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Staying Safe this Winter, Part 2. Signs of Hypothermia

We started a blog segment about a week ago on what you need to know to stay safe this winter.  So many variables come in to play when we are out in the wilderness.  The one way we can make sure we are prepared is to arm ourselves with knowledge.  Last week we touched on what to do if you get lost in the woods.  If you didn’t get a chance to read it you can click here for all the useful information.

This week we are going into the signs of hypothermia.  While everyone else is snuggled up in the house near the fire when it is bitter cold out, we are the goofs sitting right in the middle of it.  We will sit there and shiver and bear with the cold just so we can have a chance at getting that big trophy.  But what happens if we sit there just a bit too long?  You want to make sure that you are able to recognize those key signs that will let you know…it has gone beyond goose bumps.

Click here to see the full article on Hypothermia signs and symptoms.

Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry

Patriot LWM Outdoors is proud to be associated with such a fantastic organization!  Farmers and Hunters Feeding the homeless (FHFH) is an outreach ministry of the people of God called upon to feed venison to the hungry among us nationwide.

How it works…

WHITE-TAILED DEER
With the growing number of deer and other big game in America, crop and property damage permits are being issued to farmers, airports, military installations and agricultural facilities. Many of these deer and other big game are being discarded. In addition, liberal bag limits and extended seasons are putting hunters in the position of being able to harvest more deer and other big game than they can personally consume.

FARMERS & HUNTERS
Successful farmers and hunters follow normal check in or crop damage permit procedures defined under their states regulations.

MEAT PROCESSORS
Farmers and hunters deliver the harvested surplus deer and other big game to participating meat processors in each county. Donations from churches, clubs, businesses and individuals cover the costs of processing, packaging and freezing the meat.

FOOD BANKS
The frozen meat is then available free of cost for pick-up by a nearby food bank or feeding program.

MEMBER AGENCIES
This nutritious, low fat, high protein meat is then distributed and/or cooked by hundreds of community agencies such as:church pantries, church feeding ministries, Salvation Army, community food banks, emergency assistance programs, Rescue Missions, children’s homes, etc.

Please click here to learn more about FHFH.

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Bass Pro Shops Land and Wildlife Expo, Here we come!

Patriot LWM Outdoors is excited to be heading to Nashville, TN. this weekend Aug 9-11.  Great people…great times…and we get to release our newest product, The GunCaseBlanket!  If you haven’t seen our revolutionary new product…click here!

The Expo is packed full, aisle after aisle of exibitors with every product for your outdoor needs!  There will be many seminars and well known speakers to check out.  If you would like all the info on the upcoming event click the photo below!

If you are in the area, we hope to see you there!!!!

 

For more info on Patriot LWM Outdoors and any upcoming news and events, click here!

PATRIOT LWM INFORMATIVE VIDEO SERIES: BEAVER MANAGEMENT

Reposted blog from our sister company, Patriot Land & Wildlife Management.

In an effort to better educate our customers and let them see into our world, Patriot LWM will begin to release video blogs outlining projects we have been working on and things on the horizon.

Here is a short clip of a beaver management technique for a property where the owner decided to utilize trapping as a damage mitigation technique. Beaver damage was experienced on many trees in the property’s creek watershed area which allowed waters to rise into the neighboring agricultural fields.

THE REASON BEHIND THE NAME: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO AN AMERICAN HERO, CPL. KIRK J. BOSSELMANN

*Reposted from our parent company blog, Patriot LWM

Over the years, many have asked as to the origin of the name for “Patriot” Land and Wildlife Management Services, Inc. Most just assume that we are borderline “overly patriotic” and sometimes even go as far as to suggest it is a marketing strategy, ha. Truth be told, on this day, March 25th, in the year 1983, Kirk J. Bosselmann was born into this world. A lifelong friend of Patriot president Joe Brown, Kirk spent the majority of his young life in and around the woods and waters of Maryland. Together the two developed a mutual appreciation for nature and an everlasting love of the outdoors and what it has to offer. Often, Kirk and Joe would joke about how great it would be to get paid to do what they love, be outdoors.   

When senior year at Poolesville High School came to an end, the boys had a tough decision to make. Joe was being recruited for college level football and Kirk had his eyes set west to become a firefighting “Smoke Jumper”. Joe’s path took him to Shepherd University to play football and study Environmental Resource Management as Kirk found a smoke jumping team in California.

