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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Seeks Public Input to Increase Access to Refuge Lands

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Seeks Public Input to Increase Access to Refuge Lands
USA – -( As part of its ongoing effort to increase public access on federal lands, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced it is seeking the public’s assistance to develop a list of its managed lands that would benefit from new or increased access routes.
On March 12, 2019, President Donald Trump signed into law the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act (S.47, the Dingell Act), which directs the Service and other federal land management agencies to develop a priority list of lands that have significantly restricted or no public access where that access could be improved.
The public is encouraged to identify national wildlife refuges, fish hatcheries and other lands managed by the Service that meet the complete criteria.
“Improving public access to hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreation on national wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries has been a key focus of the Department of the Interior under this Administration,” said Fish and Wildlife Service Director Aurelia Skipwith.
“In just the last year, the Department opened 1.4 million acres of land and water to new or additional hunting and fishing opportunities — the single largest expansion on Service-managed lands in recent history. We’re committed to continue expanding the availability of these unique and magnificent places for wildlife-dependent recreation for the benefit of the American people.”
Comments will be accepted over a 30-day comment period from February 10-March 11, 2020.
Some of the criteria for nominated lands include: public lands must be managed by the Service and 640 contiguous acres; have significantly restricted or no public access; and be open under federal or state law to hunting, fishing, or use of the land for other public recreational purposes.
For additional information and a full list of required criteria for consideration as specified by the Dingell Act, visit:
Commenters are encouraged to review the required criteria and include additional information as to why the parcel should be on the Service’s priority list. Once the comment period closes the Service will evaluate the nominations to determine which lands meet the requirements and considerations specified by the Dingell Act.
The Service’s final priority list will be posted online by March 12, 2020, and updated biennially thereafter for 10 years.
The Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service have also sought the public’s input to nominate lands within their jurisdictions under similar criteria.

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SCI Convention Returns to Las Vegas in 2021 – Will Kick Off 50 Years of SCI

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SCI Convention Returns to Las Vegas in 2021 – Will Kick Off 50 Years of SCI
U.S.A. –-( Safari Club International has announced that the 49th International Hunters’ Convention will return to Las Vegas, Nevada, February 3-6, 2021. The event will serve as the kickoff celebration of 50 years of SCI, the leading hunting advocacy organization established in 1971.
The exhibits and daytime activities will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Exhibits will be set up in the central halls of the facility. Meetings and daytime banquets will also all be held at the LVCC.
Evening events at the 2021 SCI Convention will be held at Caesar’s Forum, a new venue in the Caesar facilities that is currently under construction.
The headquarter hotel will be Harrah’s Casino Hotel. Other block hotels will include the LINQ Hotel and Casino, Flamingo Las Vegas, Bally’s Las Vegas, Planet Hollywood and Caesar’s Palace Las Vegas. All the hotels are in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip.
“We are pleased to be able to bring the SCI Convention back to Las Vegas in 2021,” said Laird Hamberlin, SCI CEO.  “Our exhibitors and members all enjoy the convenience of getting in and out of Las Vegas and the many activities to enjoy there in addition to the Convention. Many people expressed a desire to move the Convention back to Las Vegas with dates in early February. We have worked hard to make it happen.”
SCI looks forward to seeing you in Las Vegas in 2021.
 Becoming an SCI Member:
Joining Safari Club International is the best way to be an advocate for continuing our hunting heritage and supporting worldwide sustainable use conservation, wildlife education and humanitarian services.

