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  • August 31, 2007

    Discussion Topic: Should Hunters Live the High Life?

    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    According to this PR Newswire press release, the “hunt for the High Life” begins tomorrow, as a limited offering of Miller High Life with new hunter-themed packaging hits store shelves in select markets. Proceeds will contribute to the brewer’s continued support of Whitetails Unlimited, Pheasants Forever and the National Wild Turkey Association.

    Discussion Topic: Should Hunters Live the High Life?

    What do you think of the new look? Will it make you more likely to enjoy this particular brand of beer after (AND ONLY AFTER) the hunt?

  • August 31, 2007

    Duck Stamps Available Instantly Online

    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    Forget to get your duck stamp for this weekend’s resident goose opener? No worries if you live in one the nine states below.

    From a USFWS press release:

    This new program, debuting September 1st, allows the fish and wildlife agencies of Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, Texas, and Wisconsin, to sell stamps electronically through their individual automated licensing systems, providing a special receipt as proof of purchase. This proof of purchase -- a unique code given to the purchaser instantly -- will be accepted as evidence of a Federal Duck Stamp purchase for 45 days -- time enough for the printed stamp to arrive in the mail.

  • August 31, 2007

    Rock Snot Worries New England Anglers

    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    This aquatic algae is already a problem in southern and western US waters; now it’s turning up in New England rivers, including the Connecticut, White, and Battenkill. Didymosphenia geminata, as it’s officially known, threatens aquatic insect and fish populations. Says one Connecticut River fishing guide: "Growth [of young fish] is slowed at best, and at worst they could starve to death." Check out the full story here.

  • August 30, 2007

    Discussion Topic: Who’s Number One With Guns?

    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    We are, by far. According to a new report, the US has 90 guns for every 100 citizens. But could you have guessed that Yemen, Finland, and Switzerland would round out the top four most heavily armed citizenry per capita?

    From Reuters:

    U.S. citizens own 270 million of the world's 875 million known firearms, according to the Small Arms Survey 2007 by the Geneva-based Graduate Institute of International Studies.

    India had the world's second-largest civilian gun arsenal, with an estimated 46 million firearms outside law enforcement and the military, though this represented just four guns per 100 people there. China, ranked third with 40 million privately held guns, had 3 firearms per 100 people.

    Germany, France, Pakistan, Mexico, Brazil and Russia were next in the ranking of country's overall civilian gun arsenals.

    On a per-capita basis, Yemen had the second most heavily armed citizenry behind the United States, with 61 guns per 100 people, followed by Finland with 56, Switzerland with 46, Iraq with 39 and Serbia with 38.

  • August 30, 2007

    Plea Reached in North Dakota’s Largest Poaching Case

    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    The owners of North Dakota’s Sheyenne Valley Lodge, along with seven guides and 94 hunters, are charged with a host of federal game violations primarily related to chronically shooting well over the legal limit of upland birds and waterfowl. According to their plea agreements, lodge operators Theodore Mertz and Orlan Mertz will each get 18 months probation and loss of hunting privileges in North America for 18 months. Together, they will pay an total of $90,000 in fines and restitution and never again guide or outfit hunters in the US. Read the full story here.

  • August 30, 2007

    Anti-Gun Ad Makes Gawker “Want To Shoot Stuff”

    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    Gawker, a blog that dishes out Manhattan media news and gossip, wonders how effective this visually stunning British anti-gun ad is, especially in a country where firearm possession is already illegal. The spot makes its writers want to go out and shoot stuff, and as they put it, “the first 50 seconds . . . would make a perfect opening for an NRA PowerPoint recruitment presentation.”

    Check it out and tell us what you think.

  • August 29, 2007

    Discussion Topic: Should ATVs Run Wild?

    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    From the Denver Post:

    The U.S. Forest Service has begun imposing travel restrictions on ATVs and other off-road vehicles nationally, ending their long-standing permission to go almost anywhere.

    The move marks the end of the principle that forest lands are "open unless designated closed" to motor vehicles and instead establishes that they are "closed unless designated open."

    "People would say, 'Well, look, there's a two-track there, and it's been there for a long time,"' said Paul Cruz, recreation staff officer for the Arapahoe National Forest. "That won't work anymore. Now, the burden is on the user to have a ... map and to follow it."

    What do you think? Is this the right policy?

  • August 29, 2007

    PA Governor Decides: Guns Sales Will Halt This Weekend

    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    If you’ve been following along on this one, you know that Pennsylvania’s plan to freeze gun sales over Labor Day weekend to allow an upgrade of the state's computerized background check system has not gone over well with the outdoor community, especially as it coincides with the openers of dove and Canada goose seasons. On Friday, a group of gun dealers filed suit to block the plan. Now, the Gov. Rendell has announced that the state will move forward with the freeze, but for 18 hours less than originally scheduled. Here’s the latest.

  • August 29, 2007

    Grizzly Interrupts Alaska Honeymoon

    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    The bear showed up as Amy and David Raiche rode horseback to a remote cabin in the Alaskan wilderness near Rainy Pass. At about 35 yards, and after two warning shots fired by David, the grizzly finally seemed to figure it out: Three’s a crowd on a couple’s honeymoon. It wheeled and ran off. Read it here.

  • August 28, 2007

    Video: Deer Leaps Motorcycle in a Single Bound

    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    Too bad they don’t do this every time they encounter a vehicle.

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=dkuehY-Hh44

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