Author Archives: Jacob.Edson

Are Foodies the New Environmentalists?

Venison loinRecently, I stumbled across an article by Bryan Walsh for Time. Titled "Foodies Can Eclipse (and Save) the Green Movement", it suggests that the current economic and political atmosphere is killing the "green movement," which really was an urban spin-off of the...

Shoot a deer, save a moose

Minnesota mooseYesterday, the state of Minnesota released its long-researched management plan that it hopes will help save a northwoods ungulate that has long been an icon in the state — the Canadian moose.

A large portion of the...

The Texas Drought and Deer

Texas is in the midst of one of the worst droughts — in depth and expanse — since the early 1900s. The state has only gotten about 6 inches of rain so far this year, compared the 13 inches it should have by now. There's no relief in sight. The U.S. Climate Prediction Center...

Where are all those deer?

Following my earn-a-buck post, I expected a lot more comments like the one posted by Ron, basically blasting EAB. Perhaps the majority of hunters just glazed over the whole thing? Or, maybe things aren't as bad as I believe? Maybe a lot of hunters do understand that deer populations are still too high...

Embracing Earn-A-Buck

I first encountered earn-a-buck regulations when I moved to Wisconsin several years ago. Previously, I had never encountered this management technique that forces hunters to shoot an antlerless deer before "earning" the privilege of killing an antlered buck. As I read through the regulations booklet, I found myself questioning the intense practice.

Food Fun Friday Special Moments

As a somewhat new father of 15-month-old twins, I'm constantly finding myself enjoying tiny little moments with my kids that I never knew I would experience. Last night, my boy Sam, provided another great one — a moment for the ethical hunter archives.

My twins, Sam and Anna, have been eating solid foods...

Taking On Antler Addiction

Most of history's best decisions have not been made with a tumbler of straight bourbon whisky in hand. However, profound thinking and whisky are fine companions. What I'm getting at is this: I've been holding off on this post for a while. Why? Because I wanted to get it right. But in the end, that's just...

Food Fun Friday (What now?)

It's time to face the harsh reality: My freezer is empty, or almost so.

Moose steaks from my sister? Gone.

Moose burger? Ditto.

Nebraska buck? Finished him off last week.

Wisconsin doe? Mostly gone. (I am holding on to a bag of honey hot sticks like they are Apple...

Do you know Aldo?

I often forget that not all hunters are like me. Some of the best deer hunters I know are are not outdoor writers or marketing folks in the outdoor industry who get the chance to chase deer all over the country. Most are folks who work hard for a living in factories or outdoors,...