If you don’t approve of hunting, for whatever reason, I want you to know I appreciate you taking a minute to read this letter. My intention is to offer a couple facts about hunting you may not know. I don’t expect to change your mind altogether, but I do hope to provide some information that may create a more informed conversation.
You’re right. Our civilization has changed such that many people no longer need to directly participate in the food chain. Cities of us can go to grocery stores for the food we once grew or killed for ourselves. So, why then does hunting still matter?
You’re right. All living things have value. Animal lives matter, and that’s all animals, not just the one whose hair is stuck to your shirt right now. If that’s true, how can someone argue killing an animal is not only justified but important?
We have gotten a lot of great feedback from you guys over the past couple weeks and we are proud to say that we’ve pushed out a version that we are really excited about! As always, reach out to us if you have any ideas or thoughts on the Powderhook app so we can keep improving it for you. Check out what we’ve pushed:
Create an Outdoor ID
Introducing OutdoorID. That’s our term for a handle. Think of it like a Twitter handle. You now have the option to post and comment in the app with or without your OutdoorID. This is the minimum viable version of a big idea. Make sure you claim your ID before someone gets all the good names. Get yours in the Account Settings area of the “Me” section.
Updated Map Layers
Dora the Explorer’s map would be proud. We made some major improvements to our map, including a few new layers and a simple way to toggle things on and off. You can change the background layer between 3 options: outdoors, satellite and topographic. On top of those layers you can choose to turn on: public land, lake contours, event pins and one of three different animal activity layers (deer, turkey or waterfowl). Look for lots more fun stuff here down the road.
View Outdoor Events in Your Area Outdoor related events are now visible in the Chatter feed, plus we’ve also added a layer in the map so you can see all the events in one place. Just click the “Layers” button in the bottom right of the map and toggle on the “Events” layer. We pull these events (there are thousands) from all over the internet so we are sure you can find events in your area.
Information Pop-Up Box for Public Ground & Lakes
Click on a public land boundary. Now you’ll get a little pop-up with the name of the public land, what town it is located near, the county, the number of acres it encompasses and directions to that location. We’ve included an “Info” button which will do a google search for that public area allowing you to do more research on your own. Down the road we’ll add a review feature for actual reviews of public ground.
Lastly, you can now reply to comments. Comment on comments. Comment on replies. You get it. This feature allows people to have more directed conversations on certain posts and allows people to collapse comments that they are not interested in.
“We have to do this,” Blaine Cooper told me in a rush. “The BLM lit a fire to burn this ranch down because they want the uranium that’s under it! The left blew up buildings, killed people, enslaved people to make this wildlife refuge!”
Cooper was sitting behind the wheel of a white pickup, heater blasting, and talking to me through the open window. It was the middle of last January, maybe 12 degrees above, here at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, with day just breaking over a universe of frost-whitened sagebrush and 6 inches of old snow.
Background checks are already a thing. Expanding them is pointless.
This is the first of a 3-page document, Form 4473, entitled ‘Firearms Transaction Record.’ Every law-abiding citizen in the US fills this form out, awaits processing by the seller, and receives approval from the Federal Government to purchase his or her weapon before they can leave a store with a gun. The story that they’re not wide-reaching or all-inclusive is a myth. Most lawful gun owners have no problem with this process and see it as a meaningful way to keep guns out of the wrong hands. But, lawful gun owners aren’t the problem. The problem is the system that sits behind this paperwork is flawed, has loopholes, and fails to punish the criminals who don’t use it. More encumbrance on lawful individuals is absolutely not the way to keep the unlawful from having guns. That’s like lowering the speed limit because some people speed. Let’s encourage our lawmakers to start discussing real solutions.
The more time I spend as a parent the more I realize how much I appreciate my father. Beyond the values of hard work and caring for others that he instilled in me, what I appreciate most is my love of the outdoors that comes from my time spent in a boat with dad. Recent articles and other discussions here on IDO have talked about the topic of less youth getting into fishing these days and my biggest hope is that I am able to do as good a job of passing my passion on to my son as my dad did for me.