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AVOWED TRUMP SUPPORTER ARRESTED NEAR CAPITOL FOR CARRYING GUN; WOMAN CHARGED WITH IMPERSONATING POLICE. A 22-YEAR-OLD VIRGINIA MAN WHOSE FACEBOOK PAGE FEATURES A PHOTO FROM THE JAN. 6 RIOT AT THE U.S. CAPITOL WAS ARRESTED NEAR THE CAPITOL COMPLEX SUNDAY, AND POLICE SAID HE WAS CARRYING THREE HIGH-CAPACITY MAGAZINES, 37 ROUNDS OF UNREGISTERED AMMUNITION AND A GLOCK 22 FIREARM. SMALL GROUPS OF RIGHT-WING PROTESTERS — SOME OF THEM CARRYING RIFLES — GATHERED OUTSIDE HEAVILY FORTIFIED STATEHOUSES AROUND THE COUNTRY SUNDAY AS NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS AND POLICE KEPT WATCH TO PREVENT A REPEAT OF THE VIOLENCE THAT ERUPTED AT THE U.S. CAPITOL. THERE WERE NO IMMEDIATE REPORTS OF ANY CLASHES.‘THERE IS THIS STIGMA THAT IF YOU ARE BLACK AND THAT YOU HAVE A GUN THEN YOU ARE A CRIMINAL,’ SAID VANESSA HALL-HARPER. THE NATIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN GUN ASSOCIATION HELD ITS FIRST MEETING ON SATURDAY IN TULSA, OKLAHOMA IN AN EFFORT TO EDUCATE THE BLACK COMMUNITY ON GUN SAFETY AND PROTECTION.GUNS AND RANGE TRAINING CENTER IN WEST PALM BEACH IS SEEING A BOOM IN BUSINESS AS BUYERS FLOCK TO THE SHOOTING RANGE LOOKING TO BUY ARMS AND AMMO. MIKE SHKOP, THE OWNER OF THE CENTER SAYS THE RISE IN SALES NEARLY DOUBLED SINCE THE START OF THE PANDEMIC.A CROWD OF ABOUT 100 PEOPLE, MANY OF THEM ARMED AND FOCUSED ON GUN RIGHTS, GATHERED PEACEFULLY OUTSIDE THE TEXAS CAPITOL GATES FOR A FEW HOURS SUNDAY IN A SCENE THAT IS FAIRLY COMMON IN DOWNTOWN AUSTIN AT THE BEGINNING OF A LEGISLATIVE SESSION AND UNLIKE AUTHORITIES' WORST-CASE SCENARIO FEARS THAT PROTESTS COULD TURN VIOLENT DURING THE WEEKEND. BUT THOSE CONCERNS DID NOT COME TO PASS, AS A HEIGHTENED LAW ENFORCEMENT PRESENCE WAS VISIBLE ON THE CAPITOL GROUNDS AND PROTESTERS SPOKE OF BEING CONTACTED BY THE FBI BEFOREHAND. AS OF PRESS TIME SUNDAY, AUSTIN'S SMALL RALLY MIRRORED OTHER PROTESTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAT DAY.

Hunting/Wildlife Archive

WA – HUNTING – Hunters in the crosshairs?

HUNTERS IN THE CROSSHAIRS? AT LEAST THAT’S THE ASSESSMENT OF KIM THORBURN, A WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME COMMISSIONER FROM SPOKANE. “I’M PRETTY UPSET ABOUT WHAT’S GOING ON,” SHE SAID. “WE’RE LOOKING AT HUNTERS AS AN ENEMY.” ALTHOUGH SHE BELIEVES THE ASSAULT HAS BEEN BREWING FOR A LONG TIME, THORBURN POINTS TO A RECENTLY FILED LAWSUIT LOOKING TO OUTLAW SPRING BEAR HUNTING AND LAST YEAR’S BAN ON COYOTE-KILLING CONTESTS. “THEY JUST COME ONE ITEM AT A TIME,” SHE SAID.

PA – HUNTING – Pennsylvania Game Commission looks to expand hunting chances during 2 Sundays

IF YOU ONLY HAVE A COUPLE DAYS TO DO SOMETHING, YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF THOSE OPPORTUNITIES. THAT APPEARS TO BE THE FOCUS OF WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH THE PENNSYLVANIA GAME COMMISSION REGARDING SUNDAY HUNTING. THE COMMISSION OPENED THREE SUNDAYS FOR BIG GAME HUNTING IN 2020. THE COMMISSION IS NOW PLANNING TO DISCUSS WHAT ADDITIONAL ANIMALS CAN BE HUNTED ON TWO OF THE THREE SUNDAYS.

KS – HUNTING – Barber County man sentenced to prison for poaching 60 deer

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) on Thursday (Jan. 14) announced that a man convicted of poaching 60 deer will spend more than a year in prison. In a 139-count complaint, KDWPT reported that John Blick Jr. was found guilty of the illegal hunting of 60 whitetail and mule deer, and for being a felon in possession of a firearm when the illegal hunting happened. A…

KS – WILDLIFE – Sharpshooting game warden frees tangled deer with a single shot, Kansas video shows (VIDEO) 

A Kansas game warden was confronted with a difficult question: Should he allow two bucks tangled by their antlers die an “excruciating death” or potentially break them free with a risky gunshot? See story.

