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  • April 30, 2009

    Discussion Topic: On Plastic Baits And Sick Trout

    By Dave Hurteau

    Last spring, in his March column, F&S Fishing Editor John Merwin reported that plastic baits pose potential environmental and health hazards, that fish are eating plastic baits and dying, and that a switch (mandatory or otherwise) to biodegradable baits could be in our future.

    Here’s the latest, from Maine’s The Republican Journal:

  • April 29, 2009

    Chad Love: Who’s Worse than PETA?

    By Chad Love

    I've always believed - and argued the point on this blog -  that hunters who get worked up over the antics of groups like PETA, C.A.S.H. and In Defense of Animals are, quite frankly, wasting time and anger best utilized somewhere else.
     
    Why? Because for the most part the wacky wing of the animal rights movement is a politically marginalized collection of barking moonbats whose constituency consists of groups like the Silkworm Liberation Front, The Vegan Unicorn Brigade and the Norway Rat Protection League.
     

  • April 29, 2009

    Discussion Topic: On Rush Limbaugh And The Humane Society

    By Dave Hurteau

    Rush Limbaugh, the iconic radio voice of the conservative movement, has managed to draw the wrath of one of the country’s most reliably conservative groups — us — by recording a series of so-called public-service announcements for none other than the Humane Society of the United States.

  • April 29, 2009

    Cops Bust Bear Burglar

    By Dave Hurteau

    From WEAU 13 News:
    Here's a bit of the 911 call:

    Jim Hoover: I got a bear in my basement. 

    Dispatcher: A what? 

    Jim: Yeah, you heard me. 

    Dispatcher: No I didn't. A girl or a bear? 

    Jim: No, a bear. 

    Dispatcher: A bear? 

    Jim: Yeah.

    Check out the full story.

  • April 28, 2009

    Discussion Topic: Hunters Meet Landowners Online

    By Dave Hurteau

    Every year I spend days poring over tax maps, driving around, knocking on doors, asking permission to hunt. At about 98 percent of the places I go, I walk away saying “Thanks anyway.” There’s got to be an easier way. And Ohio may have it—basically an online match service for hunters and landowners.

    From The Cleveland Plain Dealer:

  • April 28, 2009

    NRA Sues Mayor Of Pittsburgh

    By Dave Hurteau

    From an NRA press release:

    The National Rifle Association (NRA) and other plaintiffs have filed a lawsuit in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, seeking to enjoin the City of Pittsburgh from enforcing a December 2008 ordinance that requires gun owners to report a lost or stolen firearm to police within 24 hours.

  • April 28, 2009

    Ammo Shortage Shuts Down CA Shooting Fair

    By Dave Hurteau

    From the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin:

    The Raahauge's Shooting Sports Fair, a hands-on gun show where you can shoot all the latest firearms on the market, has been cancelled for 2009. The Sports Fair is normally held the first weekend in June each year at Mike Raahauge Shooting Enterprises in Corona. Mike Raahauge said the fair was cancelled because it had become impossible for all the firearm makers to get enough ammunition for this event.

  • April 27, 2009

    Chad Love: Reading Your Way to Manhood

    By Chad Love

    A while back I wrote a blog that was fairly critical of Esquire magazine and its notions of manhood. Click here to read it.

    While several readers pointed out (and rightly so) Esquire's long and distinguished record of truly first-rate literary journalism, my point was if you're taking your manhood cues from a magazine then you're probably already a lost cause.

  • April 27, 2009

    News Quiz: How Should You Properly Dispose of Ammo?

    By Dave Hurteau

    Okay, concentrate. Here’s the question:

    You find a .22 cartridge. You do not have a .22 rifle. How should you dispose of the cartridge?
    A.    Bury it.
    B.    Bring it to a friend who does own a .22 rifle.
    C.    Bring it to a gun shop for them to dispose of.
    D.    Smack it with a hammer—hard.

    Answer: From WANE 15 News:

  • April 27, 2009

    Squirrel Attacks Teacher In Michigan

    By Dave Hurteau

    Believe it or not, there was once a Field & Stream editor who had a morbid fear of squirrels. I used to ask to her: “What the hell is a squirrel going to do to you?”

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