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Prairie potholes and wetlands filter nutrients and replenish groundwater for wildlife and humans.

Prairie potholes and wetlands filter nutrients and replenish groundwater for wildlife and humans. (USFWS/)

On Thursday, September 12, in Washington D.C., Acting Administrator of the EPA, Andrew Wheeler, announced a repeal of the 2015 Obama-era Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule.

“Today, EPA and the Department of the Army finalized a rule to repeal the previous administration’s overreach in the federal regulation of U.S. waters and recodify the longstanding and familiar regulatory text that previously existed,” Wheeler said.

According to a September 12 EPA press release, the WOTUS rule was repealed in an effort to re-establish consistency and repair a “patchwork” of regulations brought on by judicial decisions adjoining to the 2015 Obama-era rule. “With this final repeal, the agencies will implement the pre-2015 regulations.”

In 2015, the WOTUS rule was established to define the scope of waters protected under the 1972 Clean Water Act (CWA). It included small bodies of water, like wetlands, streams, and seasonal streams, and placed them under federal protection.

According to a September 12 post by the TRCP: “The 2015 Clean Water Rule had clarified longstanding Clean Water Act protections for millions of acres of wetlands and many headwater streams that protect communities from flooding, contribute to the drinking water supplies of one in three Americans, and provide essential fish and wildlife habitat that supports a robust outdoor recreation economy worth $887 billion.”

While conservation groups and environmental groups are in opposition to the repeal, it was met with support from heavy industry and agriculture.

“We really have been excited about being part of this day,” says Farm Bureau President, Zippy Duvall at the EPA’s WOTUS repeal signing. “We welcome the opportunity to get rid of this old rule and take our time and make sure we develop a new rule.”

However, those who value clean water are concerned as the 2015 WOTUS rule sought to protect 60 percent of our nation’s water by regulating wetlands and headwaters to maintain larger bodies of water downstream. Farmers and businesses previously had to obtain permits to use certain kinds of chemicals and pesticides that could lead to pollution from runoff. After the repeal takes effect, farmers, property owners, and businesses will spend less time waiting to develop areas near previously protected waters.

In this April 2019 Field & Stream post, Hal Herring urged readers to speak up against the change of the rule, citing the American Farm Bureau’s longstanding efforts to repeal it:

“Claims were made that it would end agriculture and logging and mining once and for all. The Farm Bureau ran the most intensive counter-campaign in its history, a campaign called ‘Ditch the Rule!’”

According to the TRCP and President Whit Fosberg, “Sportsmen and women are outside every day experiencing the benefits of clean water. Rolling back these protections for wetlands and headwater streams threatens our hunting and fishing traditions and the outdoor economy that powers our communities.”

In a 2018 TRCP poll, 92 percent of sportsmen and women felt that the federal government should strengthen or maintain the regulations of the Clean Water Act, while 81 percent said they were willing to pay more taxes to restore and maintain water quality and quantity.

Going forward, President Trump has directed the EPA and the Army Corps to create a new policy to redefine bodies of water and narrow the scope of waterways that previously fell under federal protection during the Obama administration. The EPA states that this is just step-one in a two-step process to distinguish how waterways are regulated in the future, defining which are regulated by the federal government and which fall under the jurisdiction of the states.

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“Adapt”

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Strategies in duck hunting are ever changing. Ducks are switching up their routines, patterns, and feeding tendencies. Blame it on the weather, farming practices, or pressure, there’s not denying a difference in ducks behavior as the years progress. In order to be successful hunting ducks, we have to “adapt” with them.

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Strategies in duck hunting are ever changing. Ducks are switching up their routines, patterns, and feeding tendencies. Blame it on the weather, farming practices, or pressure, there’s not denying a difference in ducks behavior as the years progress. In order to be successful hunting ducks, we have to “adapt” with them.

Sandhill Crane Hunting

Snow Goose Hunting

Fowled Reality, “Adapt”

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Why Passing This 180-Inch Deer Was the Right Thing to Do

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Don Higgins passes a giant buck he named Smokey in 2016. You might think he’s insane, but not so fast.