VA – HUNTING – Bill to Expand Hunting Opportunities Being Heard Tomorrow 

Tomorrow, the House Agriculture, Chesapeake & Natural Resources Committee is hearing House Bill 1799 to allow Sunday hunting on public lands. Please click the “Take Action” button below to contact committee members and ask them to SUPPORT HB 1799. One of the biggest challenges that hunters face today is access to land. Our modern lifestyles of work and school essentially mean that most working adults and their children can only…

NY – HUNTING – In The Outdoors: Playing the wind

“If you want to get a deer, play the wind.” Heard it all my life. But what exactly does that deer hunting mandate, “play the wind,” mean? Does it mean, hunt downwind? Well, if it was that simple, then why not just say, “Hunt downwind?” Theoretically deer could never smell us if we were downwind of them, right? An understanding of the three-word phrase might be better brought into…

FL – HUNTING – Eight ‘Must Know’ Hunting Details About Florida’s Wildlife Management Area System

IF YOU HAVE HUNTED A WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA OR ARE PLANNING TO, THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION CAN HELP YOU MAKE THE MOST OF FLORIDA’S PUBLIC HUNTING AREAS, UNDERSTAND HOW THESE HUNTING OPPORTUNITIES ARE MANAGED, AND CONTRIBUTE TO THE PROCESS OF DEVELOPING HUNTING-RELATED RULES FOR WMAS. THE MAJORITY OF FLORIDA’S 6-MILLION-ACRE WMA SYSTEM IS MANAGED OR OWNED BY GOVERNMENT AGENCIES OR PRIVATE LANDOWNERS THE FWC HAS PARTNERED WITH. SEE STORY

NAT’L – HUNTING – Gundogs: Don’t Let Them Get Sloppy

Hunting season is backsliding season. For you and your dog. But it shouldn’t be. “The problem with hunting a young dog is backsliding,” said pro trainer Ethan Pippitt of Standing Stone Kennels in Kansas. “You trained all summer, but once the points are real and you’re in the grips of hunting fever, it’s all too easy to focus on the shooting and forget about your dog.” And a forgotten dog is a…

AZ – HUNTING – Veterans welcomed in Williams for Arizona elk hunt

WILLIAM’S SPORTSMAN’S CLUB HOSTED ITS SECOND GROUP OF U.S. MILITARY VETERANS IN DECEMBER FOR AN ELK HUNT SPONSORED BY COMBAT WARRIORS INC., A 501C3 NON-PROFIT FOUNDATION BASED OUT OF NORTH CAROLINA. COMBAT WARRIORS’ MISSION IS TO HONOR AND SUPPORT, EMOTIONALLY AND FINANCIALLY, THE COMMITMENT AND COURAGE OF COMBAT VETERANS BY PROVIDING QUALITY OUTDOOR EXPERIENCES.

OK – HUNTING – Sooner pheasant hunting best in north counties

OKLAHOMA'S RING-NECKED PHEASANT HUNTING SEASON IS UNDERWAY AND RUNS THROUGH JAN. 31. HUNTERS PLANNING TO PURSUE PHEASANTS WILL LIKELY HAVE MORE LUCK BY TRAVELING FARTHER INTO THE NORTHERN REACHES OF OKLAHOMA THIS YEAR.

LA – HUNTING – Need a hunting license? Louisiana residents 16 and older can now take the required course online

LOUISIANA RESIDENTS 16 AND OLDER WHO WANT A BASIC HUNTING LICENSE CAN NOW EARN THEIR REQUIRED CERTIFICATION COMPLETELY ONLINE. THE ONLINE-ONLY OPTION WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE TO ANYONE UNDER 16, THE STATE WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT SAYS. UNDER THE NEW PROCESS, THERE IS NO ADDITIONAL FIELD DAY REQUIRED FOR THOSE WHO QUALIFY AND WHO SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE LOUISIANA’S APPROVED ONLINE COURSE.

NAT’L – HUNTING – Cookbook: “Hunting is not about shooting, it’s about eating”

ROASTED RACCOON, SQUIRREL IN SAUCE, DEER COOKED IN COCA-COLA. HERE ARE A NUMBER OF RECIPES FROM THE BOOK OP JACHT BY PHOTOGRAPHER AND WRITER ISABELLA ROZENDAAL (37) FROM MAASTRICHT. ROZENDAAL HAS BEEN PHOTOGRAPHING ANIMALS FOR YEARS AND ACCOMPANYING HUNTERS IN THE NETHERLANDS, GERMANY, THE UNITED STATES AND BRAZIL SINCE 2007. SEE STORY.

