— TOP STORY —
Brown Signs California Gun Restraining Order Bill
Yesterday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a measure which allows family members to ask judges to remove firearms from relatives who appear to pose a threat. Prior to the measure's passage, Connecticut, Indiana and Texas were the only states where law enforcement officials could seek a judge's order allowing them to seize guns from people they deem to be a danger. The California measure expands the scope by allowing relatives to seek the same restraining orders. Under the bill, whomever seeks the restraining order would be required to sign an affidavit under oath. Falsifying an affidavit is a misdemeanor. A court hearing is mandated within 14 days of the order's issuance to allow the gun owner a chance to argue they pose no danger. Previously, officials could only seize guns from those convicted of felonies, violent misdemeanors, under a domestic violence restraining order or determined to be mentally unstable. Sam Paredes, executive director of Gun Owners of California says the organization feels the law "just misses the mark and may create a situation where law-abiding gun owners are put in jeopardy."
Brown also signed SB505, a companion measure that will require law enforcement officials to develop policies that encourage officers to search the state's database of gun purchases as a regular part of routine welfare checks.
— CONSERVATION —
After review of the best available scientific and commercial information, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) found that listing the Rio Grande cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii virginalis) under the Endangered Species Act is not warranted at this time. Therefore, the Service will remove this subspecies from the candidate list. | For More...
— EVENTS —
People who love to explore the abundant natural wonders of Georgia and South Carolina will find a new kind of fun this weekend. The grand opening celebration for Augusta's new Gander Mountain store will abound with celebrities, special demos and giveaways. | For More...
More than 400 people are expected to attend the 2014 Mermaid's Kiss Oyster Fest at the National Aquarium in Baltimore on Thursday, October 2. Ten area restaurants, including Spike Gjerde's Woodberry Kitchen and Brian Voltaggio's Volt, will serve signature dishes at the event. | For More...
Learn about the many outdoor opportunities the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission offers the public by visiting the agency's State Fair exhibit in Raleigh from Oct. 16-26. | For More...
— FISHERIES —
On Sept. 19, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) released 10,000 3-6-inch blue catfish in the 810-acre lake on the Pottawattamie-Harrison county line to learn about the popular trophy fish and to establish a brood population that could produce fish to be stocked in other Iowa waters. | For More...
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will hold a webinar Public Hearing to discuss and take public comment on the actions and alternatives contained in a Red Grouper Framework Action. | For More...
Shorter days, cooler nights and fewer bugs are signs that autumn is getting closer. Fish are starting to go on a feeding frenzy to prepare for winter and next spring's spawn. For Iowa anglers, that means some of the best fishing of the year is right around the corner. | For More...
Most marine areas of Puget Sound will reopen today for recreational crab fishing, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced yesterday. The openings were approved by fishery managers after summer catch assessments by WDFW indicated more crab are available for harvest. | For More...
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced that Ludington State Park in Mason County will begin the process of lowering Hamlin Lake to its winter level Monday, Oct. 27. | For More...
— GEAR —
For those looking for the strength and durability of Kydex® combined with the fit and comfort traditionally found only in leather holsters for concealed carry, Front Line suggests one of the models from their new generation holsters system the KNG. Available now in a wide range of models and styles at IDFholsters.com, consumers are invited to take 20% off for a limited time. | For More...
— HUNTING —
With Michigan's archery deer season set to begin Oct. 1, the Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters of recent changes to the state's hunting license structure. | For More...
The mountain lion that closed Montana hunting district 309 has been determined to be an illegal take so the district will remain open. | For More...
— INDUSTRY —
While most people are prepping for Halloween during October, many of us will also be gearing up for this fall's waterfowling season. For that reason, Bass Pro Shops has designated the entire month of October as Ducks Unlimited (DU) month. | For More...
Under the direction of Carol Craighead, along with several members of the family and many long time employees, CrossBreed Holsters has continued to grow. This made it necessary to move yet into an even larger facility in July of 2014. The new facility is a tribute to founder Mark Craighead and the achievement of his dream. | For More...
