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  • January 14, 2010

    Returning Soldiers Could Get Special Deer Season

    By Dave Hurteau

    From the Wisconsin State Journal:

    Even before he got back from Iraq, Sgt. Kevin Johnson had deer hunting on his mind. So Johnson… wrote Wisconsin lawmakers with an idea: Establish a special deer season for the thousands of returning soldiers who missed the chance to hunt this fall… .

  • January 13, 2010

    Chad Love: Why Real Fur Is Greener Than Fake

    By Chad Love

    Considering that fake fur is almost exclusively made from petroleum, I’ve never followed the argument that it’s morally and environmentally superior to the real thing. After all, real fur is made out of horny mammals -- an imminently renewable natural ingredient.

    Neither, apparently, does the author of this article in Yesterday's Slate.

    Let's run down what we do know about the two options. The knock against fake fur is that nylon, acrylic, and polyester are made from nonrenewable petroleum.

  • January 13, 2010

    Bourjaily: Why Minivans Make Great Hunting Vehicles

    By Phil Bourjaily

    My Jeep Liberty chose the last Saturday of pheasant season to suffer power steering problems quite possibly related to -13 overnight lows.  When it warmed up to -1 or so, I closed out the year taking my wife’s car – a 2002 PT Cruiser – to the field.  Jed’s box fit neatly in the back with the seats folded out of the way.  It held me, my older son, our guns and gear, a snow shovel just in case, and, on the way back from the field, a couple of unlucky roosters.

  • January 13, 2010

    Another Tragedy on the Ice: How to Survive If This Happens to You

    By David DiBenedetto

    I’m not to keen on revisiting a topic we’ve recently discussed, but this one seems to deserve more attention. Just last week we lost another member of our hunting fraternity.

  • January 13, 2010

    Discussion Topic: Canadian Beauty Queen Stands Up For Seal Hunt

    By Dave Hurteau

    After wearing a sealskin coat during a November Newfoundland Santa Claus parade, 19-Year-old beauty queen Sarah Green was shocked to see herself smeared with blood and wielding a club over a pile of gore-stained seal carcasses in a doctored online photo posted on a anti-hunting Facebook page. Still, Miss Newfoundland and Labrador says she’s going hunting.

  • January 13, 2010

    Carry-On Shotgun Shells Get Through Milwaukee Airport Security

    By Dave Hurteau

    From The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

    Transportation authorities say a passenger inadvertently carried shotgun shells onto a plane at Milwaukee's Mitchell International Airport. . . .

    [According to another passenger] the pilot came on the intercom and said the plane had to return to the gate because a passenger had told a flight attendant he had the shells in his carry-on bag. . . .

  • January 13, 2010

    University Gun Ban Ends Hunting On Popular Lake

    By Dave Hurteau

    From NewsOK:

    Bobby Moore was disappointed after learning he can no longer participate in duck hunting at Langston Lake. . . .

    "I don’t quite understand the reasoning behind it, but I don’t like it one bit,” Moore said. . . .

  • January 12, 2010

    Petzal: The Saddest Story of All

    By David E. Petzal

    Before outdoor writing became all how-to, all the time, one of the more common subjects was loss of friends, human and canine. This produced a great many maudlin, sappy articles but it also accounted for a few masterpieces.

    Probably the best known is Corey Ford’s "The Road to Tinkhamtown," which was first published in the late 1960s and then again in our 100th anniversary issue in 1995. It has also, I believe, run elsewhere in recent years.

  • January 12, 2010

    Last Deer of the Bow Season

    By Scott Bestul

    The last few years I’ve developed a thing for hunting the last day of the deer season. Sure, I get jacked for the opener like everyone else, but as I’ve grown older it’s become just as important to me to watch the sun set on the hunt. Of course it helps that I’ve usually got a tag to fill and some empty freezer space. But I honestly think I’d go even if that wasn’t the case.

  • January 12, 2010

    Discussion Topic: Wisconsin Man Sues Police After Open-Carry Arrest

    By Dave Hurteau

    From The Journal Times:

    [Frank Hannan-Rock of Racine,] who was arrested while openly carrying a gun on his porch Sept. 9[,] filed a lawsuit Friday against the city and two members of the police department.

    The lawsuit. . . challenges Wisconsin's Gun Free School Zone Act, claiming it "unconstitutionally deprives plaintiffs of a meaningful opportunity to bear arms. . . ."