February 2020 Newsletter

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Hunting is ‘slowly dying off,’ and that has created a crisis for the nation’s many endangered species
Americans’ interest in hunting is on the decline, cutting into funding for conservation , which stems largely from hunting licenses, permits and taxes on firearms, bows and other equipment.
Even as more people are engaging in outdoor activities, hunting license sales have fallen from a peak of about 17 million in the early ’80s to 15 million last year, according to  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service data . The agency’s  2016 survey  suggested a steeper decline to 11.5 million Americans who say they hunt, down more than 2 million from five years earlier.
“The downward trends are clear,” said Samantha Pedder of the Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports, which works to increase the diversity of hunters.
The resulting financial shortfall is hitting many state wildlife agencies .
In Pennsylvania — where the game commission gets more than 50 percent of its revenue from licenses, permits and taxes — the agency had to cancel construction projects, delay vehicle purchases and leave dozens of positions vacant, according to a  2016 report , even as it tackled West Nile virus and tried to protect rare creatures such as the wood rat.
The financial troubles are growing as baby boomers age out of hunting , advocates say, and younger generations turn instead to school sports and indoor hobbies such as video games.
“Hunting and fishing are slowly dying off,” said John Heidler, who described himself as “a fourth-generation waterfowler.” While his children enjoy the lifestyle, he said very few of their friends do.“They say there’s not time between school and after-school activities,” he said, adding that even archery rarely leads children into hunting anymore.
Many states are devising ways to reinvigorate hunting culture and expand the sport’s appeal to women, minorities, and the growing number of locavores — people who seek locally sourced food. Pennsylvania, where the number of licensed hunters has dropped from 927,000 to 850,000 over the past decade, is trying to stall the decline with “R3 activities” — efforts to recruit, retain and reactivate hunters.
For example, the state is relaxing its ban on Sunday hunting this year to increase opportunities for working families. The game commission plans to bring a food truck to community gatherings to familiarize people with eating wild game. And it will expand on  mentored outings  for young people and first-time female hunters.
The link between hunting and conservation dates back more than a century to when trigger-happy gunmen all but blasted the bison population to oblivion and finished off North America’s most abundant bird, the passenger pigeon.
Small wonder that hunters were asked to curb — and pay for — their excesses. Avid outdoorsmen such as Theodore Roosevelt put their stamp on an enduring ethos that combined sport with conservation and led to the 1937 passage of the Pittman-Robertson Act, which imposed an 11 percent excise tax on the sale of firearms that is apportioned annually to state agencies for conservation.
While critics say the system puts too much emphasis on hunted animals and birds, it has turned the tables for many species including the now-ubiquitous Canada goose and whitetail deer, which had been in decline.
“The species that we have funded have done very well, ” said National Wildlife Federation President Collin O’Mara, “which means it’s a fixable problem.”

Dog Sleuths Sniff Out Crop Disease Hitting Citrus Trees
As if we needed another reason to love man’s best friend.
Researchers think they may have found a way to sniff out a disease that is threatening Florida’s citrus industry.
A new study, published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that dogs are incredibly efficient at detecting huanglongbing , which is also called citrus greening. The disease has been a major problem for the citrus industry since 2005, when it was found in Florida.
Citrus greening was present in Asia for decades before it made its way to the US. The disease stunts the growth of citrus trees and makes their fruit bitter and unsellable. Tens of millions of dollars have been poured into finding a solution to the problem.
Scientists from the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service have come to the rescue with this new study, in which they trained 19 dogs from European breeders to find the deadly pathogen . They then tested how successful these pooches were at detecting infected trees, and they found they were about 99-percent accurate . On the rare occasions that dogs identified a clean tree as a sick tree, the clean trees were in the same spot where a diseased plant had previously grown.
Timothy Gottwald, a plant epidemiologist and lead author of the new study, said the dogs were able to identify disease-ridden trees as early as two weeks after being inoculated . It can usually take months or even years before symptoms are visible. “The dogs also were able to distinguish the citrus greening pathogen from a variety of other citrus bacterial, viral, fungal, and spiroplasma pathogens,” he said.
Researchers say that the method of using dogs to find the disease and then removing infected trees could keep the citrus industry economically sustainable over the next 10 years.
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MLS: C7406153
Total Acres: .54
List price: $75,000
Over 1/2 Acre in Punta Gorda City Limits
24384 Airport Rd. Punta Gorda, FL 33950
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MLS: C7418028
Total Acres: .61
Listing price: $349,000
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SW Co Rd 760 Arcadia, FL 34266
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Total Acres: 30.90
Listing Price: $386.500
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Total Sq Ft: 2,088
Listing price: $549,000
About Walt Bethel
Walt Bethel is a fifth generation Floridian, born and raised in Arcadia, with a vast knowledge of all areas of Florida Real Estate and an ardent appreciation for Florida history.  
The purchase and development of his first orange grove when he was just sixteen years old fueled Walt's passion for real estate.  
Since then, he has bought, owned, and sold a wide variety of properties throughout a successful business career. His investments have included acreage, agricultural properties, residential homes, condos, and commercial properties. 
Walt's marketing and sales experience was cultivated over time at his family's business, Bethel Farms, where he marketed, managed, and sold products to "Big Box" retailers across the Southeastern and Midwestern United States.
From an early age, Walt's dad instilled in him the values to work hard and always have a goal, to look for a better way of doing things, and to constantly improve on them.  
The daily implementation of these principles, coupled with his enjoyment of networking with new people and his experience in business, sales, and marketing, have contributed to Walt's success as a Realtor.
 Walt has served on various boards and committees throughout the years. He has coached and actively supports local youth athletic programs and leagues. 
He and his wife Jill, also a fourth generation Floridian, reside in Punta Gorda. They have two children, a daughter Peyton and a son Truman.
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