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What is Powderhook?
Local, current information. That's the stuff that can help you have a better day as a hunter, angler, or recreational shooter. It's why we stop at the tackle shop when go fishing, and it's why we scour local message boards for a tidbit that can help us. Local, current information is exactly what you'll find in the Powderhook app.
Our mission is "Access for All." We exist to help you hunt, fish, and shoot more often. And you know you want to go more often!
How does Powderhook make money?
Powderhook makes money by selling a software package to businesses, agencies, and organizations who work in the outdoor industry. We call it Powderhook PRO. PRO is filled with tools that empower these entities to help you hunt, fish, and shoot more often.
How do I get involved?
Great question! Powderhook has lots of ways to get involved. The best way is to download our app, share what you're seeing, and answer questions you receive from other users. Try becoming a Local Expert via the app. You may be excited about what happens next.
What is the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation?
The North American Wildlife Conservation Model is the only one of its kind in the world. In the mid-1800’s hunters and anglers realized they needed to set limits in order to protect rapidly disappearing wildlife, and assume responsibility for managing wild habitats. Hunters and anglers were among the first to crusade for wildlife protection and remain some of today’s most important conservation leaders.
As early settlers made their way West, North America’s wildlife populations diminished due to market-hunting and habitat loss. Many species were on the brink of extinction. Elk, bison, bighorn sheep, black bears—even whitetail deer—had all but disappeared across the country. Hunters and anglers realized they needed to set limits in order to protect what they loved and assume responsibility for the stewardship of our natural resources.
Hunters like Theodore Roosevelt and George Bird Grinnell rallied fellow sportsmen. They pushed for hunting regulations and established conservation groups to protect habitat.
Their efforts are the backbone of the North American Wildlife Conservation Model. The model has two basic principles – that our fish and wildlife belong to all Americans, and that they need to be managed in a way that their populations will be sustained forever.
The principles of the North American Wildlife Conservation Model are explained more fully through a set of guidelines known as the Seven Sisters for Conservation.
Sister #1 – Wildlife is Held in the Public Trust
In North American, natural resources and wildlife on public lands are managed by government agencies to ensure that current and future generations always have wildlife and wild places to enjoy.
Sister #2 – Prohibition on Commerce of Dead Wildlife
Commercial hunting and the sale of wildlife is prohibited to ensure the sustainability of wildlife populations.
Sister #3 – Democratic Rule of Law
Hunting and fishing laws are created through the public process where everyone has the opportunity and responsibility to develop systems of wildlife conservation and use.
Sister #4 – Hunting Opportunity for All
Every citizen has an opportunity, under the law, to hunt and fish in the United States and Canada.
Sister #5 – Non-Frivolous Use
In North America, individuals may legally kill certain wild animals under strict guidelines for food and fur, self-defense and property protection. Laws restrict against the casual killing of wildlife merely for antlers, horns or feathers.
Sister #6 – International Resources
Wildlife and fish migrate freely across boundaries between states, provinces and countries. Working together, the United States and Canada jointly coordinate wildlife and habitat management strategies. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 demonstrates this cooperation between countries to protect wildlife. The Act made it illegal to capture or kill migratory birds, except as allowed by specific hunting regulations.
Sister #7 – Scientific Management
Sound science is essential to managing and sustaining North America’s wildlife and habitats. For example, researchers put radio collars on elk to track the animals’ movements to determine where elk give birth and how they react to motor vehicles on forest roads.
Hunters also recognized the need for a significant and sustainable source of funding for wildlife stewardship. In 1937, sportsmen successfully lobbied Congress to pass the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act, which put an excise tax on the sale of all sporting arms and ammunition. This was followed in 1950 by the Dingell-Johnson Act, which placed a similar tax on fishing equipment. Today, every time you buy hunting and fishing gear, you contribute to this fund. It generates upwards of 700 million dollars every year. This money has been used far and wide to conserve America’s key wildlife habitat. When you combine funding from the excise tax with the state license and tag sales sportsmen pay each year, it constitutes the majority of funding for wildlife in North America. It’s not just funding for huntable wildlife, but for ALL wildlife. And it’s paid for by sportsmen.
The long-term viability of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation is at risk. We are in critical need of a coordinated industry and agency-wide effort to improve hunter and shooter recruitment, retention and reactivation. And, we need new ideas. Matt Dunfee of the Wildlife Management Institute
We’re looking to Powderhook to bring some of the technology answers we know our industry sorely needs. Our organization’s Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative falls directly in line with these ideas. As a new name in the outdoor community, Powderhook has a lot of building to do and trust to earn, but I would encourage those with a stake in the North American Model to take a look at what they’re building. Doug Saunders,
Executive Vice President/NWTF