AUGUST 1, 2022
 
 
 

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

Welcome to another edition of The Hunting Wire!

It's almost hunting season across America as we prepare for archery and early firearms seasons across this great nation. We have plenty of news and information to share with you in this edition, including a few new voices like Voice of Leadership Panel guest contributor Travis Thompson, who is a guide and outfitter in Florida. He reached out to us to advocate for awareness about funding issues in his home state of Florida. What he thinks matters to all of us as we consider the future of hunting conservation across the United States. We are also finalizing our 2022-2023 Voice of Leadership Panel members and will announce our selections in the next issue of The Hunting Wire.

We also are featuring the passion of handgun hunting advocate Ryan Hoover in our Featured Partner section. Learn all about his handgun hunting organization, Handgun Hunting International. And finally, we hear from our great friends Luke Clayton and Larry Weishuhn of Hunting Wire Radio, who help us kick off what we hope is a tremendous 2022 hunting season for us all! As always, I'd love to hear from you about what works and doesn't here at The Hunting Wire. Feel free to drop me a line at jay@theoutdoorwire.com

Thanks,

Jay - Editor The Hunting Wire

By Guest Panelist Travis Thompson - Cast and Blast Florida

“Hunters are conservationists.” At some point, almost all of us have uttered those words in a conversation about why hunting is necessary, how we pay for conservation, or to illustrate the restoration of turkeys, wood ducks, whitetails, elk, and countless other species.

Throughout conservation history, sportsmen and women have, time and again, carried our weight. Then some: from usage fees like licenses and stamps to Federal excise taxes on the gear in the form of Pittman Robertson or Dingell Johnson, we have been at the forefront of conservation funding. Even within the parameters of our precious North American Model of Wildlife Conservation, it’s inferred that financial contributions are a central component of what keeps consumptive use on the landscape; however, there are also precursors to times ahead and shifts in that funding model, and the implications that could arise.

Times are a-changing!

At the time of this writing, the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act is approaching a landing spot with Congress . . . This bill, funded by extraction receipts, will follow the Pittman Robertson model and allocate funds from the US Fish and Wildlife Service back to states, following some formula for ensuring reasonable distribution. Some say RAWA is “keep common species common” and seems a noble goal in funding management of many wildlife species not often thought of by those of us looking at wildlife through the lenses of consumptive or utilitarian use.

This model follows up on the recent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. This hugely admired action uses offshore drilling as a funding mechanism for conservation projects . . . I’ve been told on many occasions that “there’s not a county in the United States that hasn’t benefitted from an LWCF project.”

Both of these approaches move away from a consumptive user fee. Unlike the billion dollars raised since the duck stamps' inception, this model leans more into conservation for conservation’s sake, a noble ideal.

In my home state of Florida, we have additional funding streams for landscape-level conservation: In 2021, our state legislature authorized $435 million for the Florida Wildlife Corridor, an incredible and ambitious project aimed at creating a “green infrastructure” across our state. In 2022, $100 million was allocated to Florida Forever and $300 million to the Rural and Family Lands program, both funded to continue the momentum towards our wildlife corridor.

Florida funds our wildlife agency not only through license sales and excise taxes but also through document (doc) stamps on home sales and gas taxes.

All of these are incredible programs and creative ideas. But, it does obviate the question: “Where do sportsmen fit in?”

In the proposed 2022 Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation (FWC) Commission budget, the Division of Hunting and Game Management (HGM) was slated to have a budget of 7.5 million dollars. That’s out of a proposed agency budget of $431.2 million. Or, said differently, roughly 1.7% of our state’s wildlife budget is allocated directly to HGM.

In the future, this percentage will be decreased even further by adding RAWA funds (Florida is likely to receive $45 million). And this in no way reflects the overall percentage of conservation dollars within our state when juxtaposed with the additional $400 million in funding given to the land as mentioned earlier protection program.

This leaves us, as hunters, caught in a difficult position.

The conservationist side of our hearts should love and cheer these programs on; more land protected means more wild places. Recovering America’s Wildlife and LWCF can greatly relieve the efforts sportsmen have put forth for the last century in carrying the burden of conservation funding.

But, it also creates discord in the model that often keeps sportsmen viably on the landscape.

