Friday, January 18, 2008

Blog Item #8: Hunters - Tell Us Your Stories:

My favorite picture, hunting in Poland.

































































Deer hunting, Texas style.

9 comments:

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elmer fudd said...

beee wary wary quiet .....iam huntin for wabbits....ha ha

I found this recent article said...

Interest in hunting, fishing dropping........

STOWE, Vt. - Bob Shannon is an avid hunter, a fishing guide and owns a tackle shop, but he sometimes struggles to get his own son out into Vermont's woods and fields.
"He'll be sitting there with the video games," Shannon said of 9-year-old Alexander. "I finally had to lay down the law last summer: 'If it's a nice day, you're outside.'"
Shannon's challenge reflects a larger problem plaguing many state governments: Revenue from hunting and fishing license sales is plunging because of waning interest in the outdoors.
"We're losing our rural culture," said Steve Wright, a regional representative for the National Wildlife Federation. "There are so many distractions, and we're not recruiting young people into hunting and fishing."
Sales of Vermont hunting and fishing licenses have dropped more than 20 percent over the last 20 years, leaving the Fish and Wildlife Department pleading with lawmakers for extra funding.
Other states report similar drop-offs:
_Arkansas hunting license sales dropped from about 345,000 in 1999 to about 319,000 in 2003.
_Pennsylvania sold about 946,000 hunting licenses in 2006, down from just over a million in 1999, and a peak of 1.3 million in 1981.
_Oregon had 100,000 fewer licensed anglers last year than in 1987, and 70,000 fewer licensed hunters.
_West Virginia sold 154,763 resident hunting permits in 2006, a 17 percent decrease from 1997.
The trend means trouble for some fish and wildlife agencies, which use license revenue to finance preservation programs for endangered species like peregrine falcons, bald eagles and loons. Game wardens also help with law enforcement, joining searches for lost hikers and skiers.
In the search for new sources of revenue to support fish and wildlife programs, Vermont lawmakers are weighing legislation that would dedicate part of the state's sales tax revenues to the Fish and Wildlife Department.
"The issue here is that most of our fish and wildlife agencies were set up to fund conservation, based predominantly or entirely on one set of users" — hunters and anglers who pay license fees, according to Dave Chadwick, senior program associate with the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies in Washington.
"They're shouldering the whole burden for a benefit and an amenity that we all enjoy," Chadwick said.
Other fundraising strategies range from sales taxes on outdoor sporting goods, as in Texas, to Florida's surcharges on speeding tickets, said Douglas Shinkle, a policy associate at the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Some states are trying to boost efforts to recruit new people — especially young people — into hunting and fishing.
A West Virginia legislator has proposed offering hunters' training courses in public schools, allowing seventh- through ninth-graders to opt for instruction in topics ranging from survival skills to gun safety.
Arkansas has used some of its dedicated sales tax revenue to recruit new hunters. However, the state's hunter education program graduated 11,891 people under 30 years old last year, down from 16,596 in 1998.
Vermont sponsors youth hunting weekends, typically three a year. Oregon has started youth mentoring programs that match kids up with experienced hunters. Minnesota has two staff members reaching out to the state's burgeoning Southeast Asian population, said Jay Johnson of the state Department of Natural Resources' hunter recruitment and retention program.
Wright said it might be an uphill battle because of everything from video games to the growth in structured activities like team sports and music lessons.
But Shannon said he has met with some success. After he laid down the law with Alexander last summer, the boy went out fishing almost every morning, he said.

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The Truth Is Out There said...

There is a lot of basing and bad mouthing about Ted Nugent for hunting in Arizona.
Here is the true facts ....

Ted doesn't hunt "just for fun". He hunts as his way of feeding himself and his family. You choose (unless your a vegan) to let someone else kill your food, he doesn't. If you have any leather, you are a consumer of slaughter. Ted uses all of his kills, nothing goes to waste. It may not be your preference but that doesn't make his choice wrong.

for Rabbit Hunters said...

How to Field Dress a Rabbit -
Field dressing, also known as gutting, is the process of removing the skin and internal organs in order to best preserve the meat for eating. With rabbit, this is particularly important as they can carry the disease Tularemia, which is listed by the CDC (Center for Disease Control) as a possible bioterrorism agent. So, for all you Elmer Fudd's out there, this wikiHow will show you how to correctly field dress your dead rabbit.

