May 9, 2008
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Let the games begin. Gathering gear for a fall turkey hunt (and road trip) isn’t all that different than in spring, unless you hunt with a dog as I and many others do. I spent September chasing early Maine geese and scouting turkey flocks, often at the same time. My home base shotgun season for turkeys doesn’t arrive until Oct. 17 though, so I’m off to New York in early October. The season starts Thursday, Oct. 1 in the upstate area I'm hunting; I'll miss the opener but get in there not long after. Stay tuned here for a full report. [ Read Full Post ]
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The ten-month surge in the sale of firearms and the accompanying increase in applications for concealed carry permits in the U.S. have been well documented by the pro-gun media. But a relatively under-reported related gun-sales story has everything to do with sex.
Did that get your attention? [ Read Full Post ]
An amendment to end the complete gun prohibition on Amtrak trains passed overwhelmingly Wednesday, Sept. 16, in the U.S. Senate by a vote of 68-30. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) offered the amendment to allow law-abiding gun owners to safely and legally transport firearms when they travel on Amtrak.
Current Amtrak regulations prohibit firearms in both checked and carry-on baggage. But Sen. Wicker’s amendment prohibits any federal taxpayer funding of Amtrak if it does not allow gun owners to transport firearms on trains in a manner similar to that of airlines. [ Read Full Post ]
Cleveland Gun Rights Examiner Daniel White pulls no punches in his Sept. 14 column on examiner.com: "Dave Stancliff is a columnist for The Times-Standard. He is a former newspaper editor and publisher," White writes. "He is also an idiot." [ Read Full Post ]
Seattle Gun Rights Examiner Dave Workman reminds Second Amendment activists that the 24th annual Gun Rights Policy Conference in St. Louis is drawing near "and, already, the agenda looks ripe for sparks." [ Read Full Post ]
We nicknamed him Houdini. He first caught our attention early Saturday morning, just before sunrise as daylight neared the eastern horizon. We planned to hunt a ridge on the southern side of a draw we had been focusing on over the past few days. I pulled the truck into a dry wash and quieted the engine. In silence, Katie and I slipped on our packs and adjusted our optics. I pointed in the direction we were headed and off we went. In stride, I glanced over my shoulder and was surprised to see a good size bull skylined on the ridge behind us. I ranged him at 157 yards. He must have been watching us since we arrived. Deciphering only his silhouette, I could tell he was a good bull, probably a six-point, and definitely the best we’d seen yet.
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Utah gun owners are protesting Nevada's decision to reject Utah-issued concealed-weapon permits.
On July 1, the Nevada Sheriffs' and Chiefs' Association, which sets the Silver State's permit recognition requirements, dropped Utah from the list of states whose permit holders also may carry concealed firearms in Nevada. [ Read Full Post ]
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With hunting seasons either already started or rapidly approaching, getting your dog in peak physical condition will go a long way to making sure he's ready and able to carry out the rigors of hunting, suffers less soreness after the hunt, reduces his chances of injury and just flat-out enjoys himself! [ Read Full Post ]
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The results of a groundbreaking new study indicate that chronic wasting disease (CWD) in deer and elk may be spread by excreted proteins found in the infected animal’s feces.
The report, published in the September 9 issue of the journal Nature reveals that CWD-symptomatic prions (or modified proteins) are found in the droppings of deer months before clinical symptoms of the disease are seen in the animals, according to the research team, at University of California, San Francisco and the Colorado Division of Wildlife’s Wildlife Research Center. [ Read Full Post ]
The monsoons have arrived! The biggest rains since June have been pounding our camp and the adjacent mountain ranges for the past two days. Just outside of camp we have a wash to cross each day in order to get to the drainages on the ranch where 90% of our hunting takes place. Yesterday we couldn't cross! We're sharing the camp with three guys from Mississippi on their first elk hunt. Excitement got the better of them yesterday afternoon as we were attempting to cross the wash. As we made the decision to turn around, they decided to go for it. Eventually, they made it back to shore, but not after the water was running over the hood of their truck. Last night at dinner one of the hunters, Richard, was laughing as he said, "I wouldn't be surprised if fish are still swimming around inside Neal's doors!" [ Read Full Post ]
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Some states have been discussing or have already implemented a conservative one buck bag limit during deer season. Without question, strict statewide regulations can spark heated arguments among hunters and deer biologists. There are definitely some positive points being voiced from both sides of this controversial issue. Proponents of a single-buck bag limit believe these regulations are the best way to manage and balance deer herds by ensuring a mature age class among the male species. This management plan allows more young bucks to reach their prime and full potential, which will strengthen the gene pool. Most states that are following a one buck bag limit have also taken steps to increase the amount of available doe tags hunters can legally purchase.
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The NHL’s New York Islanders play here. Billy Joel sings about it. And now Long Island, New York is also having its first modern turkey season.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has announced dates for the first Long Island wild turkey hunting season, crediting over a decade of wild turkey reintroduction efforts. Just five days long, but hey it’s a start. The season is limited to the five-day fall hunting season in November (see dates below), providing the opportunity to put one on the Thanksgiving table (Nov. 26). [ Read Full Post ]