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  • July 14, 2008

    Don’t Scratch The Moose!

    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    From the Anchorage Daily News:

    State wildlife biologist Rick Sinnott thought locals already knew better than to scratch a moose's ears.

    But the latest urban man-beast encounter this summer has him saying the obvious: Don't pet the Big Wild Life. . . .

    Sinnott's exasperation followed a petting incident Tuesday night in West Anchorage in which a man walked up to a yearling moose in a park where soccer games are played and began scratching its head like he would a horse, witnesses said.

    It wasn't just a quick pat. It went on for about 15 minutes, they said. . . .

    "We can't write citations for stupidity, unfortunately," he said.

    Be sure to check out the photo.

  • July 14, 2008

    New Oklahoma State-Record Whitetail

    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    It’s official. Oklahoma’s typical whitetail record of 185 6/8 was bested by two bucks in 2007. A 21-point giant taken by one Jason Boyett scored 192 5/8. And the new state record, a 12-pointer taken by John Ehmer, scored 194 even, according to this story from NewsOK.com.

  • July 11, 2008

    Discussion Topic: On Gas Prices and Fishing Trips

    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    We asked you about this same topic way back when gas was around $3 a gallon. What say you now?
    From an Anglersurvey.com press release:
    Record high fuel prices are causing anglers to cut back on their fishing plans, according to a recent survey. . . .

    In a June survey by AnglerSurvey.com, only 22% of anglers said that higher fuel prices would not affect their fishing activities this summer, compared to 35% who responded “no effect” to the same question in 2007. Likewise, 32% of anglers in 2008 said that high prices would affect their fishing plans, up sharply from the 22% who felt this way a year ago.† †

    The average price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States has risen about 39% compared to year ago—to $4.10 on July 2, 2008, according to the American Automobile Association.

    Are high gas prices cutting into your fishing trips this summer?

    Go to anglersurvey.com to participate in the upcoming surveys.

  • July 9, 2008

    Discussion Topic: Gun Safety In Gym Class?

    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    From Florida’s Local 6 news:

    Sixth-graders could be required to take dance and gymnastics and high school students may have the option of enrolling in a gun safety class or going water skiing to fulfill a physical education requirement.

    Those are some of the proposed changes to Florida's physical education standards that the public is being asked to comment on.

    Of course, the idea of teaching gun safety in PE classes is bound to draw fire, but honestly, as a parent, what sounds more potentially dangerous to you: gun safety or water skiing? 

  • July 9, 2008

    Update: Disney Fires Security Guard

    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    Yesterday, we linked a report that Disney had suspended a security guard who protested the company’s rule preventing employees with concealed carry permits from keeping guns in their cars. The man has now been fired.

    From the Orlando Sentinel:

    Disney terminated Edwin Sotomayor, 36, of Orlando for violating three Disney employee policies, essentially for failing to cooperate with an internal investigation, said spokeswoman Zoraya Suarez. Sotomayor vowed to continue his fight.

    Check out the full story.

  • July 9, 2008

    Florida Man Busted With Alligator Eggs—And Pot

    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    Alligator eggs go for about $15 each. That may seem like a lot for an egg, until you consider how many it would take to make the mortgage payment and what you have to do to get one. There are easier ways to make a living. So it should come as no surprise that a Fort Meyer’s man recently arrested and charged with possession of 133 eggs also had marijuana and drug paraphernalia on him. Here's the full story.

  • July 8, 2008

    Discussion Topic: Minnesota Issues Lead Warning

    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    From the Pioneer Press:

    This year's Minnesota hunting regulations booklet will contain warnings and advice regarding lead particles in venison.

    Department of Natural Resources officials last week put the finishing touches on a fact sheet and a one-page advisory that will appear in the 2008 book, which will be distributed to the public in a few weeks.

    A draft of the advisories, obtained by the Pioneer Press, recommends that hunters use alternatives to lead bullets, such as copper bullets, and that hunters should avoid meat that is excessively shot-damaged. They also advise hunters to place shots carefully and to ask venison processors about their processing techniques. .

    On its prominent back page, the DNR's draft regulation book states, "Though no illnesses have been linked to lead particles in hunter-harvested venison, lead can have a negative effect on human bodies at levels below any noticeable signs of illness. It can be particularly harmful to children age 6 and under and pregnant women."

    What do you think? Wise precaution or premature?

  • July 8, 2008

    Take The “Guns At Disney” Poll

    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    If you haven’t been following along on this, let me catch you up: First, Florida passed a new law allowing folks with concealed-weapons permits to keep firearms locked in their cars at work. Disney then circulated a memo to its employees stating that “"this law does not apply to Walt Disney World Co. owned and leased properties,” stunning backers of the new law, who said they never intended to exempt Florida's largest single-site employer. http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/orl-disneyguns0308jul03,0,197883... ) ">The NRA called Disney out.

    And now, a Disney security guard who promised to challenged the company’s ban brought his gun to work and got himself suspended. Here's the full story on that.

    Click here to take the Orlando Sentinel poll on whether Disney employees should be able to bring guns to work. Then tell us what you think of this whole business.

  • July 7, 2008

    Discussion Topic: On Concealed Carry in Atlanta’s Airport

    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    To be clear, no one is asking to carry guns beyond the airport’s security checkpoint. That’s federal turf. But a Georgia group is suing for the right to carry in public areas of the terminal.

    From The New York Times:

    A Georgia gun rights group filed a lawsuit in Federal District Court in Atlanta on Tuesday after [Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport] officials said they would continue to enforce a ban on concealed weapons in the terminal despite the changes to the state law[, which relaxed the] prohibition on carrying weapons on public transportation . . . .

    Benjamin R. DeCosta, the airport director, said the changes only apply to public transportation such as buses and the city subway and were not intended to allow people to carry guns at the airport. . . .

    “We want to make sure the airport is safe and secure,” he said. Mr. DeCosta said that airports had previously been targeted by terrorists and that “there should be no ambiguity to law enforcement as to whether people should be carrying weapons here. . . .”

    Bill Weeks, [GeorgiaCarry.Org] spokesman, said the Legislature clearly meant to relax a longstanding ban on carrying firearms on all public transportation, including at the airport. Mr. Weeks said the old version of the law specifically forbid carrying weapons in airport terminals, but the new version struck down that provision.

    Check out the full article and tell us what you think.

  • July 7, 2008

    Update: Latest Reaction To The 2nd Amendment Ruling

    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    Tennessee Judge To Victim: Get A Gun
    www.chattanoogan.com

    Next Target: California State Gun Laws
    www.capitolweekly.net