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October 18, 2010

Celebrate Theodore Roosevelt’s Birthday by Supporting the TRCP

Deerskin suit, rifle in hand. Photo courtesy of USNPS.

Born Oct. 27, 1858, Theodore Roosevelt created enough federal wildlife reservations, national game preserves, national forests, national parks and national monuments in his lifetime to conserve 234 million acres of wild America.

A man of deep convictions and above all a man of action, Roosevelt had the foresight to take on the issues still so significant to sportsmen today, understanding that if we want to ensure that critical fish and wildlife habitat, special hunting grounds and secret fishing holes will be around for future generations, we must act now.

In the spirit of T.R., on this, his 152nd birthday, take action on the conservation issues that matter the most to you. The TRCP is working every day to sustain our nation’s irreplaceable outdoor heritage. Your help can guarantee that all Americans have access to high-quality places to hunt and fish – now and forever.

Support the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership today.

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October 15, 2010

T.R.ivia

Where did T.R. shoot his first deer?

Send your answer to info@trcp.org or submit it on the TRCP Facebook page for your chance to win a commemorative stuffed T.R. “Teddy” bear. If you’re stumped, ask for a hint on our Facebook fan page

Congratulations to Gary Martzahl of Kaukauna, Wis., for answering last month’s question correctly.

The question was, before departing for Cuba in 1898 to lead the Rough Riders, T.R. had his lieutenant colonel’s uniform tailored by a pair of famous tailors.

Name the tailors.

The answer: Brooks Brothers

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October 14, 2010

Robert Manes

Q: What is your fondest hunting or angling memory?

When my oldest daughter Aubrey was about 10 years old we went on her first duck hunt. It was early in the season, and the ducks were few, fast and far. Aubrey kept asking if she could shoot one of the coots that frequently presented an easy shot. After refusing several times I relented, half hoping she’d miss. She didn’t, and I learned that grilled coot, wrapped in plenty of bacon, is, well, edible. When my younger daughter Lauren was 14, we went on her first deer hunt. While she didn’t kill one that year, we had the excitement of close encounters with deer. The time we spent sitting, watching, eating apples and talking that fall is still a vivid heart-treasure to me all these years later.

Q: What led you to your career in conservation?

My parents and grandparents made sure I had ready access to hunting and fishing. Dad was a wildlife professional, and Granddad was a rancher and farmer. My childhood was spent in the deserts and mountains of Arizona and on my granddad’s land in Kansas. I had abundant access to wild places, and the Daisy Red Ryder my mom and dad gave me for my ninth Christmas let me collect and study countless song birds, lizards and frogs. These experiences remain among the most powerful influences on my life.

Q: How did you get involved with the TRCP?

I first learned of the TRCP when I was a field representative for the Wildlife Management Institute. The TRCP seemed like the perfect complement to the science and policy work that WMI, TNC and other long-standing conservation organizations and agencies were doing. The TRCP’s grassroots advocacy for sportsmen and sound wildlife conservation policy attracted my interest in the organization.

Q: What do you think are the most important conservation issues facing sportsmen today?

Declining awareness of, experiences in and passion for the natural world among young people threaten wildlife and hunting more than any other factor – except perhaps global population growth. More immediate threats such as unbridled energy and transmission development and diminished access to hunting lands must be addressed as well.

Q: What are your hopes for the future of the TRCP, and how can the Nature Conservancy work with us to accomplish these goals?

We need to have the TRCP and its partners function effectively in arenas of policy and economics. Sportsmen’s organizations continue to be powerful and credible forces, and their influence needs to be focused on major long-term challenges without losing focus on the day-to-day importance of restoring habitats and access to wild lands. Sportsmen and -women with a passion for the wild outdoors must share their experiences with young people.

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September 19, 2010

Our favorite

Joe La Tourrette, TRCP’s Oregon-Washington field representative, shows off his catch in Alaska. Send us your photos and win a TRCP hat. You also can post your photos on our Facebook fan page.

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September 18, 2010

Roosevelt on the Pleasure (and Pain) of Wily White-tails

White-tail deer are very canny, and know perfectly well what threatens danger and what does not. … We were reluctant to molest them, but one day, having performed our usual weekly or fortnightly feat of eating up about everything there was in the house, it was determined that two deer (for it was late in autumn and they were then well grown) should be sacrificed. Accordingly one of us sallied out, but found that the sacrifice was not to be consummated so easily, for the should-be victims appeared to distinguish perfectly well between a mere passer-by, whom they regarded with absolute indifference, and anyone who harbored sinister designs. They kept such a sharp look-out, and made off so rapidly if any one tried to approach them, that on two evenings the appointed hunter returned empty-handed, and by the third someone else had brought in a couple of black-tail. After that no necessity arose for molesting the two “tame deer,” for whose sound common-sense we had all acquired a greatly increased respect.

– Excerpt from Theodore Roosevelt on Hunting

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