, chasing last night’s covey, but it proves as ephemeral as a phone number given without enthusiasm to a stranger on Friday night. And in the process, she comes in limping, her passion for birds slowed to a three-legged hop. I spend the day on the…

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Hunters, anglers, wildlife advocates stand up for America’s outdoor heritage

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Feb. 25, 2016 – Hunters, anglers and wildlife advocates oppose congressional attempts to strip Americans of their public-lands heritage, which would endanger fish and wildlife populations nationwide and undermine the ability to hunt, fish and recreate as we have for generations.

 

The National Wildlife Federation and its Western state affiliates said two bills up for debate Thursday before theHouse Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands would remove millions of acres of national forest lands now managed for multiple uses from the public domain. Both HR3650 and HR2316 would make timber production the priority in large tracts of forests, which are important sources of clean water and fish and wildlife habitat. Fundamental environmental laws protecting air and water quality and wildlife and existing requirements for public input into decisions about public lands would no longer apply.

 

“Sportsmen and women and outdoor enthusiasts of all backgrounds have repeatedly made it clear that our national public lands are fundamental to our economy, way of life and identity as Americans. The National Wildlife Federation and its affiliates have helped defeat several land-grab attempts in statehouses across the West and we will keep fighting any land-giveaway schemes by Congress,” said Aaron Kindle, the National Wildlife Federation’s Western sportsmen’s campaign manager.

 

Kindle noted that NWF’s 49 state and territorial affiliatesvoted unanimously in 2014 to reaffirm their support for national public lands and opposition to large-scale land exchanges, sales or giveaways.

 

From NWF affiliates:

 

“In communities all over the West, local stakeholders are working together with the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, farmers and other agencies to find balanced ways to manage public lands. We need to support implementation of these practical, local solutions instead of promoting speculative ideological schemes that will really just reduce local input.” ~ Dave Chadwick, executive director of the Montana Wildlife Federation

 

“Until recently, the public lands seizure movement was fought on the local level. The movement is now expanding and has made it to the national stage. For the first time, some elected officials at the national level are calling for public lands transfer across the country, which would deny Americans access to treasured areas that they’ve used to hunt, fish and camp in for decades. Our heritage is at stake if public land transfer proposals continue to move forward.” ~ Garrett VeneKlasen, executive director of the New Mexico Wildlife Federation

 

“The wealth of public lands retained in Idaho represents one of the last great bastions of our Western character. We have wide open spaces where every stream is clear, quality habitat supports game herds that roam in abundant numbers, and we can wander over ridge line after ridge line without ever seeing a ‘Keep out’ sign. We value our shared national lands and our access to them. The Idaho Wildlife Federation opposes any legislation that would wrest public land from public hands and sell it to a singular extractive use. Our message to Congress is that Idaho doesn’t want your locked gates or ‘Keep out’ signs.” ~ Brian Brooks, Idaho Wildlife Federationsportsmen coordinator

 

“While some members of Congress are devising ways to favor logging in large areas of our public lands and take away Americans’ access to these lands for recreation, Coloradans are pushing to create an annual celebration of the benefits of public lands to our quality of life and economy. Sportsmen and women, wildlife viewers and other outdoor enthusiasts enthusiastically support a bill in the state legislature that would create ‘Public Lands Day’ in Colorado on the third Saturday each May. Passage of the bill would underscore what we in Colorado understand, and out-of-step politicians fail to grasp: Americans love their public lands and are willing to make a stand to keep them in the public domain.” ~ Suzanne O’Neill, executive director of the Colorado Wildlife Federation

 

“Transferring public lands to the states would put them on the fast track to development. These lands are vital to wildlife, they are where we connect with nature, go hunting and fishing and enjoy the outdoors with our children. They also contribute to our well-being, the air we breathe and the water we drink. We live for these lands and the great outdoors.” ~ Chamois Andersen, executive director of the Wyoming Wildlife Federation

 

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Keep Great Lakes Water in the Great Lakes

Important post by our friends in the Great Lakes

Great Lakes Outdoors

The above video tells a great story that you should know about…

Did you know that right now, the Great Lakes governors and Canadian premiers of Ontario and Quebec are reviewing the first Great Lakes diversion proposal under a new law – called the Great Lakes Compact?

More info can be found here

For those that don’t know, the Compact bans diverting Great Lakes water outside of the Great Lakes basin, with limited exceptions. All 8 Great Lake governors must approve this. All it takes is one veto to stop the diversion. As currently written, this diversion does not meet the exception standards of the Compact. Thus should be denied.

Stand up for the Great Lakes and tell your Governor to deny this diversion proposal

Whether you hunt, fish, birdwatch, camp, canoe, or swim…the Great Lakes are a value to all of us.  They provide a cultural and…

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Photo by Joe Riis

There will be a lot going on with multiple games, events and prizes (including outdoor gear, guns, trips…)  Don’t get caught at home – come join in the fun!

Here’s what you’ll find:
Wall of Guns
Wheelbarrow of Spirits
Hers raffle
Kids raffle
Live and silent auctions
Shot shell pull and other games

March 5th, at the Holiday Inn/Radisson, 204 W. Fox Farm Rd, Cheyenne, WY
Tickets for Sale – go online to: wyomingwildlife.org

The Wyoming Migration Initiative will be at the WWF annual fundraiser banquet.  Learn more about the Initiative, about big game migration and about WWF’s work with the Initiative.  Make your reservations for the WWF banquet now!

Entry/dinner ticket prices:
$50 per person (kids are $25)
$90 per couple

Members, bring a friend and you’ll be entered into a raffle drawing for a fabulous prize!

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Last week the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission approved new definitions developed by stakeholders and the Game and Fish Department designed to protect big game migration corridors. The Commission’s vote on Thursday came after more than a year of Mule_deermeetings and new science-based conservation strategies with the aim to mitigate impacts of development and other causes that constrain the animals’ movements.

Wyoming Wildlife Federation (WWF) Field Director Joy Bannon provided testimony in support of the new measures. “Sportsmen support multiple-use management, energy development, grazing, and other uses of our western landscapes, but we believe that all uses must be balanced with wildlife habitat needs,” says Bannon. “Meetings between sportsmen, wildlife managers, and other stakeholders enabled us to collaboratively formulate a reasonable strategy for protecting our migrating elk, mule deer, bighorn sheep, and pronghorn.”

The Commission passed the definitions, which will now be included in the department’s mitigation policy. Migration bottlenecks and ungulate stopover areas will be listed as “vital” under the Commission’s mitigation policy. New data has introduced the need to define migratory bottleneck – where animal movement becomes constrained, including a highway or fence – and stopover areas where animals feed and rest during migration. These new policy definitions are important as the Game and Fish Department coordinates with federal land management agencies and state agencies on common goals and decisions regarding energy development, mining, and recreational activities. These definitions represent a victory for Wyoming’s big game animals; important protections as they migrate to and from their seasonal habitats.

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