column By: The Upland Almanac Staff | October, 21
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Toyota’s Woodland Special Edition Merits Consideration
Scheduled for a debut this fall, Toyota’s “Woodland Special Edition” version of its Sienna minivan might change all that. While its specs hadn’t been announced by press time, they are expected to be similar to those of the other trim levels of the 2021 Sienna.
Comparing those to that of a 2021 Chevy Suburban, one can see that the Woodland is a little bit smaller all the way around. But not by much. The biggest differences are, as one might expect, in the overall length, height and wheelbase. On the other hand, the Woodland has an increased ground clearance over the regular Sienna, announced at 6.9 inches, only 1.10 inches lower than the Suburban. The Suburban has available four-wheel-drive, and the Woodland, all-wheel drive.
Of course the biggest drawback for a bird hunter might be one of image. When one can pilot their BIG truck over the roads and trails to their favorite hunting spots, it’s not easy to put oneself behind the wheel of a “mom mobile.”
A gas pump that reads “$78.43” after a filling up an SUV might cause one to reevaluate his situation. The Suburban gets an EPA-rated 16/20 mpg. Starting in 2021, all Siennas are powered by hybrid engines and deliver an estimated 25/36 mpg.
For more info: toyotausa.com
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Promotes Public Access to Hunting and Fishing in Largest Expansion of Opportunities to Date
Continuing the Department of the Interior’s efforts to increase recreational access on public lands, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed new or expanded hunting and sport fishing opportunities for game species across 2.1 million acres at 90 national wildlife refuges and on the lands of one national fish hatchery.
Increasing access to public lands and waters is a central component of the Biden-Harris administration’s approach to conservation, including the efforts to conserve 30% of U.S. lands and waters by 2030. This proposed rule would open or expand 939 opportunities for hunting or sport fishing (an opportunity is one species on one field station). The expansion proposed in this rule is the largest in recent history — including last year’s proposed rule which itself was larger than the previous five rules combined.
Keep ’Em Cool!
Dehydration and heat stroke are serious threats to a dog’s life. Park the truck in the shade. Pack beef bouillon ice cubes in your cooler. Monitor the outside temperature. Take breaks. And watch your dog. Signs of heat stress include the following:
• Heavy panting
• Excess salivation
• Dark red or discolored gums, dry gums
• Poor coordination
You can test for dehydration by pinching a roll of skin on the back of your dog’s lower neck. If it doesn’t release immediately when you let go, the dog probably is underhydrated. Flush the dog’s mouth with cool water, wipe out the saliva and then give the dog small drinks.
Two more precautions to remember concern ground temperature and natural water quality. First, other than when there is an early morning dew, the temperature down at the dogs’ running level close to the ground is much hotter than up at our breathing level. If the air temperature around us is 80 degrees, by afternoon, in thick hot grass, it could be over 100 degrees where the dogs are. You can cool your dogs by pouring water over them or patting with wet towels after they run. Wetting them down before they head into the field risks creating a sauna effect in their fur. Second, standing water in ponds, lakes or streams can contain harmful bacteria, which is another reason why carrying your own fresh water makes sense.
For those times when you need to keep one dog kenneled and locked in the car, you might consider leaving the pup with a Kurgo Splash-Free Wander Water Bowl. Its high sides and tapered lip prevent splashing. Moreover, its wedge design keeps it lying flat on the kennel floor (or car seat). So you can leave it in the crate without worrying about it spilling or splashing, either from bumpy roads or anxious dogs. Check it out at kurgo.com.
One last note: To avoid bloating, don’t let your dog take in too much air while drinking, especially if you use a squirt bottle. Small sips make safely cooled canines.