PA – HUNTING – Big changes throughout 2020 for the Pennsylvania outdoors

EVEN WITHOUT THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC, THE YEAR WE’RE ABOUT TO LEAVE BEHIND WOULD (HAVE) SEEN MAJOR CHANGES IN THE OUTDOOR WORLD OF PENNSYLVANIA. THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION AND NATURAL RESOURCES CLOSED ALL FACILITIES IN ALL STATE PARKS AND STATE FORESTS STATEWIDE, AND CANCELED ALL PUBLIC PROGRAMS, EVENTS AND TRAININGS, BUT LEFT TRAILS, LAKES, FORESTS, ROADS AND PARKING AREAS OPEN.

VA – HUNTING – 2020 wasn’t all bad from an outdoor enthusiast’s perspective

2020 WAS, IN SEVERAL WAYS, A PARADOXICAL YEAR. MANY PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS, SUFFERED GREATLY DURING THE LOCKDOWNS AND RESTRICTIONS IMPOSED IN THE NAME OF VIRUS CONTROL. OTHERS SUFFERED PHYSICALLY AND EMOTIONALLY. PLENTY OF US HAD FRIENDS OR LOVED ONES FALL ILL FROM COVID-19. WE LOST SOME GREAT PEOPLE. THE YEAR SAW LONG-PLANNED TRIPS CANCELED DUE TO TRAVEL BANS, ESPECIALLY EARLIER IN THE YEAR. BUCKET-LIST HUNTS AND OUTDOOR EXPEDITIONS WERE POSTPONED. OUTFITTERS AND GUIDES IN DISTANT PLACES ARE WONDERING IF THEY CAN RECOVER FROM THE LOST BUSINESS. GIVEN AMERICA’S RESILIENCE, WE’RE BETTING THAT RECOVERY IS ALREADY ON ITS WAY.

FL – HUNTING – Rediscover the benefits of small-game hunting

Two weeks ago, I was reminded how much fun small-game hunting is after joining a pair of youth hunters on a quest for rabbits. Relieved of the rigors of chasing deer or hogs, the evening was easygoing, enjoying the simple pleasures of stalking bushy fence lines for cottontails. The young men listened well, dispatching several rabbits with my .410. By the end of it, I was close to commandeering…

WV – CONSERVATION – Wildlife Conservation is fascinating

WEBSTER’S DICTIONARY DEFINES CONSERVATION AS A CAREFUL PRESERVATION AND PROTECTION OF SOMETHING ESPECIALLY: PLANNED MANAGEMENT OF A NATURAL RESOURCE TO PREVENT EXPLOITATION, DESTRUCTION, OR NEGLECT. AS A PERSON WHO CHOOSES THE OUTDOOR LIFESTYLE AND THE AUTHOR OF THIS STORY AND SOMEONE WHO ENJOYS THE ROLE OF HAND’S-ON CONSERVATION IN THE FORM OF PAYING MONIES TO PARTICIPATE AS WELL AS ACTIVELY PARTICIPATING BY HUNTING AND FISHING, I FEEL VERY CONNECTED TO WILDLIFE CONSERVATION. I AM NOT A TRAINED PROFESSIONAL WILDLIFE MANAGER OR A WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST — NOT EVEN CLOSE. I AM NOT EVEN SURE I’D BE INVITED TO SIT AT THEIR TABLE, THE WRITER SAYS.

PA – WILDLIFE – Elk organization passes 8 million acres of conservation work, including projects in Pennsylvania

THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN ELK FOUNDATION RECENTLY PASSED 8 MILLION ACRES OF CONSERVATION WORK ACROSS NORTH AMERICA OVER ITS 36-YEAR HISTORY. IN PENNSYLVANIA, THE ORGANIZATION’S 489 PROJECTS HAVE ENHANCED HABITAT ON 17,334 ACRES, 9,803 ACRES PROTECTED, AND 10,189 ACRES OPENED TO OR GIVEN IMPROVED PUBLIC ACCESS. WITH PARTNER CONTRIBUTIONS, RMEF PROJECTS IN PENNSYLVANIA ARE VALUED AT $26,228,879. IN ADDITION TO HABITAT PROTECTION AND ENHANCEMENT, AND PUBLIC ACCESS, THE PROJECTS HAVE INCLUDED WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT, RESEARCH, HUNTING HERITAGE AND CONSERVATION OUTREACH.

TX – HUNTING – What the Doctor Ordered

I LIVE IN ABILENE, TEXAS, BUT I AM FROM WESTMINSTER IN MARYLAND. ABOUT 17 YEARS AGO, MY FAMILY ATTENDED A CHURCH PICNIC FOR 4TH OF JULY. SOMEONE HAD SET UP A BOW RANGE AS PART OF THE ENTERTAINMENT, AND MY GOOD FRIEND RICK ELLIS TOLD ME TO GIVE IT A SHOT. I BORROWED PASTOR ED CONRAD’S COMPOUND BOW, AIMED FOR A TARGET ABOUT 40 YARDS AWAY AND NAILED A BULLSEYE. AFTER A FEW MORE BULLSEYES, I WAS HOOKED. FROM THAT POINT ON, I FELL IN LOVE WITH EVERYTHING THE OUTDOORS HAD TO OFFER, INCLUDING HUNTING WHITE-TAILED DEER. BUT HUNTING ACCESS, THE AUTHOR SAYS, CAME WITH UNEXPECTED RESTRICTIONS.

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