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Big news in the sporting world today. ATK, which already owns large swath of the outdoor industry’s leading ammunition and shooting accessories brands, has announced that it is acquiring the company that owns Savage Sports Corporation for $315 million in cash. This purchase is ATK’s first foray into firearms production.
The name of the company being purchased is Caliber Company, which is the parent of Savage Arms, Bowtech and other brands in the hunting and shooting world—though the deal only includes the Savage and Stevens firearms brands and Savage Range Systems and does not include the archery company Bowtech. According to ATK, the purchase should be finalized prior to June 30, 2013. [ Read Full Post ]
This is a nice story for those of you who believe in karma. Bryan Zuniga, 20, fled police last week after he was spotted driving erratically after 2 a.m. outside of Pinellas Florida.
Zuniga fled his vehicle on foot, kicked a hole in the fence of a nearby water treatment plant, and hid from police. He might have escaped if it weren't for one large and very aggressive alligator. [ Read Full Post ]
When he ran into my set-up, the gobbler’s chest seemed unnaturally huge. I assumed it was because he was so puffed up, ready to kick the grits out of the Cally Morris tom decoy posing in full strut.
But, later, when I checked my GPS and confirmed the elevation—10,400 feet above sea level—it occurred to me that the tom’s breast was so large because his lungs were freakishly big, an adaptation to living in that thin alpine air. [ Read Full Post ]
Researchers in whitetail country have begun looking at the impact of coyotes and other predators on whitetail deer and the results are pretty grim. Coyotes are gobbling up fawns at an alarming rate and so are black bears.
In one such study, researchers in South Carolina captured and monitored 60 newborn fawns. Coyotes killed over 50% before fall. Fawns are particularly vulnerable immediately after birth as 66% of the kills occurred within the first 3 weeks of life.
A study in Georgia amazingly found that it took 78 does to recruit 2 fawns in a predator rich area! Once the predators were removed, it took only 3 does to recruit 2 fawns into the fall herd. Research in Pennsylvania found that in certain mature forest, areas bears are as effective as coyotes as fawn predators. [ Read Full Post ]
If submissions to this year’s riflescope test are any indication, the confluence of the tactical and the sporting may finally be slowing. For the first time in several years, the number of scopes in the field designed mainly for hunting exceeded those configured specifically for shooting. [ Read Full Post ]
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday blocked efforts by animal activist groups seeking a statewide vote on a 2012 law that allows wolf hunting. The 2012 law that gives the Michigan Natural Resources Commission the power to designate species as game animals was given final authorization by the state senate on Tuesday.
Prior to this legislation, the responsibility of wolf management decisions fell on the backs of lawmakers. The MNRS plans to list wolves as a game animal for selected hunts in the Upper Peninsula areas today. The Governor is all for this. [ Read Full Post ]
Our optics test reveals subtle differences in quality and performance by applying both scientific analysis and subjective evaluation. The final score is based equally on both parts of the test. On the analytical side, we measure each optic’s resolution, or ability to see vanishingly small detail, using the gold standard of optics testing: a 1951 Air Force Resolution Target.
Because ours is a test of hunting optics, and we hunters rely most on our optics at dawn and twilight, the second half of the empirical score is based on low-light performance.
For this test, we plant one tester in an open field 100 yards (200 yards for spotting scopes) from our blacked-out house as darkness falls and have him slowly turn a wheel marked with contrasting black and white lines. Another tester looks at the wheel through the optics, and we record the time when the viewer can no longer discern the direction of the wheel’s lines. The longer an optic can “see” into the dark, the higher its score. [ Read Full Post ]