As rare as the sighting of a decent Bongo in the Central African Republic, so goes finding a truly affordable side-by-side or double rifle. And when I talk about a double rifle, I’m not referring to the ones imported through Baikal in ’06 or .45/70. I’m referring to the classic cartridges. Whether it’s a European metric starting in 9.3 mm, or a classic big bore like .500NE. I know where my preferences lie . . .
Sometimes, while walking through the bush — or a convention — it pays to look up. While perusing some of the finer double rifles, or side-by-side rifles from the more higher end of the spectrum it seemed like I was walking in circles . . .
Rochester, New York – -(Ammoland.com)- Choosing the right optics is a fun yet wallet cringing part of any hunting excursion. Then, once you have bought optics, do you know how to glass properly? Outdoor writer Tom Claycomb’s seminar here at the 2015 Safari Club International Convention provided relevant information for hunters of every age and skill range regardless of price tag . . .
As a passionate hunter, I try to attend sportsman’s conventions whenever I can. Sometimes it’s to find a hunt I haven’t been on before, and sometimes it’s to gawk. But the Safari Club International Convention in Las Vegas is the Mac daddy of them all. It has the absolute finest of both worlds, and then some . . .
In December, a Federal appeals court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency could not regulate lead ammunition used by hunters. A flock of 101 environmental pressure and advocacy group had sued the EPA in an attempt to force them to ban lead ammo lest the furry little creatures of the forest and the dell eat it. “‘We agree with EPA that it lacks statutory authority to regulate the type of spent bullets and shot identified in the environmental groups’ petition,’ Judge David Tatel wrote for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.” But the NRA-ILA doesn’t want to leave the matter to the vagaries of the judicial process . . .
“[Actor] Matthew McConaughey has a side business,” tmz.com reports, “letting people onto his property to hunt caged-in animals, and it has enraged animal rights activists.” Caged-in? Animals? “Someone connected with the LP Ranch tells TMZ there are 22,000 acres for the animals to roam, but animal rights groups claim the deer hang by the feeding area, which makes them easy targets.” I wonder if anti-hunting groups have a specific number in mind. You know: it’s not hunting unless the deer have a 51 percent chance of escaping. Of course, that also depends on the hunter’s accuracy. Maybe we should handicap hunters! (Shades of Harrison Bergeron.) Anyway, Matt’s rep eventually reached out to TMZ . . .
The Pennsylvania Game Commission has recently issued some new regulations concerning youth hunting. Under the new regulations, “Kids of any age still would be allowed to hunt deer and turkey in Pennsylvania…[b]ut to get their own tags for those animals, kids would have to be at least 7 years old…. Currently, the state’s mentored youth hunting program allows kids of any age under 12 to get tags to shoot deer and turkeys while under the direct supervision of adults — usually their parents….” . . .
In one of his anti-hunting, (read anti-gun) last hurrah actions, outgoing Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed an important bill.
House Bill 4226 would have allowed Illinois hunters to hunt Bobcats. While this may seem trivial to some, it’s not. Bobcats, are not your average house kitty. They can grow a bit bigger. And with big growth, comes a big appetite . . .
You never know where you’re going to find a new item at the SHOT Show. RF and I were waiting for a lunch appointment when we ran into the guys from Advanced Ballistic Concepts, the people known for their multiple impact bullets. As they were chowing down they let us in on their latest brainstorm, PreSeasoned Duckshot . . .
So you shoot a medium-sized cougar, bear, pronghorn, impala or deer. Naturally, you want to display the animal’s skull to remind you, your family and friends of your hunting prowess. Only these beasties have fairly small crania. Mounting their skull anywhere other than the under stairs bathroom makes them look, well, small. Why not put the skull on your desk? Not only will it remind you of days spent in the great outdoors, a tabletop display will either creep out or impress business colleagues (win – win). Skull Hooker’s new Tabletop Mount will run you $59.95, available in brown or graphite black powder-coated finishes. Press release after the jump . . .
“According to documents filed January 8 to the New Hampshire Fish and Game department, hunters would be banned from using so-called ‘Live-Action Game Cameras’ to ‘locate, surveil (sic) or aid or assist in any attempt to locate or surveil any wild animals for the purpose of taking or attempting to take the wildlife,'” grandviewoutdoors.com reports. “The rule appears to propose the ban of increasingly popular game cameras that use cellular technology to transmit photos or video footage to a hunter’s smartphone or computer when the animal triggers the device.” The new reg would also ban TrackingPoint’s Precision-Guided Firearms. Fish and Game Law Enforcement Chief Martin Garabedian says that’s because . . .
It’s a little embarrassing for animal right activists: big black bears are brutalizing fearful Floridians. The attacks – and the fear of attacks – has proven too much to bear for beleaguered residents. The scared suburbanites now want the Powers That Be to authorize bear hunts. In a state with strong support for the right to bear arms, the right to bear arms against bears should cause barely a ripple. Needless to say, the Human Society consider the idea inhumane. They maintain that a bear hunt is unbearable – at least for the bears. But it looks like they’re bearing the burden of proof. As for how hunters would hunt black bears, no details yet. Bear with us. [h/t NEIOWA]