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An attempt to bring 12 million acres of watershed conservation areas managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers under the same firearm rules as other federal lands failed in the Senate on May 8.
Senators voted 56-43 for the proposal by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), four ballots shy of the 60 votes needed for passage.
The measure, backed by the National Rifle Association, would have let people use guns for any legal purpose -- including open and concealed carry -- on 12 million acres of ACE-managed lands that abound with lakes, rivers, campsites and hiking trails. The ACE estimates that 370 million people visit lands it manages -- more than any other federal agency because 80 percent of its tracts are within 50 miles of urban areas. [ Read Full Post ]
I recently attended the Washington State Search and Rescue Conference in Ellensburg, Wash., and sat in on several canine classes – everything from double-blind testing that can stand up to cross-examination in court to the meteorology of scent.
Perhaps my favorite seminar was a canine first-aid class tailored to search and rescue folks, who, like hunters, usually find themselves in the backcountry and unable to easily get to a local vet when something happens, and who are also constrained by the amount of stuff they can carry. [ Read Full Post ]
In just the last four years, Cory Peterson’s outfitting business has doubled in size to nearly 60,000 acres of deer- and turkey-rich ground in Nebraska’s Sand Hills. But Peterson, who also farms corn and raises beef cattle in the area, didn’t pursue many of his leases. Instead, neighbors came to him, offering to lease their land for annual payments that range between $1 and $3 per acre.
The main reason Peterson’s Hidden Valley Outfitting has grown? His neighbors find it increasingly difficult to allow free public hunting.
“Most traditional farmers understand the idea that hunting is something that should be free,” says Peterson. “But these guys have had gates left open by hunters, cattle shot by hunters, and water tanks shot by hunters. After a while, they just run out of patience.” [ Read Full Post ]
Each spring, hundreds of hunters converge in Jackson, Wyoming, at the end of April. Unlike on the opening days of most seasons, though, these hunters are not concerned with shot placement or scent control. Their eyesight and ability to run are perhaps their greatest assets. In a best-case scenario, their prey is an old carcass. These hunters are in search of elk antlers, and a lucky few will find intact skulls bearing not just antlers, but also ivory canine teeth. It’s like Christmas combined with the Daytona 500. [ Read Full Post ]
Here's one way to avoid chomping down on shot pellets in your quail.
There's not much info about this Youtube clip except that it promotes NFL quarterback Colt McCoy's new book The Real Win. The quail catcher appears to be coauthor Matt Carter. [ Read Full Post ]
From the flimsy to the fortified, this year’s field of 14 full-size binos and 4 mid-size binos have something for everyone. The most interesting trend is the continuing integration of electronics into hunting optics. Three binoculars feature rangefinders. See our review of the best new hunting binoculars on the market. [ Read Full Post ]
What are your chances of getting Lyme disease this year? On average, I’ve been pulling two ticks a day off myself, just from walking through the woods and fields near my home in Virginia. That’s not counting the time I stumbled into a nymph nest under a cedar tree last week. I was picking those baby ticks off for a good 20 minutes. That amount of exposure sounds bad, but at the end of the day, your chances have a lot more to do with your geography than the amount of time you spend outside. Recent Lyme cases have been at their worst in the northeast, western Oregon, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. [ Read Full Post ]