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— COMPETITIONS
After failing to bring a fish to the scales in Friday's Bassmaster Central Open on Table Rock Lake, Texan Janet Parker fell out of contention for a top-5 invitation that would make her the first female Elite pro in the sport's history. | For More...

— ENFORCEMENT
The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) has graduated the fifty-third class of Maryland Natural Resources Police Officers from the Maryland Police & Correctional Training Center in Sykesville. | For More...

— EVENTS
The Ohio Wine Producers Association (OWPA) has partnered with The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake and the Ashtabula County Convention & Visitors Bureau to host the first ever Fly the Alley-a Northeast Ohio fly fishing expo-on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 at The Lodge at Geneva. | For More...

— FANTASY HUNTING LEAGUES
Outdoor personality Gregg Ritz's recent hunting success has helped him climb the ranks among all 60 professional hunters who compete in the Fantasy Hunting League (FHL). | For More...

— FISHERIES
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division has five delayed harvest streams available to anglers beginning November 1, potentially combining fishing and leaf-viewing opportunities. | For More...

— FORESTS
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) recently received two grants to restore longleaf pine forests on public and private lands in Mississippi. | For More...

— GEAR
Just in time for hunting season, Yates announces their "world's warmest sock" featuring a built-in pocket to hold disposable foot warmers and guaranteed to keep your feet warm. | For More...

As you head to the fields, the mountains, the brush or the prairie this season, be sure your firearm is securely by your side with a Vero Vellini sling. | For More...

— GOVERNMENT AGENCIES
The US Forest Service has released a statement endorsing the federal appeals court ruling that has upheld the 2011 Roadless Rule. | For More...

A Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission work session on a proposed state Wolf Conservation and Management Plan will be held November 3 in Spokane, followed by a meeting November 4 on other issues. Both will be held at the Ramada Spokane Airport hotel. | For More...

— HABITAT
An ongoing project to conserve habitat and secure public access for the future has reached 1,480 total acres along central Montana's Tenderfoot Creek. A coalition of partners including the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Bair Ranch Foundation, Tenderfoot Trust and U.S. Forest Service on Sept. 21 moved two tracts totaling 320 acres into public ownership as part of the Lewis and Clark National Forest. | For More...

— HUNTING
With squirrel and rabbit hunting seasons opening, there are many opportunities to enjoy some time in the fall woods. For many hunters in Mississippi, small game hunting was their first hunting experience and it remains a popular pastime. | For More...

The season for three of Ohio's most popular game species-ring-necked pheasant, cottontail rabbit, and bobwhite quail-begins Friday, November 4. | For More...

— INDUSTRY
The Outdoor Writers Association of America, in cooperation with the family of former Executive Director Sylvia Bashline, has established the Sylvia and Jim Bashline Writers Fund. | For More...

As part of an ongoing effort to grow and strengthen the Sports Afield brand on the eve of the magazine's 125 anniversary, Sports Afield publisher Ludo Wurfbain has announced the promotion of longtime advertising sales representative James Reed to the post of Director of Sales and Licensing. | For More...

The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership has commended a decision by the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals that reinstated the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule as the law governing 49 million acres of inventoried roadless areas located on the nation's national forests and grasslands. | For More...

Vincent Hancock a member of the USA Shooting National Team and former SCTP National Champion equaled his own Pan American Games record with a score of 147/150 to win the Gold Medal for the United States in the Men's Skeet in Guadalajara, Mexico. | For More...

The International Association for the Protection of Civilian Arms Rights (IAPCAR) has added the Taiwan Defensive Firearms Association (TDFA) as a member of international gun rights association working to protect and expand the right to keep and bear arms around the globe. | For More...

Federal® Ammunition introduces new multi-color Top Gun® Target loads to benefit the Wounded Warriors. The 12-gauge target loads are part of the mission to serve our country's heroes after returning home from duty. They are available in stores now. | For More...

— INSTRUCTION
Babes With Bullets, a three-day "immersion" camp program with an all female staff teaches novice women how to shoot, announces its 2012 schedule of shooting camps. | For More...

— JOBS, JOBS, JOBS
Traditions Performance Firearms is seeking a National Sales Manager to manage existing accounts and develop new accounts. | For More...

