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VA – WILDLIFE – “No Kill” Bill Returns to Reignite Animal Wars

Another attempt to impose the “no-kill” philosophy on Virginia’s animal shelters is pending in the Virginia Senate, sponsored by a rural Republican who is the great champion of that (so-far) failed cause. After a long subcommittee hearing Thursday, his bill was put back in the shelter pen to await its fate for another week. If you think gun control is the most contentious issue facing legislators year in and…

MT – HUNTING – Yellowstone bison hunting lawsuit should be dismissed, federal attorneys argue

A GARDINER-AREA WOMAN’S LAWSUIT AGAINST THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OVER BISON HUNTING NEAR HER HOME SHOULD BE DISMISSED BECAUSE SHE WAITED TOO LONG TO FILE AND BECAUSE SHE IS SUING IN ANOTHER COURT CITING THE SAME FACTS. FEDERAL ATTORNEYS MADE THE ARGUMENTS IN A MOTION TO DISMISS, WHICH WAS FILED LAST WEEK IN THE U.S. COURT OF FEDERAL CLAIMS. IN THE LAWSUIT, BONNIE LYNN IS SEEKING $500,000 IN COMPENSATION FOR LOSS OF REVENUE TO HER CABIN RENTAL BUSINESS. AT THE HEART OF HER CASE IS THE ISSUE OF BISON HUNTING ON NEARBY FOREST SERVICE PROPERTY AT BEATTIE GULCH.

At their peak, snowshoe hares become forces of nature

Spokesman.com from the archives – This year, a biological force of nature bigger than a bull moose lives in the boreal forests of North America. It’s most visible around dawn and twilight. That’s when the biggest animals of the northern woods – by total species weight – come out to hop around and nibble on twigs and grass. Snowshoe…

Experience Winter Rabbit Hunting in Michigan

Michigan.org from the Archives – It’s cold. There’s fresh snow in the woods. So are the snowshoe hares. It’s well below freezing with a gentle breeze blowing as we unloaded the dogs from the truck. A brace of beagles were connected by leash and leads to Wayne Ferguson. They strained against the leash throwing up last night’s snow with…

WV – HUNTING – Old .220 Swift is still the speed king of varmint rounds

Studying the clouds in my coffee this morning it occurred to me that time is a funny thing. Now I know most of you already know that, mainly those over the half century mark. It would seem we go about our everyday routine and one day we lift our head off the pillow and somehow a good portion of life has flown by. To quote Willie Nelson “Ain’t if…

Arizona Javelina Hunting Opportunities

More than a few times, I have said the word javelina to folks and received a blank stare in return. You’d be surprised at how many people don’t even know what they are. Being an Arizona resident who lives and breathes the outdoors, I have become very familiar with these little animals. During that time, I have also gained a love…

Javelina are just plain fun

They’re not serious game like deer or elk, but weekend game that allows a hunter to relax and enjoy the scenery. Javas are not that tough to tag, really, and the casual approach is often enough to fill a tag and provide some decent eating, if handled with proper care. This means boning out porky and packing its meat in a…

5 Reasons Why You Should Hunt Crows

WILDFOWLMAG.COM From the Archives –  Todd Gifford isn’t too interested in dove openers. Sept. 1 is the same day his Minnesota crow season begins.

A blackbird exterminator/duck guide, Gifford has partnered with Federal Ammunition, FA Brand and Stevens Shotguns to put their gear to the test, and on this cool morning we would see hundreds of crows coming off the roost in…

When Crows Outsmart Their Hunters 

SEVENDAYSVT.COM From the Archives –  Rodney Elmer says he’s been wearing the same black baseball cap for more than 20 years. Just above the brim, nine tiny black talons protrude from the worn cotton. They’re hunting trophies. “These are the back toes of every crow I shot at more than 300 yards,” he says.

