Across many parts of America your hunting rights are literally washing away. This cornfield near the South Dakota village where I was raised epitomizes why we’re losing hunting opportunities – and why the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) grasslands are … [Read more...] about Are Your Hunting Opportunities Eroding?
Natural History and Conservation
In this Conservation & Natural History section we will explore our hunting history and examine our obligations to the future of wildlife in North America. We’ll post news and alerts about human activities threatening wildlife and the places it needs to live. Read along. Chime in. Stay tuned and get involved. The wildlife habitat you save could be your own. It will certainly be your children’s future.
Have You Seen Bilateral Asymmetry in Antlers? A few years ago I shot this buck while hunting with Donna and Jake McDonald at Upper Canyon Ranch near Alder, MT. (www.ucomontana.com) Notice the right hind leg has been severed just at the dewclaws, probably by … [Read more...] about Why Weird Whitetail Antlers?
You may have noticed how some old whitetails during the rut develop rich, dark hairs on their foreheads. I always guessed this was the result of rubbing sap and dirt into the hair while making tree rubs. Now I’ve discovered this darkening might be a natural pigmentation … [Read more...] about Why Do Deer Get Dark Foreheads in Rut?
The Evil Crossbow Isn't the Real Danger Can you believe some folks want to hunt deer with crossbows? Can you believe some folks think this is evil? I don’t know what it is about hunting tools that set some people foaming, but for … [Read more...] about At Cross Purposes Over Crossbows
Over two-thirds of the thousands of kids on the Big Brothers Big Sisters waiting list claim they would like to spend time outdoors with their mentor. Pass It On - Outdoor Mentors can help with that. PIO-OM is a non-profit organization that connects children with … [Read more...] about Save Wildlife, Hunting and Kids
As a human, I love house cats. As a hunter and wildlife lover, I hate them. We had dozens of cats during my childhood. Every farm did. They were our mousers. Many became front porch pets. I managed to sneak them into the house just often enough for one to hatch kittens on my … [Read more...] about Here Kitty Kitty Kitty
Killing endangered species doesn’t seem like a good idea, but it is if killing them saves the species. Okay, how can that make any sense? The scimitar-horned oryx, native to North Africa desert grasslands (which are becoming more desert than grass, thanks to human … [Read more...] about Activists Threaten Endangered Species
After 45 years of hunting and 35 years writing about it, I haven't seen it all. But I've seen a lot of it. In 12 countries, 36 states and 6 Canadian provinces I've had the good fortune to pursue dozens of big game, small game, upland bird, waterfowl and … [Read more...] about Job one for hunters