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Year-end bill contains wide ranging provisions for habitat and access (Washington D.C.)—A sweeping legislative package to keep the government running and invest in COVID relief has become law. Tucked throughout the bill are numerous conservation provisions that invest in climate solutions, sustainably manage water resources, restore habitat, combat chronic wasting disease, and strengthen access for […]
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LINCOLN, Nebraska — Amanda Peters refers to the outdoors as her “happy place.”
The Lincoln woman is a cardiac intensive care unit nurse at Bryan Medical Center East, and in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, she has leaned on that happy place even more. That escape recently helped her earn her first whitetail deer.
When she landed it at the end of rifle season in November, her father, Marv, submitted the memory to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Take ’em Hunting Challenge, which encourages people to take a beginner hunting.
While Marv has always been an avid hunter, Amanda grew up familiar with guns and trap shooting, but only started showing interest in hunting over the past few seasons.
She takes value in being an ethical hunter and in doing things the right way. So when Amanda learned a local landowner was having trouble with an apparent overabundance of does on his property, she felt better about passing up several smaller bucks for a chance at a doe. It took until the end of the season, with several long days of sitting in blinds from before sunrise to sunset, but the experience offered plenty of time to bond with her father.
Having him there made the moment even sweeter, she said, because her father has been there for all of her “firsts” — from her first turkey to now her first deer.
Amanda’s growing hobby also has offered her a much-needed break from the stress of her job as a nurse during the global pandemic. She spends long days wearing full protective gear while caring for a seemingly never-ending flurry of extremely sick patients, a job that has taken a toll, especially emotionally.
“You learn a lot about yourself,” she said.
Escaping into nature and enjoying a hunt has helped.
“The best part about it is sitting in the deer blind when the sun comes up,” she said. “It’s like watching the world wake up.”
Amanda’s story is one of hundreds submitted through the Take ’em Hunting Challenge, which runs through the end of May 2021. Those wanting to get involved still can by taking a beginning hunter or someone who has not been in a while and submitting the story for a chance to win a variety of prizes.
To learn more about the challenge, visit outdoornebraska.org/takeemhunting.
— Ben Jones, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
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LINCOLN, Nebraska — Amanda Peters refers to the outdoors as her “happy place.” The Lincoln woman is a cardiac intensive care unit nurse at Bryan Medical Center East, and in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, she has leaned on that happy place even more. That escape recently helped her earn her first whitetail deer. […]
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MISSOULA, Mont. — The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and its partners awarded Wisconsin $ 215,067 in funding for 13 wildlife habitat enhancement, hunting heritage and research projects. RMEF directly granted $ 79,794 in funding and leveraged an additional $ 135,273 in partner dollars.
“Wisconsin has a deep and vibrant hunting tradition. We are grateful to be able to provide this grant funding to assist youth and their families to strengthen that heritage while also enhancing elk habitat,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer.
Wisconsin is home to more than 11,000 RMEF members and 25 chapters.
“The reason this funding is available at all is because of our dedicated volunteers who host fundraising banquets, membership drives and other activities,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO. “We greatly appreciate their efforts in helping further our mission.”
Since 1990, RMEF and its partners completed 576 conservation and hunting heritage outreach projects in Wisconsin with a combined value of more than $ 11.7 million. These projects protected or enhanced 9,199 acres of habitat and opened or improved public access to 2,000 acres.
Below are Wisconsin’s 2020 projects, listed by county.
Provide funding for researchers to use elk telemetry data and new vegetation sampling to evaluate the use and habitat quality of managed forest openings relative to other forest types in the area (also benefits Bayfield, Jackson, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor and Washburn Counties).
Mow, add soil amendments and re-seed approximately 80 acres of forage openings on the Jackson County Forest. Periodic maintenance of these established openings helps keep elk on public lands and ensures long-term success of the Black River Falls elk herd.
Provide funding to purchase 3D animal targets used by clubs and schools participating in the state’s growing Scholastic 3D Archery Program.
Go here to view a full list of the Wisconsin projects.
Partners include the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, University of Wisconsin and an array of sportsmen and other organizations.
About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:
Founded more than 36 years ago, fueled by hunters and a membership of nearly 235,000 strong, RMEF has conserved more than 8 million acres for elk and other wildlife. RMEF also works to open and improve public access, fund and advocate for science-based resource management, and ensure the future of America’s hunting heritage. Discover why “Hunting Is Conservation” at rmef.org or 800-CALL ELK.
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MISSOULA, Mont. — The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and its partners awarded Wisconsin $ 215,067 in funding for 13 wildlife habitat enhancement, hunting heritage and research projects. RMEF directly granted $ 79,794 in funding and leveraged an additional $ 135,273 in partner dollars. “Wisconsin has a deep and vibrant hunting tradition. We are grateful to be able to […]
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The LaidBack Pad is an outstanding example of what is possible when you take a determined entrepreneur and you give them a problem like making it comfortable to sleep under the stars. There are a lot of sleeping pads on the market for many different reasons. The LaidBack Pad is built specifically for comfort. It is one of the most comfortable pads on the market built for the ultimate in camping comfort.
This pad is made with high-quality memory foam that is built from several different layers of foam surrounded by a durable covering that is removable, water resistant and machine washable. The Cool Flow technology helps balance your body temperature and keep you comfortable regardless of the conditions. I have now used this pad on a cold (VERY COLD) camping trip and inside my house on a warm mid-day nap in the sun room when my back was hurting. I woke up happy to have this pad. I have also used this pad now twice as a shooting pad and enjoyed an afternoon of prone shooting without getting sore.
These sleeping pads can be connected together to create a larger sleeping area with build in connectors which is perfect for car and tent camping. They are great for tent camping, car camping, and horse pack-in trips. Due to their weight, they not great for hiking or backpacking. These pads are about 8.5 lbs. and they roll up to about 13 by 13 and 27 inches. The pads measure 72 inches by 27 inches when fully laid out which works great for me at 5’10”. LaidBack also makes a shredded memory foam pillow as well and they sell the entire set as together or separately. The set is not cheap but it is built to last and it will most likely last several times longer than a traditional blow up mattress.
If you love a comfortable amazing night of sleep regardless of where you are sleeping, this is the pad that you want to keep with you. Check out these great sleeping pads from LaidBack Pads.
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Young delivered positive change to the nation’s upland landscapes for more than three decades St. Paul, Minn. – Dec. 23, 2020 – Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever has announced the retirement of Rick Young, longtime Vice President of Field Operations, at the end of the calendar year. A mainstay of the organization since 1987, Young’s 34-year […]
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