Bipartisan Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus Leadership Introduces Sportsmen’s Package in the House

Posted on Thursday, September 07, 2017

GW:  After many long years, the long-awaited disclosure of information relative to settlements granted to anti-hunting groups by the USFWS may come to fruition via the Open Book on Equal Access to Justice Act.  But, what will we learn?  And, can this Congress get anything done to change to the transparency in government we were all promised and rightfully deserve, once we learn the deep, dark secrets purposely hidden from us?  And if not now, when?

On September 1, Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) Co-Chairs Congressmen Jeff Duncan (SC) and Gene Green (TX) introduced H.R. 3668, the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act, or SHARE Act, in the House of Representatives. Original cosponsors include CSC Vice-Chair Congressman Austin Scott (GA) and CSC Member Congressman Rob Wittman (VA).

H.R. 3668 includes 16 pro-sportsmen’s provisions aiming to enhance hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreation opportunities on federal land. Key titles include the following:

*Fishing Protection Act (protecting the use of traditional fishing tackle and ammunition)
*Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act
*Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage Opportunities Act
*Farmer and Hunter Protection Act
*Transporting bows across National Park Service lands
*Open Book on Equal Access to Justice Act
*Good Samaritan Search and Recovery Act
*North American Wetlands Conservation Extension

The House Natural Resources Committee has scheduled a hearing on the SHARE Act for Wednesday, September 12, at 10:00 am EST. Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) President Jeff Crane has submitted written testimony in support of several of the provisions included.

Prevent Slippage With Koola Buck’s Anti-Microbial Carcass Spray

BROOKVILLE, Pa. (September 5, 2017) — Slipping, slippage and hair shedding are terms that taxidermists use to describe hair loss on capes, hides and skins when the hair falls out of the hide. It is a term that you don’t want to hear. Epidermal slippage can occur before, during or after tanning and occurs due to bacteria getting into the hair follicles. The follicles begin to decay, and the hair falls out of the hide. Properly preparing the hide in the field by spraying it with the Koola Buck Anti- Microbial Spray will prevent this from happening.

Surface pH at the time of harvest is neutral at 7.0, but as heat, dirt and other debris begin to contaminate the surface, the pH begins to rise. By applying the Koola Buck Anti-Microbial Spray on the cape, the pH level is significantly lowered, which also greatly lowers the growth of bacteria thereby eliminating hair slippage. Simply put: avoid bacteria; avoid slippage.

The Koola Buck Anti-Microbial Spray is ideal for use on game meat as well. Game meat is a precious commodity and hard to come by, so why not give your meat all the care it deserves. Simply use the Koola Buck Anti-Microbial Spray directly on the meat to keep bacteria from growing. Read more

MI goose season begins today

Goose season begins Friday; hunters should be aware of new aggregate bag limits

It’s time to head to Michigan’s lakes, fields and marshes to hunt geese starting tomorrow. The Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that big changes to regulations this year include a dark goose and light goose aggregate bag limit.

Canada geese, white-fronted geese (or specklebellies) and brant are now part of a dark goose aggregate daily bag limit. From Sept. 1-30, the dark goose aggregate daily bag limit for Canada geese, white-fronted geese and brant is five, only one of which can be a brant. After Sept. 30, the daily limit for dark geese is five, only three of which can be Canada geese and only one of which can be a brant.

In simpler terms, hunters can harvest five dark geese per day in September, only one of which can be a brant. All five dark geese harvested could be Canada geese. After Sept. 30, hunters still can harvest five dark geese per day; however, only three of those can be Canada geese, and only one can be a brant. Three Canada geese can be harvested daily after Sept. 30, and the remainder of the aggregate daily bag limit can be filled with two white-fronted geese or a white-fronted goose and a brant.

An aggregate bag limit is also in place for light geese, including snow, blue and Ross’s geese. Hunters may harvest 20 light geese per day during goose seasons. Read more

Online Video Shows Tips for Bow Hunters and Easy Fall Plots

In the newest video on GrowingDeer.com they have an episode full of tips and useful information as deer hunters prepare for bow season and fall food plots! Dr. Woods helps local hunters with tips for improving their hunting grounds. Then advice for getting a new bow dialed in before deer season and a bow hunter’s practice regime for late summer. The episode wraps up with details on how to put in easy fall food plots. Click here to view the video today! Read more

MI antlerless deer license application results now available

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that antlerless deer application results are available. Application results and leftover license availability can be found at mi.gov/deer.

