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T.R. Michels with 168 1/2 inch 10 point whitetail

Introduction

In my personal efforts to better understand white-tailed deer, turkeys, elk, ducks and geese I have spent a lot of time over the last 11 years reading the research papers of several top wild game biologists/researchers. And I have spent 7 years researching whitetails, 4 years researching turkeys, 2 years researching ducks and geese, and 2 years researching elk; to find out how the animals act during their breeding seasons and hunting seasons, and reacted to the current weather conditions and lunar factors so that I could be prepared to predict when and where to find the animals on any given day, and use the best hunting techniques to hunt them, based on what I had learned through my research and my personal experience as a professional guide and outfitter for the last 14 years.

In this publication I will try to use what I have learned over the years to help you better understand the Biology &Behavior of the animals; and hopefully teach you some new Hunting Tips. To read about any of these topics click on the appropriate line below.

If you have questions feel free to e-mail me: ; or click on 'Talk Forums / Message Board" in the left-hand column.

Good hunting,

T.R.

 

Game Research

By T.R. Michels

I've often been asked why I spend so much time researching game animals. The simple answer would be because my research on the seasonal behavior, daily behavior, calls, scents and breeding activity of game animals is the basis for many of my books, articles and seminars. Without the research, and my experience as a hunting guide, I wouldn't have much of that information. But, the truth of the matter is I do it because I want to find out all I can about the animals. I attended St. John's University in Collegeville, MN, to become a wildlife researcher; it's what I've always wanted to do. Although I didn't graduate from college, my research papers have been read by many top game biologists.

Noted deer biologist Dr. Larry Marchinton recently told me he gave my seven year scrape studies to one of his university students, and she has gone on to do her own scrape studies. She is now doing elk research, and I hope to be exchanging research findings with her. Dr. Valerius Geist (who is one of the top deer and elk researchers in the world) told me he would like to have my research papers published in the Canadian Field Naturalist or the American Midland Naturalist; two of the top biological reviews in North America. I feel honored that these two men respect my work.

The downside to not having graduated from college is that it's hard to get funding for my studies. It costs me about $5000 per year to do my research. Thankfully the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association funded part of my 2002 elk research project. If you know of an organization that would be willing to fund all or part of my elk research for 2004, please provide me with information on how to contact them. Meanwhile I'll keep doing what I love to do; researching game animals, and writing and telling you about it.

May God bless you and yours,

 

T.R.

 

T.R. examining whitetail rub

Whitetail Research

I have learned a lot about game animal research over the last few years: 1. Researchers are learning about game animals so fast that the only way to keep you up to date is to do it in a regular newsletter. The problem with magazines is that by the time the article gets printed the information is probably a year old, and the writers who get hold of research seldom do research themselves or have access to other sources to verify the research they are writing on. The article often leads you to believe that the research project and researcher's findings and conclusions are gospel, and they aren't. 2. Not all game animals react alike. Animals of the same species react differently in different areas and different habitats. 3. Animals of different sexes react to environmental conditions and predatory pressure, especially hunting, differently. Males of most prey species, because they look different from females, are more susceptible to being chased, killed and eaten, therefore they are more wary. The older the animal, especially males, the warier they are and the more they react differently than other animals in the same area.

Case in point: I have two articles by two different writers, both who I know and like. The first article refers to a study by Norb Geissman and Brian Root in the Deer Ridge Wildlife Management Area in Lewis County, Missouri to determine if white-tailed deer actually head for unpressured areas and refuges to avoid hunters during the hunting season. Based on this study the article states that does increased their daily movement during the hunting season by 25 percent, presumably because of the hunting pressure. The does moved about 2 miles a day during the pre-rut and 2 1/2 miles per day during the rut/hunting season. It also states that all of the does, whether hunted or not, stayed within their home range and none of then wandered into unfamiliar ranges, even when hunted, and there was a refuge nearby.

The article goes on to state that the bucks decreased their movement by 20 percent during the hunting season. This was while the rut was on and when bucks could normally be expected to travel more in search of does. The bucks moved about 5 miles a day in the pre-rut and 4 miles a day during the rut/hunting season. The article says that the bucks with home ranges partially in the refuge shifted almost all their activity to the refuge, again presumably because of hunting pressure. (But it said the does traveled more and didn't leave their ranges.)

The researchers found that there were differences in the size of the home ranges of bucks and does (something most of us who hunt already know). The average home range of a buck was 1,576 acres, about three times the size of the doe ranges which averaged 502 acres. A closing statement of Brian Root, who was a student at the time of the study says, "Don't worry about deer moving into areas closed to hunting. Most deer will stay right where they've been all along." (This is exactly the kind of statement I am referring to. And what about those bucks that shifted to the refuge?)

The second article refers to a study by Kurt VerCauteren on the Desoto National Wildlife Refuge in Nebraska to determine the size of their home range. In this study the deer ranges averaged 400 acres, although they varied greatly in size. The article goes on to states that most transient deer tended to be yearlings that traveled 12-15 miles off their former home range. Some subadult does traveled 40-50 miles. It then states that old deer become almost invisible because they live in prime ranges where they don't have to move much to find what the need. (Sounds right to me.) Next the article says that, "VerCauteren verified what most hunters know, that whitetails respond to hunting pressure." (Hey, the other guy said they would stay right where they were.)

The Desoto Refuge is near the Missouri River, which separates Nebraska and Iowa. VerCauteren noted that when the hunting season opened in Nebraska some deer swam to Iowa; and when the Iowa season opened some deer swam to Nebraska. (In other words they left the area to avoid hunting pressure.) Once the hunting pressure let up most of the deer returned within two weeks. Those that stayed at home changed their habits too. Eight deer moved to a strip of posted land 60x100 yards and remained there until the season closed. (In other words they headed for a refuge.) The article then refers to Dr. Harry Jacobson who calculated that in the hardwood forests of Mississippi the average annual range of does was 1,820 acres, bucks 3,773 acres, with the largest at 5,500 acres. In the same article Dr. James Kroll is reported to have said that bucks in Alberta may occupy a 3,000 acre core area and travel circuits of 20-25 miles during the rut. (Hey, the other guy said bucks travel less during the rut, about 4 miles.)

The article goes on to say that a study by Thomas Baumeister found that in Idaho's Clearwater River drainage, whitetail deer (including bucks) had small summer ranges of 190 acres in the drainage's upper range. But, in October and November the deer migrated an average of 24 miles to their winter ranges. (He is not saying the deer moved in response to hunting pressure. Presumably the movement was in response to less forage, cold weather or deep snow. But it did happen during the hunting season.) Some of the deer stopped along the way while others traveled straight through. I guess this proves my point. 1. The results of one study in one area don't necessarily hold true for any other area. 2. Not all deer in the same area react the same. Males, especially older ones, are more wary than all other deer and will do almost anything to avoid Predatory Behavior, especially hunting.

