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  • July 23, 2008

    Hero of the Week

    Joe Stefko
    Greensburg, Pa.

    Diplomas don’t impress Joe Stefko. The 61-year-old Wildlife Education Supervisor for the Pennsylvania Game commission has been working outdoors long enough to know that a degree in environmental science or wildlife biology doesn’t usually prepare someone to tag a black bear or shoot a rifle.

    “I see the colleges as puppy mills,” he says. “The students go through four years and they have the academics for wildlife biology, but they don’t have the hands-on experience.”

  • July 18, 2008

    Hero Update: Teams up with the Sportsman's Alliance for Alaska

    The plight of Pebble Mine and Bristol Bay in Alaska is well-known here at Field and Stream. In our March 2008 issue, Kirk Deeter wrote about the battle to save the area (Download the article: Salmon%20Roulette.pdf).

  • July 14, 2008

    Discussion Topic: A Gas Debate

    Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge has been the center of debate among, well, pretty much everyone. Now that gas prices are over $4 a gallon, this debate is getting even more attention, and is one of the biggest issues for the upcoming election. As with most debates centered around politics,

  • July 11, 2008

    Hero of the Week

    Molly Costin
    Wadena, Minn.

    "From the day we were walking, my siblings and I have been hunting and fishing," says Molly Costin. But Costin, 26, has noticed that for most kids today, the ability to walk rarely comes with a guarantee that they'll be heading outdoors.

    "I have 11 nieces and nephews, and a lot hunt and fish," she says. "But I talk to them and I hear that their friends don't. [Hunting and fishing] is not normal anymore."

  • July 9, 2008

    Heroes Goes on the Road, Part 3

    The Total Outdoorsman Challenge regionals are now complete, and the Independence, Mo. regional's Heroes of Conservation presence was perhaps the best yet. Thank you to the following organizations for coming out:

    Missouri Hunting Heritage Foundation: This unique group takes hunter education classes to the next level. Certifying new hunters, taking them into the field to show them how to use firearms, and then provides a mentored hunt. Their website is currently being developed ( -- check back for contact information.