Recently, the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) and the Wildlife Management Institute (WMI) began rolling out the framework of the Relevancy Roadmap.

This concept, while not prescriptive, endorses the idea of maintaining a level of relevancy for wildlife agencies as we see a shift in stakeholder belief from utilitarian use to mutualism. Yet sportsmen, even in my state, are still held to the user fee model that is the base for conservation funding.

Here we sit.

Hunters' existence on the landscape is tied to two ideals: that we are a primary contributor to conservation dollars. That model is fast changing and, as illustrated above, is obsolete in my state. We will continue to see this movement away from user fee funding as wildlife agencies begin to embrace social sciences further and adopt mutualistic views.

The second idea is that we are a viable management tool. Hunters pay a fee to the state, and the state, in turn, uses sportsmen to manage bears or deer populations. While this concept holds in some cases, we no longer hold this view in the Sunshine State, and, as the guinea pig in this experiment, we should be carefully watching our wildlife agencies and governance.

Florida has over 4,000 bears inside our borders. The black bear has been an ESA success story and should be celebrated. However, this animal is now managed politically instead of through science; while our state wildlife plan allows for hunting to be part of the management plan, our politicians and culture have shifted far from Florida many of us grew up in, and hunting is viewed as a “nice to have” vs. something that we have a right to practice, or even as something that has value beyond self-sustaining revenue.

It's this tipping point that leaves us in a precarious position. How do we ensure our relevance moving forward? How do we protect our ability to spend time afield with our friends and family? And, how do we do these things in the face of a further diminishment of our needs and contributions, with no political leverage in sight?

We’ll continue to advocate for all manner of conservation, self-serving and otherwise. But we also must have our heads on a swivel, constantly aware of inches lost, having voices and bodies in meetings across the state as we continue to fight for our place in the ever-growing conservation movement.

Travis Thompson
www.castandblastfl.com
Instagram: @travisthompson
Twitter: @travisthompson


2021-2022 The Hunting Wire Voice of Leadership Panel

The Voice of Leadership Panel is an appointed group of outdoor industry leaders who have volunteered to contribute their voices on key hunting and outdoor recreation issues to inform, inspire, and educate participants within our community.

  • Cyrus Baird - Senior Director of Government Affairs, Delta Waterfowl
  • Karen Butler - Founder/President, SLG2, INC DBA: Shoot Like A Girl
  • Eric Morris – Producer & Host - N.onT.ypical Outdoorsman TV
  • Ken Perrotte - President of the Association of Great Lakes Outdoors Writers (AGLOW)
  • Brenda Weatherby - Director of People and Culture, Weatherby, Inc.
  • Courtney Nicolson - Associate Director of Communications, Sportsmen's Alliance

Facilitators

  • James “Jay” Pinsky, Editor, The Hunting Wire
  • Peter Churchbourne, Director, NRA Hunter Leadership Forum
  • Jim Curcuruto, Executive Director, Outdoor Stewards of Conservation Foundation

By Larry Weishuhn and Luke Clayton 

Luke Clayton and Larry Weishuhn

Radio File: Hunting Wire Radio Episode

As an organization, HHI’s primary mission is to support and grow the handgun hunting community. We take the unity of our community very seriously and welcome all handgun hunters who use any safe, legal method. We have a big tent and want to fill it with anyone who wants in!

HUNTING NEWS & INFORMATION

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APEX Ammunition, makers of premium, ultra-high-density Tungsten Super Shot (TSS) shotshells, will be exhibiting at the Delta Waterfowl Duck Hunters Expo in Little Rock, Arkansas, July 29-31, 2022.

Davidson’s Exclusive Girsan MC1911 “XLV” pistol has grown into a family of exclusive models. The XLV is loaded with features normally found on much higher-priced 1911 pistols.

Vortex invites hunters to register today for one of two Hunter Sight-In sessions held at the company’s state-of-the-art shooting facility, just a 40-minute drive from Dane County Regional Airport in Madison, Wis.

The Science of Accuracy Academy is accepting pre-orders for the newest book in the Modern Advancements series by Bryan Litz. All pre-orders are expected to ship around August 29th.

