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  • October 14, 2009

    Which Gun Dog Command Can You Not Live Without?

    By David DiBenedetto

    The other day I was talking with a couple of friends about the dog training command we couldn’t live without. All three of my buddies argued you could do nothing if your dog didn’t know SIT. And I agree. You need the dog to SIT for a variety of reasons, including sending it on a blind retrieve. If you can’t get it to SIT then you don’t have much. In fact, you may want to take up competitive bumper pool.

  • October 14, 2009

    Pack Your Bags, There's Another Machine Gun Social

    By Phil Bourjaily

    We ran a piece about South Carolina Adjutant General candidate Dean Allen’s “Machine Gun Social” recently, an event at which you could spend $25 for a BBQ sandwich, a full magazine to shoot in an automatic weapon and a chance to win an AK-47. A few of you wrote in complaining that you didn’t get advance notice. Well, here you go: Allen is having another one at the end of the month.

    Now, I have made no study of the South Carolina Adjutant General’s race whatsoever (the Adjutant General is the head of the National Guard). I have no idea of the issues involved, nor should this post be construed as an endorsement of Mr. Allen’s candidacy. However, it is definitely an endorsement of the Machine Gun Social as a campaign fundraising concept.

  • October 14, 2009

    It's Beginng to Look Like Rub Season

    By Scott Bestul

    Across much of whitetail range, the rut is a scant few weeks away. I’m hearing reports of a wide range of buck behavior from my hunting buddies around the country. Yesterday my dad talked to a local hunter who shot a fine buck traveling in a five-animal bachelor group! Of course there are the usual “October lull” stories, but also tales of some classic pre-rut antics; chasing, fighting, grunting, lip-curling...my guess is that unseasonably cool weather (we had a half-inch of snow here yesterday) has bucks feeling their oats a little early this fall. If so, the next few weeks should see some incredible hunting!

  • October 14, 2009

    Montana Pheasant Hunters Bags Charging Grizzly

    By Dave Hurteau

    From the Choteau Acantha:

    [O]fficials on Tuesday said that a pheasant hunter from Alaska shot and killed a sow grizzly in dense brush east of U.S. Highway 89 and about 8 miles north of Choteau on Monday. . . .

  • October 14, 2009

    Wounded Bear Hospitalizes 83-Year-Old California Hunter

    By Dave Hurteau

    From the Appeal Democrat:

    A . . . bear turned the tables Monday on an 83-year-old hunting party member in the Tahoe National Forest near Camptonville, severely mauling the man's arm and shoulder, authorities said. . . .

    The victim, Orval Sanders . . . and six other men were hunting with dogs near Alleghany in Sierra County when they treed three bears. One of three bears came down from the tree after being shot and attacked Sanders. . . .

  • October 14, 2009

    Video Report: Utah Runner Faces Off With Cougar

    By Dave Hurteau

    From KSL 5 News:

    Just out of nowhere, I saw this mountain lion come charging at me," [trail runner Steve] Newman said. . . .

    He screamed at the top of his lungs, grabbed a tree branch, beat it on the ground and walked backwards. . . .

  • October 13, 2009

    Petzal: Choose Your Weapons for the "Coming Collapse"

    By David E. Petzal

  • October 13, 2009

    Discussion Topic: On Ammo and The Governator

    By Dave Hurteau

    Imagine if John Rambo had to provide identification and be thumbprinted to buy the ammo needed to thwart all those maniacal cops and guardsmen. Good thing "First Blood" wasn’t set in Gov. Schwarzenegger’s California.

    From News 10 ABC:

    One of the bills [Gov. Schwarzenegger] . . . signed was Assembly Bill 962. It requires handgun ammunition to be kept behind the counter where customers cannot access it without assistance. It also requires gun shop owners to thumbprint people who buy handgun ammunition, as well as record their identification and provide that information to police.

  • October 13, 2009

    Park Service Backpedals on Proposed Lead Ban

    By Dave Hurteau

    From the Jackson Hole Daily:

    National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis said he has no plans to ban lead bullets and fishing tackle in parks but said nonlead alternatives are a good option for hunters and sportsmen. . . . 

    Former acting Director Daniel Wenk seemed to propose such a ban in March but quickly retracted the statement, saying the Park Service would study the issue further.
    Jarvis said Wenk’s announcement “came out poorly.”


  • October 12, 2009

    Bourjaily Tests the New Beretta Xplor

    By Phil Bourjaily

    Last week we speculated on Beretta’s new Xplor, a gun capable, we were told, of taking anything up to and including a dinosaur. Having just seen and shot the Xplor in Italy, I would amend that statement to read “up to and including a small dinosaur.” The A400 Xplor is a 3 ½ inch semiautomatic shotgun. It is  probably enough gun for velociraptors, but way too small for brachiosaurus or T Rex hunting, even with slugs.