Wildlife Conservation

The problem, then, is how to bring about a striving for harmony with land among a people many of whom have forgotten there is any such thing as land, among whom education and culture have become almost synonymous with landlessness.  This is the problem of conservation education.
                                                                                                 - Aldo Leopold

Over 60 years later, it is ironic that despite the current popular trends of "sustainability" and concern with "carbon footprint" and energy conservation that wildlife conservation receives so little attention. Aldo Leopold's statement remains sadly true. This is largely a reflection of our social demographic, which continually reflects a remarkable decline in hunting population and traditional family ties to the land.  In the day of Theodore Roosevelt, Leopold Aldo, Pittman & Robertson, the founders of our  wildlife management and conservation programs, our hunting traditions were much stronger and it was the hunting community that stepped up to establish programs and funding mechanisms to restore and sustain wildlife and their required habitats.  Today, wildlife populations have rebounded remarkably to sustain game harvests.  In modern times hunters are finding fellowship and membership in organziations such as the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, Trout  Unlimited etc.  While hunters are fewer in numbers, membership of these organizations is growing and the partnerships with state Wildlife agencies to purchase, manage and conserve important wildlife habitats are proving successful despite continual habitat encroachments. Unfortunately, many non-hunters simply not aware of these programs, or mislead by the Humane Society and PITA, who seeking donations to fund the administration of avowedly anti-hunting organizations and do absolutely nothing to preserve wildlife or their habitats.  While cash contributions are important, so too is volunteer time. I strongly support the WDFW Master Hunter Program, Eyes in the Woods and my volunteer time in 2010 was spent helping Wildlife Biologists for the Makah Tribe and WDFW on the Olympic Peninsula.
The following pictures are from my volunteer days this past year for studies of black tail deer and Roosevelt Elk.

Helicopter used to tranquilize Elk
Finding the Raghorn Bul

Closeup of Mr. Raghorn
Taking Blood samples and preparing antibiotics

Preparing the transmitter
Volunteer for Calf Elk Captures

Measuring calf elk girth
Measuring calf elk size

Black Tail Deer Collaring - waiting.....
Deer Mugger Marcell, our Rotary Youth Exchange Student joining the Volunteers


DD Gallery...

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Hunting Fraternity

Like minds, like interests all linked by our best friends.



Resources for research and field studies aimed towards preserving our wildlife and hunting traditions.


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Training Tips

Training references for versatile hunting dogs that we have found helpful.