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]
I am a hunter. It’s in my DNA. While my big game endeavors are almost over for the year, there is a different type of hunting I participate in almost daily. And there is no season or bag limit. I hunt for firearms that have either piqued my interest, to replace one I stupidly sold, or have a historical interest for me. My latest acquisition is from the latter category . . .
As you read this, I’m in and around Port Aransas, TX looking for ducks. Saturday morning, the South Zone duck season opens here in Texas, and I’m a very willing participant. As the picture suggests, Benelli has been nice enough to supply me with a Super Black Eagle II for my journey. I picked up a fresh case of 3-inch #2 steel shot, and my hunting buddy Will has gone over the finer points of what to do to take ducks from the sky to the cast iron skillet . . .
“The hook-and-bullet crowd isn’t always a natural partner with environmentalists, but even in this era of hyper-partisan politics, the groups’ commitment to healthy habitats gives them a common cause. Whether or not they realize it, land set aside for hunting is often enjoyed by other outdoor recreation enthusiasts such as hikers and birders, too.” – Christie Aschwanden, How Skyrocketing Gun Sales Are Helping To Conserve Butterflies [via fivethirtyeight.com] [h/t CB]
Another elk season has passed for me and a few of my friends. Dozens more miles under the boots. Some new freeze-dried food sampled. Some forgotten country seen again. Lessons learned, and plans made. This season began as we have every other season. Phone calls among friends, invitations to those who always make excuses why not to make it, and knowing there are those who will make every effort to go . . .
Alyssa Caldwell and her father had been hunting all day. The weather had been nasty; cloudy skies with snow and rain alternating. They had seen a few elk, much too far away to try a shot. They left their makeshift blind to see if they could spot another elk before the end of the day. It was the middle of the afternoon . . .
Back in the day, before I was of legal age to drink, I used to spend my post turkey, tryptophan-induced coma in the woods. I’d always tell my family that I was off to do some “hunting” but in reality, I’d find a comfortable tree to lean up against, and take a snooze for a few. Now that Thanksgiving in the Kee house includes liberal dashes of Jameson and orange juice, my afternoon hunting excursions have been called off in the name of safety and UT football . . .
So there we were. Off to my nephew’s property in The Dalles to bag some spring turkeys. He has 80 acres of rural property with wild game everywhere. He told us, “Yeah, come on over. Kill those sumbitches. They’re always waking me up and crapping all over my porch. Kill all of them if you want to.” Excellent. Wild turkey for the holiday in 6 months. We arrive late and set up camp. OK, not you’re everyday kind of camp. We are in his man cave, complete with woodstove, pool table, couch, cots, cable TV. My God, it was rough. No shower. I guess we’ll only stay one day . . .
- Completely unload firearms at the conclusion of the hunt and keep the action open. Be sure all shells or cartridges are removed from both the chamber and the magazine.
- When in a vehicle, boat or on an ATV, transport firearms unloaded with the action open and in a secure position – preferably in a case.
- Always be sure the muzzle is pointed in a safe direction. This basic rule applies in the field, in a vehicle and in the home.
- When cleaning a firearm or putting it away for storage, double check to be sure it is completely unloaded. Anytime you pick up a firearm, make it a habit to make sure it is unloaded before doing anything else.
- Keep fingers off the trigger and outside of the trigger guard whenever handling firearms in a situation where you do not intend to shoot.
- Store unloaded firearms and ammunition in separate and locked locations.
- Consider use of a lock to make your firearms inoperable while being stored or transported.
- Children and even adults are often curious about firearms, so make sure your firearms are inaccessible to persons who may be visiting your home.
- Discuss firearm safety with members of your household and set rules for firearm access and handling.
Over the last couple years, there has been a considerable push from gun companies to produce a new entry level hunting rifle to replace the quickly deteriorating Remington 700. Ruger has their American Rifle, Weatherby has their Vanguard S2, and now Winchester looks to be getting into the game with the XPR. The website for the new gun is live now, but certain details (like pricing) seem to be withheld pending SHOT Show 2015. What we do know is . . .