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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

Tips for Hunting Mountain Gobblers

AMERICAN HUNTER.ORG (NRA) From the Archives – Many hunters in the Appalachian Mountains will tell you it is the most difficult place in the country to kill a gobbler. This includes West Virginia, Pennsylvania, east Tennessee, east Kentucky, north Georgia and western Virginia.

The turkeys in this part of the world have been hunted since the days of Simon Kenton,…

NAT’L – HUNTING – Elderly Man Reflects on Centuries’ Old Family Tradition for Boys on Hunting and Gun Safety

“When my father was a boy in the late 1800s and early 1900s, he and his friends knew how to handle a gun by the time they were 11 or 12. They knew proper care for a gun, where to aim the muzzle and the tremendous responsibility that went with owning or using a gun.” 

OR – HUNTING/WILDLIFE – A Small Entrepreneur Stands Up To The Trump Administration On Lead Ammunition

The day former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke repealed the federal ban on lead ammunition on wildlife refuges, in 2017, Lynn Tompkins had a bald eagle dying of lead poisoning in her bird rehab center.

One Time in the Turkey Woods

 

REALTREE.COM  From the Archives –  Ever seen something funny in the turkey woods? So have we. A new turkey season is finally here. There’ll be plenty of time for calling tips, setup strategies and other serious matters. For now, we’re delving into the sport’s lighter side with these four humorous tales from the spring woods.

THE CAMO CASANOVA — Our media turkey…

(NAT’L – HUNTING)  Turkey Hunting is Stupid – The Full Story

Turkey hunting is stupid. I know, some of you have already picked up rocks to throw my way; you may have even loaded your Mossberg 500 with three-inch magnums and jumped in your truck to drive to West Virginia. But wait; let me explain.

You get up before the crow has taken his morning leak. Then, you drive for miles out into the country. Just as the sun is starting to pink-up…

INT’L – WILDLIFE – Grizzly bear that killed Canadian mother and baby was desperate for food

“This bear had started turning to uncommon food sources and was in pain from having previously consumed a porcupine to avoid starving to death. Bears do not typically eat porcupines.” 

DC – HUNTING – Alaska Moose Hunter Wins Second Ruling at Supreme Court

An Alaska moose hunter won a second improbable victory from the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled the federal government couldn’t stop him from using his hovercraft to reach hunting grounds he had visited for decades. 

TN – HUNTING – Turkey population harvest stable

The 2018 statewide turkey season is March 30 to May 12. The season bag limit is four bearded birds, with only one allowed per day. 

Bacon a Hard Way: Hog-Tying 400 Pounds of Fury

 

Across the country, hunters are being enlisted to control the spread of feral hogs, which are large and destructive.

MONTGOMERY, Tex. — That could not have been a wild sow that Nub was barking at down in the scrub brush. Those hogs out behind the golf course were fast, smart and wary of hunters, and Nub was just an…

Hunting the wild hog: Marksman’s unique job helps control an invasive species that threatens other wildlife

 

FWS.GOV From the Archives – Ossabaw Island, Georgia — Codey Elrod has a job most Southern hunters would kill for. Literally.

My job,” Elrod said, “is to kill hogs.”

And he gets paid for it.

Elrod lives alone on this 40-square mile barrier island below Savannah. He works when he wants — daybreak, late afternoon, middle of the night. His office is the salt marshes,…

NC – HUNTING – Has turkey hunting gear gone too far?

These turkey hunters in Jones County last season were proof that being successful doesn’t require tricks and gimmicks. 

WY – HUNTING/WILDLIFE – Sage grouse saga: Trump opens habitat to drilling as activists condemn plan

“We’re concerned that years of work is going to come undone, and we’re concerned these plans have now set up a dynamic where the states are going to have to do the hard work of ensuring that the bird doesn’t get listed

Deer Hunting with Turkey Decoys? (VIDEO)

REALTREE.COM From the Archives – Looking to fill an early season doe tag? Do you have a fall turkey archery tag in your pocket too? Assuming it’s legal where you live, should you hunt deer with turkey decoys? Hunter numbers show whitetails are the top hunted species in the country and an easy favorite for many. Turkey hunting places a consistent second. You may love whitetails, sure…but a lot…

Hunt Wild Turkeys: Spring Decoy Strategy

NTWF.ORG From the Archives – Think before you grab those fakes this spring. Your decoy strategy should reflect the stage of the breeding season and mimic the natural social structure of turkeys at that time.

Early Spring – Turkeys might still be in large groups, and gobblers in many areas of the country will be henned up. Go with a larger spread, including…

MT – HUNTING – Ranchers try to lock public out of Crazy Mountains

The welfare ranchers on the east side of the Crazy Mountains are at it again looking to further lock the public out of its lands and privatize our public wildlife. 

Squirrel Hunting Tips for the Early Season

 

Everybody knows you have to be quiet as a church mouse to be a good squirrel hunter. Right?  Well . . . that’s one way. But it’s not the only way. First introduced in 1985 by a veteran squirrel hunter named Shannon Talkington from Lake Village, Arkansas, the “Mr. Squirrel” squeaker call ushered in a whole new way of doing things…

Game gourmet: Early spring weather makes it great time for rabbit hunt

 

The recent rise in temperatures — the onset of spring — means rabbits, which had previously remained burrowed in snowbanks, may venture out from cover. There is no better time for hunters to get outdoors and harvest cottontails, snowshoes or jackrabbits.

A good friend of mine grew up in Maine hunting snowshoe hares and jackrabbits in an alder patch just outside his…

MI – WILDLIFE – ‘We want to live with them’: wolves airdropped into US to tackle moose problem

At a remote national park, four Canadians were recently airdropped into a dizzying new life in America. They are expert moose hunters, accustomed to cold climates, and covered in fur. 

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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.