These studies show that deer, especially older bucks (what most of us are looking for), will seek unhunted areas or refuges to avoid hunting pressure. If you've seen a big buck in the area but can't find him during the season he might have moved out or he may have become nocturnal. You have to try to figure out where he is or where he went, even though you know he is probably traveling at night. First you need to find the buck's bedding area. If he is coming out only at night you can either stalk him in the bedding area during the day (if you are good enough) or you can try to find his travel route as he leaves to feed or look for does. Then you can setup along the route to ambush him when he moves. You can also wait for the does to come into estrus and hope to see him acting stupid during the rut. For this to work you should know where the doe bedding, feeding and travel areas are. This is where the bucks will be looking for does once the rut is in full swing.

You may have to hunt all day near these areas because there is no telling what a buck will do, or where he will be during the rut. But it is the one time of the year when the buck may throw caution to the wind and show himself. If there is no sign of the buck in his traditional area, look for areas where he won't be disturbed. You probably won't see a lot of sign. Often the only evidence will be his tracks and beds, although you may find rubs and droppings. Don't expect to find scrapes near a bedding site. Most scrapes occur in doe use areas, not near buck bedding sites and core areas. If you can't find the buck, but you do have the luxury of tracking in the snow, you should be able to find where the buck went by scouting after the hunting season. Then you will know where to find him next year, if he made it through the winter.

These studies show us two other things. Deer have different size home ranges, which are generally governed by the type of habitat and the forage availability in the area. Mixed habitats of hardwood forests and agricultural land provide the best deer habitat. In these areas deer populations may exceed 40 deer per square mile. Because the forage is good, does have small ranges, and the bucks don't have to travel very far to find them during the rut. Consequently the bucks have small home ranges.

In marginal habitats with little mixture such as river bottoms in prairies; agricultural areas; virgin or old growth hardwood forests; and northern forests of evergreens, birch and aspens; does need larger home ranges to find enough forage. Consequently the bucks must travel greater distances to individual doe home ranges during the rut, and the bucks have very large home ranges.

The studies also show us that bucks respond differently than does during the rut, especially when the hunting season is open. The first article states that the does increased their movement during the hunting season. But this can be misleading. Recent studies by Dr. Larry Marchinton in Georgia show that does become more active during the days just prior to coming into estrus, but they confined their movements to certain portions of their range. The theory is that the does increase their daily movement but limit their travel range, making it easier for the bucks to find them. If the does in Missouri acted like the does in Marchinton's study they may have been moving more during the hunting season, not because of hunting pressure, but because the were approaching estrus and making themselves available to the bucks.

The problem with radio telemetry studies is that while they can tell you where the deer are at all times they cannot tell you what the deer are doing. By doing my own research, following and watching the deer in my area for the last five years, I know where they were and what they were doing. And by looking at the studies of as many other researchers as I can and checking it with my own research I have a better Understanding of the game in a wide range of areas. I guess the moral of the story is don't believe everything you hear" and if you really want to Understand the game in your area do what I do, become a Maximum Effort Hunter and spend more time and effort reading, listening and watching the game.

The Dispersal Phase (research update 2000)

As a result of my last seven years of research I've learned that I can't rely on when and where I saw bucks during the different phases of the rut, to hunt them later in phases of the rut. I often hear hunters say that (during the hunting season) they can't find the big bucks they saw while they were scouting from late August to mid-October. That's because the bucks probably weren't in the same area. Once the bucks (that you may have seen in bachelor groups in late summer/early fall) shed their velvet, they start to become more aggressive, and they eventually won't put up with each other. Many of them move to new core areas, where they don't come in contact with other bucks. Some of them also move out of their summer/home range, to go to their fall home range, which may be as little as a half mile away, to as far as several miles away. This breakup (dispersal), and fall home range shift, usually occurs with two to three weeks of when the older bucks shed their velvet. In the upper Midwest it occurs sometime between the first week of September and the middle of October.

When this happens, you have to go look for the bucks. Since the bucks usually start making new rubs and scrapes in the area they use in the fall, the best way to locate them is to look for fresh rubs and scrapes, in areas where they may not have occurred before. When you find fresh rubs and scrapes, you can setup where you can watch the area, to see which bucks are there. Once you find the buck you want you can back track its rub route to locate its core area, where you can setup to take the buck. Information on how to do this is included in my Deer Addict's Manual, Volume 2: Hunting Techniques and my new Scrape Hunter's Manual available in the Trinity Mountain Outdoors catalog.

Another way to locate bucks you couldn't find during the hunting season is to glass feeding areas, and scout for field sign, after the rut or the hunting season is over. If you have rain or sow in you area, get out the door when it lets up, and back track the buck trails until you find their core areas and bedding sites. Then you can set up to take the buck (if the season is on), if not you will know where to find the buck next year. Information on how to do this is also in the Deer Addict's Manual Volume 2. I have several hunting tips for you opening day hunters in my new Deer Addict's Manual, Volume 7; Hunting Tactics, $9.95. Why not order a copy and gear up for next year? If you have any questions feel free to write, call or e-mail me.

TRMichels@yahoo.com

 

Game Calling

Dallas Michels flagging and calling geese

Through my studies I have learned that not all animals of a given species sound alike. Not all cow, calf or bull elk sound alike. Not all whitetails sound alike; different bucks use different Tending Grunts; different does use different Social Contact Grunts. A goose doesn't sound like a gander, and goslings don't sound like adult geese. Flying geese have a slow measured honk; landing / backpedaling geese use a fast call. When a goose is chasing another goose its calling is louder than when it stands still.

There is no "feeding call" that you can use to ask other ducks to come down and feed with you. The feeding "chuckle" of the mallard is actually a hen telling the drakes to leave her alone. The "hail call" is a "come on over here" call, but not like most hunters think. When it is used in the fall, the hail call is a hen mallard announcing to any drake within hearing distance that she is ready to get engaged, but he is not going to reap the benefits until next spring. The keys to calling are using the right call at the right time; and using the right pitch, duration, and loudness of the call. To view more hunting tips click here: T.R.'s Tips.

As a result of my studies I've gotten together with Haydel's Game Calls to develop several calls that sound more like the real animals; and less like manufactured calls. I've worked with them to put together the right calls for the different ages and sexes of elk. I've even gone so far as to hand tune some of their goose calls so they sound more like the Giant Canada's many of us in the northern states hunt. To view my hunting books, game activity predictors and other hunting products click here: Trinity Mountain Outdoor Products catalog.