Any leftover antlerless deer licenses not issued in this drawing will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Tuesday, Sept. 5, at 10 a.m. EDT until license quotas are met. Read more

Michigan: Hunters Be Aware of New Importation Regs on Animals Harvested Outside State

For those who plan to hunt outside of Michigan this fall, it is important to note that regulations related to the importation of harvested cervids (such as deer, elk or moose) have changed substantially.

Hunters who harvest a cervid in any other state or province can bring back only the following cervid parts into Michigan:

    • Hides.
    • Deboned meat.
    • Quarters (legs that do not have any part of the spinal column or head attached).
    • Finished taxidermy products.
    • Cleaned teeth.
    • Antlers.
    • Antlers attached to a skullcap cleaned of brain and muscle tissue.

Read more

Michigan early teal hunting season begins Sept. 1

Michigan is in its fourth year of an experimental early teal hunting season; this year, that season runs Sept. 1-10, 2017. These small ducks, especially blue-winged teal, are some of the earliest duck species to migrate each fall.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service granted Michigan the opportunity for an additional year of experimental teal hunting. Michigan met the criteria for allowable non-target attempts and harvest and passed the experiment. The decision to operationalize the teal season was made in June 2017, and Michigan will have the opportunity for a regularly occurring early teal hunting season beginning in 2018. Read more

British Columbia Bans Grizzly Bear Hunting

WASHINGTON, DC – Government officials, bowing to the bluster of anti-hunters, have closed the hunting of grizzly bears in British Columbia, Canada. This move ignores all sound science that supports a continuation of grizzly bear hunting in that Province.
Safari Club International (SCI) is actively pursuing a number of different avenues to address this pressing issue, including a call to base all wildlife management decisions on sound science that supports sustained use of those renewable resources.

In a letter to the Minister and Deputy Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, SCI stated, “We at Safari Club International are deeply troubled by the recent announcement of the closure of grizzly bear hunting in British Columbia. We feel this decision has been based on emotion and not science. Decisions of this magnitude must be made, using sound science-based conservation. There should have been stakeholder consultations before such drastic action was taken.” Read more

Michigan: Educators Register for Wildlife Programs for Your Classroom

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources offers free educational opportunities to help educators looking for a fun way to integrate the state’s unique flora and fauna into their curriculum, while still meeting required educational standards.

To date, over 5,000 ninth- through 12th-grade students have been exposed to natural resources in the classroom with Elk University – Educating Tomorrow’s Wildlife Managers. Elk University is designed to fit into teachers’ busy semester while meeting educational standards and touching on Michigan history, forest management, elk biology, wildlife disease and social considerations for wildlife management. Through YouTube lessons and activities, students will learn how the DNR manages and maintains a healthy elk herd for current and future generations.

A Year in the Life of a Michigan Black Bear, beginning its fourth year, is available to sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade educators. Throughout the school year students will learn about the life cycle of the Michigan black bear, general black bear biology and behavior, and how the DNR manages and maintains a healthy black bear population. Additionally, over the school year, classrooms will get to “follow” a bear through its seasonal movements by using actual data points from a radio-collared Michigan black bear.

New last year, the Go Wild for Michigan’s Wildlife program is open to kindergarten through fifth-grade educators. Through this program, teachers can share the wonders of Michigan’s wild inhabitants with young learners to build appreciation for these unique species and the places they call home. Materials include lesson plans, wildlife posters for the classroom and sets of “Go Wild for Michigan’s Wildlife” critter cards for students. Sets of the critter cards for students are limited and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. An electronic copy of the critter cards will be provided to all registered educators.

Educators are asked to register for these classroom programs by Sept. 30.

To register, visit mi.gov/dnrteachers and click on “Wildlife Education and Outreach,” then select the program(s) you are interested in.

Explore additional DNR education and outreach opportunities and resources at mi.gov/dnreducation.

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