Mahoney Releases Video to Address Divide Between Hunters and Non-Hunters

ST. JOHNS, Newfoundland – Internationally recognized conservationist, wildlife biologist, speaker, and author, Shane Mahoney, has just launched Building a Coalition Between Hunters & Non-Hunters, the fourth video to be released as part of his new Conservation Matters vignette series. Building a Coalition Between Hunters & Non-Hunters is available to view on Facebook, or via Conservation Visions’ YouTube Channel: [Read more…]

Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Groups Unite in Urging Congressional Appropriators to Save Funding that Protects Fish, Wildlife and Their Habitats

Teaming With WildlifeWASHINGTON – More than 1,600 organizations representing tens of millions of birders, hikers, hunters, anglers, boaters and other conservationists and outdoor enthusiasts delivered a collective letter to congressional appropriators Wednesday urging them to restore funding to popular and effective fish and wildlife conservation grant programs. The letter is in response to efforts in the U.S. House of Representatives to zero out funding for the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants Program, North American Wetlands Conservation Fund, Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Fund, Forest Legacy Program and the Land and Water Conservation Fund next fiscal year. [Read more…]

Hunters for the Hungry Fundraiser

Hunters for the Hungry Fundraiser

Montana’s Wildlife Legacy Decimation to Restoration Review

Montana's Wildlife Legacy Decimation to Restoration

Montana’s Wildlife Legacy Decimation to Restoration

This book written by two Montana gentlemen, chronicle the state’s wild animal populations and the hurdles that are responsible for the current conditions. “Montana’s Wildlife Legacy – Decimation and Restoration” by Terry Lonner and Harold Picton was published as a follow-up to their 2006 video, “Back from the Brink – Montana’s Wildlife Legacy.”

The book advertises itself as “only complete compilation of Montana’s wildlife trapping and transplanting records.” [Read more…]

WTU’s 2013 Deer Camp Tour Schedule Set

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The schedule for Whitetails Unlimited’s 2013 Deer Camp Tour of special banquets has been released, and tickets are now available online. All 20 of last year’s events are back on the 2013 schedule, along with three new Deer Camps, one each in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

“These events are held in great venues, with great food, outstanding prizes, and once-in-a-lifetime hunting and fishing trips,” said Dave Hawkey, Whitetails Unlimited’s VP of field operations. “Industry support of the Deer Camp Tour remains very, very strong, and this results in the Deer Camps having high quality guns, merchandise, travel destinations, and outdoor artwork.” [Read more…]

RMEF Eyeing an Ambitious 2012

MISSOULA, Mont.—Record-high membership. Strong fiscal performance. A landmark 6 millionth acre of habitat stewardship and protection. On the momentum of these and other accomplishments in 2011, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is eyeing 2012 with ambitious goals for conserving elk country, improving predator management and control, and building public understanding of hunters’ leadership in conservation.

“Our members and partners were part of something pretty special last year,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. [Read more…]

Great Elk Tour to Promote Habitat Conservation

MISSOULA, Mont.—A traveling exhibit of world-class trophy elk is designed to help the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation inform the public about America’s ongoing need for wildlife habitat stewardship and conservation.

RMEF’s 2011 Great Elk Tour, themed “Great Elk Need Great Habitat,” is appearing across the U.S. at sports and outdoor shows, sporting goods retailers, Pro Bull Riders events and more. Tour schedules, photos and other details are updated frequently at [Read more…]

RMEF Announces Conservation Grants for Pennsylvania

MISSOULA, Mont.–Wildlife conservation and public education projects in 18 Pennsylvania counties have been selected to receive grants from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in 2010.

The new RMEF funding, totaling $115,580, will affect Armstrong, Bedford, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Fayette, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Montgomery, Philadelphia, Potter, Sullivan, Tioga and Washington counties.

Other projects have statewide interest. [Read more…]

Conservation Agreements Protect Wildlife Habitat

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STONEWALL, Colo. – The Colorado Division of Wildlife has reached an agreement with the Torres family of Las Animas County to protect 2,387 acres of valuable wildlife habitat.  Five parcels southwest of Stonewall have been placed in conservation easements that will permanently protect the land from being sub-divided and fragmented.

The Torres Conservation Easements will protect critical habitat for deer, elk, bear, turkey, and a multitude of other wildlife species.  The land includes elk calving areas, deer winter range, denning sites for bears, strutting grounds for wild turkey, and habitat for dozens of species of birds and other wildlife.

