Of Farmers, Hunters, Oil Money and the Double Secret Déjà Vu Shuffle


"The trophy-recreationist has peculiarities which contribute in subtle ways to his own undoing. To enjoy he must possess, invade, appropriate. Hence the wilderness which he cannot personally see has no value to him. Hence the universal assumption that an unused hinterland is rendering no service to society. To those devoid of imagination, a blank place … Continue reading Of Farmers, Hunters, Oil Money and the Double Secret Déjà Vu Shuffle

Of Race Cars and Banked Tracks (Elk and Wolves)


By Bob Ferris   “At issue is how wildlife is managed in this country. Our belief is based on more than 100 years of the most successful wildlife management model in the world that our state agencies are to manage wildlife within their respective borders. That includes management of gray wolves along with other predators.” David … Continue reading Of Race Cars and Banked Tracks (Elk and Wolves)

Rachel, Rachel Where Art Thou?: The Need for a Noisy Spring


By Bob Ferris   Accord Concentrate/ Rodeo • Accord XRT II • Arsenal AC • Atrazine 4L Drexel • Atrazine 4L Sipcam • Atrazine 4L Mana •Compadre • Forestry Garlon XRT • Garlon 4 Ultra • Grounded • In-Place • Metcel VMF • Polaris AC • Polaris AC Complete • Polaris SP • Point Blank • … Continue reading Rachel, Rachel Where Art Thou?: The Need for a Noisy Spring

Of Roosevelt Elk, Bacteria, Hooves and Herbicides


By Bob Ferris    Over the last several years through numerous blog posts and comments Cascadia Wildlands has been forwarding two important notions. The first is that state wildlife commissions (and therefore agencies) in the West are too beholding to resource-oriented industries such as ranching, timber, mining and energy interests at the expense of hunters, anglers and … Continue reading Of Roosevelt Elk, Bacteria, Hooves and Herbicides

Patting Your Back While Picking Your Pocket


By Bob Ferris   The recent article in Mother Jones about the oil industry and the NRA floods me with relief because it is a variation of what I have been saying for the last two years about some of what I have called “wedge” hunting groups.  And that is:  Do not let inflammatory and … Continue reading Patting Your Back While Picking Your Pocket

Besmirching the Wolf and Roosevelt’s Ghost


By Bob Ferris    “We’re continuing to see an alarming trend in Western wildlife management. I am calling it the “Predator Death Spiral.” The underlying cause of this phenomina [sic] is when a wildlife agency attempts to hide or “pad” their big game population estimates when over predation begins to take hold. This in turn … Continue reading Besmirching the Wolf and Roosevelt’s Ghost

Of Hobbits, Elves, Elk, Ecology and Wolves


  By Bob Ferris My wife and I are fans of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.  For us that meant that we recently re-watched the extended versions of the three movies and also spent time watching the special features disc associated with each film.  The former was still great and the latter was revealing … Continue reading Of Hobbits, Elves, Elk, Ecology and Wolves

The Sacred Cows Return to the Public Trough…Again and Again


by Bob Ferris   Cattle Grazing Helps Maintain The Land: • Grazing minimizes non-native plant growth; • Grazing reduces wildfire risk by decreasing flammable material on the land; • Grazing contributes to soil stabilization; • Grazing promotes grass tilling, plant reproduction, and healthy plant communities.  Oregon Cattlemen’s Association website   Proof that there are at … Continue reading The Sacred Cows Return to the Public Trough…Again and Again

Let’s Talk of Wolves and Cattle but Please Include Elk, Deer, Fish, and Birds Too.


Having worked in orchards and on ranches as a child and young adult, I have a tremendous respect for the folks who actually produce our food.  That respect has led me to work diligently over the years to protect farm land, working landscapes, and family farmers.  But in all of this we have to be … Continue reading Let’s Talk of Wolves and Cattle but Please Include Elk, Deer, Fish, and Birds Too.