Safari Club International – First for Hunters is the leader in protecting the freedom to hunt and in promoting wildlife conservation worldwide. SCI has approximately 200 Chapters worldwide and its members represent all 50 of the United States as well as 106 other countries. SCI’s proactive leadership in a host of cooperative wildlife conservation, outdoor education and humanitarian programs empowers sportsmen to be contributing community members and participants in sound wildlife management and conservation. Visit the home page or call 520-620-1220 for more information.
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How to Use Invisible Bait to Draw In More Deer

Most states don’t consider planting green fields or wildlife openings as baiting deer.USA – -( Hunters are familiar with baiting deer by utilizing green fields and by putting a feeder on the edge of a green field. You also can ensure that deer will come to your region by fertilizing the areas already there. Using this invisible method, other hunters can’t learn your exclusive hunting hot spots. You can use an ATV spreader to fertilize wildlife openings.Most states don’t consider planting green fields or wildlife openings as baiting deer. But many of us don’t use green fields to attract deer due to the high cost of plowing, seeding and fertilizing. Dr. Keith Causey, a former wildlife professor at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, has discovered a less-expensive yet effective way to bait deer without using green fields.“If you fertilize the naturally-occurring plants in certain areas, deer will select those plants to feed on much more readily,” Causey comments. “For instance, if you fertilize one end of a large patch of Japanese honeysuckle, blackberries and greenbrier, deer will come to the fertilized patch.”To concentrate deer, determine the naturally-occurring food the deer feed on throughout the year. Next fertilize certain patches of these plants. Then you’ll have some of the most-productive places to hunt throughout the season. For instance, in the South during the early season, deer often feed on poke sallett, which usually lasts for the first week or two of hunting season. If you fertilize one patch of poke sallett, you’ll attract deer there. Deer next may feed on Greenbrier once the poke sallett disappears. A fertilized patch of greenbrier will give you a new place to hunt. As you continue to fertilize the deer’s preferred food, each time the deer change their feeding habits, you’ll have a new place to hunt. Because the South has a longer growing season than the North, and the South today has converted more to timber production rather than agricultural production, fertilizing native plants in the South may benefit the hunter there more than the northern hunter.“About 70 percent of the deer harvested in New York State are harvested around corn fields, winter wheat and clover fields,” Bob Wozniak, formerly of New York’s Department of Environment, Fish and Wildlife Division, says. “However, deer do browse on honeysuckle, white grapes, blackberry bushes and sumac. These native plants will be the best for most northern hunters to fertilize. In most areas where these plants grow, you can see that they’re well eaten-down by the deer, especially later in the winter. But in New York, hunters can find and pattern deer feeding on beech trees, acorn trees and abandoned apple trees much easier than native plants.”However, fertilizing naturally-occurring plants throughout the season entails the same problem of continuing to fertilize green fields. No one wants to drag a bag of fertilizer into the woods during hunting season. That’s where your ATV with a spreader comes in handy to fertilize naturally-occurring plants throughout the season. And, although you’ve fertilized native plants to concentrate deer, most hunters can’t tell the difference between the fertilized and unfertilized plants.To learn more about hunting deer on your land, go to John E. Phillips’s book, “How to Hunt Deer Up Close with Bows, Muzzleloaders and Crossbows”.To receive your free book on “How to Make Venison Jerky,” go to John E PhillipsAbout John E Phillips: The author of almost 30 books on the outdoors, many on Amazon, Phillips is a founding member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) and an active member of the Southeastern Outdoors Press Association (SEOPA).Phillips also is the owner of Night Hawk Publications, a marketing and publishing firm, and president of Creative Concepts, an outdoor consulting group.Visit him Online at www.nighthawkpublications.comThe post How to Use Invisible Bait to Draw In More Deer appeared first on

