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  • April 30, 2010

    Sniff-Test for the Trust-14


    As mid-term elections near, a fetid stench wafts across the Potomac.

    That fetid stench wafting across the Potomac is but a whiff of what's to come: Namely, mid-term elections.

    It's going to be a long, odorous summer and fall before ballots are cast in November. But, already, the offal is hitting the fan -- and key players are positioning themselves downwind of the crap catapults.

    For instance, Jonathon Cowan in an April 28 column in The Huffington Post, notes how Arizona Sen. John McCain is now a lead sponsor of a bill to eliminate DC's gun laws.

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  • April 29, 2010

    Exporting Bloodshed-14


    As Chicago violence rages, Daley lobbies for global adoption of city's failed gun-control policy   

    When a foolish policy fails, the masterminds who devined it don't admit their mistake and attempt to rectify it. Instead, they attack those who oppose the foolish policy and lobby to expand it.

    Case in point: Chicago Mayor Richard Daley.


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  • April 27, 2010

    Fish Eggs Do Not Caviar Make-4


    While it can be accurately stated that all caviar is comprised of fish eggs, that doesn’t necessarily mean that all fish eggs make caviar.

    Just ask the Aaron family of Heber Springs, Ark.

    Earlier this month, brothers Darwin and Russell Aaron were spearfishing at Greers Ferry Lake where they landed a longnosed gar, a prehistoric looking rough fish with a pointed snout and a mouthful of sharp teeth. They took the fish home and decided to see how it measured up as table fare.

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  • April 23, 2010

    Gulf Horror-8


    When you tuna fish the offshore oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico, talk inevitably turns to the escape pods which hang precariously off the sides of the rigs. 

    "Dude? It's just got to hurt when that thing hits the water," I recall saying to Captain Devlin Roussel the first time I laid eyes on a pod. "Although I'm guessing that if you need to use one of 'em, you probably don't much care—you just want out!"

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  • April 22, 2010

    The OL 25-2


    Outdoor Life is looking for a few good men—and women. More specifically, we're looking for outdoorsmen and women who have helped change the face of the hunting, fishing and shooting sports and we need your help. Nominations are now open for the annual Outdoor Life 25 Awards. Honorees will be selected by readers in four categories: Leaders, Innovators, Conservationists and Unsung Heroes.

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  • April 21, 2010

    Ben Roethlisberger—So Maybe I Was Wrong-6



    It was just a few short weeks after the Pittsburgh Steelers had won the Super Bowl that I interviewed the game's most valuable player Ben Roethlisberger for Outdoor Life's new magazine feature, "5 Minutes With..."

    The back page series of articles features celebrities who hunt and fish and the questions are an attempt to delve a bit into reasons why the outdoors are an important part of their lives. I don't fancy myself a celebrity chaser, but I'd be lying if I didn't acknowledge that I got a charge out of interviewing folks such as Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry--he called me back four times as I kept losing my cell-phone signal--who struck me as being more of a regular guy than a guitar hero. Or, most recently, Captain Sig Hansen from the Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch who conversed with me as if we were sitting around deer camp drinking a cold beer. There have been lots of other pretty cool interviews: Fox News' Chris Wallace admitted to being a newcomer to hunting and I thought that refreshing; NASCAR's Bobby Labonte seemed genuine when he explained that it was the outdoors that grounded him; Houston Astros pitcher Roy Oswalt probably knew more about quality deer management than I did and the list goes on. We have yet to publish some of the best interviews. On that list are: football coaching great Jimmy Johnson, Top Chef's Tom Colicchio and more. But I digress.

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  • April 20, 2010

    10th Amendment Movement Gaining Momentum-8


    Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff and six other states filed a brief in federal court in Montana on Monday, April 12, arguing that the federal government has no constitutional authority to regulate firearms manufactured and sold within their borders.

    According to reporter Robert Gehrke of the Salt Lake Tribune, the friend-of-the-court brief seeks to bolster arguments made by the Montana Shooting Sports Association that legislation passed in that state exempts Montana-made guns from federal taxation, registration, licensing, marking or record-keeping requirements.

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  • April 16, 2010

    A Texas Sized Pickle-2


    The curious case of the Christmas Mountains.

    More than 95 percent of Texas is private property. The federal government owns less than 2 percent of the state's total land mass, a vestige of the Texas Republic's 1836-46 stint as an independent nation.

    Therefore, federal and state agencies usually leap at the opportunity to acquire Lone Star State land if it provides public access for recreational pursuits such as hunting.

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  • April 14, 2010

    Lions & Hunters Split Black Hills Deer Harvest-5


    New data from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department indicates that mountain lions in the Black Hills region of the state killed as many deer last year as did hunters, raising concern among sportsmen and biologist alike.

    Biologists estimate that mountain lions annually kill about 5,500 deer in the Black Hills, almost exactly the same number of animals taken by deer hunters there in the 2009 season.

    In recent years, the Black Hills deer harvest by hunters has declined from 7,800 in 2007, to 7,000 in 2008, and down to 5,500 last year.

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  • April 14, 2010

    Supremely Scary-5


    Potential Stevens' successors are no friends of the Second Amendment

    The good news is Justice John Paul Stevens, 89, who was appointed to U.S. Supreme Court nearly 35 years ago by Gerald Ford, announced his retirement from the bench on Friday, April 9.

    The bad news is President Barack Obama gets to select his successor.

    The gallery of potential candidates, assembled by David Kopel, research director for the Independence Institute and associate policy analyst at the Cato Institute, and St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner Kurt Hoffman, does not present a pleasant picture for Second Amendment advocates.

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