 

Does The Moon Affect Game Animals?

Through my nine years of game research I have found no correlation between the daily activity of deer, elk and turkeys with the overhead / underfoot position of the moon. I've come to the conclusion that daily game activity tables are unreliable.

It has also been found (by a top whitetail biologist) that there is no correlation between peak breeding of white-tailed deer and any moon phase. Rut date charts that predict peak breeding of whitetails by using the moon as an indicator are unreliable! If you want to know when peak whitetail breeding occurs in your area check out the Conception Dates Graph and Peak Breeding Dates on my Whitetail Rut Dates Chart.

However, I did find (and so have other researchers) a correlation between daytime sightings of deer and turkeys (and scraping and gobbling activity) with the amount of light, monthly gravitational pull, and monthly biomagnetics associated with the moon. My Moon Indicator is quite accurate at predicting peak monthly deer sightings and scrape activity of whitetails; and peak monthly gobbling activity of turkeys. The Moon Indicator is available in the Trinity Mountain Outdoor Products catalog.

This article contains excerpts from the book Whitetail Notes & Activity Factors ($24.95 + $5.00 s&h), by T.R. Michels.

 

Elk Research

T.R. Michels in the Salmon River Wilderness, Idaho

In August of 2002 I continued the elk research project I began in 2001, watching and listening to 70+ antlered, and 55+ de-antlered 3.5 year-old and older bulls; approximately 60 one and two year old bulls; and approximately 210 cows and their calves, for 2-4 hours in the morning and 2-4 hours in the evening. The herd had grown from 600+ to 700+ elk. One of the things I wanted to find out was whether or not the moon was correlated with bugling, breeding or daily behavior. In order to do that I have to be there at various times of the day, week and month.

I've even been there during the night, when the moon was directly overhead. And, just like whitetails, most of the time the elk were bedded while the moon was directly overhead; not moving around like some of the of the lunar game tables predict. I've found that the overhead/underfoot position of the moon has very little to do with any animal I have researched so far. If you want to see more game, hunt in the morning and evening, when the animals are most active.

It doesn't appear that bugling or breeding is correlated with the full moon phase. In 2002 the second and third bugling peaks occurred at almost the same time as they did in 2001.

However, the peaks weren't correlated with the moon. It did appear that bugling was affected by temperature/windchill. The warmer it got, the more frequently the bulls bugled, until temperature/windchill got to 70-80 degrees; then they bugled less frequently.

My studies shows that bull elk of different ages begin bugling at different times of the year, and that some bulls bugle more frequently than others. Bugling activity also depends on whether or not the bull is with cows without other bulls nearby; with cows with other bulls nearby; or without any cows or bulls nearby. I found that spike bulls bugle much less than older bulls; if they do bugle they don't usually use the "Full Bugle Sequence" (the roar, bugle and chuckle all strung together), and they usually begin bugling later in the year than older bulls. Two year old bulls often bugle, but they don't' roar or chuckle as often as older bulls do. They also begin bugling later in the year than older bulls.

During my studies I heard two calls I don't remember reading about in any scientific report; both of these call appear to be threats between bulls. After watching several cows get bred over the past two years I have never heard a cow-estrus call. There doesn't seem to be one!

I have found no correlation with the moon and peak breeding or with peak bugling. It doesn't appear that the full moon affects breeding or bugling activity. As with whitetails elk may come out later than normal in the evening when there is a full moon, and they may go back to the woods earlier in the morning.

It is pretty difficult to make a mistake when you are using a mouth diaphragm to call elk, because no two bulls, cows or calves sound alike, and they don't all sound like you'd think they should. I should learn a lot more after we get the calls analyzed in early 2003, and it should help when you and I are hunting elk. There's more information on elk behavior, vocalizations, calling, and hunting techniques in the 2003 Revised Edition of the Elk Addict's Manual, available through the Trinity Mountain Outdoor Products catalog. I guarantee this book will make you a better elk hunter.

 

CD's Column

By C.D. Denmon

To CD's Web Site

The Fundamentals of Quality Deer Management

Every year hunters head for the woods with hopes of tagging one big whitetail to put on their wall. Most of these hunters however, settle for the first buck that comes by them, but lately this trend has been diminishing by leaps and bounds. Why? It's because of the practice of Quality Deer Management that has caught the attention of sportsmen all over the country.

The philosophy of QDM is to allow younger bucks to live to reach a more mature age and to level the ratio of bucks to does. This is a practice that began in the Southeast United States and Texas.

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Following Up On Your Shot

By C.D. Denmon

In nearly every hunting magazine on the market today, there are articles giving details on how to take a deer, but few lend any advice on how to find the deer once the shot has been made.

Most sportsmen today have no trouble in finding deer and most of those hunters are successful at taking a deer. Hopefully the shot was perfect, but what if the shot was less than perfect? Do you have the knowledge and capability to track an animal for long distances successfully? Most hunters would say yes, but unfortunately their sense of pride may override their actual ability to track an animal successfully.

Questions Like, "How long do I wait to begin tracking? How can I determine where I hit the animal?" and "What signs do I look for to help me find my deer?" All are valid questions that many hunters have today. The idea of loosing a deer because of a poor shot is a scenario we all fear and strive not to live through, but unfortunately things happen. So here are few tips to help you find your deer if something bad happens in stand this year.

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Cat Woman's Column

By Linda Burch, FireTacks

Stupid Bears. On second thought, since I had spent so many hours this year hunting bears who clearly had me patterned better than I had them, I'm probably the dumb one for hanging in there after getting skunked for so long. I hate to lose. When I want something, I intensely pursue it, using every ounce of brain matter I can muster. With each defeat, I pop back up swinging with a repertoire of new strategies, together with a renewed attitude. It's a good thing I'm undaunted by failure or Id be a nut case. It had become evident that the rascally bears had won again.

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"Dare To Be Stupid"
My Misadventures In The Great Outdoors

By Linda Burch

While I freely admit to sometimes being the female Weird Al Yankovic of the forest, I truly do make an effort to be serious about my hunting sports. After years of hunting, being an outdoor writer, and now heading up a hunting related business, I am supposed to ooze confidence, wisdom and primitive suave faire. I'm supposed to have tales of trophy bucks and big adventure. I'm supposed to make very few mistakes. I am supposed to aspire to belong to that elite group of hunters and entrepreneurs whom others want to emulate. I am supposed to have an ego the size of Texas, and I am supposed to have arrived. Alas, I must confess. I missed the train.

