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Game Bird Central Becomes NAGA Gamebird Central

In January of 2021, Sharon Heinemann decided 20 years was enough. She announced she was shutting down her web-based service, Game Bird Central, which helped gamebird businesses buy, sell and locate eggs, chicks, mature birds and equipment. Heinemann and her husband Steve have been operating Prairie Hill Gamebirds even longer with a specialization of furnishing … Continued

Ammo Shortage a Great Concern for Gamebird Businesses

If You Are Able to Locate Ammunition, BUY IT By Rob Sexton, NAGA Executive Director The year 2020 brought an unprecedented surge in firearm purchases across the United States that continues into 2021. The surge was partially driven by concerns about gun control legislation and executive action that could come as a result of the … Continued

Specing vs. Bitting vs. Debeaking Pheasants

By Mike Martz, Martz’s Game Farm One thing I’m always reminded of when I attend gamebird conventions is that, when I think I have 95% of the raising and rearing of gamebirds figured out, the harsh reality sets in that maybe that number is more like 80%. It is always amazing to learn various methodologies … Continued

Explaining Why Gamebird Businesses Are Still Open

Over the last two weeks, an increasing number of states have heavily restricted businesses and travel, with six, so far, going as far as issuing “shelter-in-place” orders that limit travel, business operations and activities to those that are defined as “essential.” Although many of these orders are similarly worded, there are enough differences to leave … Continued

NAGA’s New Communications Director Brings Wide Experience in Digital and Social Media

Stephanie Spika Hickey has joined the gamebird industry’s trade association as its Director of Communications. Stephanie is a seasoned marketing and communications professional who has previously served in similar roles with Safari Club International, the National Rifle Association and Benelli USA. Stephanie is passionate about preserving our hunting heritage, having grown up in rural Montana. She … Continued

Newcastle Disease in Chickens Spreads Easier than Wild Birds

Virulent Newcastle disease viruses from chicken origin are more pathogenic and transmissible to chickens than viruses normally maintained in wild birds. Research led by scientists from the Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory in Athens, Georgia, US, looked at 5 virulent Newcastle Disease virus (vNDV) isolates of different genotypes from different host species. They were evaluated for … Continued

Former NAGA President Marvin “Sonny” Hairston Passes

The NAGA Board and staff were very sad to hear of the passing of Marvin Dewey “Sonny” Hairston, 72, on Saturday, August 17, 2019. Sonny was a long-time member, board member, and past president of the North American Gamebird Association. He grew up in the Mississippi Delta and married his high school sweetheart, Andrea Burnett, … Continued

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