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IT'S THE FIRST TIME IN A DECADE THAT THE SUPREME COURT HAS CONSIDERED A CASE ON GUN RIGHTS. THE CASE, WHICH HAS A HEARING SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER, CHALLENGES A NEW YORK CITY LAW THAT ALLOWED INDIVIDUALS WITH HANDGUN PERMITS TO KEEP THEIR WEAPONS IN THEIR HOMES OR TRANSPORT THEM TO AND FROM ONE OF SEVERAL GUN RANGES WITHIN THE CITY BUT BANNED THEM FROM TRAVELING WITH THEIR FIREARMS OUTSIDE OF CITY LIMITS. NEW YORK OFFICIALS SOUGHT TO GET THE CASE DISMISSED SINCE THE LAW WAS REPEALED THIS SUMMER.) A 12-YEAR-OLD KANSAS GIRL WAS HAULED OUT OF SCHOOL IN HANDCUFFS AND CHARGED WITH A FELONY — FOR MAKING A FINGER GUN WITH HER HANDS, ACCORDING TO REPORTS. THE UNIDENTIFIED OVERLAND PARK YOUNGSTER MADE THE GESTURE DURING A CLASS DISCUSSION LAST MONTH IN WHICH ANOTHER STUDENT ASKED WHICH CLASSMATES SHE WOULD KILL IF SHE COULD PICK FIVE, SOURCES TOLD THE KANSAS CITY STAR. SHE SHAPED HER FINGERS LIKE A GUN — SOMETHING ROUTINELY DONE IN KIDS’ GAMES — AS SHE POINTED TO FOUR OF HER CLASSMATES, BEFORE POINTING HER HAND AT HERSELF, THE PAPER SAID.DYLANN ROOF GOT THE PISTOL HE USED TO KILL NINE PEOPLE IN A HISTORIC BLACK CHURCH IN SOUTH CAROLINA WITHOUT A COMPLETED BACKGROUND CHECK BECAUSE OF GAPS IN FBI DATABASES, LEGAL RESTRICTIONS ON HOW LONG THE FBI CAN KEEP DATA ON GUN PURCHASERS AND OTHER BREAKDOWNS IN THE SYSTEM, ACCORDING TO AN INTERNAL REPORT OBTAINED BY CQ ROLL CALL.GUN CONTROL WILL AGAIN BE A POINT OF CONTENTION FOR STATE LAWMAKERS IN 2020, AS AT LEAST A DOZEN BILLS AFFECTING OWNERSHIP OF FIREARMS HAVE BEEN FILED SO FAR IN THE BOTH THE FLORIDA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE STATE SENATE. THEY INCLUDE MEASURES TO REQUIRE BACKGROUND CHECKS TO BUY AMMUNITION — EVEN THOUGH UNDER EXISTING LAWS A PERSON WHO CANNOT BUY A GUN IS ALREADY PROHIBITED FROM PURCHASING AMMO.TEACHERS IN SEVEN FLORIDA COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICTS WILL SOON BE LOCKED AND LOADED THANKS TO A STATE LAW ENACTED THIS MONTH THAT PROVIDES SCHOOLS WITH THE OPTION TO ALLOW TEACHERS TO CARRY CONCEALED GUNS. THE LAW EXPANDS ON A SAFETY MEASURE KNOWN AS THE "GUARDIAN" PROGRAM.

Hunting/Wildlife Archive

Deer Hiding in Plain Sight: Can You Spot It?

That’s some impressive camouflage. Mick Murphy was out with his daughter, Eva, enjoying the Scottish hillside when the eagle-eyed 11-year-old spotted something out in the distance. “I didn’t notice the stag, it was my little girl. I only noticed it when it moved,” Murphy, 45, said to The Daily Mail, noting that it was one of a “couple” red stags roaming the site. 

Hiding in Plain Sight

BUCKMASTERS.COM From the Archives – It might be impossible to determine the extent of one deer’s effect upon the economy in Republic County, Kan., a couple of years ago, but there’s no doubt a substantial amount of cash changed hands when photographs of the animal hit the Internet. An influx of nonresidents hungry to lease hunting ground is never appreciated by those whose bank accounts aren’t affected….

IA – HUNTING – Hunting season safety practices aren’t all about guns and arrows

With deer hunting season upon us there is an increase in the potential for foodborne illnesses. Field dressing, butchering, and handling of game meat all offer opportunity for pathogens wreak havoc.

Even if proper technique is used in the field, vehicles and household surfaces can easily become cross contaminated from microscopic amounts of pathogens found in wild game. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has compiled…

NAT’L – HUNTING – Shooting the Breeze: What to buy?