— MEDIA
Panteao Productions introduces the first in a new series of documentary videos from Panteao. The new video, called Down Zero, follows shooters competing at the 2011 IDPA Carolina Cup. | For More...

— NOTICES
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is now accepting applications from one-boat outfitters for temporary client days on the Beaverhead and Big Hole Rivers for use in 2012. | For More...

In a few remaining city and county lakes, blue-green algae populations are still above minimum public safety levels established by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). State and federal lakes are no longer under any warnings or advisories, thanks to cooler weather and shortened daylight hours. | For More...

— PAN AM GAMES
Four-time Olympic medalist Kim Rhode (El Monte, Calif.) added yet another gold star to her resume today at the Pan Amercian Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. SFC Jason Parker and teammate Matt Wallace added gold and silver medals, respectively, in men's competition. | For More...

Brady Ellison (Glendale, AZ) and Miranda Leek (Des Moines, IA), two of archery's youngest stars, propelled their respective teams to gold and silver medals at the Pan Am Games. Ellison, with teammates Joe Fanchin (Oceanside, CA) and Jake Kaminski (Elma, NY) took the men's gold. The women's team, featuring Leek, along with Khatuna Lorig (Wes Hollywood, CA) and Heather Koehl (Sheboygan, Falls WI) claimed silver after losing the gold medal match to Mexico. | For More...

Brady Ellison (Glendale, AZ) and Miranda Leek (Des Moines, IA) collected their second medals of the Pan Am Games, this time an individual gold for Ellison, and silver for Leek, following their gold and silver team round victories on Friday. | For More...

Team USA wrapped up the Pan American shooting events Oct. 22 with finals in Women's 50m Three Position Rifle, Men's Skeet and Men's 25m Rapid Fire Pistol. The USA took home three medals in the three events. | For More...

— PUBLISHING
Today's Wildlife Field Identification Guide, published by Kalkomey, is now available in an eBook format, allowing users to carry afield a wealth of wildlife knowledge on their Kindle, iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. | For More...

— SHOOTING COMPETITIONS
Hornady® Manufacturing was well represented at the International Practical Shooting Confederation World Shoot held in Rhodes, Greece, September 28 through October 9, 2011. Hornady® bullets produced medal winning results for both Team USA members and Team Hornady® members. | For More...

— SPONSORSHIPS
Bruiser Baits announces a new partnership with Scott Martin and the Scott Martin Challenge television program. | For More...

— TACKLE
WaveSpin introduces two super-strong lightweight versions of their original DH models, the new DH3000z (9.5 oz) and DH4000z (11 oz); both great for a wide variety of fish species. All come with an industry first "more fish guarantee". | For More...

— TELEVISION
This week on "Primitive Instinct", Gregg Ritz and his Horton crossbow hunt the renowned Hunt Masters Lodge in pursuit of early-season Ohio whitetails. | For More...

This week on "Whitetail Freaks", Kandi Kisky tags a truly magnificent whitetail that she's had in her sights for quite a while. Dubbed "The Banana-Tined Buck", this giant deer had eluded Kandi and the rest of the Whitetail Freaks crew. | For More...

This week's episode of TROPHY HUNTERS TV®, "Matt Hughes, Grin and Bear It" features the adventure of the first archery hunt for bear by host Matt Hughes. Viewers will relish the phenomenal cinematography accenting the breathtaking scenery of Saskatchewan, Canada. | For More...

Terry Denmon heads to Twin Falls Idaho for a new type of hunting, shooting decoying pigeons out of layout blinds. The closest thing to decoying ducks that you will find with no limits, it's a dream come true. | For More...

— WILDLIFE
On October 12, 2011, Mexican authorities released five Mexican wolves in the San Luis Mountains in Sonora, Mexico, approximately 80 miles south of Douglas, Arizona. | For More...

FEATURE
Outdoor Insight: Al Hochbaum
Editor's Note: Today's feature looks back into the history of the outdoor sports in the United States. Today, Al Hochbaum, the man who created the country's first duck research facility. We thank Delta Waterfowl for sharing this insight into their 100 year history.

Al Hochbaum: How He Created the First Duck Research Facility

BISMARCK, N.D.-When a young graduate student named Hans Albert Hochbaum set off to establish the first waterfowl research facility in 1938, no one could have guessed how wildly successful he would be.

