Deer Zombie

I’d never killed a September whitetail before. But at 7:57 a.m. on September 27 a mature whitetail doe lay expired at the end of a short blood trail in the Ozark Mountains of Newton County. Yep, the same Newton County that’s nested the Chronic Wasting Disease outbreak in Arkansas. The specter of eating an infected whitetail was, I guess, in the back of my mind, but I wasn’t consciously worried about CWD. The morning’s hunt had unfolded on a...

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Worth the sacrifice

Worth the sacrifice

We live in what could loosely be described as a neighborhood. Our home sits on a couple of acres, the smallest lot of seven, on a dead-end road. It’s rural and wild critters abound. Foxes cross through the yard and their larger canid cousins, the coyotes, sing to the stars on winter nights. Lizards, toads and squirrels are an every day sighting; even wild turkeys have been spotted once or twice. And then we have the deer. We are covered up in...

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AGFC proposes measured management for CWD

AGFC proposes measured management for CWD

  By Johnny Carrol Sain The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s CWD management plan is based heavily on public relations. The month of May has 12 planned town-hall style public meetings (May 19, 24, 26) as well as a one-hour broadcast that aired on AETN on May 23. In addition, AGFC plans to email CWD literature and regulation proposals to every one of the state’s approximately 300,000 licensed deer hunters. I attended the...

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CWD and politics

CWD and politics

  I wrote this  Letter to the Editor for The Courier, a local newspaper, in response to a puzzling column by David Mosesso regarding CWD and politics as well as the real risks involved with the discovery of CWD positive deer and elk in Arkansas. Since the time this letter was published, CWD positive deer have been found in two other Arkansas counties including my home county of Pope. You can read the published letter here , and you can...

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See, feel, love, understand, have faith

See, feel, love, understand, have faith

If you don’t know who Aldo Leopold was, please, stop reading this essay right now and do a Google search. I’m not kidding. If you’re in to fish and wildlife and healthy ecosystems and how  biological systems from the formation of proteins on up to the biosphere hinge on one another to encourage and enable life on this ball of rock and water, you need to know Aldo Leopold. If you haven’t Googled already, here’s a little excerpt from his work in...

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