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NTA's William Lee Birch
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NTA's William Lee Birch, or Lee, as he was known, passed away recently. Lee was a Board Member and Executive Director of the NTA for several years. Lee was a genuine World War II hero. He served as a bomber pilot and was shot down over Germany. Although injured, he escaped, only to be caught. He escaped again, only to be caught again. The third time he escaped, he made it to Switzerland and eventually returned to service. More

NTA Taxi Gram
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Summer's come and almost gone with fall fast approaching and it looks like it will be an outstanding year for the friends and members of the National Taxidermists Association. Rest assured your membership dollars are working for you. Every time you read about the NTA, NTA Charley Haynes Conservation Committee, also known as NTACHCC, or Conservation Force accomplishments in the Cutting Edge, Outlook or NTA website, you can be confident that the NTA is following through with decisions that will benefit all taxidermists. Your NTA is actively involved in working with other groups, lobbying on legislative matters vital to your concerns and providing a coordinating point for information. We are proud that valuable work is ongoing with the NTA, NTA Charley Haynes Conservation Committee and the Taxidermists Emergency Relief Fund. More

Our future is bright
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The success of an organization depends not only upon the depth of our commitment to our profession, but it depends upon how successful we are in engaging in the lives of others — leading them to understand our goals and endeavors. Through the years we have watched NTA men and women of action. They lead by example. They strive to promote the National Taxidermists Association and the taxidermy industry. More

Colorado biologists to investigate decline of native deer
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A mysterious decline in pronghorn and mule deer along the Wyoming-Colorado border has the attention of a team of biologists who are gathering to investigate. The National Wildlife Federation is putting on public meetings in Steamboat Springs and Craig this week to discuss the decline. Biologists want to find out whether increased oil and gas exploration in the area has anything to do with lower deer numbers, according to The Steamboat Pilot & Today. More

BLM approves plan to drill in Wyoming elk habitat
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The U.S. Bureau of Land Management gave final approval recently to a plan for phased gas drilling within the habitat of an unusual prairie elk herd in northeast Wyoming. The plan could allow Anadarko, Yates Petroleum and High Plains Gas to begin drilling in the Fortification Creek Planning Area next year, BLM project manager Thomas Bills said. More

How to trim shooting lanes for hunting
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It was hot. Thomas Allen tries not to recall too many details about his trips to the woods during the sultry dog days of a Midwestern summer, but that much he does remember. Unfortunately, stands needed to be hung and cleared well in advance of the approaching fall, regardless of the heat. His hunting partner and he had permission to hunt on a stellar farm, but they both had a three hour drive from different locations in the state to get there. This required them to schedule their pre-season efforts so that once opening day arrived, all they had to do was show up. More

Drought to affect wildlife reproduction, hunting season
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The extreme temperatures lately are disrupting nature's cycle. The heat mixed with the drought has taken a toll on Texas wildlife, and could change what the landscape looks like for hunters. "It's affected the plant growth which affects the insect production and the seed production," said David Sierra, wildlife biologist for Texas Parks and Wildlife. Sierra said those animals that depend on seeds, the plant itself or the insects are all being affected. So if animals are reproducing less, what about hunting season? More

Truth behind hunting licenses
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Texas hunters and anglers began a pair of annual rituals Aug. 15 — purchasing new hunting/fishing licenses and grumbling about how the state "steals" part of that license revenue. There's no way around the first part of the ritual. All current Texas hunting licenses and most fishing licenses expire Aug. 31 and new 2011-2012 licenses, which become available for purchase Aug. 15, are required on Sept. 1. More

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