Category: Conservation

Successful Conservation Efforts Restored Minnesota Wild Turkey Population


A group of turkeys stand on the grass

With over 70,000 turkeys wandering around Minnesota, it’s hard to believe that 30 years ago, there were none to be found. That was the reality for Minnesota in the early 1970s until 29 adult birds were taken from Missouri and planted in Houston County in the southeastern part of the state. According to wildlife research […]

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Why the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact is So Important

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Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact

As far back as the 1980s, wildlife law enforcement agencies nationwide did not have a good method for dealing with groups or individuals who violated wildlife and resource game laws outside their home state, so legislation was enacted between agencies and states to better allow game law enforcement officials to recognize and respond to those […]

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Two Populations of Lesser Prairie-Chicken Re-Added to Endangered Species List


Prairie Chicken Endangered Species

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has re-listed two populations of the lesser prairie-chicken under the Endangered Species Act, saying the species is in danger of extinction, largely due to habitat loss. In a press release on their website, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the southern distinct population segment (DPS) and the northern DPS […]

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5 Marine Parks You Need to See at Least Once in Your Life


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Many stakeholders in the angling community know all too well why some regions of our esteemed coastal areas should be protected. That’s at the heart of our nation’s marine parks, or Marine Protected Areas (MPA), which place limits on human activities for conservation purposes. That said, they can still be visited and many allow fishing, […]

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6 Best State Parks in Maine


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Maine is nestled in the furthest corner of the northeast, but don’t be fooled–the Pine Tree State isn’t just some lost place near Quebec, Canada. This is one of the most beautiful, pristine wilderness areas that the nation has to offer and her state parks are a testament to that fact. Maine is so chock […]

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Tell Your Buddies These 5 Fishing Facts That Are Pretty Much True

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friends sharing fun fishing facts near a river

We anglers fish for fun, first and foremost. When we get together with our fishing buddies, the fun times don’t start until we’ve swapped some believe-it-or-not fishing facts and stories. It’s okay to admit this tale-telling wouldn’t feel right unless we stretched the truth a little bit, but there are some absolute fishing truths that […]

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I Live in the Same Woods Where I Hunt—Here’s What It’s Like


Aerial view of the Catskill Mountains

Not every outdoorsman lives in such close proximity to the wildlife they pursue. I didn’t always have the luxury, but my current home is an ideal location for hunting deer and wild turkey, and so far it’s had a significant impact on my hunting season. When walk onto my deck and I’m surrounded by a […]

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Over Half a Million Dollars Raised for Conservation Efforts in Virginia’s First-Ever Managed Elk Hunt


A bull elk bugles in a meadow

Over half a million dollars was raised by hunters who participated in Virginia’s first-ever managed elk hunt. More than $606,000 was fundraised by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) and the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) to help wildlife and management projects within the state’s elk management zone. Kyle Weaver, president and CEO of […]

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