In support of the airgun shooting sports, Umarex USA, Inc. donates a laminated RWS Model 54 air rifle to the American Airgun Field Target Association (AAFTA) for auction at the 2014 AAFTA Nationals being held at the Evans Bridge Field Target Range in Heflin, Alabama, October 3- 5, 2014. | For More...
Honoring two pro anglers, a successful bass fishing industry entrepreneur, and an exceptional writer on the bass fishing scene, the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame (BFHOF) Board of Directors announces the Hall's 2015 inductees: Harold Allen, William 'Bill' Huntley, Stacey King, and Don Wirth. | For More...
The Safariland Group announces it has been awarded a $6,000,000 two-year contract from the State of California for its Second Chance body armor. The Summit, Prism and Prism MT series products will protect all California agency employees requiring ballistic and stab protection. Additionally, city and county agencies may purchase through the contract. | For More...
The Board of Directors for Outdoor Industry Association® (OIA) announces the resignation of President and CEO Frank Hugelmeyer, effective October 3, 2014. | For More...
— NEW PRODUCTS —
All of Terminator's new T-1 Original Titanium Spinnerbait models, which come in three new colors, are available in 3/8, 1/2 and 3/4 ounce models. Each size boasts a premium VMC® hook. | For More...
— ONLINE —
Facebook followers of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources can "talk" online with a DNR expert about genealogy on Wednesday, Oct. 1, from 2 to 3 p.m. EDT, on the DNR's Facebook wall. | For More...
This week on video at www.GrowingDeer.tv: Pro-staff team member Seth Harker decides it is time to "sit down, shut up, and hunt" on opening day of the 2014 MO archery season. His strategy pays off when a big, old buck comes into the food plot. | For More...
To ensure mobile device and tablet users the same great experience as desktop users, Lancaster Archery Supply has launched a new responsive design website. | For More...
— OPTICS —
SWAROVSKI OPTIK NORTH AMERICA is pleased to announce the new STR 80 spotting scope. Offering HD optics and an illuminated reticle, the STR 80 is excellent for estimating distance and will allow you to see targets at long range. | For More...
— PARTNERSHIPS —
Weatherby® has partnered with Base Camp 40, Warriors In The Wild to provide rifles for the Chris Kyle "Seal on the Mountain Hunt," which includes four Medal of Honor recipients and three other military veterans. | For More...
The National Deer Alliance is pleased to announce that they will be joined by Whitetails Unlimited in their effort to protect North America's wild deer, wildlife habitat and the future of hunting. Whitetails Unlimited will be a valuable partner and assist the NDA in its mission to achieve positive outcomes for deer and deer hunting. | For More...
— PASSINGS —
Aaron Jones, a man who staunchly supported the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation from its earliest beginnings with both his leadership abilities and philanthropic efforts, has died at the age of 92. | For More...
— PEOPLE —
Pheasants Forever (PF) and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently dedicated a 112-acre addition to Rich Valley Wildlife Management Area near Hutchinson, in honor of Pheasants Forever volunteer legend Dr. Virgil Voigt. | For More...
— POACHING —
One of the largest bull elk ever recorded in Pennsylvania was shot illegally along with two other bulls this month, and three Centre County men have been charged with teaming in a poaching effort, the Pennsylvania Game Commission announced. | For More...
— RADIO —
KANA 580, broadcasting to Anaconda, Butte and Deer Lodge, Montana, is the latest affiliate to a pick up Northwestern Outdoors Radio. They will be airing the show Friday afternoons from Noon to 1 PM. | For More...
— RECOGNITION —
At a tribute to the life of William Clay Ford on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at a private family event, the Michigan Historical Commission will recognize Ford's lifetime contribution to preserving the nation's history by posthumously presenting him with its first William G. Milliken/Elizabeth S. Adams/Frank J. Kelley Award. | For More...
