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Editor's Note: This is one of a series of live blogs from the QDMA North American Whitetail Summit.
Thanks to the “joys” of air travel in the midst of the polar vortex, I had the always-awkward task of trying to slip into a packed conference room at the QDMA North American Whitetail Summit in the middle of a presentation.
The first words I heard had me wondering if maybe the airlines had not only screwed up two days of travel with delays and cancellations, but maybe they'd dropped me off at the wrong damn place.
“The Gibson guitars case has cast a lot of attention on the law.”
After looking around and seeing a few familiar faces, I confirmed I was in the right spot. And it was time to figure out what, exactly, Gibson guitars had to do with whitetails. And what law was in question? [ Read Full Post ]
We've seen leopards prowl through hospitals, kill pythons, and take down crocodiles. But until this video, we've never seen one fall out of a tree. The folks from Latestsightings.com posted the footage to LiveLeak yesterday saying it was "Taken on the H1-3 near Tshokwane in the Kruger National Park in South Africa."
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We are blessed to live in an era with such a profusion of AR-style rifles. Among the most fun to shoot are those chambered in .22 LR. They are also very useful tools to improve your AR handling and marksmanship skills at a fraction of the cost. (Yes, I know that rimfire ammo is still scarce, but that doesn’t change the fact that it is cheaper than centerfire .223 ammo and the shortage won’t last forever. At some point the shooters who are hoarding the stuff will find their stockpiles adequate and stores will once again be able to keep .22s on the shelf.)
Shooters have two options with respect to AR .22 trainers. One is to get a dedicated .22 LR rifle and the other is to purchase a rimfire upper for an existing AR lower. [ Read Full Post ]
An unidentified resident of the Boston suburb of Winchester says he saw a mountain lion in the Dunster Lane, Pepper Hill Drive neighborhood on Tuesday. Massachusetts Environmental Police responded to the claim and found paw prints that resemble those of a mountain lion at the scene. While many see this as proof of the sighting, the incident remains open to investigation.
Mountain lions have not been officially documented in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts since 1858. There have been numerous sightings since then but none have been confirmed. [ Read Full Post ]
A friend in New Hampshire, Mike Romano, emailed us this morning with a fascinating story and two intriguing photos. Here’s his tale:
“So Friday morning we woke up to several of our horse fences broken down and couldn't figure out what really happened to them until I saw the attached Saturday afternoon. I had 9 deer in my driveway on and off most of the day Saturday, but in the afternoon I saw they were on high alert, so I looked out my side window and saw this.” [ Read Full Post ]
The Cooper Model 51 is a breath of fresh air. It is not cutting-edge. It doesn’t feature an innovative (read: unproved) action. The stock doesn’t have knobs, shims, rails, or any moving parts. Incredibly, for a new rifle, the stock is made of wood—and lovely wood at that. No petroleum products here. The action is even secured into the stock with old-school (and stylish)slot-head guard screws, the slots of which are indexed to run perpendicular to the axis of the barrel. Who knew rifle makers still did that? Go ahead and inspect it from muzzle to butt pad—you won’t find a single gimmick. The rifle balances well, is easy to carry, and can shoot the eye out of a coyote at 200 yards. It’s a keeper. [ Read Full Post ]
We gun owners meet once a year at the big National Rifle Association convention.
Elk hunters migrate annually to Elk Camp, while turkey hunters flock up at the National Wild Turkey Federation convention.
And, it seems, the entire outdoor industry descends on the SHOT (Shooting and Hunting Outdoor Trade) Show.
We hunters and shooters are a community of gatherers, but there has never been a national assembly of people and organizations focused on what is arguably the single most influential wildlife species in North America: the white-tailed deer.
That’s about to change. Next week, the Quality Deer Management Association is hosting the first-ever North American Whitetail Summit, and Outdoor Life will be there to report on the proceedings. Check back here several times a day next week as we provide hour-by-hour coverage of the proceedings. [ Read Full Post ]