Several weeks into each adventure, Joe received a call from California. It was Kirk, and he had decided his life needed more direction, he decided to become a Marine. Unknown to his family or friends, Joe made plans to join up with his pal in San Diego and take that leap together. Showing qualities only possessed by a true friend, Kirk convinced his friend not to leave Shepherd, saying “you try college, I’ll try the Marines, and in 4 years we can switch”. And so it was.

Kirk and Joe stayed in touch throughout the journey, with letters and emails changing hands often, and even the occasional return home for a little outdoor related R&R. Each time they met the talk usually led to the same conversation…”how cool would it be if we got paid to be outside?”

For 3 1/2 years all went according to plan, with Kirk returning safely from his first deployment in Iraq and Joe staying relatively uninjured on the football field and even somewhat successful in the class room (to both their surprises).

On November 27th, 2004 the call came. Cpl. Kirk J. Bosselmann, 1st Battalion 8th Marines, Scout Sniper Platoon, had been killed in action while bravely defending his brothers inside the Iraqi city of Fallujah. 2 weeks later Kirk received a hero’s goodbye from friends, family and a grateful nation in the perfect setting for how he lived, the base of Sugarloaf Mountain.

In his final letter to Joe, Kirk stays true to his core, imploring Joe not to weep, but carry on completing the dreams and goals they had set together. To live life to the fullest without a single ounce of regret.

And so, Patriot Land & Wildlife Management Services, Inc. was born, and they are proud to say they are getting “paid to be outside”….    

Maryland DNR Announces 2011 Midwinter Waterfowl Survey Results

Release from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources:

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) have released the results of the 2011 Midwinter Waterfowl Survey. Each winter, pilots and biologists from the two agencies count ducks, geese and swans along Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay shoreline and Atlantic coast. In January 2011, survey teams observed 640,700 waterfowl which is lower than the number of waterfowl observed in January 2010 (787,100).

“It is important to remember that the Maryland survey results are ultimately pooled with results from other states to provide a measure of the distribution and population of waterfowl wintering in the Atlantic Flyway,” said Larry Hindman, DNR’s Waterfowl Project Leader. “The survey is conducted in a coordinated manner across the Atlantic Flyway states to provide an annual index of the population size for important waterfowl species like black ducks, Atlantic brant and tundra swans.”

This decline is largely due to the observance of fewer Canada geese and snow geese along bay shoreline habitats. Large numbers of geese likely went undetected at inland locations, which are not covered by the survey. However, wintering Canada geese (397,700) remained high and their numbers were bolstered by geese pushed south by the cold temperatures and heavy snow cover in areas north of Maryland.

Overall, greater numbers of ducks were counted in 2011 (199,300) than last winter (173,700), mainly attributed to higher numbers of mallards (55,600) and canvasbacks (43,600). In addition, exceptional numbers of gadwalls were observed on the submerged aquatic vegetation beds on the Susquehanna Flats.

“Cold weather and the associated heavy snow and ice north of Maryland contributed to higher duck numbers in the Chesapeake,” Hindman said.

The Midwinter Waterfowl Survey has been conducted annually throughout the United States since the early 1950s. The survey provides information on long-term trends in waterfowl.

Species 2007 2008 2009

2010

2011
Mallard 39,700 55,500 58,300 34,200 55,600
Black Duck 13,800 23,000 24,900 22,500 22,900
Gadwall 1,400 3,000 2,800 2,000 6,400
Widgeon 400 800 500 300 200
G-W Teal 3,300 4,600 1,400 600 600
Shoveler 100 600 400 100 100
Pintail 500 2,000 800 500 1,200
Total Dabblers 59,200 89,500 89,000 60,100 87,000
Redhead 1,100 11,900 12,400 3,400 4,700
Canvasback 13,700 40,100 51,300 26,400 43,600
Scaup 25,700 140,000 51,600 43,500 29,700
Ring-neck 900 2,100 1,700 900 1,600
Goldeneye 700 800 1,000 600 300
Bufflehead 12,000 18,400 15,900 13,700 7,500
Ruddy Duck 19,800 19,700 23,600 13,400 16,500
Total Divers 73,900 233,000 157,600 102,000 103,900
Scoters 2,100 2,900 2,900 900 200
Long-tailed Duck 500 400 400 200 400
Mergansers 1,700 4,300 8,900 10,600 7,700
Total Ducks 137,400 330,100 261,000 173,700 199,300
Brant 500 1,400 800 1,000 1,500
Snow Goose 46,600 108,000 61,200 78,600 28,200
Canada Goose 285,700 373,100 498,200 519,500 397,100
Tundra Swan 8,700 11,700 14,200 14,000 14,400
Total Waterfowl 478,900 821,500 836,900 787,100 640,700

