Wildlife Conservation Articles
U.S. OLYMPIC TRAINING CENTER, Colorado Springs, Colo.—Fifteen young shotgunners from around the nation took aim at fulfilling their Olympic dreams this past week at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.
Selected out of nearly 6,000 youths in the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s (NSSF) Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP), the athletes spent last week fine-tuning their shooting skills with U.S. Olympic shotgun coach Lloyd Woodhouse and his staff at this year's U.S. Junior Olympic Development Camp. The camp, which also educated 13 SCTP coaches on Olympic-style training techniques, concluded Sept. 18.
Showing his continued support for legal reform to protect America’s law-abiding businesses and its economy, President Bush today signed into law a bill that will put an end to "junk" lawsuits against the nation’s firearms industry.
The "Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act" will block any future lawsuits attempting to hold firearms industry companies liable for the actions of criminals who misuse the industry’s lawful products.
Be sure you know how the firearm operates. Not all firearms are the same. Know how to safely open and close the action of the firearm and know how to safely remove any ammunition from the gun or from the gun's magazine. The manufacturer's name and location are on every gun. Write them for free safety and operating instructions.
On August 23, 2005, The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approved a non-toxic shot type composed of iron-tungsten-nickel for waterfowl and coot hunting in the United States. In addition, the Service will publish tomorrow in the Federal Register proposed approval for four additional nontoxic shot types.
When I was a youngster staying on “Uncle Jim’s” rural farm in Virginia, the Johnny House was a place you ran to answer the call of nature. Back then we rated them as One Holers or Two Holers. If you train your own bird dogs you are probably familiar with a different type of Johnny House, often referred to as a “Recall Pen”.
In May, U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pennsylvania, introduced SB 1139. It licenses dog breeders, including those who raise dogs for hunting or hobby. Called the Pet Animal Welfare Statute (PAWS), the bill requires dog breeders who annually raise more than six litters, gross upwards of $500 per year or sell more than 25 dogs per year to be licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Sen. Santorum has sponsored three previous versions of this legislation.
September 24th will be the 34th annual National Hunting and Fishing Day and plans are underway for a nationwide celebration. One of the best ways all of us can create a better public understanding of hunting and fishing is to create a better public awareness of the important role that outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen have played in conservation and improving our natural resources.
A report from the National Safety Council shows that accidental firearm-related fatalities continue to decline and are at the lowest level in the history of record keeping. Statistics in the council’s “Injury Facts 2004” reveal a 54 percent decrease over a 10-year period ending in 2003.
In the southeast, quail used in preseason stocking projects will typically be released from September through mid-October. Immediately after release these quail will have a lot of adjustments to make.
Jim Evans, Consulting Biologist
Dr. Tom Eleazer received his degree of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia in 1958 and served Clemson University as a veterinary pathologist, studying poultry and game bird diseases for 31 years. Tom is still actively applying his skills as a poultry and game bird disease consultant. In the past he has served as president of the South Carolina Wildlife Federation, served on the advisory board for the Institute of Wildlife and Environmental Toxicology, and also as a member of the Wildlife & Freshwater Fisheries Advisory aaBoard for the South Carolina Wildlife Commission. He was instrumental in the development of the vaccine for “quail pox.” Now let’s hear what he has to say about the question:
Are pen-reared quail a disease threat to wild birds?