It’s common knowledge in the deer hunting world: if you want to kill absolutely giant bucks, you’ll have to pass great bucks. And, as you’ve seen in another article of ours, Don Higgins recently tagged a buck he called Smokey during the 2017 Illinois archery season. Not just any buck, but the buck of a lifetime.

Many people don’t know the history Don has with this 200-plus Illinois giant. He passed this buck many times in 2016, and Smokey was no slouch. This deer was probably a 180-inch deer then, but Don knew the potential it had with another year of development.

Along with knowing its potential, Don had this buck dialed in. He knew its personality, its favorite bedding area and its favorite place to feed. Therefore, he was extremely confident he would be able to get another crack at him the next year.

Here’s a video of one of the hunts when Higgins passed Smokey. Would I be able to do it? Absolutely not at this point in my hunting career! But do I think he’s an idiot like most hunters screamed? Absolutely not! I admire the man for his discipline, as well as his knowledge and expertise in the woods. And if a hunter has the abilities to let a deer walk like that, more power to him.

Here is the video, check this out!

Passing Smokey

Posted by Don Higgins / Higgins Outdoors on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

As you can see, this is an incredible buck for any bowhunter. When Don posted this video on his social media pages, it was followed with mixed opinions. Some praised him and many said he was a fool because the deer was at full potential.

Don Higgins

But Don was able to silence the haters this year when he harvested Smokey just like he thought he would. A whopping 207 inches of Illinois bone later, Don had harvested his second 200-inch Illinois whitetail.

Well done, Don. I just can’t get over this video and also what Smokey turned into this hunting season.

NEXT: IS IT OK TO SHOOT A DOE WITH FAWNS?

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Don Higgins passes a giant buck he named Smokey in 2016. You might think he’s insane, but not so fast.

It’s common knowledge in the deer hunting world: if you want to kill absolutely giant bucks, you’ll have to pass great bucks. And, as you’ve seen in another article of ours, Don Higgins recently tagged a buck he called Smokey during the 2017 Illinois archery season. Not just any buck, but the buck of a lifetime.

Many people don’t know the history Don has with this 200-plus Illinois giant. He passed this buck many times in 2016, and Smokey was no slouch. This deer was probably a 180-inch deer then, but Don knew the potential it had with another year of development.

Along with knowing its potential, Don had this buck dialed in. He knew its personality, its favorite bedding area and its favorite place to feed. Therefore, he was extremely confident he would be able to get another crack at him the next year.

Here’s a video of one of the hunts when Higgins passed Smokey. Would I be able to do it? Absolutely not at this point in my hunting career! But do I think he’s an idiot like most hunters screamed? Absolutely not! I admire the man for his discipline, as well as his knowledge and expertise in the woods. And if a hunter has the abilities to let a deer walk like that, more power to him.

Here is the video, check this out!

Passing Smokey

Posted by Don Higgins / Higgins Outdoors on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

As you can see, this is an incredible buck for any bowhunter. When Don posted this video on his social media pages, it was followed with mixed opinions. Some praised him and many said he was a fool because the deer was at full potential.

Don Higgins

But Don was able to silence the haters this year when he harvested Smokey just like he thought he would. A whopping 207 inches of Illinois bone later, Don had harvested his second 200-inch Illinois whitetail.

Well done, Don. I just can’t get over this video and also what Smokey turned into this hunting season.

NEXT: IS IT OK TO SHOOT A DOE WITH FAWNS?

WATCH

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Ruger Announces New Custom Shop 10/22 Rifle with Skeletonized Green Mountain Laminate Stock

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Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is proud to introduce a new 10/22® Competition Rifle to the Ruger® Custom Shop line of firearms. This new variation boasts a skeletonized green mountain laminate stock and a stainless steel bull barrel. The 16-1/8″ stainless steel bull barrel features black Cerakote® accents and is fluted to reduce […]

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Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is proud to introduce a new 10/22® Competition Rifle to the Ruger® Custom Shop line of firearms. This new variation boasts a skeletonized green mountain laminate stock and a stainless steel bull barrel. The 16-1/8″ stainless steel bull barrel features black Cerakote® accents and is fluted to reduce […]

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