To venture out, to take a stroll though the pines, this gift that we have is often forgotten. One should never forget the beauty of the world around us, to experience nature in her purest form is a true reward, a reward that one can not buy, but one that must me experienced.
what is the land ethic? How we care for our environment and how we shape it with our hands will have long and short-term effects. To maintain a healthy biotic community land management must be established in ecology. Ecological processes guide every process known to humanity, to say we as humans are separate, or no longer confined to its origins is naïve and flawed. When we strive to push ecology away we find hardship and famine, the greatest failure may be our departure from this community. No longer is the ordinary man connected to his food, he believes his beef comes from a box, its native habitat, the jungle known as the supermarket. Monocultures of inedible corn, canola, and soy litter the previously productive hills and prairies, our prolific soil is no longer a medium to grow food, but rather petroleum infused nitrogen is employed to replace natural process, the farmer now regards his field as an economic machine.
The next part of our chapter should be a return to a native process, one that aims to establish an ecological foundation. we must be stewards of the land, creating values rooted in ecology. Though issues lie ahead, in large part due to the economics of our food and natural resource production, we must resist the influence of greater profits when it points to further degradation of our land and surrounding biota. in their time many influential individuals such as “Aldo Leopold” expressed the essential relationship we all share with our fauna and flora, their knowledge and philosophy’s stated what we presently are just starting to appreciate. With the advancement of science and technology, we have amazed ourselves becoming fixated with increased production and understanding our environment at a microbial level. However, we seem to have misunderstood or forgotten the ecology mindset along the way. Should environmental research continue to accelerate genetic manipulation, does the elimination of stress hormones in swine, and poultry justify our research dollars. Was our end purpose to separate the morality associated with food and nature, to relegate it to the few who are required to work in industrialized facilities. For the common man a solution may exist in the study of ecology and the natural environment, the soil, water, trees, and shrubs comprise the basis of our range lands, from soil microbes to the lumbering grizzly, all is joined. Sharing our land with domesticated livestock and our wild neighbours is an aim of any land manager. To share in the harvest with our local wildlife shines a light on the natural wealth of any landscape, to observe the environment in this manner leads one closer and triggers a richer, defined connection to one’s surroundings.
To be engaged in conservation and the management of our natural resources may not be realized by all land owners, however modest your farm, you play a significant role in management success. The proper care of even a few acres should not ever be undervalued. leaving the land and all its resources in healthier form than it was handed over to you, is a noble intent. The biotic community will prosper when fundamentals are cultivated. to manage rangelands in a manner that seeks to satisfy a symbiotic relationship, will feed both the manager and wildlife, to choose one over another is a choice that is destined to failure. As we learn more about the purpose each organism plays our eyes open, the birds tend to sing louder when proper process have been put in place.
Just remember when the vale is lifted you see things for how the truly are, no longer can the individual live in a state of denial or blind ignorance
Large, agile, and elusive describes the mighty bull elk. Those who cross paths with these ungulates leave changed forever. The hunter is consumed by this experience and will stop at nothing to reach it, for his quest his defined each year. When fall arrives, screaming bulls pierce the silent timber, the hunter gathers his senses. He is controlled by his desires, putting to test his skill and intellect. Up, down, and through the landscape the hunter goes, this elk challenges him at every corner. unwilling to give in hunter and elk play the dangerous game of cat and mouse. Hunters who understand this game have trained and learned from failures, they become dangerous, anticipating the next move. Defining bugles rattle the hunters eardrums adrenaline is sent coursing through his body, he steadies his aim, waiting for that moment when the elk makes his final mistake.
Gratitude for the natural world is something that I have grown to appreciate. Understanding that every component within our ecosystem has a unique niche contributes to it’s beauty, This clarity is exciting, the gratitude to appreciate even the smallest organism brings a level of understanding fundamental to having a diverse experience while exploring the wilderness. When I look at a wolf I don't see a ruthless predator, I see a valuable member of the community, one that manages the landscape, he understands that his role is important, he removes the week and wounded, he ensures there is enough food for his prey, he is the tender of his own garden. The ability to think in terms these individual roles and reject the stereotypical notions surrounding species gives you a stronger foundation, one that you can grow into a truly beautiful understanding and level of gratitude for our fauna and flora.
The final act, the end of a hunt, and the realization of a life lost. Thinking in this context brings the gravity of this situation and the act of pulling a trigger and turns that moment into one of tremendous heartache and amazing gratitude. Understanding that this moment results in a life lost, has an immediate affect on anyone, the act of being fundamentally connected to the natural world revels what it means to be an animal and intern what it means to be human. These situations are one of the reasons that individuals participating in hunting, and fishing feel so strongly in the rights of wild animals and wild places, as for without these that connection cannot exist. The ability to practice gratitude has been one of the most notable and fulfilling side effects of hunting, the ability to see the beauty and wonder while at the same expressing emotions of sorrow and sadness for an animal lost has contributed to an even greater appreciation for the natural world.
Predator and prey, the value of a predator, these things conjure up thoughts of importance and highlight often difficult situations plaguing resource and game management. To me the topic of predators and where they fit into our current world is something that fascinates me, the value we place on these animals, and the role we put them in is often misguided.
Why is it that we have labeled predators (Wolves, Coyotes, Foxs) in a category of enemy, this designation is not echoed by everybody but has found a significant place amongst a large number of individuals and organizations. The thought of these animals as enemies has always confused me, I don't understand how we think that we would be better of with out these animals, the fundamental niche that they fill can not be understated and is often overlooked in my opinion. Over the past number of years significant efforts have put in place to reduce numbers throughout much British Columbia, mainly in the hopes of reducing Caribou mortality, A somewhat misguided and copout approach. We often forget the principles of ecology when implementing reactive actions, instead of looking at the true cause we are whiling to make assumptions and grasp for straws in the hopes of stumbling into a solution.
- This a great question and my answer may surprise a few people. My biggest challenge by far when hunting is not finding animals or packing animals out, no question that these are both difficult. But my biggest challenge is staying alert, what I mean by this is in-between animal sightings or attempts at animals the ability to keep yourself engaged and entertained is probably one of the most difficult aspects of hunting. The long stretches of no action can take a tole and make you question your decisions about where you are hunting, your mind can wonder, doubt and boredom can creep in. Overcoming this is something that I continue to find difficult but I have realized that its part of the hunting experience, being alone with your thoughts is frustrating but also rewarding and one of the many experiences that are presented to the hunter.
When talking about linear features we are talking about pipeline right of ways, Hydro right of ways, and roads (see image above). The reason there is so much discussion surrounding linear features is due to the increased predation and continual decline of ungulate species. No where is this more evident then in Northern Canada, where the increase of linear features on the landscape has been directly linked to declining Caribou populations. As stated above the main concern with linear features is increased predation, so what do I mean by this. Predators (Wolves, and humans) are able to travel further and faster across the landscape, greatly increasing the likelihood of running into ungulate species. This allows for greater numbers of ungulate species to be harvested each year. The increased availability of these travel corridors within the landscape will continue to affect ungulate numbers, a concerning fact for anybody involved in the environmental and conservation field.