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  • November 13, 2009

    Minnesota Poacher Busted With World Record-Size 8-Point Buck

    By Dave Hurteau

    From the Outdoor News:
    Minnesota conservation officers last week seized a record-book deer rack and on Thursday morning filed poaching charges against a man from Cannon Falls, Minn., in the case. . . .

  • November 12, 2009

    Petzal: The Best Camo for Hunting Away from Home

    By David E. Petzal

    On my recent trip to Oregon, a bunch of us were sitting on a ridge waiting for a mule deer to do something stupid, and one of our number left to walk down an adjoining ridge. When he was 1,000 yards away or so the head honcho of the ranch said: “You know, I can see him as clearly as if he were wearing blaze orange. That camo of his doesn’t work.”

    And it was true. The ridgerunner was wearing some kind of dark camo designed for sitting in a tree in a Southern swamp, and at a distance all the branches and leaves and Spanish moss and  cottonmouths in the pattern blended together into a dark and highly visible mass. I’ve seen this many times; very few camo patterns travel well.

    There are three that do, and they work because ...

  • November 12, 2009

    How Do You Show Pride in Your Gun Dog and Its Breed?

    By David DiBenedetto

    Not too long ago I asked if any of you would immortalize your gun dog in the form of a tattoo. The response was a unanimous…HECK NO! In fact, a few of you wondered if I had been sipping too much of the homemade hooch.

  • November 11, 2009

    Chad Love: What's Your Favorite Invasive Species?

    By Chad Love

    In the never-ending debate over the impact of non-native species, there are invaders many of us have come to accept and even revere (the ringneck pheasant, Huns, chukars) and there are invaders that are almost universally reviled (the snakehead, kudzu, zebra mussels, Texas Longhorn fans).
     
    But according to this interesting piece in Slate maybe invasive species, both "good" and "bad" really aren't such a big deal, after all.

  • November 10, 2009

    Ever Hit the Dog-Training Wall?

    By David DiBenedetto

    I like to think I’m as passionate about dog training as any other DIY guy out there. Heck, my wife thinks I’m half nuts because on most nights I’m up late reading—rather re-reading—gun dog books. And in the morning I’m up at sunrise to go train before work. When I'm asleep I usually have nightmares about Pritch running wild in a dove field or eating our ducks one after the other. But this morning I hit the wall.

  • November 10, 2009

    Bourjaily: The Best (and Worst) Shotgun Safeties

    By Phil Bourjaily

    One of the very nicest features of AyA guns (which I wrote about a month ago, here), were the safety buttons. I liked them so much I took a picture of one. As you can see, they stick up high where you can’t miss them and they practically grab your thumb like Velcro thanks to the sharp hand checkering on top. They snick off easily with a mere flick and are easily among the most positive safeties to operate that I have ever tried.

    That brings me to the subject of safeties good and bad: a good safety comes off easily so you don’t even have to ...

  • November 10, 2009

    Deer Jumps Into Lion Pen at DC Zoo

    By none

    From washingtonpost.com:
    A deer that jumped a wall at the National Zoo was fatally injured by two lions Sunday as dozens of startled spectators looked on. Click here to read the full story.

    And here's a video taken by an onlooker. The deer did escape the lions, but had to be euthanized because of a gut injury.

  • November 9, 2009

    Petzal: Testing Nosler’s New Lead-Free Ballistic Tips for Varmints

    By David E. Petzal

    One the one hand, I don’t give an assfull of ashes for the idea that shooting lead-free bullets will do the planet one iota of good. We get lead from the ground and we return it to the ground, albeit at very high speeds, so BFD. On the other hand, mandated lead-free zones have given us some dandy new homogeneous bullets by Hornady, Nosler, and Barnes, so it’s not a total waste.

    The most recent of this genre is from Nosler—a lead-free Ballistic Tip for varmint hunters. The batch I tested is .224-inch and 35 grains, but there will be lighter and heavier slugs out shortly. These new Ballistic Tips are made with a disintegrating copper core, an alloy jacket, an extra-large expansion cavity in the nose, and an attractive polycarbonate tip.

    To test them, I fired ...

  • November 9, 2009

    Quail Unlimited Implodes

    By Phil Bourjaily

    Apparently the culture of greed and reckless mismanagement that brought us the Enron scandal and the Wall Street mess exists in the conservation community as well. Accusations and counter-accusations are still flying and the full truth has yet to come out, but it would seem that the recent implosion of Quail Unlimited is another version of the same sad, familiar story of people at the top wrecking an organization for personal gain.

  • November 9, 2009

    Chad Love: Bears Don't Play Hockey

    By Chad Love

    Here's an interesting story that highlights why I  believe it's possible to be opposed to animal cruelty without  falling into the hypocrisy of "animal rights." Ice-skating Bear Kills Circus Head

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