Badger State bowhunters have gotten off to a blistering start since their September 19th archery opener, shooting some whopper bucks. But its unlikely many will top the giant shot by Wayne Schumacher last weekend. Schumacher was hunting in Fond du Lac county when he arrowed a buck with 30 scoreable points. The antlers sported a 20-1/2” inside spread and the buck field dressed at 225 pounds.
By now many of you know I recently smuggled a loaded New Jersey horseshoe crab past the eyes of the TSA and on to an airplane. But several of you asked what I - a lifelong landlocked Oklahoma boy - was doing in New Jersey in the first place.
Two reasons. One, I had a strong hunch about the whereabouts of Jimmy Hoffa. Two, I've never (as in never, ever) caught a saltwater fish. I didn't find Jimmy, but oh boy did I find saltwater fishing.
A initiative brought by a group named Footloose Montana and entitled the “Montana Trap-Free Public Lands Act” has been approved for signature gathering and needs a little under 25,000 signatures to get on the 2010 ballot. If passed, it would ban trapping on public lands.
This past weekend found me strolling along a beach on the beautiful (seriously, it really is) south New Jersey coast. And since my sons enjoy me bringing them mementos from my trips, I collected a menagerie of interesting items that had washed up on the beach, including this small horseshoe crab.
Everyone needs a motto. My high school’s motto was “Spirit o’er circumstance, ever supreme.” We changed it to “Screw it o’er circumstance, ever supreme,” and it seemed more appropriate. My Army regiment’s motto was “Esse quam videri,” “To be rather than to seem.” However, the best motto for my stage of life was provided by my fellow gun writer Stan Trzoniec: “Who gives a s**t?” Stan says that when you’re over 65 matters are truly out of your hands, and you can now relax and watch things come apart at the seams without getting your guts in a knot.
Sue Falkner enjoyed her first season of bowhunting only last year. The Mondovi, Wisconsin, kindergarten teacher was introduced to the sport by her boyfriend, Kyle Stay. “I shot my first doe, but fell in love with the sport,” she says. “I just love being out there, watching animals and relaxing. It’s so peaceful!”
In 1992, Gary Vorhies was convicted of illegally killing the well-known “Growler Elk,” a 365-inch B&C bull on Wyoming’s Two Dot Ranch. In 2001, he was busted for poaching two bighorn rams and sentenced to four years in jail and $52,000 in fines and restitution (although he only spent about one year in the clink). Now, a Wyoming court has found him guilty a third time of four additional charges, including killing three whitetail deer illegally and guiding another deer hunter to illegal kills. This time, he got four years in jail with three years suspended and $27,120 in fines and restitution.
So how do you stop a serial poacher like Vorhies? Some at the Wyoming Game & Fish Department say they’d have a better shot at it if some Wyoming game violations carried felony charges.
Hunting season started exactly the right way for me this year. I tagged along with my son John and my friend Mike (pictured below) for an evening hunt on opening day of our youth deer season. Mike had graciously invited John to sit in his bowstand and take first crack at his best spot.
[Henry Repeating Arms’ newest print ad shows a man wearing] a holster with a gun on one side and a Bible on the other.
“There is nothing wrong with clinging to your guns and religion,” the headline reads, quoting Anthony Imperato, president at Henry, in a clear reference to a remark last year by Barack Obama before he was elected president. . . .