1. DC: Senate green-lights public lands package.
The Natural Resources Management Act was passed this week in the Senate 92-8. Thoughts from @MeatEater on what it all means:
> …includes permanent reauthorization of the popular Land and Water Conservation Fund, 1.3 million acres of new wilderness, 4 new national monuments, 367 miles of wild and scenic rivers, 42,000 acres added to the National Parks system…and expanding hunting, fishing and shooting on public lands.
> The outdoors community certainly has cause to celebrate the long-fought victory of getting this legislation through the Senate, but the true battle may be yet to come with debate in the House.
2. The flip side is making sure public land stays public.
A great post and vid. You involved? You oughta be:
> You’ve likely seen and heard plenty over the past couple years about the threat of a transfer or sale of America’s public lands. It was a dangerous idea, and hunters, anglers and other outdoorsy folks made a lot of noise about it.
> The good news now is that we as a community have done such a good job speaking out against these proposals that the idea has started to lose steam.
> Now, instead of a direct sale or transfer of public ground, these anti-public land advocates are seeking out new…ways to undermine the integrity of our public real-estate.
> We’ve got to stay squeaky. Stay informed…sign the petitions…and speak up.
3. WA considering no antlerless deer in ’19.
4. MD hunters harvested 11% less last season.
Blamed on poor weather.
5. NE may open up farm deer a week early.
> The idea arose from two related trends: a rising deer population in some areas of the state and a decline in land that’s available to hunters. Farmers who allow hunting on their property are increasingly selling exclusive access to wealthy hunters who pay thousands of dollars so they can bag a trophy buck.
6. UT has an online shed-hunting course.
Probly not a bad idea for all of us to take it:
> “During winter, big game animals, especially deer, often have a difficult time finding food. If you spook an animal and cause it to run, the animal has to use up fat reserves and energy it needs to make it through the winter.”
> Fortunately you can gather shed antlers without stressing the animals or damaging their habitat…. After you finish the course…you must print your certificate of completion and then carry it with you….