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Crispin Powley talks Bass Fishing, Conservation and a Look to the Future.

Crispin Powley talks Bass Fishing, Conservation and a Look to the Future.

June 21, 2022

Aaron and Bill sit down with lifelong hunter and professional angler Crispin Powley. Crispin is a husband and father who spends hundreds of days afield each year and has hunted waterfowl in 30 states and three countries. He also runs an outdoors ministry at his local church.  

Show notes:

3:44 – Bill shares a little background on Crispin and how they met.

5:00 – Crispin, Bill and Aaron share what they have been doing outside recently. Also, Aaron shares a fun update on recent lead-free landscapes field work from our sporting team.

9:10 - Crispin shares a little background on his upbringing.

11:46 – Crispin talks about how he got into the outdoor industry.

16:40 - Crispin chats about his role at Stratus and what it was like to work with so many famous people.

23:47 – Crispin tells us about his transition to working with GSM. Also, what does that stand for?

33:20 – Crispin talks about expanding past bass fishing. What other species are they after?

35:45 - Crispin’s shares his top fishing spots (then and now). Can you believe it?!

47:25 – Short break for a message from our partner podcast, Artemis Sportswomen. Be sure to follow NWF Outdoors on social media for more great content!!

50:00 - Crispin talks about his conservation realm and explains how the industry is looking at current conservation challenges.

57:26 - Crispin talks about what happened on Kentucky Lake regarding bass fishing over the past decade.

1:07:38 – Crispin shares some words of wisdom regarding the future of bass fishing and conservation.

1:11:43 – Parting words. 

20 years of Protecting Bristol Bay and the best Salmon Runs on Earth with Brian Kraft of Alaska Sportsmen’s Lodge

20 years of Protecting Bristol Bay and the best Salmon Runs on Earth with Brian Kraft of Alaska Sportsmen’s Lodge

June 9, 2022

Aaron and Bill sit down with the 2021 Orvis Conservationists of the Year, owner of Alaska Sportsmen’s Lodge, and renowned Bristol Bay conservationist Brian Kraft. Brian has spent nearly 20 years working to stop the Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay from ever becoming a reality. The EPA recently announced another comment period regarding prohibiting discharge of dredge or fill materials. If the latest effort is successful, the Pebble Mine would again be halted. We talk to Brian about how he got into the lodge operating and fishing guide service, the incredible fishing and wildlife resources of Bristol Bay including 30” rainbow trout, how he first learned of the proposed mine, and his work to keep the mine away from the area that produces nearly half of all the planet’s salmon. And last, we pivot to permanent protection and how we can end the threats of large-scale mining in Bristol Bay once and for all.

Links:

EPA link to comment portal

https://www.epa.gov/bristolbay/public-comments-and-hearings-2022-proposed-determination

EPA link describing comment process

https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-proposes-protect-bristol-bays-salmon-fishery-subsistence-fishing-alaska-natives

Video of Brain and his family talking about the values in Bristol Bay

https://www.fishasl.com/hold-the-line-bristol-bay-alaska/

Video announcing Brian as Orvis Conservationist of the Year

https://vimeo.com/538850163

Conservation Organization Resources on Bristol Bay and the Pebble Mine

https://www.savebristolbay.org/

https://stoppebbleminenow.org/

Brian’s lodge website

https://www.fishasl.com/

Show notes:

3:58 – A little background on Brian.

5:35 – Brian, Aaron and Bill share what they have been doing outside recently.

9:20 - Brian provides a brief overview of the scale and scope of Bristol Bay and the surrounding area… The “breadbasket of fisheries” the bounty there is mindboggling! 47% of the world’s salmon comes from here!

16:50 - Brian talks about how he got into running fishing lodges in Bristol Bay without any prior experience.

25:55 - Brian takes us through a day on the water with his clients in Alaska… they’re catching 22-26” rainbow trout on the fly!

30:38 - What is the average size range of the rainbow trout up there?