The Torres parcels are located in a transition zone between alpine, aspen, and Ponderosa Pine habitat; and will ensure preservation of an important elk migration corridor.

“This land is a prime area for wildlife.  We are pleased to know it won’t be chopped up by buildings and roads,” said Marvin ‘Glen’ Torres of Trinidad.  “Conservation easements are a great way to keep the land the way it is,” he said.

“The Torres family should be commended for the legacy they will leave to future generations,” said Bob Holder of the Division of Wildlife.  “It is particularly satisfying to know that JL (Louie), Kelly, Glen, and Robert Torres had the strength, courage, and foresight to establish these conservation easements.  Their efforts are a shining example to
other small landowners that conservation easements are a viable option to protect their land and legacy.”

By combining funds collected from habitat stamp sales with grants from Great Outdoors Colorado and other sources, the DOW has permanently preserved approximately 75,000 acres of critical wildlife habitat since 2007 – including nearly 21,000 acres opened to public access for hunting and fishing.

DOW acquisitions and easements have protected critical habitats for sensitive species like sage-grouse, and preserved important winter range and migration corridors for deer and elk.

Conservation easements allow people to continue to use the land they own for existing practices like farming or ranching, but in the event the landowner sells, the new owners are bound by the stipulations of the conservation easement as well.

A nine-member citizen’s committee appointed by the Governor oversees the DOW habitat stamp program.  Proposals are reviewed and ranked according to wildlife benefits, public access, and cost.

How to Volunteer for a Conservation Organization

MISSOULA, MT. / Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation —Whether they work individually or as part of a group, volunteers are essential to conservation today—even more so tomorrow.

That’s the consensus of conservation professionals who predict that fish, wildlife and habitat, as well as the future of America’s sporting traditions, will depend more and more on devoted souls whose only paycheck is the personal reward of preserving traditional values and passing on a cherished way of life.

Volunteerism spans from teaching a neighbor kid to cast at a nearby pond to serving on a board that directs policy for international wildlife habitat initiatives.

A conservation organization can be an effective channel for many volunteer passions.

Here’s how to get involved:

1. Consider why you’re interested in volunteering. Do you want to make a difference in the world, or in your own corner of the outdoors? Is it about building your own skills and social
network? Or are you simply inspired to give something back to a special place, species or heritage? These questions can help you choose the right organization.

2. Select an outfit that represents something special to you. If your pulse quickens at the thought of mallards over decoys, an elk bugling from a golden stand of aspens, a bass exploding on a topwater lure, there’s a group for you. Ditto if you’re concerned about Second Amendment issues. Maybe you believe that youths in your community should know more about handling firearms safely, or how hunting and angling pay for conservation. Or perhaps you’re just worried about the kudzu infestation in the back pasture of your hunting club. Whatever your interest, there’s probably a good fit for you somewhere out there. If not, start something new.

3. Speak with staff or volunteers from the organization and ask what opportunities exist for newcomers as well as experienced volunteers. Attend a meeting to see how the group
interacts. At its best, volunteering is a selfless act for a greater good, but everyone wants to feel appropriately appreciated—find out how the outfit says thank you.

4. Seek out volunteer tasks that suit you. Conservation always needs money but if soliciting donations isn’t your cup of tea, consider helping setup for a fundraising event or even a back
-office gig stuffing envelopes. Maybe you’d rather install aquatic habitat or remove decrepit fencing from a big-game migration corridor. Of course, it’s fun to learn new things and
there’s real satisfaction in completing less pleasant tasks, but it pays to ensure your core duties will be compatible with your time and talent.

5. Start small. If you already have a busy schedule, commitments at home or unpredictable work hours, you can still get involved. In fact, most organizations want volunteers who are busy people because busy people know how to get things done. See about working for only an hour or two per week or perhaps one day per month. Later, if you find you enjoy the work and have more time to pursue it, gradually take on more.

6. Ask, don’t demand. People in charge of organizing volunteers are often volunteers themselves, but, invariably, they’re working to meet certain goals with a bigger mission in
mind. Especially if you’re just starting out, the best bet is simply assimilating into their system. Later on, if you see that it could work better, make suggestions on how to fix it.

7. Ask questions and do research, but until you get your feet wet, you won’t know if volunteering for a particular organization is really right for you.

Volunteering allows a person to make a lasting mark on conservation, leave America’s outdoors as—or better than—they found it, and hand down a meaningful personal legacy to their children and grandchildren.

It matters not whether you get involved individually or as part of a group. The important thing is just getting started.

Sooner the better.