Arlington County, Virginia, deer management plan should include archery hunting

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By Gabriella Hoffman 

“AWLA states that “that hunting deer can negatively impact other animals such as snakes, salamanders, amphibians, and many invertebrates.” Not true. All the evidence, including numerous peer-reviewed scientific studies, shows the exact opposite: Deer overpopulation has devastating effects on the songbirds, small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, and other creatures that depend upon the understory habitat that overpopulations of deer destroy.” — Arlington County Forestry and Natural Resources Commission

In Episode 375 of District of Conservation, Gabriella analyzes two stories. First, the Department of Education’s latest policy defunding school archery and hunting programs using the “Bipartisan Safer Communities Act.” Second, the brewing Arlington County deer war over whether or not to manage this Northern Virginia town’s overpopulated deer population.

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EP 385: Ashley Hlebinsky, Firearms Historian & Industry Consultant District of Conservation

In Episode 385 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses her upcoming testimony in the Kansas State Legislature and brings an exclusive interview with firearms historian, jill-of-all-trades Ashley Hlebinsky. Tune in to learn more! SHOW NOTES WATCH: Special Committee on Foreign Adversary Investments and Land Purchases 09/27/2023 The Gun Code Connect with Ashley on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter Senate Judiciary Subcommittee Hearing on Gun Violence Prevention – May 11, 2021 Cody Firearms Museum UWY Firearms Research Center — Support this podcast:
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  4. EP 382: Power the Future with Rick Whitbeck
  5. EP 381: Save School Archery & Hunting Programs ft. Rep. Mark Green


Biden admin withholding key funding for schools with hunting, archery programs

BSCA Guidance Published Nov. 2022

Thanks to Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, DOE Defunds School Archery Programs

H.R.5110, the Protecting Hunting Heritage and Education Act

Foxx Co-Leads Letter to Education Secretary Cardona Condemning Department of Education Decision to Eliminate Funding For Archery and Hunter Education Classes


Arlington Deer Management Project

ARL Now: Animal agency, county commission at odds over deer claims

⁠FNRC Letter Calling for Deer Management in Arlington County ⁠

Virginia Deer Management Program

Photo Credit: Gabriella Hoffman / July 2018


Gabriella Hoffman

Gabriella Hoffman is a Media Strategist and Award-Winning Outdoor Writer.

She hosts the “District of Conservation” podcast and CFACT’s original YouTube series “Conservation Nation.”

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