Watch “The Obsessed: Oklahoma Whitetails” FREE on

Watch “The Obsessed: Oklahoma Whitetails” FREE on MossyOak.comWEST POINT, MS – -( The latest episode of “The Obsessed” from Mossy Oak Capture features Mossy Oak’s Austin Delano and Dudley Phelps as they travel to Oklahoma in pursuit of trophy whitetails with a bow.Delano, referred to as “the food plot guy” and Phelps, referred to as “the tree guy” each possess their respective titles according to the roles they serve at Mossy Oak. Delano commonly consults customers of BioLogic on which seed to plant in particular parts of the country and when to plant it. Phelps is found in a similar role, but with trees and plants designed to establish and optimize wildlife habitat offered by Nativ Nurseries.Watch “The Obsessed: Oklahoma Whitetails” on on demand and completely FREE. No membership or registration required.To see more whitetail-related content, or for more episodes of “The Obsessed” checkout out in 1986, Haas Outdoors Inc. is headquartered in West Point, Miss., and is home of Mossy Oak. For more than 30 years, Mossy Oak has been a leading outdoors lifestyle brand that specializes in developing and marketing modern camouflage designs for hunters and outdoors enthusiasts. The Mossy Oak Brand and patterns can be found on a multitude of products worldwide. Haas Outdoors Inc. is the parent company of Mossy Oak, BioLogic, Capture Productions, MOOSE Media, Nativ Nurseries, Nativ Living, GameKeepers, GameKeepers Kennels and Mossy Oak Properties. Mossy Oak is the official camouflage of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited, Quality Deer Management Association, and Mack’s Prairie Wings and the official pattern of B.A.S.S., MLF and Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series. Follow Mossy Oak on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Pinterest and YouTube.The post Watch “The Obsessed: Oklahoma Whitetails” FREE on appeared first on

Get The Best Hunting Land By Doing Your Homework

Trail Cam Buck Whitetail DeerUSA – -( Those 150- to 200-acre tracts of land you’ve always dreamed of having, your own little piece of heaven, may be finally within your reach. You’ll want to plant a garden, have a pond, have a dove field and attempt to take a deer or a turkey off this land.Maybe you’ll get to see geese or waterfowl landing on your pond, or perhaps you’re not a hunter, but enjoy seeing wildlife. The real-estate agent has told you, “This property is loaded with game.” Before you buy or lease, you’ll want to know how much wildlife you can really expect to see on the property, or you’ve already bought it, you still can learn more about the wildlife on your land.Most of the time when you lease land for deer and turkey hunting, you have to depend on the landowner’s credibility about how much game is on the property. The landowner may say, “Oh, we’ve got plenty of big deer. Over a year ago, one fellow took a buck that scored over 180 Boone and Crockett points.” What he doesn’t tell is that the last people who have leased the property have taken every deer on it that can walk, and now there aren’t any deer on the land. Unfortunately, you won’t find out until hunting season has started, which is too late because you’ve already signed the lease and paid your money.So when or buying leasing land for hunting, the old caution still applies, “Buyer beware.”Following the Buyer Beware philosophy, why not ask the landowner if you can set up two or three feeders and trail cameras to inventory the property before you lease it. Within a week or two, the feeders and the cameras will give you a more-accurate picture of the size and numbers of deer and turkeys that are on the property. You’ll be able to see by the pictures:the buck-to-doe ratio of the herd;the size of the bucks on the land;the number of deer and turkeys you’ll have an opportunity to hunt;the health of the herd; andthe number and species of other animals on the land, including hogs, coons, coyotes, bobcats, squirrels, etc.By using a feeder and a motion-sensor camera, you’ll have a better picture of the wildlife population on the land you want to lease. These tools can help determine a better, more-accurate price when you’re negotiating the lease. Set up a Trail Cam Deer SurveyTo learn more about hunting deer on this land, go to John E. Phillips’s books at to see Kindle, print and Audible versions. Check out “How to Hunt Deer Up Close with Bows, Muzzleloaders and Crossbows”. John E PhillipsAbout John E Phillips: The author of almost 30 books on the outdoors, many on Amazon, Phillips is a founding member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) and an active member of the Southeastern Outdoors Press Association (SEOPA).Phillips also is the owner of Night Hawk Publications, a marketing and publishing firm, and president of Creative Concepts, an outdoor consulting group.Visit him Online at www.nighthawkpublications.comThe post Get The Best Hunting Land By Doing Your Homework appeared first on

