Hunting research available online
Mark Damian Duda reports in Responsive Management’s latest online newsletter on results from recent surveys undertaken by Responsive Management on several aspects of hunting participation and attitudes on the sport in the U.S. Duda is executive director of the firm, which specializes in survey research on natural resource and outdoor recreation issues. To learn more, and read the studies, visit www.responsivemanagement.com.
More stations broadcast Ferguson show
“The Great American Outdoor Trails Radio Magazine” has added Arkansas station KUOA 1290 AM and 105.3 FM in Fayetteville and KTHS 1480 AM and 97.9 FM in Bentonville to its Outdoor Trails Network. The stations simulcast on four frequencies covering northwest Arkansas, southwest Missouri and northeast Oklahoma. “We’re excited to add Hog Radio Inc.’s four stations to our affiliate station network,” said host Jim Ferguson. The Outdoor Trails Network now has 81 radio stations in 13 states, Mississippi, Minnesota, Missouri, Kentucky, Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arkansas, Indiana, Illinois and Texas, broadcasting its award-winning program to a projected audience of more than 4 million. The network also has 80 affiliate/host Web sites providing outdoor programming each week with a projected listening audience of more than 2 million. To view the fully interactive illustrated program “Watch What You Hear,” go to www.outdoortrailsnetwork.com. a a
Partner wanted for Savannah to Saginaw bowfishing trip
Hovey Smith is looking for a partner to split expenses for a pre-conference bow-fishing trip, “From the Savannah to the Saginaw.” The trip would start in Georgia and proceed north, ending at the OWAA conference in Grand Rapids, Mich., in June. The trip will be approximately six days, bow fishing during the day and writing at night. The candidate may write about any subject except produce a competitive bow-fishing book. No bow-fishing experience is required. The candidate would need a bow, gear, laptop and camera. Smith will furnish the boat, truck and camping gear. This is an opportunity for an aspiring outdoor writer to have an established author help improve his or her skills. Reply to email@example.com with a one-page letter detailing why you want to make the trip and what you would like to get out of it. Put “bowfishing” in the subject line. Candidates should also consult the author’s book, “Practical Bowfishing,” which is available at Amazon.com. a a
Hannon hooks Disney with WaveSpin reel
In a move to make fishing more environmentally friendly while increasing the fun for anglers of all ages, Walt Disney World has chosen the new WaveSpin fishing reel to be the “Official Reel of the Walt Disney Fishing Excursions.” Invented by legendary angler Doug Hannon, the patented WaveSpin zero-tangle reel eliminates the problems of fishing-line tangles and knotted snarls which frustrated anglers sometimes cut off and discard in waterways, causing long-term, harmful, even deadly hazards to fish, birds and other wildlife. The WaveSpin, a recent winner of Field & Stream’s “Best of the Best,” is available online and at most tackle stores. Visit www.wavespinreel.com for more information. Hannon, widely known as “The Bass Professor,” holds 15 U.S. patents for various fishing inventions. As a sportsman and active environmentalist, he has won numerous awards and was named a “Legendary Angler” by the Fishing Hall of Fame in 2000. a a
Photographer takes part in ‘Soar with the Eagles’ month
The National Eagle Center has invited nature photographer Mark J. Harlow to take part in events marking “Soar with the Eagles” month in March. He will speak and present a slide show on his eagle photography from the past four years on March 14 and 21 at the center, located in Wabasha, Minn. Harlow, who operates Shingobee Studios in Walker, Minn., has worked with nationally known artist Les C. Kouba and has done prints for Pheasants Forever, Turn in Poachers (TIP) and Delta Waterfowl. See more of his work at www.markjharlow.com and www.shingobeestudios.com. For more on the National Eagle Center events, visit http://www.nationaleaglecenter.org/soar09Flyway.htm. a a
Discovery channel show profiles Lucinda Schroeder
Lucinda Schroeder’s work as a federal agent to expose an international poaching ring was the subject of a recent episode of the new television series “Undercover,” which airs on the Investigation Discovery cable network. The episode, “Operation Brooks Range,” was based on Schroeder’s book, “A Hunt for Justice,” which earned an OWAA Excellence in Craft award in 2007. “Operation Brooks Range” follows Schroeder, the first female undercover agent with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as she infiltrates a northern Alaskan hunting camp deep in the wilderness of the Brooks Range to gather evidence on big-game poaching. The episode debuted Feb. 3 and has aired several times since. Visit http://investigation.discovery.com/tv/undercover/undercover.html for information and scheduling information on the series. a a
Safari Club honors Shockey with 2009 C.J. McElroy Award
Writer, producer and TV host Jim Shockey is the 2009 winner of Safari Club International’s prestigious C.J. McElroy Award, sponsored by Nikon Sport Optics. Named for the late founder and chairman emeritus of SCI, the C.J. McElroy Award honors a member of SCI who has achieved excellence in worldwide hunting, displayed a dedication to the conservation of wildlife and has a history of service to the global hunting community and to SCI’s goals. Award winners display exemplary ethics in the business of hunting and are committed to SCI’s programs and mission statement. Shockey, of British Columbia, hosts “Jim Shockey’s Hunting Adventures” on the Outdoor Channel. He received the C.J. McElroy and Professional Hunter of the Year awards during SCI’s 37th Annual Hunters’ Convention, in Reno, Nev.,in January. Visit SCI’s Web site at www.safariclub.org. a a
William H. Chaffee, 1930 – 2009
Longtime member and career journalist William H. Chaffee died Jan. 19, 2009, in Des Moines, Iowa. He was 78. At the time of his death, he was owner and publisher of The Laurens (Iowa) Sun newspaper. Chaffee began working at the Odebolt (Iowa) Chronicle newspaper in January 1945 while still in high school. Except for military service from 1951 to 1953, he remained at the Chronicle until joining The Sac Sun in Sac City, Iowa, in March 1954. The following February, he and his wife Darlene purchased their first newspaper, The Walnut Bureau, in Walnut, Iowa. Subsequently, they purchased The Paullina Times and Sutherland Courier in Iowa in 1968 and the Flathead Courier and Ronan Pioneer newspapers in Montana in 1980. They returned to Iowa in 1983 when they purchased The Laurens Sun. An OWAA member since 1967, Chaffee also served on the board of directors and was selected Outstanding Board Member in 1980. He is survived by his wife Darlene, son Steven H. Chaffee of Laurens and daughter Nancy Aiken of Maple Grove, Minn., and two granddaughters. Services were held Jan. 22. Memorials may be made to OWAA.