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  • September 30, 2010

    Nature Documentaries: Staged In "The Wild"

    By Chad Love

    Ever watch a nature program and wonder how the filmmakers managed to capture those awesome and allegedly authentic scenes? This is going to come as an absolute shock, but a lot of them were...wait for it...staged!

    From this story on NPR: 
    Wildlife documentaries come with the promise that what you're seeing and hearing is genuine—but that's not always the case, according to a new book by a veteran environmental filmmaker. In Shooting in the Wild: An Insider's Account of Making Movies in the Animal Kingdom, Chris Palmer exposes some of the dirty secrets behind nature documentaries, like manufactured sounds and staged animal fights. Palmer tells Weekend Edition host Liane Hansen that after 30 years in the business, he had become haunted by what he had seen and felt the need for transparency.

  • September 30, 2010

    Pygmy Rabbit Too Cute To Hunt?

    By Chad Love

    The smallest rabbit species in North America gets added to the ever-growing list of species in trouble, but not enough to be listed under the ESA.

    From this story on MSNBC:

    The pygmy rabbit does not warrant protection under the endangered species act, a federal agency said Wednesday. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service concluded that while there are pressures to the rabbit's habitat, it is not enough to threaten the survival of the species.

  • September 30, 2010

    Research Project Along NE Coast Upsetting Local Anglers, Commercial Fishermen

    By Chad Love

    A massive research project in a prime Atlantic fishing ground has local anglers and commercial fishermen up in arms.

    From this story in the Gloucester Times:
    The National Science Foundation intends to assemble an array of gliders and autonomous underwater vehicles in a block of water on the continental shelf that is heavily traveled and fished by boats from New England, New York, New Jersey and as far south as the Carolinas. The poorly publicized and poorly attended public hearing on what is known as the Pioneer Array element in the global scale project was held Sept. 8 in New Bedford.

  • September 30, 2010

    Muley Stuck Between A Rock...and a Lake

    By Chad Love

    A mule deer who was either [A] hungry and a poor planner; or [B] despondent and just wanted to end it all, recently jumped off a cliff and into Lake Powell. Maybe he was trying to prove Santa and his Reindeer Only policy wrong...

    From this story in the Desert News: 

    A hungry mule deer on the cliffs of Lake Powell took to the air, then jumped into the water Saturday, before being returned to solid ground by officers from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. The four-by-four point buck was trapped in Moqui Canyon, about two or three miles north, or "up lake," of Bullfrog Marina, said Sean Spencer, a conservation officer who assisted in the rescue.

  • September 29, 2010

    Gerber and Grylls Release New Line of Survival Knives

    By David Maccar

    Gerber is releasing a new line of knives in 2011 dubbed simply the Survivor Series, representing a collaboration between the knife maker and survivalist/TV show host Bear Grylls, a first for the star of the Discovery Channel's Man vs. Wild. These will also be the first pieces of survival gear bearing BG's name and stamp of approval since he parted ways with Bayleyknife's S4 series.

    As a taste, the first entry in the series is currently available for pre-order through for $59.99, a reduced price that may go up when the knife is released on November 15.

  • September 29, 2010

    Study: Hunters Must Pull Back to Restore Quail Population

    By Chad Love

    The long, slow decline of the bobwhite quail in the southeastern states is well known. Now, a study says that hunting opportunities may need to be reduced in order to bring back quail numbers.

    From this story in the University of Florida News:

    More hunting restrictions may be needed if wildlife managers are to bring back declining populations of the northern bobwhite quail, a new University of Florida study shows. The population of the popular game bird, which gets its name from its distinctive call, has been declining in the southeastern U.S. since the 1980s largely because of habitat loss. UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers, in a paper published in the current issue of Wildlife Research, report that hunters play a role in reducing the numbers of quail including some that don’t get a chance to reproduce.

  • September 29, 2010

    Number of Minnesota Duck Hunters Down 50% in 30 Years

    By Chad Love

    When Minnesota's duck season opens on Saturday, there will be half the number of hunters watching the sun rise as there were thirty years ago.

    From this story in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:

    When Minnesota's waterfowl season opens Saturday, something will be missing: hunters. The number of duck hunters has declined by nearly 50 percent in the past 30 years, from an estimated 155,000 in 1979 to 78,000 last year. In only the past 10 years, the state has lost 44,000 duck hunters. This while the overall number of licensed hunters in the state has stayed fairly constant at around 560,000.

  • September 29, 2010

    Take a Deer Aztec-Style

    By Chad Love

    Are you bored with your space-age 325-feet-per-second bow? Do you no longer find the thrill in your minute-of-gnat's-ass big-game rifle? Are you looking for a challenge? A real challenge? A get-back-to-your-roots challenge? Well, here it is, at least if you live in Missouri.

    From this story in the Columbia Missourian:

    One knee on the ground, Justin Garnett, 27, scraped an elderberry stem with a knife he made from volcanic glass. Within 30 minutes, he turned the stem into a weapon favored by Aztec war gods. The weapon is called atlatl, pronounced “AT’-lat-ul”. Its name originated from the Aztec language, meaning “water thrower” for hunting fish and mammoths. It wasn't until 2007 when the atlatl could be used in Missouri to hunt small game such as squirrels. In November, Missouri will become the second state in the U.S. where this weapon, which dates to at least 28,000 years ago, can be used to hunt deer. Alabama took the lead in 1996.

  • September 29, 2010

    A Heck of a Start

    By Chad Love

    A Michigan teen recently kicked off her hunting career in a big way. A really, really big way.

    From this AP story: 

    A 17-year-old Michigan girl began her big game hunting career with a bang ˜ or rather a whoosh ˜ by killing a 448-pound black bear with a bow and arrow from 16 yards away.

  • September 28, 2010

    Hunters vs. Pot Growers in Oregon

    By Chad Love

    Has it actually come to this? Seriously? Warned to stay off our own public lands because they’ve been taken over by the drug cartels? It's apparently happening in Oregon.

    From this story in the Mail-Tribune:
    Deer hunters will be taking to the woods en masse next weekend during the middle of the marijuana harvest season, and police are warning hunters to steer clear of any suspected gardens for their own safety.