ElkShape Podcast EP 96 - Trevor the Lineman & his 3 bulls in 2019

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ElkShape Podcast EP 96 - Trevor the Lineman & his 3 bulls in 2019

Can you relate to blue collar elk hunters that get their tags at Walmart?  Same here, so we record with a Washingtonian blue collar lineman who hunts hard when he's not climbing power poles.  Trevor Tramblie is just like the rest of us, a die hard elk hunter with an incredible appetite to chase elk in wild landscapes.  He recently had successful hunts in WA, ID and NM.  We talk about his tactics and year round pursuit of September.

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  • Ted

    Hey Dan,
    I listen to every podcast you create finding much in others experiences and lifestyle. The podcast with Trevor Tramblie was excellent but I must point out an error in your conversation that runs deep with me and my profession. Elk hoof rot, now known as treponeme-associated hoof disease (TAHD), is a bacterial infection spread by contact with the bacterium throughout herds of elk, domestic cattle, goats and sheep in Western Washington where the wet environment provides good habitat for it’s survival and spread. Diagnostic research conducted by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) in conjunction with a panel of scientific advisors found that these abnormalities were strongly associated with treponeme bacteria, known to cause digital dermatitis in cattle, sheep, and goats Here’s the link to the FAQ page from WA DNR: https://wdfw.wa.gov/species-habitats/diseases/elk-hoof.

    This infection is NOT caused by exposure to pesticides (herbicides) commonly used to control grass, invasive weeds and brush during the first few years of a new forest in the PNW. At the company I work for we apply herbicides an average of three times in a fifty year life span of a forest.

    Many years of testing goes into any pesticide authorized (labeled) to be used in the US by the EPA. These rigorous tests make certain that any product used in the environment will not adversely affect wildlife so long as it’s used at the rates and directions stated on the label. Using any product against the label directions is a violation of Federal Law.

    Pesticides of all kinds (especially herbicides in the PNW) are immediately rumored to be the cause of any new wildlife disease, infection, water quality problem, etc. A recent example is deer hair loss syndrome (caused by a louse introduction from eastern Europe). These rumors are spread primarily by anti-forestry advocates in an attempt to shut down modern forestry practices. It’s all too common these days considering our societies proclivity to get back to nature, go organic, farm to table, etc. Please make sure to educate yourself just a little on this subject to avoid further misstatements about modern forestry practices.

    With much respect for your excellent work for the blue collar man and woman doing it the hard way!
    Ted Reiss – Professional Forester, Eugene, Oregon

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