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Kovar's Column

By Native American Archer Judy Kovar

AN ANCIENT QUEST – CARIBOU

By Judy Kovar

I sat alone in this small dark room with the rhythm of a drum getting faster and louder. The smoke from a small fire built in the center was thick and soon burned my eyes. Now from a corner of the smoky room walked a tall, slender man; this man was an elder of the tribe. He motioned with his hand for me to rise before him and he then placed around my neck an amulet. This amulet was a 2,000 year old piece of ivory and upon its shinny surface was etched a caribou. Little did I realize that day, and that ceremony, would change my life for the next seven years.

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BEARS from Ground Zero

By Judy Kovar

Ground Zero, the word means the site of a nuclear explosion. Or the target of a missile, bomb or other projectile. In 2002 I bowhunted the black bears of northern Quebec, and I did it from the ground. Bowhunting these monster black bears from the ground has to compare to ground zero. When five different bears come into the bait at one time and then proceed to fight over who gets to have the first bite. Picture large chunks of fur flying, growling and bears fighting and slapping each other with this bowhunter sitting on the ground not 8 yards away. I declared this bear bait as ground zero.

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Corrigan's Corner

By Michael C. Corrigan

Do activated-carbon garments really work? Part 1 (parts 2 & 3 in coming months)

I have been a bow hunter for more than twenty years; during this time I have watched the commercialized hunting arena develop.

The extreme commercialization of bow hunting has, in my opinion, resulted in instances where hunters have been duped. In fact, I can think of several products that are down right gimmicks and obviously seek to play upon consumer ignorance and slob hunters looking for success shortcuts.

I was once asked, "What do you think is the biggest gimmick on the (outdoors equipment) market is today?" I will warn you up front that my response to the question, which follows, may be a bit painful. Furthermore, I will say that if you do find my response painful, it's likely that you spent your hard earned wages on the product that I'm about to scrutinize.

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New Product Reviews

I'll be selling Haydel's Game Calls, the Ultimate Game Calling System CD-ROM's, Flag Man goose flags and hopefully some other new items this year. Look for them in the Trinity Mountain Outdoor Products catalog.

 

Air Skinner: Blow Up Your Deer

I saw a neat game skinning device at the shows this year called the Air Skinner. It is a kit consisting of several different sized needles, that you stick under the skin of your deer or elk, turkey, duck, goose, rabbit or squirrel; connect the needle to an air compressor (like at the gas station) and inflate the skin of your animal, skinning it in the process. No hassle, hands and knife free. It works on frozen game too. For more information check the Trinity Mountain Outdoor Products catalog.

 

Wick Outdoor Works

I met well-known coon dog trainer and author John Wick and his wife Linda several years ago; they are two of the nicest people I have ever met. They manufacture and sell some of the most durable clothing and hunting accessories for coon and upland bird hunters you can find. I've been using their saddlebags, gun cases, duffel bags, jackets, vests, bibs and brush chaps for years. Their stuff is indestructible. Check out their catalog at www.wickoutdoor.com.

 

Step Right Up

 

The Right Step is a folding receiver-hitch step for use with pickups and SUV's that allows you to easily access items in the back of the vehicle, without having to drop the tailgate. It folds up against the tailgate when not in use, and folds down by simply pulling a pin to lower the large non-slip step. Constructed of heavy gauge steel, powder coated, with a on-slip crackle finish. For more information check the Trinity Mountain Outdoor Products catalog.

 

Look for more new products in the Trinity Mountain Outdoor Products catalog, or look for the products in the Trinity Mountain Outdoors booth at the shows where I'm speaking. You can also find them in the Trinity Mountain Outdoors store in Wanamingo, MN. If you're in the neighborhood, stop by and see us at the retail store; we're not far from Cabela's in Owatonna, MN.

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Whitetail Research (middle column)

Elk Research (middle column)

Game Calling (middle column)

Does The Moon Affect Game Animals? (middle coumn)

T.R. Michels Guide Service (middle column)

C D's Whitetail Column, by CD Denmon (middle of middle column)

At Woman's Column, by Linda Burch (middle of middle column)

Kovar's Column, by Native American archer Judy Kovar (middle of middle column)

Corrigan's Corner (middle of middle column)

T.R. Michels Whitetail / Turkey/ Elk / Waterfowl University & Guide School (middle of this column)

T.R.'s Recommended / Field Tested Products (near bottom of middle column)

Guide / Outfitter Review (near middle of this column)

Press Releases (near bottom of this column)

Safari Club International News (near bottom of this page)

US Sportsmens's Alliance News (bottom of this column)

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Advertising Pages (Related Websites, Business Affiliations, Hunting Products, Guides, Outfitters & Consultants, Christian Outdoor Organizations, Charitable Organizations, Conservation Organizations

T.R.'s Hunting Tips for Whitetail, Turkey, Elk, Ducks & Geese

T.R.'s articles at Adventures in the Outdoors on Bowhunting.Net

 Daily Updates on Hunting and Fishing News

 

T.R. Michels Guide Service

 T.R. Michels with two Merriam's turkeys

I'll be doing some turkey hunting in Missouri (eastern turkeys), Nebraska (Merriam's turkeys) and Kansas (Rio Grand turkeys) in the spring. I should have openings for 4 people per week, at between $450 and $600 per week, plus room and board.

We also offer Whitetail hunts in Missouri. We have access to about 3,000 acres, near the Kansas state line, and a 5,000 acre Game Refuge. This gives us access to lightly-hunted game. If you are interested in hunting with us contact me ASAP; I don't expect these hunts to last. If you time it right you can even hitch a ride with us. These are guided hunts; no food or lodging, hotels and restaurant nearby.

We offer 5 day pre-baited unguided black bear hunts in East-central Minnesota, $500 per person. Hotel and restaurant nearby.

We also offer hunts for Canada geese near Rochester, MN; early October through mid December; $75-$140 per person for a half day hunt.

If enough people are interested we may also offer a hunt in Missouri for a fall goose and duck hunt. The migration usually occurs during late October and early November. We also have spring snow goose hunts available in Missouri. Contact me for prices and dates on all of these hunts.

If you are interested in joining us on any of these hunts click here T.R Michels Guide Service or contact me direct.

