As part of its “Out Here. It’s DEW.” campaign, Mountain Dew’s $100,000 Outdoor Stimulus will reimburse one 2020 hunting and fishing license per household for the first 5,000 outdoor enthusiasts who apply. Those who win the contest will receive a one-time $20 payment toward their fishing and hunting licenses, paid out via Venmo or check. Licensed fisherman and hunters’ permits fund wildlife conservation, education and restoration within their states. Beginning Wednesday, July 15 at 10:00 a.m. ET, hunters and anglers can apply for the Mountain Dew Outdoor Stimulus by visiting the contest’s landing page and submitting photos of their fishing or hunting licenses from the last year. Click here for the full story.
Working a tip one time, Kentucky wildlife officers went to a guy’s house and arrested him on suspicion of illegally killing of 48 deer. 48! While there, the officers also discovered marijuana plants, indoor grow lights, a cloning system, 16 bags of processed weed, more than 100 pills in plastic bags, 19 firearms and some cash. A Conservation Officer said at the time, “As for those who do this, most of them don’t have jobs and the biggest percentage are also into drugs.” Why anybody would poach 48 deer is beyond me, but that's another story. Most troubling here is, “the biggest percentage (of poachers) are also into drugs.” That is a really broad statement, and I wonder if it [...]
Associated Press: While the COVID-19 crisis has created untold hardships for people, it’s been a boon for wildlife. Animals appear to be taking advantage of quieter streets and less industry to explore new areas. Hard data will eventually be available, as naturalists will no doubt study the effect of the pandemic for some time. But for now, people who work with wildlife say they’re convinced reduced human interaction is benefiting animals. Most obvious, with most of us stuck at home, there is far less traffic on the roads. Far fewer squirrels, opossums, rabbits and other small mammals are getting run over. If you live in a wooded area, you’ve noticed that squirrels are everywhere! As for America’s number one game [...]
When this pandemic resides and the stay-at-home orders are finally relaxed, we all look forward to 2 things: getting back to work, and going deer hunting this fall. In the wake of COVID-19, having seen and endured great disruptions to our supply chains and food supply, and facing the reality that we could be locked down again in the future, I believe that more Americans than ever will hunt whitetails come October and November. Most will hunt within 30 miles of their homes, hoping to shoot one or more deer (up to the legal limit) for the freezer. Whether you are a seasoned veteran or a newbie, you should strive to hunt your best this season, not only for the [...]
Medical experts say that good nutrition, sleep and exercise are key to maintaining a healthy and strong immune system as we navigate these tough times with covid-19. With gyms and sports fields and clubs closed across the country, outdoor exercise, which gives us fresh air and helps to cure cabin fever for a bit, is the way to go if we do it smartly and safely. Hiking Last Saturday I needed to get out of the house for a day, not just for a stroll but something more vigorous. I was frustrated because I was supposed to be in southeast Georgia, hunting the spring turkey opener. Covid-19 cancelled that. I picked a moderately strenuous 9-mile section of the Appalachian Trail [...]