32:53 – Short break for a message from our partner podcast, Artemis Sportswomen. For more great content, be sure to follow NWF Outdoors on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

34:45 - Brain shares a little background on how we got to where we are at now regarding the threat of the Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay. This has been a team battle!

56:29 – How do we get permanent protection? Where would the relief money come from that would be used for the Federal Government to purchase land that is now part of the state of Alaska? What are other options including land swaps, etc.

59:19 - What should folks be telling the EPA right now and how can we help with the permanent solution? “This is the wrong place for this type of development. Salmon runs are irreplaceable and provide food for the world. Let’s not replace one resource with another.”

1:04:07 – Parting words from Brian, Bill and Aaron.

“I didn’t inherit this land and these fisheries from my ancestors. I’m borrowing it from my children. It’s my responsibility to make sure that it’s in better shape for them to use and enjoy. We need to do the right thing. There are right places to do things like this and wrong places – and this is definitely the wrong place.” –Brian Kraft. 

Catching Fish Changes Lives with Steve Bowman

Catching Fish Changes Lives with Steve Bowman

May 26, 2022

If you love bass fishing, this is the episode for you. Our guest today is Steve Bowman, and when it comes to bass fishing, conservation and tournament angling, he’s definitely the guy you want to hear from. From being a member of The Bass Fishing Hall of Fame to his work as manager of Bassmaster.com tournament coverage and BASS Manager of Angler Relations, he’s in the mix. His career and work are interesting, but it’s when he tells the story of making his first rod from an old car antenna to which he attached drink can pop-tops for guides and a Zebco reel he spent the summer mowing yards to buy when this show goes to the next level. The antenna rod comes back to mind when Steve tells how an African American kid in Little Rock changed his life and how he views the outdoors.

Show links:

https://www.bassfishinghof.com/inductee/steve-bowman

https://www.bassmaster.com/

https://www.wired2fish.com/w2f-slide/steve-bowman

https://www.waterfowlerhof.com/

Show notes:

4:31 – Bill, Aaron and Steve share what they’ve been up too outside recently. Cue the turkey hunting, bass fishing and shed hunting!

9:20 - Steve shares a little background on his childhood, a heartfelt story or two and his earliest memories of fishing with a stick and a string and the adventure of converting an antenna into a fishing rod so he could fish at the pond near his house. “So here’s a kid that’s right on the verge of going into a gang or going fishing… and he’s taking the opportunity to go fishing.”

22:37 – Steve continues his discussion on the importance of providing fishing opportunities for every angler. He goes on to discuss high school and college bass fishing programs and the importance of investing in opportunity.

27:56 – Steve talks about how he grew up saying he wanted to hunt and fish for a living. He chats about how he got into journalism and taught himself to write after saying to his boss, “I’ll do anything you want me to do, just ever ask me to write.”

30:57 - Steve shares an inspiring duck hunting story that changed the direction of his life.

33:35 – Steve talks about the time they wanted to channel the White River.

37:00 - Discussing wildlife management and past deer situations in Arkansas.

39:13 – Short break for a message from our partner podcast, Artemis Sportswomen. For more great content, be sure to follow NWF Outdoors on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!!

40:05 – Bill brings it back to storytelling and salesmen. Steve talks about his late friend, Ray Scott, and his profound impact on hunting and fishing in the U.S. as well as international bass fishing.

44:05 - The evolution of “catch and release” in our country.

47:16 -  Aaron brings it back to the connection between conservation and opportunity.

51:36 – Bill brings up the topic of fishing with pro anglers and a few things that weekend anglers can pick up from observing these professionals in action.

55:55 – Lots of professional bass fishing professionals were athletes prior… Also a mention of Tom Brady, duck hunting and duck habitat.

59:03 – Bill brings it back to Vanishing Paradise and Steve’s involvement in a conservation issues that sportsmen and sportswomen need to know about.

1:02:12 – Steve discusses a few conservation issues in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee.

