May 9, 2008
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Any animal that is cornered or threatened can be extremely dangerous and deer are no exception. Under the right circumstances, Bambi can easily transform into a fire-breathing widow maker with a deadly medieval weapon mounted on its head.
Just ask Randy Goodman of Missouri how fast a rut-crazed buck with a massive rack on its noggin can change your whole outlook on life. During the Missouri gun season, Goodman made what he thought was a lethal shot at a heavy-racked bruiser that was chasing two does. The loud roar of the .270 sent the buck into a summersault, but amazingly the animal was able to get back up. The hunter steadied his aim for a quick follow up shot which dropped the buck in its tracks. The hunter cautiously approached his downed trophy and noticed the buck’s tongue was hanging out and [ Read Full Post ]
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It's Christmas time again and holiday cheer is in the air. It also seems like some people, including Santa, have too much time on their hands. In this case the time was well spent to put a smile on everyone’s face in Wisconsin and across the nation. Although Santa seems to have ample horsepower with his ATV, I’m sure Rudolph and the other reindeer don’t mind the extra boost in sleigh power. This is especially true since they seem to missing the most important part of their motion gear, their bodies. But Santa has to move ahead with the times and the ATV along with sunglasses fit the modern era. Merry Christmas and may this sleigh visit your house this Christmas season!—Mark Kayser [ Read Full Post ]
In a recently published interview, legendary bluesman and rock guitarist Eric Clapton said he credits shooting and hunting with helping expand his social activities.
"I'm not really that gregarious," the 63-year-old said in an interview with The Art Newspaper. "And shooting with groups of people up and down the country has taught me a lot about how to get on with my fellow human beings." [ Read Full Post ]
Our inbox runneth over with deer photos of every kind—especially during deer season. They range from pics of ridiculously huge bucks to the absurd. Here are a few of wildest from just the past few days.
Chris Wood of Des Moines, Iowa took this giant of a non-typical a couple of weeks ago. The 33-pointer scores in the mid-250s [ Read Full Post ]
For folks in Minnesota and Wisconsin, ice fishing is a revered winter pastime.
something for anyone who’s ever ventured onto a frozen northern lake, used an
auger to drill a hole in the ice, and rigged their favorite tip-up to slam the
perch, walleye or tasty panfish.
The Bikini Ice-Fishing Team
is the marketing brainchild of the folks at Exotica Swimwear, based in the St.
Paul suburb of Mahtomedi, Minn., on the shores of White Bear Lake.
best-suited location in the universe to sell skimpy swimwear, you say? Well, by
all appearances, they’ve made the best of a tough market.
additional sponsorship of a commercially produced fish house, a power auger
company and other ice-fishing equipment, the Bikini Ice-Fishing Team makes appearances at fishing shows and
tournaments across Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Last week I had the good fortune of traveling to the brush country of South Texas to test Mossberg’s new Lightning Bolt Action Trigger System on one of their 4x4 rifles. I was hunting at the Callaghan Ranch north of Laredo, and when all was said and done, my live targets included a wild hog, two javelinas that fell to the same bullet, two whitetail does and one 150-class whitetail buck.
At first glance, the casual observer might deem the LBA trigger merely an imitation of Savage’s 5-year-old AccuTrigger, and indeed, the concept is the same: The trigger blade mechanism blocks the sear from releasing the striker until the blade is fully depressed. However, there are some distinct differences, and they aren’t all cosmetic. (It’s a lightning bolt. Get it?)
The LBA’s trigger blade is not nearly as deep as that of the AccuTrigger. In fact, without using a measuring device, I’d say it’s about two-thirds to half as deep. Considering one of the primary purposes of this type of trigger system is to eliminate trigger creep, I think it makes sense that there isn’t a lot of anticipation as you bring the blade flush with the trigger itself. Bottom line: When I wanted the 4x4 to fire, it broke crisply at that moment, and not a millisecond later.
Also, whereas the pull of the AccuTrigger is adjustable from 2.5 to 6 pounds with a small tool that comes with any rifle equipped with the trigger, the LBA is adjustable from 2 to 7 pounds with any standard screwdriver. This is good peace of mind, as tiny gun tools have the tendency to go missing at all the wrong times.
The hard-coat anodized aluminum LBA trigger system will be available on most of Mossberg’s 4x4 and 100ATR rifle models in 2009. –John Taranto
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The wild turkeys could wait. The phrase “widespread power outages” has dominated news talk on my battery-operated radio. The storm made us native and transplanted New Englanders national news last weekend and well into this one. It ended today, Tuesday, December 16. Unless you count the clean-up to follow: ancient trees split in half, heavy branches all over the landscape, wet basements and the like.