T.R. Michels' Guide Service

PO Box 283, Wanamingo, MN 55983

Phone: 507-824-3296

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Website: TRMichels.com

 

T.R. Michels' Whitetail / Turkey / Elk / Waterfowl University & Guide School

While giving seminars at the hunting shows over the last several years I have been asked about guide schools. Our new location offers the perfect place to run a hunting and guide school. We have plenty of land, several types of habitat, plus deer, elk, turkey, pheasants and geese that are easy to watch, and to learn from. The course will include instruction on goose, duck, elk, mule deer and bear hunting. It will also provide information on how to become a guide, outfitter or hunting consultant; and assist in job placement after graduation.

You will have the opportunity to participate in the ongoing deer, turkey and elk research in the spring and fall, which will help you understand how the weather and the moon influence seasonal behavior and breeding activity of the animals. You will also have the opportunity to walk rub routes, scrape lines, locate buck bedding areas; watch and listen to turkeys, elk and geese; and pattern nd hotograph deer, turkeys and elk. Sessions will include instruction on how and when to use scents, calls, rattling and decoys, and the right time to use them based on the progression of the rut/hunting season.

You will learn how to choose hunting sites based on seasonal and daily use by the animals; how to locate feeding and breeding/strutting areas and preferred bedding/roost sites; and the best times, locations and techniques to hunt deer, turkey and elk during the different phases of the breeding/hunting season. Turkey sessions begin in early April, deer and elk sessions begin in early September.

For more information click here:

Whitetail / Turkey / Elk / Waterfowl University & Guide School

T.R. Michels, Trinity Mountain Outdoors

PO Box, 284, Wanamingo, MN 55983

507-824-3296

 

Guide Review

Rocky Mountain Ranches, Colorado 10/22/03

Larry Bishop offers unguided trespass fee private land hunts for antelope, mule deer and elk hunts in the Craig-Steamboat Springs area of Northwestern Colorado. Hunters can provide their own accommodations (tents, trailers) sty in nearby motels, or rent a tent camp or camper trailer from the outfitter. This is an excellent way to go on a do-it-yourself hunt, on private land where success rates are generally much higher than public land hunts. Hunters may take 4x4 to 6x6 bull elk, and large mulies and antelope.

Contact: Larry Bishop, Rocky Mountain Ranches, 1563 Quivira Dr. Thornton, CO 80229, Tel: (303)286-8656, E-mail:
www.rockymountainhunting.com

 

Lobo Outfitters, Colorado

Since 1994 I've had several of my clients hunt with Dick and Mike Ray of Lobo Outfitters. I also guided elk hunters for Dick for a couple of years. If you are looking for trophy elk, mule deer, mountain lion or black bear, on good property, with good guides and good accommodations Lobo Outfitters is what you are looking for. Contact Dick or Mike Ray, Lobo Outfitters, 4821A Hwy. 84, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147, Phone: 970-264-5546, FAX: 970-264-9249, www.lobooutfitters.com.

 

Press Releases

NAPA Filters Wants To Give Some Lucky Families
Thousands Of Dollars Worth Of Outdoor Fun

GASTONIA, NC (October 1, 2004 ) - NAPA Filters in conjunction with Cabela's outdoor products is giving away four Grand Prize Winner Packages and over 1,300 additional prize packages during its national NAPA Filters "Family Fun Sweepstakes" promotion.

The sweepstakes begins Oct. 1, 2004 and runs through December 31, 2004. The list of prizes ranges from a $25 Cabela's gift certificate to a choice of the Grand Prizes from either a Suzuki 4x4 ATV, or a Fleetwood "Yuma" folding camper or a $6,000 gasoline debit card.

The promotion is called the NAPA Filters "Family Fun Sweepstakes" because NAPA Filters provides a family of filters for family cars and light duty trucks all across America. The NAPA family of filters - NAPAGold, NASCAR Select and NAPA ProSelect - all give top performance in any environment.
NASCAR Select is the newest addition to the family of NAPA Filters and employs patented Spin-Flow® technology to maximize the capacity and efficiency of the entire oil filter media.

Since its introduction last spring, NASCAR Select has continued to grow in popularity among both professional mechanics and do-it-yourselfers, and has taken its place with NAPAGold and NAPA ProSelect as one of America's most popular filters.

NAPA Filters "Family Fun Sweepstakes" entry forms are available at participating NAPA AutoCare Centers, NAPA Auto Parts stores and participating professional automobile repair facilities. Online registration is also available at www.napafilters.com and clicking on the NAPA Filters "Family Fun Sweepstakes" link.

In addition to the four Grand Prizes winners, there will be 100 First Place winners, 250 Second Place winners and 1,000 Third Place winners.

First Prize is a $500 Cabela's Family Fun Package. Second Prize is a $125 Cabela's Family Fun package. Third Prize is a $25 Cabela's/NAPA Filters prize.

 

Hunt of a Lifetime News

"Hunt Of A Lifetime" is a nonprofit organization with a mission to grant hunting & fishing adventures and dreams for children, age 21 and under, who have been diagnosed with life threatening illnesses. We are doing what we can to make a difference in their life, a dream come true. To make all their dreams come true, we need your help. If you are interested in helping a child live their dream, please contact us for more information. www.HuntOfALlifetime.org

 

FREE Hunting & Fishing Trips For Disabled Children

The United Special Sportsmen Alliance (USSA), a non-profit organization, coordinates hunting and fishing trips for disabled and terminally ill children. Since 2002 the organization has coordinated over 400 trips for children. It has already coordinated ten deer hunts and three guided bear hunts for 2003, and is working on many more for the fall of 2003. Two of the 2003 bear hunt participants are in wheel chairs, one is recovering from a lung transplant. The trips have all been at little or no cost to the participant; and a parent, family member, guardian or caretaker is encouraged to participate with the child.

All of the hunting and fishing trips are donated by independent landowners, game ranchers, large and small guide outfitters and caring individuals. Current major sponsors include Northland Cranberries, the Safari Clubs of Kansas-Minnesota-Missouri, Buckmasters and Bass Pro Shops. Past hunts have included Bear, Hog, Turkey, Deer, Elk and Bison. The USSA continues to receive donated trips, and is striving to match them up to special children as quickly as possible.

The USSA is looking for more terminally ill or disabled children interested in hunting or fishing trips. Persons Interested in donating fishing trips, hunting trips, funds; or in referring children who would like a trip, should contact Brigid O'Donahue, 1-800-518-8019, or log on to the USSA web site at www.deerfood.com/Elizabeth%20hunt.htm.

 

Hunters Unite to Help Fellow Hunters

Hunters Helping Hunters provides assistance to hunting families that have had an interruption in the family structure or support system due to medical problems or a death in the family. Through contributions, donations and other financial aids, the goal of Hunters Helping Hunters is to provide funds to help alleviate financial issues such as medical bills and housing payments during stressful situations. The organization began accepting applications for financial assistance in late 2002, and has assisted four families with grants totaling $2500.