Reigning World Helice Champion Kazim Muhammad added his second U.S. National Helice Championship title to his resume this past weekend. Helice shooters from across the nation traveled to the Black Prairie Helice facility located in West Point, MS, and vied for top honors.

Veil Camo is pleased to announce the launch of the new V2 camouflage pattern as a continuation of its partnership with Scheels -a sports retailer company.

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Team Federal congratulates Derrick Mein on his recent victory at the 2022 Trap National Championships held at the Halter Shooting Sports Education Center near Hillsdale, Michigan.

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Henry Repeating Arms, one of the country’s leading firearm manufacturers, is donating a limited-edition series of 50 “Danica Strong” rifles to raise funds for the family of Danica Brianne Mulholland after a battle with pediatric brain cancer took her life at just twelve years old.

Realtree’s MAX-7 takes flight this week! The design elements, detail, and effectiveness that went into MAX-7's pattern design have no rival or peer in the marketplace.

TAC Vanes, maker of the world’s most accurate vanes, had an incredible showing at the Archery World Cup, Stage 4 qualifying event this past weekend in Mendellin, Colombia thanks to Jimmy Lutz.

Stevens Shotguns has added yet another quality addition to the lineup of over/under shotguns with the introduction of the 555 Sporting model.

Edward Byers anchors Vista Outdoors annual conference as invited keynote speaker. Byers challenged the Vista team with a clear plan and strategic vision.

Shoot Like A Girl is bringing the 2022 Sea to Shining Sea Tour to Cabela’s in Lehi, Utah for an interactive event that introduces women and their families to shooting sports in a fun, safe and comfortable atmosphere. 

EasyExport has finished building the proprietary software that powers its operations. With EasyExport, shipping international orders is pretty much the same as shipping to customers in the U.S.

NSSF lead attorney Larry Keane is interviewed on America's 1st Freedom. Mr. Keane is involved in litigation and legislation related to the firearms industry. 

The Scholastic Archery Association (S3DA) held its 10th Annual S3DA 3D National Championship in collaboration with the Rend Lake Area Tourism Council, the Rend Lake Project Office & Visitor Center, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the North Marcum Multiple Resource Area in Rend Lake, Illinois.

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Vortex invites hunters to register today for one of two Hunter Sight-In sessions held at the company’s state-of-the-art shooting facility, just a 40-minute drive from Dane County Regional Airport in Madison, Wis.  

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Savage Arms is now shipping 9mm Stance models with magazines allowing for additional capacities of up to 10 rounds.

SilencerCo is launching a 2.0 version of their iconic Osprey 9 and Osprey 45 suppressors. The Osprey 2.0 has the addition of one very important feature – a button. This button will enhance the user experience and make this suppressor easier to use (and it looks better than ever). The Osprey 2.0 will begin shipping this month.

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Federal Ammunition joins the 2022 Delta Waterfowl Duck Hunters Expo as the Presenting Sponsor.

Duck Commander has announced a partnership with leading waterfowl conservation group, Delta Waterfowl

TrueTimber has released new lines of apparel that embrace everything about the more casual days outside or during the offseason.

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Starting Tuesday, July 26, 2022, The Science of Accuracy Academy will be accepting pre-orders for the newest book in the Modern Advancements series by Bryan Litz.  All pre-orders are expected to ship around August 29th

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Kelly Brand Management (KBM), a leading full-service sales and marketing agency, announced it has been awarded a contract to manage sales and strategic growth for X-Vision Optics.

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Team Mathews shot lights out in Nelsonville, Ohio this past weekend at the 3rd Leg of the IBO National Championship Triple Crown. The team not only secured a National Championship but managed to take home 4 additional podium spots. 

Archery season is right around the corner and what better way to get ready than with an all-new pile of gear from some of your favorite bowhunting brands?

Viridian Weapon Technologies continues to share that the human eye sees green better and has expanded its range of green laser sights further. The latest E SERIES™ Green Laser designed to improve performance and provide rapid target acquisition for the Springfield Armory Hellcat PRO is now available for pre-order. 

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The R100 National Archery Tour heads to Sparta WI, July 22-24, 2022. This event is hosted in partnership with Sparta Rod & Gun Club.

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RubLine Marketing is excited to announce Maddie Inman as the agency’s latest strategic hire.

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