By Barbara Crown, Editor The Hunting Report
is growing. Even as we maintain our commitment to provide the highest quality information in our print newsletter, we are adding more and more content to our database, our Email Extra edition, and other web offerings. I can't do it alone, and we are expanding our team.
This month, we are proud to announce that Mike Bodenchuk
has signed on as our new North American Editor
. Mike, a long-time subscriber, first officially joined us as a correspondent in 2011. Since then, he has covered the effects of drought, Chronic Wasting Disease, and EHD on whitetail deer hunting prospects across the nation, and where to find the best hunts for alligator, wild hogs, spring bear, desert sheep, Arizona elk, oryxand other exotics. This month, you've already seen Part 1 of his in-depth look at opportunities for pronghorn, and, on page 8, he's finished up a four-part series on mule deer.
In the "real world," Bodenchukis a trained wildlife biologist and an administrator for the USDA's APHIS (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) program, which means he's uniquely connected with both the state and federal agencies that have so much impact on US hunting. His wife (an avid hunter) is a taxidermist, so he's up on the latest shipping regulations. Oh, and he's an avid hunter himself and has two kids who love to hunt.
In the immediate future, Mike is taking over our Permit Box starting with our March issue (both the print and much-expanded online versions.) He's following the progress of Wyoming's attempt to re-open grizzly bear hunting, working on Part 2 (and possibly Part 3) of his pronghorn overview, looking into "sleeper" hunt opportunities in Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota, finding out what's new on Indian reservations, and generally keeping track of doings from Alaska to Mexico, Newfoundland to Hawaii.
I am proud to have someone as experienced and knowledgeable as Mike watching out for your interests across North America, and I hope you'll join me in welcoming him in his new, expanded role at The Hunting Report
* * *
While we are talking about people who help make The Hunting Report better each month, I also have to mention our new Editorial Assistant
, Justin Jones. If you've enjoyed the new Hunting Report Roundup
newsletter delivered free by email, you can thank Justin for putting those together. (Call us at 305-253-5301 if you are not currently getting it.) He's also keeping track of that mining development we told you about last month, which may threaten the future of the George River Caribou herd. Next month he'll have a story on two great brown bear opportunities that are coming back on line after an eight-year hiatus on the Alaska Peninsula, and he's working on an overview of what's happening to moose hunting opportunities around the world. Stay tuned, we've got more lined-up in the near future!