— RECREATION —
Another busy year in Iowa's state parks will be coming to an end and soon staff will be preparing for the first freezing temperatures of the fall. State parks will begin winterizing their facilities in mid October, including shutting off water in the campground and closing shower houses. | For More...
— RETAIL —
Do It Best Corp., representing over 3800 member-owned stores in more that 50 countries, will be offering its members a glimpse at what's new in the hardware, sporting goods and building supply market on October 18-20 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Arctic Ice has been chosen it to be highlighted in two of the three sections of Do It Best's New Idea Exhibit. | For More...
— SAFETY —
In a move that's expected to benefit recreational boaters, on Oct. 22 the US Coast Guard will drop the current life jacket type code scheme -- Type I, II, III, IV and V -- that has been used for years to label and differentiate the types of life jackets and their specific use. | For More...
— SHOOTING COMPETITIONS —
Bushnell is proud to announce that Bushnell Tactical Team member Tom Fuller and his partner Dave Steinbach were the winning team in the 2014 Competition Dynamics Sniper Adventure Challenge which was held September 5-7, 2014 in Douglas Wyoming. | For More...
— STATES —
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will host an open house Oct. 2 in Newberry to provide information and receive public comment on proposed forest management treatments for 2016 in the Newberry management unit, which includes Chippewa and Luce counties. | For More...
— TELEVISION —
This week, Doug travels to the freshwater lakes in Ocala, Florida with his sons and sports training Coach John Schaeffer to fill gator nuisance tags. Over the course of two days, the crew sets off on a Jon boat during daylight hours glassing for 25' baited buoy lines amongst lily pads and downed trees. | For More...
Sportsman Channel has entered into a new sponsorship deal with CDNN Sports during the network's show - NRANEWS Cam & Co. The announcement was made yesterday by Sportsman Channel Vice President of Business Development Graig Hale. | For More...
This week, follow "NWTF 365" as they pursue deer, quail, elk, waterfowl, dove and much more. Mossy Oak's Ronnie "Cuz" Strickland also provides weekly tips and tactics. | For More...
This week, "Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt." shares the name with the National Wild Turkey Federation's initiative dedicated to conserving habitat and creating new hunters. | For More...
World Fishing Network premieres the second installment of the second season of its signature magazine format show, World Fishing Journal, with another all-star episode on Sunday, Oct. 5. | For More...
This fall brings the premier of brand new reality series Fishcamp: Past The Pavement to WILD TV as well as new episodes of fan favorites Sportsman 360 TV with Owen Nolan, Swarovski Optik Quests with the Eyes of a Hawk and Tom Gruenwald Outdoors. In addition, fan response has been so great that an encore of all episodes of Jim Shockey's Uncharted will be added into the schedule. | For More...
— TRANSPORTATION —
FLOE has recently merged the core properties of aluminum with the most progressive use of highly impact- and UV-resistant polymers. The result is the Cargo Max XRT 8-57, a category-defining utility trailer. | For More...
— WOMEN IN THE OUTDOORS —
Ms. Wheelchair USA Ashlee Lundvall, of Cody, Wyo., will be a special guest hunter at the 2014 Wyoming Women's Antelope Hunt, joining almost 40 women from around the nation in this event to raise funds for the Wyoming Women's Foundation to improve the economic self-sufficiency of women in the state. | For More...
— YOUTH —
On Oct. 11, 12 or 13, Utah will host its annual youth pheasant and quail hunt where those who are 17 years of age or younger will have Utah's pheasants and quail all to themselves. | For More...
