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  • October 30, 2009

    Discussion Topic: NSSF Calls Out Paper On “Permits To Kill Hunters”

    By Dave Hurteau

    We all know there isn’t much love lost between hunters and anti-hunters, but nobody wishes anybody any real harm—except when some crazy anti-hunter does wish us real harm and a newspaper has the poor taste to print his wish. Then it’s the hunters, in this case the National Shooting Sports Foundation, who take the high ground.

  • October 29, 2009

    Discussion Topic: Emergency Beacons and “Yuppie 911”

    By Dave Hurteau

    What would it take for you to summon Search and Rescue? Lost for a day? Mauled by a bear? Fell out of your treestand? How about, tasted some salty water?

  • October 28, 2009

    Chad Love: The Zombie Plague

    By Chad Love

    Sometimes you read something that - to be perfectly honest - leaves you feeling hopeless and doomed. Something so depressing it makes you want to throw up your hands, shout "to hell with it all!" and head straight to the nearest bar. Something like this, from the LA Times.
     
    The latest figures from Nielsen have children's TV usage at an eight-year high. Children's health advocates warn of adverse effects.
     

  • October 28, 2009

    Discussion Topic: Is Your Next Deer Rifle An AR?

    By Dave Hurteau

    It is for a growing number of hunters. Ironically, ever since Jim Zumbo infamously blogged that black guns have no place in hunting, their popularity among hunters has surged.

    From the Twin Cities’ Pioneer Press:

    "Last fall, we couldn't keep these rifles in stock," said [Joe’s Sporting Goods gunsmith Bob] Everson. . . ..

  • October 28, 2009

    Idaho’s Nonresident Hunting Fee Hikes Backfire

    By Dave Hurteau

    From The Spokesman Review:
    Instead of raising more revenue, a fee increase hitting out-of-state hunters and anglers has resulted in less money flowing to the Idaho Fish and Game Department this year.

    “Usually in Idaho we sell out right away when it comes to our nonresident deer and elk hunters, and at this time we are not sold out and we’re seeing a lag,” said Fish and Game Director Cal Groen. “We have tags left over.”

  • October 28, 2009

    Wolf Hunters Quickly Bag Quota in Southern Montana

    By Dave Hurteau

    From the Helena Independent Record:
    Montana's statewide wolf hunting season on Monday came to an abrupt halt in the southern portion of the state, only one day after it started.

    Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks ordered hunting closed in Wolf Management Unit 3 a half-hour after sunset Monday. . . .

  • October 27, 2009

    Discussion Topic: Oklahoma Man Shot In Poaching Accident

    By Dave Hurteau

    Criminal charges are often not filed hunting accidents, but what if the people involved were not so much hunting as poaching? Should that make a difference?

    From The Oklahoman:

    John A Morgan, 44, was shot and killed by Jack Zearley, 69, while they were hunting deer. . .

    [Sheriff Israel] Beauchamp said while the Saturday shooting appears to have been accidental, the two Hartshorne men were hunting illegally when Zearley fired a high-powered rifle at a deer that was between the two men. The shot struck Morgan. . . .

  • October 27, 2009

    PA Rape-Case Witness Killed While Hunting

    By Dave Hurteau

    Speaking of “hunting accidents” that may not be hunting accidents . . . from Lebanon Daily News:

    A central Pennsylvania woman who police said was shot to death while hunting Saturday was to be the main witness in a rape trial next month.

    State police said Monday that the death of 21-year-old Racheal Lynn Perryman of Port Matilda is being investigated by the state police, county coroner and state Game Commission. . . .

  • October 27, 2009

    Seventh Grader Fills Coveted Mountain Goat Tag

    By Dave Hurteau

    Every year, thousands of Oregon sportsmen apply for just a dozen mountain goat tags. Old enough to apply for big-game permits for the first time, 12-year-old Matea Huggins drew the rare tag and filled it with a great goat.

    From the Baker City Herald:

    “We should have bought Matea a lottery ticket too,” [her father] said. “We could have been rich and had a nice goat. . . .”

  • October 26, 2009

    Chad Love: Are Modern Hunters Wimps?

    By Chad Love

    I like to think that I'm a real man. A big, strong  manly man. An apex predator and the absolute pinnacle, the crowning  achievement of thousands of years of evolutionary progress.

    My wife, on  the other hand, has always suspected I'm completely delusional, and finally,  here's her proof.  
     
    MODERN  MAN A WIMP SAYS ANTHROPOLOGIST:

    LONDON (Reuters) - Many  prehistoric Australian aboriginals could have outrun world 100 and 200  meters record holder Usain Bolt in modern conditions.Some Tutsi men in  Rwanda exceeded the current world high jump record of 2.45 meters during  initiation ceremonies in which they had to jump at least their own height to  progress to manhood. Any Neanderthal woman could have beaten former  bodybuilder and current California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in an arm  wrestle.

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