Wildlife Conclave brings 320 future wildlifers to Cleveland State

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Imagine, please: You are in a college laboratory. There are two dozen dead animals laid out on lab tables for the seminar on necropsy – a synonym for autopsy, except it’s on wild animals instead of humans. There are dead beavers, otters, deer and even a buzzard. Into the lab march two dozen young men and women.

You would normally expect a few exclamations of, “Ewww, gross!” or “Yuck.”

Instead this group buzzes with excitement, including Adele Taber. The young woman literally bubbles with enthusiasm. Instead of a lab full of dead animals, you would think she had walked into a department store to pick out a new…READ MORE.

by Richard Simms

Asian Americans Expanding Role In Outdoor Pursuits

Imagine showing up to a fishing lake, gazing around on the ice, and no one looked like you.

You walk through the front door of a sporting goods store and again, no one looks like you.

Paging through a catalog of the largest outdoor sports retailer, you don’t see a single photo of someone who looks like you dressed in camouflage, making casts from a boat or smiling with a big fish.

Subconsciously or consciously, it’s unnerving. As a potential consumer, seeing zero ethnic representation is marketing that misses the mark. And for the larger outdoors community, it is a challenge and an impediment to the idea that the outdoors is welcome to…READ MORE

Call of the Wild: Minnesotan’s Journey to Conservation Chronicled in Toyota-Sponsored Film

Six years ago, Keng Yang didn’t give much thought to the outdoors, even though his father had long used hunting as a source of food in his native Laos and now rural Minnesota.  This all changed when Keng acquired a hunting dog, named Kaiya, bridging the generational divide between a father and his American-born son, and forging a newfound appreciation for the natural world.

Keng’s tale has been chronicled in a 16-minute short film, “Kaiya,” which recently launched publicly and virally through Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever, a non-profit wildlife habitat conservation organization based in Saint Paul.  The film was directed by fellow Minnesotan…READ MORE.

Selling Deer Minerals and Food Plot Seeds

Become a one-stop shop for all the deer hunters who walk through your front door.

Let’s get something straight right off the bat: Food plots and minerals provided by hunters aren’t necessary for whitetail deer to survive. If a piece of property has deer, then they’re finding enough food and minerals to live and reproduce. They could have the best, mediocre or worst food and minerals, but if they’re there, deer will find and use them.

Here’s another truth: Hunters don’t care if the property they hunt has natural food and minerals for deer, because they want to do more. They want to put food plots in open areas or hidey-holes in the woods. They want to create a little kill plot for bow season, or maybe a giant plot like in a…READ MORE

by Alan Clemons


White-tailed deer may be, overall, the most widely hunted big-game animals in North America. But when it comes to hunter fanaticism, it often centers on the pursuit of feathers — turkey feathers.

In an evolving world where tools and technology are letting hunters be successful with longer shots, the turkey hunting experience — at its essence — mostly remains up close and personal. Few things hook a hunter more than learning how to use the right call to strike up a dialogue with a fired-up gobbler and then feeling adrenaline pump when that longbeard gobbles so close and urgently, the overhead leaves seem to shudder and shed morning dew.

Turkey hunting, like deer hunting, used to be a…READ MORE.

by Ken Perrotte


Take advantage of small game hunting seasons to stay in the woods and fields before spring arrives, and enjoy winter’s last hurrah.

The problem of “Hunting is for everyone” touted by so many is that they leave off part of what they really want to say, which is “Hunting is for everyone after deer season ends so it doesn’t mess up my chances of killing a big buck.” Public land hunters, especially, snarl and gnash teeth when their outing is “messed up” by squirrel, rabbit or bird hunters enjoying a day.

To this I say, tough noogies. Boo hoo hoo. Get over it.

Hunting is for everyone, at any time of the legal seasons, whether you’re pursuing a…READ MORE.

Breaking Ground on a New Beginning

When the bulldozer fired up and rolled off the trailer, it became very real. My new home was officially under construction, and a project I never intend to finish has begun. As long as I own the land the home is being built on, it will be an ever-evolving landscape managed for wildlife. I eagerly anticipate plantings, burns, builds, harvests, and more as I work to benefit the critters I hope to have as neighbors.

The property I’m building on is 40-acres currently in row crop production. It has historically been leased out for farming. To create a mix of food and habitat for wildlife, I look forward to continuing to farm about half of the property with a mix of corn and soybeans. For a while, I’ll contract the entire scope of this work to…READ MORE.

Selling to Snow Goose Hunters

Special spring conservation seasons for light geese give waterfowlers a chance to extend their fun. They need some specialized gear, though.

Snow goose hunters are a special group within the waterfowl world. They’re decked out in white, instead of camo, and are usually in a field instead of on water. They can use electronic calls and unplugged shotguns and often have hundreds or thousands of decoys. Snow goose hunters are next-level diehards who need tough, reliable gear.

Once traditional waterfowl season ends in January, most hunters put away their gear with a sigh of relief tinged with wistfulness. Others are champing at the bit to get going for the light goose season to open. That’s technically what snow geese are called, along with blue and Ross’ geese. Similar to Canada geese, the snow goose has a Greater and Lesser variety. Blue and Ross’ geese are considered…READ MORE.

NWTF, USDA Begin Restoration, Timber Transit as part of Master Stewardship Agreement

EDGEFIELD, S.C. — As part of the new 20-year national master stewardship agreement between the NWTF and the USDA Forest Service, critical wildfire risk reduction and forest restoration work will soon be underway, thanks to a galvanizing new sub-agreement centered in the agency’s Pacific Southwest Region (Region 5), which encompasses all of California. This critical work will be accomplished thanks to funding provided through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act.

“Through our new master stewardship agreement with the Forest Service, we will address the most critical ecological challenges on our…READ MORE.

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