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INT’L – HUNTING - A Canadian couple went viral for killing a lion in South Africa, but trophy hunting is a bigger business back homeVIRGINIA DEMOCRATS WERE BESIDE THEMSELVES WITH RAGE LAST WEEK, BLASTING REPUBLICANS IN THE LEGISLATURE FOR DOING NOTHING DURING WHAT ENDED UP BEING A VERY BRIEF SPECIAL SESSION THAT THE GOVERNOR HAD CALLED ON GUN CONTROL. IT TAKES NO POLITICAL MACHIAVELLI TO REALIZE THE SPECIAL SESSION WAS A SET-UP FROM THE START, AN EFFORT BY THE NORTHAM ADMINISTRATION TO MOVE THE SPOTLIGHT AWAY FROM ITS OWN ONGOING IMAGE PROBLEMS AND INEPTITUDE.A FORMER U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION WATCH COMMANDER AT THE LOS ANGELES AND LONG BEACH PORTS PLEADED GUILTY WEDNESDAY TO FEDERAL CRIMINAL CHARGES FOR RUNNING AN ILLEGAL GUN-SELLING BUSINESS. WEI XU, 56, OF SANTA FE SPRINGS, PLEADED GUILTY TO FOUR FELONIES: UNLAWFULLY ENGAGING IN THE BUSINESS OF DEALING IN FIREARMS, UNLAWFULLY POSSESSING UNREGISTERED FIREARMS, MAKING MATERIALLY FALSE STATEMENTS TO A FEDERAL AGENCY.ALARMED BY REPORTS OF MISMANAGEMENT AND WORRIED OVER THE FUTURE OF THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION, A LOOSE FACTION OF THE GROUP’S MEMBERS, DIRECTORS, AND DONORS HAVE PUSHED FOR DRAMATIC CHANGES, INCLUDING THE RESIGNATION OF ITS LONGTIME LEADER, WAYNE LAPIERRE. BUT THEIR CAMPAIGN HAS RUN SMACK INTO THE ORGANIZATION’S OWN BOARD, WHICH HAS BEEN STRUCTURED TO SHIELD INSIDERS FROM CHALLENGES TO THE STATUS QUO.THE COUNTRY’S MOST POWERFUL GUN LOBBY MAY HAVE A COMMANDING GRIP ON AMERICAN POLITICS, BUT IT CONTINUES TO FACE REVOLT FROM WITHIN. OVER LAST WEEKEND, FORMER NRA PRESIDENT MARION HAMMER SENT A PRIVATE EMAIL TO BOARD MEMBERS TELLING THEM TO FALL IN LINE OR FACE THE CONSEQUENCES. HAMMER’S LETTER, PREVIOUSLY ONLY REPORTED WITHIN THE FIREARMS BLOGOSPHERE, IS AN APPARENT RESPONSE TO A NUMBER OF BOARD MEMBERS WHO HAVE POSTED PUBLICLY THAT THEY HAVE FACED RETALIATION FOR QUESTIONING ALLEGED FINANCIAL MALFEASANCE IN THE ORGANIZATION.

Hunting/Wildlife Archive

Turkey Hunting In The Rain

BEARS BUTT.COM From the Archives – So, May 7th and we are off once again in pursuit of the wild Utah turkey.  Turkey re-introduction in the state is probably THE number one, best on the list, things the state DWR has done.  I don’t know how long it has taken, but I remember back many years we had a couple down on…

MI – HUNTING – On the Trail: Teaching grandson how to pheasant hunt (VIDEO ONLY)

Passing along the fun of pheasant hunting to the next generation during a European tower shoot at Muzzy Pheasant Farm in Corunna. 

From Guns To Grizzlies, Too Much of Anything Comes With a Price

Gun controllers have nothing on wildlife preservationists.  Both are cut from the same cloth.