DNR 2011 Midwinter Waterfowl Survey Results – Click link for full article

 

 

Constructing a Future: Wood Duck Boxes and You

*This entry is a repost from the Patriot Land & Wildlife Blog*

Maryland is home to a rich variety of waterfowl species. We’ve all seen Canada geese honking their way from pond to field. Some of them endure the winter migration, and some of them are year-round residents who call Maryland home. Ever seen a wood duck? Well, much is the same with wood ducks, arguably the most beautiful duck native to North America.Wood ducks nest in tree cavities near water and utilize wetlands as their home to raise their young. Unfortunately, as urban sprawl occurs, more and more of these wetlands are being destroyed, limiting the wood duck’s habitat and success in Maryland. Don’t lose faith. A lot is being done to bring the population back to where it once existed. You can become part of the effort too, and it doesn’t take much.

Wood ducks suffered a serious decline in the late 19th century for a variety of reasons, including habitat loss and market hunting for their meat and plumage.  Because of the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, market hunting was ended and measures were enacted to protect remaining habitat. Wood duck populations began to rebound in the 1920s, and the development of the artificial nesting box and its implementation by Federal and State governments and local wildlife enthusiasts in the 1930s began providing an additional boost to wood duck production. The hope was that the ducks would utilize the “cavity” characteristic of the boxes to nest. The ducks did, and they made an astounding comeback. Nesting sites are only half the battle, though. Woods ducks also require wetland habitat that provides them with shelter, food, and protection from predators. If you have a wooded stream or pond on your property or if you live along a Chesapeake Bay shore with woods nearby (which is alot of you!), you may be able to attract wood ducks simply by constructing a nest box.

Building a wood duck box is simple, inexpensive, and there are plenty of plans you can find online that detail designs, placement, etc. Do your homework.
The Maryland Wood Duck Initiative, an all-volunteer effort,  aims “to enhance Maryland’s wood duck population and to generate a greater appreciation of the wetland habitats in which they live by advocating and demonstrating the merits of a “best practices” approach in managed nest programs.” State agencies like the Department of Natural Resources, conservation organizations like Ducks Unlimited, and companies like Patriot LWM are other important resources for anything wood duck related and are more than happy to  provide you with information and help develop your wood duck plan.

So, now for some more timely information. What are wood ducks doing right now in Maryland? Wood ducks nest from April to June, so right now is a great time to get your nesting boxes built, or cleaned out if you already have boxes (if you’re anything like me, you’re tired of being cooped up in the house and are itching for a reason to get outside and do something).  Add a few inches of wood shavings (don’t use sawdust because it can suffocate the ducklings) for nesting material, attach the boxes to poles (don’t forget the predator guards!), and place them around forested areas near the water for when they arrive. You’ve now become a part of the effort! The rest is up to the ducks.

A few professional tips:

  • Females often search for a nesting site early in the mornings; therefore try to face the opening of the box towards the east so the opening is more visible from morning rays of sunlight.
  • Try to avoid facing the opening towards the prevailing wind for the area as this will cause undo stress on the nesting birds.
  • Limit the amount of underbrush under the boxes to reduce predator access to the poles.

If a wood duck finds your box suitable for laying eggs, in about 1 month 9-12 eggs will hatch and, within 24 hours, the ducklings will use their sharp claws to climb to the nest box entrance and fall to the ground or water.  Once on the ground, the female will lead the ducklings to the nearest body of water (they won’t come back to the nest, don’t take it personally). Wood duck young can fly in about 60 days from hatching; meanwhile, their mother looks after them and protects them from harm*courtesy of Maryland DNR*. It’s always a good idea to check your nesting boxes once during the nesting season to clean them out and add new nesting material. Besides doing some housekeeping, a visit during the nesting season will show if your nesting boxes have been productive and improve the odds of the box being used again during the season.

So there you have it. You made an effort and it didn’t take much, did it? Enjoy the feeling that comes from conservation, and share it with a child – they are our future conservationists. And every time you catch a glimpse of a wood duck’s beautiful iridescent plumage or hear their unmistakable “ooo-eeekk” squeal echo through the woods or across the water, consider it a “Thanks.”