For the last two years I have been hunting with suppressed rifles in the state of Texas, and in my experience silencers just make everything better. For starters, it removes the need for hearing protection so you can hear your surroundings much better and often hear animals before they approach. The real reason they rock, though, is plain common courtesy. Guns are loud, and especially in an area densely packed with hunting blinds, one or two big loud guns can scare the game away for everyone else. Plus, the barking of the guns ruins the early morning calm for non-hunters looking to just enjoy the beauty of the day. According to the American Suppressor Association, it looks like those in Florida can now enjoy this same awesome experience effective immediately . . .
It’s been a little discouraging of late, what with the keyboard commandos attacking hunters and outdoors sportsmen, and sportswomen. This, on top of the constant attacks from all fronts to us as firearms owners. Consider most recently, Eva Shockey. She is the daughter of noted sportsman and hunter, Jim Shockey. She has come into her own right as one who has hunted on more than one continent. Just this week she and her dad were in North Carolina to hunt their notedly huge black bear.
After posting a picture of her prize, all 510 pounds of it, on Facebook . . .
When we last left off with Part 1 of the Leghorn Calamity, I’d looked up at the sound of a crash to watch as our Polaris Ranger Crew assumed an orientation other than horizontal. I immediately shucked my knife and gloves, and started at a dead sprint towards the downed Ranger. While I found a gear that I hadn’t used since my college track and field days, I remember thinking that I had nothing in the way of first aid supplies, my phone was dead, and the nearest medical attention was nearly 45 minutes away . . .
About a week ago, I experienced a range of emotions unlike anything else I’ve ever felt whilst hunting. Frustration at watching a guy I respect a lot miss some shots that appeared to be well within his skill level. Happiness at finally getting to sit in my new blind. Relief at watching my coworker and friend emerge under his own power from a mangled wreck of machinery. And utter contempt for the same friend several hours later when he locked me out of my own truck . . .
Remember New York’s post-Newtown SAFE Act – passed in the dead of night 20 minutes after introduction and signed by Governor Cuomo inside the statutory three-day waiting period (as an emergency measure)? The act mandated background checks for ammunition purchases. The state’s statists dragged their feet on that bit, claiming they didn’t have the infrastructure for the job. Since when has that stayed the hand of perfidious politicians? Since they were worried about political blowback, that’s when. Now that the Empire State’s civilian disarmament corps have survived the mid-terms, mandatory background checks for ammo purchases are ready to go. Well, after . . .
“We just voted down a referendum that would ban using bait to hunt bears,”Maine resident and TTAG reader Hobbez writes. One of the ban’s leading proponents was one Joel Gibbs [at start of video above]. “This Gibbs fellow was one of the leading crusaders against bear baiting,” Hobbez reports, “citing that it was ‘unfair’ and ‘cheating’ and ‘not how real hunters hunt’. Seems his idea of fair hunting is a bit skewed as he was arrested for shooting at a Ruffed Grouse out of the window of his truck in full view of a Game Warden. The hypocrisy of some of these folks amazes me sometimes. Oh, and I love how the paper sat on the story for two weeks and only released it late in the day before the election.”
For those of you who follow TTAG on Facebook and Instagram, you probably saw that I nabbed myself a pretty tasty little buddy this past weekend during the opening day of deer season in Texas. The gun I used for that shot was the same as last year, but there was one difference: the ammunition. I was using Lehigh Defense’s 110gr Controlled Chaos round instead of my traditional Barnes 110gr, and after putting it to the test I think I’m ready to review it. Quick warning: this article contains a somewhat graphic picture of what happens when this round impacts a deer . . .
By Tom in Oregon
There are lots reasons to go hunting. Eating fresh, clean, “free range” protein. The exercise you can get from the walks or hikes. Spending time with friends. As usual, the logistics of getting a dozen guys on the same schedule, having everyone taking time off work at the same time proved trying. Only one of our group is retired. One is semi-retired, the rest of us work full time jobs. Out of the 12-15 guys that participate in the yearly sojourn, only seven made it this year. Still, the camaraderie of this group is incredible . . .
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Press Release [via ammoland.com]:
The owners of Out of Africa Adventurous Safaris [above] were charged with conspiracy to sell illegal rhinoceros hunts in South Africa in order to defraud American hunters, money laundering and secretly trafficking in rhino horns, announced Sam Hirsch Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division; George L. Beck, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama; and Dan Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The indictment was unsealed Saturday in Montgomery, Alabama following the federal indictment. The indictment charges . . .
“Hunters typically think of standing corn as a hindrance to successful deer hunting,” Greg Wunderlich opines at ammoland.com. “No doubt deer love the golden morsels and can just about live in the confines of the towering plants, foiling dreams of open country success. While deer drives can be an effective means to scare them out, ethical shots can be problematic with whitetails in high gear. They can be downright dangerous, as well, when it comes to slinging lead in the heat of the moment. There is another way: Go in after them.” Wait. What? If shooting at bounding Bambis is dangerous – and it is – how is stalking through elephant eye-high corn less dangerous? “If you tend to be claustrophobic, still hunting tall corn might not be for you,” Greg admits. “If you can handle exciting surprises, however, proceed cautiously for up-close opportunities.” But wait! There are other perils . . .
300 AAC Blackout is really starting to take off. Almost every manufacturer offers it as an option for their guns, and the ammo is now widely available in big box stores like Academy. It seems like 300 BLK is at the tipping point where, at the very least, it will be self-sustaining and hang around much like other “boutique” calibers like .243 Win and .357 SIG. Part of that appeal comes from the easily suppressed nature of the round, offering subsonic capabilities alongside supersonic capabilities without changing anything. With an eye especially on the 300 BLK market, Liberty Suppressors released their Chaotic 30 caliber suppressor . . .
By Tom in Oregon
A knock at the door of the well-appointed room at the hunting concession was the pre-dawn wake up call. I’m already up though, anticipating another incredible day. Time for coffee and breakfast first. The day broke clear and cold. So cold that there was a layer of ice on a dog’s water dish. One of the native staff brought a chunk of ice to show everyone. She was grinning from ear to ear at the wonder of frozen water. Apparently it doesn’t happen very often in the Limpopo River Valley. Even in June. Winter in South Africa . . .