1:05:15 – Closing statements. 

“Just realize that a greater entity created all this, rather than a core of engineers…” -Steve Bowman

 

The Trials and Tribulations of Salmon and Those Doing the Arduous Work to Help Them Recover with Brian Brooks and Aaron Lieberman

The Trials and Tribulations of Salmon and Those Doing the Arduous Work to Help Them Recover with Brian Brooks and Aaron Lieberman

May 13, 2022

Aaron and Bill revisit salmon conservation in the northwest in advance of nationwide day of action asking for immediate action and the removal of the four Snake River dams. We sit down with Brian Brooks, the executive director of the Idaho Wildlife Federation, Aaron Lieberman, the executive director of the Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association. We talk salmon conservation broadly, the history of salmon issues in the Northwest and how we got to this point, the recent processes to address the issues surrounding dam removal and salmon recovery, how the Snake River system dams are different from dams in places like Tennessee, and how the sporting community can engage to save this iconic species from extinction.

Links:

Show notes:

3:55 – A little background on both guests.

5:14 – What have these gentlemen been doing outdoors recently? Gobble gobble…

10:54 – Jumping into why we are here – SALMON!!

11:33 – Brian Brooks shares a salmon adventure story.

14:03 – Aaron shares a salmon story that he enjoys sharing with his clients on the river.

15:46 – After a long intro, we get down to the big questions:

WHY ARE WE HERE? HOW BAD IS IT? WHAT ARE WE LOOKING AT?

19:28 - What these dams do. Where they are at. How they constrict fish movements. An overview of the multiple factors which are affecting these fish runs.

25:35 - The journey back to Idaho… salmon become tanks!

27:27 – Well, why the Snake River dams?

30:15 – Aaron shares how the low salmon returns affect his lifestyle as a fly fishing and rafting guide.

36:01 – Brian highlights the importance of the Chinook Salmon season for the small town of Riggins, Idaho.

37:51 – Aaron H. brings up somethings to consider regarding outdoor recreation and the connection between the economy in Idaho and the U.S.

41:25 - Picking apart what removing the dams would entail.

42:47 – What is the difference between removing dams in places like Tennessee versus removing the four lower Snake River dams?

47:34 – “This should be a no brainer…”

49:30 – “Both the heartening thing and also the deeply frustrating thing about this particular issue is we can do at least the primary thing we need to do in order to restore salmon and steelhead; and we can do so without negatively impacting the people who are most dependent on the current system.”

51:12 – Short break for a message from our partner podcast, Artemis Sportswomen. Please be sure to follow NWF Outdoors on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more great content!

53:07 – Unpacking the details regarding the Simpson plan, the solution and five things the sporting community and others can do to work together and get this done.

 56:22 – The three realities in Simpson’s plan.

 57:47 - The investments and assurances that are necessary in order to seed all three components of the plan.

1:01:37 – Top level components that still need to be addressed.

 1:03:15 – How would they remove the dams? $1.5 billion to breach all four dams.

1:04:45 - What can people do to help? If you’re in the northwest, REACH OUT TO YOUR SENATORS.

“At the end of the day, it’s a taxpayer issue…”

This process

1:09:46 - Figuring out how to replace the benefits of the dams.

1:12:24 - At the end of the day we are going to have to deal with this issue as a nation. It will have to be an act of Congress. We are at the first few steps of leaving part A in this plan.

1:17:45 - We want legislation, right?

1:19:19 - We should dream big. “This could be the biggest restoration project in human history, we can forestall the extinction of a key stone species.”

1:21:23 - Getting these dams down is just the start, we will still have more work to do. This is an ongoing project. 

1:23:10 - Closing statements.

 

“This could be the biggest restoration project in human history, we can forestall the extinction of a key stone species.”