Hunter & Conservationist Sue New Jersey Over Feel-Good Black Bear Hunt Ban

Hunter & Conservationist Sue New Jersey Over Feel-Good Black Bear Hunt BanNew Jersey – -( Today, the New Jersey Outdoor Alliance, Safari Club International, and Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation filed a legal challenge to New Jersey’s ill-advised closure of state lands to the upcoming black bear hunt.“NJOA is proud to continue the fight for sound wildlife management,” said Ed Markowski, President of the New Jersey Outdoor Alliance. “New Jersey sportsmen only want access to the lands they pay for and maintain and for wildlife policy to be free from the special interest agendas of anti-hunting extremists and career politicians who are long on rhetoric and short on science.”“New Jersey has held successful and scientifically-sound black bear hunts since 2010, but this year the new democrat governor Phil Murphy promised to stop the hunt regardless of what the state’s own wildlife professionals decide,” said SCI President Paul Babaz. “SCI and its partners have battled to protect New Jersey’s bear hunt since 2004 and we will continue to support science-based management over emotion-driven decisions.”“It’s a sad day when a governor willingly puts his own constituents at risk just to fulfill a campaign promise to a vocal minority,” said Evan Heusinkveld, president and CEO of the Sportsmen’s Alliance. “This is political pandering at its finest. Governor Murphy knows that the wildlife experts in his own agencies use the best available science and practices when evaluating wildlife populations and hunting regulations. It is a slap in the face to the state’s biologists and wildlife managers who have spent their entire careers working on these issues, only to have a politician tell them ‘I know better.’”The lawsuit’s claims include:that the State violated New Jersey law by banning black bear hunting on state-managed lands without scientific or policy justification, but instead in fulfillment of a campaign promise;that the State violated federal law by diverting the use of state-managed lands away from the uses mandated by funding laws and agreement with the federal government;that the State violated other substantive and procedural laws and requirements in banning black bear hunting on state-managed lands, including by failing to take public comment or consider scientific evidence.NJOA, SCI and the Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation filed the lawsuit in New Jersey state court.As part of this effort, the organizations are interested in hearing from New Jersey hunters (both residents and nonresidents) who had plans to hunt black bears on public lands this fall. If you are a member of one of the three organizations and have been affected by the closure, please contact that organization using the email addresses provided below.About NJOA: New Jersey Outdoor Alliance’s mission is “preservation through conservation.” NJOA serves as a grassroots coalition of outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen dedicated to the conservation of natural resources and environmental stewardship that champions the intrinsic value of fishing, hunting and trapping, among opinion leaders, policy makers, and the public at-large. To join NJOA, make a financial contribution toward NJOA’s efforts or learn more about the organization, please visit: For media inquiries, contact Cody McLaughlin at [email protected] SCI: Safari Club International represents 50,000 members and all hunters in the fight to protect hunting opportunities and access. SCI’s mission is to protect the freedom to hunt and to promote wildlife conservation worldwide. SCI has gone to court many times over the past fifteen years to advocate for New Jersey’s management of bears through regulated hunting. To become a member of SCI or make a financial donation to help SCI’s litigation efforts, please visit, members wishing to provide information to SCI lawyers about how the public lands closure affects their ability to hunt should contact Jeremy Clare at [email protected] the Sportsmen’s Alliance: The Sportsmen’s Alliance protects and defends America’s wildlife conservation programs and the pursuits – hunting, fishing and trapping – that generate the money to pay for them. The Sportsmen’s Alliance was specifically created to protect the outdoor heritage from animal-rights activists and organizations seeking to end those pursuits and undermine the nation’s conservation model. The Alliance partners with other organizations, such as SCI and NJOA, to provide a unified and formidable legal front, and has done so in New Jersey for bears many times, as well as in all 50 states, the courts and at the ballot box. To join the Alliance click here, or to donate to the Sportsmen’s Legal Defense Fund click here. For media inquiries, contact Brian Lynn at [email protected] post Hunter & Conservationist Sue New Jersey Over Feel-Good Black Bear Hunt Ban appeared first on

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