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  • June 3, 2009

    Two Michigan Troopers May Be Fired For Poaching

    By Dave Hurteau

    Speaking of poaching, should the penalty be stiffer for police officers who do their poaching while on duty?

    From the Cheboygan Daily Tribune:

    Two Michigan State Troopers who served brief jail sentences and were reassigned after admitting to poaching deer while on duty have lost their jobs, pending an arbitration hearing.


  • June 3, 2009

    Thief Steals Ted William’s Hunting License

    By Dave Hurteau

    From the New Hampshire Union Leader:

    A person swiped Ted Williams' hunting license and personal notes on local fishing holes during an auction preview in Swanzey on Thursday.

    The stolen items drew strong interest and could have brought up to $1,000 or more during yesterday's auction, according to auctioneer John Pappas. . . .

  • June 3, 2009

    What's The Best All-Around Hunting Dog?

    By David DiBenedetto

    Ever since I brought Pritch home I’ve been hearing opinions about gun dogs. My brother told me I’d suffer because I was used to retrievers, and that Boykins “just don’t have the same fire.” And a fellow outdoor writer only half-joked that I had gotten a “chick dog.” But you don’t have to look too far back at the comments to some of my pervious posts to see that Boykin owners are certain they have the best dog on the planet…all of which makes for a great Hump Day discussion: What’s the best pound-for-pound hunting dog?

  • June 2, 2009

    Petzal: The Hardest Kicking Cartridges

    By David E. Petzal

    Herewith, a rogue’s list of shoulder shredders, clavicle crunchers, retina wrenchers, and subdural hematoma hasteners that you don’t want to shoot. To give things a little perspective, a .30/06 in an 8-pound rifle produces 21 foot-pounds of recoil; a .375 H&H, which maxes out most shooters, comes in at 40.

    .700 H&H: This is the cartridge for those who think the .600 Nitro Express is kind of...wussy. 1,000-grain bullet at 2,000 fps, 8,900 foot-pounds of muzzle energy. In a 19-pound Holland & Holland double rifle, 109 foot-pounds of recoil. A friend of mine who has shot one assures me that it’s unmanageable. Pull the trigger and the muzzle points at the sky while the butt ends down at your belt. Also, the rifle costs over $200,000.

  • June 2, 2009

    Discussion Topic: On Guns In Bars

    By Dave Hurteau

    From the Chattanooga Times Free Press:

    Gov. Phil Bredesen vetoed legislation on Thursday allowing Tennessee’s 220,000 handgun-carry permit holders to go armed in establishments selling alcohol.

  • June 2, 2009

    Knight Rifles Goes Under

  • June 1, 2009

    Bourjaily: A Noteworthy Cheap Shotgun

    By Phil Bourjaily

  • June 1, 2009

    Discussion Topic: On Sotomayor and Your Guns

    By Dave Hurteau

    You’ve gotta to love our political system and the media’s coverage of it: When neither can offer clarity—and they almost never can—there’s always at least comedy, usually unintended and in the form of farce. President Obama’s Supreme Court nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor seems a good example:

    The right says Sotomayor wants to ban guns. The left says she has merely upheld “settled law.” And it all stems from nunchucks. Nunchucks!

    Here’s a sampling of the latest:

  • June 1, 2009

    Snakes in the Grass?

    By David DiBenedetto

    There was a bit of news out of Wyoming last week that had me thinking all weekend. A man named Bobby Jenkins was on his farm with his three labs when one of them crawled beneath some heavy machinery. The dog, Tank, let out a yelp, and when Jenkins reached it he noticed it was bleeding from two fang marks in its nose. Immediately, Jenkins began sucking the venom out of the dogs nose and spitting it on the ground.

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