Release the hounds, Smithers... The use of tracking dogs to recover a game animal is as old as the partnership between Man and Dog itself. However, the line between using a scent hound to find a dead animal and using a scent hound to pursue a live one is exquisitely fine. Most people agree that it's not okay for a hunter to let his prey go to waste, and that dogs are an … [Read more...] about Do Tracking Dogs Count as “Fair Chase”?
America's public-land hunters have an angel who has requested privacy, and we thank him or her. Here at Popular Outdoorsman, we often spend time sadly discussing the people who abuse our public lands and the animals that make their home there. So it's a lovely day when we can happily discuss the people who cherish and treasure American conservation ... and today is that day. … [Read more...] about Anonymous Angel Gifts $180K for Whitetail Conservation
Back in 1937, in the heart of the Depression and the Dust Bowl, America looked around itself and realized that our wild spaces were in serious trouble. Nobody had much money back then, but everyone agreed that we needed to do a better job of conserving America's natural resources. The Wildlife Restoration Trust Fund, which you know as the Pittman-Robertson fund, is one tax that … [Read more...] about Pittman-Robertson: $14 Billion Taxes for Conservation
Yes, yes, they are very cute ... until they've eaten every scrap of green in our garden, that is. If you've joined the great COVID-19 exodus from the cities, chances are you've looked around at your acreage and thought that it would be nice to have a garden. Whether you're trying to get a homestead going or just hoping for some fresh salad ingredients, gardening is one of the … [Read more...] about How to Keep Deer Out of Your Garden
North Dakota's current drought may portend a slow duck season this fall...but there's no reason to panic. Newly released numbers from the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s (NDGFD) 74th annual breeding duck survey indicate a below average breeding season for waterfowl. The main cause of the decline is lack of water – the 2021 May water index was down 80% from 2020, and … [Read more...] about North Dakota: Bad Waterfowl Season Ahead?