Fraught with hundreds of millions of guns in private hands in this country and crime continuing its downward trend, the gun control mood continues to rise. That fact is visibly obvious particularly during election years when each of the two major…

Which predator is more terrifying to encounter on a hike: a mountain lion or a grizzly? (VIDEOS)

SEATTLE TIMES.COM FROM THE ARCHIVESMost hikers, even beginners, know there’s always a chance for an encounter with a predator on the trail. This summer, a few trailblazers met that reality, and filmed their run-ins, one with a mountain lion in California and another with grizzly and two cubs in Alaska. The videos garnered millions of views…

Walking with wolves: Hiker and his dog have a close encounter with Idaho pack (VIDEO)

EARTH TOUCH NEWS.COM FROM THE ARCHIVES – Outdoorsman Rich Landers has had his fair share of wolf encounters. He’s bumped into the wild canids on as many as ten occasions while exploring North America’s wild spaces, and he’s yet to have an experience end in injury. Landers attributes his success with the wolves not to blind luck, but to preparedness…

NAT’L – HUNTING – Finding and Starting Your Pheasant Dog: 7 Tips From the Experts

I talked with a wide variety of “dog people” to learn what makes a great pheasant dog. Through these entertaining conversations, I gleaned a world of valuable advice, including these seven key tips to finding the dog that’s right for you 

Wyoming Considers New Regulations for Shed Hunting

GO HUNT.COM  From the Archives – Shed hunting is a popular off-season activity, but, depending on how severe the winter has been, can cause stress to animals just trying to survive. In most parts of the West, shed hunting is not permitted between Jan. 1 and April 30 (with some limitations). In Wyoming, that’s the current shed hunting season; however,…

Weird Ways to Find Shed Antlers

QDMA.COM From the Archives – With shed antler season already underway, many deer hunters are already working on their goal of finding a large number of sheds or locating the antlers from a particular deer. Since I’ve never been particularly successful at racking up numbers or finding sheds from shooter bucks that survived the season, I take pride in finding sheds in the…

IN – HUNTING – Man Poaches, Freezes 20-Point Buck

Indiana conservation officers report that a Dubois County man has plead guilty to illegally taking a potential record-breaking whitetail buck. 

INT’L – WILDLIFE – Snap Cat: Former Poachers Swap Guns For Cameras To Save Russia’s Snow Leopard

Ecologists long suspected the rugged mountains of Sailyugemsky National Park — tucked into the Central Asian notch where Kazakhstan, Russia, China, and Mongolia meet — were prime habitat for the beautiful, endangered snow leopard. Now, former Poachers Swap Guns For Cameras To Save Russia’s Snow Leopard. 

LA – HUNTING – Hog Hunting in Krotz Springs: What’s Your Story (VIDEO)

Along Highway 190 in Krotz Springs, What’s Your Story met Joey Register, a farmer in Logansport Louisiana who has recently been appointed to sit on the Feral Hog Eradication Board. 

How to Hunt Spring Black Bears

OUTDOOR LIFE.COM From the Archives – Black bears are on a tight schedule during the spring. Although they remain fairly sedentary for a time after emerging from their dens, they then start covering a lot of country in short order. But their patterns are predictable, almost like clockwork. Understanding when and where bears move throughout the spring…

5 Reasons Turkey Hunters Fail On Opening Day

WIDE OPEN SPACES.COM – From the Archives – Last year, I was a bit reactive rather than proactive, yet quickly capitalized on my mistakes. There were several things that I did wrong on opening weekend of turkey hunting season that I will always be able to learn from. Each year, unfortunately, the list keeps getting longer over all. With that,…

INT’L – HUNTING – New World-Record Non-Typical Mule Deer Confirmed by Pope and Young Club

On Jan. 9, the Pope and Young Club assembled a special panel of judges in Regina, Saskatchewan, to confirm a new world record non-typical mule deer. 

VA – WILDLIFE – Staunton Police Work to Trim Down Deer Population

The Staunton Police Department culled 51 deer over a two-week period in March. 

