When the naturalist and ornithologist George Ord formally named pronghorn in 1815, he was unsure whether the species was an antelope or a goat. Recent research found that the greatest influences to pronghorn summer mortality were a combination of poor body condition and increased snow depth during the previous winter. Continue reading Science Update: Three Causes of Death for Pronghorn
Hunting is an activity defined in large measure by the pursuit to actively and directly engage with death: it is and always has been at its most base level about killing. So it is natural that as our minds wander while out in the field, we almost invariably find ourselves confronting our feelings and understandings about death. Continue reading Spending Time in Nature to Understand Death
It has always been the case that explorers, wanderers, hunters, and conservationists have told the stories of their experiences in the natural world. Here are three more book recommendations for the conservationist. Continue reading Three Book Recommendations for Hunter-Conservationists
At one point in this continent’s history, we had no legal mechanisms for wildlife management and conservation. At one point, … Continue reading Are We More Committed to Conservation or Politics?
There is no question that two centuries of rapid expansion of human settlement and industrial development on this continent have … Continue reading British Columbia Ends the Grizzly Bear Hunt: The Right Decision?
I began discussing the topic of trophy hunting in my last post, In Search of Trophies. The foundation of the … Continue reading A Complicated Relationship: Trophy Hunting and Conservation
In a sense, each and every one of us is a trophy hunter. In two ways, actually. I have somewhat … Continue reading A Complicated Relationship: In Search of Trophies
I don’t recall when I first heard someone use the term fair chase. I do recall becoming gradually aware of … Continue reading Chasing a Concept: In Continual Pursuit of Fair Chase
I understand some people’s general disdain for list posts: “7 ways to…”, “10 reasons why…” I capitulated for this post, … Continue reading 3 Ways to Become Involved in Conservation
“Buffler!” exclaimed Boone Caudill, A.B. Guthrie’s iconic character in his 1947 novel, The Big Sky. Guthrie’s story gives us glimpses … Continue reading Boone, Ishmael, and the Politics of Moose Management