Fewer Condors Treated for Lead Exposure
Editor's Note: Today, our editorial space recognizes the efforts of Utah and Arizona wildlife officials to preserve their California condor populations by encouraging hunters in both states to help with their efforts by voluntarily using non-lead ammunition. Before you get angry and write nasty-notes to our editors, we know lead in ammunition is not the only source of lead in these carrion feeders' diets. Lead can still come from a vast variety of sources, including the earth. The point is that hunters have voluntarily cooperated with the efforts and the results seem to indicate measurable improvements. It's important to note that outdoorsmen will usually look to do the right thing. So "asking" for their cooperation is decidedly more productive than mandating a change with no solid evidence to back it up. And as the second paragraph points out: "it looks like their voluntary efforts might be paying off" - there's no guarantee that the so-called "magic bullet" for solving the problem is eliminating traditional ammunition.
Hunters and shooters in Arizona and Utah, however, have proven a willingness to try whatever steps may be necessary to preserve the California condor. But they want those steps to be based on facts, not emotion.
Number drops to lowest level since 2005
How do you save an endangered California condor? Provide it with a clean and healthy food source.
That's exactly what hunters in Utah and Arizona have been trying to do over the past few years. And it looks like their voluntary efforts might be paying off.
The number of California condors treated for lead exposure in Utah and Arizona recently dropped to its lowest level since 2005. Between Sept. 1, 2013 and Aug. 31, 2014, a total of 13 condors were treated to counter the effects of lead poisoning. During the same period the previous year, 28 birds were treated. The average over five years had been 26 condors annually.
"This is potentially exciting news," says Chris Parish, project director with The Peregrine Fund. "We're hopeful that the decreased measurements of lead exposure are a direct result of the hunters' actions. With continued effort, we may well see a continuing trend of lower lead levels in coming years."
Keith Day, a regional wildlife biologist with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR), says condors feed entirely on carrion [dead animals].
"When they eat an animal that died after being wounded by a gunshot," he says, "or they eat the entrails left in the field after a hunter has cleaned an animal he or she has harvested, they ingest lead fragments. If hunters use non-lead ammunition, the threat of lead exposure is non-existent."
To help the endangered condors, the UDWR and the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AGFD) have asked hunters in southern Utah and northern Arizona to use non-lead ammunition. To offset the cost and encourage participation, both agencies have voluntary programs that provide hunters in those areas with a free box of non-lead bullets.
The voluntary response from hunters has been impressive.
"We've operated a lead reduction program in Arizona since 2005," says Allen Zufelt, condor recovery biologist for the AGFD. "Over the past seven years, more than 80 percent of our hunters have chosen to use non-lead ammunition annually in support of the condor program. Many others have removed entrails, which might have lead fragments in them, from the field after a successful hunt."
Utah's non-lead program started in 2010. Having a comparable program in Utah may have tipped the scale in favor of the condors.
Day says 55 percent of those who hunted in the Zion hunting unit (where Utah's non-lead program is focused) in 2013 used non-lead ammunition or removed entrails from the field if they used lead bullets. "We anticipate that the number of hunters who participate in the program on the Zion unit will continue to grow," he says.
Utah hunters can learn more about the state's lead reduction program-including prizes they can win for participating-at http://wildlife.utah.gov/condors/drawing_2014.pdf
"Hats off to hunters in both states," says Greg Sheehan, director of the UDWR. "We're asking hunters to change a tradition and try something different for the sake of conservation. And they're stepping to the plate. This type of cooperation is what makes successful wildlife management happen."
Day and Zufelt say voluntary non-lead programs will continue in Utah and Arizona this fall.
The California condor recovery effort in Utah and Arizona is a cooperative program among federal, state and private partners. Those partners include The Peregrine Fund, the Arizona Game and Fish Department, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Arizona Strip Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management, Grand Canyon and Zion national parks, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, and the Kaibab and Dixie national forests.
Mark Hadley, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, (801) 538-4737
Lynda Lambert, Arizona Game and Fish Department, (623) 236-7203
Susan Whaley, The Peregrine Fund, (208) 362-8274
Jeff Humphrey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, (602) 242-0210, ext. 222
Rachel Tueller, Bureau of Land Management, (435) 688-3303
Maureen Oltrogge, Grand Canyon National Park, (928) 638-7779
David Hercher, Kaibab National Forest, (928) 643-8110
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