During his 32 years as director of the Delta Waterfowl Research Station, Hochbaum created the most prestigious scientific research program on the continent and established himself as a passionate and articulate spokesman for ducks.

But if Hochbaum's career has a fairy tale ending, the first dozen years were anything but. There was hardly a time when the station's existence didn't hang by a thread: During the 1940s Hochbaum twice quit his job, he feuded constantly with Ducks Unlimited and frustrated his sponsors at the American Wildlife Institute (AWI).

The story of those tumultuous early years is revealed in the current issue of Delta Waterfowl magazine, a commemorative 100-year anniversary edition based on old letters, manuscripts and station documents from a collection housed at the Archives of Manitoba.

The saga began in 1938 when General Mills founder James Ford Bell of Minneapolis, Minnesota offered his Delta Marsh hunting camp at the lower end of Lake Manitoba as a research facility. Aldo Leopold selected Albert Hochbaum, a brilliant and multi-talented graduate student from Cornell, to establish the program under the sponsorship of AWI.

Hochbaum was immediately enamored with the marsh, writing to Leopold a week later, "I can't begin to tell you what a wonderful place this is. I would like to spend 10 years here."

During those early years Hochbaum, fellow Leopold student Lyle Sowls and others unraveled the mysteries of the prairie breeding grounds one discovery at a time. They identified homing and re-nesting tendencies and territorial behavior, and examined botulism, predation, crippling loss and the impact of lead shot.

"It's important to remember they were starting from ground zero," says Dr. Frank Rohwer, Hochbaum's 21st-century counterpart. "Everything they saw was new. Most of the research done to that point focused on the wintering grounds."

Hochbaum lived by a simple credo: "Research is the search for the truth, and management is the application of truth," and had little tolerance for anyone who didn't play by those rules

"He was entirely principled and was not one to be put off by authority," says Rohwer. "He didn't back down from anyone."

Hochbaum's propensity to stand his ground when others were retreating manifested itself early and often. "I have strong personal convictions concerning the conduct of wildlife research and the application of its findings," Hochbaum wrote to Bell in 1942.

Hochbaum's first spat with DU was over the importance of the small, ephemeral wetlands he believed were the engine that drove prairie duck production.

DU, on the other hand, believed small wetlands were harmful to ducks because they often dried up leaving ducklings to die. DU had been founded in 1937 on the promise of "drought-proofing" the Canadian prairies by draining small wetlands into big, permanent ponds known as "kee waters."

When AWI's leadership told Hochbaum of its support for DU's kee-waters approach, he turned to another former Leopold student, Art Hawkins of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for help. "Land that will produce a crop for agriculture should produce a crop of ducks even though some of the water...does not last through August," he wrote, "but we must have the facts based on intimate study."

Hawkins arranged for graduate student Chuck Evans to conduct research on the movement of broods, and Evans' research confirmed what Hochbaum already knew: That hens move their broods to bigger water when small wetlands disappear.

Hochbaum believed DU was over-stating the duck population to exaggerate its accomplishments and secure liberal hunting seasons for its U.S. supporters, and complained bitterly to anyone who would listen.

The Fish and Wildlife Service shared his concerns, and in 1946 sent Hawkins and pilot Bob Smith to Canada to establish the annual spring breeding population and habitat survey, which during its 10-year development period was headquartered at the Delta Duck Station.

Officially launched in 1955, the survey became the largest wildlife inventory in the world.

In addition to recognizing the importance of small wetlands and being the driving force behind creation of the annual spring duck survey, Hochbaum also discovered a unique method of aging and sexing through cloacal examination.

Hochbaum is remembered by many for his gruff, uncompromising persona and his squabbles with DU; by others as a gifted researcher and relentless advocate for ducks.

"Al was a fabulous scientist," says Dr. Rohwer, a former Delta student who enjoyed the hospitality of Hochbaum and his wife Joan on numerous occasions. "He was one of those really bright, gifted people. He could write well, was a great artist and a strong advocate for what he saw on the prairies."

Hochbaum retired in 1970 to concentrate on his writing and painting. He continued to fight for small wetlands until his death in 1988.

For more information about Delta Waterfowl and its 100-year anniversary: www.deltawaterfowl.org/100years/.
Nov 12
The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake, Geneva, Ohio
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