Hunters Helping Hunters is the result of an idea formed by a group of members from a hunting club. Through friendships and acquaintances within the club, the members were made aware of a fellow hunter or a hunter's family who were in temporary need due to unforeseen circumstances. While there were already charities to help with other problems, the group recognized the need for an organization to help fellow hunters get back on their feet. As a result of their association the club members founded Hunters Helping Hunters.

Hunters Helping Hunters is comprised of 31 Founding Members and several Honorary Members from the hunting community. The organization offers individual and corporate Honorary Memberships to the hunting community and associated businesses. Hunters Helping Hunters applied for 501(c) Non-Profit Organization status, and it was recently incorporated under the statutes of the State of Iowa.

Hunters Helping Hunters completed its second fundraising raffle (when?) with plans for another fundraiser in mid-2003. A membership drive is currently underway, and individuals or corporations interested in helping families in need are invited to become members or make donations. For more information contact: Dustin White, President, (866) 444-0338, dustin.white@hhh-usa.org; Darren Gibson, Vice President of Media and Fundraising, darren.gibson@hhh-usa.org; or visit the Hunters Helping Hunters website at http://www.hhh-usa.org.

 

Elk Addict's Manual

Trinity Mountain Outdoor Publishing announces the release of the newest edition of T.R. Michels' Elk Addict's Manual. Written by outdoor writer, professional guide and deer researcher T.R. Michels, the 2003 edition of the Elk Addict's Manual contains the latest findings of T.R. Michels' two-year research project on elk; should contact

including how elk react to meteorological conditions and lunar factors; when the elk rut starts, peaks and ends; how age affects the breeding behavior of bulls and cows; and the 21 different vocalizations and sounds elk use to communicate with each other.

Originally introduced in 1994, the Elk Addict's Manual also discusses the biology of North American elk; how to read elk sign; locating the best places to hunt; choosing the right times to hunt; and several highly successful techniques for hunting elk with a bow or gun; including the use of scents, calls, rattling and decoys for hunting trophy class bull elk.

For more information contact: Triinity Mountain Outdoors, PO Box 284, Wanamingo, MN, 55983. Phone 507-789-8808, E-mail: , Website: TRMichels.com.

 

Daily In-Field Game Animal Biology and Behavior

& Hunting Techniques

with T.R. Michels

T.R. Michels now offers in-field hunting seminars. If you want to understand deer, turkey, elk, duck and goose biology and behavior; learn how the animals use scents, calls and body language to communicate; be able to read and interpret game animal sign; learn the hunting techniques of calling, decoying, flagging, rattling and use of scents, used by top guides and outfitters; and become a better hunter, why not learn from one of the top game researchers, outdoor writers, seminar speakers and hunting guides in North America? T.R. Michels has been guiding and researching game animals since 1989. And he is now using his knowledge of game animals to help hunters become more familiar with game animals, and to become more successful as hunters.

In-Field Seminars / Classes:

You'll spend 2-4 hours in the field and/or in the classroom each day with T.R Michels, watching, listening to, and scouting for game; or learning game biology, behavior and hunting techniques from his books. You'll learn to call, rattle, flag, and use scents and decoys to attract the game. You'll also learn to read and interpret sign, and learn the best places to setup for that monster whitetail, long-bearded tom, big bull elk, or the winging waterfowl.

For deer and turkey you will actually go scouting on our nearby research and hunting properties. You'll see all sorts of sign, and learn to understand what it means.

For ducks and geese you will go to the Rochester Goose Refuge to watch and listen, and you could actually hunt in area goose fields.

For elk you will visit the nearby 1500 acre elk farm, with over 700 elk, including over 40 antlered bulls scoring over 280, you'll hear hundreds of bugles and cow/calf sounds, and you will often see bulls fighting. You could actually hunt fenced elk along with this.

Dates:

Turkey and deer from April 1 to May 30.

Whitetail from August 15 to Dec 30.

Elk from September 1 to October 30.

Ducks and geese from November 1 to December 15.

Hours:

Turkey; arrive one hour before daylight.

Whitetail; arrive two hours before sunset.

Ducks and geese; arrive one hour before daylight. You can combine this with a goose hunt (during season) for $75 per day.

Elk you can arrive either an hour before daylight or sunset. You can combine this with a fenced elk hunt (archery or shotgun) for bulls scoring between 225 and 400 (prices vary).

Price:

$25 per day per person for turkey, elk and duck & goose; $30 per day for whitetail.

We guarantee you will learn a lot during T.R.'s seminars.

If you are interested write, e-mail or call for seminar dates.

T.R. Michels'

Trinity Mountain Outdoors

PO Box 284, Wanamingo, MN 55983

507-824-3296

TRMichels@yahoo.com TRMichels.com

 

Whitetail Addict's Manual

Trinity Mountain Publishing announces the release of the 2002 Revised Edition of the Whitetail Addict's Manual, which contains the latest information on whitetail biology and hunting techniques from T.R. Michels, a well-known whitetail researcher/animal behaviorist, writer, seminar speaker and professional guide. The result of Michels' years of research on how the weather, the moon and the rut influence whitetail deer movement helps hunters determine the right times and places to hunt deer. His years of experience as a professional hunting guide helps hunters choose the right techniques to use when they are pursuing trophy white-tailed deer. Contact: Trinity Mountain Outdoors, PO Box 284, Wanamimgo, MN 55983; phone: (507) 824-3296; e-mail: , Internet: wwwTRMichels.com.

 

 Study Shows Hunting is Beneficial

National Geographic News reports that independent researchers in Great Britain have concluded that hunting and shooting are positive aspects of wildlife conservation.

Scientists from University of Kent in southeast England published a study in Nature saying that farmers who hunt and shoot can help restore Britain's lost wildlife. The study found that hunting and shooting provide an extra incentive for landowners to voluntarily get involved in environmentally sustainable farming practices.

"According to our research, it's people involved with country sports who take up these subsidy schemes," said Nigel Leader-Williams, professor of biodiversity management at the University of Kent. "They plant new woodland because they want foxes and pheasants to live in it."

 

Safari Club International News

Michigan Dove Hunting Advances

Michigan has taken another step towards becoming the 40th state in the Union to encourage dove hunting. Bill HB5029, which would establish a mourning dove hunting season in Michigan, cleared the state Senate and is back in the state House for concurrence.

The bill is expected to be on Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm's desk for signing soon. Michigan sportsmen need to make Governor Granholm aware of this bill's importance. Calls, letters and E-mails should ask her to sign it into law, and remind her that when she campaigned for Governor she said she was open to dove hunting.

