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  • January 28, 2011

    Taking Back Sunday-10

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    As our society grows ever busier its hard to find enough time to hunt. And it get's even more difficult when you're not allowed to hunt on half of the weekend -- currently 11 states along the East Coast ban Sunday hunting.

    The ban is established by blue laws, religion-based laws that preserve Sunday as a day of rest, that were passed in the 1700s. Most of these laws have since been repealed or are no longer enforced, but somehow the Sunday hunting ban has managed to stick around. For years people have tried to kill the ban, but now  a powerful coalition of conservation groups, hunting associations and businesses have rallied to end it once and for all.

    The coalition argues that a Sunday ban makes it nearly impossible to introduce kids to the sport. They have school, sports, and extra curricular activities five days a week leaving them only Saturday to hunt.

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  • January 28, 2011

    Utah to Declare Open Season on Cats?-17

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    Some cat lovers and animal rights extremists in Utah have their proverbial panties in a wad over a bill currently being considered by state lawmakers that would allow residents to kill feral animals, including free-roaming felines.

    The measure, House Bill 210, would allow “the humane shooting or killing of an animal if the person doing the shooting or killing has a reasonable belief that the animal is a feral animal.”

    Uncontrolled feral cats are widely considered to be the primary predator responsible for killing millions of songbirds (and gamebirds) annually.

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  • January 24, 2011

    The Moose Suit-6

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    Ben Bellows and Hugh George filed a class-action law suit against Newfoundland earlier this month because they think there are too many moose in the province.

    Both men were badly injured and are restricted to wheelchairs after crashing into moose in 2010. And the two men are not alone, about 40 people have signed on to the class-action suit which calls for financial assistance for the injured motorists and cutting moose-vehicle collisions in Newfoundland by 50 percent in five years. According to the BBC, there are about 700 moose-vehicle accidents in Newfoundland each year.

    There are about 125,000 moose in Newfoundland, which means there is approximately 1 moose for every four Newfoundland residents.

    "The government has decided to bury its head in the sand about moose-vehicle collisions, which have us all terrified," lawyer Ches Crosbie told the Toronto Sun newspaper.

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  • January 24, 2011

    Bad Idea: Poaching on Prison Property-9

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    It’s a long-proven fact that breaking hunting and fishing laws doesn’t require the highest level of human intelligence. But earlier this month, a trio of Florida teens took deer-poaching prowess to a new, uh, low.

    The three, hailing from Lawtey, FL, were arrested for using rifles to poach deer on state property near Raiford on January 6. The state property in question happened to be the grounds of the Florida State Prison, where the introduction and use of firearms constitutes a second-degree felony.

    We all can agree that poaching is dumb. But poaching on state prison property is decidedly dumber.

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  • January 14, 2011

    Right to Bear Arms and to Bare Everything-7

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    A heated conflict has arisen in a portion of rural and scenic Washington state that has the members of a  “social camping club” going to court to block a county’s plans to build a public shooting range near its 320-acre encampment, lake and hiking area.

    However, the members who lease the facilities located at Lake Bronson Club near Sultan aren’t your average, run-of-the-mill outdoor enthusiasts. That’s because they prefer to do their out-of-doors recreation au naturale—or, totally in the buff.

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  • January 10, 2011

    GAO Report: Public Lands Users Beware -5

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    A new report from the Government Accountability Office indicates that persons using public lands in the U.S. are faced with an increasing risk of harm from armed individuals involved in illegal border activity and marijuana cultivation.

    The report, states, “Some remote federal lands along the U.S. border are often used to smuggle drugs or humans into the country. According to officials, such illegal activities can damage sensitive wildlife habitat and threaten public safety.”

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  • January 6, 2011

    Apocalypse Now?-0

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    It's starting to look like this mass death of critters is not exclusive to Arkansas. We've been seeing it in the Northeast as well as in Lousiana. Luckily, someone with a lot of time on their hands has created a google map with links to many similar stories. Check it out below!

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  • January 5, 2011

    Catch Fish in Your Mouth? That’s a Ticket!-1

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    If you’re planning a trip to Pennsylvania to do some angling using only your mouth, you’d best reconsider. Why? Because mouth-fishing is strictly verboten in The Keystone State, and breaking the law could cost you $100.

    You’ve probably read about some of the old, rather foolish-sounding and outdated laws that remain on the books in various states, some dating back to colonial times. For example, there’s a long-standing prohibition of camel hunting in Arizona, and driving while blindfolded is against the law in Alabama.

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  • January 4, 2011

    Apocalypse in Arkansas?-4

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    Massive die offs of fish and birds in Arkansas have some folks wondering if the end is near in the Natural State.

    While the random deaths of thousands of red-winged blackbirds near Beebe, Arkansas combined with the mysterious deaths of about 80,000 drum fish in the Arkansas River only days earlier, may seem like signs of the apocalypse, experts say not the worry, the two events were not related.

    On New Year's Day Beebe residents woke up to thousands of dead birds laying on streets, yards and cars. The birds are being analyzed by scientists for toxins, but most experts agree that either a thunderstorm or fireworks killed the birds. The theory is that a large shock could have stunned the birds paralyzing them or confusing them.

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