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  • August 31, 2009

    Discussion Topic: On Buying “Obama Tags”

    By Dave Hurteau

    Remember Rex Rammell? His name was all over this blog for a while in 2006 when the state of Idaho ordered that his escaped domestic elk be shot. Rammell was kind of vocal about that decision. And in case you’re wondering what he’s saying these days, here’s the latest from an AP Story on AOL News:

    Rex Rammell, a long-shot candidate slated to run against incumbent C.L. "Butch" Otter in the May 2010 GOP primary, [was at] a Republican rally Tuesday in Twin Falls where talk turned to the state's planned wolf hunt. . . .

  • August 31, 2009

    Chicken Owner Targets Opossum, Shoots Own Leg

    By Dave Hurteau

    From the Associated Press:

    Larry Tenbrink of Mount Vernon was watching TV when he heard his chickens "carrying on" late Sunday. He figured the problem was the opossum that had already killed more than a dozen of his chickens over the past few months.

  • August 27, 2009

    Petzal: A Parting Thought on Senator Kennedy

    By David E. Petzal

    Now that the news is all Ted, all the time (which at least is a relief from all Michael, all the time) and the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy is on his way to being Saint Teddy, we should remember that he was an implacable enemy of the Second Amendment, and that there never was an anti-gun law he did not like. Kennedy blamed guns for his brothers’ deaths. The reality is a little different.

  • August 27, 2009

    Sportsmen’s Alliance: Obama Nominee At Odds With Hunters

    By Dave Hurteau

    From NewHampshire.com:

    “Sportsmen are needed to help prevent the confirmation of Cass Sunstein as head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.

    Because this position has oversight of regulations including those that have an impact on hunting, sportsmen have reason to be concerned about the nominee’s stated views that hunting be banned if its only value is that of recreation.

  • August 21, 2009

    Gun Nut Wrong! Plaxico Goes to Prison

    By David E. Petzal

    On December 19 of last year, I boldly predicted that former New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress would avoid doing prison time for illegally carrying a Glock and shooting himself in the leg with same. I also quoted a judge friend of mine (a merciless man whose personal heroes are Jack Ketch and Isaac Parker) as saying that although there are ways around felony charges, this happened in the Kingdom of Bloomberg, and there was no way Plaxico was going to skate.

  • August 21, 2009

    Bourjaily: Browning Shotguns Economic Stimulus Package

    By Phil Bourjaily

    If your local gun stores are like mine, they now actually have AR 15s sitting in the racks, waiting for someone to buy them. Handguns, too. There are even a few rifle primers to be found. The buying frenzy that started in October is tapering off. Guns that never even made it to the shelf before someone bought them are sitting now.

  • August 20, 2009

    Rifles of Interest: Remington Model 700 Custom Shop AWR II

    By David E. Petzal

     

    The Remington Custom Shop in Ilion, NY has, over the past 30 years or so, turned out pretty guns, very accurate target rifles, and tactical rifles, but serious, high-grade working rifles were not on the menu. This all changed a year ago when the company brought in a product development manager named Carlos M. Martinez, who is a rabid hunter. Quicker than you could say “major investment in new machinery for the shop in Ilion,” there sprang forth a line of very earnest high-grade working rifles.

  • August 20, 2009

    Discussion Topic: On Hunting Accidents and Jail Time

    By Dave Hurteau

    In the last couple of years, two Vermont hunters received jail time—each a little less than a year—after fatally shooting persons they mistook for game. This week, two men were convicted of similar shootings in Vermont, but received lighter sentences.

    From WCAX News:

    Kevin Kadamus of Wheelock received a deferred sentence for killing his teenage son. Kadamus will serve no jail time and will get his record erased in 3 years.

  • August 19, 2009

    Bourjaily: Poetry Contest Winner

    By Phil Bourjaily

    Because I am poetically challenged, I fobbed the judging of the poetry contest onto my son Gordon, (author of “Flight of the Pellets”) who is home for two weeks in between interning with the Wilderness Society in Washington, D.C. this summer and beginning his junior year of college. Here’s how he judged the contest:

    There were a bunch of good poems, to be honest, and three in particular really stood out. ENO's was neat--repetition is always effective, and always hard, and it's handled here well. The poem is formally quite like its subject matter--slow, measured, and dignified. I'm imagining this poem read aloud, and liking it.

    Weathered steel in weathered hands…
    and a fine walnut stock with a weathered brand.
    Side by side two weathered barrels stand…

  • August 13, 2009

    Bourjaily: The Naked Truth About Concealed Carry

    By Phil Bourjaily

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