While outdoor writer Bob Gwizdz reports Granholm may not support the legislation as "the bill did not contain language sending the law to the ballot for a referendum," the bill can become law without her signature. Michigan's constitution says bills automatically become laws if not vetoed within 14 days after the governor receives them from the state legislature.

Alaska Sportsmen Step Up

A coalition of conservation-sportsman groups, including SCI's Alaska (ROAR 5.3) and Alaska Kenai Peninsula chapters, are challenging a proposed animal-extremist-backed ballot measure seeking to ban bear-over-bait hunting (ROAR 5.3) in that state.

According to the Fairbanks Daily News-Mirror, the coalition is informing voters that backers of the ballot initiative are not registering with the Alaska Public Offices Commission in an effort to hide their true out-of-state origins. The coalition also has engaged Pac/West Communications to assist in its advocacy efforts.

"One of our main themes is, 'Don't let out-of-state extremists come in and manage Alaska's game,'" said Pac/West spokesman Jerod Broadfoot. The measure is slated for vote during the Nov. 2, 2004 general election.

Poacher Capture Reward

The Associated Press reports Alaskan authorities are investigating a series of poaching incidents which began along the Knick River approximately two months ago.

A $4,500 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for poaching more than six Dall sheep, a moose, and a mountain goat. According to wildlife officials, there are no leads yet in the investigation.

Anyone with information concerning these incidents should contact their local law enforcement officials or Alaska Fish & Game's Wildlife Conservation Division.

Interloping Antelope

New Mexico's oryx herd (ROAR 3.5), which was first introduced in the 1960s, is closely monitored by wildlife management professionals. It has shown an ability to push out indigenous species, to cause habitat damage, and now may represent a new threat to that state's wildlife.

According to The Associated Press, state wildlife biologists are investigating if a previously unknown virus similar to malignant catarrhal fever that was found in a recent oryx study poses a threat to New Mexico's other wildlife. Catarrhal fever is difficult to transmit but, once deer and elk acquire it, the disease almost always is fatal.

According to NMGF Director, however, the investigation is not far enough along to "sound the alarm on the oryx."

CWD Update

After testing more than 1,600 deer and 29 elk, North Dakota Game & Fish reports that the state remains free of chronic wasting disease, reports ESPN.com. Brain tissue samples from these specimens were collected during the 2003 fall deer hunting season. In 2004, testing will focus on the state's northern regions.

In Wisconsin, preliminary results from a new federally approved IDEXX screening procedure for CWD show the disease is present in 14 new counties. Pending confirmation, the state has not yet added the new counties to those already on the official CWD listing.

SCI congratulates North Dakota and Wisconsin for proactive surveillance efforts against this progressive disease affecting a small percentage of deer and elk populations in a few states and Canadian provinces. For more information on CWD, go online to www.sci-foundation.org/cwd/cwd.htm.

Bald Eagle Boost

Good news regarding the United States' official bird, the bald eagle. ESPN.com reports that for the first time in more than 100 years, two of the regal raptors have been spotted nesting near the Little Calumet River on the southern border of Chicago, Illinois. According to US Fish & Wildlife, until now, most Illinois eagle sightings have been along the Mississippi River.

The eagles' exact location is being kept secret by state officials and bird enthusiasts so the pair will not be scared away from their nest by curious onlookers.

SCI urges Chicago residents to heed the concerns of state wildlife officials to help expand the range for bald eagle.

Wolf Management

The US Fish & Wildlife Service announced a proposal to give Idaho and Montana more wolf management authority over their packs, which are part of the reintroduced northern Rockies wolf population. At some 750 animals, northern Rockies wolves have more than doubled initial USFWS population growth projections.

Sportsmen can submit comments on the Idaho/Montana proposal by writing to USFWS; Western Gray Wolf Recovery Coordinator; 100 North Park, Number 320; Helena, MT; 59601; westerngraywolf@fws.gov.

In Alaska, according to The Associated Press, aerial sportsmen culled some 114 wolves in the Nelchina Basin near Glennallen and near McGrath. The action was taken to help stem moose predation.

Wildlife Surprises

Conflicts between humans and animals continue to underscore the need for proactive wildlife management programs using legal hunting as a tool to help minimize risk:

    ESPN.com reports a deer broke into a Kalamazoo, Mich. business, causing damage and startling employees before escaping and being stuck by two vehicles.

    Foxnews.com notes a sea lion weighing some 1,500 pounds dragged a fisherman off his boat in Alaska. The fisherman suffered minor injuries and a shredded pants seat.

    Associated Press says an alligator bit the leg of a 65-year-old woman riding in the back of a pickup truck through Florida's JW Corbett Wildlife Management Area.

    Reuters reports a retired crocodile hunter saved the life of an 11-year-old girl attacked by 10-foot crocodile while she was swimming.

Just Plain Sick

PETA continues to show a total lack of sensitivity and propriety.

Its new Canadian billboard campaign leverages the horrific acts allegedly perpetrated by accused British Columbia serial killer Robert Pickton. According to news reports, Pickton allegedly mixed his victims' remains with pig meat from his farm. The PETA billboard depicts a girl and a pig, with the statement "Neither Of Us Are Meat".

SCI sends condolences to the family members of the murder victims ruthlessly exploited by the shocking anti-meat campaign. To sign a petition calling for greater IRS scrutiny of PETA's tax-exempt status, visit: www.petitiononline.com/rvkptaex.

More on SCI

Founded in 1971, SCI is the leader in protecting the freedom to hunt and in promoting wildlife conservation worldwide.

With some 200 chapters around the globe, the 501(c)(4) non-profit association is a tireless advocate for the more than 45 million sportsmen and sportswomen who, through their legal hunting activities, represent the single largest source of money necessary to maintain wildlife populations and habitats, to conduct wildlife research and to enforce wildlife laws. For more information about SCI, visit www.scifirstforhunters.org or its government relations Web site at www.sci-dc.org.

SCI Foundation funds and manages worldwide programs dedicated to wildlife conservation, outdoor education and humanitarian services. For more information about the 501(c)(3) Foundation, visit www.sci-foundation.org or its International Wildlife Museum Web site at www.thewildlifemuseum.org.

 

US Sportsmans Alliance News

New Exec for HSUS 4/28/04

Wayne Pacelle has vociferously promoted an anti-hunting agenda for more than 15 years. His efforts have apparently paid off as he has been elected Chief Executive Officer-Designate of the largest anti-hunting group in the country, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

"HSUS's announcement that Wayne Pacelle has been selected as CEO is a cue to sportsmen that their efforts to protect outdoor sports cannot be lax," said U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance President Bud Pidgeon. "Pacelle is a rabid anti-hunter. He has played a significant role in the Humane Society's efforts to eliminate hunting, fishing and trapping and now he will be managing the nation's Number One anti-hunting group."