Steps......
Understand that supermarket meat is well-tested and ready for human consumption. The same is not true of meat from animals you kill. On the contrary they can and often do carry diseases and parasites.
Getting a clean shot with a BB Gun is the most important step in any field dressing. With a messy kill internal organs can mix together, hair and parasites can enter the carcass and, depending on your weapon, you may not have much rabbit left to eat.
Understand the dangers of gutting a rabbit incorrectly. Blood born diseases and parasites, along with spoiled food are some of the dangers of not field dressing or gutting correctly. Some of these dangers include:
Warbles a type of common parasite found in most wild animals. Warbles live under the skin, but outside of the 'meat' and are planted by Bot flies. They can infect humans, cattle, sheep and squirrels.
Tularemia or Rabbit fever is a decreasing but serious disease carried through the blood and the air that attacks the internal organs. Humans are often infected by a tick bite or through handling an infected animal. Ingesting infected water, soil, or food can also cause infection. Tularemia can be acquired by inhalation; hunters are at a higher risk for this disease because of the potential of inhaling the bacteria during the skinning process. Always carefully inspect the liver of your rabbit for white, yellow or any other spotting which can indicate Tularemia. If you even suspect you see spots, discard the carcass right away.
Field dress your rabbit
Always field dress your rabbit immediately to greatly reduce your risks.
Keep everything clean.
Do not use dirty water.
Keep the carcass away from mud, dirt, twigs, leaves or other contaminants
Use a clean stick to hold the carcass open.
Use a clean knife.
Wear thick latex or thick rubber gloves.
Remove the head and feet of your rabbit, cutting at the ankles.
Holding the back skin of the rabbit with your fingers make a cut through the skin and over the back, but not into the meat.
Peel back the skin of the rabbit, or hide, in both directions with your fingers.
Take care to not let the fur or hide touch the carcass.
Remove the complete skin of the animal, including the tail.
Remove the complete entrails of the rabbit using one of these methods:
Remove the entrails by hand.
Cut open the abdomen, reach inside and remove all internal organs.
Remove the entrails by squeezing.
Apply pressure from the bottom of the rib cage while moving your hand down to the rabbit's anus.
Repeat this process until you can feel the entrails loosen.
Be careful not to burst the bowel or intestine. Doing so will spoil your meat.
Spread your legs, and hold the rabbit by the front legs.
With the rabbit facing you, flip the rabbit down with moderate pressure.
Don't flip the carcass around too hard, or you might be wearing a hat of rabbit entrails.
The entrails will exit the rabbit through his anus.
Let the body hang and cool down for a little while. You can also wash it. The carcass should be maintained at a temperature not exceeding 4 degrees Celsius (39 degrees Fahrenheit)
Cover the carcass and hide in salt.
Prepare the meat for consumption
Understand that processed and packaged meat goes through extensive testing to make sure it is safe for public consumption. Wild game that you have killed obviously does not go through such a process and therefore special precautions are called for:
Always wash your hands before preparing food and keep raw meat away from other food.
Thaw your meat in the refrigerator or microwave, not on the kitchen counter.
Use a meat thermometer to check that it is cooked all the way through.
Clean the thermometer after each use.
Cook any meat you kill to well done. The department of health suggests indicates a temperature of 82 degrees Celsius (180 degrees Fahrenheit); or higher and the use of a meat thermometer.

Tips.......
Cold weather may reduce the number of parasites, but will not get rid of them completely.
The best time to hunt rabbits is early in the morning and just before sunset, when they are most active.
In some municipalities it is illegal to leave entrails in nature, check your local laws to know for sure.
Some people dip the rabbit in water to reduce the risk of fur contacting the meat.

Warnings.........
Do not allow your dog to eat the entrails -- they could poison your dog.
Tularemia is one of the most infective bacteria known; fewer than ten organisms can cause disease leading to severe illness in humans. The course of disease involves spread of the organism to multiple organ systems, including the lungs, liver, spleen, and lymphatic system. The course of disease is similar regardless of the route of exposure. Mortality in untreated (pre-antibiotic-era) patients has been as high as 50% in the pneumoniac and typhoidal forms of the disease, and even with antibiotics the fatality rate is as high as 2%. The exact cause of death is unclear, but it is thought to be a combination of multiple organ system failures. In a potential aerosol form the disease is considered a possible bioterrorist agent. Persons who inhale an infectious aerosol would likely experience severe respiratory illness departments.
It is illegal to hunt rabbit out of season. Check your local laws to make sure you only hunt in season.
You risk your health and the health of your loved ones when you do not thoroughly cook meat.

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