I can hear a neighbor and his trusty chainsaw right now . . .
Yeah, I've stoked the woodstove fire continuously (it got down to 10 degrees one night over the weekend), but the weather eased considerably yesterday (December 15, the last day of the New Hampshire bow turkey season, and I'll eat that tag with some good memories on file). My English setters enjoyed my company during the recent stretch (I think!?), sleeping downstairs with me near the fire while my wife and daughter stayed on the warmer upper level at night.
Hunting camp without the hunting . . .
Just like the outset of Jack London’s classic 1910 story “To Build a Fire,” today also broke cold and gray. Would the power come back on? Or not? That’s been the operative of late: to build a fire. It could be 3 p.m. or 3 a.m. as the great heating unit, like a newborn infant, must be fed. Like you Strut Zoners, I choose skinny logs to provide air around them, and thicker ones to sustain the burn longer into the night, offering more rest for my vigil of warming the house. Sixty degrees is as low as it got while I fed the fire.
Once I stopped, it dropped like a stone in a lake.
But then it warmed to unseasonable temperatures again as if nature were giving us just one more break. And then I heard that sucking sound, and my home office printer purred like a turkey hen and kicked on. Here in southern Maine, the power in our modest little log cabin fired up this afternoon after five days without it. Yep, you heard right: five days. No typo. The moment of truth arrived to the sweet sounds of two sump pumps sucking swamp water out of my basement. You gotta love it.
Before the electricity kicked in, some of my mallard decoys floated around in the several inches of water down there as if in some winter outdoor-industry show demonstration. As clean-up goes, I've a museum of old (wet) basement gear and classic (read retired) camouflage that needs tossed, so that's a good thing! And no I didn't have a generator on hand. It's on my Christmas list though.
Back on the grid never felt better.—Steve Hickoff [ Read Full Post ]
Background checks on the sale of firearms reached record levels during the month of November, resulting in a historic spike in sales following the general election.
across the country reported increased sales of many types of guns and
accessories following the election of Barack Obama on November 4. Most
attribute the spike to fears that an Obama White House and Democrat-controlled
Congress will reinstate the so-called “assault weapons ban,” prohibiting the
sale of certain firearms and high capacity magazines.
Data from the FBI’s
National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) indicated a 42 percent
increase in November firearm purchaser background checks. A total of 1,529,635
checks--the highest monthly total ever--were reported for the month, up from
1,079,923 in November 2007.
Federal law requires
FBI background checks on individuals purchasing firearms from federally
It should be noted that
here is no national data source that captures actual individual firearms sales
Mirroring a nationwide
trend, retail sales of firearms in the President-elect’s home state of Illinois
also skyrocketed in the weeks since Election Day, reflecting a 38 percent increase over the same period in
2007. According to the Illinois State Police, 24,076 background checks
were conducted in November 2008--up from 17,363 in November 2007 and 17,249 in
Illinois gun dealers
report that sales remained brisk throughout the Thanksgiving holiday weekend
with many customers acquiring several firearms at a time along with sizeable
quantities of ammunition. [ Read Full Post ]
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Sometimes things that are unbelievable happen in the woods when you least expect it. Ben Lause had deer hunted hard for 20 years in his home state of Missouri and had taken a few nice bucks in the 130 range. A trip to Adams County in the fabled big buck state of Illinois would leave him with a monster whitetail and a story of a lifetime. On November 8th, the rut kicked into full swing and the big boys were definitely on the move when Lause settled into his tree stand. Without warning, a thick-racked bruiser appeared out of nowhere and began quickly closing the distance. Immediately, he grabbed his bow and tried to calm his nerves as the buck eased through the dense underbrush of the wooded area. [ Read Full Post ]
two fish on one dual-treble plug at the same time is an unusual and randomly
occurring fishing phenomenon, but this week a South Florida teen caught two
species of bass on
a single swimming bait while fishing at a neighborhood canal.
The S. Florida
Sun-Sentinel reports today that Luke Volpe, 13, of Southwest
Ranches, hooked a 1.5-pound peacock bass on the front treble hook of his bait,
and as he was reeling it in, a 5-pound largemouth hit the rear treble hook.
newspaper story noted that Volpe was using a spinning rig with 20-pound
braided line and a Yo-Zuri swimming plug.
fish were released after the teen’s fishing buddy, Dalton Edens, snapped some
photos with his cell phone.
Pretty cool, huh? [ Read Full Post ]
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We’ve talked about the pink gun thing many times here, so a pink-stocked AR won’t take regular Gunshots readers by surprise. The interesting thing about this particular gun, however, is that it was auctioned off to raise money to help fight breast cancer. [ Read Full Post ]