May 9, 2008
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We all like to watch them, us hunters and even anti-hunters alike. It's maybe one thing we do agree on.
In the Northeast, it's not uncommon to see large winter turkey flocks hammering seed-covered spots beneath backyard bird feeders. They're just as likely to run with the chickadees as others of their kind. That's just the reality these cold-weather days. Since field studies bolster any turkey management effort, it's cost effective to employ citizens to do the counting. [ Read Full Post ]
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The story in last weekend’s Poughkeepsie (New York) Journal immediately caught my attention: “Vassar Sharpshooters Kill 44 Deer.”
It was a story that’s been going on for several weeks—years to hear Vassar College officials tell it. The deer herd on the school-owned 500-acre farm and preserve had grown out of control and was in dire need of culling. They called in a professional. [ Read Full Post ]
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An unusual number of consecutive days with record cold temperatures in typically balmy south Florida has prompted the state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to encourage hunters to take advantage of the conditions to cull Burmese pythons and other unwanted invasive species on state wildlife manage areas (WMAs).
The reptiles are more likely to be in open areas to find warmth in the sun, making them vulnerable to hunters, said an agency spokesperson.
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My Labrador retriever has had exactly one bath in his entire six years of life. I have never bathed him. The singular act of adding a Lab to water while inside a house was attempted once, by my wife, when I wasn't home and when Kona was about three months old. It was an act that has never been repeated.
I didn't mind that she tried to clean the pup up. He, of course, wanted to get into the tub with the bulldog (who used to get regular baths, but has had to make due with his own odor since our son was born). My wife logically thought it would be a good idea to clean both pups at the same time. However, she didn't account for a Labrador's love of water. To hear her tell it, Kona was Satan incarnate.
Besides possibly being a bit of a chore, it might not be a great idea to bathe your hunting dog...especially if he's a duck dog.
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By the time January rolls around, it’s really easy to hang up your gear and throw in the towel. Let’s face it; extreme cold temperatures, late-season burnout, and ballgames on the tube are all pretty good excuses to stay at home. However, there is no better way to kick off the New Year than climbing into a treestand and taking advantage of a golden opportunity. Limited outside hunting pressure, dwindling late-season food sources, predictable patterns, and increased daytime activity are just some of the reasons why you should stick with it. In fact, some of my best bucks have been tagged long after the much anticipated rut had fizzled out and the final buzzer was about to sound off. [ Read Full Post ]
If you think that Americans are obsessed with preserving their gun rights, you haven't seen anything until you've been to Switzerland.
Rich Wehr, in a column published earlier in the month in the Evansville, Ind. Courier & Press, offers some interesting observations about Switzerland that may stun Nanny-Fascists and anti-gun whackoes. [ Read Full Post ]
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Have you ever opened up your freezer to find a package of venison only to be met with chunks of frozen ice on the sides due to someone not properly closing the lid prior to you? That's how I felt this past week while participating in Iowa's late-season muzzleloader hunt. If you haven't turned the TV on in a while or read the Internet, the Midwest is in the grips of a record-setting winter. As of this past Friday, Iowa already had reached its annual snowfall and it's only the beginning of January! [ Read Full Post ]
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It is surprising that there has been little "told you so" cluckery from the Nanny-Fascists and anti-gun zealots about Gilbert Arenas brandishing unloaded firearms at a Washington Wizards teammate during a Christmas Eve gambling-debt dispute in their Verizon Center locker room in Wasington, D.C.
It is surprising they haven't seized the moment to shriek about the menace of the Second Amendment, about how freedom really shouldn't be free, about how 2008's U.S. Supreme Court rejection of the Washington, D.C., gun ban in the Heller decision should be overturned. [ Read Full Post ]
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If you’ve been reading The Newshound in recent months, you’ve seen several references to the increasing number of women who own firearms in the U.S., both for hunting and for personal protection.
Just last week we told you about the growing popularity of firearms for women as Christmas gifts in 2009.
One woman who was fortunate to have a caring husband who gave her a handgun for protection this Christmas already learned the value of her gift when she thwarted a would-be armed robbery at her drive-in coffee kiosk located in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
Sunshine Espresso owner Michelle Cornelsen was working inside her shop last week when a 17-year-old male strolled up to the service window, pulled a gun and demanded money.
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Like the range wars of the last century, a groundswell of discontent is rippling across the West, but instead of pitting open-range ranchers against honyockers, the new adversaries are those who want to collect shed antlers now vs. those who want them to wait a spell.
Wyoming is aflame right now with discontent, much of it stemming from a Game and Fish Department decision (www.gf.state.wy.us/services/news/pressreleases/09/11/30/091130_1.asp) in November that prohibits shed-antler collection on public land in western Wyoming until May 1. [ Read Full Post ]
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From the IGFA...
After nearly six months of waiting, Japan’s Manabu Kurita is taking his place alongside Georgia, USA angler George W. Perry in the International Game Fish Association’s (IGFA) World Record Games Fishes book as dual holders of the All-Tackle record for largemouth bass each weighing 22 lb 4 oz and caught 77 years apart.
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Home of the Cowboys.
And an ever-growing Yankee population.
Here, on the high Texas plain, under a constant cloud of Mark Cuban’s complaints and whines is the second largest hunting convention on the planet; the Dallas Safari Club’s 2010 Convention & Sporting Expo. Over a four day period more than an estimated 24,000 people will meet with over 1,000 vendors selling everything from six-figure priced hunts to equally priced custom rifles to Amazon fishing trips. Also available for those with an Everest-sized disposable income are $6 beers, $12 well drinks, and $10 sandwiches. [ Read Full Post ]
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Being able to "read" a dog is the most important aspect of training. It's just one of the intangible marks of a great trainer. It's also one of the hardest things to do correctly.
By "read," I mean: being able to recognize a dog's body language and interpret his state of mind. When you can do this, your ability to effectively train greatly increases; you can adjust training plans on the fly to better fit the dog's psychological and physical limitations.
The best way to learn to read a dog is get your hands on as many as possible and to pay attention. It's through hands-on experience with many different dogs in a variety of similar situations that you'll notice nuances in behavior and body language. There's really no shortcut to learning this other than doing it. However, there are a several things that can help speed the learning curve.
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We all want to preserve the memory of a remarkable big-game trophy, but now more than ever most of us have to balance the cost of taxidermy with the constraints of the household budget.
There are other impediments to that shoulder mount, including spousal resistance and a shortage of real estate on your walls. That’s where Jeff Stark comes in. The Missouri hunter knows the enduring value of a special animal, just as he knows the appeal of a great photograph. [ Read Full Post ]
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NBA all-star legend Karl Malone, who also happens to be an avid hunter and support of gun rights, weighs in on the stupidity that took place in the locker room of the Washington Wizards when one player allegedly brandished a number of firearms in front of his fellow players.
Malone (a finalist in the OL 25 awards program) rightly worries about the impact this has on the image of responsible gun owners:
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