WY – HUNTING/WILDLIFE – Conservation groups ask G&F to make hunters carry bear spray

CODY — Conservation organizations have asked Wyoming Game and Fish to require hunters carry bear spray in an attempt to reduce grizzly bear mortality. The proposals — the groups petitioned the same of Idaho — come after a number of grizzly bear mortalities due to hunter-related conflicts. There have also been an uptick in grizzly bear encounters recently. Last year Wyoming G&F captured 59 grizzlies — 29 in Park County. “Wyoming and…

WY – HUNTING – Guidefitter Launches FFL-Compliant Influencer Marketing Platform for Firearms Brands, Announces Partnership with Weatherby

Guidefitter has launched the outdoor industry’s first influencer marketing solution compatible with federal firearms license requirements, enabling firearms manufacturers to operate their pro purchase programs on Guidefitter’s “Grid” software and ecommerce platform. 

5 Turkey Hunting Mistakes Every Hunter Should Avoid (VIDEO)

 

WIDE OPEN SPACES.COM From the Archives- Let’s face it. Turkey hunting mistakes are easy to make. Avoid these five mistakes and you’ll kill more turkeys.

1. Calling from a bad position – When a gobbler responds to your turkey call, you’ve made contact and the bird could be coming. Have a setup spot ready before calling to avoid a…

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BREAKING :
INT’L – HUNTING - A Canadian couple went viral for killing a lion in South Africa, but trophy hunting is a bigger business back homeVIRGINIA DEMOCRATS WERE BESIDE THEMSELVES WITH RAGE LAST WEEK, BLASTING REPUBLICANS IN THE LEGISLATURE FOR DOING NOTHING DURING WHAT ENDED UP BEING A VERY BRIEF SPECIAL SESSION THAT THE GOVERNOR HAD CALLED ON GUN CONTROL. IT TAKES NO POLITICAL MACHIAVELLI TO REALIZE THE SPECIAL SESSION WAS A SET-UP FROM THE START, AN EFFORT BY THE NORTHAM ADMINISTRATION TO MOVE THE SPOTLIGHT AWAY FROM ITS OWN ONGOING IMAGE PROBLEMS AND INEPTITUDE.A FORMER U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION WATCH COMMANDER AT THE LOS ANGELES AND LONG BEACH PORTS PLEADED GUILTY WEDNESDAY TO FEDERAL CRIMINAL CHARGES FOR RUNNING AN ILLEGAL GUN-SELLING BUSINESS. WEI XU, 56, OF SANTA FE SPRINGS, PLEADED GUILTY TO FOUR FELONIES: UNLAWFULLY ENGAGING IN THE BUSINESS OF DEALING IN FIREARMS, UNLAWFULLY POSSESSING UNREGISTERED FIREARMS, MAKING MATERIALLY FALSE STATEMENTS TO A FEDERAL AGENCY.ALARMED BY REPORTS OF MISMANAGEMENT AND WORRIED OVER THE FUTURE OF THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION, A LOOSE FACTION OF THE GROUP’S MEMBERS, DIRECTORS, AND DONORS HAVE PUSHED FOR DRAMATIC CHANGES, INCLUDING THE RESIGNATION OF ITS LONGTIME LEADER, WAYNE LAPIERRE. BUT THEIR CAMPAIGN HAS RUN SMACK INTO THE ORGANIZATION’S OWN BOARD, WHICH HAS BEEN STRUCTURED TO SHIELD INSIDERS FROM CHALLENGES TO THE STATUS QUO.THE COUNTRY’S MOST POWERFUL GUN LOBBY MAY HAVE A COMMANDING GRIP ON AMERICAN POLITICS, BUT IT CONTINUES TO FACE REVOLT FROM WITHIN. OVER LAST WEEKEND, FORMER NRA PRESIDENT MARION HAMMER SENT A PRIVATE EMAIL TO BOARD MEMBERS TELLING THEM TO FALL IN LINE OR FACE THE CONSEQUENCES. HAMMER’S LETTER, PREVIOUSLY ONLY REPORTED WITHIN THE FIREARMS BLOGOSPHERE, IS AN APPARENT RESPONSE TO A NUMBER OF BOARD MEMBERS WHO HAVE POSTED PUBLICLY THAT THEY HAVE FACED RETALIATION FOR QUESTIONING ALLEGED FINANCIAL MALFEASANCE IN THE ORGANIZATION.