My boy is 14 years old, and his summer wages are burning a hole in his pocket. Despite his ability to shoot and hunt with my rifles, he is dying to have a rifle of his own. I can understand that because I was 14 once too. The question is, what to buy? My own first rifle experience wasn’t the best. My wonderful, but firearm illiterate, father…

CO – WILDLIFE – Who The Heck Is Shooting Birds Of Prey With Pellet Guns In Colorado?

Birds like hawks and falcons in Colorado are showing up with injuries related to shots from pellet guns. Colorado Parks and Wildlife said the agency is receiving reports from local wildlife rehabilitators of the pellet gun injuries in birds of prey. Enough that state officials are now warning the public it is illegal, and rehabilitators are tracking incidents more closely. People often detect the injured birds because they stay…

ND – HUNTING – Pheasants for the Future (VIDEO)

One group of North Dakotan’s came together to keep a popular hunting season alive. Whether it’s restoring our bird population from severe winters or educating youth on hunting and safety skills. Countless North Dakotan’s look forward to pheasant hunting season all year…and here it is. But pheasant population varies depending on the climate, and with the severe weather here in North Dakota, it can be hard to…

How to Get Kicked Out of a Duck Blind

DELTA WATERFOWL.ORG From the Archives – Somewhere in the middle of Pennsylvania (I’m cautious with specifics) lies a farm. And at the edge of that farm lies a pasture. And through that pasture meanders a narrow stream that’s invisible to passing motorists. Thus only select individuals are aware that the unassuming strip of water draws ducks. A lot of ducks. Flocks worthy…

I’m a public-lands duck hunter, and I’m insane

INDY STAR.COM From the Archives –  When my alarm went off at 2 a.m. on a recent Thursday, I was already awake. My chocolate lab, Gaddy, was too.

All night, I could hear her claws clicking on the hardwood floor as she made excited laps around the house before heading back to her bed to lay down…

GA – HUNTING – Keys to staying safe during Georgia’s deer hunting season (VIDEO)

Primitive weapons deer hunting season begins Oct. 12. A week later, firearm weapons deer season begins on Oct. 19. As people start prepping for the season, it’s important hunters are cautious before pulling the trigger. “Getting training is very, very important,” Hamp Dowling with Eagle Gun Range said. “If you haven’t had training and just go somewhere and you buy a gun and you go to the…

WI – HUNTING – Youth Gun Deer Hunt Adds More Color to Fall

Fall colors are starting to fire up on the peninsula, the beginning of what’s likely to be a two- to three-week period of spectacular beauty. In addition to the reds, yellows and rusty browns, the keen-eyed among you might spot some blaze orange or blaze pink this weekend as hundreds of youth hunters get out for an early shot at some venison. Wisconsin’s annual youth gun deer…

Oh deer, what should we do? Addressing the suburban deer dilemma.

One woman loves the deer and has placed a deer feeder in the yard. Another one allows bow hunters to shoot them on her property. A third worries about deer ticks and Lyme disease and has erected an eight-foot fence to keep out the vermin.

All three of these people are neighbors. They live within a stone’s throw from one another in Oakton, Va.

People in…

The Deer in Your Yard Are Here to Stay

CITY LAB.COM From the Archives – A decade ago, deer were a rare sight on Staten Island. White-tailed deer are thought to have abandoned the island in the late 19th century, pushed by human development to open land in nearby New Jersey. In 2008, the estimated deer population of the 60-square-mile borough of New York City was only 24. Then the deer…

Blasts from the Past: A season spent hunting with vintage gear brings back treasured memories from the author’s youth

DUCKS.ORG From the Archives – When the Model 12 spoke, the mallards fell silent. Two, anyway.

Most squalled their way up through the falling snow, hightailing it downwind. The first drake had dropped to a snap shot just as it cleared the cattails in the curve of the creek. The second one, thankfully, was late to rise,…

Treasures of Waterfowling: DU’s Waterfowling Heritage Center offers an up close look at an amazing collection of guns, gear, and artwork

DUCKS.ORG From the Archives –  Located in the heart of the lower Mississippi Flyway, Memphis is only a short drive away from some of the nation’s most celebrated waterfowling areas. Just across the Mississippi River are the rice fields and flooded timber of eastern Arkansas, which have attracted multitudes of mallards—and scores of duck hunters—for generations. To the north is legendary Reelfoot Lake, where inventive market hunters helped refine the modern duck call. And…

WILD WHITETAILS: Deer Stories: Funny (and Weird) Mistakes I Made That Cost Me Deer–ly

REALTREE.COM From the Archives – No Deer Were Harmed in the Making of This Article

So, when it comes to deer hunting, the common cliché is that outdoor writers, editors, hunting show hosts, and other outdoor industry “professionals” have it all figured out. My question — outdoor writers have it all figured out, eh? My response to my question…

MIGHTY MULIES: Better Than Perfect: My 2018 Deer Hunt

ZEN BOWHUNTER.COM From The Archives – A dire warning jumped from the pages of last year’s hunt journal: “Plan to hunt the entire 28-day season or plan to fail!” Midway through the 2017 season, the daunting task of arrowing a trophy buck inspired me to write these words. So my goal in 2018 was to hunt the…

What Is Buck Fever?

