Thursday, May 19, 2011

Hemingway, the NY Times and bobwhites

This article appeared on the NY Times website yesterday and the print edition today.  Happy to see the coverage at every level.  A couple of good quotes in there, one from the NBCI's Don McKenzie:

“We have to come up with bigger pieces of landscape that are managed in common, and have connections with other pieces of well-managed landscape where there are sustainable populations of birds,” McKenzie said. “We must make it happen by the millions of acres instead of by the tens of acres.”
Can't underscore this enough.  A second is from Dan Petit of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation:

“We think that converting pastures of cool-season grasses into warm-season grasses is economically very palatable to those individuals that make a living off of those grasses. This does not require a stimulus bill or anything like that.”

They really need to give this point some publicity.  And yes, the article does talk about Hemingway bird hunting in Arkansas.  There's a notable quote about his ego, too.


  1. Good article. I linked to it at F&S also. The reporter, James Card, is an associate editor at DU who freelances for the NYT. Good guy, he came out pheasant hunting this fall.

  2. Thanks for the additional info Chad. I was wondering what James' background was and I'm glad to know he's a hunter, not just a guy who got assigned a story. Pass along our gratitude for getting the story in a publication with such a large circulation.

  3. Mark: I've been pleasantly surprised by how much relatively positive coverage there has been in the NYT in the last few years regarding firearms, firearm ownership, and bona fide hunting (as opposed to the current media fad of urban hunter-gathering). Shame the publisher is more enlightened than our mayor.


  4. Andrew, it does seem slightly out of place given the political slant of the paper. Maybe that's a good sign? I had to google the term 'urban hunter-gatherer' - didn't know this was a trend. Hey, whatever floats your boat.