Pacelle, 38, began his career in 1988 with he Fund for Animals. In 1990, as the Fund's Executive Director, he told Full Cry magazine, "We are going to use the ballot box and the democratic process to stop all hunting in the United States ... We will take it species by species until all hunting is stopped in California. Then we will take it state by state."

His anti-hunting rhetoric did not end there. He told the Associated Press in 1991, "If we could shut down all sport hunting in a moment, we would."

Pacelle switched allegiances to HSUS in 1994. He has backed bans on everything from dove hunting and bear baiting to hunting with hounds and trapping.

Pacelle replaces Paul Irwin, retiring HSUS CEO who had been taken to task in previous years for living a lavish lifestyle at donors' expense. Irwin's salary was over $300,000 per year. He received $85,000 to renovate a Maine cabin that HSUS held in trust, but it has been charged that he and his family used it exclusively for vacations.

In recent years, HSUS has received unfavorable marks from charity watchdogs such as Charity Navigator and the American Institute of Philanthropy for not spending a sufficient amount of raised funds for fulfillment of its mission.

From the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance and www.ussportsmen.org

Disney's Anti-Hunting Bias is UnBEARable- (11/26)

Disney's most recent animated feature, "Brother Bear," is following in the anti-hunting footsteps of "Bambi" as it hits theatres in time for the holidays - and hunting seasons.

The movie is about a young Native American hunter, Kenai, who is transformed into a bear. He becomes the adoptive father of a cub, only to find that another hunter is stalking him. Daniel Neman, a writer for the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia notes, "the film makes an anti-hunting statement that is out of place for American Indians."

In sportsmen's eyes, the Disney flick could not come at a poorer time. This year, sportsmen have been forced to defend bear hunting across the country. The U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance's National Bear Hunting Defense Task Force and other conservation groups rallied hunters to prevent Congress from banning the use of bait to hunt black bears. It is currently working to protect a recently established bear hunt in New Jersey. The Alliance is preparing for campaigns in Maine and Alaska to protect bear hunting from anti-hunting attacks that promise to be on the 2004 ballot.

 

Disney Goes Overboard

PETA has modified a film poster from the Disney blockbuster Finding Nemo to promote its anti-fishing campaign. Disney's cartoon fish, Nemo and Marlin, appear on PETA's website and leaflets that read, "Fish are friends, not food!"

U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance Foundation Earns Top Rating from Charity Watchdog- (11/26)

The U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance Foundation, the nation's leading sportsmen advocacy organization, has earned a four-star rating from one of America's premier independent charity evaluators.

"We applaud your charitable efforts and congratulate you for receiving a 4-star rating," said Trent Stamp, executive director of Charity Navigator. "Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that your organization excels, as compared to other charities in America, in the area of strong fiscal management."

Sportsmen who are considering a donation to the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance Foundation can review the Charity Navigator rating by clicking here.

 

HSUS Fails to Make the Grade

While the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance Foundation is a leader among charities, the nation's largest anti-hunting organization has missed the grade.

Charity Navigator gives the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) a two-star rating. The organization's fundraising spending is inefficient, and according to Charity Navigator's overall rating, the group "needs improvement."

The HSUS has received other negative ratings by charity watchdog groups. The American Institute of Philanthropy gave the group a D rating for spending over 50 percent of its expenses on fundraising. The December issue of Smart Money Magazine calls HSUS a "laggard" for putting barely 60 percent of its expenditures toward programs in 2002.

 

Humane Education Curriculum Expanding into Public Schools- (10/31)

Animal rights groups are backing the development of "humane education" as it branches out into public school systems across the country.

A school board near Sacramento became the second in the nation to establish an entire school based on the humane education curriculum. The curriculum emphasizes an animal rights philosophy including compassion for animals. The Humane Society of the United States, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and other animal rights groups support the new taxpayer-funded Humane Education Learning Charter School.

U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance President Bud Pidgeon said, "Animal rights groups support the schools because they make it easier to get an anti-animal use message to our children."

Ann Silberman, a parent in the district where the new charter school is scheduled to open, thinks it outrageous that such an educational institution be part of a taxpayer-funded public school system. She has threatened legal action against the district over the planned charter school.

Seventeen states mandate aspects of the humane curriculum. A school in Harmony, Florida was the first devoted entirely to teaching it.

Sportsmen must remain vigilant and be aware of which curriculums are taught in their school districts. Report concerns about humane education in your schools to the school board and the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance. Tell the school board that tax dollars should not be used to fund a curriculum that promotes the agenda of a political movement.

 Note: We, as hunters, can influence others, if we work together. T.R.

 

High School Students Turn the Tables on PETA Anti-Meat Campaign

Hundreds of hungry, barbecue lovers killed two birds with one stone by supporting a fundraiser for local high school drill teams and mocking a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) anti-meat promotion.

High school drill teams near Pocatello, Idaho hosted a barbecue across the street from a PETA billboard that showed an overweight child eating a hamburger and the words "feeding kids meat is child abuse." When the grilling was over, more than 1,000 burgers and nearly 500 hot dogs had been eaten and over $1,200 had been raised.

At the event, hundreds of people were given cow stickers that read "I Love Meat." Dozens of drill team members paraded with signs that read "People Eating Tasty Animals" and "Honk if you eat meat, cry if you don't."

Several local meat markets and the Cattle Association donated meat, Wonderbread provided buns and the Coca-Cola Corp. helped provide drinks.

"I applaud Wonderbread and Coca-Cola for their support, and the kids for standing up to PETA." T.R.

 

PETA "Ab"uses Christianity

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has a new anti-meat campaign that instructs people to "Go Vegetarian and Be Saved."

According to the PETA website, the group has created a billboard that depicts an "ample" woman eating a hamburger and turkey leg with the headline "Gluttony Is One of the Seven Deadly Sins - Go Vegetarian and Be Saved." PETA says the ad will be erected along I-35 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

"PETA tries to elicit emotional responses through publicity stunts including this insulting billboard," said Tony Celebrezze field director for the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance. "The organization has a political agenda to end all animal use and will use any tactic to achieve its goal."

"As a Christian I really resent relating eating meat to not being saved. While gluttony may be a sin, gluttony is not eating meat. It is eating too much of anything, including vegetables." T.R.

 

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