The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act with lead sponsor, Senator Martin Heinrich

The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act with lead sponsor, Senator Martin Heinrich

April 28, 2022

Aaron and Bill sit down with Senator Martin Heinrich of New Mexico to discuss the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA) - what it is, what it aims to accomplish, and what we need to do to get I passed. Senator Heinrich is the leading sporting advocate in Congress and has worked diligently on numerous pieces of conservation legislation. We cover his perspectives of RAWA, how it will help state agencies, the opportunities to mitigate wildfire and its impacts, and his opinion that RAWA will be “the most impactful wildlife conservation investment in U.S. history”. Senator Heinrich has also been a champion on combating CWD. We ask him for an update on the Senate companion legislation to the passed House version of the Chronic Wasting Disease Research and Management Act.

Links:

NWF Outdoors Recovering America’s Wildlife Act action alert – email your Member of Congress here: https://support.nwf.org/page/39420/action/1?fbclid=IwAR32AQFGFCHRenhBbDzEtHB9vBVXrb9T0PURcT9pv6kDfyweoSLgBckvSBo

RAWA bill text: https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/2773

More details on RAWA: https://www.nwf.org/Our-Work/Wildlife-Conservation/Policy/Recovering-Americas-Wildlife-Act

Our recent sporting blog on RAWA: https://www.nwf.org/Outdoors/Blog/03-23-2022-Bipartisan-Wildlife-Bill-Will-Benefit-Hunters-Anglers

House version CWD bill text: https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/5608

Show notes:

2:39 – Little background on Senator Martin Heinrich. “The sporting community’s  biggest champion in Congress.”

3:27 – What has Senator Heinrich been doing outside recently?

5:44 - Senator Heinrich talks about Recovering America’s Wildlife Act. “…the wildlife version of the Great American Outdoors Act”

8:23 – Why should the sporting community support this?

11:24 – “This is the number one agreed upon focus for benefiting wildlife in this Congress, and the sporting community in particular has stepped up in a way that’s allowed us to move this forward and keep it incredibly bipartisan during a divided time in our country. Wildlife is something that brings us back together…”

12:36 - Senator Martin Heinrich reflects on what the early advocates for wildlife went through a century ago in places like New Mexico… highlighting elk, mule deer, pronghorn and wild turkey.

Expressing hope that our grandkids inherit the same amazing breath of wildlife that folks took for granted when they grew up.

15:28 - How much latitude will state agencies will have when they spend the money provided by Recovering America’s Wildlife Act? Turns out, the actual program is built completely by each individual state agency.

Please note: States all have what are called state wildlife action plans, if you are interested for your state be sure to google “(your state) wildlife action plan”

17:06 – Senator Heinrich points out -- the current programs which support these state wildlife action plans are completely inadequate to implement them. The need outstrips the support. RAWA would allow the agencies to implement these plans.

18:01 – “What the catch? There’s gotta be a catch? Nothing can be this perfect…” Right now, sportswomen and sportsmen have a lot of input with state agencies because their dollars fund the agencies. Will this change when the states have additional funding?

21:04 – Shout out to our partner podcast, Artemis Sportswomen. For more great content, please be sure to follow NWF Outdoors on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

22:48 - Senator Heinrich talks about how Recovering America’s Wildlife Act will help with natural infrastructure and wild fires.  

26:14 – Continuing discussion the benefits that stack up when you restore habitat for one small song bird in a wetland… restoration like this benefit’s multiple species (including hunters and anglers).

27:07 - Senator Heinrich talks twenty years down the road with Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, highlighting the importance of restoring riparian habitat for Rio Grande cutthroat trout, song birds and the sporting community.

29:46 - What do we need to do to get this across the finish line?

30:50 - Senator Heinrich talks about the Chronic Wasting Disease Research and Management Act being introduced into the Senate.

32:21 - Senator Heinrich shares statement about the importance of passing Recovering America’s Wildlife Act.

“Reach out to your house member and both of your senators and say this is good policy. This is good for our sporting communities. This is good for wildlife. It’s bipartisan. Let’s get this thing done.”

 

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