No hunter is immune to buck fever and unfortunately, there is no cure

SCIENCE DAILY.COM From the Archives – Hundreds of dollars spent on gear. Endless hours devoted to prepping stands. Cameras checked — and rechecked — scouting for “the one.” It’s what you’ve been waiting for all year long — deer season –…

Rookie Hunter Can Expect Full Recovery From Buck Fever

CHICAGO TRIBUNE.COM From the Archives – Buck fever comes in different forms, often marked by a lapse of control. It is nothing you’d confess to having. Men just aren’t supposed to quail at the squeeze of a trigger.

I have no idea where my first shot on a live deer actually went. The deer idly looked around, then continued…

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BREAKING :
IT'S THE FIRST TIME IN A DECADE THAT THE SUPREME COURT HAS CONSIDERED A CASE ON GUN RIGHTS. THE CASE, WHICH HAS A HEARING SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER, CHALLENGES A NEW YORK CITY LAW THAT ALLOWED INDIVIDUALS WITH HANDGUN PERMITS TO KEEP THEIR WEAPONS IN THEIR HOMES OR TRANSPORT THEM TO AND FROM ONE OF SEVERAL GUN RANGES WITHIN THE CITY BUT BANNED THEM FROM TRAVELING WITH THEIR FIREARMS OUTSIDE OF CITY LIMITS. NEW YORK OFFICIALS SOUGHT TO GET THE CASE DISMISSED SINCE THE LAW WAS REPEALED THIS SUMMER.) A 12-YEAR-OLD KANSAS GIRL WAS HAULED OUT OF SCHOOL IN HANDCUFFS AND CHARGED WITH A FELONY — FOR MAKING A FINGER GUN WITH HER HANDS, ACCORDING TO REPORTS. THE UNIDENTIFIED OVERLAND PARK YOUNGSTER MADE THE GESTURE DURING A CLASS DISCUSSION LAST MONTH IN WHICH ANOTHER STUDENT ASKED WHICH CLASSMATES SHE WOULD KILL IF SHE COULD PICK FIVE, SOURCES TOLD THE KANSAS CITY STAR. SHE SHAPED HER FINGERS LIKE A GUN — SOMETHING ROUTINELY DONE IN KIDS’ GAMES — AS SHE POINTED TO FOUR OF HER CLASSMATES, BEFORE POINTING HER HAND AT HERSELF, THE PAPER SAID.DYLANN ROOF GOT THE PISTOL HE USED TO KILL NINE PEOPLE IN A HISTORIC BLACK CHURCH IN SOUTH CAROLINA WITHOUT A COMPLETED BACKGROUND CHECK BECAUSE OF GAPS IN FBI DATABASES, LEGAL RESTRICTIONS ON HOW LONG THE FBI CAN KEEP DATA ON GUN PURCHASERS AND OTHER BREAKDOWNS IN THE SYSTEM, ACCORDING TO AN INTERNAL REPORT OBTAINED BY CQ ROLL CALL.GUN CONTROL WILL AGAIN BE A POINT OF CONTENTION FOR STATE LAWMAKERS IN 2020, AS AT LEAST A DOZEN BILLS AFFECTING OWNERSHIP OF FIREARMS HAVE BEEN FILED SO FAR IN THE BOTH THE FLORIDA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE STATE SENATE. THEY INCLUDE MEASURES TO REQUIRE BACKGROUND CHECKS TO BUY AMMUNITION — EVEN THOUGH UNDER EXISTING LAWS A PERSON WHO CANNOT BUY A GUN IS ALREADY PROHIBITED FROM PURCHASING AMMO.TEACHERS IN SEVEN FLORIDA COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICTS WILL SOON BE LOCKED AND LOADED THANKS TO A STATE LAW ENACTED THIS MONTH THAT PROVIDES SCHOOLS WITH THE OPTION TO ALLOW TEACHERS TO CARRY CONCEALED GUNS. THE LAW EXPANDS ON A SAFETY MEASURE KNOWN AS THE "GUARDIAN" PROGRAM.