First Ever Warm Blooded Fish Revealed

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Research from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has revealed the world’s first fully warm-blooded fish: the opah.

The opah, or moonfish, circulates heated blood throughout its body much like birds and mammals. This circulatory anomaly was found while biologists Nicholas Wegner and Owyn Snodgrass were examining the opah’s gills. Blood vessels that carry warm blood to the gills wind around those carrying cold blood back to the body after receiving oxygen from the water. This process is known as the “counter-current heat exchange.” The warm blood coming into the gills warms the blood returning to the fish’s core, allowing the opah to maintain a constant body temperature. Continue reading

NASP Shooters Break Record Again

naspArchery is a great sport, and bowhunting can be a way to connect both with family – especially your kids – and nature. It gives you the opportunity to focus on your target and not on your smartphone. The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) was developed to correspond with those values in a target archery setting. NASP or other shooting leagues can be a great way to keep your kids shooting beyond the typical hunting season, and for them to meet other kids who enjoy the same sport. Continue reading

The Pope & Young Club Announces New World’s Records

The Pope & Young Club, a non-profit membership organization dedicated to conservation practices, quality hunting, and fair chase, announced three new records at their convention in Phoenix in April.

The new Pope & Young World’s Records holders are:

Jeff Samson, from Middle Ridge, Newfoundland, stalked an exceptional looking bull caribou to within 15 yards. With a single fatal bow shot, an extraordinary specimen of unparalleled size would shatter the existing P&Y World’s Record by almost 30 inches. Jeff’s newly crowned World’s Record Woodland caribou scored 375 0/8, and is the first to receive the Ishi award since 2005. The old World’s Record Woodland caribou is 345 2/8 taken in Victoria River, Newfoundland, in 1966 by Dempsey Cape.

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Brian Benyo and his World’s Record desert bighorn.

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Tough Winter May Mean Fewer Hunting Licenses

Many states in the northern Midwest and New England areas are considering severe cuts in the number of hunting permits available for the upcoming deer season.

Harsh winters have hurt some of these northern deer herds to the point of concern for wildlife regulators in affected states.

Biologists in Maine are suggesting a cut-back of 23 percent to the state’s deer hunting permits. Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife recommend the state issue just over 28,000 “any deer” licenses – for bucks or does – which is down from 37,185 in 2014 and 46,710 the year before.

Likewise, in Vermont, a 50 percent cut in permits has been suggested. A memo prepared by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources considered halting licenses in the Upper Peninsula all together.

Decisions in many states have yet to be made, but the harsh winter is a cause for concern amongst biologists and hunters alike.Genuine12

View original article from the AP here.

 

Hunters, Anglers Raise $1.1 Billion for Conservation

US-FishAndWildlifeServiceThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced it will distribute $1.1 billion, generated by the hunting and fishing industries, to state fish and wildlife agencies across the nation. These funds go toward critical fish and wildlife conservation efforts as well as recreation projects.

These funds come from excise taxes from the sale of firearms, ammunition, archery equipment, fishing equipment, electric boat motors, and from taxes on motorboat fuel.

Funds will be distributed to all 50 states through the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration programs. Since their inception, these programs have generated more than $15 billion to conservation and outdoor recreation opportunities. The recipient State fish and wildlife agencies have been able to partially match these funds, mostly through hunting and fishing licenses.

“These funds are the cornerstone of state-based efforts that are critical to the preservation of America’s wildlife and natural resources,” said Service Director Dan Ashe. “But they are also the fuel for a massive financial engine that benefits outdoor recreationists, hunters, boaters and anglers, equipment manufacturers and retailers, and local and regional economies. Their value cannot be overstated in providing opportunities for the next generation of Americans to get outdoors, experience our wild places and learn the importance of conserving our natural heritage.”

“It is thanks to this significant financial investment made by America’s sportsmen and women and the hunting, shooting sports, angling and boating industries that state and territorial fish and wildlife agencies can deliver science-based conservation on the ground,” said Larry Voyles, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies president and Arizona Game and Fish Department director.

For a state-by-state breakdown of the financial distributions, go to fws.gov.