Russell Bassett’s Archive

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Don’t Call it a Man’s World: Women Can Fish Every Bit as Well as Men

When it comes to fishing, the lyrics to the James Brown hit song that “this is a man’s world” has historically been pretty accurate. With several notable exceptions, fishing was …

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Hunters Should Be Ticked Off

The National Wildlife Federation recently released the report Ticked Off: America’s Outdoor Experience and Climate Change that examines how a warming world negatively affects outdoor recreation by increasing the pests that …

Fish kills, like this one in Illinois' Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge, can result from hypoxia, or oxygen depletion, a common cause of which is algal blooms.  NOAA photo

For the Love of Fish: The Problems of Blooming Algae and Mass Death at Sea

The current blue-green algal bloom in Lake Erie that forced the city of Toledo to not have drinking water for several days and the massive red-tide algal bloom off Florida’s Coast that …

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HUNT Act Would Open Locked Public Lands

Recreating outdoors—whether you fish, hunt, hike, camp, or all of the above—is not only a ton of fun, it’s also good for you. There is considerable evidence the exercise involved …

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How to Get Kids Hooked on Fishing and Create Future…

Sportsmen, especially those that duck hunt and fish, are a vitally important voice that must be engaged to enact the proposed Clean Water Act rule.  Photo by Steve Woodruff (NWF Staff)

Stand with Sportsmen and Conservationists for Clean Water

Hiking, backpacking, camping, and fishing are just a few of the many values enjoyed by visitors to Western public lands like Colorado's Collegiate Peaks Wilderness. (Photo by Russell Bassett)

Time to Go On Offense to Protect Our Cherished Public…

Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Maggie Bond.

The Beauty, Majesty and Variety of Ducks Challenged by Tar Sands

Bufflehead, black and wood ducks, canvasback, gadwall, goldeneye, mallard, pintail, redhead, ring-necked, ruddy, scaup, scoter, shoveler, teal, and widgeon: to duck hunters and bird watchers alike, the characteristics of those …

Chris Crosby plays a trout caught on Colorado's South Platte river May 20. Photo by Russell Bassett

Hunters and Anglers Can’t Afford to Double Down on Denial

Hunters and anglers have been on the front lines of several major environmental policy battles over the years, including playing a major role in passing the Clean Air and Clean …

The Bipartisan Sportsmen Act of 2014 helps create more opportunity like what is shown in this photo through conservation and access.

Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act Creates Conservation, Access and Opportunity

Formed by hunters and anglers who acknowledged the need to unite all wildlife and conservation interests, the National Wildlife Federation has been leading on critical issues that are a priority …

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