Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Commissioner and NBCI Management Board Chair Dr. Jon Gassett has been appointed to a three-year term on the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council (CLICK HERE), an advisory group established in 2010 by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to advise them on wildlife conservation, habitat conservation and hunting.
Gassett, the immediate past president of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) and past president of the Southeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA), is the only state fish and wildlife agency head among the 18 council appointments made by Salazar and Vilsack.
Quail Forever has announced its intention to hire three more on-the-ground Farm Bill biologists to work on quail habitat management in USDA offices in Missouri. This will bring to six the number of QF biologists in the state. To read the job posting for the quail biologists positions, click HERE.
Chris Lee, operations manager for Des Moines County Conservation, writes “The Living Land” column twice a month for the The Hawkeye, Iowa’s oldest newspaper. In his most recent column, he gives his take on “focus areas,” which is NBCI’s strategy for rangewide restoration of huntable populations of bobwhites.
“Just as technology progresses, so must our approaches to wildlife management. Today, that new approach is using “focus areas” to build concentrated, connected areas of habitat spanning a large area of land,” Chris writes. Check out his column on using the focus area concept to build wildlife populations HERE.
Tickets are on sale for Kentucky’s annual Shaker Village Heritage Quail Hunt, slated for December.
Drawing Date: October 16, 2012
Hunt Dates: December 5 & 6, 2012
Lottery Tickets: $20 each -OR- $100 for six tickets
PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE NOW
or call 800.734.5611 extension 1545
On the newsstands now is the 2013 edition of Harris’ Farmer’s Almanac, which has a two-page story (Pgs. 112-113) on NBCI by freelance writer Rob Simbeck.
Good news in the outdoor world. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation found that hunters nationwide increased by 9 percent while anglers grew by 11 percent. Nearly 38 percent of all Americans participated in wildlife-related recreation in 2011, an increase of 2.6 million participants from the previous survey in 2006. They spent $145 billion on related gear, trips and other purchases, such as licenses, tags and land leasing and ownership, representing 1 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product.
Other key findings include:
|• In 2011, 13.7 million people, 6 percent of the U.S. population 16 years old and older, went hunting. They spent $34.0 billion on trips, equipment, licenses, and other items in 2011, an average of $2,484 per hunter.|
|• More than 33 million people 16 and older fished in 2011, spending $41.8 billion on trips, equipment, licenses, and other items, an average of $1,262 per angler.|
|• More than 71 million people engaged in wildlife watching in 2011, spending $55.0 billion on their activities|
One of NBCI’s major objectives is to get native grasses integrated into the existing pasture grazing systems of introduced, aggressive grass species for the benefit of wildlife, including quail, livestock and producers. The Southeast Farm Press captures the argument in “Native grasses can improve year-round forage production: Consider them when addressing drought-damaged pastures.”
NBCI Director Don McKenzie will be the guest on “Hunting, Fishing & Animal Talk with Dan & Doc” that will air on Missouri radio at 8 a.m. central on KFAV 99.9 FM and 3 p.m. central on KWRE 730 AM. Show hosts say that the one-hour program will live stream on the stations’ respective websites.