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September Sharptails in Montana

A couple of weeks ago I went bird hunting in Montana at the invitation of Dave Perkins. A gracious invitation to say the least, and one that offered up a most notable new experience. This was different. Standing on the ridge I looked across a sea of grass with mountain islands here and there, and the distance defined only by the last jagged range in the distance. “How far are those?” “ About 120 miles.” “Damn.” I was hunting sharptails near Great Falls. Next-door neighbors are calculated in miles. It looks flat, but it’s not. It rolls and dips and rises like ocean swells and not until you get out of the truck and immerse yourself in it, do you discover the detail, the variations of terrain and vegetation, the places where sharptails find cover.
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Orvis Dogs of the Day- Milly, Maddie, and Piper!

Orvis Cover Dog Contest - Milly, Maddie, and Piper
Winter getaway at the beach
- Sasha, Salt Lake City

Enter the Orvis Cover Dog Photo contest for your chance to put your dog on a future cover of the The Orvis Dog Book catalog, win a $500 gift card from Orvis and help us beat canine cancer! Enter online at https://www.orvis.com/coverdog.
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Conservation News 9.29.10


The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office has been awarded $27.5 million to be used for salmon-recovery efforts. The grant, from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund, will be used for everything from habitat restoration to fish-hatchery improvements to increased monitoring. Another $10.8 million was awarded to the Washington DFW to be used in Columbia Basin hatcheries.
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Restoring the Mighty Penobscot- Trout Unlimited Joins the Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast

The Penobscot River provides the largest freshwater input into the Gulf of Maine, and there are important connections between sea-run fish and groundfish and other commercially important species in Penobscot Bay.
Photo: Cheryl Daigle


We are adding a new feature to the Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast by partnering with Trout Unlimited to bring you updates on their conservation programs. Tom is a huge fan of Trout Unlimited and Orvis has been a long-time partner in their efforts to restore and protect coldwater fisheries.
In this episode TU President & CEO Chris Wood interviews Jeff Reardon about restoring the Penobscot River. Involving miles and miles of river and multiple dam removals, this is the largest project of its kind in history.
We hope you enjoy this new feature of The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast. Let us know what you think on our Facebook wall at facebook.com/orvisflyfishing or by dropping us a line at podcast@orvis.com. Listen by clicking the play button below.

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In the Loop 9.28.10


Matt Skoglund of the Natural Resources Defense Council describes the pleasures of finding and fishing for golden trout on a three-day trip with his brother into the wild Beartooth Mountains of Montana. These small, beautiful fish have been an obsession since Skoglund was a child: That you can’t find goldens in roadside rivers also titillated me. To catch a golden,...

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Brookies for a Good Cause

Big Native Brookie
Few fish are more beautiful than a native, male brook trout in its fall glory. Photo by Phil Monahan, 2010

Last winter, Casting for Recovery held an online auction to raise money for their programs, which combine fly fishing, counseling, and medical information to help breast-cancer patients and survivors focus on wellness instead of illness. One of the auction items was a day of fishing in southwestern Vermont,...
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Bark, Don’t Bite. Dog Bite Prevention

Morris Animal Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes longer, healthier lives for animals through humane research, recently funded a study to determine how educated veterinarians and physicians are about dog-bite prevention techniques. Of the respondents, only 21 percent of veterinarians and 5 percent of physicians reported that they had acquired most of their knowledge about dog bites from medical or veterinary school. Most interesting, the study found that the vast majority of those surveyed would like to have had more information about dog-bite prevention during their schooling. "We hope the information from this study can be used to develop better curricula for medical and veterinary training programs," said Patricia N. Olson, DVM, PhD, president/CEO of Morris Animal Foundation. "This curriculum could prove to be of benefit to both people and dogs alike, helping us to better live side by side."
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Rehabilitating the Dogs Rescued from Michael Vick’s Kennels

Ever wonder what happened to the dogs raised to fight and then rescued from Michel Vick's "Bad Newz Kennels"? National Public radio ran a piece a few days ago on the efforts to rehabilitate those dogs and the people behind the effort.

"We had started developing a battery of tests ... : Could you touch the dog and handle the dog? Was the dog reactive? How did it respond to people? How did it respond to other dogs? Was the dog safe around food, toys and children? Things like that. So when we sat down to take a look at [the Vick] case, we needed to understand what the potential aggression problems were going to be. And we also needed to satisfy the government's concerns about liability. If this dog goes out and we permitted it and it attacks a small child, it's going to get back to us somehow. So we really needed to demonstrate to the government that the dogs were going to be safe when we made some recommendations for placement."

You can listen the story or read it in its entirety here.
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