While crow hunting is an uncommon…

SC – HUNTING – Father, daughter killed while hunting when they were mistaken for deer

A SOUTH CAROLINA MAN AND HIS 9-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER WERE MISTAKEN FOR DEER DURING A NEW YEAR’S DAY HUNTING TRIP AND ACCIDENTALLY SHOT TO DEATH BY ANOTHER HUNTER, AUTHORITIES SAID. KIM DRAWDY, 30, AND DAUGHTER LAUREN WERE FATALLY SHOT ABOUT 2:30 P.M. WEDNESDAY IN COLLETON COUNTY NEAR WALTERBORO AS FOUR HUNTERS TRIED TO MOVE DEER, THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES SAID.

INT’L – HUNTING – Fighting a goose invasion with guns, knives and forks

Orkney has been invaded by geese. The numbers are now so huge, and the damage so great, that permission has been granted for the wild birds to be shot – and eaten, reports the BBC’s Emma Jane Kirby. In most situations it would be deemed unwise to tramp across a farmer’s fields in the wee small hours dressed in camouflage gear while carrying weapons, but Steve Rogers marches confidently…

TN – HUNTING – Radiological contamination in deer explained

The Oak Ridge Wildlife Management Area had its third and final deer hunt of 2019 on Dec. 7 and 8. A total of 53 deer were taken, 24 bucks and 29 does. The largest buck field-dressed at 144 pounds; the biggest rack was an impressive 15 points; the largest doe weighed 112 pounds. None of the 53 deer were retained due to internal radiological contamination. There was no turkey…

A Christmas Waterfowl Hunting Story

MONTANA OUTDOOR.COM From the Archives – A couple years ago on Christmas day I had one of my most memorable hunts…

I woke on Christmas morning and enjoyed opening presents and had nice breakfast with my wife. It had been cold and freezing rain for a few days, but the weather was warming and it was overcast and still. Around…

Venison for Christmas Dinner? Heck Yes!

BOWHUNTING 360.COM From the Archives –  The holidays are a great time to introduce family and friends to wild game, because something about it appeals to nearly everyone.

Your health-conscious cousin loves meat that’s organic. Your outdoorsy uncle enjoys hearing your hunting stories. And your entire family always appreciates a delicious meal.

But what do you cook?  When cooking for large groups, don’t be…

INT’L – HUNTING – Bringing guns into Mexico illegal without proper documentation (VIDEO)

WITH THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE CROSSING THE BORDER TO SPEND THE HOLIDAYS IN MEXICO, MANY WILL ALSO BE HEADED OUT THERE TO TAKE PART IN SOME HUNTING. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION WANT TO REMIND PEOPLE WHO GO INTO MEXICO FOR THIS PURPOSE THAT TAKING ANY FIREARMS OR AMMO INTO MEXICO IS ILLEGAL. HOWEVER, THERE ARE PROPER DOCUMENTS THAT CAN BE FILLED OUT THAT MAKES IT OKAY AND THE PROCESS IS ACTUALLY VERY SIMPLE. SEE STORY.

WV – HUNTING – West Virginia Deer Gun Season Kill Totals Down From 2018

The number of antlered white-tailed deer killed in West Virginia during the two-week firearms season was down compared to a year ago, wildlife officials said. Hunters killed 36,796 deer from Nov. 25 through Dec. 7. That was down 17 percent from the 2018 period, the Division of Natural Resource said in a news release. The most deer were killed in Greenbrier, Preston, Randolph and Ritchie counties. Assistant game management…

The Best Hunting Scope

CHICAGO TRIBUNE – From the Archives – A good hunting scope brings the target closer, presenting a larger, clearer target and dramatically increasing your chances of an accurate shot. However, with the huge range of different models available, it’s quite a challenge to pick the right one. Hunting scope descriptions include a couple of numbers, 3-9 x 40mm being the most…

How Rifle Scopes Work

ADVENTURE.HOW STUFF WORKS.COM From the Archives – Some people confuse rifle scopes with gun sights. A good rule of thumb is that a rifle scope provides some level of magnification, whereas a gun sight doesn’t. Both devices help shooters take aim at a target. Some sights are very simple, while others use lenses similar to a scope’s lenses. Here’s a brief rundown on common sight types. Let’s say you’re looking…

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