Category: Hunting

Question of the Day: What’s the Worst Gun Store You’ve Ever Visited?

(courtesy nssf.org)

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) publication SHOT Business runs a regular feature called Undercover Shopper. In the latest edition, Undercover guy went looking for “a good hog gun at stores near Birmingham, Alabama. I asked about models that chambered substantial rounds, were durable, and had compact barrels and iron sights—or were at least drilled for a scope. Not too much to ask, right?” The rhetorical question foreshadows phenomenal fail (e.g. “After a lengthy wait, I walked toward an idle clerk who reluctantly asked if I needed assistance.”) What’s the worst gun store you’ve ever visited? Name names, no holds barred.

Time to Hunt Mountain Lions [Not Shown]?

 "'Bubba,' an 11-year-old Labrador retriever, was killed Dec. 27, 2013, by what authorities believe was a mountain lion in the hills above Brand Boulevard in Glendale." (Text courtesy latimes.com. Photo courtesy of Lynnette Hamada / December 31, 2013)

Mark Kayser at grandviewoutdoors.com reports that America’s mountain lion populations are doing well. Maybe too well. “Last November, the Arizona Game and Fish Department implemented the first phase of a three-year plan to transplant sheep from the Yuma area into the Catalinas, an area they once thrived. Approximately $150,000 was spent on the project . . . and 431 collard sheep had a new home. Four months later 15 of the bighorns had been killed by mountain lions that obviously dominate the area.” The mountain lion population of Custer State Park in South Dakota is also thriving, doing what mountain lions do . . .

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grandviewoutdoors.com: Where to Hunt the Biggest Bucks

White tail (courtesy statesymbolsusa.org)

I’ve already confessed my weakness for gun-oriented clickbait. So I was well-up for grandviewoutdoors.com‘s article Where to Hunt the Biggest Deer. You know how these things go: a protocol-heavy preamble followed by a top ten list extolling the virtues of each state’s advantages. One click per state. Nope. Dr. Dave Samuel’s article is all about the variables: states with the highest buck harvests, the number of hunters per state, the state’s size, the bag limit, season length, the quality of the bucks bagged and licensing requirements. And the winner is . . . “Some numbers and data to consider as you decide where to take that Midwestern deer hunt.” Where’s the guy who says “there’s an app for that” when you need him?

NC Hunter Takes Out 500 Pound Porker with AR-10

Jett Webb and dead hog (courtesy northcarolinasportsman.com)

“Under starry skies on Feb. 28, Jett Webb of Conetoe ensured there will be one less mouth to feed in the Indian Woods section of Bertie County – and a real big mouth, too,” northcarolinasportsman.com reports. “Webb took down a massive wild boar that bottomed out a set of scales certified to 500 pounds that’s used for weighing tobacco bales. Michael Mansell, president of the White Oak Ranch Hunting Club, said he weighed well over 500 pounds.” Wow, that’s a heavy president. JK. “‘He pegged the maximum weight capacity of the certified scales with his head and shoulders still on the skinning shed floor,’ Mansell said. ‘It was a true beast!’” And what’s that gun Mr. Webb’s cradling? Why it looks like one of them there assault rifles, with a forward assist! An AR-10, in fact. So wait. Does that make it a modern sporting rifle or what?

Women Hunters Targeted by Animal Activists

Charisa Argys pic sparks animal activist hate (courtesy ammoland.com)

The Sportsman’s Alliance [via Ammoland.com] writes:

On average, 13.7 million hunters hit the field every year in pursuit of game with 11 percent of that figure being women. Celebrity sportswomen are commonplace on television, Internet and more and have recently come under fire by the anti-hunting community for promoting an outdoor lifestyle. However, in recent months, average women hunters are finding themselves in the crosshairs, being threatened and harassed by people from around the globe . . .

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Gear Review: MGM Switchview Scope Throw Lever

The rise of the rugged, reliable zero-to-low power variable rifle scope in the last decade has been a fantastic development. Scopes like the Burris MTAC, Leupold VX-R Patrol and Bushnell SMRS can meet your aiming needs from sitting-room distances out to 300 yards and beyond. From CQB to DMR to hog and coyote hunting, they bridge the gap between red dot sights and magnifying optics. But most of them bridge that gap verrry sloooowly. And that’s where a good scope throw lever comes in . . .

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