May 9, 2008
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I was punching in the Outdoor Life website address this morning and an article running on my MSN homepage caught my eye. The lead picture for the story was some young hunters decked out in orange and the headline read “Kids Hunting Alone.” The article appeared on MSNBC and attempted to link deadly hunting accidents with a lack of state mandated age requirements. This piece began with a recount of a tragic hunting accident that involved a young hunter from Washington State. A teenage boy mistakenly shot and killed a hiker during a bear hunt in western Washington’s Skagit County. Next, the article hammered the point that the boy was not even old enough to drive himself to the woods, but it was perfectly legal for him to hunt without adult supervision in the state of Washington.
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The confirmation hearing for Sam D. Hamilton, the Obama Administration’s nominee for Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is scheduled to take place Wednesday, July 22, beginning at 10:00 a.m. EST, before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. [ Read Full Post ]
David Codrea in examiner.com rips a recent "report" and "survey" published on Bloomberg.com for blatant errors in fact that belie a bias that, essentially, says many anti-gun zealots haven't a clue what they are talking about when it comes to firearms and, sadly, when it comes to living in a Democray with a Constitution. [ Read Full Post ]
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Looks as though the President has his dog, or rather his girls got their promised and much-touted puppy recently. During and after the Presidential race the topic of the First Dog was covered almost as much as health care (which leaves a lot to be said about the importance of health care during the race), with the decision to be made after the family settled into the White House. [ Read Full Post ]
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United States House Bill 197, which is in committee, aims to set reciprocity for concealed carry permits across all 50 states in much the same manner as driver’s licenses are recognized throughout the entire country. CCW permit laws vary widely from state to state, and not all states honor permits unless they are issued from within their jurisdiction.
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Last week I told you about my decision to scope the new .22 rifle I gave to my twin boys.
Today I have to tell you about one of the pitfalls of the decision. Though it’s a youth-sized rifle, my 8-year-olds still have trouble finding and maintaining a consistent cheek weld, one of the most important elements of accurate shooting. [ Read Full Post ]
NRA: Omaha law requiring fingerprints before legal gun sale is illegal
The National Rifle Association has shot back at a new Omaha law that requires anyone selling a gun to get fingerprinted.
The NRA sent a letter to city council members in which the association said the law is an attack on law-abiding gun owners. But city officials said the law, which narrowly passed in a 4-3 vote, will help reduce crime. [ Read Full Post ]
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And here I thought it was my Second Amendment rights that were most endangered.
Turns out, it’s my First Amendment rights that are in jeopardy.
I could go to jail for just doing my job. I could get three years in the slammer for the photo I snapped of my proud puppy retrieving a fall turkey. I might get probation for my grainy video of a turkey being killed by an ecstatic first-time crossbow hunter.
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David Codrea writes in examiner.com that there's a lot of hypocrisy in the Windy City, where your Constitutional right to protect yourself is in danger but, rest assured, Chicago's elite don't have that same fear.
"You would be hard pressed to find a more anti-gun politician than Chicago Mayor Richard Daley," Codrea writes. "Which makes the headline from a Second Amendment Foundation press release an interesting example of 'Do as I say, not as I do' elitism: Daley's bodyguard catches killer." [ Read Full Post ]
Jim Geraghty in National Review knifes through the smokescreen created by Sonia Sotomayor's "wise Latina" brouhaha to ask one truly, crystal clear question: Who is this woman?
"If you knew absolutely nothing about Sonia Sotomayor before Tuesday’s confirmation hearing and judged her entirely on her answers, you could easily come to the conclusion that she had been nominated by Pres. George W. Bush and was likely to sail through confirmation with the strong support of conservatives in the legal community," he writes. [ Read Full Post ]
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Fellow turkey hunting fanatic and friend Jim Spencer confirmed the rumor: Ray Eye, one of the most well-known and beloved personalities in the turkey-hunting industry, continues to fight a valiant battle with some serious health issues—the result of a run-in with his lawn tractor late last month.
According to Jim, Ray spent some time in the hospital and had an operation to remove a big blood clot in the Achilles tendon area of his right foot. [ Read Full Post ]
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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal put his signature on a law last week that creates an annual 3-day reprieve from state sales tax on hunting gear in The Bayou State beginning this fall.
It’s a law we’d love to see other states pass—and it sends a strong message that the state both acknowledges and appreciates the contribution made to its economy by the hunter and outdoor enthusiast. [ Read Full Post ]
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For their eighth birthday earlier in the year, I gave my twin boys their first .22.
I worried that I was jumping the gun (so to speak) but they’re proficient with their air rifles and had been shooting my rimfires long and well enough that the gift of a New England Arms break-open single-shot seemed like a logical progression.
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Properly used, a choke chain can administer a well-timed correction that helps a dog understand his transgression. Like any tool, misused it can, at best, give an ill-timed correction that confuses the dog and, at worst, inflict severe injury. It’s all in how the collar is put on the dog and then used. We’ll cover how to properly use a choke chain in another blog, for now lets go over how to put a choke chain on a dog. [ Read Full Post ]