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OT: your favorite hunting magazine

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by wireguy, Sep 21, 2008.

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  1. wireguy

    wireguy TS Member

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    What is your favorite magazine to read about any kind of bird hunting? Why?
     
  2. bigdogtx

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    It used to be Pointing Dog Journal....well written articles and great pictures. I also like articles in complete form where I don't have to go back to the back of the magazine just to catch the last 3 paragraphs.

    I haven't subscribed lately as they got to having ttttoooooooo many ads through out the mag. Don't mind them at the end.
     
  3. Brian in Oregon

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    My favorite hunting magazine? "Predator Xtreme".<br>
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    I se you qualified your subject title by stating "bird" magazine in your post. This magazine has little to do with birds, other than an occasional article like this:<br>
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    Predator Hunters Can Help Duck Hunters<br>
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    Source: Delta Waterfowl<br>
    11/5/2007<br>
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    Predator hunters can help waterfowl hunting enthusiasts by helping to manage fox, raccoons, skunks, and coyotes that raid waterfowl nests on the prairie breeding grounds; ethanol demand and the cry for corn on the breeding grounds could result in a loss of grass nesting cover which will make ducks even more vulnerable to prairie predators.<br>
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    JAMESTOWN, N.D.- A group of retired scientists says land-use changes on the North American breeding grounds may force waterfowl managers to choose between controlling predators and watching duck populations plummet.<br>
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    One reason for their concern, the experts say, is an ethanol-fueled demand for corn that's likely to result in a reduction of grass nesting cover across the U.S. side of the region.<br>
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    Arnold Kruse, John Lokemoen, Ray Greenwood and Alan Sargeant were part of the prestigious team of researchers who literally wrote the book on North America's "duck factory" while working at the Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center (NPWRC) in Jamestown, North Dakota.<br>
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    The NPWRC was formed in 1965 when U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Harvey Nelson assembled an all-star team of researchers charged with unraveling the mysteries of the prairie ecosystem.<br>
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    One of the things they learned is that mammalian predators take a big bite out of duck production.<br>
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    In an interview that appeared in a previous issue of Delta Waterfowl magazine, they expressed concern about the impact of predators on populations of ducks and other ground-nesting birds.<br>
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    "Our research showed there's a big problem with predators out there," says Sargeant.<br>
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    "The problem has not gone away. There are still lots of things eating lots of other things out there."<br>
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    Since 1985, millions of acres of CRP cover have buffered hens from nest-raiding predators like fox, raccoons and skunks.<br>
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    Research conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service showed that CRP added 2 million ducks to the fall flight each year since 1992.<br>
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    Unfortunately North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana, three states that since 1994 have produced as many ducks as prairie Canada, are expected to lose a minimum of 930,000 acres of CRP by 2010, more if the ethanol-driven demand keeps corn prices at current levels.<br>
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    An additional 434,000 acres of land was converted from native prairie to cropland between 2002 and 2006.<br>
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    "CRP has kind of lulled everyone (into a false sense of security)," Kruse says.<br>
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    "If we lose this CRP, the predator thing is really going to stare us in the face. Corn's gone up a dollar a bushel over the last year. That means we're going to lose a lot of CRP nesting cover."<br>
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    "We've been blessed with CRP for quite a few years, but now what are we going to do for ducks?" asks Sargeant, who is considered one of the continent's foremost authorities on the impact of fox and other predators on nesting ducks.<br>
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    "Either you're going to do intensive management or ducks are going to take it in the shorts."<br>
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    Countless studies have confirmed that predation is the cause for most nest failures, but waterfowl managers have shied away from predator management because it is viewed (in some circles) as politically incorrect.<br>
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    Greenwood says concerns about predator management as a tool are nothing new.<br>
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    "Predator management was on the outs before us too," Greenwood says.<br>
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    "Before we came along, it was believed predators only took the sick and incompetent birds.<br>
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    "We found that wasn't the case, that predators are a very important part of the ecosystem, preying on vulnerable breeding hens and ducklings.<br>
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    "We kept the pot stirred with new findings and new research. But it's really not in vogue to kill, so I think the emphasis on predators has slid."<br>
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    "It's always difficult when you want to kill one animal to defend another," admits Lokemoen.<br>
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    "It's easier to do something like buy potholes and plant cover. Those are good things, but maybe we have to take the next step."<br>
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    "Predator management works," says Sargeant. "You get rid of predators and things start to happen.<br>
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    "Yes, it costs money to manage predators, but it costs money to pay taxes, it costs money to burn, it costs money to start your truck and drive out to see if your habitat is in place and your fences are up."<br>
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    All expressed frustration that their findings on the impact of predators haven't been put to work on a large scale, saying intensive-management practices like predator removal are a cost-effective way to supplement habitat.
    "If you're going to pump money into habitat, crank it against what you're going to get out if it (in terms of ducks)," Sargeant says.<br>
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    "The fact is, if you want to make the habitat work, you better think about some teeth."<br>
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    When asked how important it is to manage predators, Greenwood answered: "How many ducks do you want? Do you just want to see them, or do you want some to shoot? If you just want to see them, you don't have to do anything."<br>
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    Delta Waterfowl has been managing predators in North Dakota since the early 1990s, and this year expanded its predator-management research program into Saskatchewan and South Dakota.<br>
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    (Note: There is no "e" in the website url. If you spell "extreme" correctly it will go to a sick porn site."
     
  4. miketmx

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    My favorite magazine was "Gun Dog" but since our beloved Black Lab is gone, I don't get the magazine anymore. I think there is very little new information in any of the magazines.
     
  5. Brian in Oregon

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    Mike, yes, there isn't a lot new in most hunting magazines. Even the varmint magazines that were popular a few years back petered out because they ran out of ideas and new material. The predator and coyote hunting magazines will eventually follow this cycle too, but hopefully not for a while. The worst magazine for lack of fresh material is Field & Stream. It's just the same stuff regurgitated over and over. American Hunter seems to have improved a bit lately, but for many years it seemed to be made up of articles the other magazines had rejected. I found the Sporting Clays magazine interesting, for about six issues anyway. Then it became the same recycled drivel.
     
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    The Double Gun Journal and Shooting Sportsman always feature intersting stories and research about exquisite firearms and the people who own them now or had them custom made back in the day.
     
  7. Brian in Oregon

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    Anyone remember The Arms Gazette? I have every issue up until the time they changed their name. Now that was an interesting magazine.
     
  8. missed some

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    fur,fish,game, and used to take full cry
     
  9. Pocatello

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    Outdoor Life in the late 50s and early 60s, until Jack O'Connor retired.
     
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    Shooting Sportsman and North American Hunter.
     
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    I enjoy Shooting Sportman there was a time when iot was mostly about high end expensive guns and hunts. it seemst they changed a bit an offer some hunting stories that aren't about high end clubs and destinations. It's gotten better with less of the commercail type of articles and more stories that are just enjoyable to read.
     
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    The Upland Almanac, "For the Bird Hunting Enthusiast". Good variety of articles, great photography and a well-printed quarterly magazine. I learn something new with every issue. Their customer service is especially friendly! I highly recommend!

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  13. wireguy

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    Thanks everyone. I am preparing to submit a manuscript of a story I wrote about pass shooting doves with my dogs in California's Imperial Valley. I wanted to know which magazines you enjoyed. Based on a picture I included with my query about unsolicited manuscripts, one of the above mentioned has already indicated they are at least wanting to see it.
     
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